Wednesday, April 29, 2009

pitch, put, bogie and chip?

Im not sure what all the talk is about...

but this guy sure is fun to watch....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I did not need to know I was good at frying


I don't really fry food. I do eat plenty of fried food. I love beer-battered onion rings at a good old-fashioned diner.

I ran across this recipe and had to try it.

Beer Battered Asparagus with Lemon Herbed Dip

1/2 c mayo
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp black pepper
pinch of thyme, rosemary or whatever you have fresh
pinch of salt

* Stir together and chill

1 c of flour
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
1 tblspn lemon zest (I used less)
1 c of beer (I used a light beer - whatever brand was the cheapest)
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
Vegie Oil for the frying

* Heat oil until it reaches 375 degrees
Whisk together flour, salt, pepper, and zest until combined. Stir in beer and whisk until smooth (it gets a little bubbly)
Dip asparagus in batter to coat. Fry until golden. Transfer to baking sheet lined with paper towels. You can keep them warm in pre-heated 200 degree oven while you fry them all.

It was hit and fun to eat along with our BBQ pork chops. Of course we all started to think of what we could beer batter next time....onions, chicken, zuchini, shrimp... mmmm

For other (probably way more healthy) recipe ideas visit Balancing Beauty and Bedlam today!

Monday, April 27, 2009

bring me hope

Bring Me Hope helps orphans in China and changes lives! The Night Walk is so fun and an easy way to give.
It is great to write a check to a mission organization -but how great to be able to physically do something too. How often would your kids have a chance to feel like they are doing something? That is why the night walk is so great - you will hear the voices of the orphans in China and walk with friends...with a purpose!
Click on the link above and get your t-shirt for $25 today! or register to walk for $25 donation from now until May 15. Meet at Confirmo Booksellers on May 15 at 7:00 pm (the group begins walking from the store) and you will be so glad you and your family took the evening to walk and pray for the orphans in China.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

laundry room


found these at a yard sale - loved the frames


picked paper and a font


my laundry room is about done :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Heart Saturday afternoon commute



Taking Nate to golf or music lessons every afternoon I enjoy the scenery along the country vineyard roads. Isn't it so pretty?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

ET came home

Oh Joy! I almost cried. My beloved stuffed ET has been found! I was up in the rafters putting the Easter baskets away when I spotted him. I thought for sure he had never made it after our last move. I bought him at the mall when the movie was still in theaters (1985). It is silly the number of times I have thought about it.

The last I remember seeing it was Nate (now 15) sitting in the shopping cart seat holding ET through a grocery store. Almost every shopper stopped us asking "is that ET?", "where did you get him?" or "I loved that movie!"

I clearly remember, I was 16, my mom was making her bed at our old house in Orange County. She was crying. I asked her what was the matter and was she ok? She said (sobbing) "oh, I am fine, it's just that I cannot stop thinking about ET!"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

be still necklace

A blog I love...a soft place to land

is giving away jewlery today - I really love this artist. If you go to the link, you can see even more of her work. My favs are the necklace above and the mom bracelet. I never win anything...but it never hurts to try :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

more easter 2009

nicki and tommy

me and kel









Thank you Reynolds Family for this really fun day!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

easter 2009

bria easter 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND....a little easter basket

this was my basket as a little girl - the ribbon is over 30 years old....tied by my mom
it takes me back to memories of running around my childhood home searching for my basket of surprises......
sunday morning it will be filled with little surprises for bria

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

a way to remember good friday

Since Nate was little I have done a few Good Friday lessons with the kids. I want to do my best to get them to understand their sin and what Jesus did for them. This is the day to remember. I have found that they (me too) get so excited about Sunday morning when we take the time to reflect on the cross on Friday.
One of the visual lessons we do each year is to make a wooden cross. We find two pieces of wood around the yard or on a walk. We nail them together as best as we can. The rougher it looks the better. I then get out red paint and a brush. We each take turns naming sins that we know we are guilty of everyday. Having the older kids go first is helpful. As we begin, we each think of even more and each time we name a sin we make a red paint mark on the cross. Lying, cheating, complaining, envying, swearing, being unloving, unkind, bragging, selfish and disobedient. Our cross looks pretty beaten and bloody when we are done. After reading scripture and praying for forgiveness, we remember the cross.
On Sunday morning the kids look forward to finding that their rugged, red cross has been painted white. It makes an impact and our hearts are a little more prepared for our celebration and worship time at church.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Best Doggy Toy in the World

Does your doggy have one? This is the only toy that Snickers comes close to "playing" with. The secret is the hidden puppy snack inside the toy. It's fun to watch as he goes crazy trying to get the snack out :)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I Heart Saturday AND.....Spring Break

We hung out with dear friends. We love this couple! Julie and Alphie. They are missionaries in the Ukraine. Dr. Alphie is a teacher at the Odessa Theological Seminary. Thanks Becky for hosting us with such an awesome menu!

During Spring Break we were also introduced to some new friends....

...went to the Long Beach Aquarium

....more of our new friends

....finally made Tracy's (via Gina's) mocha drinks - so good! Easy Mocha Recipe
.....more lost friends

....had funnel cake!

.....lots of smiles!

.....and Knott's Berry Farm

If we had not got so "Lost" it would have probably been a more productive two weeks! Really, it was fun hanging out with Nate and getting to relax a little (well alot)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

yep, he short sheeted her bed

Happy April Fools Day!