My friend is having a contest on her blog. Go check it out. If you follow the instructions you'll get some really great toffee.
Friday, December 12, 2008
My friend is having a contest on her blog. Go check it out. If you follow the instructions you'll get some really great toffee.
Posted by Wendy at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It's no secret. I know this. I must have the most boring, stale blog on the internet. Fortunately, it doesn't bother me one bit. ;-)
I just feel like I don't have anything to write about. My dear friend Andrea gives me all these topics but when I sit down to write about them.......nothing comes out. I'm not much of a story teller I guess.
Anyway, I can let anyone who is interested know all about what's been going on with us.
I've been working at school EVERYDAY now. I like it, I guess. I work with some really sweet ladies. They make it bearable. The thing is, it's not the job. Anyone who knows me well knows what a weird homebody I am. I HATE not being at home. If it wasn't for that I'd probably really like it. I miss not being able to clean my house when I want. I miss having the energy to do the things I like to do. I have some very sore feet when I come home in the afternoons. One of the saddest things is that I miss listening to FOX NEWS all day. How sad am I?! Gee whiz, girly. You NEEDED a job!!!!! I know, you can say it. It's ok.
The kids are great. I can't believe it's almost halfway through the school year already. Before we know it, it'll be spring and softball season. I'll have to try and keep my accident prone husband off the field this year. You can go back to the beginning of my blog to read all about that.
For Christmas this year, we'll be making the trek to Vegas. It's been quite a while since we've seen our family there. We're looking forward to it. With that being said, I have so much to do to prepare that I just don't feel like I have time for. YIKES!
And wouldn't you know it. Right as I'm ready to publish this post, I have to wait for a good ol' Louisiana thunderstorm to pass through first. Stupid satellite internet.
Posted by Wendy at 7:06 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So we went to see Twilight last night. It was pretty good for a low budget movie. Bubba liked it even more than I did. Of course, he didn't read the books so he didn't have any expectations and he didn't notice all the things that were wrong and missing.
Posted by Wendy at 12:16 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I thought I'd share our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with ya'll today. The kids are home today so I'm making them a treat. I had to send them outside first though!
I came across this recipe on the web years ago and it's been a favorite ever since.
1 cup (2 stick) softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. With your fingers, place golf ball sized dough balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or just until edges are light brown.
I prefer the milk chocolate chips, of course the kids like the M&M's. I have both in the picture above. 1 bag of baking M&M's and 1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips. Any flavor chips work well.
Another tip: If you want to give your chocolate chip cookies a more interesting flavor, add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon to your dough. YUM It doesn't taste cinnamony but it gives a nice accent to the chocolate.
What's your favorite cookie?
Posted by Wendy at 2:34 PM
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Miss Bertha is a Light Brahma pullet. She is my husband's favorite chick (besides me!).
Light Brahma's are a heavy breed chicken. They are very hardy and are brown egg layers. Miss Bertha isn't laying yet but come Spring she should be quite productive. I can't wait!
I'm so sad that we lost her twin sister. I'd love to have more Brahma's because they are so sweet and pretty but even the hatcheries are sold out right now. Miss Bertha is not a show chicken, she comes from hatchery stock but I think she's a beauty anyway. I can't wait to see her when she's full grown. She's only 8 weeks old right now.
Miss Bertha takes lots of naps with her sisters. Here she is with Miss Rhoda.
And lastly, here are the new babies. I had to order these to replace the ones killed by the evil rat terrier Sassy.
There are 27!!! of them. They are still just little girls, only 3 weeks old. I tried to brood them but it seems the rules are a bit different here in South Louisiana. These girls do not like being under lights. They like being outside! lol They will chirp and holler and have a fit until I put them out there. I guess our normal weather feels like a brooder. It does to me!
We sectioned off a little area for them inside the big girls fence. We had to seperate them because the big girls were pecking them. They are starting to get used to each other now though. Once they get big enough to defend themselves we'll start easing them into the same space.
I never expected to have 37 chickens. Heck, I didn't WANT 37 chickens but I was so sad when we lost half the other batch I just had to order more and they won't send less than 25 at a time for the safety of the chicks. This last time they threw in 2 extra. Now I love them all. It's a horrible addiction, I tell ya.
Posted by Wendy at 8:08 AM
Monday, October 20, 2008
This set of dishes is the whole inspiration behind my kitchen decor. I LOVE these dishes and all the colors in them. This picture does not do them justice. The downside is that my little kitchen is running out of room for all my rooster and chicken paraphernalia.
Posted by Wendy at 5:17 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well, maybe not kiss her, unless you want to. lol But really, they should have Cafeteria Lady Appreciation Day. Those ladies work hard. And tell your kids to not be so messy!!! ;-)
Posted by Wendy at 6:40 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I had something to post about. I'm so sorry I'm such a boring blogger.
Not a whole lot going on in my life to write about.
We're in kinda sorta negotiations on a house. Yeah, kinda sorta. It's complicated. IF we get the house, I'll post all about this mess. lol
I get to go to work in the cafeteria tomorrow. YAY! It's only for tomorrow but whatever, I get to get out of the house!
Posted by Wendy at 3:59 PM
Monday, October 6, 2008
Today we're using shrimp. My grocery store was completely out of crawfish and I didn't have any in the freezer so I had to settle for shrimp. Poor me. ;-)
I've been meaning to post this for a while but as I've come to find, I'm a really lazy blogger. lol
This is going to melt down right into my roux. This is why I don't add all the water at first. It would get too runny. You don't want a runny etouffee. It's has to be thick and creamy. The shrimp and vegetables all make their own water as they cook down so don't be tempted to add too much water at first. You can always add more later but it's hard to take away.
Once it's all cooked and melded together, taste it and season it. I use Tony's of course but you can use whatever you like.
I forgot to get a picture of it finished in the pot but you can get an idea of how it's supposed to be from the plated picture.Serve over white rice with a side of potato salad, green salad and/or crusty bread for dipping.
You can't get more Louisiana than this. Give it a try.
1/2 cup flour
1 cup oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1/2 stalk of celery, chopped
1 1/2 pints of water
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 pounds crawfish or shrimp
1/2 cup green onion tops
1 tbps. dried parsley
Seasoning to taste
Make a light roux. Add water and tomato sauce and mix until smooth. Add chopped vegetables and cook about 30 minutes. Stirring frequently to prevent sticking or scorching. Add seafood and cook another 20 minutes or until seafood is done. (If you use frozen like I did, it will take a bit longer) Don't overcook. Add seasonings to taste. If it's too thick add a little water. If it's too thin you can add a bit of cornstarch to thicken.
Posted by Wendy at 10:05 AM
Friday, September 26, 2008
I've grown to really, REALLY like being home by myself during the day. Why does that make me feel guilty? Maybe confessing that will jinx me and the school will finally call me in to work? I kinda hope so, I kinda hope not. lol No really, I do hope so. While I like this alone time that I have to do things without any interruptions, I feel very unproductive. I guess I shouldn't because I do get an awful lot of things done. I know when I start work, I'll miss these quiet days.
Posted by Wendy at 1:49 PM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So here's the deal. Since I haven't written a post in so long, I was going to do a whole tutorial on gumbo making. It's been nice and cool here the last few days and it just feels like gumbo weather.
I made a very yummy gumbo last night. I took pictures of the whole process, even the potato salad.
Today I went to get the pictures off my camera to write the post. My memory card wasn't in my camera!!! My usb cord has mysteriously disappeared so NO PICTURES! Ugh.....
I'll do it again another time, I promise.
It looks like we'll finally have a pretty weekend to go outside and get some work done so if we do anything interesting like, maybe build a chicken coop(I hope) I will take pictures to share.
Posted by Wendy at 3:34 PM
Monday, September 8, 2008
One of my sweet little yellow babies was eaten by a mean old lab today. That's the second time this particular dog has ticked me off. The first time he jumped on and knocked down my baby. The human one. Now this!!! He doesn't know it yet, but we have a score to settle. I usually love dogs, especially labs but this one......... grrrrrr.........
Posted by Wendy at 2:24 PM
Thursday, August 28, 2008
They're getting settled in their new home.
Who couldn't love this face and those fluffy butts?
Posted by Wendy at 4:53 PM
Saturday, August 23, 2008
"I haven't fallen off the face of the earth..." lol
There's just not a whole lot to write about lately. My life is oh so NOT exciting!
Of course, I rather boring over exciting most of the time anyway.
We've finished our first full week of school with no problems. Even Gracie likes school. Maybe I shouldn't say that and jinx myself?
I'm waiting on a call anyday now to go to work. I applied at the school board to work in the cafeteria. Oh so glamorous, I know, but you can't hardly beat the hours. I have to start off as a substitute and wait for something permanent to open. So really, it'll be last minute calls for now.
I'm so bored at home by myself. I finish all my work and there's no one here to mess it up for me to have to it over again! I feel so unproductive just sitting here twiddling my thumbs every day. I've also heard and seen way too much of the national news stations. I'm a news junkie when I can actually listen to it. And believe me, it's been so quiet here during the day, I'm listening to too much of it.
So yeah, that's all that's been going on lately. That's why I haven't bothered to bore ya'll. lol If something exciting happens, I'll write.
Posted by Wendy at 7:48 PM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I'm so proud of my sweet girl. Two days in a row now, she has faced her biggest fear. Being with strangers....... I put her on the bus with her brother, sister and cousin this morning. She ran out to meet the bus and everything. But, once it was time to actually step on there, she wasn't so sure. She wanted me to go with her. Don't those sad little faces just break your heart? It didn't take long to talk her into getting on so I kind of ushered her up the steps before she could change her mind.
It makes me kind of sad because I feel like I pushed her into it all at once. I know it needs to be done but she is still my baby. I don't remember the other ones being so babylike when they started school even though they were the same age. Maybe it's just because she is my last.
Her teacher said she did well yesterday but she had a problem staying in her seat. Hey, I've already warned her that she's a handful. That's why she's in school this year. She needs practice before going to K. She's smart. She doesn't need to educational part, she needs the learning how to control herself part!
So, we've passed another milestone today. I've had a stressful week with these milestones. I've been dreading this week for a while now. I'm relieved that it's going better than I thought it would but I can't wait for the routine to actually feel normal. I just feel kind of out of sorts still.
Posted by Wendy at 7:45 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It's that time of year again. This year I'm both happy and sad because my baby is going to school. I dropped her off this morning. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be but it wasn't nearly as easy as it was with the other two. This one has been attatched to me since the day she was born. It's just her personality I guess.
My house is eerily quiet right now and I'm not sure I like it. This is the beginning of a big change in our lives. Nothing will ever be the same. No more babies at home, I plan to go back to work soon, the older two are so independent. When did this happen? On one hand I'm excited about it and on the other I'm not sure I'm ready for this!
Posted by Wendy at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
So, I wrote a while back about buying a canner and teaching myself to can. Well, I guess I didn't really NEED the canner. I've only water bathed so far but I WILL pressure can something soon. I think....... I'm building up to that.
I have grape jelly, apple jelly, hot pepper jelly, watermelon jelly, vinegar pickles, banana pepper rings and jalapeno pepper rings.
The grape jelly and apple jelly, I made from frozen juice concentrate but all the other stuff is fresh from the garden. Well, I didn't grow the watermelon(mine didn't come out this year), but my neighbor did! Aren't those shiny jars just beautiful? I have to say that the watermelon jelly is so good I want to eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. It's quickly becoming a famous item in Lacassine, La. lol
I was so nervous making my first couple of batches but I've relaxed and it's becoming quite fun. I really, really enjoy it. Even if you do just a few jars a day it really adds up. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to learn such an important skill. I mean, really, it's just jelly and pickles but it kinda goes deeper than that.
Today I have to deal with this......
But, I'm not complaining. I'm very blessed to have it to deal with. I love not having to buy peppers from the store. I just have to decide what to do with them. Can them, freeze them or dehydrate them?
Posted by Wendy at 10:52 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I cleaned my oven today. I consider myself a pretty good homemaker but this is not my favorite chore. It's not exactly on the list of my top priorities. I'm ashamed to admit that it's been at least a year since I've done it. It was really, really bad. I would have been embarrassed had someone looked in there. YIKES! How does that stuff get in there anyway? I mean, it's not like I stand there and throw the food directly into it.
I'm not one to use many harsh chemicals in my house but there is a time and place for everything. Today, I made friends with a can of Easy Off. Thank God for this stuff or I would have put off cleaning the oven for at least another year. I left it on there for several hours and I still had some scrubbing to do. After about 45 minutes, it looks brand new!! Ok, maybe not BRAND new. There are a few spots that we'll just have to live with. I'm done. My legs are numb from kneeling and my hands are raw. I scrubbed straight through one of those sponges with the scrubber thingy on them.
Oh well, at least it's done now and I feel better about myself. ;-) I'll try not to let it go another year. I mean, it would be much easier if it were done regularly right? Or not...........
Note to self..................A self cleaning oven is worth the extra $$$.
Go forth ladies (and gentlemen) and take a look at your oven. Is it screaming in agony like mine was or do you take extra good care of it?
Posted by Wendy at 3:21 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Bubba saw his dentist this morning. He said he'll take out the wires next week and if everything looks good he'll keep them off. Woo Hoo!!! Pray for him ya'll. He needs this out of his mouth. He's lost over 20 pounds that he really didn't have to spare. It's hard to believe it's been over 5 weeks already. I'm ready for this to be over with.
Posted by Wendy at 9:44 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Red beans and rice is the traditional Monday supper here in Louisiana. Stories say it's because Monday was always wash day and one of the busiest days for a homemaker. She could put on a pot of beans and they could simmer away while she went about her work.
Once you get that nice brown on the bottom you need to get it up. Pour in two cups of COLD water into the pot and scrape all those brown bits up.See, you already have a nice brown gravy. You could even put this over rice if you wanted to.
Now put in your beans, garlic and a good sprinkling of dried or fresh parsley(whatever you have). There are no food police here. Now you add the water. At this point you want to completely cover the beans plus about 2 more inches of water over the top.
Bring to a good rolling boil and then bring it down to a hard simmer.
This is 30 minutes in.
This is about where you want your water level to stay now. It's just covering the beans but there's still enough of it that there's plenty for the beans to absorb. You can put a lid on it and come back and stir it and check the water level every 15 minutes or so. Add more water if you need to. Don't burn them!!! Scorched beans are NASTY!!! But of course, I'VE never done that. ;-)Here we are 2 hours later! Yummy. Now, I season it. I didn't put the seasoning at the beginning because supposedly the salt will keep the beans tough. I can't tell you how much salt and pepper to put, just season to your liking. If you have too much water, just boil it a bit longer with the lid off so it can evaporate. To make it creamy, smash some of the beans against the side of the pot with the back of your spoon. The starches will come out and thicken the the gravy. Serve this over a scoop of rice with some buttered cornbread on the side. We also top ours with pickled jalapenos or banana peppers or vinger pickles. I'll introduce you to those in another post. This is good stuff people.
Posted by Wendy at 11:34 AM
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
So, it's been a while since I posted. I told ya'll this would be hard for me!!! I have the hardest time coming up with things to write about. Well, that's not entirely true. I come up with topics in my head all the time. It's getting them typed out that's my problem.
The first time I went back after the storm, I couldn't hold back the tears. It almost felt like a part of me was pulled out. Not to mention the hurt I felt for the people who lived there, in Cameron and Creole. Thankfully everyone had evacuated and no one lost their lives.
Today they are rebuilding but it's not the same. The landmarks are gone. Most of the roads are washed away. I can't tell where anything used to be. New people have moved in and bought lots and built huge fancy houses, which in my opinion is silly but, that's their business. It used to be such a laid back place with all it's little cabins. It didn't look like anybody was trying to outdo anybody else as far as material possessions go. With all these big houses, it looks like they are trying to pretend they're in some resort town. A resort town Holly Beach is not! lol I guess I just don't do well with change but I feel like it's changed the whole atmosphere there.
Posted by Wendy at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This is the Presto 16 qt with the weighted gauge. It's received good reviews so I went ahead and bought it. It was on sale. It's small but it'll be good for me to learn on plus you can use it as a water bath canner too. Now hopefully one day I'll actually use it. ;-) I'm still a little chicken.
My garden is growing good so I'm sure I'll come up with something. I'll definetly be making lots of pickles with all the cucumbers I have and probably some watermelon rind preserves when we get drowned in watermelons here soon. I've already put all my beans in the freezer but I'll be planting again in August and I plan to do a major expansion. I just wish my tomatoes would do better. I have more cherry tomatoes than I know what to do with but my big tomatoes aren't producing enough to do much with. Maybe a couple pints of salsa. I have lots of peppers too.
Stay tuned while I experiment. I'm sure I'll come up with all kinds of creations.
A friend suggested I do some Cajun recipe tutorials on here. I think that's a good idea. However, I'm not cooking much right now since Bubba can't eat. Once he's better and I get back into the habit of making his favorite meals, I'm going to post some on here. And maybe I'll do some canning ones too. Ya'll can learn along with me.
Posted by Wendy at 5:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Something came to my attention this morning that makes me so mad I could spit! The attitude of so many young people nowadays frustrates me to no end.
Wasn't there a time when someone who made it through high school by the skin of their teeth was grateful for a job?
Now, I know not ALL young people are like this. Some are being raised right and have good values and work ethic. But, I have to admit that I am seeing this trend of entitlement more and more. I'm trying to raise mine with a good attitude. I sure hope they don't turn out like little snots.
What prompts an 18 year old, barely educated, new to the workforce, still living at home in a low(er) income rural area kid, to say, "F-you. I'm not sweating for $9 an hour?"
ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME????? Seriously? Did I hear that right????
There are grown men here who are having to raise families on that, who are grateful just to have a job. What an ungrateful little brat! Oh my goodness.
People who actually make the sacrifice to go to school or learn a trade don't even get to start at the top of the ladder. What the hell did you do to deserve to? Hang out with your friends all night and sleep all day???? I guess I'm too old fashioned but I just don't see the logic. What has happened that so many people, young and old actually, think that they can have everything for nothing? How can you have the world without ever making any sacrifices and working hard?
True, there are some people in this world who SEEM to be getting a free ride. But the way I look at it, is it really free??? They've paid in some kind of way. We see alot of those people in the media. Look at the things that they do. The way they portray themselves. I'm sorry but I'd rather sweat and keep my soul than to sell it for a "free" ride.
Posted by Wendy at 9:31 AM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I read this quote from somewhere today and it really, really made me think.
"The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are but on how happy others can be because of you."
As a Christian, as a wife and mother who strives to be that Titus 2/Proverbs 31 woman, this quote really speaks to me. It's even hard to write the feelings that I have about it. I have so many things going through my mind but am truly at a loss for words. I need to think about it some more.
Leave me a comment. Tell me what you think. What comes to your mind when you read and think about this quote??
Posted by Wendy at 5:37 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
We took Kaleb to Baton Rouge Saturday to celebrate his birthday. We went to the Rural Life Museum and to the BREC Zoo.
Acadian House(this is the one that the kitchen goes to)
Posted by Wendy at 5:53 PM