Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Harwood Family Potato Soup
6 lg. potatoes, peeled and chopped 16 oz carton sour cream
1 lg. onion, chopped 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
6 tsp. chicken bouillon 1/2 c. green onions
1 stick margarine
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese
Cover potatoes, onion and bouillon with water; cook until tender. Do not drain water. Mash potatoes; add margarine, Velveeta, sour cream and bacon. Heat until cheese melts, garnish with green onions.
5 lbs. chuck, cut into small bite-size pieces
flour, salt & pepper, shortening
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pkg. (12oz.) frozen chopped onion, or fresh
1 pkg. (12 oz.)frozen chopped bell peppers, or fresh
2 cans (28oz.) Italian tomatoes, diced
6 cups hot beef stock (or a combination of boullion and water (watch the salt though)
1 cup dry red wine
1 cup pearl barley
2 t. ground thyme
2-3 bay leaves
1 pound carrots, cut into matchstick size
2 (8oz.) cans mushrooms, stems and pieces
10-16oz. frozen green peas
Season meat cubes with flour, salt and pepper. Brown in shortening or oil in heavy iron pot. May have to do this in 2 batches. Cook onion, peppers and garlic in same pot with meat for about 5 minutes. Add hot stock to meat mixture. Add tomatoes, wine, bay leaves and thyme. Bring to a boil. Add barley. Cover and simmer about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste and add seasonings as needed. Add carrots and cook 45 minutes more. Add mushrooms and peas. Cook a little longer to heat through. Remove bay leaves and serve. Makes about 7 quarts.
***this is always better made a day ahead***
1 sm onion chopped
2 t olive oil
3 clove garlic crushed
1 T chopped fresh parsley
2 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz) can white beans
¼ t pepper
¼ c parmesean cheese
¾ t oregano
Sauté onion and garlic 4 min or until tender. Add tomatoes and next 5 ingredients (tomato-pepper) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. Ladle into bowl & sprinkle parm cheese on top.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Act II : Little girl shattering a large clear glass bowl all over the floor and proceeding to try to back out of the mess.
Followed by the typical ups and downs of a day. But boy when it starts like that it is hard to expect it to end well!
Notice you either cannot see her head or she is balling in most of the pics - because she HATES the outfit ...why? Because she is a 2 year old little girl - go Figure!!
But I thoroughly enjoyed making it and plan to keep sewing! I was pretty excited for Robert to ask me "Did YOU make that?" In that way that said- you can really make something that looks good? So I was happy with my finished product! Even if my dear daughter is not. I will bribe her!
Yesterday was a great day in our home .... we got our annual supply of fire wood! Usually I have to ration myself all winter to ensure we have some for the late winter days in March that sometimes hit us. This year Robert was a dear and went ahead and ordered a FULL Cord of wood! So I get to burn to my heart's content this year!! We even had it delivered & stacked - what a blessing that was! After they finished I went to see "how much" a cord really is... well it is a lot! I do not have a pic, but maybe tomorrow! I am so excited - a bit sad the cool weather is already gone!
We were supposed to camp this weekend and it looks like we will be hanging out here since we are having double auto issues...the little car is in the shop in need of a new engine! Ugh!! And now the truck needs a repair too. But surely God knew this was going to happen and we will make it!
Here are some pics from our Fall Party we had on Monday with a few friends and some pumpkins! Lots of fun!
Playing Pin the Football in the Goal post!!
Here we are decorating our pumpkins!
The Coles and the Snodgrass Family
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Next, Jennifer arrived and suggested we head up to IKEA to take advantage of our current location....with a little coersion I decided that did sound fun. For some reason I did not compute the time in my head. Needless to say after leaving IKEA we were in "early" rush hour traffic and had to skip the stop at home to "regoup" and went straight to church, to choir, to lead Bible study and so forth.
During Bible study someone called my cel, and since I could not find it I ignored it. I mean, most people know that Wednesday night I am at church. They called back about 10 minutes later - so at that point I found my phone to see what was the problem. It was Robert, his little car died and he was awaiting the tow truck! Ugh!! So then after church, the kids and I trekked over to the auto shop to meet him (in the dark and secluded auto shop) to take him home. We finally arrived home to then have to put pre-school activity packets together for about 2 hours (they are due today) (and I procrastinated!) so now, I am tired and we have another full day.
The good news? Well, I got some great pics, some fun Christmas gifts, and I did enjoy hanging out with Jennifer! So, all in all it was worth it!
My favorite pics are at the top - hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Life has been so good. We are home from our fantastic trip to North Carolina and we had so much fun! The kids are still talking about all the great things we did and saw and of course playing with the kids! I am happily in my own bed and in my own home. I thoroughly enjoyed the road but it was so good to see our home. I was even happy to see my street and my mean neighbors across the street! And to express Robert's joy at having us home would be impossible!
Last week we tried to recover from living out of suitcases and get readjusted to Central Time Zone and our little reality!
It took a week! Yesterday was our first REAL "full" day - really morning - of school, and we still had our craft Monday friends over and did a shaving cream craft and had lunch and played. It was a great day. Above you can see "Luke Skywalker" and his friend doing their shavign cream art! The kids loved having their hands in it all and getting diry!
Today went so well I think because I was up before Robert left (5:30am) cleaned up the kitchen and had my quiet time before the kids were up! It meant I went to bed at 8:30 but that was great too!
This weekend we camped in Cedar Hill again. We went this time with CHEA (our homeschool group) and there were 3 other families. One family, the Myers brought lots of talents along with their balloon animals on Sunday and face painting too! It was a great way to conclude all our fun!
On Saturday we learned a lot about Dutch Oven cooking at a demo that the park put on. That day for lunch we enjoyed some great stew (dutch over style) and for dessert that night we "baked" a cobbler in our dutch over! It was great!
(Did I mention S'Mores very night? As per Robert's request!!)
I am privileged to be seeing this in some lives right now. One is a fire of friendship and seeing how God is working in that, and how my friend will be a different person on the other side of this. We so often get caught in the moment and how it stinks or hurts, but we forget that in the years to come we will look back and say "Ahhh ha! That was why!" and I have to say those are my most precious parts of my life - now when I see it, but when I look back and the fire and see how God was more at work in my life than before. When I see how he was molding me because I was broken from the fire and how he needed my brokenness to make me more into the woman he wants me to be.
I feel so blessed to see God working in our lives and those we love. I have been reminded lately of how he allows us to go through the fire sometimes because he wants to change us. We saw a Blacksmith on Saturday too - and he branded a piece of leather to show the kids. I think that when we go through the fire, sometimes it is in order for God to "brand" us by putting his mark on us in a more visible way. I think then we show God through our lives more clearly than when life is good and we are just rolling along. When we go through the fire and it hurts, we either try to gut it out on our own (and usually fail) or we turn to him for comfort, love, and support.
Anyway, I am blessed to be seeing God do great things in the lives of those I love. It reminds me more of how he is doing that in my life too!
Here are a few final shots of the kids while in Mississippi visiting our family! It was a great visit with lots of catching up and having fun! Adam is playing tag with my boys here and they just loved playing with him!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tonight we ended the trip with a movie too - this was a first for us letting them watch tv (the sitter did allow some tv time but oh well) and they were thrilled! We even treated them to some popcorn!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
They were a mess though! As seen here with the chocolate on Mr. K's face! We credited this dessert night to Chewies celebrate day just a couple days early!
Here is another shot of a happy boy!
We have had afternoons filled with soccer and football practice in the back yard with a neighbor stopping by to play too! So everyone has had a great time playing and soaking up the great weather - autumn has arrived - here anyway! Not sure what will happen when I arrive in Texas and realize it is still late summer there!!
Today was a fun day too! We headed on to Fort BRagg to go to PWOC (Protestant Women on the Chapel) with Kristen. First we took about 5 wrong turns to get in the right gate and all and then realized that I do not have my car registration and did I mention it is some Safety week and they have heightened security? Well God wanted us to be at PWOC and to get on post in a timely manner so we made it through! After the car search and some pleading eyes for the guard we drove on post. The kids were about blown away with soldiers everywhere! They pointed out soldiers every few seconds and were just so excited! They were excited by the cammo colored Bobcat - the Humvees - the FMTV (cargo truck) and everything else! We surprised them by stopping by some tanks before PWOC and they were ecstatic! They could not believe it!
The older boys went to a homeschool kid class at PWOC and saw some new friends from our Sofie's walk the other day. They did a little school and then made some new friends too! Our princess, Luke Skywalker and 2 of the Lewis boys were together in child care and seem to have had a good time as well!
PWOC was lots of fun - and very emtional too! They had a speaker today talk about Operation Bandana which is a ministry that strives to send bandanas to soldiers deployed that have Psalm 91 written on them. It was a great talk - she is an amazing woman with a passion to reach our soldiers for Christ! And this ministry is meeting needs in so many soldiers over there! What a way to really show the love of Christ!Some happy Bandana recipients...
Check out this video... Come to Jesus to see how God is doing amazing things in Iraq despite current media reports!!
This afternoon we all enjoyed talking with James from Iraq via the computer! The kids loved saying hi and most of all hearing him! It was great seeing everyone gathered around the computer communicating with James from across the world! Sometime Technology can be a real blessing!That's all for now....have a blessed day!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Here is a pic of our miracle - Chase! What a cutie & what a blessing!!
Day 5 - Saturday