Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Family Happenings

Things are going well for Noah at school. He just received his first 6 week report card and he made 3 A's and 2 B's. I'm so proud of him. He is having so much fun this year. This weekend is his school's Fall Festival. I'm taking Thursday off to cook for the Bake Sale!

I'm continuing to have almost constant headaches. So I'm really not getting a lot done other than work and taking care of the family. I have an appointment in 3 weeks to see a new physician and I'm hoping that will bring so relief.

I recently made an apple pie that was very good. I seem to always have trouble with pie crust but this one was not a typical pie crust and it turned out well. I will post the recipe tomorrow since I don't have it with me at the moment.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Me, Myself and I Round Robin

Yes, I too have joined the group found here. Thank you so much Vonna for allowing me to join in the fun! This is the first time I have been part of a round robin. And my first time at trying to arrange a layout like this. I am having nightmares that I begin stitching only to realize my material is too small. That would be just my luck. What's the old expression - measure twice cut once. You can bet I'll be measuring and measuring again and again. My village will be an inspirational village and I can't wait to begin. However, we don't start stitching until December 31 so there is plenty of time for you to join us as well. Come on over and sign up!

I know I need to post a picture of my "red project". I'll have to ask my husband if he will assist me since he has the camera. That's why I don't have a lot of pictures. Maybe I can get one of my own. That would be nice.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of Ike. Please be safe.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thirstin' for the Word Thursday

I've been doing a study about having a spontaneous lifestyle of prayer. These two scriptures are very familiar but I'm struggling to not just see the words or read the words but to LIVE the words.

James 5:16 "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made to God."

Anyone that knows me knows I worry, a lot. In fact, it has earned me the nickname of "worry wart" or just "wart" from my husband. "Be anxious for nothing" that's a tall order for me! I would say impossible except with the help of the Lord. I look forward to finishing the study and seeing the growth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Book Recommendation

Noah and I have been reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. What fun! Of course, I read it when I was young. But to read it again with him has been so much fun. When Tom fed the medicine to the cat...you should have heard Noah laugh!!!! What, you don't remember that? Maybe you should reread Tom Sawyer!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Blue Ribbon Almond Roca Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 package toffee bits
1 cup coarsely ground almonds
4 ounces milk chocolate
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend sugars together on medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste. Add eggs and vanilla and mix at medium speed until light and fluffy. At low speed, slowly add the flour mixture and then the toffee bits. Mix until just blended; do not over-mix.
Place ground nuts in a small bowl. Using hands, roll balls of dough into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls, then roll in the ground nuts. Place on cookie sheets several inches apart. Bake approximately 22 minutes and then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Melt the chocolate with the vegetable oil in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Drizzle melted chocolate over cooled cookies. Place cookies on a cookie sheet and place in freezer or refrigerator until chocolate is firmly set.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Family Happenings

Noah and Tom went fishing. They didn't catch anything, but they had a great time. It was on a friend's farm. Noah got chased by a goat and he thought that was exciting!

We've already had open house at Noah's school. We were able to see some of Noah's work and talk with his teacher. The first PTA meeting was that night as well. The first parent/teacher conference is tomorrow. Noah's teacher has been teaching for 16 years. There are only 23 students in his class this year. She is new to our school but she says things have been great.