Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Kitchen Tagged

Donna tagged me with this kitchen meme.

1. How many meals does most of your family eat at home each week? How many are in your family? Around 17 meals. 5 children, 2 adults.

2. How many cookbooks do you own? ?? 20

3. How often do you refer to a cookbook each week? 2 times

4. Do you collect recipes from other sources? friends, internet. I love Food Network

5. How do you store those recipes? scribble them down on whatever is available, leave them laying around the house or shove them inside my recipe basket.

6. When you cook, do you follow the recipe pretty closely, or do you use recipes primarily to give you ideas? I always follow the recipe closely, obsessively.

7. Is there a particular ethnic style or flavor that predominates in your cooking? Italian and Mexican.

8. What's your favorite kitchen task related to meal planning and preparation? Cutting veggies and using my favorite food chopper.

9. What's your least favorite part? Unloading the dishwasher, that is why I pay my son to do it.

10. Do you plan menus before you shop? Sometimes. :-0

11. What are your three favorite kitchen tools or appliances? Pampered Chef food chopper, Henkels knife, Bosch.

12. If you could buy one new thing for your kitchen, money was no object, and space not an issue, what would you most like to have? A remodeled and larger kitchen. Hey, money is not an object!!

13. Since money and space probably are objects, what are you most likely to buy next? Tortillas for dinner tonight.

14. Do you have a separate freezer for storage? Yes, it is a full size refridge/freezer and it is in the garage. Holds extra milk, soda, water bottles, Eggos, frozen pizza and a giant turkey that I'd better use soon.

15. Grocery shop alone or with others? I can get out alone now that the children are older but I usually have a little helper or two.

16. How many meatless main dish meals do you fix in a week? Just a few. We like meat.

17. If you have a decorating theme in your kitchen, what is it? Favorite kitchen colors? French country, bird houses, roosters, black appliances.

18. What's the first thing you ever learned to cook, and how old were you? Like Donna, cookies.

19. How did you learn to cook? My sisters. XXOO

20. Tag two other people to play. Want to play? Let me know where I can read your answers. You can answer any or all of the questions in the comments if you don't have a blog.

NOTE: That is not my kitchen in the photo. I would like a kitchen like that some day though. I would even cook, clean, bake bread and possibly sleep in that kitchen if I had it. ;-)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Warning: Bragging ahead

Avenue of Poplars by Vincent van Gogh

was Hannah's inspiration for this lovely poem

The trees are bare,
I feel the cold chill of the air but the
wind does not blow.
I hear no sound, the snow silences the sound.
The white make me feel as if
I am black with nowhere to hide.
The trees reach towards the heavens, but I feel
like I am the roots grasping down into the soil of despair.

Congrats to my dear Hannah who won 3rd place in our school's poetry writing contest!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Funny Little Girl

I teach my very young children a few Bible verses right off the bat:

Eph 4:32

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

1 John 4:7

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

James 1:20

20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

In addition to learning and memorizing verses, the little ones (and big ones) have been taught what it means to provoke one another. And provoking is indeed a bad thing. In this context, I think of it as teasing, pushing things too far, not stopping when asked etc.

Merriam Webster

1 a archaic : to arouse to a feeling or action b : to incite to anger
2 a : to call forth (as a feeling or action) : EVOKE b : to stir up purposely c : to provide the needed stimulus for

It was 7:15 am on Wednesday morning and Lauren (3) came running down the hall yelling "Mama"!!

"Yes, Lauren" I said.

"Mama, James is REVOKING me" Lauren said

I responded "well, that James is a bad boy, isn't he?"

She just cracks me up. She's 3 ???!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It Works For Us

Last summer was My Summer of Washing Towels 2005. It was bad. Beach/pool towels on top of the normal towel usage of a family of 7. Imagine it without any order or organization. I cracked the whip on the situation in the middle of the summer. By then, if a child left a beach towel wadded up outside or in their room that was precisely the one they would use the next time they went swimming. If they forgot to take their towel out to the pool....oh well, you'll dry quickly, it's 150 degrees out there. They learned to hang their pool towel on the fence (it will dry in 5 minutes here) and then it could be folded and put back in to The Container for Pool Towels.

My next project was the girl's bathroom. It was a problem area also. Towels were found under the bed, in the closet, in the bathroom, on the couch...I think you get the picture. Enter JC Penney Catalog! Big, beautiful, colorful, monogrammed bath towels and on sale!!. This is going to work, I just know it! The hardest decision was who was going to get what color and then to pick the monogram color, they didn't have much to choose from. The towels arrived via UPS, our favorite, crazy lady driver, we washed them and they were hung in descending order by age. We love the way the look and feel. We had to tackle one more obstacle. The towels didn't seem to make it back to their assigned spot. Hubby and I decided to enforce a form of discipline that seems to work well with older children. Hit em in the ole pocket book. After a period of grace and reminders, a warning was given and POW, if your towel is found on the floor, it's time to pay up!! I am glad to say I am not getting rich off of my children's failure to hang towels back where they belong. So far, so good.

Monday, February 20, 2006


Sue, aka sister sue, I turned off word verification just for you.

Actually for me, in a desperate attempt to get one more comment.

Hope to hear from you Susie (c:

Friday, February 17, 2006

Front Yard

Donna told us to post a picture of our view from our front door.
Look at how cloudy and gloomy it is today. It is only 61 degrees right now. Brrr.
Not a drop of rain.
See the pretty Ash with the light green leaves!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lauren and Blankie

Lauren got a hair cut yesterday and Blankie was fresh and clean, smelling of Tide and bleach, so I took a quick picture.

"Blankie" is very precious to Lauren. Blankie is a girl, usually spends the day in bed (oh, the life) and is best if she is dirty, smelly and cold. Not sure where the cold factor came in but Lauren does not like Blankie to be hot and she doesn't understand why I have to wash her.

I bought Blankie and a matching outfit at Gymboree when I was 9 months pregnant with Lauren. I also bought a darling little boy version. My friend was in charge of washing what we needed and taking back the one we did not need.

Lauren forgot Blankie at Grandma's house on Saturday night. Dave and I were too lazy to go back and get it so Hannah gave Lauren a blanket that was special to her when she was a little girl. Thankfully she slept through the night without a fuss...Lauren, that is ;-)

Someday soon Blankie will have to go away for awhile because with Blankie comes thumbsucking. Oh, that will be a sad day. She's my baby after all.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

and (((HUGS)))

I wish for you a day full of wonderful things!
Happy Valentine's Day.
Love Janet

Friday, February 10, 2006


Clear blue skies.

Gentle breeze.

75 degrees.

'It's all good' in Arizona.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Light Affliction

From Mrs. M-mv in a comment on Donna's blog:

"As I said, small, small challenges in the scheme of things. I wake up each morning so thrilled to have done so again, so delighted to be dealing only with a little twinge in the joints, a little schedule conflict -- I can't even really consider these "challenges.""

Beautiful words. Encouraging words.

I hope she doesn't mind if I add to the thought by sharing this:

2 Cor. 4:16-18 (NKJV)

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

At times it does not feel light but please trust these words and believe it is.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Simple and Yet Difficult

Luke 9:23 (NKJV)

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

My 'to do' list:

1. deny yourself
2. take up your cross daily
3. follow Jesus

Saturday, February 04, 2006


Pholph's Scrabble Generator

My Scrabble© Score is: 23.
What is your score? Get it here.

Thanks, Donna

I beat you!