Thursday, November 27, 2008

No-Fuss


Sweet Potato Casserole

2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl stir together the eggs, granulated sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir in the cooked sweet potatoes and raisins. Spread the mixture evenly in an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish.

For topping, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Delicious, Quick & Easy


Peach Cobbler


1 stick butter
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 28 oz can of peaches

Melt butter and pour into an 8 x 11 baking dish. I know, that's an unusual size but it works the best. Mix flour, milk and sugar and add to butter. Drain peaches. Cut into bite size peaches and add to dish.

Bake at 350 for about an hour or until top gets brown.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bye Bye Garage Door, Hello New Bedroom







While we had been planning on closing in our garage, we had no intentions of starting the project until after the first of the year. But fate had another idea. So I guess we will be closing it in over the Christmas holiday.

Brittany asked me if she could pull the car over to the house from my mothers (we share a driveway) so I told her that would be fine. She does it all the time so I thought it would be no big deal. Just a couple of minutes later Alec came running in the house all upset screaming "Brittany hit the house, Brittany hit the house". I do not even know what ran thru my mind at the time, I just know that I took off running accross the yard as quickly as I could run. And it was true, my car was sitting about 4 feet inside the garage with the garage door torn to shreds!

I suppose I should be mad at Brittany but she was so upset and crying hysterically that I felt too bad for her to be upset!
What a day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Babies, My Life


I post to my blog all the time about things that are going on in mine and my children's lives but I would like to take a different route with this entry and just take a moment to speak to each of my children. I love all of you and each of you hold a special place in my heart. I am going to start with the youngest and move my way up.


Nicholas, you are mommies little man. It took me years of trying to get a little boy and on April 23rd of this year, you came into my life. You are special to me for several reasons, being my only boy, being the last chance I will have with the infant times, and many more reasons. Holding you in my arms, watching while you are sleeping, kissing your belly, I would not trade these things for the world. Your big blue eyes and smiles warm my heart. I love that fact that at 7 months you already display such a loving nature. The way that you grab my hair on both side of my head and pull me close to you so that you can love one me just makes my day! I love you with all my heart and could not imagine a day without you. You will always be my "Turd Muffin Man".


Alexis, you are my miracle baby. You are the child that the doctors told me I would never have and on September 17th, 2 years ago, you proved them wrong. You brought a joy into my heart that I had been wanting for so long. I cannot believe how much you have grown and how much of a little lady you have become. Everyday you surprise me with something new. Your lovely green eyes and your Shirley Temple curls make you the beautiful princess you are. I thank God everyday for your kind and sharing personality. I love the way that at 2 years old you think about other people all the time. You constantly want to take care of Nicholas and are always trying to share your food, your toys and everything else you have with anyone that is around. I love the way that you play with my hair when you are sick, tired or just plain upset. I love you more than words could ever express, you gave my life purpose. You will always be my "Buritto Baby".


Brittany, you are my best friend. You came into my life at a time when I was not sure if I was really ready to be a mother. I was only a month away from being 18 and was a child myself. But on March 14th, 1993 you came into my life and I would not change a thing about your arrival! You and I have grown up together and developed a bond that nobody will ever come between. You have been my rock when the rest of the world had me blowing in the wind and for this I would like to tell you "Thank you". I know sometimes I am a little hard on you but it is only because I care about you and I know that you are an above average kind of person. You have been such a big help the past 2 years with Alexis and now with Nicholas. And while I know they try your patience everyday, you are wonderful with both of them and they love you so much. You will never know how much I love you and how much I need you in my life! You will always be my "Britt-Bratt".


Ashley, you came into my life October 9th of this year, less than a week after your 18th birthday. I chose you to be my daughter and that makes you EXTREMELY special. How many children can say that they were chosen! And while I consider each of my children blessings from God, I consider you my gift from God. I feel like God brought you to me because he knew how much I wanted more children and he knew how much you needed a mother and I thank God for this gift! I would also like to thank you for chosing me. You will never know how special that makes me feel. While I am sorry that I missed the past 18 years, I promise to be there for the rest of your life. I look forward to watching you grow into a woman and being their every step of the way! I love you as though I gave birth to you myself and from the moment you entered my home and until the day I leave this world, I have and will consider you my own. You may not share my blood but you will always share my heart!


I want everyone who reads my blog to know and understand that these four children define who I am. They are my purpose in life and the reason I exist in this world. I do not know why God considered me so special that he would bless me 4 times, but I will never be able to thank him enough. I go to bed every night expressing my gratitude. I get up in the middle of the night and go to each of my babies and say a little pray over them while they sleep. I am lucky to have some of the best children in the world and I would not trade even a second of my life for the world!


We should all remember that our children are each a blessing in their own way. They may not always come when we want them to, but they come when we need them to. They may not come from the fathers of our choice but when you look into their eyes and see the unconditional love that their hearst hold, how could you not thank the father for helping to give you such a marvilous treasure. They may get on what you think is your last nerve at times, but God blesses mothers with more nerves than we could ever imagine! No matter your situation which you face or have faced with your children, just remember God picked you to raise a child of his and there could be no greater honor!

Honey Pecan Chicken

I have been sitting on this receipe for a while now and to be honest, I saved it to my computer and completely forgot about it. I came across it since I have been stuck in the house this week and decided to try it and loved it. I think this is a receipe that I got from Sarah, but I am not sure. If I did, heres a big "shout out to Sarah". If not, sorry to the person who shared it with me! Since I liked it so much I thought I would post it and let someone try it as well.
So ladies, lets get to cooking!

Honey Pecan Chicken Cutlets

1 lb skinless chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons margarine, divided
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Dredge the cutlets in flour, shaking off excess. Heat two tablespoons margarine in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the cutlets and brown on both sides, about 5-6 minutes. Stir together the remaining tablespoon margarine, honey and pecans. Add to the skillet, stir gently. Cover and simmer gently for 7-8 minutes. Remove cutlets to a serving platter, pour sauce over and serve.

Better Babies

Full house at the Glover's today! Ashley and Brittany were both out of school today. Brittany is doing a lot better but she is still considered contagious so I kept her home again and Ashley was running a little bit of a fever today so she stay home as well.



Alexis is back to 100% again and is made up for lost time playing today. She played and played and played this morning. I think she took out every took she owed to play with. I put Nicholas in their bedroom floor while I was going through their clothes and she got in the floor with him and they had a blast playing together. Nicholas is mezmorized by Alexis. He watches her and laughes at her and she just adores him. I really enjoyed watching them play together this morning. I look forward to next summer when Nicholas becomes a strong walker and they can REALLY play together. They are going to be great playmates.



OK, back to the subject. By about 1:00 p.m. Ashley was feeling better and as the day went on everyone seemed to be doing better. Which is a relief for me, I was getting pretty worn out from having to deal with sick children all week. Being the clean freak that I am, I have been bleaching the counters, the bathroom and all the big toys a couple of times a day and spraying everything else with Lysol a couple of times a day. I have also stripped the beds twice this week and have washed towels and clothes everyday. This has been my attempt to contain the germs from Brittany's strep throat and impetigo and Alexis's stomach virus and so far it seems to be working!



Now if we can just get Douglas all better our house will be completely back to normal. Him being sick has been worse than all the children being sick! Men are such babies when they get sick!

Christmas Preparation

In preparation for Christmas I decided to get rid of some unneeded clutter in our home. I started in Alexis and Nicholas's room and cleaned our all their clothes that do not fit and some toys that we had duplicates of or ones that they had just plain outgrown. I took 3 diaper boxes of toys and clothes to a consignment store (Puddle Jumpers) and also filled a HUGE plastic tub full. And when I say huge, I mean huge. This tub is the size of 2 normal tubs. So the little ones are ready for the Christmas presents to fill their room back up.



Brittany and Ashley did not really have much to get rid of because we just did a clean out of their room and closet about 2 weeks ago. Everything else that we need to get our of their room will go next week, after we get the storage building moved on Saturday.



After we finished all this, I had had enough with being in the house! We have been stuck in the house since Sunday evening, except for doctors appointments and going to pick up medicine, and I was ready to get out. So we all loaded up in the car. We stopped by to see Doug before we left and right as we went to pull out Alexis asked to stay at her Mamaw's house so she could play with Savannah. So I pull back to my mother-in-laws house and dropped her off. We ended up making a trip to Kohl's were we finished Christmas shopping for all of Brittany's friends and I picked up a couple gifts for people that I did not really intend to buy for, but felt quilty about the fact that they were going to be at the family Christmas and I have never been one to leave someone out (i.e. Sammy's girlfriend, Moma's boyfriend's daughter). I also felt the need to buy Brittany and Ashley a couple more things from Santa and I bought myself a pair of shoes.



When we got home we fixed dinner, ate, cleaned up the kitchen, gave the little ones their baths and while they played we worked on wrapping a couple of the gifts and getting a couple more in boxes and ready to be wrapped. I am loving this year, it is only November 20th and I AM DONE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! WHOOOOO! While I love to shop, what woman doesn't, with a soon to be 7 month old, a 2 year old, a 15 year old and a 18 year old, shopping is a little hard. Plus it can get expensive if you try to go and buy it all at one time. So, I shop all year. I watch sales and when I can catch things at a good price, I buy them.



I got a little upset about Christmas presents this year though, I had bought Brittany and Ashley their Winter Formal dresses and the mathcing jewelry as one of their big Christmas presents and the school decided to move Winter Formal from the end of January to December 13th. So I had to give the girls their dresses early. Another bad part about it was that last week Kohl's had a 50-60% off sale and I had a 20% off coupon as well. They had all their formal dresses on sale for $30 or less and with the 20% off coupon they were a steal. So, I bought each of Brittany and Ashley's girlfriends their Winter Formal dresses and Brittany and Ashley bought them the matching earrings. Now we are having to give all the girls their Christmas presents early as well.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Last Thanksgiving my cousin Amanda, the Vegitarian, made these brussel sprouts and they were delicious. So, I thought I would post this receipe just in case anyone else might like to try them. This is a quick and easy recipe.


Ingredients:

2- 3 cups brussels sprouts, sliced in half
dash salt and pepper, to taste
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Slowly addthe olive oil until a dressing is formed.
Place the brussels sprouts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle the oil and vinegar over the sprouts and gently toss to coat.

Bake for 25 minutes, turning once. Sprouts are done when they are lightly browned.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another Day At Home With Sick Babies

We stayed home again today. Alexis has still been running a fever and not feeing well and Brittany has strep throat and her face is getting worse instead of better. It looks like I might be making another trip to the doctor with the both of them again tomorrow. It is so frustrating going back and forth to the doctors office for the same thing. We have spent $220 in co-pays in the past month and now we might have to spent another $40 tomorrow. We are going to go broke from co-pays alone!

Anyways, we are sitting down to watch Aladin now, a good wholesome movie that the entire family can enjoy!


Boiling Point Venting

I am going to vent in this blog, sorry, but I have to do it!

First of all, I asked someone a question last night. About something that I had heard them say not an hour before and they bold faced lied to me. It bothers me so much to know that someone, especially a family member, would do that knowing that I know they are lying. I was so tempted to call them out in front of the family, but I held back because I KNOW I AM A BETTER PERSON THAN THEY ARE.

Second, I have another family member that I have done entirely too much for and not only do they act like they do not appreciate, they take advantage of it. AND I AM AT MY LIMIT with this person. Again, a family member! I have given this person money, paid bills for them, given them a car and the only thing they care about are their wants and needs. I gave them a phone in my name, which is on our family share plan, and told them what options they had and how many minutes they had. I got on-line to look over my account (today started a new month) and in on day this person had already incurred extra charges on their line. Can we say RUDE! I was livid. Then I call them to tell them about it and they do not answer the phone that I pay for! Not that this is something new. Out of 25 calls to that phone I might get an answer 2-3 times. But, if I mention cutting it off, my mother has a fit and tells me not to be like that! Could someone please tell me how I am being? Because I am a little confused. See, this has happened several times and has cost me several hundreds of dollars and I do not feel like I am being mean or that I am wrong in any way. I have been nice enough to give them the phone, pay for it and pay all the overages for 2 years now.

Third, I do not understand parents who treat their children differently. I am not talking about little differences, I am talking about major differences. For example, I could not imagine buying a gift for one of my children for a holiday, anniversary or birthday and passing my other children. Nor could I imagine giving one child and their family all my attention and acting as though my other child and their family were only their when it was convenient. SORRY IF I STEP ON ANYONES TOES, BUT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH!! If you make the decision to have more than one child, you need to make the decision to treat them the same.

OK, enough venting for the night. I am going to go to pray about all three things and go to bed and I really hope that the people I am talking about (whether they read my blog or not), I hope that God touches them and they change their ways.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sick Babies...Tired Mommy






Well this has been a crazy day! Over the weekend my oldest daughter got impetigo on her face and we had to go to the doctor this morning. They called in some prescriptions and sent us on our way. So I figured, while we are out we will go ahead and do our grocery shopping for the week. I got up to the register to check out and my phone rang. It was my husband so I answered it, all I hear is “I am at my moms, I had an accident and my hand is pretty messed up”. I PANICED! I hurried out of the store, going as fast as I could to get to my mother-in-law and I walk in to find him with a swollen hand, some cuts and a lot of bruising. Can we say DRAMA QUEEN?? And then, just when I thought the day would calm down, I came home, put the babies down for nap and starting cleaning up the kitchen when Alexis woke up. I went to pick her up and she was on fire. I took her temperature and it was 103.4 degrees. I called the doctors office and the only appointment that had available was 7 pm so I took it. Luckily the appointment was with Dr. G (my favorite doctor). He listened to her chest and told me that her stomach sounded like a washing machine. She has a 24 hour stomach virus that has to run its course. Unfortunately he said that she would be in pain and very uncomfortable during the 24 hours.

Now it is the end of the day and I can honestly say that I do not want another day like this again for a while. Dealing with a 18 year old, 15 year old, 2 year old, 6 ½ month old and an 81 year old when they are all feeling well is rough enough. Dealing with them when 2 are sick and one is teething is enough to drive a person up the wall!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Free 20 Page Photo Book



Oprah has teamed up with Snapfish and is offering a free 8x11 Custom Cover Photo Book but you have to complete your order by Sunday, November 16th at midnight. UPDATE - - - THEY JUST EXTENDED THE DEADLINE TO NOVEMBE 22ND DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF RESPONSES!!

If you already have an account with Snapfish, just follow the prompts like you are setting up a new account and Snapfish with notice you and add the credit to your account.

I have 3 accounts with them so I got 3 photo books and the only cost was $7.46 for tax and shipping. This was a STEAL. These books are normally $29.95 plus the $7.46. So for $22.38, I ahve 3 great Christmas gifts. I bought these last year for my mother and my mother-in-law and they both loved them. I filled each page with pictures of the grandbabies through out the year. This really is the best Christmas gift for grand parents, especially if your parents are like ours and buy everything they want for themselves and leave no room for Christmas present ideas!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

This year my mother-in-law grew several pumpkins and we decided to make some homemade pumpkin pies. So, I went to her house the other day to see how it was done! We had a great time, Savannah and Alexis loved helping out and Nicholas loved eating the pureed pumpkin. He ate about 5 ounces of it! Below is the receipe that we used. Try it for yourself and I hope you like it!


Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Depending on the size of the pumpkin and the size of your pie plate. If you use a 6" pie pumpkin and a full deep dish 9" pie plate, then it should fill that pie to the brim and maybe have enough extra for either a small (4 inch) shallow pie.


Equipment
A sharp, large serrated knife
an ice cream scoop
a large microwaveable bowl or large pot
1 large (10 inch) deep-dish pie plate and pie crust - or two small pie plates (9 inch) and crusts


Ingredients
a pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
one half teaspoon ground ginger
4 large eggs
3 cups pumpkin
1.5 cans of evaporated milk
Note: if you do not have cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger, you can substitute 3 teaspoons of "pumpkin pie spice".


Recipe and Directions

Step 1 - Pick your pumpkin

Step 2 - Prepare the pumpkin for cooking
Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water.
Cut the pumpkin in half.

Step 3 - Scoop out the seeds...
And scrape the insides. You want to get out that stringy, dangly stuff that coats the inside surface. I use a ice cream scoop which seems to works great for this.
Note: SAVE THE SEEDS:
The seeds can be used either to plant pumpkins next year, or roasted to eat this year! Place them in a bowl of water and rub them between your hands. then pick out the orange buts (throw that away) and drain off the water. Spread them out on a clean towel or paper towel to dry and they're ready to save for next year's planting or roast.
Click here for roasting instructions!

Step 4 - Cook the Pumpkin
Put a couple of inches of water in a baking dish, place the pieces of pumpkin in the dish, skin side down, cover it, and put in the oven. Cook it on 375 degrees until the pumpkin is soft


Step 5 - Scoop out the cooked pumpkin
Once the pumpkin is soft, it is easy to scoop out the guts with a broad, smooth spoon, (such as a tablespoon). Use the spoon to gently lift and scoop the cooked pumpkin out of the skin. It should separate easily an in fairly large chucks, if the pumpkin is cooked enough.
Many times the skin will simply lift off with your fingers.
Watery pumpkin?
If your pumpkin puree has standing, free water, you may want to let it sit for 30 minutes and then pour off any free water. That will help prevent you pie from being too watery! I also like to strain my pureed pumpkin through a strainer or a coffee filter to drain out excess water.

Step 6 - Puree the pumpkin
Using a blender or a food processor, blend until you reach a nice and creamy consistancy.
You can freeze the pureed pumpkin that you do not use for your pies to use at a later date for more pies or even a pumpkin cake.

Step 7 - Heat up the Oven
Your oven is already set at 375, but now you need to turn it up to 425 .


Step 8 - Mix the pie contents
3 cups of cooked, mashed pumpkin
Ingredients listed above


Step 9 - Pour into the pie crust
I like a deep, full pie, so I fill it right up to about one quarter to one half inch from the very top.


Step 10 - Bake the pie
Bake at 425 degrees for the first 15 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350 degrees and bake another 45 to 60 minutes, until a clean knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
I use a blunt table knife to test the pie.


Step 11 - Cool the pie
And enjoy! Warm or chilled, with whipped cream , ice cream or nothing at all - it's great!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Easy Bake Oven Giveaway


1st giveaway for the



I know how much I loved my Easy Bake Oven when I was a little girl and thought I would share this opportunity with others! So, if you have a little girl who would love one just as much, visit the site and enter to win as well.


The last chance to enter is by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 14th. So don't put this off till later, you might just miss out on an awesome offer!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Little Hunter Brittany







Brittany went hunting with her father this evening and she killed 2 bucks, a 6 Pointer and a Spike (which was just as big in the body as the 6 Pointer). She was so excited, but I think Doug was more excited than anyone. Within minutes of her shooting them, the entire world knew about it. So we have had a long night of tagging deer, having pictures made with deer, talking about deer and cleaning deer. So much for a quiet night at Mamaw's house for dinner, sorry Peggy!

No, all the guys were in heaven tonight! Doug, Johnny, Danny, Jeff, James and Jim (by phone from work) were all in their element because they had deer to talk about. I am not sure what is so fasicnating to them about it and why one is any different than the others but everytime a deer is killed they all congragate to talk about it. So the women, Mamaw, Peggy, Rita, Ashley, Alexis, Savannah and myself all get to go take pictures and then sit in the house and be happy that the guys are out of our hair for a little while.



Halloween, Beach & November 2008

Sorry it has taken me a few days to get the pictures up from the Fall Festival, the Myers Lake Halloween Celebration, the Beach and a few since we got home, but things have been go-go-go since we got home! For the first time in almost 2 weeks my schedule is starting to calm down and I am happy about that. I have felt as though I have been burning the candle at both ends and it is exhausting.

Anyway, here are the pictures! There are a lot of them so sit back and enjoy!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Glover Family Beach Trip 2008


Only a few more hour and we leave for Myrtle Beach!

This has been a very busy and hectic past few days. We have been at church this week 3 nights for practice until 8-9 o'clock each night and then back to church on Friday for the Fall Festival. Which I have to say went wonderfully!

I am so proud of all my guys who took time out of their schedules this week to come and work with me to do a skit for the festival. THEY DID A GREAT JOB! For those of you who do not go to my church, let me explain a little. Each of the people who participated are not people who you would expect to see playing the roles that they played. There were a couple of teenagers who are shy and have been in some trouble and they stepped out of their comfort zone and they all did a fabulous job. There were several people who approached me after the skit in tears telling me how they felt like it was their life before they found Jesus. We did the Lifehouse "
Everything" skit. Check it out for yourself. We have been asked to perform again at church this morning and to go out into the community with the Pastor to perform as well! WAY TO GO GUYS! I am soo proud of each of you!

Next we spent several hours on Saturday finishing up packing for the beach and packing the car for our next adventure,
Myers Lake for the Halloween Festival. There was Trick or Treating from 4-6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., a Hay Ride at 7:15 p.m. and then a Live Band, Dancing and a Haunted House. We had a car full for this one, Alexis, Ashley, Beverly, Brittany, Nicholas and myself in one car, Alec and moma in another car. Not to mention the fact that Aunt Debbie, Uncle Al, Adam, Kathy and Jason were all there as well. This has been a family tradition for 22 years now. Every year at Halloween we have gone and each year it is just as wonderful as it was the year before. I plan to take my children for as many years as Myers Lake offers these festivities and hopefully I will be able to take my grandchildren one day. Anyways, we left Myers Lake around 8:30 p.m. and headed home to call it a night.

I took tons of pictures at the Festival and Myers Lake and will be posting them when we get back from the beach. I would have posted them tonight but with all the hustling to get the car packed to leave tomorrow, my camera got packed as well. So check back later this week and I promise the pictures will be here, as well as the new ones from the beach.