Wisdom to Live By

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Photography: Fix-It Friday #56 Oh yea Babies

My brain was a little disconnected yesterday so I forgot to post this. One of the passions in my life just happens to be photography. If you want to check out my facebook site, there is a link on the left side of the page. It's called Dee's Photography. Forever and a day ago I was given the name Dee and most of my family knows me by that name. Fix-It Friday is where somebody takes a beauftiful pic of something and see how many different ways that photo can be edited. Today's fix-it is of 2 beautiful little miracles. This weeks photo was submitted by Jaime Lee at Candidly Grateful. This is what she said about her pic. "This is a photo of my twins at 6 weeks old. I love the photo because of their interaction and their faces, but I feel like it's a little drab or flat. It needs some life." So here it is. Gorgeous babies. I did 2 edits.


Here is the original



My first edit


My second edit


I hope you enjoy. All for now.



Friday, May 28, 2010

FFF: Memories

Today's Fun Food Friday took me back. Actually this day got away from me and I kinda forgot about FFF. Because of this we didn't have a dessert tonight, maybe tomorrow. Dinner tonight is my very favorite dish at one particular restaurant. The problem with this is that the restaurant is the Huddle House. There is no Huddle House here. Sad thing. I'm pulling this off the top of my head from what I remember. The dish is Chicken Melts with Scattered Hashbrowns. Love, Love, Love, Love it. The ingredients are:

Enough boneless, skinless chicken breasts (one for each sandwich) for people eating
A couple of slices of cheese
1 large onion
1 Tbls butter
1 heaping Tbls of bacon grease or butter for hashbrowns
4 cups of frozen tater tots
1/2 cup Italian dressing
4 slices bread

I made 3 pieces of chicken, 2 for the hubby and I and 1 for the kiddos cut up into bite size pieces. Put chicken in a large ziploc bag and close. Take a rolling pin or mallet and pound on chicken until it is slightly smaller and then add dressing and let it marinate for about an hour. Place your chicken in a hot skillet and cook until cooked through, flipping occasionally. In another pan, melt your butter and add your chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent. Remove from the heat and set aside. When chicken is done, put on a plate and clean your pan for the hashbrowns. These are the easiest and yummiest hashbrowns. I stumbled upon this method when I was pregnant with Big Man about 6 years ago. Add your bacon grease or butter to the pan. When it is melted add your tater tots and stir. While they are cooking, butter 1 side of your bread. Place 1 slice of bread, butter side down, on a grill pan or a George Foreman. Add chicken, a tbls of the cooked onions, and a slice of cheese, then top with other slice of bread, butter side up. It's kinda like making a grilled cheese. Lower the Foreman lid, or if using a grill pan, flip when down side is browned. Check your tots and keep stirring. As they cook, start breaking them apart with the spatula. After they have cooked all the way through, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, stir in about 2 tbls onions and put a few slices of cheese on top. Remove from heat and let cheese melt. Take sandwiches off the Foreman or grill pan and serve. So yummy. If you have any questions, just let me know. All for now.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Countdown!!

Today makes 2 weeks. We have 2 more weeks in this house. I got a call today from the Pest Inspector. He will be here in the morning. Please pray for all to go well with that. We are finished with all the repairs and now we are just waiting for the appraiser to come back out to be sure we finished the two repairs on the list. One of the repairs we were in the process of doing anyways and one was completely ridiculous. We had to remove the inoperable garage door opener. Silly, but ok. Now to get everything packed. It's making me a little loopy, but it's in God's hands and He doesn't mess up so we're good. I am thankful for that. Will keep you posted about our next step soon. All for now.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Do

Yesterday, after church, my wonderful hubby decided to take me to get my haircut. Since I very well can't take 3 kids with me to get my haircut, I need him to either to keep them or go with me and distract them so this was a long time coming. I haven't cut my hair in quite some time now, but now I love it. It's exactly what I wanted. So before we went to the mall, we went to Golden Corral for lunch, which was hilarious. Big Man ate to much so we had to leave. He was complaining of a stomach ache. I knew he would. That was a BIG piece of chocolate cake. Goose's eyes glazed over but he never complained of overeating. I saw this as the perfect moment to explain what it means to be a glutton and moderation. After we headed to the mall for the much needed chop. It was so nice. I haven't so much as been to the bathroom without a child attached to me in quite some time. I chatted with the stylist and enjoyed my lounging moment. After that we headed over to JCPenney's for a little shopping and then headed to Kohl's for a little more. It was nice.
I was trying to take a pic of us, but he kept shaking my hand and messing with me.

Here he tryed his hand at my camera.

Finally I told him I was putting it on my tripod.

And he wanted to try one more time, but he forgot to focus on my head. :P

I am very thankful for the blessings of a great family and the wonderful day we had yesterday. All for now.





Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wonderful news and Fun Food Friday

The menu for this past Friday was interesting but disappointing. If you would like the recipe, just send me a comment. The menu was Tomato Chops and Zucchini Gratin. I think I'm the only one who liked the chops, but the Zucchini Gratin was a hit. The hubby most definitely loved it. The kiddos were more excited and the new mattress we bought and the movie of the night, they didn't even feel like cooking. The movie of the night was Monster House. Of course, we ended up sleeping with them because they got scared. Now, for the wonderful news. Our realtor called on Friday with the news that our appraisal came in. It came in at our asking price. YAY!!!!!!!!!!! One less thing to worry about. Now we are 2 1/2 weeks from closing and still are praying daily about our next step. You guys keep praying too. All for now.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Appraiser went BOO!

Well, the appraisal has happened. We were very surprised with 2 hours notice that he was coming. Well, I'm glad it's over and we're going to leave it in God's hands now. I guess we find out in a few days how the appraisal went. Pray for God's guidance through this and our next step. All for now.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fun Food Friday, Creamy Beef and Noodle Combo and Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Sorry its a little late again. I decided for this post to explain, in a little more detail, what happens in the Frisk household on Fridays. It has become a tradition now and my kiddos have learned the calendar for this day. Every Friday we cook our Fun Food Friday meal, we get everything cleaned up, get pjs on and we air up the big mattress for the living room and watch a movie. The kids get excited about it every week. The menu for last Friday was Creamy Beef and Noodle Combo and Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. The movie was Charlotte's Web. I figured it was fitting since we finished the book a couple of days before. Unfortunately, the last 15 minutes didn't even work so it's back to Blockbuster. Ok, back to the food. The ingredients are:

1 lb ground beef
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 (4 oz. ) can mushrooms ( I used fresh)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. celery, sliced
1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped
1 c. milk
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
2 c. noodles

Ok, so first thing cook and stir meat, onion, celery and bell pepper until meat is browned and drain off the fat. Add mushrooms (with liquid) and remaining ingredients. If you're like me and you add fresh mushrooms, you need to add about 1/2 cup water and another 1-2 Tbls of worcestershire sauce. Heat to boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer. Make sure you stir occasionally or you will have a few crunchy noodles. I simmered mine about 20 min. Cook until noodles are tender. I thought it was great, but the recipe is a little strange so I changed it for you. :) Ok, now for the very eeeeevvviiilllll brownies. Oohh they were yummy. Word of advice though, DO NOT OVERCOOK BROWNIES. They will dry out if you do. The ingredients are:

1 stick butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 tsps vanilla extract, divided
2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened(important)

A couple of little tips before I start. If you want even more chocolate you can add 1/4 cup chocolate chips to brownie batter . Also, be sure that the saucepan that you are melting the chocolate in is clean and dry. Even one drop of water in melted chocolate can cause it to harden into clumps. One more thing, if you do not let brownies cool all the way, they will fall apart. Ok. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray(I don't use this). Melt your butter and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Stir constantly, you don't want it to burn. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Pour chocolate into a large bowl and let it cool slightly. After it has cooled a little, stir in 2 cups sugar and 4 eggs. If you do not let it cool, you'll have scrambled chocolate eggs, just sayin. Beat this mixture with an electric mixer on low speed until it is smooth. In a medium bowl, combine your flour, baking powder and salt. Then mix the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and spread evenly into your baking pan. In another medium bowl, mix your softened cream cheese (it's hard to mix a brick, I promise), remaining sugar, vanilla and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until it looks smooth. Spoon this over your chocolate mixture. I know, you just want to eat it with a spoon right now though. DON'T. Run a knife through both mixtures until some chocolate shows. Thus, Swirl. Bake them until a knife inserted in center of brownies comes out clean, 25-30 min. Mine were done about 27 min. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store them in the refrigerator because of the cheesecake. Big Man and Goose did most of the work so check out the cuteness in my pics below. Well, I hope you enjoy this yumminess, if that's a word. I really want to know if you tried them. Let me know. All for now.



Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fun Food Friday

Well, sorry its a little late. I was getting ready for my 5K and didn't get to post it. Friday we definitely had a new recipe but no recipe card for this one, well the dinner anyways. For dinner we had Salmon Alfredo (I know sounds weird) and Chocolate Chip Cookies. The Salmon Alfredo is off the top of my head so bear with me as I try to remember my recipe.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups milk
1 stick butter
1 to 2 cups parmesan cheese (depending on how cheesy you want it)
a couple of tsps of italian seasoning
a couple of tsps of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 can salmon (6 oz.)
1/2 package of spaghetti noodles

Heat milk and butter in saucepan until boiling stirring constantly. When sauce is boiling, remove from heat and add cheese stirring until all is melted. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Add flaked and drained salmon. Cook noodles according to package directions. Plate your noodles and add sauce. Hubby and I thought it was wonderful. Kiddos were iffy on the salmon, but loved the noodles and sauce. Ok, on to the Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut shreds
1 bag chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate, my fav)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. In a large bowl, combine butter ad sugars; mix until its light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix it well. Slowly add your flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until it is all combined. Stir in oats, coconut, and chips. Drop by spoonfuls 2" apart on prepared sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. It was super yummy. Kiddos loved them. Hubby ate the rest. Hope you like it too. Let me know. All for now.



Under Contract

Well, the inspection was Friday and we haven't heard anything yet. We're still waiting and tomorrow is the last day of the option period. I'm trying not to stress out about it. I have committed this to God's hands and I refuse to take it back. He handles it better than I anyways. :P This has proven to mess up schedules though. Everytime someone needs to come into our house, we must leave. Proves to be difficult with a baby on a schedule. My little woman missed her nap because of the inspection so when we finally got home I put her in her high chair to give her a snack and this is what happened.
I'll keep you posted as things progress. All for now.

5K Accomplished!

Well, I did it. Pretty proud of myself. I ran my very first 5K this weekend and now I can't wait for my next one. I'm also glad I got to run it with great people and for a great cause. The Jack Rabbit Run for Hope benefits Hope Pregnancy Center. I got to run my first 5K with my wonderful hubby, my bestest friend, her great sister (whom I feel like is one of the gang) and our combined 7 children ran the 5K (with jogging strollers). We came in at great time too considering the killer hills, the jogging strollers and getting stuck behind some walkers sometimes. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to run my first with these great people and thanks to Kasey for convincing me I could do it. Check out our great pics. All for now.



Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Happening

Well, I'm nervous, I'm pessimistic, I'm sad, and worried all at the same time. Not a good combo. God, take this worry from my hands. My house is under contract. Right now we are in the 10 day option period, so it hasn't happened yet. If everything goes through, we close on June 9th. Next month we may have a new address. Sounds weird. Especially since I've had this one for the past 5 years. I will keep you updated on the progress, and last Friday's FFF will be posted soon. All for now.