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Friday, February 24, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Wow...has it been that long since I last wrote anything on here?  Well I guess so.

I do have an WONDERFUL announcement.

After searching for a full time job for 4 years and seriously perusing one of them for the past year I have finally been offered a full time job!  And the best part?????  They will be grooming me to be one of their trainers. 

So...you think there might be better news?  Why, yes. Yes there is!  When I become one of their trainers I'll be salaried and have a company car.

Can you say....WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Of course, this is all pending my pre-employment drug test that I had done today.  But I know that it will come back completely clean.  I will start in one more week.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doing More Cooking From Scratch ~ Bisquick Mix

Last year I did some items in the kitchen from scratch and I have to say that I really enjoyed doing them.  I now find that they are easy to do, better for us and cost so much less than buying the pre-made items at the store.  One that I do often is homemade Bisquick.  I don't remember where I found the recipe so I can't give credit to the right person.  I did try to search for it again but couldn't find it.  But through my research to find it I came upon a FANTASTIC site!  It's Simple Bites.  Their post Eat Well, Spend Less: Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples has me jumping for joy.  I can't wait to get started on making some more staples for my kitchen/pantry.  They do have one very good word of advice.  Don't try to do it all at once.  Start with a few and once you have those down start adding to what you do.

Here's the recipe that I've been using.  Sorry there are no pictures to share with you of the delicious foods that I've made with this mix...but by the time I remember everything has been eaten.  They taste so much better!  It's amazing how taking out all those preservatives can make such a HUGE difference.

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

Directions:

Measure the sifted flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend thoroughly.
Cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter until thoroughly incorporated.


Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 months or freezer for up to 6 months.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA and PIPA!

From Google:

(please visit the website, click link above, and sign the petition!)

"Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late."

To learn more go to HERE or HERE

What's really sad is that a blog like mine could even be in violation.  My Wordless Wednesday post, for instance, uses a linking tool and linking would be a dangerous activity. If you link to “infringing” content – even unknowingly – you are a FELON.  I'd have to also take away your right to comment on my posts because allowing you to speak your mind on my site puts me at risk.

I don't even want to know what it would do to my sons online Public School!  Or my husband getting his Masters Degree online.

Watch the videos...take a STAND!  I have.





Here are what Wikipedia and Google look like today. Imagine what it would be like...


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wordless and Wordful Wednesday ~ Cold Nose

I feel like these guys this afternoon.  The wind was quite blustery and I wish I had a wing to put my nose under.








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Monday, January 16, 2012

Tasty Tuesday ~ Pumpkin Pound Cake



It's Tuesday and time to share some recipes over at Tasty Tuesday!  Just click on the button above and enjoy all the amazing recipes!

Thought I'd share with you a recipe that I tried awhile back and shared it with my Sunday School class.  They all loved it!

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Pumpkin Pound Cake


Ingredients:

Cake:
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar and it was just fine)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (about 13 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk

Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To Prepare the cake, lightly coat a 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour.  Spread pumpkin over 2 layers of paper towels; cover with 2 additional layers of paper towels.  Let stand about 10 minutes.  Scrape drained pumpkin into a bowl.
  • Place 3/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 3 minutes or until well blended.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.  Lightly spoon 3 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.  Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Add flour mixture and 3/4 cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick insterted into the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack.  Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack.
  • To prepare glaze, combine 1/3 cup buttermilk and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil.  Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly; remove from heat.  Drizzle cake with glaze.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wordless & Wordful Wednesday ~ Cousins

A decision has been made.  With the help of some dear friends of mine I have decided to suspend my 100 Joys as I fell so far behind this year in getting them all done and up.  I'll still share them with you but this time they'll be more memories. 

Out of this, however, has sprung an idea.  Why not find a Joy every week?  So coming next week I'll start "52 Joys".  Yes, I know that I'm already behind.  I'll share a few with you just to get it all started.  I'd love to have some others out there participate along.  I may even a theme or two for us to find.

For now I'm sharing with you a picture that I took of Sam and his cousin while we visited the Ft Worth Zoo.  I also had fun editing this photo on Picnik (I used the 1960s effects tool) and thought I'd share with you the before and after photos. 







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Thursday, January 5, 2012

100 Joys ~ #43 - #45





Joys #43 - #45

It's now  Jan 5th and I had wanted to have my 100 Joys finished by Epiphany.  When is that you ask?  This year it falls on Jan 6th.  Most churches in the USA it will be celebrated on the 8th.  The question that I have been asking myself is can I finish them before then?  I have so many other things that I want to write about but I feel like I need to finish sharing these Joys with you all that do read my blog.  

So without further ado...
Joy #43 is seeing a tree with it's fall colors once winter finally got here.  We had such a rough summer that we really didn't have fall at all.  I quickly snapped a picture of this small but beautiful tree.  



Joy #44 is Sam with his cousins.  This time around I had a hard time getting all three of them with smiles on their faces.  Sam has gotten into "gestures".  Giving me the "thumbs up" every time I bring out the camera.  ARGH!  Oh well.




Joy #45...every time that we've gone to the Ft Worth Zoo we make sure we go to feed the birds.  Sam has always tried to get one to land on his feeding stick but has never been able to do that...until now.  The photo doesn't do his joy justice.





Come back tomorrow and I'll have more Joys up.  Promise! 
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