Luke 2: 9-14
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Luke 2: 9-14
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I thought these words from the Steven Curtis Chapman song " Coming Home for Christmas" were fitting for Aunt Mary.
I'm going home for Christmas, and I'm going home to stay
I'm going home for Christmas and nothing's gonna keep me away
I'll be with the ones I love to celebrate the Savior's birth
I'm going home, home for Christmas
As we sing Joy to the World I can't help thinking
Of the joy that's shining in her eyes right now
And though our hearts still acche, we know that as we celebrate
She's singing with the herald angels and heaven's glowing on her face
She's home for Christmas and nothing could've kept her away
She'll be face to face with Jesus, as we celebrate His birth
And this gift will be worth more to her than anything on earth
She's home, she's home for Christmas
She is home
She's home for Christmas
Farewell, Mary...you will be missed! Enjoy your first Christmas with Jesus!
Monday, December 20, 2010
1 C light Karo
2 and 1/4 C packed brown sugar
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 C butter
1 t. vanilla
buttered 9x9 pan
Melt the butter over med/low heat in a medium size saucepan. Add brown sugar, salt and Karo and mix well. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir again until it's mixed in. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Keeping it at a fairly rolling boil, set your timer for 12 minutes, and keep stirring...don't let up the whole time. Talk to someone on the phone to pass the time or listen to Christmas music. No need for a candy thermometer. When the timer goes off, hang up the phone, add the vanilla and pour the delicious golden goodness into the buttered pan. Lick out the pan and spoon. Then let it cool for several hours. Cut in small squares or rectanges. Dip in melted chocolate or wrap in wax paper squares. I hadn't made caramels in several years, and these came out pretty much the perfect consistency both times.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I made these yesterday, they are so easy! You put a rolo candy on each small pretzel, put it in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes. Take them out, move them to a sheet of wax paper and push an m&m in it right away. Let them cool. Salty and sweet. Quick, easy, cute and really yummy!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
We got back home from our girl week in Florida late Saturday night. While we were there I could pick up internet access, although my laptop isn't behaving properly...it just shuts off when it feels like it. Anyways, on Friday, it was cooperating and I was checking out some blogs that I follow. I saw on The Coupon Goddess blog that there was a Yoplait Winner and it was Marcia M. from OH!! I couldn't believe it. I have entered different contests from time to time, but of course I never win. I couldn't remember what the Yoplait smoothie contest was even for, I thought probably some coupons for free smoothies?...so I went back and looked at the contest page which was posted on Nov 4. So here's what I won....
Some coupons for these Yoplait frozen smoothies and a Kitchen Aid blender!! I should get it sometime this week...it made my day! Thank you Coupon Goddess!!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Changing the subject...a young couple from our church (Lydia and Kirby) just had a baby boy yesterday, he was 7 weeks early. He had some breathing problems and today he went to be with Jesus. They have two little girls. I just feel so sad for them, it's been on my mind all day. Please say a prayer for them, even though most of you reading this don't know them. Thanks!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
This week I tried carving a jack-o-lantern.
Mickey was not so sure about it...
but the boys thought it was cool.
These two cute little firemen came trick or treating
yesterday. Perrin does not enjoy taking pictures.
Friday, October 22, 2010
The CF center called me a few days ago to let me know that two new bugs have set up residence in my lungs. I've never cultured these particular bugs before. They are Stenotrophomonas Maltiphilia and Alcaligenes Faecalis. Try saying those names three times really fast! Seriously, who names these things?? The steno malt is the more worrisome one I guess. I've been put on two different antibiotics. which I will take twice a day for three months to try to eradicate them. I have been feeling yucky this week...low grade fevers, short of breath, more coughing, no energy. It may or may not be caused by the bugs, probably is just a normal typical flare up...but this hasn't been a great week for me. I'm guessing that IV's might not be too far away in my future. Hopefully the antibiotics will help me feel better. And hoping to get rid of the bugs before they start a real party in there!!! Go away...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Now on to the it's getting complicated part. I had a couple of calls on our message machine when we got back that were from the CF center. It was about a blood test that I'd had done about a month ago. I called back and they said my IgG levels were low, but since I had an appointment coming up on Friday (yesterday) they'd discuss it then. So yesterday Dr. M explained that a low IgG level can also cause lung, ear and sinus infections and that usually CF people have higher than normal IgG levels to fight off their CF infections, not lower. I immediately thought she was going to say I DON'T have CF, because it sounded like it wasn't a CF thing. (But then there are those 2 CF genes I have). But she said she thinks I might be fighting TWO diseases, CF and an immune deficiency. So she wants me to see someone who works with immunology. Now I'm not completely clueless about IgG levels, since one of my other doctors discovered this low level years ago and I got monthly IV gammaglobulin treatments for several years. But I have very small veins and finally they were kinda shot and I didn't feel like it was helping enough to keep doing it and I just plain needed a break. So I stopped. I did have the treatments again for about 6 months a few years ago. Dr. M also said that for a "normal" person my levels wouldn't be terribly low, but for a CF person, it would be considered very low. She talked to the Dr. she wants me to see and that Dr. is also working with a couple of other CF patients who have do have low IgG. So I'm being referred to her and will probably have to have a whole new thorough work up. Do any of you readers with CF have low IgG levels??? Just wondering. And so goes my exciting life!!! So we'll see what happens next...
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
When the lye and water mixture and the oils are both at around 100 degrees, I added the lye part to the oils. There were no fumes at all by the time I brought the lye/water inside. I started stirring for a bit, then used an immersion blender. You have to blend, then stop, blend and stop, or the blender gets too hot. It probably takes about 15 minutes of blending till it starts to get thicker.
This is how it looks when you start blending...
...and this is how it looks after about 15 minutes. Sort of pudding like. It's getting to the stage that is called "trace".
Note the goggle get up, gloves and long sleeves. See, I was being VERY very careful!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This next picture is from a couponing adventure I had at CVS last week. I was so nervous because Stephanie (DIL coupon queen) wasn't along to help me. My first transaction I was supposed to use my previous 4.99 extra bucks, but I forgot (nervous, remember). The 3 things I bought were supposed to only cost like 99c but instead it was $6 something. Then I realized! So, I tried not to panic. Well, I can use them for the next transaction, right??? Next I ruffled through my coupons to make sure I had everything for the next, somehow a couple were lost. More sweating. OK. I told the clerk I'm new at this and pretty much don't know what I'm doing and she was very kind and helpful. And when I walked out the door, my sweating had stopped, my brain felt tired, but I was so PROUD of my bag of savings!!! My sister was with me trying to get deals too and it seemed like we were in there for HOURS!! I'm slowly figuring at least the CVS stuff out, but I know I'll never be a coupon queen, that's for sure.
So here was my best transaction that day, I did 3.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We had a candy bar where people could come to the table and fill a box with their choice of candy to take home.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We left late Wed. morning, stopping at Hershey to tour Chocolate World. It smelled so good!! Of course we bought some chocolate! We got home at about 7:30 that evening.