Archive for July, 2008


Posted on July 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

My radiator, that is. We made a last minute change of plans and we all went to eat with the missionaries. All, but the sick kid. We took him to my sis-in-laws house and she keep him quarantined in a room by himself. He read and played Pokemon on his DS. My sis-in-law is awesome! She has 5 kids of her own and lets my puny one stay over too. And we were sooo grateful because we got to spend a great evening with friends we already knew and new friends from across the globe!

But, back to the radiator. So, on the way home last night there was a huge piece of truck tire tread smack in the middle of our lane. There was no way to avoid hitting it. I guess the guy in front of us hit it too because he didn’t swerve either. The AC immediatley shut off and by the time we got to the next exit, the van was starting to smell hot. We pulled over and the radiator fan was not running and the fluid was all gone. Fortunately, we were only 5 miles from home. I can only guess how long my van will be in the shop!

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Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well I have one down with a fever this week. He is just lying around, barely eating, but not complaining one bit. He is my calm docile one. I hate he is ill though. We have a great opportunity to spend time with some missionaries home on furlough. in 2006 and 2007 my husband spent two weeks in Manilla Philippines with a few other men helping some great people. This was a tech trip, guys who work on computers. They helped at a radio station, at a school for the blind, at an orphanage and at Faith Academy, the city’s private school for Missionary kids. He was not able to go this year, but the family they worked with the most is here in our state for dinner tonight! I really wish all my kids could go and be blessed by this family! Jim plans to go ahead and take the girl (almost 7) with him. I think she will enjoy the time with dad and meeting this special family.

On another note, I experimented with some new to me wheat yesterday. I usually use Winter White, but I was given alot of Red Turkey Wheat recently. My husbands family keeps a years worth of food storage per church instructions and my in-laws are getting ready to move. They really needed to downsize so I was given quite a bit of wheat from the basement. This wheat is really old though. My sis-in-law has been using it for awhile now and they still seem healthy so I am using it too. Get this, the wheat was canned in 1973!  It’s less than a year older than me!  But wheat has a very long shelf life if packaged correctly, so we are eating it! The kids ate it for lunch yesterday and today and enjoyed it. I did mix it half and half with regular bread flour because Red wheat is not as mild as white. It came out fluffly and delicious. Oh and he also gave me a whole box full of bakers grade honey! No telling how old it is!

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Christmas Cookies

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Over at Life As Mom, there is a Christmas in July celebration! I do love Christmas and look forward to seeing all the neat things Jessica is sharing to prepare for this special time. When I saw she had a virtual Christmas Cookie Swap, I knew I could contribute to this! This came from a family recipe book my sis-in-law put together a few years ago. A friend of hers sent this one in. So here’s our favorite.

Santa Snicker Surprise

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 packages 13 oz. Snicker minatures (little snack size, like 1 bite)

Combine the butter, peanut butter and sugar using a mixer on medium to low speed until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined then mix in flour, salt and baking soda. Cover and chill dough for 2 to 3 hours.

Unwrap all Snickers. Remove dough from refrigerator. Divide into one tablespoon pieces and flatten. Place Snickers in the center of each piece of dough. Form the dough into a ball around each Snickers. Place on a grease cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Let cookies cool.

Options: Sprinkle each cookie with powdered sugar or melt chocolate chips and drizzle over each cookie!

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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Liberty Pool

Posted on July 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hooray! I got a quick tutorial from my Super cool in home IT guy and am now able to post pictures! So here’s the first. Last week we went with our favorite family to the Liberty Bell Pool in Warm Springs. This pool is the huge! So my good friend has 5 kids 8 and under and I have 4 kids 8 and under. We all piled into her 12 passenger van. It really looked like a daycare bus! I should have took a picture of that! There were 9 toddler/booster seats in that van!! We had a great time!

Kids at Liberty Pool

Kids at Liberty Pool

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Free Dogfood!

Posted on July 16, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

That’s right, I redeemed a coupon for Natural Choice dogfood today and got the $11.49 bag for free! I think I signed up for this on the web last month. I have signed up for so many freebies that I forget where they came from. I do know that I heard about it from Money Saving Mom though! She’s the best!

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