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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.


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Wordless Wednesday – Little Mess Maker

January 29, 2008

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Consistency is Key

January 28, 2008

Ok, I’m posting this only because I said I would and I need some consistency in my life.  Truth be told, I’d rather be cleaning my kitchen right now so I don’t have to look at the mess, or washing one of seventeen piles of laundry, or well…just about anything that is productive.  And for heaven sakes, don’t for one moment think I enjoy cleaning over blogging, but the mess has been sitting there way too long, which incites guilt and who needs that I ask?

So here it is…..

Today only you can purchase Around the World in 180 Days by Apologia Ministries for 30% Off!!! That is a huge savings, so don’t miss it because it will turn back into a pumpkin at midnight.

Around the World in 180 Days teaches geography and history on a continent-by-continent basis. The student learns about the major countries on each continent, as well as the basics of the continent’s history, geography, and culture. This is not a textbook. It is a series of questions that the student must research in order to answer. Plenty of resources (available in most public libraries) are listed to help the student in his or her research, and the teacher’s edition has all of the answers. Thus, even if the student cannot find the answer, you will not be lost. The pages in the student book are all three-hole punched and perforated so that the student can fill out the worksheets and compile a notebook which will document his or her work.

The great thing about this curriculum is that it written with a multilevel approach. There are questions for students of all levels, and those levels are clearly marked in the curriculum. As a result, the youngsters can do some of the research, the older students can do different research, and the oldest students can answer the most challenging questions. This is truly a curriculum that your whole family can study at once! Today only $28.00! List price $40.00.

Wordless Wednesday – Could I Finally Be a Tea Girl?

January 22, 2008

I don’t know…I have always been a coffee girl, but this is really good tea!  No kidding…the best I have ever tasted and…it’s supposed to help you sleep with some Valerian Root in it; although, I think you’d have to hit me in the head with a hammer to knock me out..

Is it better than coffee?  Bite your tongue!  I’d never leave my beans!

Comfort Food at Its Finest

January 20, 2008

I’m sure everyone that is reading this has had one of those  years weeks that you just needed a little TLC.  Well, today was one of those days that comfort food was desperately needed.

Don’t misunderstand, today wasn’t any worse or better than any other day, but I have been feeling kinda yucky lately after a nasty  cold, a case of gastritis and a tooth that needed to be pulled… yesterday.

So I decided to make comfort food.  Now I’m not talking about your typical baked mac and cheese, french fry comfort food, I’m talking the heaven of all comfort foods…Coq Au Vin.

Yes, this is the dish that makes life worth living and angel sing, just in case you have any doubt before trying it.  I’m convinced it could stop a  suicidal man in mid jump; mend broken homes and is most certainly France’s only contribution to world peace.  OK, never mind, I can’t give France that much credit, but it is my favorite food.  Can you tell I love Coq Au Vin?

And do you know what makes me love it even more?  When I don’t have to cook it myself.  Yep, I skipped right out of the house and went to the gym while my capable, talented, future chef daughter made this little bit o’ heaven for us today.  Thank you Kylie!

So, if this post is making you salivate and you feel your internal Rachael Ray itching to get out, you can find the recipe here that I use, (which is actually by Emeril – but the thought of having an internal Emeril is a bit frightening.)  And don’t forget a big slice of crusty bread & butter for dipping.   Bon appetite!

The Monday Markdown this week is….Magnetic Pattern Blocks Set by Melissa & Doug, which is 30% off until tomorrow at midnight!

Magnetic Pattern Blocks Set Sturdy, hand-painted magnetic board with over 140 magnetic wooden shapes and 6 durable, double-sided pattern cards.

It comes in a sturdy carrying case with easy zip back pocket. Provides three levels of play. Slide a pattern card into the wooden frame and match the magnetic pieces to the shapes in the picture.  Place a picture sheet next to the magnetic board and use it as a guide to duplicate the image.  Use the pieces to create your own unique picture, pattern or design. Great travel toy. Ages 3+.  List price $19.99 · Sale price $13.99

Wordless Wednesday – My Snow Baby

January 16, 2008

Time Out with Jesus

January 14, 2008

I’m sure by the title you may think you know where I am going with this post, but you would probably be wrong.

My sister and brother in law recently moved into a relatives mansion due to some difficult circumstances. My question to her was, “I know you always wanted to live in a nice house, but did you have to take this route to get here?” Fortunately all of us have very poor taste in jokes and we’re all good with my bad attempt at humor.

Her cousin who owns this 7000 sf. beauty and the 15000 sf. home right next door that he has been renovating for four years, collects sculpture, art and antiques from around the world to use in his home next door as soon as it is completed. Meanwhile, my sister and brother-in-law live side by side with several 6ft. statues of Roman soldiers with weaponry, statues of angels, several pianos, and ornate furnishings that would take an army to lift. But my personal favorite that adorns the foyer is this 8ft. statue of Jesus, also known as… the time out chair.

Yep, you heard it right….this is where naughty little boys go to think over their actions, which might sound something like this….

“You know what happened to God’s only son, so you had better shape up quick!”

Of course the hilarity of this provoked me to ask where I could get my own 8ft. statue of Jesus because I can’t think of a better place to spend time out. Although, I think I would have to paper mache it because I probably couldn’t afford a 2 ft. statue of Jesus and somehow I don’t think the 2ft. version would have quite the same effect.


Now to Markdown Monday, which I already almost forgot to post. UGH…grey matter overload.

Today Corduroy is on sale for 30% off! Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene over thirty years ago. These favorite titles are ready for another generation of children to love. Hardcover · 28 pages. · Ages 3-8… List Price $16.99 Sale Price 11.89!


Wordless Wednesday – Oooh Ahhh Cupcakes!

January 8, 2008