Random Moments From My Day

Do you ever keep track of all the little odd moments in your day?  I had quite a few.  I have quite a few everyday. For instance this morning on the way into town I almost  hit a flock of about 15 turkeys.  I wish I would of had the camera, but literally there were fifteen mama turkeys hanging out on the road.  Luckily none of them ended up on my kitchen table.  My husband was conflicted.  He didn't want the van or anyone hurt, but he really loves roasted turkey:) I blew my 3 year old sons'  mind when I told him that Anakin Skywalker IS Darth … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

Fall is here at last! I love autumn.  The cool crisp air, the beautiful warm colors, I love it all.  Everything seems possible with the beginning of fall.  I know people feel that way about the beginning of the year, but for me it is always with the start of autumn.  I guess I associate this feeling with school.  After so many years attending school and then teaching school it shouldn't be such a surprise. One of my favorite things to enjoy in fall is soup.  Warm, delicious fill-you-up kind of soup.  I have posted one that is easy and quick. I'll leave … [Read more...]

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road Review

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road by Joel Stewart is a fun book to read.  I love books that make me smile and chuckle, and this is definitely one of them. I'm not sure what a Big Blue Beastie is , but regardless he seems like a good buddy.  Perhaps every boys needs a Big Blue Beastie to get into trouble with.  Because that is what happens in this story.  Not only can Dexter not sleep, but he feels the need to hoot.  My kids also seem to like to hoot right at bedtime.  In fact the mere mention of the word bed brings out the crazy in them.  … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Dessert Recipe

As I promised I made a dessert from the The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) .  The recipe of choice was Coconut Rice Pudding.  The picture looked fabulous in the book.  And all the other recipes I had made so far were so fabulous.  This recipe however was not a masterpiece.  First of all my rice pudding didn't look like the picture in the book.  That is a sure sign something is off.  The taste was good, but nothing spectacular.  Nothing like my earlier recipes from the book.  Nonetheless I'm sure most the pudding will be gone by tomorrow.  … [Read more...]

Vidalia Chop Wizard Review and Homemade Chicken Potpie Recipe

I received the Vidalia Chop Wizardas a Christmas present a few years ago and it obviously had the potential to be one of those gifts that never gets used.   I gave it a few tries and was quickly impressed.  The uniform size of all my vegetables was a huge plus.  I can cut an onion fairly well, but the Chop Wizard did it so easily.  In a matter of seconds I can have onions, green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and celery cut uniformly.  This is wonderful for soups, but I will show you how I used it to make our family favorite homemade chicken potpie. First of all … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bible Review

This past week I delved into a great book.  A mystery?  Romance? Perhaps science fiction?  Nope, nope, nope.  A cookbook.  I love looking through cookbooks.  Especially those that have pictures.  I'm like a kid that way I guess.  The more pictures the better. Anyway the book of choice was The Slow Cooker Bible (Cookbook Bible) I picked out a few very colorful tasty looking recipes and gave them a try. The results produced a happy full family. And I just love cooking with my slow cooker.  It makes the crazy witching hour before supper that much … [Read more...]

Rearranging Toys

Do you have a toy that the kids just haven't' played with in quite some time?  I had a revelation the other day.  The play kitchen was downstairs with most all the other toys and nobody had touched it in months.  Okay that might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.  Anyway I decided on the spur of the moment to bring that puppy upstairs and into the kitchen.  Wham!  It is the "new" toy!  I've had countless picnics and feasts in the last couple of days and it doesn't show any sign of stopping.  Why didn't I think of this earlier?  As the … [Read more...]

Beowulf and the Dragon Review

My boys love Beowulf and the Dragon as retold by Tessa Potter.  Well obviously not the eleven month old, but the six and three year old are enraptured by this story.  But that shouldn't be surprising since people everywhere have been enjoying it for 1,200 years.  This isn't the whole story instead it focuses on Beowulf after Grendel and his mother have been defeated.  This is (as you can tell from the title) the story of Beowulf and the dragon who attacks his land.  The story is simplified and the language is modern.  The pictures feature swords and battle, but … [Read more...]