Thursday, November 29, 2012


Disclaimer--this is a nitty gritty mommy post--if you have a weak stomach you might want to skip it.

One of the things that I love about homeschooling is the tolerance and patience it builds in both my life and the life of my children.

For example:

Today I was burping Sugar Pea while my 8 year old son recited subtraction facts to me.

Sugar Pea is not a silent diaper filler.

As she grunted away merrily her brother never missed a beat in his recitation.

He simply pinched his nose between his thumb and forefinger in anticipation of the smell that would soon follow.

For some reason listening to subtraction facts in a nasal tone amused me.

I didn't want to break his concentration however--so I tried to suppress my humor.

It didn't work--I started to shake with choked back laughter.

After a few seconds of this the scholar turned to me with a pained expression and said "Moooom."


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taco Rice Casserole


More comfort food!

I will admit that this casserole takes a little while to put together--but it is so worth the effort!

I have one child who is not overly fond of cornbread in any shape or form, and yet likes this casserole moderately well.

First Layer:

1 pound hamburger fried

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 medium onion diced

16 ounces tomato juice

1 cup cooked rice

Fry the hamburger with the diced onion and then add the taco seasoning.  Stir in the rice and tomato juice, and spread the mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan.

Second Layer:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Stir these three together and spread over the hamburger mixture in the 13 x 9 pan.

Third Layer:

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 Tablespoon oil

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

Mix the first four ingredients together in a bowl.  Beat the egg, oil and milk lightly in another bowl and then stir the two mixtures together.  Spoon the cornbread mixture on the top of your 13 x 9 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Do you ever have a day that turns out nothing like you planned?

Every Monday and Friday I leave the house at noon to take Sugar Pea to a town 45 minutes away for her birth parent visits.  

They last two hours and I usually spend the time shopping.

The fact that this occurs right during my 2 and 3 year olds nap time does not make for happy moments in the store, but we cope.

Anyway, this past Monday I loaded up the van with my munchkins and headed south.

We arrived around 1pm and I dropped off Sugar Pea at the agency.

I drove across the street to a shopping plaza and was unloading children when my cell phone rang.

It was the foster agency--apparently the birth parents forgot what day of the week it was and could not come to their visit--their words not mine.

Soooo I loaded everyone back in the van and picked up Sugar Pea and drove 45 minutes home.


They forgot what day of the week it was?


Friday, November 23, 2012

Fit For A Queen Soup


If you are trying to figure out what to do with all the leftover turkey this soup is a tasty alternative to turkey sandwiches.

4 cups chicken or turkey broth

1/2 cup chopped onion 

1 teaspoon salt

Simmer together until onion is tender.

4 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

Make a white sauce while the onion and broth are simmering.

Mix the broth and white sauce together and add...

2 cups diced chicken or turkey

2 to 4 chopped hard boiled eggs

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Heat gently, but do not boil.

Don't be scared of the thought of hard boiled eggs in a soup--it's really a true comfort food kind of dish.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


My three year old is completely absorbed with pretend phone conversations.

His "phone voice" is LOUD--normally he is soft-spoken so this makes all of his phone play funny.

A normal conversation goes something like this.............

"HI GRANDMA?  ARE YOU THERE (fake laugh) YEAH (more fake laughter) ARE YOU AT HOME?  BYE!"

Bangs phone back on the hook, and is immediately snatched back up to his ear.


Most of the time I tune him out, but yesterday his conversation was different.

It went like this.............


He doesn't know any Harry's. :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sugar Pea


I think I have the best job in the world!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Etsy continued

Last time I told you that I was enjoying my window-shopping in a certain etsy shop.

Anyway I finally made a purchase--actually I made two--but I'm only writing about one today.

I collect teapots, and although I have about fifteen of them I have only one other teapot that's blue and white.

This particular blue and white beauty caught my eye in Betsy's shop. 

It arrived in excellent shape and in a very timely manner.

Isn't it pretty?

Have you bought anything from an etsy shop?