Friday, November 19, 2010

Pie anyone?

Just read this post over at PW's website. And now I have an overwhelming compulsion to bake about a dozen different types of pies. Too bad I just got home from Meijer and will now have to go again tomorrow to gather ingredients. I am going to make this pie as well as the one from my previous post for Thanksgiving. Maybe I will finally be able to make a good pie crust if I go ahead and buy real butter instead of using shortening. Maybe. :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010

What's Cookin'

Mon~we had tacos with leftover meat from the freezer
Tues~Spaghetti pizza, cauliflower, bread
Wed~Sloppy joes, oven fries, salad
Thurs~Pork tenderloin, rice, carrots
Fri~Homemade pizza, fruit
Sun~Soup, bread


I was at the dentist office with Andrew today (no cavities, yay!) and I pulled out a TIME magazine to read while I waited. There was an article in their about the tough economic times, people losing their job and how 17 million American families are hungry. It also said that the average amount families of 4 spend on groceries is $14,000 per year! Are they crazy? That is almost $1200 per month, about 4x more than I spend on groceries. Our whole country seriously needs some budgeting classes.

Monday, November 08, 2010

What's Cookin'

I still don't have much of an appetite from being sick this weekend, but I suspect my family would still like to eat so I guess I should probably plan a menu. :-)
Tues~Chris made pizza this weekend so I have a crust in the fridge and I'm going to try make a pizza with alfredo sauce, mozzerella cheese, ham, chicken, and fresh tomatoes. Fresh basil would probably be delish on top.
Wed~Dessert for fellowship dinner at church-possibly a sheet cake to feed lots of people
Thurs~Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad (possibly with friends)
Fri~Paula Deene's black bean soup, crusty bread (didn't get to this last week due to the sickness)
Sat~Perhaps out? Then to Chris's grandparents to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!
Sun~I have a cassrole in the freezer, can't remember the name of it, but I know we should eat it, so that's what we'll have!

Saturday, November 06, 2010


I extremely dislike being sick. :( Chris is being great taking care of the kids even though he is still recovering from strep, but I know they still need me. Noah keeps crying for me and he's sat by me a little, but we really don't want them to get sick. I feel like I've been run over by a small bus. Hopefully the antibiotics take care of this quickly.
But good news, Andrew learned how to ride a two wheel bike today without training wheels! He rode all the way to grandma and grandpa's and back. And I watched him riding around in the driveway. He was so proud of himself!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Powerful Words

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

Albert Pike
American Lawyer, Journalist and Soldier

Monday, November 01, 2010

Abortion Stories

I stumbled across this website called RealChoice and started reading some of the stories.

This one really touched me. So, so sad. We seem to think that no one we know could ever have an abortion. But I think its more likely than we realize. We can never stop praying that abortion will end in this country.

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
~Ephesians 5:11

Chewy Coconut Cookies

I made two batches of these this morning. I, um, kind of had to because the first batch kind of got eaten. We won't say by who. But I need to bring a snack to choir tonight so I had to make a 2nd batch, because as I said, someone ate the first batch. And we aren't saying who!

Chewy Coconut Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C.) Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually blend in the flour mixture, then mix in the coconut. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly toasted. Cool on wire racks.

(I used a med. cookie scoop, baked for 10-12 min. Yield: 2 dozen)