Saturday, November 24, 2012

What's Cookin'

Mon~Roasted potatoes, sausage, carrots with corn
Tues~Crockpot Mongolian Beef, rice, broccoli
Wed~Spaghetti and Meatballs, carrots
Thurs~Salisbury steak, egg noodles, green beans
Fri~Engelsma reunion-Swedish meatballs over mashed potatoes and this cheesecake dessert with strawberry topping
Sat~VT Christmas-Vegetarian Chipotle baked beans and a dessert probably
Sun~Soup, bread

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

This Thanksgiving we took our bird and went to Chris's folks for Thanksgiving.  I think there were about 25 of us in attendance.  We were missing 2 of Chris's sisters and their families.

Frog's waiting for the turkey to be done.

Ang, Grandma D and I getting dinner ready.

The adult table.  The centerpiece had to be removed.  Too much food!

One of the kids' tables.  Karsten and Cass were in charge.  Looks like they're doing a great job!

The spy club members!

Noah, Cady with her cape, and Connie
Nate doing his job pouring coffee.  He looks happy about it.

Joel and his lunch buddy, Caleb.

The dessert spread.  There were many choices.  :-)

Noah's ready for dessert.

Kallie with her pops.  At least she isn't scowling!

Bereket and Tizita, happy to be eating Thanksgiving dinner.

Ang and Corinna, TKD experts.

Brotherly bonding.

We tried not giving him a nap and he finally just crashed on the couch in the midst of everything.


I went to upload our Thanksgiving pics and was told I didn't have any storage space left on Blogger!  Apparently, all the photos I upload are stored on Picasa web albums so I need to either find a way to link from another site or move my blog completely.  I'll let you know what I figure out.

Update:  I uploaded all my pics to Google+ which according to my husband has unlimited storage.  I was then able to just copy and paste my pics onto my blog, or you could use the url of the picture.  Phew!

Monday, November 19, 2012

What's Cookin' and my Meijer list

Mon~Boys get mac n cheese while we go to a seminary dinner
Tues~Chicken and rice with mushrooms, carrots
Wed~Pork Tinga enchiladas, chips n salsa, pineapple
Thurs~Thanksgiving dinner-Chris and I are brining a turkey and making cranberry sauce
Fri~Probably at my folks.
Sat~Pizza, cold veggies
Sun~Chicken noodle soup, easy baguette

And here are some things I hope to pick up at Meijers:
turkey ($10 off so only 49 cents/lb)
cranberries 99 cents
Morell bacon $2
Cool Whip 99 cents
eggs  $1.29
Gold Medal flour on sale for $1.49, like them on FB and get a coupon for 25 cents off
Meijer vitamins Buy one, get one free

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gobble, gobble

The vegetable stock, allspice berries and candied ginger have all been bought,
 and now I have a big ol' turkey brining in my pot!

This and other recipes I hope to try this Thanksgiving:  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Card Deal~29 cents when you have them ship it!

Use the above code at to get holiday photo cards for 29 cents when you let them mail the cards.  Good for TODAY only.  I thought this was a pretty good deal since stamps are 45 cents each.  I did send some cards to Canada and they charged me $5.25 to send 7 or 8 cards.  Still, cheaper than if I did it myself.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Aaron and Permanent Marker

I was downstairs looking up different options for Christmas photo cards.  I kind of lost track of time but vaguely remember thinking:  Aaron is being awfully quiet upstairs.  Yup, he was being quiet because he was being naughty!  One of the other boys pushed a chair up to the counter and left it there so Aaron climbed up on the counter to get a paci out of the cupboard.  While he was up there, he must've decided it was time for a snack and hey, why not have art time with PERMANENT marker on the kitchen cabinets?  I panicked for a moment but then grabbed a magic eraser and it came off right away!  He's a sneaky one.  Yesterday I told him not to play with a tin of crayons and found him a few minutes later hiding in a closet with the crayons.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meijer Thanksgiving deals

This week at Meijer, buy a $50 gift card and get a coupon for $5 OYNO.

I bought a gift card, paid for it, and then bought my turkey and groceries in my next order.  When you spend $20, you get $10 off a 10-15 lb turkey, and $17 off a larger turkey.  So I got $10 of my turkey, plus $5 off from my gift card coupon.

Also check out to see how you can get Stove Top for 50 cents a box.

Visiting the fire station

The Walker Fire Dept. had an open house about a month ago.

 Aaron and Daddy in the fire truck.

 Joel was pretty thrilled to see all the trucks.  Andrew, not so much.

 But I think he did like squirting the hose!

 Joel~He may be a firefighter one day, but right now he's leaning toward farming.  :-)

Aaron and his friend, Lolo.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fun at Blandford

The 3 oldest go to Blandford every month for a 2 hr science class, but we've never walked the trails as a family.  This past Saturday was so beautiful (especially for November!), that we decided to take a trip.  I'm so glad we did because the boys had a blast!  We walked for over an hour and a half and Noah wanted to keep going when we were done.

 Is it possible to get a nice picture of 4 children at once?  I'm not sure.  But this definitely shows that they were having a good time!

 A Frog in the woods!

 Andrew took this one.  He did a pretty good job!

 The boys thought this ramp was a trampoline.

 Aaron running out to Daddy.

 Andrew wanted me to take some pics of him so he could pass them out to friends.

 And of course, these two...

 needed their pics taken too!

 Pretty fall school house.

 Noah in the wigwam.

 There were lots of of enemies hiding in the woods.


 Aaron was getting a little tuckered toward the end, but he was a trooper.

4 bumps on a log!

Looking forward to lots more fun family hikes!

What's Cookin'

Mon~Roast beef, potatoes, carrots, corn
Tues~Pork fried rice, green beans
Wed~Chicken Tet for church potluck
Thurs~Chicken tacos, salad
Fri~Leftovers, eggs
Sat~Pizza, veggies
Sun~Veggie beef soup, bread

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Grandpa Engelsma

(Photo by Alice Schelling)

Theodore Engelsma
November 30, 1920~October 31, 2012
Will be dearly missed by his wife, children, 30 grandchildren, and 90 great-grandchildren.

 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalm 86:5