Moving On

Ugh! I feel awful…I’ve been avoiding my blog because I fell behind in my own, self-induced challenge.  I have enjoyed my challenge but I started to get behind.  I made it just beyond the halfway point when a family member (who will remain nameless) pointed out that they liked my writing before I did my challenge better.  I countered that this “challenge” was just a way to get me writing and posting every day (which obviously didn’t last as I had planned).  Yet, they still insinuated that they liked the “before” posts better.  So, here I am, calling off the challenge, not just because of what that person told me, but because I realized that I am not going to stop writing.  I will continue to write whether I have a challenge or not.  When I started this blog, I was a bit afraid or intimidated at first and had trouble coming up with things I really wanted to share (not write but share). So, I created the 30 Day Blog Challenge as a way to get me writing.  But listen Blog Challenge….”I don’t Need You Anymore!!!!  I’ve Found My Way!!!”

So, really that’s all I have to share about that topic.   Oh, I do want to let you all know that I’ve crossed off an item on my adventure club / bucket list.  It was Zip-Lining!  I went with my dad and sister and it was amazing!!! I’m hoping to post a couple pictures in my next post of the beautiful views we got so be on the lookout for that.

Have a Super-Duper, wonderful evening everyone!

Day 16: A Funny(kindof) Baby Story

I know I’m wayyy behind on my 30 day Blog Challenge! But I will finish my 30 topics even if it’s not quite in 30 days… So anyhow, today I had an interesting outing with my 16 month old.  After his morning nap, I took him to the local library to take back some books and hopefully (if I was able- having him with me) pick up some new ones.  So, I deposited the old books into the “return cubby” when we walked in.  We quickly grabbed some new childrens picture books to take home and then I let him play in the kiddy section for a while before leaving.  After a while, he started to get a little rowdy and so I took him to the checkout line so we could scootch on out of there.  I got a little whiff of something and thought “uh oh, I think he pooped” I decided to just change him when we got to the car.  But then, I realized as I was holding him, and his butt was on my arm, that he had leaked through his diaper.  I tried to stay calm.  I mean, it wasn’t dripping out or anything like that, but just the fact that poop is on your arm makes you immediately want to go wash off!
We got to the car and I laid him down to change him and pulled out a clean diaper and went for the wipes and….um….”where are they?” I’m thinking….”oh NO, I left them at my mom’s house!” (we stopped there before the library).  So, I did what moms do best, and made do with what we had.  I cleaned him pretty good considering.  Rediapered and clothed and we were off!
It just figures that the only times you forget your wipes or whatever else it may be, is most certainly the time you will need it!  I’m just glad that at least I had clean diapers and pants!!!

Day 15: A super easy CHEAP recipe I tried today.

I made this today (and already ate some before I thought to take a picture).  I really liked it.  I don’t know if it’s because I was pretty hungry, or just in the mood for hotdogs or if it was just a good combination of foods. But, I wanted to share the recipe because it is super easy and if you have any picky eaters they would probably eat this.  This recipe is a Kraft recipe.  If you want to go to the site, just click on the word Kraft below.  Enjoy!

Cheesy Corn Dog Bake – this recipe is from Kraft

1 package (8 1/2 oz) cornbread mix
1 Cup frozen corn, thawed
4 Hot dogs; cut up, sliced or however you want
4 Kraft cheese slices cut diagonally

How to make:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package.  Stir in corn.
3. Pour into 8 inch square pan that’s been sprayed w/cooking spray and top with hotdogs.
4. Bake 20-25 min or until cornbread is golden brown.  Top with cheese, cover and let stand 5 min or until melted.

Now, what I did that was a little different was to use 1 can cream style corn instead of regular corn.  Next time I think I will add the regular corn as well though.  I wanted more kernel texture in there and the cream style just didn’t give quite enough (it was good and moist though). I also sprinkled mine with shredded cheddar cheese instead of topping with slices.

It was definitely a recipe I will make again.


Day 14: A Hobby of mine

           I have an aquarium.  I really enjoy having tropical fish.  They are pretty, fairly easy to take care of, are always a good conversation piece (especially with kids), and they are stress relieving to me.  Unfortunately, my aquarium is not as nicely set up as the one above but I hope to make some new decor additions soon.
Growing up, we had an aquarium when I was an older child and it was so much fun!  My dad obtained the aquarium from I don’t know where (I think my uncle), and began to tinker with it.  He got it up and running and got the pump going.  Pretty soon we had a tank with some guppies and two black and white angelfish.  We had fun getting the fish and learning how to introduce them into the tank.  We got to watch some guppies give birth (guppies are livebearers).  It was a lot of fun!  Looking back at that time in my life, It was something I will never forget.  I think that is why today, I have a fondness for fish.
My Tank consists of orange/white swordtails, 4 cory catfish, a good sized pleco, and 3 blue gouramis.  It is pretty simple but I enjoy it and someday would love to have the space and location for a tank that’s a bit bigger than my 30 gallon.  Although I now know the responsibilities of having fish (unlike growing up when dad cleaned the tank), along with the enjoyment, I still love passing this hobby on to others when given the chance.

Anyone else ever have fish? Did they like the experience? Please share…

Day 14: Book Review

“My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I grabbed this book the other day when browsing through the library.  It’s a young adult book and I have to say that I really did enjoy reading it.
“This is a story of young/first love between two teens (Samantha and Jase) that grew up next door to each other, yet never really knowing one another.  Jase is a Garrett, and is from a big family with a messy yard and fun times. Samantha, on the other hand, lives with her often absent mom (who’s a senator) and sister.  Her mother deeply disapproves of the Garrett’s and their way of life and they live such different lives that Samantha has never even talked to any of the Garretts since they moved in seven years ago. That is, until one night when the handsome, caring Jase suddenly befriends Samantha.  She becomes entwined in his world yet he is not really part of hers (not by his choice).  They fall deeper in love each day until the unthinkable happens and Samantha has to decide which family she is going to support and stand behind.

Note: There is some language and drug use by one of the characters in the book but it ends positively showing the dangers of addiction.  There are also some heated scenes between the two lovebirds.  I really enjoyed this book though.  So, there it is…my review.

Day 13: Fall Frenzy

This week has brought some cooler weather in.  The nights and mornings are fresh.  I know that colder weather will be here soon.  Part of me is sad that summer is over and there were so many things I didn’t do that I wanted to do.  The other part of me is excited at the new things that are “in the air” so to speak.  It’s always invigorating to have the seasons change.  I’m grateful to live in an area that has four seasons a year.  I’m the kind of person who needs change somewhat often.  I get tired of things quickly.  I need new inspiration often.  So, for me the changing of the seasons is refreshing.  I love the old one but am almost always ready for the next and what it holds.

Every fall, I have some rituals.  Not many, but I always pull out a certain James Taylor Best Hits cd and listen to it often.  It just seems to go with the season.  I also go to a local festival they have in town.  It is a BIG deal in our county and I have gone since I was a child.  Um, lets see, I love making soup when it gets colder out! Actually, soup is one of my most favorite culinary items to make.  The soup I like to make and eat the most is a simple potato soup with carrots and celery.  Following that, I enjoy vegetable or minestrone soup.  I also like pie.  I don’t eat a lot of it but fall is always a good season for pumpkin pie.  Yum Yum!

What about you? What does fall’s fresh air do to you?

Day 12: Worship

Our church is having a community wide choir revival.  This morning we had a 3 hour rehearsal and it was amazing.  The point wasn’t just to practice but to glorify and worship God.  It felt so good to sing my heart out to Jesus.  Especially among a huge group of others singing out as well.  It’s hard to describe but the time spent there today was so dear to my heart.

I can hardly wait until tomorrow evening when we have our service.  I pray that we will be a blessing to many and that God will be at work among us.  Convicting people, changing peoples hearts and moving among us like never before.  I pray that the people in not only our church but our community will be sensitive to the Spirit of God and let Him do amazing things in our lives.  God is a God that can work miracles, even today! And He loves us so much.  It is us who turn our backs on Him and give excuses for living how we want to live.  God’s gift of eternal life is free to anyone who takes it.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   AMEN! So exciting what God offers to us and what He can do in our lives!