Monday, May 26, 2008

An Asparagus Cooking Tip

Do you like asparagus? I'm so happy it's growing again. I just wanted to share a favorite way to cook it. I slice the spears into little discs and fry them up in butter. I love the way it turns out. Very good. Smile
cooking asparagus

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cheesy Beef Casserole

Another great recipe from this book.  If you love scrumptious egg bakes for brunch you'll love this recipe as it's really a lot like an egg bake.  I wanted something really quick for supper.  The ingredients sounded good, and I've been looking for some new favorites.  This recipe did not disappoint.  I doubled it for our family and used hamburger buns torn up instead of cubes of bread.  I think I might try green peppers instead of celery next time, but the celery was good.
Cheesy Beef Casserole
Cheesy Beef Casserole
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 cups bread, cubed
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef, onion, celery, salt and pepper together; drain.  Combine with remaining ingredients; spread in a greased
2-quart casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes; let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Serves 4.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

U.T.I. Road Trip

Wisconsin roads are named by letters, as opposed to numbers, which has always been a little hard for me to adjust to, having grown up in Minnesota.  But U,T, and I are not the names of the highways we traveled yesterday.  I'm thinking it's more probable that you girls saw UTI and understood immediately.

Jack was due home before 12, the kids and I were doing last minute packing, and in the midst of that I suddenly found myself in the throes of a horrible UTI.  This is no stranger to me.  I've been UTI free for two or three years now which is huge to me because at one point I had them every couple of months for the better part of a year.  It's something you get really serious about really fast and try to avoid at all costs.

So I found myself on the phone trying to see if they wouldn't just please let me go to the lab since we were leaving to go out of town and because there were no openings.  Well, no, that would be asking just too much.  So I was just majorly stressing because all the while I'm trying not to forget last minute things to pack and trying to find a way to get in to the clinic, you are aware of two things.  The pain is going to increase rapidly and it won't subside until after you've seen someone and obtained medication.  I did take those AZO pain pills, but they didn't do anything this time or maybe it would have been even worse had I not taken them.

Long story short, Jack came home and they finished without me, I gritted my teeth on the way to the truck and we drove about 45 miles to a larger town where there was a walk-in clinic.  And of course with a UTI you know you feel like you have to pee almost every other minute so it was, I can truthfully say, horrible.  Horrible, horrible, horrible.  And I was so stressed out over the thought of battling this while traveling.  But the clinic people were wonderful and it only took about an hour.  I finally got some medication, and after two miserable potty stops and an hour for the pill to work, the constant pain finally lessened.  Wow.  We women can handle a lot.  A lot.  But give her a UTI and watch her crumble.  I think this was the worst one I've had.  I was still passing blood late last night, but I am feeling a lot better this morning.

The weather is cool, but it is sunny.  I am relaxing in the room, the kids are swimming, and Jack is at his meeting for work which is why we are here.  We will be leaving tomorrow already.  I would love to stay longer sometime.  It is so beautiful here and our room is modest but very cozy.  Maybe I'll have some pictures to post when I get home.  Have a great week! Wave

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Pirate Daughter's Promise

bookcover I've waited for this day with such anticipation. Grin  I'm thrilled to tell you that my daughter's book is now available online.  You will find it at the WinePress Books Online Bookstore.

Jack and I are so proud of her!  She is a lovely young woman anxious to share the stories God has placed on her heart.  And because of its wholesomeness, I'm so pleased to be able to recommend this special book. 

The Pirate Daughter’s Promise is full of daring high seas adventure, sweet, wholesome romance, surprising discoveries, unlikely new friends, and the rewards of trusting in God even when life seems impossible.

(Visit Molly's blog to learn more about the sequels to this book and other books she is writing.)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Summer For My Eyes

Wal-mart cupcakes. Grin

I'm glad it is the weekend.  I have the porch door open.  It's a little chilly, but I have the wood fire going too. Smile  That's crazy, I know, but I need the open air and the sound of birds.  Usually at this time in May we're experiencing at least some near summer-like weather.  I just long for some consistent warmth.  At least we are able to ride in the woods most places.  Jack and I saw bear tracks Surprised on our trail the last time we were out.  I have to say it was quite interesting, the pads of the feet and the nail marks digging into the mud, to know that it had walked right where we were.