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Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Friday, November 27, 2009

My Kind of Black Friday Shopping

Vision Forum is having some great sales today and tomorrow! They have a plethora of wonderful products, many of which are on sale. Through midnight on Saturday you can get a number of free products, depending on the size of your order. They are also offering free shipping!

We have really been enjoying Jonathan Park lately. These are wonderful for riding in the car or around the house. The children love them, and they're fun for adults to listen to as well. Vision Forum has the 6-album pack on sale for $99 right now, which works out to be the same price-per-album as you can get them on Amazon. If you combine that with the free shipping and the free product that you would qualify for, it makes a pretty good deal and a wonderful gift!

I ordered the Mysterious Islands for Adam for Christmas, but we decided that we couldn't wait. :) We watched it the other night and it is great! I really learned a lot about Darwin and how faulty his thinking was, certainly in light of the Bible, but also in light of what we know about science. It's really amazing and Joshua especially enjoyed it too. There are fascinating shots and descriptions of the different animals of the Galapagos Islands.

I'm a Vision Forum affiliate, so feel free to click on any of the above pictures or the link in my sidebar if you want to place an order. :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday with Recipes!

Monday - Lasagna, Salad, Rolls
Tuesday - Tarragon Chicken, Broccoli, Rice
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Thanksgiving!!! (menu below)
Friday - Thanksgiving leftovers
Saturday - Pasta with Pesto, Walnuts, and Feta Cheese; Spinach salad
Sunday - Chicken Noodle Casserole, Spinach Salad, Applesauce

I'm trying Cristin's recipe for lasagna today. I have a recipe that I really like, but it is complicated, time consuming, and expensive. Sounds like a great reason to look for another option! I'm doubling it so that I can have one in the freezer to pull out on a busy day.

I found this recipe for Tarragon Chicken online and thought I'd try it. I prepared a froze it a few weeks ago, so all I have to do tomorrow is pull it out and bake it. We'll see how it turns out.

Tarragon Chicken
8 chicken breast halves, skinless
6 zucchini squash, small
2 c small mushrooms, whole
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 t paprika
1⁄2 c butter or margarine, melted
2 T lemon juice
2 t tarragon, dried
1 t salt
Remove skin from chicken breasts; place in freezer food storage bag and freeze.
Wash vegetables. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, then again into quarters, and cut into 2-inch spears. Peel carrots and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place mushrooms, zucchini and carrots into freezer food storage bag, bundle with chicken and freeze.
To prepare: thaw chicken breasts completely before cooking. Arrange chicken, meaty sides up, in ungreased rectangular 13X9X2 baking dish; sprinkle with paprika. Place zucchini, carrots and mushrooms around and over chicken. Mix remaining ingredients; drizzle over chicken and vegetables.
Cover and cook in 350-degree oven until chicken is done, 50 to 60 minutes.

And here is our Thanksgiving menu! We're having two other families over, and they bringing sausage stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce (my favorite), lemon meringue pie, mashed potatoes, and green beans. I have somehow misplaced a couple of my recipes, but I found others on Allrecipes that are very similar, if not exactly the same. I am making:

Brined Turkey and Gravy
Canned Cranberry Sauce (Adam's favorite)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sour Cream Noodles
Pear Salad
Green Pea Casserole
Turtle Pumpkin Pie

For other Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Giveaway #2

Laura at the Muncks Quiver is having another giveaway this week (and will be having one every week for a little while!). This time it's a scrapbook and three packages of stickers! Go here for more info and to enter.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Adam just called and offered to pick up Moe's. They have any burrito, chips and drink for $5 all day on Mondays. The burritos are huge! I can't ever eat a whole one.

Tuesday - Taco Soup

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - Chicken and Stuffing Casserole, Lima Beans, Applesauce

Friday - Lasagna, Salad, Bread

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - Hamburgers, Beans, Fruit Salad (lunch); Leftovers (dinner)

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Teeth

I just had to post this picture of Adam and his denture patient. I love the occasional little peeks that I get into his day, and this picture is great! This lady had no teeth and now she's got some (very nice looking ones, I must add!!), thanks to Adam. :) She looks very happy, doesn't she?

This patient gave us her permission to post her photo here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Laura at The Muncks Quiver is hosting a giveaway! You get to pick between two different things...the game Homeschoolopoly or a journal/set of pens/Staples gift card package. Head over to her blog before 8:00pm on Sunday to enter!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Menu Plan Monday and Recipes

Monday - Pumpkin Waffles, Eggs, Grits
Tuesday - Leftover Chili and Potatoes from Sunday
Wednesday - Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Grapes
Thursday - Tilapia, Spinach Salad, Corn
Friday - Dinner at Nikki's house!!!
Saturday - Baked Potato Soup, Spinach Salad, Homemade Wheat Rolls
Sunday - Taco Soup (lunch); Leftovers (dinner)

I tried baked potatoes in the crockpot for the first time and it worked great! Just pierce your potatoes with a fork, wrap them in foil, and put them in the crockpot on low for about 10 hours (don't add any water!).

I also made two new dessert recipes last week. I don't make desserts very often, but I was debating between these two for Thanksgiving and I wanted to try them out first. Cheesecake and pie are about the last things that I need to be eating a lot of, especially while pregnant, so we shared them! We took the cheesecake to some friends' house for dinner and took the pie to the fellowship dinner at church last night. It worked out well because I got feedback, and I don't have a bunch of leftovers in the refrigerator calling my name! The cheesecake was my favorite. A lot of people seemed to like the pie, and I think that it tasted good, but I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie in general so I'm voting for the cheesecake.

Layered Turtle Cheesecake (from the October/November 2009 Taste of Home)

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped pecans
6 Tbsp cold butter
4 pkg. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour, divided
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c. milk chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp. chopped pecans
Optional garnish: pecan halves and additional caramel ice cream topping

Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and pecans; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup flour, cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Remove 1 cup batter to a small bowl; stir in melted chocolate until blended. Spread over crust. Combine caramel topping and remaining flour; stir in pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls over chocolate batter. Top with remaining batter. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. For ganache, place chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Spread over cheesecake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Refrigerate until set. Garnish with pecan halves and additional caramel topping if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Turtle Pumpkin Pie (also from the October/November 2009 Taste of Home)

1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 graham cracker pie crust
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans, divided
2 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1 cup cold milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tub cool whip, thawed and divided

Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 c. nuts. Beat pudding mixes, milk, pumpkin and spices with whisk until blended. Stir in 1 1/2 c. cool whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with remaining cool whip, caramel topping and nuts just before serving.

For more Menu Plan Monday ideas, visit Laura.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Scripture Memory

I know that a lot of you have already seen this since I posted it on Facebook, but I wanted to post it here too. This is Hannah's (who turned 2 in August) first Scripture memory passage. I'm so proud of her for keeping up with her three big siblings! She learned it just as quickly as they did and she likes to say it with them. I love hearing her say "jrudgement". :) I tend to underestimate what the children are capable of, and I'm always amazed at what they can accomplish at a really young age. I'm talking about children in general...not just mine, of course. Though I am a proud Mama. :) Hannah has a very extensive vocabulary for her age, due in part to the fact that her older siblings talk non-stop! I thought that she was ready to start memorizing, and she rose to the challenge!

Thursday, November 05, 2009


I just finished my first sewing project for the girls. Well, the first one that was successful anyway. :) We went over to the park to take some pictures, and seven people asked if they are triplets. They don't look anything like triplets to me, but I suppose if they're all running around dressed alike it would be hard for strangers to tell them apart!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Menu Plan

I managed to get through planning meals and grocery shopping for the month without feeling sick! It seems that the morning sickness has completely passed now. I'm still not very hungry, but I know that I will be soon.

Monday - Harvest Bean Soup
Tuesday - Thai Peanut Noodle, Spinach Salad
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Taco Salad
Friday - Dinner with Friends
Saturday - Leftovers
Sunday - Chili and Baked Potatoes (lunch); Dinner at Church (dinner)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009


...or "Tootin'", as Hannah calls it. :)

Adam took me to an indoor shooting range last Friday night. I had never shot a gun before, but I wanted to learn how, and what better person to teach me than my husband! It was really fun! I was admittedly a little scared of the gun at first (and of the fact that there were other people around me shooting guns), but once I got the hang of it I enjoyed it.

I was closing my eyes when I pulled the trigger at first. :) Not a great way to hit the target!

What do you think? Would a burglar be scared?

I didn't get any pictures of Adam. I was too busy trying to get a shot of the gun right as it fired. But I did it!

There were 15 bullets in the clip and I somehow managed to get 14 of them on the target! I think it was beginners luck. That and a great teacher, of course. :)

Adam told me to pose like a spy. I think I look more like a crazy woman than anything else! (Don't worry. The gun wasn't loaded in this picture or in the scary one above!)