Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Jeff

Happy 17th birthday Jeff.

Haiti 1998

My mom and Jeff, Haiti 1998




Birthday 09

Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure July 09

With dorm mates at his group home.

Christmas 09

What's Cooking?

Glad you asked! Here is what the kids made this month.

Salsa Pizza
1 lb ground beef
1 1/4c chunky salsa
1c Bisquick
1/4c hot water
1/4c flavored processed cheese spread
4 med green onions (optional)
1c shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)

Heat oven 375F. Grease large cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Brown ground beef. Stir in salsa and remove from heat.

Mix baking mix, cheese spread and hot water until soft dough froms. Turn dough onto surface dusted with baking mix. Roll in mix to coat.. Knead five times or until smooth. Roll dough into a 14" circle on cookie sheet.

Spread beef mixture over the crust to within 2" of the edge. Sprinkle with onions (optional!). Fold edge over beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Serves 6

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
8 oz pkg. linguine or spaghetti
1c fresh or frozen broccoli flowerets
2 tbs. butter
1-2 lb. boneless chicken breasts cubed
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I think it would be better with alfredo sauce)
1c milk
1/2c grated Parmesan cheese

Cook linguine according to package directions. Add broccoli for the last four minutes of cooking time. Drain. Heat butter in large skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned, stirring often. Add soup, milk, cheese, pepper, and linguine mixture and heat through. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.
Serves 6ish

Chicken Bake
2 c bisquick
1/3c mayo
1/3c milk
2 cups cooked chicken cubed (or turkey)
6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
1/4c mayo
1 lg tomato chopped
1c shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Heat oven 450F. Grease cookie sheet.
Mix Bisquick, 1/3c mayo and the milk until soft dough forms. Press dough into 12x8 inch retangle on cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Mix chicken, bacon and 1/4c mayo. Spoon over crust to within ¼" of edges. Sprinkle with tomato and cheese. Bake 5-6 minutes or until mixture is hot and cheese is melted.

Serves 6

Jasmine didn't cook because the recipe she chose called for canned pumpkin and for some reason you can't get that down here right now. We checked three different stores and no pumpkin. So she just skipped this month.

Jessica made me peanut butter fudge one evening to encourage me with my book project. Yum. Nothing like sugar and peanut butter to get a project going! This is when the fudge was still hot. A little of it made it to the fridge to cool : )

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

5:30 a.m. Saturday
Senior Trip

Hmmm. I downloaded Jessica's camera. Maybe she had more fun than I thought : )

They went to Wonderworks, then to Universal Studios from 6 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for the grad bash that Universal hosts. The next day they went to Wet & Wild and were home at 7:00 p.m.


Kayla watching a Jana Alayra video. If you haven't heard her and have kids 3-10, you need to check her out. Just put her name in google.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Looking Back

on three months home.

The longest labor ever.

Finally ready to go after being in the airport 36 hours and 20 min

Trip home.

Television interview as soon as we got home. We were coherent--somewhat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Around the House

Ginger ale and sherbert.

Hope you don't mind if I put my hand on your face!

Can't decide if this is lunch or not. When the twins and I got home from preschool yesterday, Cheyenne (dog) and Shy (cat) were laying side by side with this snake snuggled in between them!! The twins wanted to pet it. Yet they scream if a bee comes near.

Planting flowers.

This one isn't around the house, it was a special service at our church for wounded soldiers last night. Jessica played sax in the orchestra but you can't see her.

It was a beautiful day to play outside.

I cleaned out the smaller shed and in the process pulled out all the baseball/softball stuff and spent an hour playing catch with the three little ones. This is Kayla's scary look.

We talked about maybe trying baseball/softball in the spring instead of soccer. When the older four were little they were in t-ball, coach pitch and machine pitch. Here everything is earlier. T-ball is 3 yr olds and young 4s. Older 4s/5s are coach pitch and six is machine pitch!!

Watering the gardens.

Putting the net on the trampoline. Hopefully I'll soon have pictures of them enjoying the trampoline. It's starting to storm now and I hope it doesn't rain out soccer, plus I'll probably take the three little ones to the beach. Have to have Jessica at her school tomorrow morning at 5:30 fro a two-day senior trip. Pray for safety for all the seniors and chaperones.