Monday, April 26, 2010

The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with him
Forever in the next.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cheese and Hamburger Casserole

This is the only recipe that I have that I know came from my Mother.  It is one of my family's favorites, and it is very easy to make.

You will need:
5 ounces noodles
3/4 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons butter
1 can condensed tomato soup
1/2 can water
Velvetta cheese
Begin by cooking noodles according to package directions.  Drain.
Cook hamburger meat on stove and drain. 
 (I like to buy family packs of hamburger meat, cook it, drain it, let it cool, and then freeze it in small packs to use in casseroles, spaghetti, tacos, etc.)
Mix tomato soup with 1/2 can of water.  Mix in salt and pepper.
Layer noodles and hamburger meat in bowl.  Top with slices of butter.
Pour tomato soup over layers.
Top with Velvetta cheese to your family likes a lot of cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
This casserole is great served with all kinds of side items.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Stuck in London

The stuck in London Nephew is home.
Happy Happy Joy Joy
He arrived there yesterday.
There's no place like home, there's no place like home.
This is one trip I am sure he will never forget.
At least, the delay wasn't too bad.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mid-South Land Clearing

My husband's Land Clearing Business has really picked up now that Spring is here.  He is pretty much working from sunrise until sunset.  His machine cleans brush, bushes, and small trees to beautify the land.

He did take some time between jobs to do a little clean-up in the Big Woods.

These pictures were taken in front of our house.

I have tried to plant some ground covers around the trees in our immediate front yard.  The ground covers have really taken off...we try to keep a path mowed between these beds for walking. 

I am actually trying to get moss to grow between the beds. 
We definitely have more moss than grass.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The UBP After-Party

The Ultimate Blog Party is over...and what a week it was.  I had great fun visiting lots of new blogs and making new friends.  It has been a pleasure to have been visited by so many bloggers.

The After Party includes a challenge for me to pick my three favorite new blogs.  So here goes.
  • - The writer of this blog has my kitchen...all white.  She has recently redone it with a very unique technique that I am looking into for my own kitchen.  She has family friendly ideas, and one of my favorite prayers is listed on the side of her post. 

  • - I live in an area with lots of the title of this blog caught my attention.  This writer has a very unique story and is faced with the day to day challenges of living away from home.  She is funny and her blogs are fun to read.

  • - I enjoyed this blog because it is written by a teacher.  She is very funny.  She loves her two boys and currently has a post about them that is adorable.

Well, there you have my favorites.  I was excited to learn that I won a prize from this party.  I had a great time, and I will be joining the fun again next year.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Stuck In London

Hey everybody...

My Stuck In London Nephew has left us a lovely comment on the previous post.  You may click on the comments to read about his current situation.

I was thrilled to hear from him.  It was quite a surprise this morning. 

I can't help but think that this is a time to do a little site seeing.  And if you have to be stuck somewhere...London is not so bad. 

I have been the wife left at home before, so I will continue to think of his wife while he is gone.  She is such a strong person and a wonderful Mother, so I know she will be fine. 

We've always heard when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  I hope there is lots of lemonade making going on in our world right now.  There's not really anything else we can humanly do in this situation.

Take care dear nephew...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's a Small World

Sunday Fun Read will return next week.

Today I want to talk about my nephew.

I'm sure you have seen the reports on the news about the volcano that is erupting in Iceland.  It has halted air traffic in various parts of the world.  We have watched the news reports feeling bad for all the people who are stranded...but little did we know my nephew is one of them.

My Sewing Sister's son is stuck in England.  He is there on a business trip with his company.  He has traveled there before and will probably go again...but for now, he is stuck.

The smallness of our world boggles my mind these days.

I wonder when my Sewing Sister was changing his diapers, did she ever imagine that her son would be traveling on business to England one day?

I wonder when my parents were raising their kids, did they ever imagine they would have a grandson traveling to England on business one day?

I wonder when looking at my own children what is ahead for them and my grandchildren one day?  I can't even imagine.

Our world is so small.

I hope my nephew is patient as he waits.  I know he will miss his family, but I hope he looks for the positive in his situation and makes the most of his stay.  I know his wife and kids will be most glad to see him when he returns.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


I didn't mean to plant so many purple flowers...
Oh well...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Family Reflections

This blog post is dedicated to all of my family who may be reading this post.  I am thrilled that so many of you are reading about our days in the Big Woods.  This has been a wonderful way for us to stay connected with so many of you.  Please come back as often as you can.  We love you all.

My 16 year old son is playing high school soccer this year.  He has a game tonight.  Go Mustangs.  His greatest claim to fame is driving over the Wheeler Dam in driver's ed yesterday.  He is most excited that DUKE won the National Championship.  His special championship t-shirt arrived in the mail today.

My 12 year old daughter is trying to survive being a student in her mother's classroom.  Bless her heart.  She really loves it when I sing to the class.  (not)  She is terribly excited to be getting ready to travel with her school chorus to America Sings week after next.  We have one day between trips, and then she and I will be taking a trip with her advanced class.  We will be visiting the Renaissance Festival in Murfreesboro, sleeping in a cave in Kentucky, and visiting an Indian camp.

We always seem busy dear family, but we keep all of you close in our hearts.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Drop Tea Cakes

Some cookies are almost too good to be true.

That's how I feel about these tea cakes.

They simply melt in your mouth.

I have had this recipe for a long time, and I have made lots of these cookies.

I like the fact that I almost always have the ingredients on hand...nothing to remember to buy at the grocery store.

I like that they are light on your stomach...I often take them to people who are sick, recovering from surgery, etc.

They are good to serve with fresh fruit...sweetened strawberries go great with these cookies.

You will need:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 stick margarine
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

Cream together sugar, cooking oil, and margarine.

Add egg, vanilla, and milk.
Combine flour, soda, and salt.

Add to preceding mixture stirring with spoon. 
Drop on ungreased cookie sheet.
Don't place too close together, or you will have one really big cookie.

Press with bottom of flat glass, dipping in sugar each time.
Press very flat.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. 
Then cool on a wire rack.

You can add 1/8 of a teaspoon of coconut or other flavorings for a different taste.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Lilacs and Lilacs

The lilac bush is blooming...

Can you smell the lovely fragrance???

 I moved this bouquet around my house several times...looking for just the right spot to place it.  I wanted it to be in a place where it would look nice and where we could enjoy the pleasant fragrance.

How funny when I found just the right spot in the bathroom. 

 I did not notice until several hours later that I had placed the lilac branches directly in front of a plate that was covered in lilac blossoms.


At least I have the best smelling bathroom in Tennessee!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Sooner or later, I know I will run out of books to recommend...but for now, my list just keeps going and going.  The book I am going to recommend for you today is at the top of my favorite list. 

I no longer get to share this book with my class, because it is a book that is read aloud  in Seventh Grade.  It is a book that kids cannot put down.  It is one of those books where you try to figure out the end, but you just can't seem to figure out the twist.

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is about an orphan who is trying to find his father, except there is so much more to this book than just that.  Buddy believes that his father is a famous jazz musician, and he is determined to prove himself right.

This is a great book, and I highly recommend it for boys and girls.

Ultimate Blog Party

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