Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lots of butter & sugar ... of course its gonna taste good!

So my mom's birthday was this past Thursday, she wanted me to make her some type of lemon cake... finally today I got around to doing so. I came across a recipe in on of my Taste Of Home magazines for ;
Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
-In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, beat into creamed mixture until well blended.
Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted pan. (I used a "bundt pan' dont know if its the same thing) . Bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Garnish with confectioners sugar, strawberries and cool whip! (the first time I ever made this we used raspberries instead and this time I have no fruit, just cool whip!! Yumm!!!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

GST #231

1) blueberry & choc chip pancakes for breakfast (not combined, a little of each, lol)

2) watching the snow come down

3) Aaron and Isaac playing in the snow while I made dinner (we had chicken in our rotisserie, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans and homemade rolls!!!)

*** So today I talked with my friend Jessica who told me she decided to start a blog, while I have been doing GST's for awhile I have often thought about making this a little more in depth, however I have kinda thought maybe my life is just a little to boring , would I have anything worth reading to say. Well she suggested I post some of my recipes since I am always cooking "yummy things" lol. I thought this was a pretty good idea, however you will need to realize I can not take credit for most things I make as I get most recipes from either cookbooks or online, but I guess I do take the time to find the recipe and I would be more than happy to share them with anyone wanting them. Also I figure this will give me time to talk about anything else I find needed, bragging on Aaron, loving my hubby through words of affirmation, praising my God, the possibilities are endless!! :) So hear we go!!!

Day 1 of: In the day and life of a modern day housewife!!!

So today's recipe I want to share is very very easy!! And one I can say I did come up with on my own, however I wouldn't be surprised if many of you are doing this already as it was very easy and super yummy!!! To go with our dinner I made a side of mashed potatoes , I always put sour cream in them, but was a little short on that tonight so I also decided to add some chive and onion cream cheese!! Can I just say "YUM!!" so good and I think i will make them that way from now on!! Told you easy!!!
A little about our day... .we got snow!!! Seriously , I dont remember the last winter we got so much!! I love watching my guys play out in it, it is great bonding time for them.

*thanks again Jess for the encouragement to do this, I am excited to go through it together!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

GST #130

1) Aaron has started putting his hands behind his back and saying "where'd they go?" and we'll say "I dont know" and he will show them them to us and say "there they are!!" so stinkin cute!

2) vanilla milkshake, I know its coooold outside but it was yummy!

3) homemade pizza

4) Aaron made peace with Tyler Kessler, lol (he has for some unknown reason been scared of Tyler forever but tonight they played blocks together and Aaron even gave him a hug good night!)

5) listening to the guys practice Praise and Worship in our living room for Reach

**** Isaac got a call about a job today!!! First prospect since he got laid off in the middle of December!! IT sounds like a great oppurtunity, even better than what he was doing with the FBI so we are excited, praying that it works out! We should know sometime next week! Please pray!!****

Thursday, January 28, 2010

GST #129

1) waking up feeling refreshed after a long night with Aaron

2) a lazy morning with Aaron, but he seemed to feel much much better by lunch!

3) an evening out with my mom, brother and Aaron on mom's birthday

4) i always shop the end of the season sales to get Aaron clothes for the next season but with Isaac still being out of work I knew I wouldnt be able to do it this yr, but mom took me today and we got Aaron a ton of great things from Childrens Place for next winter :)

5) Aaron saying thank you without having to be prompted. , Earlier today Aaron was in his room playing and I went to check on him and he was cleaning up all of his toys!!! :) He is turning into such a wonderful little boy! I adore him!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GST #128

1) Aaron seeming to feel much better when he woke up (he seems to have a cold, but we will definitly take that over the throwing up)

2) Isaac helping me get some laundry done

3) BLT's for lunch! I love BACON!!! :)

4) playing blocks with Aaron, his love for counting!! and hugs, hugs , hugs!!!

5) knowing that God is still God no matter what our circumstances and He is the one we need to put our trust in, He will work everything out

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

GST #127

1) Aaron helping me clean up his room, I love all the things he is learning now and he is such a good little helper!

2) talking with Kim :)

3) a new roll recipe!

4) getting ahead of Julie on Farmville!! (ha ha!)

5) a great dinner treat from Shannon at Viva and a wonderful chat.... we got to Viva at 6 and looked at our watches and couldnt believe it was 8:45!!!

*coming home from dinner and Aaron was bathed and in bed! Isaac was folding laundry! I have a great hubby!

Monday, January 25, 2010

GST #126

1) getting some house cleaning done

2) Kasen & Aaron playing together, they are so cute!

3) we have been trying to teach Aaron to ask a question instead of just telling us what he wants, like when he wants a snack he will jsut say "snack". So today he came up to me and said "snack!" I said " what do you say?" he said "Can I, .... Can I please.... have a snack!" I was so proud of him!!

4) dinner with my boys, Keenon, Julie and Kasen

5) girl time with Julie!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

GST #125

1) having kids care at church this morning, Isaac & Kelsie helped.... and Isaac was a great source of entertainment to all the kids

2) lunch with my boys, Isaac taking Aaron back for his nap and Aaron waving & saying "bye bye mommy!"

3) watching Aaron dance with Isaac (Isaac also cut Aaron's hair this morning and he looks like such a little man now! bittersweet!)

4) visiting with mom and dad, Aaron was extra cuddly with my dad tonight, I love that!!!

5) listening to isaac read to Aaron

Saturday, January 23, 2010

GST #214

so for the past few days I have been posting in the 100's and realized today that was wrong.... oh well

1) blueberry pancakes for a nice relaxing breakfast with my guys

2) play time for Kasen and Aaron , girl time with Julie

3) getting all of our bills paid!!!!! ( i was a little stressed with Isaac still being out of work, but its working out)

4) Aaron learning more phrases, he amazes me everyday!! Today my brother was over and we were playing the wii fit and Jason's person fell and Aaron said "try again!"

5) so our dog has been in diapers for the past week or so, she got sick while we were in Maine and mom took her to the vet and she has a really bad urinary tract infection, she seems to be getting a lot better as of today so hopefully we will be able to toss the diaper soon! Its funny a month after Aaron is done with them our dog needs em!

**** My sister in law Ruth getting engaged!!****

Friday, January 22, 2010

GST #113

1) having clean cabinets!! Isaac organized them before I even woke up this morning!!

2) mom having a good check up at Johns Hopkins!! She doesnt have to go back for 6 months!!!

3) getting a lot of cleaning done today

4) taco salad for dinner

5) game night with Isaac!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

GST #112

1) breakfast in bed

2) listening to Isaac and Aaron sing the Mickey Mouse hot dog song

3) getting errands run with my brother

4) coming home and Aaron opening the door for me

5) movie night and popcorn with Isaac (the game plan, super cute)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

GST #111

1) sleeping on brand new sheets!!

2) I forgot to write this on yesterdays, but when we were in maine Aaron counted to 10 all by himself for the first time (we were so surprised! he needed no cue from us at all!)

3) last night Aaron talked on the phone with Abi and Jordan and it was just precious to listen to

4) getting to see mom and dad after being gone for a week

5) we were outside tonight and Aaron saw the moon and he pointed to it and said "moon!" then when we walked onto the porch he said "bye bye moon!"

6) catching up on all my shows I missed while in Maine, oh I am so glad idol is back on!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

GST #210

So we have been in Maine for the past week or so. About a yr ago Isaac's grandfather became very ill and he passed away last Tuesday so we went up for the funeral and a visit with the family. I didnt take the time everyday to write up my GST's but these are a few from our week there.

1) a safe travel to Maine

2) tomato basil wraps

3)being with family during hard times

4) the life of Elwood Cooley, he was such an amazing man, a man who defined love with everything he did!!

5) the promise of heaven and knowing that we will see our loved one's who have accepted Christ and that Elwood is one of those loved ones

6) catching up with some of Isaac's cousins

7) some teens from the church being willing to watch the kids during the funeral so Becky & I could be there with our hubby's

8) a good funeral service, Luke getting up to say some words, making the gospel clear to everyone and remembering the wonderful life that Elwood lived.... his love of ice cream :), his love for his wife they had been married 62 yrs when he passed and they truly loved each other with everything they had, he was just this man who when you met him you instantly loved him. I wish I could have known him longer than the 7 yrs I did. I pray that we will always remember his example of love and live it out in our life. I can honestly say I have never met a man like him.

9)being able to sleep in a couple mornings while Aaron played with his cousins and grandparents

10) coffee!! and lots of it drank while playing hrs of board games

11) playing the Settlers of Catan (Cities and Knights) we played other games too, but you can be guaranteed that everytime we go to Maine we learn a new game and Cities and Knights was it this time

12) a trip to Renny's with Becky

13) taking Jordan (Becky and Luke's daughter who is almost 3 to the bathroom, this is why I will never forget this......... so she tells me she has to pee. I take her in and go to put her on the potty and she says "wait, Grammie puts this in the potty" and points to Comet , I said "before or after you pee" (after made sense, but before didnt really) she says "before" so I said "ok" and sprinkled a little in... she said "Grammie puts more, enough to make bubbles!" ...... so I put a little more in then she says "then Grammie sprays this, to make it smell like Christmas" and points to the Glade. So I spray some glade, then she looks at me and says "now it (pointing to the toilet water) will turn green when I pee" she pees and I go to wipe her and she says "wait, Grammie puts vaseline on the toilet paper!" so at the end of our 15 min adventure in the bathroom I go tell Becky and she says "no wonder she wants to go to the bathroom so much, Grammie makes it like an amusement park!!!" we go talk to Lorna and she said "I knew it would get back to me!!!"........ busted, but hilarious!

14) cuddling on the couch and watching "Pride and Prejudice" with Isaac

15) the Kennebunk house that Isaac's aunt and uncle own, its like their vacation home and its 3 hrs from Isaac's parents so on the way to Maine we stopped there and stayed the night and on the way home we hit a really bad snowstorm and after sliding and being thankful no cars happened to be around at the time we stopped there for about 5 hrs to wait for the snow to stop. It was a nice little break, we ate breakfast, drank coffee, his aunt and uncle were actually there so we visited, played Apples to Apples and then isaac, noah, ruth and I played one last game of Cities and Knights and i won!!!!! :)

16) a safe trip home , we left Isaac's parents at 5:30 am and got home at 1:30 am, not too bad considering the snow delay

17) sleeping in our bed!!!!!

I know there are probably a lot of things I am leaving out, but it was a good little break and an amazing life was celebrated!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

GST #209

1) fresh chocolate covered bavarian cream doughnut from Martins

2) a morning visit with Julie & watching Aaron and Kasen play together

3) an afternoon nap

4) a visit to mom and dad's and some amazingly good coffee

5) girls night with Julie

Sunday, January 10, 2010

GST #208

1) waking up and getting my shower and breakfast started before Aaron woke up

2) great Reach service and SS school class

3) Sunday naps! :)

4) Isaac making dinner, even if it is always hot dogs and mac n cheese when he cooks! :)

5) some time to catch up on a book

Saturday, January 9, 2010

GST #207

1) getting up and making apple cinnamon pancakes for breakfast!! They were yummy, Isaac's idea and we all loved them!

2) a nice lunch & some fun board games and good laughs with Cherie, Brooke & Megan

3) a wonderful evening out at Costco and Glory Days with my boys , Jason & his friend

4) a yummy crab cake sandwich *dinner was a treat from jason*

5) movie night with Isaac (yes these happen a lot lately, but I am treasuring every moment of our time together)

~Please keep praying for Isaac's job situation, nothing yet. He is hoping to go take some courses for Radiology and get a job , just waiting on the hospital to call him back!

*oh , while we were out to eat Aaron had to go potty so Isaac took him and when he got back Aaron said really loud "went pee pee" well their was a couple at the table beside us who were older (like my grandparents age, early 70's, and they were laughing, so I told them that he was newly potty trained and just very proud of himself. They were super nice and when we were about to leave they asked if we would "just leave the little boy with them" lol so they started talking to us, telling us how great it is that he is potty trained so early, the man told us his birthday is in March too and that led Isaac to say his birthday is also in March so between then and Aaron they had the whole month covered, then we got to talking about the greatness of being a stay at home mom and I was saying how I would make every sacrifice in the world to be able to do it and they were saying how great they thought that was, so on and so on, we seriously chatted for 15 min. I told Isaac on the way home how that really made my night, I looooove when you go out and meet people who are so friendly like that because it just doesnt happen enough!!!*


Friday, January 8, 2010

GST #206

1) Aaron was playing this morning while I was paying bills and I walk into the room and he is saying "dear esus, ank you for today, amen!" love that!!

2) afternoon movie with Isaac

3) evening hanging out with Isaac, Jason & Aaron

4) Aaron traded in calling me momma, to now call me mommy & i adore it!!

5) getting some laundry done. Isaac helped a lot, I have been in a lot of pain the past 2 days in my upper back and down my arm , it feels just like it did about 3 yrs ago after my car accident when I was going through physical therapy!! Ugh!!! I told Isaac there are days I wonder if we settled on that too easily, hopefully its just hurting because of the cold or something and will go away soon!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

GST #205

1) getting a good workout in this morning

2) being able to take a loooong nap to try and get rid of a migraine

3) a yummy dinner from the crock pot! :)

4) Isaac buying me some double stuffed oreos!! He is a good man!

5) enjoying some Christmas movies that I have on the DVR still

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

GST #204

1) I moved the rocking chair from Aaron's room into ours and I love it, gives me a nice place to do my quiet time and just to sit and read!

2) days that feel very productive

3) getting a bill in the mail to see that someone had already paid it for us

4) lovins from Aaron ,I love having such a cuddly boy!

5) reality tv, good laughs with Isaac

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

GST #203

1) Aaron sleeping in until 8:30

2) so I have been trying to teach Aaron his name, he will point to a picture of himself and just say baby, so today I said "what is your name" he looks at me, pats his chest and says "Jesus!", I laughed so hard then he looks at me, I can tell he is thinking hard and says "Aaron!"

3) I was making Aaron breakfast and he hopped up to the table and said "eat?" I said "just one minute and it will be done" I turn back to the stove and hear him say "dear jesus, ank u this food, amen!"

4) talks with Kim

5) cozy nights with Isaac

Monday, January 4, 2010

GST #202

1) an outing with my brother including an iced hazelnut coffee (his treat to me)

2) walking in the door and Aaron running to me shouting "mommy, mommy!!!" oh I love him sooooo much!

3) Aaron & Isaac ate a snack and I asked him what they had and he said "we had some cer cer (cereal)" its so precious to see him starting to make sentences

4) great night with Julie, Kelly and Gillian while Isaac hung out with Keenon!! Everyone had a great night, so thankful for good friends and for Isaac having a good friend. Poor Aaron and Kasen were very sad that they had to go to bed and not get to play with each other

5) all my shows starting up again!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

GST #201

1) getting some relax time while my boys were at church

2) meds and heatpads

3) watching Isaac and Aaron play together

4) Isaac taking care of the housework and Aaron trying to help him

5) a day of rest and feeling a good bit better by the end of the day

Saturday, January 2, 2010

GST #200

1) praying about a situation and get a clear answer

2) a relaxing morning while Isaac went to do some work for REACH at David's and Aaron went to play with Isabella

3) it's been over almost 2 weeks since Aaron has been using the potty and we are thrilled with how well he is doing!! I could have never imagined how easy he would have been to train, soooo thankful for that!

4) dinner and game time with Isaac, Jason & Aaron

5) watching Isaac & Aaron all cuddled on the couch!

Friday, January 1, 2010

GST #199

1) coffee (staying up till 2 in the morning is really dumb when you have a child that is always up by 7)

2) watching Handy Manny with Aaron, Mr Lopart was singing and Aaron said "sing, yay Lopart!" then Mr Lopart drops the New Yrs Eve ball and Aaron says "oh no!! What happened Lopart?" lol

3) dinner at mom and dad's , wii fit competitions

4) nights where Isaac & I both get to tuck Aaron in

5) movie night with Isaac

GST #198

1) getting some house work done, the refrigerator got a major cleaning and it makes me very happy!

2) Aaron being mischevious (he colored on the entryway floor, his new train and his sheets, and ate a whole pack of honey mustard in his room while "decorating" his new rug! (i am thankful for even these moments, because I loooove being a mom!)

3) playing the new Mario game on wii with my brother & isaac ( i dont really get into video games much but this one is fun, and I kicked both of their butts)

4) listening to Aaron and Jason play together, Jason tucking Aaron into bed

5) pizza & cream soda floats! and Monk and talk time with my parents, Jason & Aaron & Isaac then game night, watching the ball drop, resolutions , sparkling cider and fireworks (the neighbors put some off) with Isaac