“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, May 29, 2008

News from the Coop

The coop is a buzz these days the "ladies" are all so excited. The gossip around the hen house is that they are getting a new house and although this rumor has been going around for quite some time this weekend the building began.
After being consulted on design the "ladies" choose an A frame English style house. For the time being it is just framed in but hopefully this weekend will be moving time. I think the ladies have already picked out their nesting spots

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer's Here

Memorial Day has come and gone, the kids are out of school, the pool has opened and the days are getting HOT all this can only mean one thing SUMMER is here!

End of Year party

I can hardly believe Caleb is out of Kindergarten where did this year go? I know if each year goes this fast we will be watching him walk out of high school in no time, so I will cherish these days and I remember this thought when Caleb and Ella are driving me nuts this summer!

In his class singing a song for the moms

Last Day worship time

That sweet little boy that timidly walked into a new school last August walked out today a 1st Grader saying good-bye to all his friends, it has been a GREAT year!

Monday, May 12, 2008

On the Table this week

Trying to get myself back on schedule so I am posting menus again

Monday- Rigitoni with Sausage Tomato Sauce, Arugula and Parmesan
Tuesday- Red Leaf and Red Cabbage Salad with Tarragon Chicken
Wednesday -Shanghai Stir-fried Beef & Broccoli
Thursday-Baja-Style Fish tacos with Southwestern Slaw
Friday -Pizza Night
Saturday - Mini Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Sunday- Braised Beef Brisket, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Cook along with me
Rigitoni with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce , arugula and Parmesan
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pounds fresh hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
8 ounces rigatoni2 cups (packed) fresh arugula, stemmed
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat.
Add onion; sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
Add garlic; stir 1 minute.
Add sausage; cook until browned, breaking up with back of spoon, about 5 minutes.
Drain drippings from pot.
Add wine, diced tomatoes with juice, and crushed tomatoes; increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly.
Refrigerate uncovered until cool, then cover and keep chilled.
Rewarm over medium heat before continuing.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain.
Stir pasta, arugula, basil, and oregano into tomato sauce.
Simmer until arugula wilts, stirring often, about 2 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer to large bowl.
Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Check back this week for more recipes

Sunday, May 11, 2008


This is for all my moms out there, if this is not currently your life just wait it will be. Everything a mom says in a 24 hour day put to William Tell Overture - a personal favorite
Enjoy and Happy Mother's Day

Turn off the MP3 music so you can enjoy this

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Super Caleb

I hope by speeding the slide show up you can get the full effect of "flying"
This post is a special thanks to Jimmy who put up the rope swing
Please take note of the "Super Caleb" attire...jeans-very rugged for whatever situation you find yourself in, cape-a must for a superhero, rubber boots-not a traditional part of the superheros attire but proven handy in many a sticky situation(and they are quick and easy to put on)