Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Ultimate Bulk Buying Cookbook

So I just had to let everyone know that I absolutely LOVE this cookbook!  It's all about meat, and the chapters are organized according to types of meats.  What I love about it is that I can just take out whatever random meat I have in my freezer that needs to get used up, look it up in the cookbook, and I get several delicious ways to use it... everything from meat-and-potatoes kind of recipes to casseroles, salads, and more.  This will definitely help me when I'm trying to use things up :D

The Ultimate Bulk Buying Cookbook

Thursday, November 8, 2012


So, I've been a member of the LDS church for 8-1/2 years now, and yesterday was my first day at the cannery.  It was pretty neat.  The best part is the way everyone there works together to get the work done.

My food storage right now is pretty much nil, though my everyday pantry is more heavily stocked than the average family.  I still have a LONG way to go.  I brought home a few things from the cannery to mess around with.  Now that I know how it works, I need to work on a plan for obtaining and rotating my stock.  I've got a goal!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kids say...

David, Age 7 (obviously frightened) - "Mom!  I was in your room and there's something alive in there!  I think it's under your bed.  I heard it breathing!"

Me - "That sound is your sister.  You're hearing her through the baby monitor."

David - "Oh."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kids say...

When we're in the drive thru (parking lot)

B - "I'm going to hold the stroller so I don't get (insert car noise here) like Daddy because some Pontiacs go there and they don't know what they're doing."
     ~B, Age 4

Kids Say....

"I wish I were Dad so I would be stronger."
     ~ Braden, age 4

Friday, June 22, 2012

A law enforcement family

I truly don't need to say anything, because Melissa Littles said it all perfectly in this article.

Sometimes it is glory, like when Jared saved a little girl's life.  Sometimes it downright blows, like when he got run down by crazy woman in a car.  Sometimes it's irritating like when he hangs up on me in the middle of a conversation or comes home from work late without calling.  But it's something I do to support the passion of my officer.  I consider myself an employee of the police department as much as him, and I consider myself serving the community as much as he does, because I care for and support a law enforcement officer, facilitating his ability to do his job with all the passion and dedication it deserves.  I just hope I'm doing as good a job as he is.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Check this out!

Things I Believe... Discriminated for Conservative Beliefs

Lately I've seen a lot of stuff from some of my more liberal Facebook friends about supporting the gay lifestyle and things that profess it is not a choice to be gay or not.  I don't mean a thing or two here or there, I mean these friends are findnig every pro-gay, anti-Christian slogan on the internet, and posting it to Facebook, where I get the joy of reading it.  Yes, I could block these messages from appearing on my feed, and I think I probably will, but the whole thing has me thinking. 

I do not believe the gay lifestyle to be appropriate in any way.  I believe man and woman were created to pair in heterosexual fashion.  And I believe those who profess religion to be useless have a lot to learn. 

Nevertheless, I hold no ill feelings towards people who live those lifestyles or support those beliefs.  I profess to meet everyone where they are and love them regardless of the choices they make.  I would treat a gay athiest neighbor no differently than a van-driving, casserole-wielding member of my own church. 

My problem comes because I feel discriminated at times for my belief, especially by the pro-gay, anti-Christian community.  This feeling comes from seeing those different slogans on Facebook and elsewhere, and knowing that if I expressed my views, briefly described above, in such a public forum, which I probably am doing right now, I would be labeled with some pretty harsh words describing me as an intolerant bigot.  I assert that I am not intolerant, nor a bigot, I just have different views.  I don't have to love every choice a person makes in order to love the person.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Try this! I did. - Slow-Cooker Pork Stew on the Food Network

Slow-Cooker Pork Stew on the Food Network

Oops... we ate it before I got a picture.  But it was super easy and tasty enough to make again!  Instead of using fingerling potatoes, I just cut up regular potatoes.  Instead of a whole pork roast, I used pork for stew (already cut into chunks) from Sam's Club.  I prefer to use what I have on hand than to go buying more groceries.  

Definitely give this one a try!  Maybe try adding green chiles if you like :D