Tuesday, September 30, 2008

YUM-O!!! *Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies*

*Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies*
1 egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS COCKTAIL Peanuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Add remaining ingredients; beat until well blended.
SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball, in criss-cross pattern, with tines of fork.
BAKE 10 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 1 min. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool completely.
(This recipe is courtesy of kraftfoods.com)

Kansas City Trip 2008 - Paradise Park

Kristy and I took the little boys (Jackson, Cole, and Brady) to Paradise Park while the big boys (Smokey and Faron) stayed home and worked...

Another successful trip...they were asleep before we got out of the parking lot.

Kansas City Trip 2008 - Wrestle Mania

Sorry this has taken me so long to get posted, but these are from our trip to Kansas City to see Smokey, Kristy, Jackson and new baby Brady. Jackson and Cole had a blast playing with each other. The wrestling match started soon after we arrived and last all weekend...

I'm still not really sure who won. I guess it's a draw until they meet again...maybe a Christmas rematch.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's Game Day...


Friday, September 26, 2008

Work, Work, Work

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The other night I gave Cole a Go-Gurt(for those that don't know...Go-Gurt is portable yogurt in a tube that you squeeze). As you can see he loved every last drop of it...

Thoughtful Thursday

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys." - Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I finally got around to watching Sarah Palin and John McCain's speeches from the Republican National Convention last night, and I am VERY impressed with her. She doesn't hold back and she talks politics in a way the normal, everyday person can understand.
If you still haven't decided who you are voting for on Nov 4th, here is a website that compares McCain and Obama on all the issues.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall

Football season is in full swing - BOOMER SOONER!!!
The weather is starting to get cooler - I love fall weather.
It's almost hunting season - Oct 1st is the 1st day of bow season.
Only 3 months til Christmas...Oh my gosh, where did the year go?

Friday, September 19, 2008

YUM-O!!! *Easy Baked Potato Soup*

Jess came to work the other morning with his latest bargain from Sam's. It was the Taste of Home Heartwarming Soups Cookbook. I took one look at the cover and wanted to make the Baked Potato Soup that was pictured there. I made it last night and brought it with me to work today. It's great and very filling, oh, and very easy. Jess gave it a thumbs up too. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy...
Easy Baked Potato Soup
4 to 5 medium baking potatoes, baked
5 bacon strips, diced
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
3 1/2 cups milk
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
Dash Liquid Smoke, optional
1 cup sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Peel and dice baked potatoes; set aside. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 tsp drippings.
Add soups, milk, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper, Liquid Smoke if desired and reserved potatoes to the drippings. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through, stirring occaisionally. Stir in the sour cream; cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through (do not boil). Garnish with cheddar cheese and bacon.
Yields: 10 servings (2 1/2 quarts)
(recipe from Taste of Home Heartwaming Soups Cookbook)
My suggestions
I forgot the cheddar cheese soup when I was at the store so I used about 8 oz of Velveeta cheese and a little extra milk.
Add the milk a little at a time, my soup was a little thin.
Be sure and cut the potatoes pretty small. I left mine in about 1 inch cubes and that was too big.
I didn't use the Liquid Smoke.
Next time I'll use more bacon and also add some chives or green onions.


Backpacks are $3-$4 at Target...
RUN, don't walk, if you need one.

Thrifty Thoughts - Make Your Own Mixes

Some of these mix recipes sound interesting...By the time you buy all the ingredients to make your own Bisquick mix, it might be cheaper to just use the real stuff...I still might give some of these a try sometime...maybe the rice seasoning mix and the vanilla chai tea mix.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

"A boy is the only thing God can use to make a man." - Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We're expecting... *UPDATED*

***False Alarm***

Noooooooo, it's not Faron and I. Our other Babies are having babies. They should make their entrance into the world around Sept 5th or so. Maybe they will share Lillian's birthday. I'll keep you posted...

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I've been tagged by Amy to reveal 6 random facts about myself, so here goes...

1. I LOVE chocolate milk. If I had to pick a beverage to take with me to a deserted island, it would be chocolate milk.

2. I can't stand for my socks to be rolled up. I mean I seriously CAN'T STAND IT. It makes the hair on my neck stand up and sends chills up my spine. (Liz loves to torment me by rolling up Cole's socks whenever she's around him.)

3. The car I had in high school had a name...Winky the Blue Goose.
4. I love football...BOOMER SOONER!!!

5. I love salt...some people have a sweet tooth, I have a salty one.

6. My favorite cartoon as a child was The Smufs and my favorite nursery book was, and still is, Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

Well, you all know how the game TAG is played...so
Katie, Christy, Suzanne, and Megan...you're it...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thrifty Thoughts - Homemade Cleaners

I came across this blog with a bunch of homemade cleaning recipes...I might give some of these a try when I run out of what I have. These sound like they are cheaper than store bought cleaners and also more earth friendly.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

"A small son can charm himself into, and out of, most things." - Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Lick and Slick"

I swore I would never do this to my kids...I lied, I've already caught myself doing it to Cole.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Cole already has an entire mouthful of teeth, so I am trying to teach him how to brush.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Life Size

Cole loves to point out the cows and horses as we are driving down the road. Seeing them up close and personal is a completely different story...

Let's just say, his Uncle Bubba was his favorite person that day for rescueing him from the cow.

This is one of my favorites...

Uncle Bubba and Aunt Liz's black Lab Rocco

Cole thought he could play pool with the big boys

Nana and Cole watching Finding Nemo

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