One , the pastor noticed 6 year old standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it.
The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, 'Good morning Alex.'
'Good morning Pastor,' he replied, still focused on the plaque.
'Pastor, what is this? '
The pastor said, 'Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.'
Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked,
'Which service, the 8:15 or the 10:30?'
I got all excited when I heard this headline. I thought it was going to be working women from around the state. Let's talk about how the state's budget cuts are affecting women and the jobs they do.
But alas, it's just Otter's way of having a women's legislature's grumble session. It's only going to be women in government and agency directors. So some women in government will get a pay raise!?!?! Where will that money come from?
Here's a better idea...How about cutting the pay of the men who make more! Let's make a level playing field between men and women.
That would help the state's budget wouldn't it?
Here is a recipe I came across today. It made me go out to my new garden and have a pep talk with my strawberry plants.
I discussed with them the possibility of overachieving in their first year and producing a nice big crop of strawberries for our family. The fact that they were only just put into the ground and we have a short growing season here in North Idaho just shouldn't be a stumbling block for their performance. They are very beautiful, hardy looking plants and should be able to achieve any goal that they set for themselves.
Do you think they bought it?
If they do help me out this summer...then here is mouthwatering dessert I'd love to make!Warm Cornmeal Shortcake with Farm Stand Berries
Traditional biscuit-based shortcake tastes best when the biscuits are hot from the oven, making it a last-minute dessert. With this golden cornmeal loaf, you can bake the cake hours ahead, then slice and toast it just before serving. With cool, juicy berries spooned over it and a dollop of soft-whipped cream, the cake may well become your go-to summer dessert.
To make the cake, preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. Coat the bottom and sides with flour and shake out the excess.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium bowl. Whisk in the cornmeal, semolina, and salt until well blended.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar gradually, beating constantly until the mixture is pale and light and scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the almond extract.
On low speed, add half of the dry ingredients and beat just until blended. Add the buttermilk and beat just until blended, then add the remaining dry ingredients and beat just until blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
Bake until the cake is firm to the touch and beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, 45 to 50 minutes. A cake tester inserted in the middle should come out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto a rack. Invert again so the top is up and finish cooling on the rack.
In a bowl, combine the berries, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the brandy. Stir gently with a rubber spatula. Let macerate at room temperature for 1 hour to dissolve the sugar and draw out the fruit juices, stirring occasionally.
In a bowl, whisk together the cream, the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, and the vanilla until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the ends off the cake, then cut the cake into 8 equal slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until hot throughout and slightly crusty, about 5 minutes. Transfer the slices to individual dessert plates. Spoon some of the macerated berries and their juices over the cake. Top each serving with a dollop of the cream. Serve immediately.
This recipe is from Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers
by Sur la Table and Janet Fletcher. Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.
Yesterday was the 8th grade graduation at Q's school. She did awesome...lots of awards for being an awesome human being and a great student. Just the kind of thing to make a parent happy! Took pictures...but I'm too tired to download them right now (and I'm such a big dork that I would probably forget to put the digital card back in the camera...then not have one in the camera for CC's 6th grade graduation tomorrow!)...So I'm playing it safe and will post pictures this weekend!
I can't believe I'm going to have a daughter in high school and a daughter in junior high too! How did they grow up so fast! (they are still shorter than me--just to know!) Q finishes 8th grade today and tomorrow she turns 14! Yup...total teenager now. CC is only 12...but she hit the teen years already...such the overachiever!
Q's big birthday request, beside getting her hair colored blonde (yes, I know, her hair already is blonde!) she wants a day of shopping with just me. Yeah! what fun...Oh, I mean, I love shopping! Did I sound like I meant it? I love spending time with her, but shopping??? How did I get such a girly girl? She didn't get that gene from me...that's for sure! LOL
On a side note...not sure daddy is going to survive teenage girls. With two bathrooms and two hair dryers, he still barely got them out of the house and to school on time!!! LOL!
of another school year. The 21 little ones that were entrusted to me last September are moving on to 2nd grade. They are amazing little sponges...even the ones that didn't like school to start the year, have learned so much. It's fun watching them learn. I have to assess them many times throughout the year, so I see their progress, but there is nothing more powerful than seeing them figure out how much they know now.
Today was a great example of one of those a-ha moments. They were cute. I gave them their writing journals from the beginning of the year and they read through them. Some of their jaws dropped when they looked at what they wrote last September....then compared it to their current journals.
They are taller, they are older, but most of all, they are smarter and more capable. They can read, they can write (neatly sometimes),they know what all those numbers on the wall are now and how to add them together, and most of all, they know that you can have fun while they learn.
My job is done...for now. I hope I made a positive impression on them. I hope they at least like school, and will continue to be kind to one another. Mostly I hope they keep reading darn it, because it's a lot of work to teach them how to do it!
Here's a verse I found tonight...thought it was perfect for this time of year.
"Luke 6:40: There is no disciple who is superior to his teacher; but every one whose instruction is complete will be like his teacher."
Have a great summer! I'll be resting up for the next bunch in September!
I need time to sleep, time to exercise, time to read a good book, time to fold laundry....but mostly time to keep up with cleaning up after a pre-teen, a teen, a husband who works nights and sleeps days, and a teacher who is trying to wrap up a school year!
So this is embarrassing...but you won't judge me will you? I hate clutter in our home. Having a messy house isn't quite so bad...but pictures of my messy house,,,well, that's just nuts.
Did I say I hate clutter? I can't get things done when I see cleaning that needs doing....ugh! Drives me crazy. I used to clean my dorm room before I could study for a college test. Right now I keep looking across the living room at the laundry basket that has half of its contents folded. It's so hard not to stop typing and go deal with it.
As if it isn't hard enough to keep up after myself and my hectic schedule...try keeping up after three others! I came home to find this mess in my living room recently. This is the result of emptying out a backpack and binder...she assured me she would pick it up...eventually! Notice she is nowhere in the picture!
As a mom, I use special techniques to find my children. I know exactly where my kids are at any moment. I just follow the trail of socks! Can't wait for summer, then it will just be flip flops!
Then there's the leftover mess after I make dinner. We are working on a monetary bribe system with the girls. Money makes the world go around you know...and the dishes clean too!
Then there is the mystery of dishes on the kitchen counter....Just to know...the dishwasher is EMPTY! Yes, empty!! I love finding the pile of dishes on the counter...darn, maybe the door was stuck. Or aliens took off with the sponges. Or my children developed a sudden allergic reaction to dish soap!
Who knows what the reasoning....I just know if summer would finally arrive...all will be better!
We don't agree on the foods to eat very often...but this is a favorite soup for all of us! And with all the rain we've had...we haven't been ready to abandon the warm in the tummy winter recipes :-)
This recipe is from Chow.com. The bacon is a nice addition! And anyone that knows my cooking...knows I play with recipes and that I'm a very down to earth, simple recipe kind of person. This one is good and easy to substitute and omit some items if you don't have them on the shelf or in the fridge. Canned clams work well, chicken or vegetable broth works well instead of the bottled clam juice (who milks the clams anyway?) I also don't do the reserved peels and scraps...they go to the compost or the chickens--they appreciate them more!
ok...I got to get busy cooking!
By Kate Ramos What constitutes a true New England clam chowder is a matter of much debate. While some argue that chowder needs to be thick and creamy, others call for cream to be served alongside the clear broth and added to your liking. We’ve taken the middle ground with this recipe and created a chowder with just enough creaminess to coat the back of a spoon. Game plan: While preparing the vegetables for the soup, make sure to save all the peelings and scraps (except the potato skins) to steam with the clams. TIME/SERVINGS INSTRUCTIONS
Total Time: 1 hr
Active Time: 30 mins
Makes: 6 servings
2 1/2 pounds small hard-shell clams, such as Manila
1 medium yellow onion, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 medium celery stalk, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 medium carrot, small dice, peel and scraps reserved
1 1/2 cups water
3 ounces smoked bacon, small dice (about 1/2 cup)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 medium red potatoes, medium dice, reserved in cold water
1 cup bottled clam juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 medium bay leaf
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, minced
By Kate Ramos
What constitutes a true New England clam chowder is a matter of much debate. While some argue that chowder needs to be thick and creamy, others call for cream to be served alongside the clear broth and added to your liking. We’ve taken the middle ground with this recipe and created a chowder with just enough creaminess to coat the back of a spoon.
Game plan: While preparing the vegetables for the soup, make sure to save all the peelings and scraps (except the potato skins) to steam with the clams.
This is such a cool page! Send a letter to your senators and representatives so easily! They have 'speaking points' to just click on and add to the letter. You can add more thoughts too.
Do you want to let D.C. know how you feel about the lack of money for educating our children? Were teachers cut from your schools for next year? Was your school year shortened next year (and teacher's salaries frozen and cut)? Is the toilet paper your children using in schools only 1/4 ply? Has your district cut your sports, your buses, your classroom aides, your library book purchases?
Please speak up! It's like The Lorax...he had to speak for the trees! Well, we are the Loraxes of Learning...and we have to speak for the children and their education! Our district is at only 165 student days now! I came from California...where they required 180. Yet as teachers, we have to still teach the same amount of material! The kids still have to reach the same learning benchmarks as in all the other states!
It's not right and the state and federal governments need to stop making education an acceptable budget cut. They want to increase funds to social programs...well they may need to if they are not giving us the money to educate our children! These kids will not learn what they need to be successful graduates if we are forcing them into larger classes and taking away their days of learning!!!
Please send a letter to your congress people today!!