Aunt marguerite’s spinach dip

May 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm (Family Recipe Fridays, Finer Things Friday)

The summer of 2007, I spent alot of time compiling family recipes for my Mom’s side of the family – my grandfather.  My grandfather is one of 7 children – 4 ladies & 3 men.  All of the ladies knew how to cook!!  And when there’s seven children there’s bound to be alot of grandchildren & alot of cousins.  Basically at family get togethers there’s always too many cooks in the kitchen – but it’s alot of fun!   And more than likely I end up meeting some long lost relative that I’ve never met before!

My grandfather & his brothers & sisters are of course getting a little age to them, so before the recipes were all gone we decided to preserve them in a family cookbook.  It was alot of work, but it turned out really well.  We ended up with over 130 pages of recipes!

Here’s my “Aunt Marguerite’s Spinach Dip” (this is one of my grandfather’s sisters):

Here’s what you need:

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained

1 can water chestnuts, chopped

1 pkg Knorr’s dry vegetable soup mix

2 c. sour cream

1 c. mayo

1/4 c. onion

Here’s what you do:

Mix all the ingredients together.  If possible prepare 24 hours before use.

Here’s the funny part to me – on her recipe card she wrote “to be fancy when serving, place dip in a round carved out loaf of pumpernickel bread.  Serve as a dip with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, or squash”  … we sure know how to do “fancy” don’t we!!

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Top ten tuesday … things i just don’t do.

May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am (Top Ten Tuesday)

Over a couple occasions this weekend, I had to remind my husband that “i just don’t do that”.  So then I started thinking of all the things I just don’t do & then a post was created!  Dull & boring – maybe.  But it’s the day after a long Memorial Weekend & I’m not worth much more!  To top it all off, I’m putting it in the form of list – SO, in no particular order here are the Top Ten Things I Just Don’t Do!

1.  Clip the Kids’ Nails – from day one, this has just been one of those non-spoken “daddy things”.  He didn’t mind it, the kids (and me) got used to him doing it, so we’ve just continued.  There’s plenty of “mommy things”, so I don’t feel bad to say that “I’ve never once clipped their nails”. 

2.  Make Coffee – I don’t do it for my husband, never did it for my bosses & offering to make coffee to company in our home won’t even cross my mind!!  Probably because …

3.  I just don’t Drink Coffee – never have & at this point never will.  I hate to say “never”, but at this point I seriously doubt I’ll wake up one morning with Folgers in my cup!

4. Hang Pictures – Ok, on this one you may say I’m being a brat.  I mean honestly, everyone should be able to hang pictures – right?  I agree, but I think you need someone to tell you if you’re center & at the right height- I prefer to be that person!

5. Cook on Pampered Chef cookie sheets – I know, I know.  Most everyone agrees that they’re the best, but I hate feeling like they’re always dirty!!

6. Plant Flowers – I’m too insecure!  I know nothing – absolutely nothing – about plants.  I’d love to make a cute little outdoor potted plant arrangement like my neighbors, but I honestly don’t even know where to start!!  Is dirt different from soil?!?!

7. Use Drive Through Car Washes – This all goes back to when I was 16.  I tried to take my new cute little Honda Accord through the Drive-Through Wash one afternoon, but I was too far right.  I scraped the wheel up pretty good.  It shot my confidence on being able to drive through those things.  About 4 years later I decided to give it another shot.  This time, I made it through but the light went from “drive up more” to “thank you”.  Apparently, I didn’t stop right on cue!  I drove in & out without ever getting it washed!!!

8. Change Light Bulbs – Again, another “bratty” thing I’m sure.  But in our house, the covers are a pain to take off.  So we normally end up waiting until a couple are out (since they all seem to go at the same time anyways!) and then I make a list for my husband to go around!!

9.  Clean Hair out of my Brush – Don’t ask.  I have a true phobia of hair (once it’s off the head).  It makes me gag.  Seriously! 

10.  Clap to Music – I have absolutely no rhythm.  None.  What so ever.  For the life of me I cannot clap on beat, so I just don’t clap to music.  Sometimes the music moves me at church & I want to, but I don’t want to embarrass my husband too much!!!

So – what don’t you do?? 

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In honor of memorial day

May 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Memorial Day)

James Boyd Brown

I have a great respect for men & women that serve our country – those that were drafted & didn’t have a choice & then those that sign up on their own.   I still get chills when the National Anthem is played or when a big crowd is saying the Pledge of Allegiance all at the same time.  I love when our veterans are honored like this weekend … when standing ovations are given at churches & in parades.  I love when airlines give recognition to soldiers as they’re onboard flights … but I hate to find out when they’re going instead of coming because I know they’re leaving loved ones.  

We just received a call from one of my husband’s best high school buds.  It was his “good-bye … talk to you in 3months call”.  He serves in the Navy & is leaving for a 96-day submarine mission.  Thankfully, he’s not intended to be in harms way but he’s got to know when he signed up that it’s always a possibility.  This is normal to him – he’s home on rotation.  In a sub for a few months, then out of a sub for a few months.  Then I think about his wife.  And the sacrifices that she’s making by default.  They have a brand new baby at home.  She’ll raise her for the next 3-months without the help of her husband.  Instead of a one-month old, he’ll come home to a 4-month old. 

My late grandfather (pictured above) is one of those brave men that served our country … I unfortunately never met him, but still I’m very proud of him.  I’m so thankful to each & every individual that has served & is serving because I flat out wouldn’t have the guts to do it, but I absolutely appreciate every freedom their service has given me & my family


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The finer things – friday’s family recipe

May 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm (Family Recipe Fridays, Finer Things Friday) ()

Summer time definitely brings the Finer Things in Life – does it not??  For me, one of those things is an old family recipe – my GranDaddy Boyd’s Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream … yummy!! 

Here’s what you need:

4 eggs, well beaten

2 1/2 of cups sugar

2 tsp. of vanilla

1 carton of whipping cream – slightly whipped

1 small can of evaporated milk

whole milk – enough to fill the churn less about 1 inch

Here’s what you do:

Put it all in & turn on your maker!!  Freeze & Call me when it’s ready, because I’ll want some!!!

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The one about mother’s day

May 20, 2009 at 11:46 am (Megan) (, )

I’m sure you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat my Mother’s Day post – ha!!  I was clearing pictures of my camera & realized I never wrote anything.  It was a great Mother’s Day.  We actually had Megan dedicated at our church that morning.  It was simple but yet very sweet.  For us, a Child Dedications is more of a commitment of us (her parents) to raise her in a Godly home, give her the tools & understanding of Jesus & his love so that when she’s older she can make her own decision to follow Christ.  The church gave us a letter, written by the lead pastor.  It’s in a sealed envelope & addressed to Megan.  We’re to give it to her once she accepts Jesus into her life – whether that’s in 6 years, 12 years, 30 years or more.  So that she’ll know that on that day, May 10th 2009, her parents, her family, & her church made a commitment to show her Jesus & prayed for her day of salvation to come!!  That’s very exciting to me!  Now if I can just put it somewhere safe & then remember where I put it when that day comes around!!

After the church service & dedication, we had both of our families over for lunch.  I was really hoping for a good family picture.  And by good, I just mean one where we’re all kind-of, sort-of, looking at the camera with something that might resemble a smile & if I’m being pickey then I want to look half-way thin in it too!!  I guess I’ll have to settle with these!




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Top ten tuesday … must haves for a 2009 mom

May 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm (Top Ten Tuesday)

It’s a fact that this list must change for every generation.  In fact, as technology changes & the ages of my children changes, I have a feeling that “my list” will change several times over the years.  But since retiring my working clothes when Megan was born in August of last year, I’m learning that I need the below items in my life!  So in no particular order, the top ten “must haves” for a 2009 mom … or at least this mom:

1.  a blog– there’s a thousand and one reasons why people write on their blogs, for me … it came to this.

2.  a facebook account – what better way to waste time & find out what ever happened to the popular cheerleader, plus now you can actually be her “friend”!

3.  a twitter account – because really, everyone is doing it!

4.  a vlog– just when you thought a blog was good enough, someone decided it would be better see you move & hear you talk!

5.  a computer– to keep up with all of the above, of course!  And preferably you need a laptop because more than likely you’re chasing a child or two in between tweets & posts!  My little laptop is one thing I still miss not having from my job:(.

6.  smart phone – to keep up with all of the above when you’re not by your computer, of course!

7.  a playgroup – either for you or for the kids!

8.  a digital camera – you may never have any prints, but you’ll more than likely get every important moment … and plenty of the not-so-important ones either!

9. a BIG suv – oh, I love my 4Runner, but after two car-seats & a stroller it’s not good for much else!!  The thought of a super long SUV scares me, but the mini-van still scares me more!

10.  some me time – when you tell you’re husband you’re ready to go back to work … you know it’s time for a little “me time”!

So, what have I missed.  What’s on your “must-have” list?? 

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Family recipe fridays – broccoli casserole

May 15, 2009 at 8:50 am (Family Recipe Fridays) ()

Jessie at The Vanderbilt Wife is hosting a carnival for Family Recipes.  As she points out, family recipes are usually the best – tried & true!!  When I think about recipes in our family the very first one that comes to mind is my grandmother’s Broccoli Casserole.  We do no, absolutely do NOT, celebrate anything without this side dish!  It’s on the menu for every Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving & important celebration in between!  I actually just served it for Megan’s Dedication this past Mother’s Day!

Alot of Broccoli Casseroles have rice in it, this one does not … I think that’s why I like it!

Here’s what you need:

2 pkgs of frozen chopped broccoli

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 T. Instant minced onions

1 cup sharp cheese, grated

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 can fried onion rings (crushed for topping)

Here’s what you do:

Cook broccoli by itself & drain.  Mix with rest of ingredients (minus toping).  Put in baking dish.  Pour topping – on top (duh).  And bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


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Race for the cure

May 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm (sisterchicks) ()

This past weekend was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Atlanta.  For the last three years, I’ve walked with my Sisterchicks & our Moms.  It’s always such a wonderful experience!!  There were 15,000 participants this year – so with that crowd (and especially with this cause) comes alot of excitement & energy.

This is why I walked.


And this is who I walked with.


And this just happens to be two of the cutest little ones that walked with us (my Megan & ohAmanda‘s Asa).


And this is how long it took me to cross the finish line of a 1-mile walk … The 15,000 people, strollers & chit-chatting along the way didn’t exactly work in favor of my time!).


And this is just one example of what organizations like the Susan G. Komen fund are working towards … more Survivors walking through the balloon arch each year!!  This is “our Survivor Kristen‘s Mom  – Glenda”!!


And here’s two happy grandmothers on Mother’s Day weekend!!


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Top ten tuesday … tv shows i’ll miss

May 12, 2009 at 9:46 am (Top Ten Tuesday) ()


May.  The beginning of summer and the end to most all good television!!  In no particular order, here’s the Top Ten TV Shows I’ll miss this summer!!


Oh I could only hope our Govt. has a Jack Bauer on its team!!  Monday night is also date night for Pep & I.  It’s about the only show (other than sports) that we’ll both watch.  But of course while I’m sitting with him, my heart is beating “Jack.Jack. Jack. Jack.”.


So I’m about 4 weeks behind & I’m of course “lost” but it’s still such a good show!


They had me at Season 2.  I just think it’s fun to watch celebrities out of their element.  The good, bad, ugly & funny.  Plus I have absolutely no chance of being able to even sway my hips to the right beat so it’s just fun to see people that actually can! 


Honestly it’s not so much that I’ll miss this show.  I really haven’t liked this season that much, but I am interested to see who wins.


The Results Show – Not much point in watching if you don’t see who gets the boot!  Of course I alwasy fast-forward through the intro song & dance!!!  The “celebrity” entertainment for the Results show has been all across the board this year.  We go from No Doubt to Paula!!  Throw in a little Carrie Underwood & then bring back Taylor Hicks?!?  What is up with that!!!


The Results Show – now this one I honestly don’t watch at all until the very, very end of the final announcement.  Unless they have a really good guest performer, which honestly they’re pulling in better talent than AI!  I’ve never voted before, but this Season I’d love to see Melissa or Shannon win, but Ty makes me smile every time!!


Inspiration at it’s finest!!  I’d love to see Mike win this season!!


I’ve been in & out this season, but more times than not it provides pretty good entertainment. 


I know, I know.  Stupid.

10.  I got nothin’.  So obviously I’ve got an overload of “reality” television.  What show have I missed watching this season that I should pick up next fall??

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Procrastination at its worst

May 11, 2009 at 10:14 am (baby girl, Megan, painting) (, )

Tomorrow will be exactly 9 months – NINE months since I wrote this post.  In it, I wrote:

I still need artwork & window treatments, but this is probably all that will be done before she comes home.  The big “moon” above her bed is still up for debate.  The plan was to put her monogram inside, but that’s hard to do without a name!!  Right now I don’t like it, so we’ll have to see what it looks like after the monogram & then it will either stay or go. 

NINE MONTHS!  That’s long enough to carry a child full-term or to complete an entire grade in school, but apparently it’s not long enough to buy artwork & window treatments – much less hang them!  And it’s not long enough to get rid of the big moon that I still don’t like – monogram or not.  Because you guessed it, this is what her room still looks like:

My goodness, my baby girl will be ONE in just three months.  At this rate, she’s going to outgrow her room before I get it finished!!  And let’s not even get started talking about framed pictures & baby books.  Because if we did, I’d have to admit that she’s only in one framed picture in the entire house & that her baby book is a far cry from a baby book. 

So, please help me feel better & tell me what you procrastinate with (especially if it’s as long as I!!), or just leave me some comment love & tell me I’m horrible for still not finishing her room!!!

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