Sunday, September 27, 2009

Quotable Sunday: Family

Family is important to me, and one of the many reasons I love this quote:

Families are like old quilts.
Although they tend to unravel at time
each can be stitched back together with

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Friday, September 25, 2009

What is that Smell?

Have you ever been somewhere –minding your own business, when all of the sudden your senses are assaulted? More specifically, your sense of smell… The assault washes over you, to the point that you can almost see the green cloud of ‘stench’ rolling over head. It’s then, that you realize, the person intended for their fragrance of choice to be pleasant. They have no idea that they are offensive. Worse yet, they are not able to smell themselves as they would like, so they continue to re-apply the ‘offensive’ odor –at regular intervals, their high priced perfume or cologne fading into a musty chemical base.

I know that I tend to be more sensitive to smells than the average Bear –because of this, I try to be understanding. But, I must know… what does one say? What would you do? Have you ever experienced such a thing? Where does one retreat –without being rude?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This Can't Be Happening...

I have ran out of things to be opinionated about. Seriously? Can this be happening? It most definitely will be short lived. So revel in the silence..while it lasts!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Real Men Put their Hand over Their Heart...

I'm a very passionate person. It's undeniable. Some say I'm opinionated. I am. But, I like to think about it as passionate. That's my word for it. But I digress....

I usually spend my Sunday evenings alone. Yesterday, however, was different. As the husband was home. Which meant Sunday Football could be found blaring from every t.v. we own. I'm not much for sports, but I am very about my hubby and having him home, so I was willing to compromise.

I sat back and decided to just revel in the fact that he was home, and it didn't matter what we watched. As the Dallas vs. New York game began, I was mesmerized by the incredibly large flag and the size of the crowd paying respect as our nations anthem was sung.

The amazement however, was short lived as the cameras panned to the players. Which players, I know not. What caught my attention was the fact that so many of them appeared disinterested. Their hands everywhere BUT over their heart and one player in particular was actually making motions with his hands, as if to say "hurry up".

Now, I respect the fact that they are working. This is there lively hood. Every game matters. But seriously? They can't pay respect to this country? Images of them on our televisions are the only fatherly examples some of this nations children will ever see. Not to mention the fact that they are able to suit up every week, and be the idols they are BECAUSE we live in this free country.

So boys (because I can't, with respect compare you to men), suit up, be a man. Real men show respect to this country. Giving thanks for our freedoms by turnings our hearts, EYES and minds to the flag, the song being played, and what all of it respresents.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

She Called Me Yummy

It is no secret that I have an addiction or two or three..or four. One of the many is my addiction to this store:
They truly have something for everybody, myself included. Which is why I continue going back. I've got my staples. The scents I am drawn to. And their soaps....I won't wash my hands with anything else, at least not at home.

Just yesterday, I took my hot little coupons and marched in to my local store. I promised myself I wouldn't over indulge. Those promises broken, when I ran into one of their newest scents:

It smells deliciously yummy. I know this because a friend told me -as I sat next to her during worship today. I dare you to try it.

Click on the link above to get your coupons. But hurry of them ends TODAY!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Menu Plannin', Betty Style

I found it necessary to find an effective way to plan my evening meals. I remember watching a local talk show that boasted a system that well, seemed do-able. So off I went. Tweekin’ it here and there, until it was my own.

All in all, it seems to work well. Well enough that I thought I would share it here. What do you think? You don’t have to use it. Just nod your head in agreement, I won’t know the difference anyways.

So here goes:

You will need:
a healthy stack of 3x5 cards
something to keep your cards in
a calendar

Print each of your ‘staple’ recipes on the 3x5 cards. One recipe per card.

Lay them out, while referencing your calendar and decide which meals you want to have on which days. Voila. A menu for days, weeks, or months in advance.

It was originally suggested that you write the date on the actual card (with the recipe) and, simply toss the card after you had used it. I personally don’t have the time (or energy –THANK YOU VERY MUCH) to create new cards every two weeks. So I reuse my cards. Simply placing them in the order they are to be used. I usually will take a blank card, writing the dates and what the meals are for that date/time, and place it in the front of my menu cards. That way if they get dropped or shuffled, it’s not a big deal.

Also, if you are like me and sometimes (read: OFTEN), have help in the kitchen… Which means, a little assistance in what to pair with our main dish is sometimes needed. The last time I updated my cards, I included side dish ideas AND the recipe. It looks similar to this:

Meal: Meat Loaf
Side Dish: Garlic Potatoes
Vegetable: Green Beans
Recipe :

1 envelope onion soup mix
2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 C bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/3 C ketchup
3/4 C water (if needed)

Combine all ingredients in large bowl.

Bake 350°F for about one hour in 9x13 pan, or about 40 minutes in muffin tins for individual servings.

This ensures that everything is in one easy to find places...recipe and all. For us 'all things, Kitchen challenged'. This also makes it easy for me to make my grocery list. I simply thumb through the cards, making note of the items I need to complete the recipes.

*Be sure to include the appropriate amount of cards that read:
DINNER OUT or PIZZA NIGHT (Whichever applies)

How do you make sure your family gets fed?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Day Job vs My Passion

I have many passions. I like to read. I like to draw. I like to craft. I like to take photos. My day job is neither of those. Therefore, my day job does NOT equal my passion. What would it be like to work, while enjoying your passion? I may never know. Maybe someday. Not today. I guess I could always change my passions to meet my day job.

Maybe I will try that. Hi..I’m Betty Sue and my passions are working away from home, driving family sized motor vehicles (read: shuttling children to and fro), frolicking in soap suds and basting turkeys. Yeah. Lets go with that.

What about you? What are you passions?