Saturday, January 30, 2010

My day

I hope all of you had as good of a day as I did! In the morning we cleaned our fingers off. Then came lunch and clean up. Oh yes, Mama had to go get Daddy from the car shop cause our van was going coo coo. Then, 12 yo sis and I bathed our Lhasa-Apso (Dusty). He looked SOOO cute! He is white and we put a black bow on him so he looked like he had a tux. on! We are going to get a black poodle and we were just thinking of how we could put a white bow on the black dog and then the black bow on Dusty! After that I made two pie crusts for MORE lemon meringue pies. I took a little break after that (wheeew!). Lemon meringue pie filling was up next!! The meringue turned out really good! I also made spaghetti for dinner. LOTS of practice with cooking today.


Monday, January 25, 2010

A New Recipe

I was going to post about a recipe so here it is! It is really nice and thin... almost too thin!



  1. 1
    Mix a little sugar into the warm water.
  2. 2
    Sprinkle yeast on top.
  3. 3
    Wait for 10 minutes or until it gets all foamy.
  4. 4
    Pour into a large bowl.
  5. 5
    Add flour, salt, olive oil.
  6. 6
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    Knead for 6-8 minutes until you have a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (add a bit more flour if you need to).
  8. 8
    Cover and let rest for 20-30 minutes.
  9. 9
    Lightly grease two 12-inch pizza pans.
  10. 10
    Sprinkle with a little bit of cornmeal.
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    Divide dough in half.
  12. 12
    Place each half on a pizza pan and pat it with your fingers until it stretches over the whole pan.
  13. 13
    Try to make it thicker around the edge.
  14. 14
    If desired, pre-bake at 425 F for 10 minutes (I don't always do this).
  15. 15
    Then spread with pizza sauce and use the toppings of your choice.
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    Bake at 425 F for 10-20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot.
  17. 17
    Makes 2 12-inch pizzas.
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    If you don't want to use all the dough, you can freeze it.
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    Take a portion of dough, form into a ball, rub olive oil over it and place it in a freezer bag (the oil makes it easier to take out of the bag).
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    When you want to make a pizza, take dough out of freezer and allow to thaw before using.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Today I....

Went to church and played dare-base after meal time etc. BUT sadly, I busted my ankle. It's not bad though so thank the Lord for that! Tiny update I know! God bless all of you! TTFN.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our New Furniture

Here is our new couches. I call 'em elephant couches cause they're so big! They are half recliner half couch. We really like them!
This is our tables. We had to buy two because there just isn't a table that sits 12 people! Well, we did find one but it was LOTS of money.
God really blessed us. Before we had plastic tables and chairs but they worked! God is so good all the time even if you're couches are 20 years old and you have plastic tables and chairs. God always provides even if we don't think that He isn't. We have to be thankful wether we want to or not. LOL you know what Mama's been telling me!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Shop till you drop, right?

NO!! Clean till you drop!! PLEASE don't talk about getting more stuff right now! We are getting new furniture. Some of our stuff is 20 years old (as long as Mama and Daddy have been married) so it's time to get more furniture. Naturally, before moving more stuff in you have to get rid of stuff. SO here is what my day has been from about 9:00 to 4:50:

Run up the stairs. Run back down. Grab the vacuum. Wipe the cabinets. Run back downstairs with the vacuum. Stare at the growing pile of junk on the kitchen floor and wonder how your dad ever afforded that much stuff. Run downstairs to put away canning jars. Run back up. Wipe out the side cabinets. Wonder when we are ever going to use that candle wax (you want any? JK). etc. etc. etc.

Yes it did calm down! Do you know about this? I know it VEry well but I absolutely LOve a de-cluttered look and absolutely Do NOt like the cluttered look!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Here is my sign language blog if you wanted to check it out:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Another sewing project and random stuffs that is not on topic (*cheesy grin*)

We just visited Wal-Mart and I was able to get some fabric for some more dolls to sell on etsy. I'm going to make a bot and a girl and they are going to be twins. Their clothes, hair, and eyes are going to match! I can't wait to get started! I'm going to wait until we de-clutter our sewing space though. I can't stand to work in clutter!! We are having to get rid of some of our fish tanks and stuff. My sister gave all but 3 of our finches away. The 3rd bird doesn't have a tail. 12 yo sister was catching her and accidentally pulled the tail feathers off. 19 yo sister didn't feel right giving them a bird without a tail! Originally the cage had 7 or 8! I'm not that big on animals. And at first I was glad they were going (*shame on me*). Then, it was almost time to give 'em away...and.....I started saying, "The poor birdies!" LOL! Speaking of lots of animals Living4Jesus has 10 male bettas and (hold on while I count females) nine females (I guess that all the males had to have a mate.....except for one bachelor!!). She's working on consolidating the males. All the females are in a pretty tank on the computer desk. My 12 yo sister is our guppy girl. She has probably 12 or 15 guppies. Oh and TONS of babies that all look alike! We also have a 65 gallon fish tank in our dining room. And 16 yo brother has a 20 gallon tank in his room too. We are very fishy pple! Then, besides small animals we have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 parakeets, and a 12 inch plecostamus that looks like a pre-historic monster. Of all this, one is mine. I have the cat. This cat's name is Tommy (I know, I'm so great at names *rolls eyes*) and I got him for free. Our dog and him used to sleep together. It was so cute!! But sadly, my cat isn't really all cat any more *sigh*. He took our dog's example and now he is half cat half dog! For example, Tommy licks all the time, he yowls REALLY loud, and he lets kids play with him (which cat do you know that lets little children play with him?) Once my 8 yo brother who was probably 5 at the time put a bungy cord around his neck. After that, he started to drag him across our porch! When Mama stopped him and asked what he was doing he answered, "I'm walking the cat, Mommy". Tommy just laid there acting like 'this was normal and if every cat wasn't dragged around by a 5 yo then they weren't normal'! Yep, I like my cat.

We might get a poodle. A lady at L4J work needs to get one off of her hands so she said that if we paid for the rabies shot and fixing of this poodle then we could have him. He is black, is named Devin (I don't like the name.:( Oh well!) and is 3 or 4 years old. We just aren't sure we want him!!Anyway my fingers are REally tired. TTYL!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Humor at Home

Ok, so today Daddy was called and asked to pick up Costco pizza. It's REALLY healthy *rolls eyes*. Mama was talking to my dad on the phone. I heard her say, "Don't you dare get anything else! (nicely of course)". So Daddy just got home a few minutes ago. After saying hi and giving everybody hugs (you know that routine I hope!) he went into the kitchen and sets his bag on the counter....and.....pulls out a box of cookies! LOL!! That is the first time he used his bag to smuggle! I wasn't very helpful and (upon my 10 yo sisters suggestion just so you know *wink*) quickly stuck the box in the pantry. Daddy does stuff like that a lot. Mama just laughs and says, "You bad man" or something like that. I'm so thankful for my parents.

The Joy of Cleaning House

Anybody here not like to clean? I'll say it: I don't like cleaning day!! But then, I like the smell and the look of a clean house or room! Backward, ain't it? (I know, "ain't ain't a word to be used!) My mom loves to clean and she loves to do laundry. I think that she knows how to appreciate the ability to do work because she has had that ability taken away. It's funny how when something is taken away you suddenly realize how much you really love doing whatever was taken away! With that in mind, I'd better start liking cleaning. God might decide that I need to know how much joy is in keeping a house clean!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A handy napkin trick!

Here is a really fun napkin trick that is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. First get yourself a nice bunch of napkins. Probably should be more napkins than seen here.

Now start twisting. Twist your hands alternately like you're winding a clock or something. While you're twisting turn the napkins to where you twist all of the edges. Twist and turn. Twist and turn some more.

Keep twisting the sides in and turning until...... have the finished product!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My first experiences in the kitchen

The first thing that I made was always salad. So here I was (probably 7 at the time) standing on a chair tearing up salad into little pieces. My legs would usually start hurting because I dawdled (I had a bad attitude LOL) and I was standing right beside the register. Then I graduated to oatmeal. It was a disaster to put it in a light term. Mama told me put 3 cups of oatmeal and 6 cups of water. I got the numbers switched. 6 cups of oatmeal and 3 cups of water. YIPES!! Thankfully my big sister appeared on the scene and (as always) fixed it up for me. Next was cornbread and to this day I am the 'cornbread girl'. Probably the third thing that I learned how to make was muffins. Then pies. I'm waiting for the day I con do meats. LOL I usually let my cats meat go bad because I don't take care of it soon enough. That's probably why Mom's not starting me on that yet! JK

Friday, January 8, 2010

The recipes

Ok, so somebody wanted the pie recipes. Here is the Lemon Meringue filling.

Lemon Filling:
4 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 (9-inch) pre-baked pie shell
1 recipe Meringue, recipe follows
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Whisk egg yolks in medium size mixing bowl and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Turn heat on medium and, stirring frequently, bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and gradually, 1 whisk-full at a time, add hot mixture to egg yolks and stir until you have added at least half of the mixture.

Return egg mixture to saucepan, turn heat down to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and gently stir in butter, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Pour mixture into pie shell and top with meringue while filling is still hot. Make sure meringue completely covers filling and that it goes right up to the edge of the crust. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Make sure pie is cooled completely before slicing.

Meringue Topping:
4 egg whites
1 pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
Place egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Use to top lemon filling.

Yield: topping for 1 (9-inch) pie

AND here is the chocolate pie filling:


3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked

Combine sugar, flour, milk, and chopped up chocolate in 2 quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.
Mix a little of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, beating rapidly to avoid cooking the yolks. Stir the warm yolk mixture into the remainder of the chocolate mixture, and cook for an additional 90 seconds. Remove from heat, and stir in butter or margarine and vanilla.
Pour filling into pie shell, and chill until set. Top with whipped topping, and a little grated chocolate.

A couple things: stir it almost CONSTANTLY. I think that was part of my problem with my pie.

Here is the pie crust:

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes


1/2 cup shortening
6 Tbsp. shortening
1/4 cup hot water
1 Tbsp. milk
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Place shortening in large bowl. Pour hot water and milk over the shortening. With a dinner fork, break up the shortening. Tilt bowl and beat quickly until the mixture looks like whipped cream. Pour flour and salt over shortening mixture and beat well with the fork, forming a dough that cleans the bowl.
Divide the pie crust dough into two parts and roll out between two sheets of waxed paper. Fit into pie shell and use as directed in recipe. Makes enough pastry for a filled 2 crust 8" or 9" pie.

To bake a single pie crust to be filled with an unbaked filling, line the pie crust with foil and pie weights (or dried beans), OR prick it with a fork. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F. oven for 13 minutes for the lined pie crust, then remove the foil and weights and bake for 7-13 minutes longer until the crust is light golden brown in spots. For pricked pie crust, bake for 20-25 minutes, pricking again halfway through baking time if the crust starts to puff up. Cool completely and fill.

A few tips on the pie crust: don't put ant more water that the recipe says. It'll be crumbly but that's OK. Also, refrigerate before you roll the pie crust out. Refrigeration kinda helps to cement it all together. When you roll the pie crust out roll it out on wax paper so that when you are ready to put it into the pie dish you can just 'flip' the dough into the dish. I'd love to know how your pies turn out if you make any (hint hint!).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


I'm going to combine Sewing Sensations with Helping at Home. I like Helping at Home a lot better so that's where everything is going to go. Both are kinda on the same subject anyhow! Oh, and I'm going to make the comments available to anonymous pple. I'm also going to start a sign language blog. I'm going to start designing after I get off here. TTYL!

A Thought and a Confession

I was thinking about what else I could post about on this blog. Then this thought all of a sudden occurred to me: being a homemaker is not only on the outside, it's on the inside, too! Yowzers (that's my language for YIKES!)!! So, here comes my confession. Yesterday, I posted on how I sometimes got on the computer instead of doing the upstairs chores. Well, it's not just the fact that I didn't do it. It's that Mom doesn't come up here very often so I can get away with it. OUCH!!!! That one hurt. Here I am a young lady and I'm STILL doing that!! I couldn't believe it!

Here's my repentance prayer:
God please forgive me for being sneaky (ouch). Please cleanse my heart and make me new.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tell Me What You Think!

I'm thinking of putting up an American Sign Language blog where you can learn sign language with me. I'm thinking that would be pretty fun! Tell me what you think!

Doing the little hard things around the house

I was just reading on Beyond the Cover. They were discussing about how hard it is to do small things. I can totally relate to that!! It is so easy for me to NOT do what I'm supposed to and go do something I know I shouldn't. I get so frustrated sometimes. The only way to overcome this problem is through the Lord Jesus Christ and His cleansing blood.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Success and A Failure

My first pie ever was a chocolate cream pie that I made for Thanksgiving this year. THAT was a failure!! the crust was super tough. My bro. made funny faces while trying to make his teeth sink into the flat rock that was the crust. Yepper, it was bad. The filling had lumps but tasted really good. So at one point we scooped the filling out and used it as a pudding! LOL it was funny. One thing that I've learned that helps when you are in a large family is laugh at your own mistakes and move on. So that is what I did. Then, I made the lemon meringue pie. That was pretty near a perfect pie. I love it when something turns out really good the second time around!!