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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Time Flies...

Well, to say the least, this week has flown by and it's time to leave again.  I have had meetings and clients to deal with since I got back from my cruise.  Four babies where born in the last two weeks and two babies were born while I was away.  Now, what's really strange is that none of these moms were due until at the earliest December 6.  The last was to deliver around Dec 29, 2011.  Just proves, machines are not as good as Doctors think AND babies come when their ready. 

I absolutely LOVE what I do in real life.  In real life, I coach moms on having a Natural & Normal childbirth. I am not a martyr and do not expect all moms to have a natural unmediated birth.  I believe that if they want to achieve that they can.  However, one must believe themselves they can do it.


We as women love to tell how we delivered our babies.  Some have pleasant stories and some have stories so scary that general anesthesia and a Cesarean don't look so bad.  I was able to have all four babies medication free.  My sister on the other hand was signed up for an Epidural at conception.  She wasn't even going to try since she was in my deliveries and found out that babies don't come from the Stork at the age of 28.  I remember her screaming, "THAT"S A BABY!!" over and over.  I looked up at her and said, "Really, your just now figuring this out?"  If you knew my sister, it's entirely possible.  

I also teach Childbirth Classes and Breastfeeding Classes.  Which is where I am off to tomorrow.  I am taking a Certification Class to up my skills in Breastfeeding.  It's a week long class and I am very anxious to know what more I could possibly learn about breastfeeding that I don't already know.  We shall see.

The boys were hunting again and did very well.  We are well stocked until next year with Venison any way you want it.  We also gave a bunch to families who we know were laid off from the Space Center and who enjoy Venison as well.  I'll post some "clean" hunting pictures when I  get back.

The cruise was great.  The boys and their cousin Mackenzie & Bella had a blast.  The itinerary was done on a poor schedule and we missed a lot on land. It's a good thing the adults had been to Nassau, Freeport and Key West so many times.  The kids didn't know any better.  Thank goodness!   More to come on that and great pictures to share as well.

Oh, and yes today was the Mims Christmas Parade.  It was so much fun.  This is a redneck parade and not a ton of floats and all the craziness that other parades have.  This parade is mainly decked out ATV's, Fire Trucks, Tractors and Horses.  It's a packed parade and the kids have the best time scrounging for candy. After all that was over, there was a bake sale at the Volunteer Fire Dept and a cook out at the main Fire Dept.

All I can say, is that those boys can cook!!!    

Have a great week and I promise after this next week my life will slow back down and my blog will be back to normal.  I really miss cooking.  Shhh, don't tell my MacGyver I said that.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Back from Cruise and then M.I.A.

Before I left, my desktop was having some issues with starting up.  I figured when I got home and it having the week off it would be all better and start right up for me.

Well, after 7 days it was still pretty darn sick and would have to see a specialist to fix it.

Thank goodness I have a brother in law who knows how to treat sick computers.  I took it straight to him the day I returned and just now have gotten it back.

I was SO lost all week without my computer.  I tried to get into my blog from my son's laptop, but of course I had forgotten my password and when I tried to rest it, I couldn't because I did know the password to my email account it was to be sent to.  I always hit that little button that says "remember me" and I never write it down.  I figure that I'll remember it and writing it down won't be necessary.

Apparently, now that I'm 41, it seems it is necessary to write them down and make them something I can remember as well or at least *try* to remember.

Anyway, I'm back and had a great cruise.  Seas were good to us and no one in my group was sick.  Now the cruise before, I heard those passengers never left their cabins because they were so sick.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.


Friday, November 11, 2011

So for the next five days, this is where I'll be.  You can find me lounging on the pool deck with a nice cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. 

My Mother is taking myself and two of my boys as well as my sister and two of her girls on this lovely trip.  The kids are SO super excited and I'm sure we will all have a blast.  The others get to stay home and take care of the animals and get ready to leave on a hunt trip when we get back.  We take turns with vacations. 

I'm sure the kids will be in the Camp Carnival area or they will be found on the water slide.  Not me!  I'll be watching from the side and cheering them on.

We live in Florida, so these great deals come and if your smart to catch them and fast enough to book them you can get a really sweet deal like we did.  Seven people for less then $2400.00 on a 5 night cruise....that's less then $70.00 per day and that includes tips AND port charges.  Gotta love a deal!!!

Bon Voyage see you when we get back!!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!!

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!!

In today's world to make it to 50 years is a true blessing from God and a commitment from two people here on Earth to one another.  In this case, my husbands parents have been married 50 years!

We had the best time celebrating up at the Jackson Hole.  That's the name of our hunt camp and it was the perfect place to do it.  The beautiful outdoors and all the family together with a BUNCH of kids.

This was just our gang as well as his sisters gang.  We had about 22 others off to the side waiting to get back to playing.

 The favorite thing to do before dinner, tractor rides.  By the way, the Georgia chair is NOT ours!!!

 This is my sons hunt stand.  It also works as our fire tower when brush fires are near and we need to see which way the fire is coming.

The kids having a typical kid dinner.  They made the center piece cute!

Our nephew, Matthew being silly.  Freaked my mother-in-law out.

My baby walking through the trees on a plank 8 feet up.  Please don't fall!!!

Congratulations, here's to another 50 years...well maybe 25.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Parmesan Encrusted Chicken

So, I was a bit bored on Thursday night and I needed something to make with C.H.I.C.K.E.N.  We have been through all the meat cycles and have had breakfast for dinner twice in the last 10 days.

Now, I'm back to chicken again and I began to play in the kitchen.  It was fun and the meal scored a Perfect 10  from my boys and MacGyver.

4 chicken breasts
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup mustard
Preheat oven to 475
Bake for 15-18 minutes

Combine evaporated milk and mustard in bowl and stir together.  (Next time, I think I'll blend in the Magic Bullet to make it a bit more creamy.)

In a bowl that is not to deep or shallow, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese and mix until blended together.

I cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise and then placed in the evaporated milk and mustard mixture for a quick second.  You don't want it too wet.

Then place the chicken breast into the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese mixture and coat really well on both sides, then place in 13x9 baking dish.  Make sure you spray the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place into preheated oven at 475 for 15-18 minutes until the outside is golden brown or the insides are no longer pink.  If using tongs handle with care as they can and will scape the Parmesan off the chicken.

The chicken stays moist and juicy while the outside gets nice and crisp. 

Hope you enjoy it!! 

I'm linked up with Comfy in the Kitchen


Sunday, October 30, 2011

24-20...Still Love my Gators

In the last 21 years the Florida Gators have beaten one of their top rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs 18 times in Jacksonville.  This year the Gators had all intentions of making it 19.    

This was the weekend the Gators needed to boost their team esteem level.  The Florida Gators were 4-3 when the Gators entered the stadium.  When the game ended it was bad, we lost.  They were doing so good in the first three quarters, then in the last half of the game Georgia just had more energy then they did.

My son was so excited to see this...FREE RENT!  I think a couple of nights outside with no real electricity or plumbing and he'd be coming home.  He's HIGH maintenance don't let the height (6'4") and looks fool you.

Ahh, the partners in crime ...My oldest son and my niece Mackenzie walking around the Riverwalk.  Brenden had to bring her back early as the "true" partiers were getting a bit unruly for a nine year old.  I think Brenden came back shortly after as well. 

The loudest cheering section you can have.  Brenden and his two lovely cousins can make some serious noise!! 

That coach should be demolished!!  Nice paint job, too bad it's the WRONG team. Can you believe how much that cost to put on there?  The coach is a top of the line and the paint job just makes the value plummet.

Until next year when we make it 19...Go Gators!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

French Breakfast Puffs

These are wonderful!  This is a recipe borrowed from The Pioneers Woman's Cookbook.  I LOVE this cookbook and can not wait for the second one to be out.  We're going to pick up a bunch of chickens tomorrow and the drive it is a long one and we have to leave early.  Having grumpy kids just makes it longer.

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
2/3 cups shortening
2 eggs
1 cup milk

2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg into a small bowl.

Combine sugar and shortening

Blend sugar and shortening.

Add two eggs to the sugar and shortening mix.  I also added the milk here as well.

Blend ingredients well.

Using a mixer blend one third of the flour mixture with the eggs, shortening mixture. Combine until all ingredients are blended together.  Add flour slowly to avoid a mess. :)

Using an ice cream scoop, level each scoop out filling the muffins cups two thirds full.  Place in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Just before the puffs come out of the oven, melt the butter.

It melts easier if the butter is cut into chunks.

See.  That took less then 2 minutes to melt.

Add sugar into a separate bowl and add cinnamon.  When the puffs come out of the oven place on wire rack to cool just a few minutes.  You want to coat with butter first and then cover them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Ree suggest the kids helping, Ha!!! Not in this house. :)

With this  particular puff, I added 2 tsp of Mango Honey to it to snaze it up for me.  I didn't need all the sugar coating.  It was really a good addition to Ree's recipe. 
And here is the finished product per The Pioneer Woman's original recipe.  They are a HUGE hit when I make them.

Ree also states in her book that you can completely let these cool and freeze them for another day.  Honestly, they are SO yummy there are never any left to freeze.


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