Thursday, December 31, 2009
By far the most amazing part was on January 26Th when Henry Patrick Miller graced our lives and changed them forever. This year we have seen Cameron develop into such a little man. He loves being a big brother. He has embraced Kindergarten with an amazing yearn to learn more and more each day. Mr. Miller continues with the Big Green Tractor company and closes the year as "Employee of the Month". Congratulations sweetie, you deserve it! As for me I have had the time of my live on this roller coaster we call life. I am a SAHM and loving it, sewing and cooking and most of all writing again. It is amazing what you can do with this book of life if you just take the time and look for the simple pleasures that it has to offer.
Starting tomorrow we are joining the cause for "Change" www.hipmountainmamablog.com , check it out and see what you and your family can change for the environment. Instead of a resolution think of it as a change. One change, one month at a time. I will share our change with you all tomorrow.
As our time here in Valdosta and 2009 comes to an end, I want to Thank all of you for your continued support. Here is to a great 2010 and many Warm Wishes and Blessing for your New Year!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This Resort is amazing. It is 5 acres under one roof and has over 11,000 species of plants in there. Of course Mr. Miller was loving that. Mike took us on a great tour and Cameron and Maddie did great together. Susie and I decided that in 20 years we could defiantly be in laws.
This is what we saw when we drove in.
I think this is the biggest tree I have ever seen. Mike said people line up for hours just to get pictures in front of it.
Junior Mint in front of the Poinsettia Tree. Cameron didn't want his picture taken.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
WE MADE IT! 2 days and 1036 miles later the Miller's have invaded Valdosta, GA! We got on the road by 10 on Tuesday instead of 9 but it was worth it. When I started the Urban Farm Truck Mr. Miller had Willie's "On the Road Again" followed by "Georgia" keyed on the Ipod. I thought I would wet my pants I was laughing so hard. We had beautiful weather. We stopped in Nashville for the night and visited with great friends and stayed at the Opryland Resort. All I can say is "Wow"! Wednesday we headed south again and got here around 7 last night. Lets just say we were all ready to get out of the car and Mama needed a glass of wine. Thanks Pops and Decon for granting me that wish.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Why is it when you pack for Holiday travel or should I say any trip with Children you feel like you are taking enough for an army? I cannot believe all the BSE (Baby Survival Equipment) that one needs. Plus the Big Red Tote of gifts, a separate bag to take into the hotel tomorrow night, port-a-crib, stroller, a duffel for the boys and one for us. Thank God for the Urban Farm Truck, I think with all the stuff in the back we should be good for extra weight if we hit bad weather. Does it ever get easier, I am referring to travel with children?
We are planning to be home by New Years Eve but that is still up in the air. Wonder Mutt is at the "pet spa" and Delani is being taken care of by Tony and Ms. Kristi. Have I told you how wonderful our neighbors are? Well even if I have I don't think you can say "Thank you enough!" My gratitude also goes to my Mom for coming back to Kansas City for the 3rd day in a row to help me get ready to leave town. She was here Saturday so Mr. Miller and I could go to Ms. Stacie and Reuben's wedding, Sunday for my family Christmas, and then today originally for Cameron's stage debut of "A Starry Night" at St. Thomas More. She must have felt the concern in my voice this morning when she asked how the packing was coming along because before I knew it she said I'll be there after lunch. She ROCKS! I love you Mommy! THANKS!
I will be checking in throughout the week but it will probably be Thursday. I will let you know A. if we made it as a family of 4 and B. if I think I will ever do this again.
What are some of your holiday plans? I would love to hear them. Whatever they are enjoy and remember the true meaning of the Season of CHRISTmas, because without him where would we be? Blessings to you all!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I was blessed with a new cousin today. My cousin Kristine had a beautiful baby boy. It just makes my heart happy with all new births. How wonderful to be born in the same season as our Lord.
Blessings to you all!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
-- Hope Again
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CORN MUFFINS
3 large organic free-range eggs or Ener-G Egg Re placer for two eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup organic light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup organic stone ground cornmeal
1 cup gluten free flour mix or gluten-free pancake and baking mix( if using pancake mix omit 1 tsp of baking powder and the baking soda)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea saltPreheat oven to 350, line muffin tin with 12 cups
Whisk eggs until frothy, add olive oil, and puree. Mix well with whisk. Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and pie spice mix and set aside. In a separate bowl add all dry ingredients and mix well. Add your dry to wet and mix until a smooth batter. Fill your muffin cups and bake for 20 -25 minutes on middle rack until muffins are golden and firm to touch.
Remove and leave in pan for 5 minutes and then put on rack. Best when warm, but good anytime! Store in freezer bag in refrigerator or freezer. You can take and heat as needed. Henry and I shared one with Low Fat Strawberry Cream Cheese this morning. They were just as pleasing.
I had to show one more picture. You want these right now don't you?
This recipe makes 12 muffins and they are worth 4 points each. I am going to try making them with apple sauce and see how they turn out. If made with apple sauce they come down to 1 point. My soup is the classic Weight Watchers Taco Soup for 2 points per 1 Cup serving. Therefore the muffins a 4 points each were not so bad.
I lost one more pound this week for a total of 6.5 lost.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I was getting ready to go to a Bridal Shower for one of my sweet friends, Stacie. Stacie is an amazing girl. I had the privilege of meeting her 4 years ago when she came into my Starbucks location and applied for a job. I knew instantly that she was leaving that store not only with a cup of coffee but a job. She is probably one of the most honest, sincere and loving women you would ever meet. She has an amazing heart and love for Jesus and Children. In fact Stacie spent the first 6 months of 2009 in Africa working with orphans. I just love this girl. OK so back to the story,Cameron asked what I was doing and I told him I was going a Bridal Shower for Miss Stacie and Cameron asked me 2 questions. "Mama what's a Bible Shower?" and " Mama, if its a shower why are you getting dressed to take a shower?" You just gotta love them.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
2 cups pecan halves
3 large eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Cover bottom of pie crust with pecans.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, sugar, bourbon and the chopped chocolate. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into the pie shell over the pecans and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Do you see the yummy bits of chocolate in this? I just thought I would give you a close up!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
OK Deacon here you go. This is but a brief preview of the "Exterior Illumination Project" that "Clark" aka Mr. Miller has been working on, and yes he owes everything that he has learned to Pops and the Deacon. With Mr. Miller it usually has to start on paper with a tape measure and then at least 24 hours of discussion between us. We still are not finished. I know those of you who know Mr. Miller probably want to know if the Ghosts of Christmas have been here, and the answer is " I don't know" but I will take his enthusiasm. Along with that of a 10 month old seeing a Christmas tree for the first time and a 6 year old satisfaction of a job well done.