Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We're on schedule...

I've arrived at my sisters. We made our menu and grocery list last night. Then we went to dinner and the grocery store. We were home and unpacked at 10:30 PM.

This morning we had our coffee, got ready, ate at Cracker Barrell, and headed to SAMS. Now we're back home working on desserts and casseroles. Everything is on schedule and we are totally relaxed. We're a little worried that this is too easy and are afraid we will jinx it. I think we've just gotten it down to a science and are really that good! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why I love Thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Traditions: Several years ago my sister and began creating the perfect Thanksgiving week. This is how it goes:

She's off Monday and Tuesday and cleans her house. I arrive Tuesday night.

Tuesday night we create the menu... some things are standard some new. We always try out one new dessert and make one fail proof dessert (this year it will be Pumpkin Toffee Cheescake per her husband's request). After the menu is created we go to the grocery store (without the kids!)

Wednesday- Breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Then back home to start cooking. We mix all the casseroles, side dishes and make the desserts. Then eat dinner out.

Thursday - Take the food out of the fridge to get it to room temperature. Go to K-mart and shop at 7 Am because they are open. Come home by 10 and begin cooking. Her in-laws arrive and we have a great meal with too much food. Then it's time to scope out the sales papers and make a game plan. Who has what on sale? What time do they open? What do we need? Clip coupons. Make a detailed list with all this info.

Friday- Up at 4:30. Out the door by 4:45 0r 5. Shopping ALL day long following the list we made the day before. IHOP for breakfast around 10. Starbuck's anytime we start losing fuel.
Get home around 5 or 6. Maybe go out to dinner. Preferably crash and eat left overs.

Saturday - Send the kids to the basement and have a gift wrapping party. All the gifts bought the day before get wrapped and placed under the tree. Most of the Christmas shopping is done. Occasionly there are a few gifts to still buy. I return home late Saturday for church on Sunday and a much needed rest.

We have this thing down to a science now! We look forward to it all year long. I'll try to take and post pictures of our adventures this year. We are a sight to see!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not so G-rated tales from the first grade...

It's been an interesting 2 weeks in first grade. Here are a few stories that explain why it is so hard not to bust out laughing in the middle of teaching some days.

1. Every morning we do a "morning message". After reading it we look for "word tricks" (blends, digraphs, word families). The students are really good at this now and often make-up "tricks" we haven't learned. I asked "does anyone see a word trick this morning?". One student raises his hand and goes to the board and circles "-ass" in the word class!

2. Last week we learned -ick and -ack words. We made a poster of words that we knew that end with -ick or -ack. Put a D in front of -ick and what do you get? A persons name of course! Make sure you capitalize it since it's a name.....I've learned never over react and think quick. Lots of times they have NO idea what they've done!

3. Today I was giving a test on non-sense words. The idea is to see if students can use the "rules" they've learned. The word was fak (notice the short A sound...). My student sounded it out f-u-k and then blended it all together!

I sincerely hope we can make it through the rest of the week without any profanity! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What do we do now?

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)

1 Timothy 2
A Call to Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity

And the winner is....

Napa Valley Stuffed Grape Leaves with Six Pepper SPAM(r), Fruit Relish and Pine Nuts

Runners up:

Key West Broiled Scallops with Spamrizo (like chorizo) and Poke Salet Greens


Herb Crusted Rack of SPAM(r) with Spamcetta Rolls and Crispy Grits and Butternut Squash Puree

I told you it this wasn't SPAM and eggs! The spicy SPAM dogs (like a corndog in a jalepeno pancake batter) were a crowd favorite as well!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

While you were watching the election coverage....

... I was watching the SPAM cook-off on Food Network! Yep, there really is such a thing. I must say I'm amazed an a little grossed out by some of the recipes. I am learning new facts...
1. The state that consumes the most SPAM...Hawaii.
2. SPAM was served in Soldiers in WWII. Probably the only meat they got.
3. There is no limit to what people will make with SPAM. This isn't your mama's SPAM and eggs!

This is so much more entertaining than election coverage! :)