Month: February 2008

WFMW: Out, Spot!

Here is something I learned the hard way…never try to remove a stain with a paper product! You are likely to succeed only in creating a lightened bullseye, with the dark spot smack dab in the middle. Like a spotlight….”look here, I’m a spot!” The reason, I read somewhere, is that paper products have been bleached somewhere in the manufacturing process. So rubbing that napkin or paper towel on your garment is probably not a good idea.

From Laura at “The Secret Pocket”, a tip to remove spots:
Instead, use two clean washcloths or towels, a dry one under the spot, and a damp one to work the stain with. Also, rather than using a rubbing or circular motion, use a dabbing motion. Wrap the cloth on your index finger and repeatedly “poke” the stain.

For stubborn stains, incidentally, I like the Carbona series of removers. You can get these, in small yellow plastic bottles, at your fabric store, drug store, grocery or mega-mart. Note: Consult the back of the bottles, under the label, to see which specific stains can be removed with which number bottle. I have even used these, very cautiously, on dry cleanable garments. Test first (yada, yada, yada), then use a wooden toothpick to apply tiny amounts to the stain. Be sure to have an absorbent cloth under the stain to suck the liquid right through.

Head on over to Shannon’s for more Works for Me Wednesday tips!

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Seriously Good Southwest Crockpot Breakfast


Time for the Big Bloggy Breakfast Roundup over at Home But Not Alone.
This recipe is seriously good and super easy. The best thing about it is that you are not “boxed in” with any of the added ingredients – you can add or take away just about anything and it still turns out great. It cooks in the crockpot overnight and if your family is anything like mine, there won’t be any leftovers. I love to make this when we have company, because it is so nice to wake up with breakfast already made!

Southwest Crockpot Breakfast
INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbsp. butter
1-1/2 lb. bulk breakfast sausage, cooked and drained
1-2 onions, chopped (I use the birds eye frozen in the bag)
1 green bell pepper, chopped (ditto above)
4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained (or you can sub jalepeno)
2-1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
18 eggs

PREPARATION:
Grease inside of crockpot with butter. Starting with sausage, layer meat, onions, peppers, chilies, and cheese, repeating the layering process until all ingredients are used.

In large mixer bowl, beat eggs with wire whisk or eggbeater until combined, then pour over mixture in the crockpot.

Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Serve with sour cream or fresh salsa and tortillas if desired.

Serves 12

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Proud Mama

I’ve just given birth to my first “non-family”, “non best-friend” blog header!

I’d like to introduce your to Dorothy from Field Stone Cottage. She is a brand-spanking new blogger and was so fun to work with! (so easy, too) Stop by and leave her a comment that you were there!

And as a side note – Dorothy doesn’t even know this – that’s “stuff” in the photo lives in my dining room (but the picture in the frame is her very own cottage!).

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To Thine Own Self Be True…

There is something to be said about the persistence of a child that we as adults could learn a valuable lesson from. My ten year old daughter had set a goal to earn $20 by a certain date. So…we decided to hit some local neighborhoods with a box of homemade triple scented soy candles. (We do not make them, we buy them from a man at our church who sells them to us at cost.)

Anyway. The first cul-de-sac we stopped at had 7 houses. She had rehearsed her little ditty in the van the entire way, perfecting it until she had it “just right”. As we walked up to the door, I asked her how she felt and she told me, “Well, I’m a little bit excited.” The lady opened up the door and my daughter said, “Hi-my-name-is-Katie-and-I’m-selling-these-wonderful-triple-scented-homemade-candles-for-only-$8. Would-you-buy-one-from-me?” The lady looked confusedly from her to me, apparently trying to digest what she had heard and asked her if she had any chocolate to sell, ’cause if she had chocolate to sell, she’d buy some of that, but thank you, no, she didn’t need any more candles right now. K said “thank you!” with a smile and headed to the next house, with me in tow.

At the next house, the lady that answered the door looked right past Katie as she was going through her little spiel and looked me up and down (I wonder if she thought this was how I made my living – sending my daughter around the neighborhood to sell candles?) and when Katie was done, she said (in a very snippy, snotty tone, I might add), “Uh..no thank you. I’m all stocked up on candles.” Again, K smiled a cheery smile and said, “Thanks!”, completely unaware that the woman had just dissed us.

Next two houses were dark. (No one was home.) At the fifth house, a 20-something answered the door and when K was finished, she said, “Oh gosh..I make and sell candles and I just made a ton last week…sorry!”. Katie said, “It’s no problem! Good luck with your candles!” and walked away with a smile and a hint of perspiration on her upper lip, as it was getting warmer by the minute, we’d had no sales, and she was lugging a box of heavy jar candles around this neighborhood.

The final two houses were also dark. As we walked back to the car, I noted that although Katie had not sold any candles, her spirit was not broken. She was excitedly asking where else we could go to maybe sell some of her candles. I asked her if it had bothered her that no one had bought any candles and her reply was, “Well, they just don’t know what they are missing…so I have to find someone who will try one out!” We ended up going home that day, but only because she had a game that evening and we hadn’t started dinner or prepared her things.

I said all that to say this: I wish I had the resolve in my business that my 10 year old daughter had toward selling those candles. She would have kept going all night if we hadn’t had to go home. So many times I am tempted to give up after one or two “no’s”…my spirit crushed from the feeling of rejection.

I think I learn more from my children than they could ever possibly learn from me.

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Something to Think About…

By now, I’m sure anyone who blogs regularly or even reads them regularly has heard about Compassion’s Uganda trip. The one where they are taking all the bloggers to live blog about their experiences with the people of the villages? I have been reading with interest daily the blogs of many of the bloggers that are in Uganda and have been profoundly touched by the conditions that those people live in.

I believe in tithing. It’s scriptural (read Malachi 3:8-12). I believe in giving to the Lord over and above my tithes as well. I even give to Faith Promise. Up until today, I felt pretty good about what my family has committed to do for the work of the Lord. And then I saw this:
Carlos Whittaker, from Ragamuffin Soul is one of several bloggers on the Uganda trip and he took this video of Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer. How can I feel good about the little bit I’ve done when I see something like this?

I can’t be a missionary or be a traveling blogger, but I can do something more. I have to do something more.

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