I love my family and enjoy spending time with them! We tried to have kids for 8 years and finally were blessed to adopt to wonderful children from S. Korea so I'm passionate about adoption. Now that they are getting a little bit older I homeschool them and we have wonderful adventures learning, right now we are studying all about Egypt and we are even mummifying a chicken!
Every year since the kids have come home from Korea we have celebrated their "gotcha day", the day that we "got" them from S. Korea. Today is Kylan's 9th gotcha day, wow how time has flown by so quickly and right before our eyes this little guy is now 1/2 grown, before we can turn around he will be off to college! It's crazy! He has been such a huge change in our life, I never grew up with boys in the house, just my sister and myself so I was so shocked by some of the things this little guy has done but without him life would be BORING! He brings a smile to our face and laughter into our life, I'm so proud to call him my son. Kylan, we love you and thank God for you each and every day since He has brought you into our lives.
I'm not normally a big fan of beets, they never tease my taste buds but I was watching a Paula Deen cooking show and she made this and it really looked tempting. I thought I'd give it a try and LOVE it now!
2 (15 1/4-ounce) cans sliced beets, rinsed and drained
Remove broiler tray from oven and coat with nonstick cooking spray. Replace tray and preheat broiler. After beets are drained place on coated broiler tray. Place under hot broiler, turning every 2 to 3 minutes until edges start to brown, approximately 8 to10 minutes. Remove beets from oven and allow to cool. Mix remaining ingredients with cooled beets. Toss and serve.
Adoption is a huge part of our lives, we wouldn't have our precious kids without it and we also wouldn't have met so many of our wonderful lifelong friends without Dillon International (the agency that we used to adopt our kids) we call ourselves blessed to have adoption in our lives. If you've been blessed through adoption leave me a comment and let me know but also go to the Third Day website and help them make this video by sending in your adoption pictures!
This was the first time Kylan and daddy met each other at the Tulsa airport
This was the first time I met Kylan at Easter Social Welfare in South Korea.
Kevin and I brining Makenzie to the Tulsa airport.
Adoption has made a huge impact on the Third Day families. So they would love to hear how it has impacted you and share that with the world. They are making a video for their concerts that includes you and your family for details click here.
March 19th, 2011 was the first super moon in 18 years.
NASA says, the Moon "will be around 17,000 miles (27,359 km) closer than usual as it rounds Earth in its elliptical orbit." Don't get too excited; that's still 221,567 miles (356,578 km) from Earth, so it's not exactly "close." The effect of this change of distance is that the Full Moon will be appear 14% bigger than usual.
The kids, Kevin and I went outside and looked at it. It was beautiful and you could see more detail but I think we expected it to look quite a bit larger. We took a bunch of pictures of it and had a couple turn out pretty good!
We head up to Bartlesville every other month or so to eat at Murphy's Steakhouse and we always try to find a new buffalo art piece. We heard they are going to have a total of 25 and that they have around 15 or so that are complete. For more info readthis.
"Tree of Life"
Sponsor: Kenneth and Diana Adams
Artist: Marilyn King
Located at Bartlesville First Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and Dewey
Every buffalo is totally different from the next, this one was covered with beautiful flowers!
Sponsor: Class 13 of Leadership Bartlesville
Artist: Kristin Radaker
Located at the corner of 6th and Dewey
This one had the song Oklahoma on it!
Sponsor: Pete and Theo Silas
Artist: Lisa Fox
Located at the corner of 6th and Dewey
This was a beautiful pattern.
Had to pose with the Philips 66 sign
Sponsor: Musselman Abstract Artist: Cindy Bennett
Located at Sears Park, corner of Cherokee and Adams
This was a detailed painting of Bartlesville's famous buildings as well as some Van Gogh similarities.
"Up and Away"
Sponsor: Remax of Bartlesville
Artist: Cindy Bennett
Located at Remax of Bartlesville, ?1809 Southeast Washington Boulevard?
Wow, I'm so proud of myself! I just made a button for my blog. With the step by step instructions that I got from Oikology 101 it was simple. If I can do it then anyone can do it. So if you want my button just copy and paste and add the button to your sidebar or actually anywhere on your blog! Thanks Oikology 101!!!
Sometimes the best things in life are simple! In honor of St. Patrick's Day we decided to make cheesy pesto bread, it's super simple, the pesto is green for St Paddy's Day and it's easy to make plus it's very flavorful.
First get a loaf of french bread and slice it in half length wise.
Next get your pesto, homemade or out of a jar (we didn't make ours this time). Spread all over both sides, we added some herbs and spices and some garlic too.
Add some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese or whatever kind of cheese you want to add.
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Enjoy the cheesy, yummy goodness!
Last year we Shamrocked our friends, here's a post about how fun that was! We also made puffy shamrocks which was a lot of fun but time consuming!
After have some of my readers ask why we don't have a Facebook page I have decided to add a page for Just Wedeminute. If you would like to follow Just Wedeminute on Facebook also then please click here. Thanks for all of the support and encouragement of all of my new and faithful readrers. I love all the comments that you have been leaving me. If you want to email the please do so at Justwedeminute@cox.net
We shop at Aldi a lot and a couple of weeks ago they had a bunch of different types of pasta for a great price so I bought them all and I'm trying out different recipes with each pasta. This week I made Garlic Chicken Farfalle and if you don't know what farfalle is then I'll let you in on a little secret, it's just a fancy name for bow tie pasta.
My homeschool group had a MNO (mom's night out) this week and it was a crock pot party. Very fun idea by some creative ladies in our group. Everyone brings their favorite crock pot recipe and copies for everyone else then we eat, vote on the best recipe and make a cookbook out of all the recipes.
GARLIC CHICKEN FARFALLE 16 oz. Farfalle pasta
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3-4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed OR garlic salt (I do a spoonful of crushed garlic)
1 Tbsp. pepper*
1/2 c. butter
1 lb. bacon, crumpled**
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) Lawry’s mesquite marinade with lime juice
*Seems like a lot of pepper, but it has a wonderful flavor when everything mixes together. If you’re apprehensive, do less pepper. You can always add more. ( I changed mine to 1/2 tbsp)
**We like to cook our bacon in the oven (400 degrees, convection). Way less messy. And it’s crispy every time. Time varies, so you just have to watch it. I think it’s usually around 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then crumple (I totally wear disposable gloves for this part – surprise, surprise).
[ directions ]
Crock pot chicken and bottle of marinade on low for 6 hours. Pull marinated chicken out of the juices, allow to cool a little bit, and shred (I pull it apart). Set this aside. About a half-hour before serving, boil the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta, add chicken and stir through. Sprinkle a little bit more shredded Parmesan cheese on top.
This is the chicken after it's cooked with the Lawry's seasoning.
Making the cream sauce
Cream sauce, noodles and bacon on top of the chicken
This is what it looks like totally finished, it was so good and simple to make!
I had to borrow this picture because mine didn't turn out very well. This has potential to be a great recipe but I think my crockpot must get too hot even on low because it burned the chocolate around the edges but it was really good in the middle. I'm going to have to play around with it to get it just right.
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon mint extract or 2 tablespoons peppermint schnapps (
marshmallows or cookies for serving
Use a 2-quart slow cooker. Put the chocolate chips into your slow cooker. Add the heavy whipped cream and mint extract (or the schnapps). Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. I really like melting chocolate in the slow cooker because you really don't need to worry about it scorching. If you smell the chocolate, give it a quick stir.
Serve with your favorite cookies or marshmallows or fruit.
I have really been getting into couponing and freebies this year, trying new things is fun! Click here to fill out a small survey and get your free beauty bag from Target, but hurry they may go quickly!
Also today is Sunday so we have some Sunday hops and some weekend hops!
For one reason or another the kids and I have not been on a homeschool field trip in a long time so we were excited to make it to this month's field trip to the airport. It was an AMAZING field trip, they do a wonderful job. 3 hours later we knew a lot more about the airport then we did when we arrived. The firestation at the airport was one of our favorites!