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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

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To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

A little of this... a little of that

Not much has been happening here, but I have been cooking. Today, for the first time in my life, I cooked a WHOLE chicken! I even took a picture. It turned out great!! 24 Hours defrosting in the refrigerator, 1 hour preparing, and 3 hours for cooking! Stephen and I have been eating like Kings (and queens)! I really should have started planning my meals long ago.

Edward has been getting more teeth (it never ends) and hasn't been sleeping well. At his one year check up and shots he was 29 1/4 inches tall (short for his age) and almost 25 pounds. He sure is cute! AND to show you what you have been missing, here are a few random shots.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Party

He cried, to say the least. I did get one picture of him smiling while we were singing... then the next picture is of him crying. He cried until I put him to bed at 7. Oh well. I got him some more zip up Jammies and Stephen got him some plastic cars and an airplane. My parents sent a box of goodies but the mail man didn't want to put it in her car so I didn't get to pick it up until Saturday. (Edward will never know). They got him some more zip up jammies and a cute top that counts to four and sings songs. Edward also got a few cards in the mail. I am so grateful for my family and for my friends, if only we could be together on memorable days.

Friday, February 19, 2010

One Year

Words can not describe how much my life has changed in the last year. Many things are different. Many things are the same. Edward has changed more than either Stephen or I. He walks, he talks, he laughes, he smiles, he eats, he sleeps, and most of all; he loves.

Edward has brought happiness in to our home with each new day. He is a true blessing in my life and each life he touches. He is described as a "joy", "calm", "contemplative", and most of all "happy".
Happy Birthday to Mr. Edward F. Barnes

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

First Birthday Party

YES! We are having a small party for Edward. If you are in the Albuquerque area Friday February 19 at 5:00 PM, stop on by for some cupcakes and singing. Don't worry about bring a gift, you will be enough. Just post a comment letting me know you want to come and I will send you my address.
Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, February 12, 2010

One Big River

Edward and I were ready for a small adventure yesturday. It seems like winter has been longer than usual. I would compare it to years, but Edward has only been alive for nearly a year. I thought the adventure would be beautiful and fun. I spent the entire time holding my little ones hand because he wanted to run right in to the river. A nightmare splashed before my eyes; him running into the river, me diving in after him, the news reporting a crazy woman and child went for a swim in the Rio Grande.
The winter colors are outstanding in New Mexico. I tried to capture a few of them on film adding a little flavor of the cutest kid; Edward.

Monday, February 8, 2010

More food than...

We could handle!

Wow! What a great week of yummy food! All in all, we did NOT save any money. I ended up running out of cereal and milk and, and, and... However, I am going to try harder this week.

So, to recap: We need to add in a day or two for left overs. We had so much food; I mean SO much food left over. My favorite dish by far was pizza. You must try it! The crust was amazing. It needs to cook a bit longer (or our oven needs a tune up).

We also tried a great dessert. Fat free chocolate pudding, fat free whip topping, peanut butter, and some milk. Mix the two tablespoons of peanut butter and milk together. Then add as much whip topping as you like. Stir them up. Make the chocolate pudding, but the mixture on top and YUM!

We didn't get to the Chicken with Mushrooms because we had so much food, so we are going to give it a try this week.


Brats and Potatoes

Four juicy brats, Four small potatoes chopped, 2 cups beef broth, a dash of sugar, and half an onion chopped. Throw all this in a frying pan and cook it up.

This is Stephen's recipe so if like it... yeah!

Chicken with Mushrooms. See the Recipe from last weeks menu

Left overs
I had to add this night because we had so much food from last week.

Pizza and Movie night
I am going to suggest the veggie pizza from last week with different toppings. The crust was amazing!

Hawaiian Pork Chops
Pork chops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced onion rings
1 can beef broth (14 ounces)
1 can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cold water
Cooked rice

Cook pork chops in nonstick skillet with salt and pepper. Remove. In same skillet saute green pepper and onion. Stir in broth, pineapple, ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Return pork chops. Cook for 10 minutes. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Serve over rice.
(We tried this recipe a few weeks ago. It was AMAZING!)

Chipotle Chicken Casserole
Boneless Skinless chicken breast cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 onion diced
1 can navy beans (15 ounces)
1 can black beans
1 can crushed tomatoes (14 ounces)
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
Combine chicken, salt, cumin, bay leaf, chipotle pepper, onion, beans, tomatoes with juice, stock and orange juice in your crock pot. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Cashew Chicken
6 Chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sliced celery
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/1/2 cup cashews
Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Who Knew?

You can make pancakes from scratch! We had exactly one cup of milk (so not enough for two bowls of cereal), 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla, and an egg. Just add a cup of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder along with 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. Voila!! Yummy and Edward ate TWO!
Happy Thursday!

Monday, February 1, 2010


Over the last few months I have been searching for a website that provided a menu for a week. Well, they exist, but they are NOT free. You have to pay well over $10 dollars a month. For some, that may not be much, and may be worth it; however, my whole plan was to have a menu and shopping list so I could SAVE money. So, I am going to give it a try myself.
Oh, and this is just dinner because we usually have the same things for breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast: Cereal or Oatmeal with fruit
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich with veggies or PB and J
I am also trying to make my own bread for the week to save $10 dollars. So far so good.
Beef Tacos
Ground beef
Hard or Soft Taco shells
Lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and salsa
Black beans for a side
Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
Two chicken breasts
2 Teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup fat free milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fresh mushrooms sliced
1/2 medium onion sliced into rings
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine cornstarch and milk, set aside. Cook chicken in oil for 5-6 minutes or until cooked, remove. Saute mushrooms and onion in butter. Stir in broth, salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Cook for 2 minutes. Serve wit Chicken.

1 Chk breast with 1/3 cup sauce equals 212 calories and 8 grams of fat.

(this is not my own recipe. I looked it up in the Taste of Home special issue)

Hamburgers with Oven fries
Hamburger patty
Lettuce, tomato, ketch-up, mustard, and pickles
Potatoes cut into wedges smothered with oil, paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Cook for 45 minutes.

Thursday (We call this night, "Pizza and movie night". We have it every week)
Veggie Pizza with herbed tomato crust
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 all-purpose flour

1 can pizza sauce
1 medium green pepper
1 cup mushrooms
1 red onion
1 tomato
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Combine whole wheat flour, parsley, rosemary, yeast, sugar, salt, and pepper. In a saucepan heat water, tomato juice, and oil to 130 degrees. Add dry ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in all-purpose flour. Hand Knead dough. Put in bowl and cover with light flour. Let rise for 45 minutes.
Roll dough into 12 inch circle. Put on pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Spread sauce and add toppings.
Bake 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes

1 Slice equals 240 calories and 4 grams of fat
(Recipe from Taste of Home special issue)

Stuffed Ranch Chicken
1 bacon strip cut in half length wise
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons fat free ranch
3 tablespoons finely chopped mushrooms
3 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons cornstarch
6 tablespoons fat free evaporated milk

Cook bacon. Spread chicken with ranch dressing. Top with mushrooms, red pepper, green onions. Roll up and wrap with piece of bacon. Hold with toothpick. Place in baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. In a small saucepan combine cornstarch and milk until smooth. Stir in pan juices. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Serve with chicken.
(taste of home special issue)

Beef Kabobs
Steak cut into small squares
Use all left over veggies from the week
bell peppers, green and red peppers

Use a long kabob stick and cook on the grill

Pulled pork Sandwiches
1 pork shoulder (about two pounds)
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 onion, chopped
Hamburger buns

Place pork in crock-pot. Cook on high for 5-6 hours
Remove pork, shred with fork. Discard liquid in slow cooker. Return pork to slow cooker; add BBQ sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and onion. Cook on high for 1 hour.
Serve on Hamburger buns.

I did have most of the small ingredients like cornstarch and cooking oil along with flour. I went to the farmers market to buy the veggies and to Smith's to buy the meat. Total cost for this week (including breakfast and lunch) $100.00!! We are on track for our $400 a month grocery bill.

Happy Cooking this week!!