Saturday, March 14, 2009

Thinking Spring

Mostly because I can only "think" Spring. Snow fell again, BUT today it is going to be 40 degrees! Time to Spring Clean!

Kitchen Aid First Aid Day

First, our cat, Shadow. Can't you just see the sarcasm in his eyes. Oh, the life of a cat.

My sweet man searched the www and found my gear that is stripped (again) in my Kitchen Aid Professional 6 Mixer. He sent for it as a thoughtful gift four my 19th wedding anniversary! YIPPEE!
Then, when it arrived, he spent the evening replacing the gear. I love this man. And as you can see he wore an appropriate shirt for the task! Thank you my man!
This evening we will enjoy fresh ground wheat again. (BTW, this gear is stripped mostly due to mixing large amounts of sugar based items, like icings and cookies... as per the Kitchen Aid customer service.) And the part can be found here... it is pretty easy to replace yourself.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sweet unexpected Vintage Gifts

I was blessed at our Lenten Service last night with this gift from the friend who made pasta with me this Christmas...

A Rosette Iron

I immediately came home and found this tutorial. So very helpful! So this morning the children are enjoying these wonderful treats, and our house smells like a sweet doughnut factory... so worth it, dontcha think?!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Every pastor's wife will agree...

We don't mind repurposing funeral flowers. Really. It's okay to give the overflow of flowers to us. Our parsonages (especially when we have spring fever) love the lift of color. Thank you for thinking of us!

In a Rut... or Spring Fever??? Which one?

Okay, so it is snowing... Beautiful... White.... Fresh.... okay....


But enough already!



I am in such a rut. I want to spring clean, but it is freezing. I want to purge... I love purging, really, but well, I want to have a yard sale, and so I wait.

I am really mad at my blogging friends, here, and here and here, who keep posting about their great "blooming" season and how Spring is wonderful. Give me a break! (wink)

Now back to regular living... thanks for the rant!

Friday, March 6, 2009


Okay, all bread bakers. Farina, Cream of Wheat or what ever you are calling it in your household is really a coarse version of Semolina. So, for some reason (which I am truly thankful of course) the ladies from church "bless" me with bags of "farina". My family doesn't really appreciate hot mushy cereal in the morning. They do love

Crusty Breads

So, when baking my fresh breads I substitute 1 cup "farina" or "semolina" (which btw, I usually spend a fortune on in specialty flour bins) in with the flours. I also use it for dusting the stones or pans when baking... especially good for pizza!

Tonight is Friday Night Pizza and Movie night. I am using this recipe for my pizza dough, doubled and two cups of "semolina" in the mix.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

To be young!

My boys enjoy our visits to a hotel with our family friends (other pastor's families)... one of the things they do every winter is swim for hours in the pool, run outside and roll around in the snow... and then jump into the hot tub... their entire being steaming with the hot/cold surge... I have wanted to share this photo for a while, and just "misplaced" it until now.

Oh, to be so brave!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


You may know that my pastor/husband is the shepherd for two churches. The churches are 30 miles apart.
It snows EVERYDAY in the U.P. of Michigan.

He didn't make it to the second church service this morning.

An Elder went to pick him up and bring him back, and another Elder preached his sermon. Thank goodness he left it in the pulpit.

He is fine.

There were 3 cars, a logging truck, 2 snowmobile trailers, and a tow truck involved in this accident.

Yup, seven vehicles.

And another landed in the ditch after he left.

Thank the Lord!

Youth Group Bowling...and a Lutheran Fact...

This bowling ball had a bit of a soda accident... and the wholes were filled with soda... oops! Thank Goodness it was diet!

Did you know that Martin Luther also sort of "invented" the game of
That's right!

Martin Luther was an avid bowler who had his own bowling lane. Many bowling historians credit him with standardizing the rules of bowling and fixing the number of pins at nine. Bowling became an important part of German culture, and children were often taught that thunderstorms were due to St. Peter and the angels bowling.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday...

A popular blogging group... so here goes our menu plan:

Monday: Home made Cheese Ravioli and Fresh Crusty Bread with Ceasar Salad
Pasta Dough is easy as posted here... We also enjoyed a Spinach Pasta , just by adding 1/3 cup of canned or frozen spinach to the dough instead of the water.

For the Cheese Filling:
1 1/2 Cup Ricotta or drained Cottage Cheese
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 egg
1/2 tsp each basil, garlic, and onion
Tuesday: Grilled Beer Bratwursts with Fried Potato Coins and Scalloped Corn

Wednesday: Individual Cheeseburger Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Buttery Biscuits

Thursday: Lemon Pepper Chicken and Seasoned Rice with Brown Sugar Carrots

Friday: Barbeque Chicken Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza and Soda

Saturday: Stromboli and Salad