Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Recipe Time...take 2!

This week I am sharing a very simple recipe for a delicious, fall side dish. Well, it's delicious any time of year, but I associate it with fall since it is part of our family's Thanksgiving tradition. Give it a try!

Corn Casserole
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can cream style corn
8 oz sour cream
1 stick margarine
1 box Jiffy cornbreak mix

Dump all ingredients together and mix well. Place in a baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Yum!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Recipe Time!

Fall is here! It's my favorite time of year for several reasons (one of which is my birthday!), and fall foods are something I always look forward to! Over the next few weeks I plan to share a few of my favorite fall-themed recipes. I will only be sharing things I've tried, and love. The first is a pumpkin dish, and I assure you that there NONE of this will go to waste!! You must try it!

Pumpkin Pie Dessert
4 eggs
1 1/2 C sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 can (16 oz) pumpkin
1 yellow cake mix
1 C melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. Mix eggs, sugar, milk cinnamon and pumpkin in that order. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife blade comes out clean. This is amazing when served with cool whip or ice cream!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Teens and Technology

As a high school teacher who is surrounded by teen agers all day, I am aware of the impact that technology has had on this age group. I want to preface this post by saying that technology is a wonderful thing. I am, obviously, not bashing technology all together because without it...well...I couln't have this blog. What I am about to address has been weighing heavily on my mind since school started, and the sermon this morning made me think about it even more. So here goes...

Over-exposure to technology is stressing our kids out. They are constantly connected to one another. When I was a kid, we got a break from the drama at school when we were home in the evenings. When we wanted to talk to our friends, we had to call them on their home phone. We wouldn't DARE call after 9 pm, and we tried not to call during dinner. Our kids now days have no concept of when is appropriate to call/text one another. They never have a break from each other. Gossip spreads like wildfire thanks to facebook and texting. We all know it's easier to say things when we're not face to face. Well, these kids can be so toxic with the things they are texting to one another. What I'm trying to say is, our kids need a break every once in a while from this continuous connection. The funny thing is, I will have kids receive texts during class...FROM THEIR PARENTS!!! What? There is no reason to have immediate contact with your kids when they are at school. If there is an emergency, or you need to get a message to your kids, call the office! They'll gladly get the message to your child!

We are allowing our kids to think that having a cell phone--fully equipped with pics, text and internet--is as important as breathing, eating, and sleeping. It's so important that they try to text while driving. They think they must sleep with their phones. Nonsense. There is no reason for our kids to sleep with cell phones in their rooms. Parents...take the phone at night...there, I said it. Take the phone from them!!! Tell them to leave their phones off during the school day!!

Let your kids know that you are going to keep an eye on the things they are doing. It is your right and your JOB as a parent. Everything that our kids are doing online and on their phones is there forever! They are making decisions that will affect them forever! Stick your nose in their business. Friend them on facebook (if they don't accept, they lose their internet priveleges). Check the texts on their phone from time to time (let them know that deleting messages will lead you to assume they have something to hide), put the computer in a public room of the house. Who cares if they don't like it. Who cares if they throw a fit. Put your foot down! Privacy?? If your kids are getting bent out of shape because you are invading their pricacy, they are probably hiding something. Besides, they have no privacy at school--we can search their lockers, backpacks, purses and cars--you, the parent have those rights and more!

But here's the hard part...we have to lead them by example. We have to show them that it is ok to put the phone down and give each other face to face contact. Don't text and drive! Don't talk on the phone loudly in a public place! Don't talk on the phone when you are in a meeting (would you believe that I had parents on their cell phones at open house??!!). Don't call them while they are at school. Don't answer the phone while you are eating dinner. Set aside some technology-free time each day. We would all benefit from some unplugged time each day. Even if it's just an hour...turn off the phone, tv, computer, and video games. Read a book! Talk to your kids! Play a board game! Teach your kids to enjoy down time and quiet time.

Take the time during the technology-break to have conversations with your kids. It is much easier to have meaningful conversation when one or both parties is not texting or answering their phones. This would be a great time to talk about what's going on in your kids' lives, and to talk about really important stuff--smoking, drugs, sex...we have to talk about that stuff to our kids. It's more important than ever. They are being so strongly influenced by technology and media. If we don't have these conversations, they'll just be influenced by the people they are seeing on tv and things they see don't want that! AND if you have these times on a regular basis where you and your kids can communicate, your relationship will be so positive that they'll see and understand why you are being so nosey when it comes to their technology use.

So, since we all know that technology isn't going to go away, we have to learn how to keep it under control. It is no longer good enough to say "technology isn't my thing". Be proactive and PARENT your kids when it comes to technology use.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Go check out this giveaway!

Check out Kelly's giveaway of the month. Go to her blog:

She has so many cute things in the giveaway, you won't want to miss out. So, go sign up! Well, on second thought, you'll decrease my chances of don't:)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Busy Week

After cutting out 25 apron patterns and 6 purse patterns, I was able to complete 6 aprons this week. I worked a little each day after the kids were in bed. I was very excited to receive my Swap-Bot, Forest Friends Apron Swap package!! The package had so many wonderful tuck-ins including gnome cupcake toppers, a crochet owl and lizard, bookmarks, fabric, and a beautiful apron! My husband took the picture and made me do a "happy pose".