Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You Know You're a Mom (or) Dad When...


Love this....funny

You Know You're a Mom (or) Dad When...



1. You plan your day according to when Sesame Street is on.

2. You have signed a check with a crayon.

3. You find Goldfish crackers in the glove box of your car.

4. You wipe other kids' noses.

5. You have accidentally brushed your teeth with Desitin.

6. You have caught spit-up in your hand.

7. You leave for a date with your husband carrying a diaper bag instead of your purse.

8. You have memorized the entire lineup of Saturday morning cartoons.

9. You have finally paid for all of your groceries and are heading out of the doors when you realize one of your kids has lost a shoe somewhere in the store.

10. You can recite Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham by heart.

11. You let your baby sit in his dirty diaper until Oprah is over.

12. You have shared a fifteen-minute conversation about your baby with a complete stranger at the grocery store.

13. You filled up your child's baby book before her first tooth appeared.

14. You silently curse people if they call during naptime.

15. You forgot your mother-in-law's first name because you now only refer to her as "Grandma."

16. You arrange your travel itinerary based on McDonald's Playland locations.

17. You are just as surprised when you sleep through the night as when your child does.

18. You consider the person who invented the Sippy Cup a genius.

19. You see a mom from your child's playgroup at the mall and know her son's name but not hers.

20. You consider it a major triumph if you shower by noon.

21. You justify every excessive crying spell with teething.

22. You pick up the phone and call your mother when your baby rolls over for the first time.

23. You have kept your favorite babysitter a secret from other mothers in your playgroup.

24. You have your pediatrician's telephone number on speed-dial.

25. You own the entire Baby Einstein DVD collection.

26. You find yourself humming the "Rubber Duckie" song in the shower.

27. You have dressed your baby in whatever is on top of the clean laundry pile.

28. You cry at Johnson & Johnson commercials.

29. You have considered trading your whole life savings for just one good night of sleep.

30. You see your parents in a whole new light.

31. You consider parenting to be the best job in the world.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy First Day of Winter!


On this day, the first day of winter, we celebrate that Winter Solstice 2009 Is Shortest Day of the Year. In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.

As I sit here looking out my window on Long Island, NY besides watching the kids play, all I can see on the first day of winter is snow.   I am thankful my childen were finished with school as of this past Friday and are on Christmas break until January 4th. There were no worries of trying to figure out how to get to school this morning though I know many schools were closed due to the East Coast Storm State of Emergency.  It all actually works out well for us.  Been forced to stay in and get things done.  I am having Chrismas Eve this year at my home which I used to do every year except for the last 3 years because of being sick two years and one year having an emergency tonsilectomy the day before Christmas...that surely was not plesant experience at all.  I am so in the spirit of Christmas this year.  Shopping is all done and now the cleaning and baking has begun.

Yesterday, we baked cookies we are going to finish up the cookies we baked yesterday by icing and decorating them.  They came out great!  I used a great recipe listed below.

Mrs. Fields Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup colored sugar for decoration
3/4 cup butter

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.  In a medium bowl combine the flour and salt with a wire whisk. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add the flour mixture. Blend on low speed just until combined. Do not overmix.

3.  Gather dough into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap or a plastic bag. Refrigerate one hour until firm.

4.  On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. With cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with colored sugars or sprinkles. Bake for 13-15 minutes, being careful not to brown. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool, flat surface.

Later on today, I want to do some cleaning and a little more decorating...found another box of things I had I forgot to put out.  I also have to order our ham for Christmas Eve dinner from Honey Baked Ham.  I almost wasn't going to this year but my daughter Brittany said, "what Mom, no ham on Christmas Eve."  so needless to say I am ordering the ham. 

Have a wonderful and peaceful first day of Winter!!

Hugs!








Friday, December 4, 2009

Paperin Family Christmas Tree

Picture of our Christmas Tree...taken in not such great lighting...have to try again when it is light out.




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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments

One wonderful way to make homemade ornaments is by crafting them from salt dough. With salt dough, you can create almost any type of ornament you want. It is simple enough for children to do, yet you can get a real professional look or create a tree full of theme ornaments, such as snowmen. Here is how to get started with creating salt dough ornaments.

Ingredients


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon** 

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg **


**(don't have to add but give off a nice scent and color)

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.Mix flour and salt well. Gradually add water, stirring with a large spoon. Finish mixing with hands. Knead until soft and pliable.

3.Roll out on floured surface about 1/8 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets. With a toothpick make a hole in the top of the ornament for threading string. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) until hard, about 1 hour. Decorate with paint and varnish to preserve.
 
4.When your ornament is dry, you can paint and decorate it. Add a coat of varnish to add shine and preserve the ornament for future years.
 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Family Christmas Card

 is the Christmas Card I made yesterday using Mary Fran's Collections from http://www.nitwitcollections.com/.

Can't wait to get them in and mail them out hopefully by next week.

Front of Card


Back Of Card


Also a  "Happy Birthday Peter" The B-I-G 40!!


Hugs!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Babysitting Ryan

Watching my nephew Ryan this morning while my sister is registering for some classes at college. Here is a video I took with the iPhone..


Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie

Trying a new recipe tomorrow called Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie.   Looks really good!  Found it on Sugar Pie Farmhouse  (See full post with her pictures there)


Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage, 4 links (sweet or hot) casings removed
4 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I add two more pinches to give it a kick!)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cups water
8 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3 inch pieces (I used half of a 16 ounce package–Thin spaghetti–not Angel Hair– but you can use regular )
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Directions:

1.Saute green onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil, on medium heat 5 minutes.

2.Add beef and sausage, brown over medium-hi heat.

3.While almost brown, add garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, and parsley.

4.Once browned, stir in crushed tomatoes, water and salt.

5.Add broken spaghetti. Push spaghetti into liquid, and cover for 8 minutes.

6.After 8 minutes, stir pasta so the noodles won’t stick together. Reduce heat to medium low simmer for 6 more minutes until pasta is al dente (almost cooked but still a little firm).

7.Add basil, Parmesan cheese, and cream, stir well.

8.Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, put in oven to broil until spotty brown. (stand there and keep watch or set a timer for 3 minutes at a time until it’s ready, or else you may end up with Blackened Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Quiet day today....so I decided to do some baking...

Chocolate Chip Cookies....mmmm Yummy!!


Ingredients...



All mixed up....



On the tray and ready for the oven...



Yummy.... Ready to Eat!

Dawn's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is...

2 cups flour
1 teaspon baking soda
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)



  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt




  • Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy.  Then beat in each egg one at a time.




  • Gradually add flour mixture to the lagre bowl mixture




  • Stir in the chocolate chips and chopped nuts.




  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto an un-greased baking sheet (or) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet which is the method I like best.




  • Bake in a preheated oven set at 375 F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Makes about 4 dozen.


Enjoy!!



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Are You Kidding Me?

Good Morning....I was woken up early today thanks to awrong number.  Once I am up it's hard for me to get back to sleep.  So I made a cup of coffee and decided to blog.

Kaylee is home sick with a bad cold and cough...she felt so lousy and put herself to bed last night.  Poor thing.  I will see how she feels and maybe call the doctor just to be safe.  I know Kaylee will have her own opinion since she hates getting the throat culture done.  She would take a shot first!!

David had his appointment yesterday with his gastroenterologist because I had him home on Thursday with bad stomach pain from his crohn's disease.  Yesterday when we were finally able to see the doctor his stomach had calmed down quite a bit.   The doctor felt it was time to redo some of the tests since it has been 10 months since they were done last.  David has to go for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and a abdominal sonogram sometime on this coming Thursday or next Thursday depending when there is an opening at the hospital.

Since the weather is bad and Kaylee sick, I am working today on our comic book store website - The Comic Book Depot -  there is some updating that needs to be done and the I want to work on some photo projects I have. Here is one of them below I am still working on.  I am also going to upload some pictures from my Aunt's 80th Birthday from last week.  I will post them here when done.

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As for the situation I talked about a couple of days ago, with the person(s) I feel have hurt me and that I have taken a step back from.  I am not going to be provoked and waste my time and energy to write a dissertation of what was done.   I am so tired of the family politics.  It is obvious what was done.  Part of it, I even asked if it was a mistake when it happened?  Was told "no' and there you go!  I am going to be 40 years old and I know better not to do what was done.  It was rude and hurtful.  I do not need to be told how to do the right thing when the right things weren't done to me or my family!  Nuff said!












Friday, October 16, 2009

Life is Good!! :o)

Wow what a yuck day out. It is so cold and damp. Had a great workout at the new gym I joined. Exercise can be rather addicting once you get started. I have been feeling so good and it has helped as well with my asthma.

I am leaving soon to take David to the gastro doctor. It seems his stomach has been acting up again. He has been doing really well for a while but the past week he missed two days of school. It may just be a flare up with the chrons disease he has a mild case of it now but I don't want it to get any worse than it already is.


I'll post more about that later when I have more time to write.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Life

I want to start blogging more...it seems I have let that get away from me for awhile. I feel it is therapeutic for me. Guess that is also why this will be a long post.

This past Friday I along with Peter and my Mom had a great opportunity to go and see the new Dr. Oz show that is taped in Manhattan at the NBC building. It was awesome. We all had a great time. The show was a special about. Dr. Oz devoting the entire hour to the plight of those living without basic health insurance and the work of the volunteers who helped at a one-day free clinic. It was a very emotional hour and a baby on the show really touched my heart when she was diagnosed with a VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) a hole in the heart and a large one at that. It just brought so many memories back for me when Kaylee was diagnosed with her VSD and narrowed aorta. It really is amazing how many people don't or can't get the proper medical care for one reason or another. See this show on October 15th. Here in NY it is on Fox at 3 pm. I am sure we can be seen towards the end since Dr. Oz was standing right in front of us and he told us to look good since we were going to be full frontal...gosh I hate to see how I look...lol. :o)

Saturday, we picked up Brian and Peter at the train station and drove to Point Lookout to go to The Fisherman's Catch for my Aunt's 80th birthday. It was a very nice dinner and she was very surprised to see everyone as she thought she was just going out for a small dinner with her daughter and my parents. I have to get those pictures up on my Flickr account to see.
Sunday, My Mom, husband and girls drove into Jackson Heights to pick up my Aunt and drive to Ridgewood to see my cousin John (who is my daughter's Godfather) at his restaurant, Ridgewood Eats. It was also the It was the first time I had gone to his restaurant and it is a really nice place. The food was great! Kaylee wanted to bring my cousin the sign that was made from the American Heart Association that was on the walk path during Heart Walk on October 4th. Here is a picture of them. Unfortunately, I forgot my good camera so this is the best I could do. He will have another one at the next Heart Walk as well for October 25th. Alan did one too for his store for both places as well. Alan and I will be volunteering at the Heart Walk on October 25th as well. This is the first year they are having it in Suffolk County. Not as big as the Nassau County one but I am sure it will grow. We did really well this year with our Heart Walk team. We raised $3,084. I couldn't be happier. The money is what the Heart Association needs right now. It goes towards so many good things to help with education, research and more. It not so much about the walk it self like people think it is. The funds are the big part of what is needed to keep their programs running...etc. Feel free to check out my daughters site. > Kaylee's Heart <
After the restaurant, we went to a small farm by my house to pick pumpkins and pick up some fall goodies. The girls had a really nice time. When we got home the girls painted their pumpkins and I did a little fall decorating.
Today I had a dentist appointment. You know when you go to the dentist so often when everyone knows by your first name when you walk in the door. I am finally finishing up some work that needed to be done. I needed to have a crown replaced and the last of the silver fillings taken out of my mouth and replaced with porcelain which looks amazing! I have one more tooth on the top front that needs to have a porcelain veneer replaced (that was the tooth my sister knocked out with a baseball bat when I was just 5) she was swinging at a batter up and forgot to wait until I was out of the way...lol...
Also, I have to get something off my back once and for all. I have been dealing with some people in my life I feel have crossed the line and when that line was crossed I removed myself from your life. If I have to see them I do... but I have come to realize that it is ok to distance your self from someone who I feel is not being a good person. People who lie to others (which can be proved) and who are rude and betray others just don't belong in my life!! This is supposed to be family?? What does that say??

Now many of you "soft hearts" will start hollering that it doesn’t sound too Christian to turn away from family like I am doing. However, family doesn’t betray; enemies do. I would never in my life do that. The bottom line is that there is absolutely NO excuse for being rude or betraying another person. If you are rude, it’s not because of some circumstance, it’s because you are a rude person. Period.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Long Island Heart Walk 2009

After working hard on this years Long Island Heart Walk, we are just 6 days away from our walk.  This year has been great.  We have raised more money than last year and have 32 awesome family and friends walking with us!  The support is amazing!! It is a cause that is so close to my heart.  Just to think that our daughter Kaylee was so close to death and now she is so happy and healthy!!  I pray with the funds we raise that other children do not have to go through what Kaylee had to go through at just 6 weeks old. 

It is not too late to donate.  Please go to Kaylee's Heart and donate. 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Quiet Afternoon

Day started off pretty nice...though my sinuses were bothering me from this crazy weather we have been having.  My sister Michelle and her boyfriend stopped by to drop off a really nice knife set that I had been wanting.  It is a pretty expensive set and really sharp.  Can't wait to make something with the new knives.  They cut through a potato like cutting through soft butter! Michelle also took Kaylee and Brittany back to my Mom and Dad's house for a couple of nights.  They are going to have a sleepover with Katie their cousin and bake some cookies and watch a movie.

Alan and I went to dinner at a nice pizza place in Merrick.  Now we are home and I am playing with new software the Adobe Contribute.  I am really liking it so far.  Alan has a new website that will be launching soon and this software makes it so easy!

Well off to see what is on tv tonight.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Light Key Lime Pie



• ⅓ cup water, boiling
• 1 box sugar-free lime gelatin
• 2, 6 oz fat-free key lime yogurt
• 8 oz fat-free whipped topping
• 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Crust: Coat the pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs all over the dish. Once the crumbs are covering the whole plate, spray the top with spray butter (5 pumps). Bake at 350ยบ for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Filling: Heat until boiling and add key lime jello. Once completely dissolved (at least 5 minutes) add yogurt and fat-free whipped topping. Fold in until well-blended. Pour into pie shell and refrigerate until set.

Change up the flavors ... strawberry yogurt and gelatin, blueberry, lemon. Make your family's favorite flavor.
Nutrition Facts

• Serving Size: 1/8 Pie
• Servings: 8
• Calories: 117
• Total Fat: 1g
• Cholesterol: 0g
• Sodium: 309mg
• Carbohydrates: 22g
• Fiber: 1g
• Sugars: 7g
• Protein: 3g

• POINTS: 2pts


Dawn

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Kaylee's Communion


Kaylee made her First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 16th.  It was a really nice day and we wanted to share some of the pictures from that day with you.




 
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Dawn
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Busy Week

First, today is my Mom's 61st Birthday.  "Happy Birthday Mom!!"

Sure having a busy week so far.  Kaylee's Communion is this coming Saturday, May 16th at 9am.  We are having a small party at the Irish Coffee Pub in East Islip. We are having her rehersal tomorrow and tonight we have to finish her pew banner.    I will post a picture when we finish.  Also, I still have to order flowers and balloons and hopefully find something for myself to wear.  Brittany has her spring concert Thursday.  Then this week and I have one more meeting at school on Thursday to review Kaylee's progress.  Just a lot of running around.  On Saturday, the day of the Communion, we have to be up so early since the Communion is at 9am. 

Tonight we are going out to Dominico's for my Mom's Birthday.  My sister Michelle wasn't able to go with us on Sunday for Mother's Day because she had to work so she will be there tonight.

David is doing alot better and I think he is a lot happier being back at school after being home for the last 5 months on home schooling after being diagnosed with chron's disease.  He has learned some of the things he can and cannot eat anymore or how much of something he can have before it affects him. 

Have a good day!!
Dawn
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Terrific Mother's Day!

Mother's Day went very nice for me this year.  With so many things that have been bringing me down lately it was nice to enjoy a day where I felt special....I just lost my 18 year old cat, having that bad fall and cracking my knee open and dealing with someone who doesn't know how to speak nicely to someone with out coming out as being nasty right off the bat.  There are nicer ways to talk to someone and I feel there was no reason for being so nasty and I am not going to entertain them going back and forth.  Oh well nuff said.

Anyways...Alan and the kids surprised me with a nice breakfast in bed...flowers...dinner out.  It was truly an amazing day!

Dawn

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tickets Are Here!!

My Kenny Chesney tickets arrived today for the concert at Jones Beach on June 24th.  Can't wait!  I am going with my sister Lisa, her brother-in-law Ron and his wife Melissa.   Alan is not a huge Kenny Fan but thinks he does put on an amazing show.  My sister's husband Darren doesn't really like country at all.

I am happy too that we finally we can see the sun again after many days of clouds and rain.  David went back to high school today after five months of being on home schooling. He got home today at 2:30pm and said things went pretty good. They still have to switch him into an astronomy class because he couldn't take earth science at home because of the labs.

My knee is feeling better after the fall I had 2 days ago.  I still can't believe I fell and split my knee open like that.  I probably could of used a few stiches but I really did not feel like going to the emergency room.  I ended up putting a few butterflies on it and so far so good. 

Off to make dinner!

Dawn

Monday, April 27, 2009

Losing a Friend!

There is nothing that compares to losing a beloved animal who has given such unconditional love.  The love is so different from that of a human.  They don't judge you...they don't hate you...they only know love.


I just recently lost my cat Mandee (pictured) on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12 Noon.   She was 18 years old.  Here is a poem:


To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all. For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you. For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly. For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

You took me in when I needed a home and someone to love. All I ask now is that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives for however long I lived. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

I will await the arrival of you my faithful companion and I know that togetherness is forever. You will live on in my heart as I will in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as I am.

Love, Your Pet In Heaven...."Mandee"

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Had a Wonderful Easter!


Had a wonderful Easter this year! Got up really early and went to 9am mass with the girls. David woke up sick with his stomach bothering him so Alan stayed home with him. The church was just overflowing with people. Afterwards, we bought a Easter Lilly for my Mom and Dad from the Holy Family Org. and then went and picked up bagels for breakfast along with some very much needed coffee for me!! I gave up my iced lattes for Lent and I am happy to have them back! Then we stopped over to my parents house to drop off their surprise breakfast and the plant. My parents were getting their final things together for their cruise which there were very excited about. We only stayed for a few minutes just to say "Happy Easter" and goodbye because I had to get the van home so Alan could come back and get them to take them to the airport.

When I got home, Alan was just finishing up breakfast, so I called my parents to let them know Alan would be leaving to get them shortly and my sister answered and said that the house next door was on fire! I said "what I was just there 10 minutes ago" guess that is all it takes. Apparently, the neighbor who smokes emptied her ash trays into a garbage bag and put them out in the trash bin. Well it must of caught fire and the whole side of their garage went up in flames. A neighbor came and knocked on my parents door and my Dad ran out and threw the hose on it while someone called the fire dept. Thankfully my parents were still home because with the way the wind was blowing had my Dad not got out there when he did things could of been much worse. Thankfully they weren't.

After my parents got off ok, we headed over to the Milleridge Inn for Easter dinner and met up with my sister Lisa and brother-in-law Darren and little Ryan. Michelle ended up going to her boyfriends house. This is the first time I've gone to Milleridge Inn for Easter. It was set up really nice especially for the kids. They had a little petting zoo, free pony rides, the Easter Bunny, someone juggling and someone doing balloon animals. The kids loved it! By the time we got through all of the fun stuff it was time to sit and eat so it worked out great! Dinner was excellet and I still want more of that Virginia Ham!! It was so good!

So now I am watching the end of a Harrison Ford movie "The Fugitive" and relaxing for the rest of the evening. Hope everyone had a Happy & Blessed Easter with their families!


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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day Before Easter


Had a great chat with my good friend Kathleen last night who lives in Illinois. It had been a real long time since we chatted and it was good to catch up. I wished we lived closer to each other. I was lucky enough to get to meet her in July when she came to NY for a visit. I met Kathleen online many years ago. She is so sweet.

Today, I am running out to go and get some chocolate Easter bunnies. I like getting them from a place by me called A Taste of Home right here in East Meadow. They have such good cakes, and a new chocolate shop that opened everything is so yummy. We are also going to finish baking our sugar cookies and then color Easter eggs. The girls are really looking forward to it.

Tomorrow, I am trying to figure out what time to go to church for Easter Mass. I usually go to the 10:30 am children's mass since the priest is so good with getting the kids so involved and makes the sermon so easy for them to understand but I am having a feeling it is going to be packed so I am thinking going earlier at 9:00am may be a better bet.
I am hoping tomorrow will be nice out. My parents are leaving for their cruise to the Bahamas. They are pretty excited as this is their first cruise. I am sure the will love it. I know Alan and I did the last 3 cruises we have been on. The last one just a couple of weeks ago. So, since we usually celebrate Easter with my parents and they are going to be awa, my sister Lisa her husband Darren their son Ryan, my sister Michelle, Alan, Me and the kids decided we would be going to the Milleridge Inn for dinner. I really like that place a lot and we will get there a little early so we can walk around the village and see the Easter Bunny. I know the kids will like that.
Happy Blessed Easter!!



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Friday, April 10, 2009

Dawn's Homemade Waffles


Ingredients:

2 Eggs
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 3/4 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Tablespoons White Sugar
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in a large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.

Make sure waffle iron is seasoned so it doesn't stick (non-stick cooking spray).

Pour mix onto hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

Serve Hot. Makes about 10 waffles depending on waffle iron size. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Story Cookie Recipe



EASTER COOKIE RECIPE / ACTIVITY

Making cookies with your children to teach the true meaning of EASTER! This is a recipe but also an Easter activity for you to do with your children. It's an excellent way to reinforce the message that Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny. The cookies are good, too.

You Need:

1- cup whole pecans
1-teaspoon vinegar
3-egg whites
pinch of salt
1-cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible


EASTER COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. (this is important-don't wait 'til you're half-done with the recipe)


Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know we belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Psalm 34:8

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20-22
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. Read John 16:20-22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of Him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He was not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Matthew 28:1-9

HE HAS RISEN!






Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vacation Begins


Well I surly haven't posted anything here in a long time! I have been doing good. The kids start their spring recess as of tomorrow until April 20th. I am trying to think of things to do with them to fill all that time. I hope for good weather and maybe we can make a trip or two to the park or maybe the beach.

Kaylee's first holy communion is coming up on May 16th. I have been busy planning a celebration afterwards. We are having it at the Irish Coffee Pub in Islip. She is really into magic these days so I got a magician to come and preform at the party. She is so excited.

This Easter my parents are going away on a cruise to the Bahamas so I just talked to my sisters today and we decided that Lisa, Darren, Michelle and my family will all out that day for dinner at The Milleridge Inn. Which happens to be my favorite place. They have the Easter Bunny there hopping around the villiage so I think it will be nice evening.

As of right now, I am working on baking chocolate chip cookies and then I will be making cut out sugar cookies for Easter. I figured it would be fun for the kids to decorate the sugar cookies. Well off to finish baking!

Hugs!

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