Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices

I tried this the other night and it was delicious. 
So delicious, I made it again the next night. 

I first saw this on Pinterest  check out Kalyns Kitchen for a more detailed recipe.

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My grilled zucchini Pizza
I couldn't find a big fat zucchini like Kalyns and 
I used the mini pepperoni's
I love grilled veggies!
Just 3 minutes on each side or until zucchini is tender.
add pizza sauce and finely shredded, pizza blended cheese and mini pepperonis. Broil for just a minute or two, just until the cheese is melted.
Oh my goodness!
No carb, 15 minute meal. What!

Friday, August 19, 2011

God Bless plumbers! Bless ‘em all

Good Lawd!!

I just changed out the old toilet seat/lid in the kids bathroom.....ugh!
That was the biggest task disaster!
Trying to get a seven year old, baked on, caked on, DISGUSTING, CRUSTED, URIEN infested, plastic nut off a urine, rusted out, metal bolt. "Boys"

With a capital G!

I'm sure your getting the picture so I'll spare you an actual photo.

Meanwhile, mentally you can picture me sweating like a pig, wedged on my back between the tub and the toilet trying to dismember the foul plastic nut from the urine corroded bolt brilliantly {so I thought} with a heavy duty hot knife.

No tool I had was budging the plastic nut! 

Ahhh! Genius! A hot knife will melt right through that plastic nut and I'll be able to rip it right off. 
Like a charm it worked!

Now for the other side....
the side that has only 8 inches between the tub and the toilet.

On my back we go..... hot knife just inches from my nose. Melting away with determination at that nasty plastic nut. 
At this point the knife is super hot and smoking.
Ahhh, the smell of burning plastic was definitely the smell of victory. 

Installed right outside the bathroom..... yep a smoke detector.
And it works people!

Scared the bejesus out of me!
Suddenly finding myself not just wedged but really stuck. Unable to move my arms or sit up. And don't forget I have a heavy duty hot knife in my face. Rob is at work and kids are at school, yelling for help is pointless. Not sure what to do?
My phone is now ringing and I'm praying for divine supernatural intervention  to push the cute little green button on my phone and accept whomever is callingso I could scream,
"I'm Stuck! "HELP!"
If they could even hear me over the sound of the smoke detector. 

 I was starting to panic and claustrophobia was setting in. I was pretty sure at this point, this is how I'm going to die.... wedged between the tub & toilet.
Whew! Obviously I didn't die and lucky for you, I'm here to blog about it. 
Finally with the grace of God, I freed myself and got the old icky toilet seat changed out.
God Bless you plumbers!
I know.... I KNOW! This is just a snippet of  what your job is like and I'm sure you have even grody(r) stories that I don't even want to imagine. :p
What a humbling job.
Bless'em All!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School!

Just like that another summer ends and 
a new school year begins.

First day of 8th grade & 3rd grade
Just between you and me, I think Max & Lucy were super excited to go back to school.
They could hardly sleep the night before and they both had their uniforms all laid out ready to go.
This is an exciting year for both.....
8th grade, Max is "big man" on campus and 3rd grade, Lucy begins her transition of switching classes. Wow, she has two teachers this year. 
{right across the hall from each other} I'm pretty sure she will master this right away. :)
Both taking on big responsibilities. Here's to  wishing them lots of blessings and wonderful memories. 

Have a great year, your Mom & Dad love you and are so proud of you two.

So lets not get tired of doing what is good.
At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don't give up.
Galatians 6:9

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Biblically Challenged & Chalk Talk

First I would like to say, " I'm very thankful and feel  blessed beyond words to have been raised a Christian."  
  We weren't always regular church goers. Although, I do remember attending Church/Sunday School quite often as a child with my Mother & Aunt Jackie. 
We normally only blessed our food on special occasions, such as Thanksgiving or at Christmas dinner.  I didn't have a father who insisted we go to church every Sunday. In fact, I don't recall ever sitting in church with him at all. I'm no "holy roller"  by any means, but I'm a believer. A strong believer in prayer. I pray A LOT
Mostly for patients, lots and lots of patients, guidance, strength
and many prayers of thanks.  
Never have I stopped believing in the awesome power of God. 
I admit, many times straying from the word, ether because I was to busy "sowing my oats" or just the mere frustration of trying to understand who said what or who did what in the Bible. 
Sometimes reading the Bible can be like reading Chinese. 
I have come to realize that I'm what you would call  
"Biblically Challenged."
Attending church on Sundays is my classroom. 
I learn so much more by hearing someone speak the word, seeing the power point with explanations or examples than trying to read on my own.
You may have realized organized religion is not your thing or that your like me and get frustrated trying to comprehend what you are reading in the Bible.
I love reading devotional books or spiritual books that are....if you will, written in "Lamens Terms." Also if you know of any other books you may have enjoyed, please send your suggestions my way.

Two books I did get to read this summer and both are page turners and highly recommend. 

I also read many blogs that are inspirational and help "feed my spiritual growth." 
I wanted to share with you one particular blog. 
KC at Sanctified Pearl
She inspired me to write a memory verse on the chalk board in my kitchen. I call it "Chalk Talk" She {KC} calls it "Memory Verse Monday." I have been sharing the verses each week with my family at home and my Facebook friends. 

You don't need a large chalk board in your kitchen. You can just write it on paper and stick it to the refrigerator or bathroom mirror. Somewhere your family will likely read it everyday.
Or....If your not "Biblically Challenged" like me, you can share your own favorite verses with your friends and family.

Proverbs 22:6 
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I've been meaning to post my "chalk talk" or "memory verse" pictures on my blog so that they are in my archives. Maybe my children will go back and read these and become inspired to share with their friends and/or families one day. 

Week One:

Week Two:

Week Three:

I hope you are inspired too with the memory verses. I would love to read positive comments and it would mean so much to me for you to sign up to follow my blog. If you don't already have a blog, I encourage you to began writing one. 
It is lots of fun and very gratifying. 
Have a blessed day! 

P.S. Good bye Summer Break 2011 and HELLO 8th grade & 3rd grade. I must say, "bitter sweet." 
I can't say good bye to the summer heat, just the break... sadly we have many more summer scorchers ahead.
Come on sweater weather! Oh how I miss you!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


I'm so thankful to be celebrating fourteen years of marriage today!
We were married on August 2nd 1997 on a cool brisk evening. 
What in world was I thinking to plan a wedding in South Louisiana in Hot SCORCHING August? Believe it or not, God so blessed us with the most divine weather, a beautiful setting and the best family and friends one could ask for. 
I'm thankful were we've been, were we've come and were God will take us.

Here's to fourteen blessed years!

Friday, July 22, 2011

TEXAS Daycation, BRONCO Nation & SPONGE Painting

Nothing better than a "DAY-CATION" on a whim.

Got to talking last week how the kids have never been to the state of Texas.

Our BIG OLE' Western Neighbors!
I think I smell a Day-cation!  
I also smell Houston Astros Tickets and maybe, just maybe, a faint whiff of...
{the place I've never been}

We packed a bag and jumped in the car for a 24 hour whirlwind tour of Houston, Texas.
Our last little summer "hoorah" before 
the "Bronco Nation" kicks off!

Here is a little bit of what our whirlwind looked  like....

Minute Maid Park for the Kids first NBL game

Houston Astros Vs Pittsburgh Pirates   

Eat More Fowl

 Astros Win 6 to 4
~That was Fun!

Faith and Family Night in Minute Maid Park
 The David Crowder Band performed after the game.
It was late and the Allen's were all pooped out so
we only stayed for a few songs before retiring to our  Downtown Houston's humble Abode. 

Nite Nite!

Good Morning!

Morning Swim

The Houston Galleria

We found JB in Macy's

Enough of the Galleria......time to hunt down Ikea

BUT first, A trip to Houston wouldn't be complete without getting super lost and ironically stumbling across Rice University's football stadium and practice field.
Add another football stadium to Max's tour list.

NO! Must you really tackle the dummies? 
It's 114°F outside, it's going on 2:00pm, we're 4 in half hours from home and super lost in Houston......Ugh! 
I'm starting to get the feeling that Ikea is never going to happen. :(
After another hour of twisting, turning, exiting and entering freeways, we finely decide to just stop and ask for directions to Ikea.
 Darn! Why didn't I order that 
Spanish Rosetta Stone?
(If you have ever been to Houston than you know that speaking Spanish is a must)

Still lost and now we find ourselves in the parking lot of The Lakewood Church.
Yep! Joel Osteen's Church
Robby is chomping at the bit to go inside, hoping to catch a service or better yet, meet Pastor Osteen.  
I must say, he is awesome and very inspirational but
I've got to get to Ikea before it closes.

I know what your thinking....Turn on your GPS or just "Google Map" the directions from your handy dandy little cell phone. 
Well.... That would be great if  we owned a "Tom Tom" or if we had Internet service on our phones.
Just got unlimited Texting!
One thing at a time people!
Also stopping and buying a paper map of Houston would be so.... "Pioneer." 
To be honest, it didn't even occur to me to  
purchase a map. 
Do they even make those anymore?

One thing left to my sister on my handy dandy cell phone and see if she could please Google Map the directions, from Lakewood Church to Houston's Ikea.

We made it!
Thanks Jennjee!

Lucy enjoying an Ikea Swedish meatball.
I LOVED it and can't wait to visit again.
Robby, on the other hand......would rather be back in the US Army boot camp gas chamber. 

All is well, back home safely form our Houston 
"day-cation." Max has fully recovered from mono and has now been released from the doctor. Just in time for "BRONCO NATION" on Monday.
Max's 7th and final season playing for the Prairieville Broncos. 
Praying for no injuries.....Them some BigO' boys.
Makes this Mama' a bit uneasy.
 Lucy has been practicing her cheers & dances.
Making spirit throws and preparing for the 2011 football season. 

I wanted to end this post with a little DIY video on rainbow sponge painting that I first saw 

Wow! I love the passion....Just breath taking!