Thursday, September 23, 2010


I love this picture. I've seen it several times at a Drs office I go to.
Today I googled it, and it is by J A Hampton and is in the Hyde Park, London series from the 1930's.
I really want to know the story behind this picture, if there is one.
Was this planned? Was this an impromptu jump? Did he make it? Where was he going? What is in his hand? What is on the other side?
Really, I don't know what it is about the picture that captivates me so much and makes me need to know more details.
Maybe its the fact that this guy was willing to take the chance and just do get to his destination quicker, without having to go the long way around.
Whatever the facts are, I like this picture and want to know more.
Good job J A Hampton.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Oh Lana

I just wanted to document this story because it was the hardest my husband has ever laughed at our daugther.

If you don't know this, Lana has some intestinal issues and had to have a Berium enima on Wednesday. During this we discovered that she has some loops in her colon. Its a funny looking little colon. While doing the Berium enima you can see what is going on inside on the screen. It was pretty cool for her to see her insides.

This spawned her "illustrating" a book she called "Exrays". Actually spelled "Ecxrays".
It is a little book of drawings of her intestines. Very funny in and of itself. Some of the drawings are um...interesting.

Well today we were at lunch in Chattanooga with my dad and Lana tells us that she is going to right another book. This book will be called....brace yourselves....are you ready???


OH my goodness I have never seen Stacy or my Dad laugh so hard at her!
I cannot deny that she is my child. I love her.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

On the Table

On the Table, thanks to Veazer, AKA as Karen, this is the name I will always call it when posting dinner menus.

I must say that I am very happy about the way my grocery shopping has been going. Going to 3 different stores is kind of a pain, but I like the end result of saving money and therefore will keep doing it as long as I am able.

So for this weeks menu we have some of the same ole same old, and some old tried and trues that I haven't made in a while. Plus a newbie.

Let us commence:

Ritz Cracker Chicken & Rice. Green Beans
4 chicken breast
1 can cream of mushroom
1 cup sour cream
1 sleeve Ritz Crackers
1 stick butter
2 cups cooked rice

Cook rice. Put into the bottom of 9x13 dish.
Salt and Pepper chicken and place on rice.
Combine cream of mushroom and sour cream and pour over chicken.
Crush crackers and sprinkle on top, and top with melted butter.
Bake @350 for 30-45 minutes.

Taco Tuesday - Unless something crazy happens, I foresee Tuesday being taco night for a long time. Its cheap, my family loves it, and its easy. The end.

Sloppy Joe Bake & Brocolli

1 c. bisquick
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
1/2 c. water
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. ketchup
1/2 tsp salt
1 can tomato sauce ( 8 oz)

Stir together bisquick, 1 cup of cheeze, water, & egg. Set aside.
Cook beef and drain. Stir in ketchup, tomato sauce, and salt.
Heat until Hot.
Pour into dish & top with bisquick mixture.
Bake @400 for 25 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and cook 5 more minutes or until cheese melts.

Again, until the end of the world presumably, we will be having breakfast for dinner (brinner) on Thursday nights. My mantra...its cheap, they like it, its easy. The end.
This Thursday will probablly be Bacon, Eggs, and Blueberry Muffins.

Leftovers. Friday night is fun night at my friend Crissy's house, so the kids and I go there and Stacy gets a free night all to himself.

MMMM, Taco Filled Pasta Shells. This makes 2 pans, so I will make 1 to freeze for probablly next Saturday night. I need easy Saturday night/post football game meals for Saturday.
You can click back on THIS link to an older blog post for the recipe.

I don't usually cook on Sunday. That is so not the southern woman thing to do, but its the fact around here.

Italian Pineapple Chicken, homemade mac'n cheese, and green beans.
Go to THIS LINK for the pineapple chicken ( I dont add the cheese btw).
And I posted my mac n cheese recipe, HERE.

See previous Tuesday. And the Tuesday before that. And the Tuesday 2 months ago. And 5 Tuesdays into the future.

My new (new to me) recipe for the week!
Bowtie Lasagna. The Pioneer Woman likes it, and if she likes it...well, that is good enough for me.
You can find the recipe, HERE.

*I'm going to go ahead and predict that at least one member of my family does not like this recipe. (insert me licking my lips because I will certainly like it and they will certainly go hungry)

Breakfast. For Dinner. Remember, cheap, they like it, easy. The end.
Brinner this week will be dependent upon, a. what I have left in the house. b. how nice my family is to me. c. what I feel like making.
Don't you wish you lived in my house?

Start all over again.

Thats whats on the table at the Lowery house. Now go get to cookin!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Feelin' Crafty

I've been feeling Crafty and Nesty here lately, so I thought I'd share some of my latest craftiness.
I will go ahead right now and assure you it is nothing spectacular and that you too can do anything with Modge Podge glue and the Dollar Tree!

Project #1:
I've had this mirror, FOREVER. As a matter of fact I think it is one of the first things I bought for Stacy and I's first apartment over 11 years ago.
I still like the mirror, but it needed some work.

Enter Modge Podge & Hobby Lobby
Really, it couldn't have been easier. Modge Podge some paper, paint a letter, and add some embellishments. I like the change.

Project # 2:
I got this magnet board on my recent trip to Pigeon Forge with my sister.
I've been wanting something to hang on my back splash, that I could hang recipes on when I'm cooking.

Again, could not be easier...stickers, some modge podged clothes pins with a magnet on the back, an embellishment, and some ribbon.
Missy's my name. Simples my game.

Project #3
I've been seeing the idea all over the Internet for this dollar tree craft using a vase and a candle holder.
You get the glass candle stick holder, and the glass vase/candle holder, and glue them together.
Some people use hot glue, some people use e6000 or something like that. I use hot glue cause thats what I have.

Since Fall is in the air today, I made a little Fall candle holder. Me likey. Me ready for Fall.

Project #4:
Another Dollar Tree craft that again is SO easy.
I saw these napkin holders. I love the bubble look on the outside, and thankfully they are flat on the inside.

Enter Modge Podge Glue and cute paper!
I just so happen to have double sided paper I had bought at a scrapbook outlet store in PF. Unfortunately I only bought 1 sheet of that fabulous paper. But I have been able to make 2 napkin holders out of it.

Lookey how cute! I made this one a couple weeks ago, but I made another one today, but didn't take a picture yet. The one I made today has a tag in the middle that says "S & P", and I have, thats right, you guessed it, Salt and Pepper shakers inside it.

Oh how I love Modge Podge Glue, Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, scrapbook paper, stickers, and feelin' crafty!

For the first time ever, I am going to link to Todays Creative Blog, for "Get your craft on Tuesday". I love to see other peoples ideas and crafty craftiness.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

1st week of School. AKA "All the stuff I did wrong"

Monday August 23rd is the day that is on my calendar as "FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!"
Monday August 23rd kind of came and went and turned into Tuesday August 24th.
It couldn't be helped. Well. Maybe it could have. But I just didn't feel ready.
I tend to set a lot of store in our first day of school. Its like it makes it or breaks it for me.
So when Monday rolled around and my house was not in order, my software for school was not installed, and we were all half dead from being so busy, I felt as if we should have a "get our butts in order" day. And we did.

Tuesday August 24th. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
I am pleased to announce that Tuesday went fairly well.
Lana was so happy and loved her new Language Arts book.
Logan. He pretends not to love it but secretly I think he does.
We started reading together a book called "Big Truths for Young Hearts" to start our day and I like it.
The big glitch. Math. On Tuesday I still had not figured out how it works.

Wednesday August 25th. I have to work on Wednesdays. Almost every single Wednesday this summer, it has worked out for Stacy to be home in the morning.
Wouldn't you know on the week we start school, he has to be out in the field.
So we gathered up our reading materials and the kids went with me.
No biggie really, they've done a few hundred times, it just sure makes for us all being hot and tired when we get home around 2.
Some school happened in the afternoon. Some.
Guess what else happened Wednesday afternoon. Guess!
Diarrhea. 2 days in to school and already a little bug. 2 days in to HOMESCHOOLING.

Days go by....more days go by...and here go some more days....

And here we are, Thursday, September 2nd.
2nd week of school. AKA a very crazy week.

Here is what I love about homeschooling. Life and homeschooling don't work separate from each other. It is not 2 separate entities pulling and fighting for a place. They just mesh together and you make them both work. Its kind of like my marriage vows..."For better of for worse".
2 weeks into school and we have had glitches, and Dr appointments, and errands, and sickness, and a whole bunch of life stuff. And yet, my kids are enjoying school (except maybe not today with my sour attitude) and learn along with me to go with the flow and take it all for better or worse. I'm pretty sure we haven't REALLY stuck to my typed out schedule. Its more of a guideline I suppose. We just plug along and work together to make this life/school thing work.

It has been a week. One of those weeks. One of those weeks where I find myself looking at beach condos because I so badly want to get away and stare at the ocean.
As we near the end of this "those weeks", I am thankful for a merciful God that is patient when I am not, that is loving when I am not, and that is gracious when I am not.
Thank you Lord for new days, new weeks and Your hand in all things.
I have a feeling next week is going to be much better.