After much reading on the subject of “Holiday Beggers” from an unnamed (and apparently irate) source on Craigslist, I had to post this ad in response to them. I would include their previous posts but they included many, many horrible words and foul language and name-calling that I cannot condone. But I did have a few things I wanted to share with this or these person(s). Then I also had to share it with my friends. Thanks for reading guys.
It is very odd to be called something you don’t really think you are. Like a police officer, a bartender or maybe, a hippie? Well, recently, I have been called a hippie. Quite often too. It is very weird though. I don’t feel like a hippie. I don’t think I look like one either. So I thought I would make a list of things I do that I do not think are very “hippie-ish”.
- I bathe semi-regularly. I mean I do shower quite often.
- I wear antiperspirant and perfume. I like to smell like something I am not. Like a Japanese Cherry Orchard, a Moroccan Spice Market or an Ocean Breeze!
- I wear make up. Lots and lots of make up, when I can. I love to play dress up with my face. Lots of colours and new styles. A rainbow on my eyelids? Hell yeah! Bright pink lips? Oh sweet! False eyelashes that reach to my eyebrows? Done that! Styling the eyelids to look like butterfly wings when you blink? Oh, thats a new one! Let’s go try it now!
- I shop at Walmart sometimes. Yeah. I know they are evil but I also don’t want to drive to twenty different store today with all the kids. Walmart, here I come!
- I eat fast food because I am lazy. So, yes, I do sometimes stop at Chick-fil-A because I don’t want to drive fourty minutes home to make lunch for kids already crying that they are STAAAAAARVING!!!!
- I wear clothes. Like cool clothes. At least I think so. I don’t ALWAYS wear long skirts and fluttery nursing tops. Sometimes I wear cute stuff! Although, I do love my long skirts and nursing shirts.
- I clean my house with chemicals. Well, sometimes I do. I mean, I love my mirrors to sparkle from the Windex and the Goo Gone is a miracle for gum in the carpet! So, not everything I use mis vinegar, borax or baking soda (Or a combination of those three)! And my new dishwasher does not accept homemade dish soap so I have to use store bought gel packs even though it makes my wallet sad.
- I use disposable diapers when I go out and about. I LOOOOOVE my cloth diapers but I always forget them in the car and then they start to stink and its just grody. So when I leave the house it is usually with a small supply of disposable diapers.
- I watch TV and so do my children. Who doesn’t love an episode of Firefly or The IT Crowd after a busy and stressful day? Who doesn’t appreciate the finest electronic babysitting of Word World when you desperately need a shower? Sorry, but TV stays in my house. I like it. Sometimes.
- Video games are magical. I adore video games and play quite a few. Portal and Portal 2? Yippee! Halo 3? Co-Op with my hubby for a great night! Fallout and Fallout New Vegas? Let’s play it fifty times to see all the alternate endings and story line options!!! I really do love video games and am a total nerd about it too.
- – I drive a car. My big blue Bethesda van is my buddy because there is no way I am walking all the way to the grocery store.
- I do child training. Spankings, time outs, and the like are all allowed in this house. Because if you do the crime, you do the time.
- I am not a liberal. ‘Nuff said. 😛
- I like to use real words and avoid adding words like, “Peace out” to my favourite phrases. Honestly, I find phrases like that annoying. Who says, “Peace out”?!
- I don’t smoke pot. I don’t do LSD. I am not “down” with illegal drugs. They make you stupid. Why in the world do people WANT to be stupid? It’s just… stupid! They eliminate all drive to do right, get things done and so one. Drink some coffee and have a biscuit. It’s much more relaxing and you still feel smart when you are done! Plus it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than drugs.
So am I a hippie still? Not sure… Maybe I am in denial. 🙂
U.S.E. I think we could all use more of it. Uplifting, Support & Encouragment. I write this for a reason. This is a semi-rant post. I am very tired of people using the church for a battleground. A place to call each other out. To demean and humiliate each other. To gossip and back stab and point fingers. I don’t remember that in the Bible. I do remember a forum and a place and a time for talking to other church members about their problems, vices and short comings. But there was a time and place for that. What I find most in my Bible (Maybe I am using the wrong Bible) is the call to be encouraging, supportive and uplifting to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Calling someone out in a public forum on a slight indiscretion is NOT encouraging, not uplifting and not supportive. Treating someone like a lesser member of your community is not encouraging, uplifting or supportive. Being “unable to speak to” a person because they don’t fit YOUR misguided and misconstrued mold of what a Christian woman should look, speak or act like is not uplifting, supportive or encouraging. How can you show the love of Christ when you are better than everyone around you? How can you truly be accepting of His mercy when you show no mercy to your sisters? And on the same note- not everyone has the same convictions. Some people are good at art and some people are good at science. Art people are not lesser people than science people. The same goes for our convictions. Some people feel convicted about drinking any alcohol at all. Some people feel convicted about cursing. Some people feel convicted about seeing secular movies. Because you don’t watch secular movies, does that make you better than a Christian who does not have that conviction and feels comfortable watching a secular movie? Because you feel convicted about swearing or cursing, does that make you better than a Christian that does not? I don’t think so. And God works on us all in our own time. Planting seeds is fine. But YOU cannot FORCE them to grow. Letting someone know your own personal convictions and why YOU have them is fine. But, I am tired of the church battlefield. If we cannot love our fellow Christians, how can we love on a torn and broken world that doesn’t know Him at all?
Happy Easter to all! I am so excited for Easter. Our whole family loves this time of year even if there is snow on the ground (Welcome to Wonderful and Ever-changing Colorado!). My daughter has been running around the house yelling, “Jesus died on the cross and rose again FOR ME!!!” and I can’t tell you the joy that is in my heart right now as she does it. So, our Palm Sunday plans were thwarted and our Good Friday services were dashed to bits and we were unable to make it to Easter Sunrise Services due to lack of transportation. Our empty tomb cookies were a flop but I am still giddy about doing Resurrection Eggs with the kids at my in-laws house. There will be much eye rolling and snide comments about it, but I don’t care! My children will know what we believe despite what other people think. And I love that my husband is so supportive and that I will have supportive friends there too to help buffer the comments and to help us stay on track. We don’t do the Easter bunny but the kids did get some little gifts to help commemorate the greatest gift we have been given- Salvation. I hope they will truly understand one day but today they at least know the story. They know why we do the things we do. And why this is so important to me and my husband. And I thank the Lord for that. So Happy Easter to all of you out there and I hope you guys have a wonderful, blessed day.
Hey people who happen to read my blog. Sorry if you have been experiencing any “technical difficulties” or issues reading the posts due to the colouring/ layout. I am still working hard to get this whole thing set up, as it is being a pain in the rear. So, Sorry to everyone and I am still working on it right now. Thanks for reading and I will post something more interesting later. 🙂
A friend of mine asked me to post these recipes I had sent her recently. And I don’t know what websites I got some of these recipes off so please don’t send me a nasty email saying I stole someone’s recipe. That is not my intention. I am just forwarding some good info. 🙂
A list of inexpensive and easy recipes I have come across and/or made up for families that are bit larger (usually feeds 6 or more people, considering some portions will be kid sized portions). Also, you can stretch these meals even further by adding a salad and bread.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups cold water
- 18 (1 ounce) slices white bread, cubed (Sometimes I get lazy and just lay the bread slices across the bottom instead of dicing them.)
- 8 ounces cooked ham, cubed
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups diced Swiss cheese (I usually nix this cheese and just use an extra cup of cheddar instead)
- 6 eggs
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (I don’t usually have onion powder in my spice rack but I substitute Minced onions)
- 2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal (Or crushed cherrios or rice krispies work too.)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Line the bottom of the dish with half the bread cubes. Sprinkle with ham, Cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese, and top with remaining bread. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, and onion powder. Pour evenly over bread. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
Great last minute dinner idea for a large family but really more of a “Cobbler”)
- 1 package of premade pie crusts (Usually has two crust pieces in it.)
- 1 Large package of frozen mixed veggies
- 2 Cans of chicken (If funds are tight, just add one. It will still taste great.)
- 2 cans of cream of whatever soup (Cream of chicken, cream of celery, cream of mushroom and cream of broccoli are all ones I have tried successfully)
- 1/2 a cup of milk
- 2 Large cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 Large cans of tomato sauce
- 1 lb. of ground beef, shredded chicken or ground turkey
- 2 small cans of kidney beans (Also can use any beans in this recipe though too)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (or more if you like it spicy)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- (Optional) 2 or three drops Tabasco sauce
All same ingredients as above recipe.
Take all the ingredients and dump into a crock pot. Don’t worry about browning meat or anything. Everything goes in at one time. Stir well (Meat CAN be left frozen. No worries.) and put on lid. For slow cooked, put on low and give it about 6 to 8 hours. For a fast cook, put on high and stir frequently. Takes about 3 hours. Delicious and great “Make Ahead” meal.
“Fish and Chips” Casserole-
- 2 cans of tuna
- 2 cups of smashed up and stale potato chips (Really any flavour works too)
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 cans cream of whatever soup
- 2 cups frozen peas or 2 cans of green beans
- Extra smashed up chips
- (optional) shredded cheese
Mix ingredients in large bowl. Dump into a 9×13 pan and top with the extra chips. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Add cheese if desired and serve. Also great on sandwiches.
- Small box of elbow noodles
- Jar of pizza sauce (Spaghetti sauce works well too)
- 1 package of pepperoni or you can use leftover breakfast sausages too
- Tablespoon “Italian seasoning”
- 1/4 cup water or chicken broth
- 1 cup of Cheese for topping
Throw all ingredients except cheese into crock pot and let simmer. 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low ought to do it. Stir cheese and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Great with garlic toast. (Also, for picky eaters, you can throw in some zuchinni slices to give them some veggies and the flavour is awesome! Usually only need one zuchinni though.)
- 6 large potatoes, diced (Large chunks)
- 6 carrots diced
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 lb. of stew meat
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1 can of beef broth
- 1 small can tomato sauce
- Salt to taste
No-Time Bread or “No-Knead Bread”–
makes 1 loaf
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (two packets)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 1/2 cups bread flour (Or, for us “poor folks”- whatever flour you happen to have on hand)
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (Or whatever vinegar you have, I have found out)
In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer put the yeast, sugar, and water and let it sit. Heat the oven to 450°F. Put a Dutch oven (or whatever pan you plan to use. Stoneware is great and so is cast iron) in to warm as the oven heats. Get out your flour, salt, vinegar, spray oil, and anything else you need. Now that the yeast has had a few minutes to bubble up, add 3 cups of the flour as well as the salt and vinegar and beat for several minutes with the paddle. Add the last 1/2 cup of flour and switch to the dough hook and beat for seven minutes. (Or for those without a stand mixer- mix until everything becomes one.) Alternately, knead “vigorously” for five minutes, or until the dough becomes extremely elastic. This will still be a wet dough, but not goopy. The dough will clear the sides of the bowl but still stick to the bottom. Lightly grease a microwave-safe bowl with vegetable oil and transfer the bread dough to it, rolling it in the oil. Cover the bowl with a very wet towel. Cover the whole thing with a dry towel and put in the microwave. Microwave on HIGH for 25 seconds.
Let rest in the microwave for about five minutes. Microwave on HIGH for another 25 seconds, then remove. Let rest and rise for another 15 minutes.
Shape into a ball and plop into the preheated pan. Quickly slash the top with a knife. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, then remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the internal temperature hits 210. (I just wait until the crust is a nice brown because the internal temperature thing is too much work. lol) Also, you can add herbs like rosemary or basil to give it some interesting flavours. 🙂 Very quick alternative to waiting all day to make bread. Plus you can get the kids to make it for you!
Hawaiian Chicken in the Crock Pot-
2 pounds of boneless chicken breasts
1 can of pineapple chunks (drained)
1 can mandarin oranges (drained)
1/4 cornstarch (Flour can work too but just use it carefully)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice or the juice of one fresh lemon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Cut raw chicken into chunks and add to crockpot. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook for 3 hours on low of 6 hours on high. Great served on top of white or brown rice. Kids love it!
Corned Beef and Cabbage-
small slab (About 3 pounds or so) of corned beef with the season packet included
1 head of cabbage, quartered (Or- 2 heads of cabbage to be REALLY thrifty)
2 onions, quartered
Fill large stockpot with water. Add Corned beef, spice packet, onions and cabbage. Bring water to a boil then turn down heat and simmer for about 4-5 hours. Awesome with easy bread or beer bread. And my kiddos think this is just the greatest thing ever so even though it sound “Ooky” for kids, a lot kids actually really love it. Worth a shot and cost almost nothing per serving.
Easy Beer Bread-
- 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (Honestly I just use 3 total cups of regular flour and nix the self rising flour)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can beer
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch baking pan.
In a bowl, mix the self-rising flour, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Pour in the beer, and mix just until moistened. Transfer to the prepared baking pan. Top with the melted butter. Bake 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack or just devour right out of the pan. 🙂