Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!

I think the pink in this salad is so pretty! This salad is also known as "Applesauce Jello", so you might have heard of it before. It also tastes really, really good. Applesauce salad goes with about anything and you can eat it by itself.

Applesauce Salad

2 cups boiling water
1 envelope gelatin
1 quart applesauce
1 package strawberry jello
1/2 cup cold water

Dissolve jello in hot water. Dissolve gelatin in cold water and add to jello. Add applesauce. Chill until firm. Eat quickly before your little brother sees you and wants some. :)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011


 Last Friday some of my family and I went to the BlackTop Nationals car show that's in town. Or town. It's over now.

 I'd never been to one of these before, so, it was all new for me. The evening was really nice and the weather was perfect. You know, the type that makes you want to be outside.
At these types of events you seen the oddest cars and bikes. We saw a bike that was shaped to look like a dragon. By that time it was too dark and I didn't get a good picture of it.

I don't really care for the company FORD, but I do like nice, sweet, old and new cars. Needless to say, this show was full of them. Even though I don't like Ford, the GT Mustang is still one of my favorite cars. As you would know if you've looked at this blog before.

And here we have a Mach 1. This car is sweet.

Now this one was just awesome. Only, it had one problem...

...which was there were too many people around it. :) 
This is what you would call a "kit car". Looks pretty nice though.

 I also like this nice Shelby. The Shelby looks a lot like the Mustang.
  This was my favorite until I saw the next one...

My Chevy Camaro!!! And look IT'S GREEN!!!
I know I called it "my" but wouldn't that be awesome to have?

I really wanted to drive this one. I didn't see the owner around and 
I knew he wouldn't let me even if I asked.

 So, I have to put this picture on for good measure. Because I just realized I hadn't put any old cars on here. The yellow is pretty.

I thought this golf-cart is the cutest little thing. The owner was driving it around. Even though it is made for big people, it still looks funny.

Hopefully you like cars (like I do) but if you don't that's just too bad. Sorry to bore you, but then again not really. I'm done now, so you don't have to see anymore. :)

So, what is your favorite car in these pictures? I'd really like to know.


Sunday, August 28, 2011


The weather is terribly hot here and I'm sick of it.   I can't wait for fall.
It's too bad Kansas doesn't get any rain from the hurricane.

When the leaves change color, it is my favorite time of year. You can feel (and hear) the wind blowing through the leaves. I just want to spend all my time outside in that type of weather.


Maybe this year I can't wait for fall because I get to go out East in October.

Anyway, lately, I've been having fun playing around with this...

My Memories Suite 2 is a scrapbook software that I'm becoming addicted too. Well, maybe it's not that bad. You see, I got an email the other day from My Memories asking me to do a giveaway with this software. I first get to have fun creating layouts and cards to see how it works. So, make sure you stick around for this giveaway. It will be here in a couple of weeks.

Yesterday, I got my music for the Wichita Youth Symphony. I guess I decided I didn't have enough already to do this school year and got this on top of it. But, I like music and want to learn more about playing with people. Btw, they need one more flute. Anybody want to play? :)

This afternoon we ate lunch at the neighbor's (they also go to our church) with about 6 other families. Then some of us came over to our house to ride horses. Man! its way to hot for riding at 3 o'clock.

Tonight, we're going to watch a new movie, but my Dad had to go somewhere. We decided to be nice and wait on him. In the meantime Addy stuck in Fireproof. For as many times as I've watched it, I still find it interesting.  Especially the parts with Wayne.

 That guy is great. I can't wait for Courageous to come out. He isn't in Courageous that I know of.
Is anyone going to see it on the 30th? I'm thinking about it. 

Well, I better get myself busy...
You all have an awesome week. 
Hopefully by this time next week I'll be on my way to TX.


Friday, August 26, 2011


My siblings and I went to one of the bowling alleys in town and had some good times.
Makes me want to bowl more often. 

I was pretty tickled because on my first throw I made a strike!!!!  Doesn't happen to often.

While we were there quite a few leagues were playing. Those people are amazing!!!
They almost always get strikes.

I think this is one of the hardest shots. Almost never get this one.

My sister, Addy and I with the balls. 
(I know, my hair looks really funny in this picture.)

So, do you like bowling or have you ever been?  I'd like to know.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!

We have a friend who thinks this stuff is just awesome. I think he would eat it for every meal if he could. Cooking this in the crock pot saves time and is easier to throw together.

Crock Pot Lasagna

1 lb ground beef or sausage -cooked and drained
3 jars spaghetti sauce
9 - 12 lasagna noodles
Cheese mixture:
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup water
Mix cheese mixture. In crock pot layer spaghetti sauce, 1/2 meat, several noodles, 1/2 cheese mixture, and more noodles. Repeat. Put remaining sauce and meat over top. Pour water over the whole thing. Put more cheese on top. Cover and cook on  low for 4 hours. Turn on high for 1 more hour if needed.
Serves: 10 - 12

Enjoy your Wednesday!


Monday, August 22, 2011

need something to do...

... on September 23rd, 24th, or the 25th?

The Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant is going on. They go through 300 years of history in 2 hours of re-enacting.  It starts with the Spanish discovery in Colorado and then goes through everything that happens after that. The pageant includes Spanish and Indian dances, a cattle drive, a stagecoach robbery, a wagon train, a hanging, Indians and the Calvary fighting, the signing of the peace treaty, and more.  I think it is a pretty good history lesson that is worth your time. You can also get a ton of cool photos. We got to go in 2006 and my brother made a neat video clip.

So, if you want more information (which you should) about the pageant you can check out their website. The pageant is held in Medicine Lodge, Kansas at 1 PM on Friday and 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Medicine Lodge is about 85 miles southwest of Wichita. The cost is $20 a person, unless you come as a school group on Friday. Then the price is knocked down to $5 a person. (yeah, that's a lot better.) If you do the school group you have to contact them ahead of time.

And while you're down there, you should stay for the...... 23rd Annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo!   Oh Yeah!!!    The rodeo is on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM. Cost is $10 a person. I really don't want to miss it.  

That's all I have for now. Go check it out.


Thursday, August 18, 2011



Why did I bring this up? Not sure, probably because I’m off of dairy right now so milk and ice cream sound really good. Also, who doesn’t drink milk? (I’m counting people who put it on their cereal.) Everyone probably has a favorite: 2%, skim, low-fat, non-fat, whole, raw, etc.  I didn’t know there were so many kinds. My favorite would be raw, whole milk that hasn’t been touched. Oh, man, it is good.  If I get to the jug first (before someone shakes it), all the cream is on top and that is the best!
First off, some people don’t even know what raw milk is. I guess you could call it “fresh milk.” In other words it is milk right off the farm. It is natural at this state and is how God intended it to be.
You’re probably sitting there going, “Yuck, how gross, disgusting, and fattening.” If you are, then you’ve never had real milk, don’t know the health benefits, or you’re my sister. Really 2%, non-fat, and skimmed milk is just water mixed with flour (to make it white.) I’m just kidding. And milk that comes in a box, well, just throw it in the trash. 
I didn’t realize how spoiled I was until we were at a camp. At each meal they had boxed milk for anyone. At home, my dad usually made chocolate milk by putting syrup in raw milk. So, of course, when he saw chocolate milk he had to drink it. And I have to take my sip which is considered a glug.  This stuff tastes like dirty water. No joke. Needless to say I didn’t drink anymore. It was just awful.

 Until this point I have given you my personal opinion and you don’t have to necessary believe it. But after looking it up on the Internet, I found out that the cow’s milk is healthy, and if it’s been handled properly, the milk comes out of the cow naturally filled with “good” bacteria – the kind that eats bad bacteria. It is the kind of milk you want to drink. In early studies involving humans, raw milk was shown to be superior to pasteurized in protecting against infection, diarrhea, rickets, tooth decay and TB.
So, what is pasteurization?  I know, it is a long word. Pasteurization is where the milk is briefly heated above 118 degrees (Fahrenheit) in order to kill any bacteria, which destroys any potential value raw milk could provide.  So you end up taking out 66% of vitamins A, D, and E.  Vitamin C loss is over 50%. Heat affects water soluble vitamins and can make them 38 to 80% less effective. Vitamins B6 and B12 are completely destroyed during pasteurization. Pasteurization also destroys beneficial enzymes, antibodies and hormones.  It destroys lipase (an enzyme that breaks down fat), which impairs fat metabolism and the ability to properly absorb fat soluble vitamins A and D.
By now you should know that although the dairy industry claims this is good for the milk, it isn’t at all. If you look at all the good stuff milk loses when it is pasteurized, you will see some of the benefits of raw milk. Sometimes you can’t get raw milk where you live so the next best thing is whole milk. The less they touch it, the better.  I’ve been blessed to live 30 minutes from a friend who has a dairy. I have been impressed with everything we’ve gotten from them.
Another thing they do to the milk before it reaches the bottle is Homogenization. When milk is homogenized, it passes through a fine filter at pressures equal to 4000 pounds per square inch, and in doing so, the fat globules (liposomes) are made smaller (micronized) by a factor of ten times or more. These fat molecules become evenly dispersed within the liquid milk.
Milk is a hormonal delivery system. When the milk is homogenization it becomes a very powerful and efficient way of bypassing normal digestive processes and delivering steroid and protein hormones to the human body.
After homogenization, fat molecules in the milk become smaller. Proteins that would normally be digested in the stomach are not broken down, and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The homogenization process breaks up an enzyme, called xanthine oxidase, which when it is in the bloodstream it reacts against arterial walls causing the body to protect the area with a layer of cholesterol. This is an ongoing basis that doesn’t stop. 
In theory, proteins are easily broken down by digestive processes. In reality, homogenization insures their survival so that they enter the bloodstream and deliver their messages.  Often, the body reacts to foreign proteins that resemble a human protein; they can become triggers for autoimmune diseases. Diabetes, cancer, and M.S. are some examples.

If you would like to read more on this topic you can type it into the Internet.
Now that you’re done reading this you can probably guess that I totally recommend raw milk and I think you should only use that or whole milk. With all that to say, I might as well tell you I like goat’s milk just as well.  But that is a whole different topic. 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food!

O.K. this week's recipe is one of the best. I don't know of anyone who doesn't like brownies or at least cookie dough. Well, how about brownies with your cookie dough? Surely you've had one of these guys. If not then you're missing out so I'll have to fill you in. Once they are done you're going to wonder were they went. :)

Cookie Dough Brownies

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Melt chocolate chips. Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Stir in melted chocolate chips. Combine flour and baking soda. Add to chocolate chip mixture. Pour into a greased 9 by 13 pan and bake for 16 -22 minutes at 350 degrees.   Cool completely

Cookie Dough:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix butter and sugars. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Carefully spread over the top of brownies.  Store in the fridge if you have leftovers. :)

Enjoy your brownies and don't forget to share.


Monday, August 15, 2011

5 things

5 random things I want to do...and they aren't in any particular order.

1)  Travel the world and work in a mission somewhere for awhile.
(o.k. many that is two in one)

2) Own a coffee shop

3) Go skydiving

4)  Own one of the following cars.

5) Go on a BIG long hunting trip in the mountains and get myself a moose and an elk

Well, at this point I don't have the money to do all that. I guess I'll have to wait awhile.


Friday, August 12, 2011


Isn't that what you say whenever you see a picture of a cute baby. 
 Well, I guess I'll let you decide for yourself if she is cute or not.

I thought Yoanna is cute.

And that is all that matters. 

She had such big cheeks.

O.k. I'll stop.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Awesome-Tasting Food

The other day we were having company, so I made Ranch Veggie Pinwheels.  After Christmas-caroling one time with my friend Abby, she pulled out these tasty little things for a snack. I had to have the recipe, that's when she told me that it didn't really matter what you put in it, besides ranch dressing mix. 
The next time you're hungry for a snack you'll have to try these things.

Ranch Veggie Pinwheels

~1 package cream cheese
~1 package ranch dressing mix
~chopped red and/or yellow peppers
~chopped broccoli
~chopped celery
~and any other chopped veggie you want
~tortillas or wraps

Mix all ingredients together except tortillas or wraps. 
Spread mixture on tortillas and then roll up tightly.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. (I like to do it overnight.)

The next morning, cut into slices. Place on a platter or container. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


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