Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Recipe

I just put a new recipe up: Monterey Sausage Pie. Ray loved this - it is a beefed up version of Cheeseburger Pie, which I love, but Ray thinks is bland. This is much spicier and more grown up. Definitely a way to spice up dinner if you like cheeseburger pie, but want something a bit more. I used pepper jack instead of the Monterey Jack cheese, but you can fall back to that if you don't want to go quite as crazy as us. I also used some mozzarella if you want another suggestion - I actually used a mixture of this.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream

Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream

I just put this recipe up on my website - I got it when in CT last month. One of Auntie Sue's friends made it and it was just great! I'm usually not a big fan of Southern Living, but they really got this one right - and it is easy to make!

Pro-Life Quote

This is a really neat quote!

"So, what will it be: Wanted fetuses are charming, complex REM-dreaming little beings whose profile on the sonogram looks just like Daddy, but unwanted ones are mere 'uterine material'?"
-Naomi Wolf

Check out the Portage County Right to Life website - I'm the webmistress and just updated it with new brochures.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Because I felt like a survey....

Got this from Christine over on MySpace and just converted it to be more general.

1. You're in the hospital, who on your top 8 comes to visit you?
My family probably – I live too far away for most people.

2. If alcohol were banned, what would your reaction be?
Wouldn’t even notice.

3. Your CD collection is repossessed. But you may keep one.
Not sure I’d notice if you took my music CDs – I mostly listen to the radio or online stuff. All my pictures are also on my computer…so probably what I’d want to keep is my Print Shop Deluxe CD because I don’t want to have to upgrade to whatever weirdo thing they have out now.

4. Do you believe world peace is possible?
No

5. I'm a genie. Name your wish.
Pay off Ray’s student loans

6. Name something about the opposite/same sex that automatically turns you off?
Crudeness

7. Name something about the opposite/same sex that automatically turns you on?
Open-mindedness

8. Speaking of same sex, what did you think about Brokeback Mountain?
Haven’t seen it and probably won’t – I barely watch movies I actually want to see. I.E., I still haven’t managed to see HP 5.

9. What are you obsessive about?
My books
10. Leather face is in the kitchen. Will you fight to victory, or hide from him?
Run probably...and whose Leatherface?

11. Do people underestimate you?
I don’t know…probably not.

12. When you're in a bad mood, what will always put you in a better mood?
Cleaning house.

13. Honestly, do you talk about blogging in real life?
No.

14. Have you met someone online in person?
No.

15. What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the school year?
Well, I’m not in school, but by the end of spring classes, I really hope to have written a couple of articles for publication.

16. Do you believe minimum wage should be raised?
I really don’t know – I couldn’t even tell you what the current minimum wage is.

17. Do you have any really crazy relatives?
Yes – my family definitely has a few crazies.

18. Pretend you're 15 deep in beers. Describe what you would be doing?
Throwing up probably….I barely drink and when I do, it is certainly not beer, which I hate. The only thing beer is good for is beer-batter onion rings or fish (yummy – beer battered halibut!) or beer bread. I have a really good beer bread recipe.

19. Does everyone in your life know the real you?
Probably not.

21. What is the most ridiculous fear you have?
Those concrete barriers on the road…I KNOW in my head that I’m not going to run into them, but they make me paranoid.

22. Do you know anyone in prison?
Yes.

23. When is the last time you ate Peanut butter and jelly?
I hate peanut butter, but I really like jelly on bread….I probably had a piece of bread with jelly about a week or so ago.

24. When did you last have a home cooked meal?
Last night. We went out tonight because Ray had meetings all day and all evening getting read for the new semester that starts tomorrow.

25. Have you ever gotten naked at a party?
No

26. Name who you miss.
My parents and brother to start with

27. Are you named after a grandparent?
No.

28. Who loves you?
Ray, my family, his family to start with

29. Do you throw up gang signs?
No.

30. Have you ever broken a rib?
No.

31. Last song you heard?
Guys like me by Eric Church

32. What was the last thing you ate?
Molasses Cookies (made them fresh last night…YUMMY!)

33. How do you feel RIGHT now?
Tired, but not ready for sleep yet (and I think a student is going to call yet tonight to fax in homework).

34. Did you go anywhere today?
Yes…today was a busy day. Let’s see…Mass, then the Randolph County Fair to sit at the Portage County Right to Life booth for a couple of hours then Stow to meet Ray for dinner and then the gas station then home to make office hours.

35. What’s your hair like?
Red and long.

36. Would you ever work for the border patrol?
I have no reason why I wouldn’t, although I really don’t see that career in my future.

37. Who's car were you in last?
Mine.

39. What college are you going to?
Four degrees is enough for now, so none.

40. Are you going to homecoming?
n/a…and I didn’t go to the homecoming dance in HS anyway….or maybe I went to one. If I did, I’m probably blocking it out. I think I did go to a couple of homecoming football games – maybe once in HS and once in college. Actually, it was a football game that Ray first kissed me and we only ever went to one and I think it was Homecoming.

41. Have you ever been in an interracial relationship?
No.

42. Is your birthday on a holiday?
No.

43. Are you old enough to vote?
Yes.

44. Do you have any friends or family in the war right now?
Yes.

45. Are you a vegetarian?
No.

49. Do you worry about global warming?
Not that much.

46. Do you like polar bears?
Sure.

47. Do you like alligators?
No.

49. What slang word do you call marijuana?
Pot or weed.

50. Do you have to get your wisdom teeth out?
Already did that – not fun.

51. Ashley or Mary-Kate?
Can I pretend both don’t exist?

52. Do you wear your sweetie's clothes?
I wear his flannel pants as PJs right now b/c they fit
better than mine (pregnancy and all).

53. Do you have a tan?
No. I don’t tan – just burn, so I always wear sunscreen.

54. Where were you one hour ago?
Home.

55. Life... How do you feel about it?
Good.

56. Have you ever logged on to your bf/gf/crush's blog?
Ray doesn’t have one – he tends to
avoid things like that.

57. Which do you enjoy more: Soccer or Hockey?
Soccer.

58. Name someone you love.
Ray

59. Would you rather have a million dollars or true love?
True love.

60. Which of your online friends has a naughty piercing?
No one, I don’t think (and if you do, I don’t want to know).

61. Is your boyfriend/girlfriend a marine?
No.

62. Are you currently drinking anything?
Milk.

63. Would you rather date someone 2 years younger or older?
Older.

64. What's your favorite junk food?
Oreos

65. Who was the last person who messaged you?

I don’t use text messaging.

66. Do you know what you're wearing the 1st day of school?
Well, since I teach…if I was in a real classroom I’d probably try to look as professional as possible. But since I teach online, I swear whatever I want and get away with it…drives my husband nuts!

67. Are you taller than 5'6''?
No, but I wish I was!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Onion-Beef Muffin Cups

I tried a new recipe for dinner: Onion-Beef Muffins Cups. I have to stay these were REALLY good and I really recommend them. Pretty darn easy as well to make and nothing strange on the ingredient list. If you don't like onions, just substitute another veggie - like green peppers or mushrooms. I think mushrooms would be excellent although Ray hates them, so you'll have live vicariously for me.

Making cookies currently - cooled off a bit here. It's been a kitchen evening and afternoon.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What I’ve Been Reading

I’ve been doing a lot of new author reading lately and while there have been some duds, I have several new authors to share with you.

Aimee and David Thurlo

These two authors have written a number of series, most of which I find very strange, but one of the most recent features Sister Agatha, an extern nun for a cloistered order. These are cozy murder mysteries and I found the first one, Bad Faith, highly enjoyable. Sister Agatha was a journalism professor before becoming a nun and when a murder brings suspicion to their monastery, the Reverend Mother asks Sister to work with the police to try to keep as much as possible away from the cloister. Sister Agatha and the other nuns of her order (including a novice and a postulant) are all wonderful characters with interesting depths. The story line keeps you interested – both the murder investigation and Sister’s own spiritual journey.
Patricia Rushford and Harrison James

I read a book by Patricia Rushford (Sins of the Mother) several months ago and had been pleasantly interested, but nothing to be excited about. With James, Rushford, co-authors a series called the McAllister Files, which center around detective Mac McAllister. I just read She Who Watches and was quite impressed with it. Mac and his partner, Dana, start working on a missing persons case which turns into a homicide investigation with possible Native American ties. The characters are fascinating and lend lots of great moments to the book, as well as the plot, which keeps you guessing throughout. This is a later book in the series, but the books chronicle Mac’s spiritual growth as well as his homicide cases.

Elizabeth White

White’s book, Off the Record, manages to combine a Christian journey, romance as well as political intrigue. Laurel Kincade is a candidate for the Alabama Supreme Court and a figure from her past. Cole McGaughton, appears. Laurel has led an exemplary Christian life, but she has one secret from her youth: a three day marriage and annulment to Cole while in law school. Cole then had been nothing but a bad influence, but has since changed his life, focusing now on God, his family and his career. But Cole’s appearance is a shock for Laurel as he is a reporter and she’s afraid that he might be able to blow her campaign. After this book, I’m very much looking forward to reading other books by White.

I also just finished reading the Roosevelt Women by Betty Boyd Caroli. I’ve reviewed that book at the American Presidents’ Blog.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Polk Home

Ray and I went were down in Tennessee and went to see the James K. Polk Home over the weekend. For my full report, see the American Presidents' Blog.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New Semester Update

Well, it is fall semester time. Two of the classes I'm teaching started this week and I have one more (at my other university) starting in like two weeks (I really should look that up). Ray went back to work today and classes for him start next week. It is the usual first week of school mess.

Tennessee was fun, but hot and we are planning on staying home for awhile. Ray's parents are coming here over Labor Day (Pat's going to help me can tomatoes).

Baby is doing well according to the doctor today. Ultrasound is in a couple of weeks, so we'll get to see how s/he is really doing. I'm still wavering on the subject of knowing - I'll probably make that decision the day of.

Slugs got into my peppers! Not happy about that, but I have blooms on my squash again after the rabbits ate them, so hopefully I'll get a few out of them. I've been working on cleaning out my freezer and am doing pretty good. I figure hunting season is starting, so I have to have a clean freezer. I'm hoping Dad will send me some moose meat.:) And caribou hotdogs - the food of heaven.

Well, I'm off to work some more on that last class. I always have a pile of new links and readings to see if I want to incorporate into the class.

TN Capitol

We were in Tennessee last weekend. We went down to see the Polk Museum (pictures coming later on that) and also visited their state capitol (it is where the Polks are buried).
TN Capitol
Liberty Bell replica - so they DREW in the crack. So lame.

Stationary Bike

Very funny!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

History Is Elementary: Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz

History Is Elementary: Razzle Dazzle and All That Jazz

This is a history of camo and it is really cool! Did you know that camo was first used in WWI?

History Is Elementary: See What 51 Years Will Do: 1956-2007

This is so true and so depressing!

History Is Elementary: See What 51 Years Will Do: 1956-2007:

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1956 : Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2007 : Pedro's cause is taken up by state . Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak English."

Military History Carnival

The new Military History Carnival - hosted by me - is up at the American Presidents Blog.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lemon Spaghetti

I just put up a new recipe: lemon spaghetti.

Christian Fiction Numbers Up

Christian fiction numbers are up and there are now more kinds. I've been noting this for years, but its nice to see others agree with me. There are whole new genres of Christian fiction rather than all being Little House on the Prairie like.

Ancient Fossils

New fossil discoveries show that ancient females (homo erectus) were significantly smaller than males. The discoveries also change the timeline, showing that homo erectus and homo habilius co-existed rather than descended from one to other. The new fossils lead scientists to think that homo erectus were much closer to apes than previously thought.

Stannard homeplace

Dad brought home some lifty thingie and I was having fun taking pictures from high above.

Pat and Ray

Ray helped mow the lawn and Pat was chasing him in her motor chair and Ray was trying to make her stop. He just didn't get the fun of playing!

New Bush

Remember that big tree that fell in Dave and Pat's yard a couple of weeks ago? They replaced it with this - a Rose of Sharon. It'll eventually be about 8 feet tall.

Hannah and her Great-Grandma

My cousin Hannah with Gram Stannard - isn't she getting big?

What Be Your Nerd Type?

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Social Nerd

You're interested in things such as politics, psychology, child care, and peace. I wouldn't go so far as to call you a hippie, but some of you may be tree-huggers. You're the type of people who are interested in bettering the world. You're possible the least nerdy of them all; unless you participate in other activies that paled your nerdiness compared to your involvement in social activities. Whatever the case, we could still use more of you around. ^_^

Literature Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Drama Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Musician
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

Monday, August 06, 2007

Yard Changes

We got holders for the herbs.
No more hosteas here!

Garden - see my peppers?

My garden is doing well - some of the stuff the rabbits ate is even coming back. And the rhurbarb we thought might not do much this year (we just transplanted it from MI) is alive and huge! Can't kill that stuff!

Wreath

I wanted one of these big wreaths for the outside of the house at Christmas, but they are really expensive. Well, I volunteered at a tent sale this weekend (it was SO hot) and found this for $3! I just need to buy a new bow (its pretty dirty), but the lights even still work!

Living Room

Isn't this pretty? We found this in the bargain rack (the wall hanging, by the way) at Boyd's Bears. I think the backround color even matches my wall color nicely.

Other Room

I put the old dresser in the other bedroom for now.

Baby's Room

Ray and I are still discussing where the baby's room will be. It will start in our room, so we've got time.


I moved books around so the baby has shelfs for its books. And its clothes (what I've bought so far) are in the drawers.


Then of course I needed more baby books - my finds at Borders over the weekend.

Master Bedroom

I've been saying I was buying a new dresser since Christmas (well, seriously....I started in on it when we moved into this house, but didn't get serious until Christmas), but with Mom and Grandma here to help, I finally picked some out! We got a great deal at the local market for two (I only wanted one, but the deal was too good).
New hope chest - Grandma decided we needed this, but isn't it pretty?
The two new dressers - ignore my pile of laundry as I forgot to shut the closet door. They are called "waterfall" pattern and probably from about 1940s - which means they are actually wood, which really makes me happy! Okay and a strange factoid....so after we bought this I was watching Friends reruns and realized this is the same pattern that the entertainment center in Monica's apartment.

Lucy on Tour

The Lucy fossils will be touring the US. I have to admit that I agree with the Smithsonian on this - it is a BAD idea. Those fossils are just too rare and too delicate for something like this!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Family Circle


I found this quite amusing.

Top 10 Diasters

This is a cool article - the top 10 diasters of the last 101 years. The 1964 AK earthquake made it. A really cool video can be found at the AK State Archives - it was taken in Valdez harbor during the quake - it is SO AWESOME!

Doctor's Office

Well, so much for feeling better...I had one good day and then a really bad night, so Ray ordered me to the doctor's. So two hours or so later (I found out why it was so slow when I got to see the doctor's - he talks SO MUCH about non-related stuff), I found out a ear infection. So I'm doing a little better, hopefully the antibotics are kicking the ear's butts. But it means that it really screwed up my weekend!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Jennie's Update

Well, I've had a sinus headache for about a week, but I FINALLY think its gone for good. Usually I'd just take a ton of medicine and ignore it....but that's bad for the baby, so well, I've just been suffering.

I'm caught up on grading and paperwork, so now I have to finish moving bookcases. We bought three new ones (its been a year since we've had to, which is good for us) and I need to make room. But first....grocery shopping. Yick, but necessary. If I can make myself do it here after lunch, it probably won't be that bad - not many people out yet.

Well, hope you are all doing well!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

MSP Bridge Falls

Just saw this on Yahoo News - the 35 W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed today! Pretty scary stuff - I've been over that bridge several times!

Harry Potter 7 (SPOILER WARNING)

I finished Harry Potter this week! Once I got going, it only took me about a day - and I knew it would be all-consuming, so I tried to get some work done FIRST. As a note, my midterms are GRADED (YAHHH!!).

I have to say I was really happy with how this book went (aside from a few deaths, but it was almost a given a few would happen). I was pretty worried that Rowling was going to kill off Harry in the end. You know, kill them both together, so it was a relief that he made it. I also really liked the little "19 Years Later" section (I'm a sap)....although I still had a lot of unanswered questions on what happened to everyone. Like did Harry become an Auror, what does Hermione do, etc....

Let's see...some of my favorite moments? McGonagall arranging the defense of Hogwarts, Neville killing that snake (Neville really came through in this book!), Mrs. Weasley taking on Bellatrix, Percy finally coming to his senses...oh, and Ron and Herimone finally kissing!

I read the book pretty quickly - had to know what happened, so I'll have to go back and read to savor now.