Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Fun Weekend!!

This has been a great weekend! I am thankful for God blessing me with such a great weekend after the tough week I had at work. There were lots of tough situations at school this week that left me drained! On Friday we went with Corky Alexander to see Emma singing with Eddie James. This was a super powerful service. After the week I had, it was wonderful to see how full of life and joy the teens are that attended. I left feeling like I had left a huge bag of other people's burdens at the feet of Jesus. Today, Saturday, started with Robb, Anna Claire, and I walking our dogs. It was soo beautiful walking outside. I had just read my friend Faith's blog where she listed things that she loved about life. While walking, and really throughout the day I kept thinking about the things I loved. There may be a lot of difficult things that we deal with in life but... It does not compared to the many wonderful things that life holds for us/ me. I am surrounded by beauty. After walking I went grocery shopping by myself (always a fun thing for me) and cooked a pot of chili and apple crisp. These were for game watching at Suzy's house. We went over there with a variety of friends and family to watch the Alabama/Kentucky game. It was fun to watch all together, even thought Alabama did not look great. Hanging out like that is why I love Saturday's. It is so important to take time to share life with others. Especially the good things about life. Dealing with the death of a student has given me a whole new appreciation for the freshness life and needing to live it to it's fullness.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Consignment Sales

I LOVE going to consignment sales! I have gone to two and am now addicted. It is a great way to keep kids dressed cute for super cheap. In November there is going to be a great consignment sale called Just Between Friends. It will take place at the Old Woolen Mill. For the first time I am planning on selling clothes as well as buying. I can't wait to take part in consignment in this manner. I have been setting stuff aside for this sale for the last couple of months. There is a great website for the state of Tennessee that list the big sales in each city. I am amazed at how many there are. The website is:
If any of my dear internet friends and family want a buddy to go with them to a consignment sale call me. I love going and get great deals. This summer I paid $1.00 per outfit for an armfull of super cute clothing items.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


***** Not our lasagna****
This past Saturday Robb and I made Lasagna for the first time. It was fun to do this together! This is not a dish that you can just throw together. We created a big mess! But had it all cleaned up before our guest ( Suzy and Judy- Robb's mom and sister) arrived for dinner. I would have taken a picture of it but I left my camera at my parents house last time I visited. I used the following recipe but changed 2 things. 1. I did not use bay leaves. 2. I used half ricotta cheese and half small curd cottage cheese. The balance was perfect!! It makes a huge lasagna. Perfect for having people over and having left overs. By the way. The left overs were even better than the original!
Lasagna al Forno
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Show: Food 911
Episode: Lousy Lasagna -Orlando FL/Lady Marmalade -Cathedral City CA

1 pound dried lasagna noodles
Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground Italian sausage
6 ounces tomato paste, (1 can)
30 ounces ricotta cheese, (2 containers)
1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups tomato sauce, prepared
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
Grated Parmesan and mozzarella, for topping

Cook the lasagna noodles in plenty of boiling salted water until pliable and barely tender, about 10 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking. Drain the noodles thoroughly, coat with olive oil keep them moist and easy to work with.

Coat a large skillet with olive oil. Saute over medium heat, onion, garlic and herbs. Cook 5 minutes. Brown beef and sausage until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Drain fat into a small container and discard. Stir in the tomato paste completely. Set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, parsley and oregano. Stir in beaten eggs. Add Parmesan, season with salt and pepper.

To assemble the lasagna: Coat the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch pan with a ladle full of tomato sauce. Arrange 4 noodles lengthwise in a slightly overlapping layer on the sauce. Then, line each end of the pan with a lasagna noodle. This forms a collar that holds in the corners. Spread 1/2 of the meat mixture over the pasta. Dollop 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over the meat, spread to the edges with a spatula. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella on top of the ricotta. Top with a ladle full of tomato sauce, spread evenly. Repeat with the next layer of noodles, meat, cheeses and sauce. Top last layer with noodles, sauce and shredded mozzarella and Parmesan. Tap the pan to force out air bubbles. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Let lasagna rest for 30 minutes so the noodles will settle and cut easily. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Local Produce

I know, I know... the first blog in ages and it is about local produce. Oh well, something is better than nothing. I have found a cool website where you can search within your area to find local farms that sale to the public. I am very interested in this sort of thing and look forward to visiting one of these places soon. There are several in the close to Cleveland area. Here is the link:

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Walking Past

This has been a week of real counseling for me. Many weeks as a school counselor are filled with paperwork, academic counseling, meetings with parents, talking about college; everything but what is really going on in the students life. This has not been one of those weeks. I have talked with many students who are truly hurting.Each of these kids, girls and guys, have come into my office looking neat, clean and all together. They have fallen apart in my office, shed their tears, used a bunch of Kleenex, talked and listened. Before leaving my office there is always the question, " Does it look like I have been crying?" They wait a few minutes and hope the redness has gone away in their eyes. They want to walk the halls again looking "all together," even though their world is really falling apart. This week has caused me to think about how many students I walk past in the hall who seem tough, cool, beautiful, without a care in the world; but in reality are broken inside. We all walk past each other, with the little glance to see if they are going to acknowledge you, the average student does not want to seem to eager. I am at an advantage to the students, it is my job to be the acknowledger. I walk down the hall working to acknowledge students and draw them out of their shell. It is funny, some love to be acknowledge and spoken to, while others act like they have never seen me, much less spilled their guts to me. That is the balance that I must find, when to speak and when to let them walk on by. The hallway of a school can be a wonderful place full of seeing your friends and hanging out or a dreaded place that reminds students of how lonely they are. Sorry to end on a downer. This post has gone several different ways. Oh well. These are just things I have been thinking about this week while walking down the hall to meetings or to go see Anna Claire.

Friday, March 28, 2008

End of the Week

We made it to the end of the week!! Yippee. It was a long one but ended on a positive note. Work is going well. I actually enjoyed being there today and felt like I accomplished a lot. I had several students drop by to see me because they were excited I was back. It was nice to be missed. Dropping Anna Claire off went very smoothly and I finally feel at peace about where she is. When I checked on her, she was either happy or asleep. Thanks to all for the prayers.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Back to Work

Yesterday was a hard day! It was the first day back to work, with Anna Claire in daycare. There were definitely tears shed as I dropped her off. We are very blessed that the daycare she is at, is in the building with me.This is very reassuring!I am even able to go check on her. But, it was still soo hard to turn her care over to someone else. Please pray that this gets better with time. Work as a whole went ok. It was pretty hard trying to decide which thing needed to be done first. There were several balls that were kind of dropped while I was gone so, I am working to get those back into the air. Thank goodness with me missing the 1st two days due to illness, it is a short week.