Monday, March 31, 2008

This and that

Ok this is straight forward.

1) I have applyed at 4 or maybe 5 places for employment.

2)I am making Tote bags or cloth grocery bags to make a little extra money on the side.

3) I have a interview tomorrow at 9 am!!!!!

4) I have a list of things that I have not even started... but yet I still have day light and children to help.

5) I still need to do school.

so there is a sneak peak of Jenn's world

Sunday, March 23, 2008

He is Risen!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Apple Dumplings

I really really want to make these... I found this recipe on one of the many frugal sites that I go to. If you interested take a look at it ...and if you make it please invite me over for tea.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cold remedies... take it or leave it

Cold Remedy #1 Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion.

Cold Remedy #2: Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose.

Cold Remedy #3: Use saline nasal sprays or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose

Cold Remedy #5: Stay warm and rested.

Cold Remedy #6: Gargle with warm salt water.

Cold Remedy #7: Drink hot liquids.

Cold Remedy #8: Take a steamy shower

Cold Remedy #9: Try a small dab of mentholated salve under your nose to help open breathing passages and help restore the irritated skin at the base of the nose.

Cold Remedy #10:Apply hot packs around your congested sinuses.

Cold Remedy #11:Sleep with an extra pillow under your head.

Cold Remedy #12: Learn about natural remedies like zinc, echinacea, and vitamin C.

If you need more info take a look at this site

Who said it?

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."
This is a quote that I have heard on and off through life , but didn't know who said it the first search I did said that It was quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt .

But then i did more searching and found out it is from a poem by,
Thomas Haynes Bayly...the poem is titled Isle of Beauty .

What would not I give to wander

Where my old companions dwell?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder:

Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!

I thought of this quote because Tom has been away for about 6 days and we have missed him very much.... we pick him up at the airport today..... So the quote: Absence make the heart grow fonder is true .... I think.... what do you think?

Monday, March 10, 2008

cough remedies

The past couple of nights.... well more like a week . My house has had the flu, followed by a cold and cough..... It has not been very lively around here, We have watched more TV to the point that kids are begging to shut it off.....I have two couches that have been occupied by children, with one on a mattress on the floor ......Now I am not complaining at all, I am glad that I have them home... I just thought that I would give you a visual of what my house looks like.

Now we are done with the flu over here,but the cough still remains.
So I went on line and looked up cough remedies and found many ideas.
There are so many different things out there to try.... but will it work.

I have tried DM cough syrup, and it doesn't help much.
So today I am going to get some friendly neighbor honey and mix it with some lemon juice, this is one of the ideas from this site.

As far as a cure for the common cure... there are a lot of different ideas out there.
If you have any ideas on how to help a runny nose.....please feel free to share.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Now if you were to ask me who these artists are....I might be able to tell you....but that is not the reason for posting them....When we look at the clouds NY ii can feel so gloomy . There are times when I long to see the sun shining....however with out the clouds there would be no rain and with out the rain there would be no growth.
That makes me think about what goes on in my life......there may be many clouds glooming around ...and then the rain may come and cleanse and refresh my soil......But...the Son is always there even if all I see are clouds, mud and brown colors all around me.....I know that new life is beginning every time it rains and that the Son of God will raise me up from it all.
He is my hope and desire..and my love.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Fridays product brag- Vinegar

Ok I did not write this review....but I am am always up to finding better and safer ways to clean that won't hurt me or my family... Take a look!

Here is the link:

Now i use vinegar to clean my coffee pot... we have hard water and by brewing vinegar through and then rinsing it about 3 or 4 times , by brewing water it makes it like new.
I am going to copy and paste what I have found ...I hope you will enjoy it.

Friday: Clean and Organized

fill your spray bottle half with vinegar, half with water for an all-purpose cleanerMost cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything (or at least, anything within their limited range of capabilities), there's a third option. It's inexpensive and not at all poisonous to humans. It's multi-purpose as well--one container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. This "miracle cleaner" is vinegar.

Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches. It is completely edible, and cannot harm your stomach. And luckily for us, many things can be cleaned using it.
The uses of vinegar are nearly endless. In addition to cleaning, it is an excellent item for cooking and for home science experiments (remember the vinegar-and-baking soda volcanoes from grade school?). The health benefits are many as well.

In this article, we are focusing on the uses of vinegar as a cleaner. For information on some of its other uses, see the links at the end of the article. Note: plain white vinegar is the best for the following uses; cider and other vinegars may have unwanted side effects. Vinegar is used in 100% concentration unless otherwise specified.

Your Vinegar Spray Bottles
In addition to your regular bottle of vinegar, a really useful item is a spray bottle. Ideally, you want two--one with pure vinegar, the other with a half vinegar, half water combination. Having vinegar in a dispenser of this type makes its use much simpler in many cases.

All Around the House
1. To remove stickers that have been used to "decorate" furniture and other surfaces, moisten with vinegar. Let sit for at least ten minutes, then remove.

2. For persistent room odors, place a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight.

3. For spills on carpet, use a sponge or cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Then spray with a mixture of half vinegar, half water. Let stand for about two minutes, then blot with towel or sponge. Repeat as needed.

4. For more persistent stains, use a mixture of 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap, and 1 cup warm water. Proceed as suggested above. When finished cleaning, dry using a hairdryer set on low.

5. To clean windows, spray with half vinegar, half water. Wipe clean with either newspapers or cloth.

6. To clean silver, pewter, copper, or brass, dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in one cup vinegar. Add flour to create a paste (1/4 cup or more). Apply the paste to the metal item, and let stand for at least fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and polish with a soft cloth.

7. No-wax floors can be cleaned with a solution of 1 cup vinegar per gallon of water for a shinier surface.

8. To clean wood paneling, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 2 cups warm water. Apply to paneling with a soft cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.

In the Bathroom
9. To remove corrosion or chemical build-up from showerheads, soak in vinegar overnight.

10. Remove stains from the toilet bowl by spraying with vinegar and spraying.

11. To remove soap build-up from faucets, clean with a mixture of 1 part salt to four parts vinegar.

12. Spray shower walls and shower curtain with vinegar to help prevent mildew.

In the Kitchen
13. To keep ants away, spray vinegar along doorways, windowsills, countertops - anywhere that ants are likely to appear. If you find an ant trail (path that ants use repeatedly), clean it with vinegar.

14. To remove odors from the sink or garbage disposal, pour in a cup or more vinegar. Do not rinse out again for at least an hour.

15. For a clogged drain, first pour in 1/2 cup baking soda. Then add an equal amount of vinegar. When the mixture finishes bubbling, rinse with warm water. (Note: some garbage disposals do not react well to this cleaning method; check with the manufacturer first.)

16. Wipe your hands with vinegar after chopping. It will remove strong scents like onion and garlic, as well as stains from fruit juices.

17. To clean wooden cutting boards, wipe with vinegar.

18. Remove strong odors. Rinse jars with a half and half mixture of vinegar and water to remove garlic or other strong odors. Boil water with several spoons of vinegar to remove the smell of burnt food from your kitchen.

19. Vinegar is an excellent cleaner for all kitchen surfaces - counters, refrigerators, stovetops.

20. To clean your microwave oven, put a microwave-safe bowl of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in the oven, and cook long enough to boil. In addition to removing any lingering odors, this will loosen any baked-on food from the microwave's walls.

21. To remove coffee or tea stains from china, clean with a mixture of vinegar and salt.

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In the Laundry
22. To keep colors from running in the wash, soak in vinegar before washing.

23. To decrease lint on clothing, add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

24. Many persistent stains can be removed with vinegar: coffee, chocolate, ketchup, jam, cola, wine. Gently rub stain with vinegar, then wash.

25. To make your "brights brighter", add 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

26. For fresher cloth diapers, add one cup distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle. This will break down uric acid and remove both lingering stains and scents.

27. To remove scorch marks from an iron, rub with a mixture of vinegar and salt.

28. To remove soap residue from the washing machine, run an empty (no laundry) cycle with one cup vinegar added.

29. To remove the smell of smoke from clothing, add a cup of vinegar to a tub of hot water. Let clothing hang in the same room for several hours.

Pet Care
30. To keep cats off windowsills or other surfaces, spray with vinegar. This will also keep them from scratching upholstery (spray an unnoticeable area of the fabric first to make sure the vinegar doesn't cause a stain).

31. To keep dogs from scratching their ears, clean with a soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.

32. If your dog should have a run-in with a skunk, vinegar will take care of the smell better than even tomato juice. Using vinegar diluted 50% with water, rub the dog's fur. Rinse with warm water. Repeat as needed.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Recipe Swap: Snacks - The Unhealthy


These cookies are my families favorite... we eat them all year round...and i can't stop eating more then one....shhh don't tell anyone.

Giant Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies
twenty-five 4-inch cookies
Bake: 12 to 14 minutes per batch



1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to soften. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and molasses. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour mixture.

3. Shape dough into 2-inch balls using 1/4 cup dough. Roll balls in the 3/4 cup coarse or granulated sugar. Place about 2-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Makes twenty-five (25) 4-inch cookies.

If you would like to see more recipes take a look at The Natural Mommies site

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Home but fighting illness

Sona is home from Guatemala and to hear her voice and the wonderful memories that she had while she was away, is very soothing to us all.
Today she is not feeling well.... a couch , a blanket, a comfy pillow that I made is all she needs.....we will try some tea for her the mean time she is napping in the midst of our family noise ... I think she must love being around us or some thing.....if you think of her please pray for a quick recovery

I am turning 40

May he begin a new work in Me
Forty is something new and beautiful

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Belated Friday Product Brag

We are meat eaters in our house. Well some times meat can be a bit pricey . We eat a lot of chicken of course...but my man loves beef.

Well we have been eating Steak Umms for dinner lately....not every night ...but at least once week....they are easy to prepare, just in minutes....fry them up in a pan and you can make steak and cheese sandwiches , or make some beef flavored rice and throw the steak umms in...kind like a casserole...or fry onions and peppers in a pan with the steak umms and serve with rice....

I am sure there are many recipes...and I also buy what is on sale... so some times i go generic .... so if your wanting some beef try this or products like this... enjoy

Where's the BEEF !!!! lol

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