A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Archive for March, 2010

Going Down Memory Lane

Today I spent a lot of time putting my slides on the computer.  It is time consuming and yet I have enjoyed the memories.  I’ve found photo’s of us when we were young, they are pretty funny really.  Bob with his sideburns and mustache and me with my hair piled high on top of my head.

The pictures of our little children have been so fun to see.  I remember every little outfit and how really cute they looked.  I love their smiles and their little arms and legs brown from the kiss of sunshine.  Those were happy times.  It makes me sad when I think of the times I wished the days away because I was tired.  Being a stay at home mom can be pretty hectic.  I would love to have another shot at raising those children, I think I would do a lot better job.  I have learned a lot about child rearing from watching my own children raise my grandchildren.  I would like to try it once more.  Well maybe not at least not at the age I am now. LOL seems young parents today are better equip for parenting, they have better books and more support groups.  They seem to realize it takes a village to raise children. Anyway, my hat is off to every young parent.  It’s not an easy job.

As a grandma, I was thinking about what I can do to support my children as they raise my grandchildren.  Then I thought about what I can do for any young parent as they try their best to raise responsible children.  I think one of the best things is to just let them know they are doing a great job.  Let them know you realize it isn’t easy but it’s worth it.  Let them know you are proud of them and their parenting style. 

Now the hard part, what if you don’t really agree with how your children are raising your grandchildren.  I am a stong believer in asking the Lord to shut the lion’s mouth.  The lion being you know who!  If you are asked for an opinion feel free to gently give it if you aren’t keep quiet.  It’s hard but necessary.  I opened my mouth once to one of my extended kids, I felt the dad was too hard on his son.  Our relationship has not been quite the same since.  I don’t think my comment changed a thing for the child but it did change the relationship between my extended son and me.

So there you have it just a little thought for the day. LOL

Because She Wants It!

Picture from American Girl Catalog

When my husband asked me what the fabric was for I frankly told him the truth.  Jenna (4) wants a couple of things.  She wants me to make matching dresses for her and her doll.  She even has the pattern picked out and the fabric.

This is what I found

Yesterday I had a little time so I stopped at the quilt store and wouldn’t you know it I found a cute skirt pattern and I think I will make all the little girls (3) a skirt.  I would make the big girl one too but at 12 she may not be interested.

I know crazy huh?

So there you are I have my work cut out for me that’s for sure.  I will keep you posted on how it all works out because between you and me I HATE sewing clothing and it has been years since I put in a zipper.

Refried Bean Soup

1 onion finely chopped, can use dried onion

1 tsp minced garlic–I like twice that amount

2 tsp. Olive oil

2 15 oz. cans refried beans

2 15 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies

If you tomatoes don’t have green chilies add a can of green chilies

2 cups water

1 Tbs. McKay’s chicken seasoning

1 tsp. Chili powder

2 tsp. Ground Cumin

Saute onion and garlic in oil.  Stir in the remaining soup ingredients.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low, simmer 15 minutes to blend flavors.  Garnish each bowl as desired.

Garnishes:

Tortilla chips

Shredded cheese or soy cheese

Sour Cream

Cilantro

Why Did I Say Yes?

Do you ever wonder why in world you would agree to do another thing?  My church wants to have a Health Ministry, the focus will be healthy cooking, exercise and blood pressure screening.  We plan to expand as we get things going.  Just because I am interested in healthy cooking I said yes I would be a part of this committee.  It turns out it’s a lot of work.  We have met a couple times a month plus last night we had our first “event.”

I don’t really have the time for this but truth be told no one else has the time either.  It comes down to what’s important.  Truly I believe when God asked us to give 10% he was not only talking about money but time.  It never hurts to give a double portion so that’s how I reasoned out my YES.

Last evening was our first tasting!  We were surprised to have close to 70 people in attendance.  We demonstrated some healthy yummy recipes and they were able to taste each recipe.  We started at 6:30 and I was home by 9:00.  It’s always interesting to me how people love to stay after and visit, this tells me we need more reasons to get together.

We demonstrated refried bean soup, corn bread, banana nut bread, tomato soup and humus.  Everything was very healthy and very delicious.  On Thursday I will share the bean soup recipe it is quick and easy.

Any church can do this, we just put up some posters at the health food stores, church and several gyms–put an announcement in the bulletin and we have a great turn out.  Next month we are having a cooking school on Sunday afternoon.  We plan to try to do something every other month.

I hope you will think about this idea as almost everyone is interested in cooking healthy so it is a great way to reach out to the community.  Just be sure your recipes are yummy and appealing.

The Wedding

Weddings are just a lot of fun.  The older I get the more I know that getting married can be risky business.   LOL  Wonder what Bob would think of that statement?  Well, it’s true!  We all come from different backgrounds and then have the odd idea that we can just say “I do” and every thing will be normal.

When I think back to my our wedding, I never gave a thought that we would do anything but live happily ever after.  HA  It was work.  He grew up in a family that never asked where he was going or when he would be back.  I grew up in a family that I practically had to tell my mom when I was headed to the bathroom.  My father got off work at 4:00 pm and he was home by 4:30 pm on the dot.  Can you imagine my shock when shortly after we were married my husband didn’t how up until 7:00 pm and I expected him at 5?  I’ve learned to go with the flow and he has learned to come home–most of the time. LOL

The wedding this weekend was in Western Kansas and it was held in a bar and grill.  The music was over a sound system and the Groom sang to the Bride.  The food was made by friends and the wedding cake was yummy.

The interesting part was our family.  As I sat looking at all of us it brought tears to my eyes.  We were a table of non-drinkers and smokers not because we have never done it but because most of us are recovering from something or other.  Some have been heavy drinkers, smokers and pot users.  Some have been on Meth and you can tell it by the broken down facial features, no teeth and the blank look in the eyes.  Having said this, my nephew was the first one to wish us a happy Sabbath.  I had forgotten it was Sabbath.

You may wonder why the tears?  It’s because my sister in law never gave up.  She has praye and pleaded with the Lord over her children, grandchildren and syblings.  As a sat there I saw the changed lives one after another and I know it all has to do with her prayers.

So what about the parents who pray for their children and they don’t see the hand of the Lord?  I asked this question of my daughter as I related the weekend to her. Her comment was, “their story is not finished yet.”  To those of you who are watching your loved ones make bad decisions after another, just keep on lifting them up.  I have seen what God will do.  Jer. 33:3  “Call to me and I will answer you. . .”

Here is a Great Idea

 

It’s Thursday already and really almost Friday.  I am sending you to this site for your recipe this week.  I think it is the cutest idea but I have to admit I haven’t tried it. http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/09/single-serving-pie-in-jar.html

Our little 4-year-old has come and gone.  We miss her.  She is a funny one.  We spent the day doing what she wanted to do.  We got up at 6:21 AM had our worship, had eggs for breakfast, went to the Children’s Museum.  I asked her if she minded if we stopped to see my brother since it is on the way to the museum.  She agreed it would be fine.  We then spent 4 hours at the museum, we packed our lunch so we rested while we ate.  We then bought her a recorder at the gift shop and headed home.  We went for a 30 minute walk and stopped at the play ground for a few minutes.  It wasn’t long until she was ready for her trip to Valentino’s.  When we got home she informed me I looked grumpy.  I quizzed her to see if anyone else she knows looks grumpy and she told me no.  I thought for sure grandpa might look grumpy now and then but nope, only me.  I am happy to know this I am now making an effort to smile a little more and to get the grumpy look off my face.  When I told her mom about my grumpy look, she asked if I told her I was just tired. Hummm I hadn’t thought of that.  LOL

Is It Over?

Sometimes we look forward to something and then when it gets here it’s not what we thought.  Like winter.  When it is so blazing hot I am truly wishing for winter.  I love snow, I love to decorate for Christmas, I love sitting by the fire, I really like sweater weather.

That’s a funny name sweater weather–but you know what I mean.  I like the coolness of winter but when it really rolls around and the coolness changes into the harsh reality of COLD, I don’t like it.  I am just fickle. Now I am wondering is winter over yet?

Last week I was so looking forward to visiting our kids in Kansas.  The minute we walked in the door our Jenna girl announced that she was going back home with us.  She has so been looking forward to it and so have we.  Yesterday was the day to come  home and we all held our breath wondering if she would really go though with it.  She did!

I sure hope she doesn’t have the same experience I have with the weather–looking forward to it and then disappointed with the out come.  Last night she wanted company for supper and wanted to eat fried egg sandwiches and ice cream.  So we did exactly that.  Today she wants to go to the Children’s Museum and eat at Valentino’s and guess what?  We are doing exactly that.  This morning she wants more eggs for breakfast and that’s what she is having.  LOL  On the way home we stopped for fuel and I asked her if she needed some chocolate, she said she did and then informed me her mom would probably fire me for letting her have chocolate.  LOL  She just now came to me and said, “so far I am having fun, so I think I will have to come more often.”  Makes a grandma’s heart sing.

Disappointment in life is not a fun thing but it is all around us.  Try as I will to make Jenna’s stay perfect I know it won’t be.  Do we have to get use to expecting disappointment? IDK  I do know there will be no disappointment in heaven–and that is for sure.

Family

Tonight I am thinking about family.  It’s another rain filled night and my heart goes out to the young family who just lost their husband, son and father.  Jeff fought a good fight and lost the battle.  Pray for the young woman who must go on and for the children who no longer have a daddy at home.  Pray for the parents who never wanted to outlive their son.

Tomorrow we are going to see our little Kansas kids, they have already started calling to see just what time we will arrive.  I would get up at 5 in the morning and head right out but Bob wants to go to his office for a few hours, guess I will wait for him. LOL

The best news I have it to tell you our Asia kids are moving back to the US.  We are really tickled to have them closer to us.  We can hardly wait for summer.

Today I had a meeting at my office, they always serve lunch and it was yummy.  I had two helpings of Mexican food!  I didn’t eat dessert–it was ice cream and cake.  Tonight I ate an apple .  I know you have wondered how I’m doing on the weight.  Well it’s like a kid with a yoyo, up three, down three, up three, down three, you get the picture.  So I still haven’t lost the 15 pounds but I am holding my own.  This is a fact, I will have to watch what I eat the rest of my life if I want to maintain my weight.  You may be smiling as you read this but obviously this is something I have never done.  I diet and then gain, I never watch.  UGH

At the same time I was at a restaurant and watched a lady give herself a shot in the belly and then she wolfed down white rice.  So if keeping the weight off and exercising will help me keep diabetes away it’s worth it.

Here is a recipe I would love to make right now but I won’t!

Obscene Brownies

1 1/2 sticks of oleo–melted

1 pkg. choc. cake mix

6 oz. can evaporated milk

14 oz. pkg. caramel

6 ox. choc. chips

1 cup nuts.

Don’t follow the directions of the mix, just  add 3 oz. of the milk and the melted oleo and nuts.  Spread 1/2 the batter in a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake 350 for 6 minutes.  Melt caramel and 3 oz. milk in double boiler.  Spread over 1st mixture.  Put cho chips on next and then the last layer of  chocolate dough.  bake 350 for 18-20 minutes.

The last layer I rolled between wax paper and put it over the Carmel and chocolate. (not the paper just the cake part LOL)

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