Friday, April 24, 2009

Let's Hope not Fear

Town Hall for Hope with Dave Ramsey was so encouraging. Things aren't nearly so bad as they seem.

Hope makes all the difference.

I like the definition of fear Dave gives:


Town Hall for Hope


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fresh Spring Blooms

Fresh spring blooms from my son, Matthew's friend Jeremy.
I love this color. It's just so rich.
Happy Spring
in spite of the

Monday, April 6, 2009

Call Me Crazy But...

Isn't April a Spring month? It's supposed to be down in the 20's tonight here at the edge of the Ozarks just east of Oz.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shrimp Pasta Salad A Lane Family Favorite

Pasta Salad with Shrimp
~ A Lane Family Favorite ~


16 oz pasta cooked and drained
2 cups of fresh broccoli florets, cut in small pieces and steamed lightly
1 c chopped green pepper
1/2 c chopped green onion slices
1 cup tomato, chopped
16 oz of tiny frozen shrimp, thawed (I've also used imitation crab meat.)

Just a note, we like our salad creamy, so I double the dressing ingredients. The amounts below are the single ingredients. Try it as is, and make more if you'd like it creamier.

1 c Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/2 c Kraft House Italian dressing
1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese, I use Kraft.

I boil a box of macaroni in whatever shape and amount that I fancy. Rinse the pasta in cold water, drain, and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Cut or chop all your veggies.
Rinse your shrimp in a colander under cold water and drain well.
Mix together the dressing and Miracle Whip. Add salt & pepper and lots of grated Parmesan cheese to your taste.
Now, mix it all together and let it chill for a few hours.
Add tomato right before serving so that it doesn't get soggy.


My kids and husband absolutely love this.
I hope your family does, too.
God bless you,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Something to Think About... Setting the Stage


Hey Y'all,

I've just read a wonderful post at The Blessed Nest about staging your home to prepare to sell it. Stacey is selling her home and explains what it means to stage it in such a warm, clear, inviting way. The photos of her home and her advice are worth the click! Here's the staging post. Here's the post about the steps to go through to get ready to sell.

So many folks are trying to sell their homes today. You need every little tip, hint, and prayer to sell yours. I was just thinking, why do we wait until we move to spruce up our nests? We've painted, decluttered, repaired, cleaned, and freshened up three houses in the last 8 years for sale. After they were ready, I always wondered why we waited so long. They were then such nice houses. We've rented our current home for a bit more than 2 years now. If we had painted when we moved in, we wouldn't be looking at flat white paint that gets dirty every time it's touched and can't be cleaned! Hmm...perhaps there's a lesson in this?

Just something to think about....

Blessings to you!

May I suggest...
A Few Ways to Enjoy Homemaking
There's No Place Like Home