Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today's Recipe - Easy Coffee Cake

Good morning. I promised yesterday that I'd share a recipe this week for a really easy coffee cake - and to make that even better - it's really good, too! I acquired this recipe back in 2002 when I was attending a local MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) meeting while The Doodlebug was at school. One of the moms brought it when it was her 'groups' turn to bring brunch and we all fell in love. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the recipe came from a Paula Deen cookbook, or Aunt Paula, as we call her around here (it's a southern thang!). Anyway, if you try it...please come back and let me know your thoughts.

Easy Coffee Cake

2 8-oz cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
1 cup sugar
2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, separated
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread one can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. Cream together 3/4 cup sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and egg yolk. Spread the mixture over the rolls. Top with second package of crescent roll dough. Beat egg white until frothy and spread over the top. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and nuts. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serves 12 to 15.



I'm telling you - I'm tempted to march myself into the kitchen and fix one right now, minus the nuts since I don't have any in the house!

On another note, the movie Fireproof comes out on DVD today. It's a great movie and I recommend that everyone see it. I was reading this morning, it was produced by a church in Albany, Georgia. The entire cast and crew worked as volunteers on this film. If you click on the link where the movie's title is, you can see a preview of the movie. I'm planning on going out in a little while and picking up a copy myself.



And finally in closing today, I hope that you have a wonderful day. Speak kind words to someone who means the world to you today. Let them know that you care. Look at the wonder of the children in your life. The fact that you created something so special and so fragile in this world. Cherish them and the time you have with the people that you love.

Don't forget to check out Significant Source's site on Wednesday for her Prayer Meetin'.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Monday...

Today has been the day of multiple appointments. Hubs had an appointment with his Dr this morning for a cholesterol check and physical. Fun! Then The Doodlebug had an appointment with the orthodontist where she had a bracket reattached and some super hardware put onto her upper deck to 'squeeze' the teeth together. Funny...first we e x p a n d them and now we want to squeeze them together. But the hygienist today told me that she is exactly on track where she should be. Nah nee nah nee to the last one who harassed my poor child about having so many brackets come loose - turns out it wasn't her fault! HA! And did you know, research shows if a child has any orthodontic work and drinks carbonated drinks within 24 hours, it can lessen the holding power of the cement? Oh yes it can. We are on a carbon free diet around here for at least 72 hours - per request and that's what I did the last time. I figure the longer the better!

So I have discovered two things lately that I just really want to share with you. First, my Mom bought a Shark steamer and let me tell you - I LOVE it. She let me borrow it to test run it in our bathroom. Because my house has this bone colored shower stall that is a pain to clean. But the SHARK did the job. And then I used it on the shower doors in The Doodlebug's powder room and again, success. Heck, I even used it to see how it would do on the bathroom mirrors and it was great! Mom wanted it because their bathrooms downstairs are all tiled and she hates the grout ... so that's the next place where we'll be using it.

The second thing is the Remington Wet to Dry straightening iron. Oh my goodness - I am in LOVE with this thing! I bought it at Christmas time, wondering how it would work on The Doodlebug's massively thick, body-filled hair. It is great. I've even used it on my hair and liked the results. It's amazing how quickly it works - even on wet -straight from the shower - hair. Her hair looks smoother and longer...we are in love with this item. If we could figure out how to try it on Hubs or the cat, they'd be our next victims!

So that being said, it's time to round up the little girl and rush her off to the shower. Turn in later this week - I'll be sharing a quick and easy recipe for an Easy Coffee Cake, sharing some more information about how to organize and clean up your financial clutter and sharing with you a deep compelling question the Doodlebug asked me that our pastor ended up talking about in the service yesterday. (See, I'm trying to do better about blogging since I've got all this TIME on my HANDS!)

Until the next time...enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends and most importantly find something to do where you enjoy yourself.

Smiles -

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

But....baby it's COLD outside!

Okay, so I know I'm southern...all you northerners go ahead and snicker. But it's cold here today! The wind is what makes it all unbearable...I can handle low temperatures...but that crazy wind whipping around and making the cars go rocking on the roads - not my idea of a good time!

This morning I took my Mom to her appointment with her cancer specialist... I can never remember his title....but he is a wonderful guy and she just adores him. He told her everything was good and that he'd see her in a year. Recently she has had to change surgeons as the doctor who actually performed her surgery died in early November of last year. He was remarkable - we all loved him very much - and it is so sad to think that he is gone. She still had to see him every six months as well so she is going to try another doctor in the practice.

I awoke this morning and looked outside the window - hoping to see some snow. Looking back at the calendar last year, we had snow in January - on a Wednesday. These are important details to The Doodlebug as she likes to keep all things in perspective. I mean, if we have snow sometimes in April...there's still hope, right? Even though that was a million years ago when I was a little girl.

We went to my parents house yesterday for hotdogs and chili and 86ed karate for the night as we weren't sure if they would meet or not. We had a good time sitting around and watching Deal or No Deal. I really don't watch much TV anymore - not sure when that happened - but I am looking forward to Lost returning tomorrow night. That will have to be my one guilty pleasure.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Random

My daughter has a favorite word. Random. She uses it several times a day.... examples:
"Now THAT was just random" or "We were eating lunch when Julie started acting random" or "This random dude came up to me in the hall today and told me...." R A N D O M. It takes on several different meanings with her. Noun, verb, adjective....you name it.

But I have my own form of random. It's when I don't really know what I want to write about, but I feel led to write something. So here are some random things that have been going on in our lives lately...
  1. I am not enrolled in any classes this semester. My advisor really did a number on me in our first meeting and being the person that I am, I didn't question her at the time. But eventually all things come about and it turns out that I was told some wrong information. By the time that was revealed (after a BIG meeting on campus with some of the BIG CHEESES) she enrolled me in classes that were WAY too early in the morning - not to mention that they had already met for three weeks. After prayer and consideration, I withdrew from the classes and called the registrar's office to see if I needed to do anything to formally withdraw from the school. I won't be going back. My Mom, in her infinite wisdom, pointed out to me that apparently it was not in God's plan.
  2. Speaking of God's plan, I am waiting for him to direct me down another path. I've checked with several other colleges and have narrowed my choices for the summer semester. Two choices that I have are private schools. One has 11 classes that I would be required to complete before beginning my first block. The other, well their admissions person was so nice - he told me if I could send them a copy of my classes, he would have the registrar take a look at what I might need and get back with me. I forwarded him the breakdown that the head of education program where I had been attending had sent to me. So we'll see. I am hoping that it's not 11 classes as well! My other three choices are public universities. One is the college that I just graduated from. The other is between here at 'downtown' and the other choice is actually where Hubs works. Four of the five colleges offer Early Childhood Education as a major and the one that is between here and downtown offers middle school grades 4-8. I'm fine either way. I'm just praying that God will open the door to where I need to be.
  3. The UIC is no longer The UIC. He has resigned from the positions that he holds with the local ball association. It's in the best interest of our family and we've talked about this for many hours and to be honest, I think we are all relieved. The Doodlebug is glad that he'll be home more, I'm glad that he'll be home more and I think he's glad that he'll be home as well. Now we have to come up with him a new name. LOL
  4. We have been attending church services at a church that is very near to our house. This past week we started attending a new members information class that they have every few months. We have one more class to attend, but this morning we decided to move our church membership to this church as a family. I am glad that we have found a new church home where we all enjoy attending services. I love the minister and his wife and he has been a great source for us in the past months when our marriage was suffering. It meant a lot to us both that he would take the time to contact us each even though we were not members of the congregation at the church.

That's probably more randomness than should be allowed on a Sunday afternoon. I've missed you guys!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wanna Go To The Spa????

Saw this and thought it was cute....

It might be a little hard to read....so here is the transcript:

Sis we should have a spa day.

Do they have a spa for overworked parents on a budget who dont' have the energy to go out?

I think that's called a couch.

Look at me havin' a spa day.

Enjoy your weekend .....

Friday, January 9, 2009

FINANCIAL Fitness for Friday

Good morning! I know that last year I had started making Fridays about Fitness here at the Slacker Mom's blog, and I hope to get back on track with that in the near future. But I also realize that our nation is going through a period of time where we are all worried about money in some form or fashion. I seem to worry about finances a lot more lately....so when I find something to share that I think can help us all out, I hope that someone out there will find it useful.

Today, tips is as follows:

This morning on The Today Show, Suze Orman came on to give some financial advice. She is sharing a book, that you can download FOR FREE, from the Oprah website that is an action plan for 2009.... click HERE to go and download it for yourself. If you click HERE you can also read her 5 steps for financial success.

Yesterday, Carmen Wong Ulrich was on The Today Show and she shared some information regarding some free financial workbooks that are available HERE.

I know a lot of people also follow Dave Ramsey's plan and after my friend D at SlackermomII was telling me about his book that she read I have decided that I need to locate a copy of it at the library.

So what about you? Do you budget? If you do, how well do you stick to the budget that you have in place? Or are you spiralling out of control? Come on, be honest...we are all friends here and who knows? maybe we'll learn something along the way!

Until the next time... it's me...trying to be a little bit less of the Slacker that I am :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

College Nightmare - Coming Soon!

Why is it that here lately my life seems to be a gigantic magnet for things to go crazy? Latest point....you know, I got accepted to The University which has classes at a satellite campus much closer to my house, yes? Well guess what happened last month when I met with my advisor????

I was told that I am required to have FOUR more classes before I can begin my junior work load. Guess who was NOT A HAPPY CAMPER? But being me, I just smiled and said okay then sign me up. I brewed over this tidbit of 411 though on the MONSTROUS drive back home. I came home, made some calls (registrar's office) and then brewed some more. Then I decided to contact Financial Aid about my scholarship - I make good grades for this reason! - and was told that they didn't have anything on file and that I needed to contact my previous school and fill out a form to be reviewed in FOUR to SIX weeks. There's a FOUR theme here, I think...

Anyway, I got dressed, got the Doodlebug dressed and off we headed. We were going to drive an hour south of here to get some paperwork that said I had graduated and then drive about two hours to drop it off at The University. But I had an epiphany. Instead we turned around and came back home. I tried to get my advisor to ask her what I should do (at my 'old' school) and she wasn't in - so they asked if I'd like to talk to the "HEAD of the DEPARTMENT" and he was oh so helpful.

He offered to send an email to his counterpart at The University explaining that my coursework fell under another umbrella with the Board of Regents and that technically I should be eligible to enroll in my first block of required Junior Classes. He also unlocked my student record, in case I decided to take these classes - so that I could take them there rather than drive all the way to the main campus of The University. He sent me a copy of the email when it was complete. Oh and he also said that I should consider just staying where I'm at and finishing up the program after he pulled up my student records. Believe me, I am now considering doing just that.

So, all the college professors are back at work this week. I had an email this morning informing me that my advisor has scheduled a meeting for Friday with all the necessary people to discuss this issue - and pointedly - my situation. They will come to a conclusion and determine how to handle my case - since it's special. LOL - At least something is special! In the meantime, classes start tomorrow. I am waiting for the official word about whether I should drop the courses that I'm enrolled in and wait till Friday. But this is what I've decided in the meantime...

If I am told that I'm still required to take the four classes...I'm not going to. I'll apply to State or the local four year that's nearby. Or I'll go back and be a Highlander for 2 more years. If I don't take the classes, I might be looking for a job at least until the school year ends. But I am not going to exhaust that many scholarship hours on classes that I don't have to have. Because I am going to run out of scholarship hours VERY SOON at this rate.

Gee, aren't you glad you stopped by my place today? Welcome to the Slacker world where there never appears to be ONE DULL MOMENT. And cuz I'm curious, how would you handle this situation?????