Friday, December 30

A Tune Up

Normally I don't brag on software. I mean, there are so many kinds, and so many options, and so many tastes and levels of abilities, etc.

Today I read a quick little blurb about someone having trouble with their XP home machine running s-l-o-w! She described my machine to a "T". Well, I downloaded a trial version of TuneUp and ran through all of its wizards and recommendations, and by golly! My machine is zipping along now. So, for 30 days I get to try out this little hummer of a cleanup tool, and enjoy my new-found speed machine. If anyone's had experience with this app please let me know. Until then, I'll be contemplating whether to purchase this software or not.

find it here

Tuesday, December 20


While I don't generally get hung up on when each of our kids did this, or that, during those baby years, I have been kind of concerned about Mudge's lack of teeth. Our older two had lots of chompers by now, and Mudge has none.

Now I know that some babies don't get them 'til much later. I've also heard that the later they get teeth, the healthier those teeth will be, yada-yada-yada. But, imagine my excitement/horror when I prodded around in Mudge's mouth last night and found 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!! teeth ready to pop through. 2 bottom, 4 top.

Yikes! No wonder she earned the nickname (she has many) Grump-a-lump-a-gus.

Break out the Orajel!


In an effort to post more, I've decided to share a favorite recipe of ours on a monthly basis. I hope that this will also help me sort through the bazillion cookbooks/magazines that I have. If anyone is interested in back issues of Taste of Home's Quick Cooking, speak up now. I'll be hauling them to the laundromat {where I dispose of all magazines (can you just picture the Amish mom flipping through Canoe & Kayak while she's waiting for her sheets to dry? haha : ) }

So here goes:

Oatmeal Spice Mix
this will make a bulk dry mix to add to your quick oats. makes a yummy breakfast, and costs tons less than the little packets! my kids love it!!

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. powdered nondairy creamer
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Additional Ingredients (for each serving):
2/3 C. quick oats
2/3 C. boiling water

In a bowl, combine the 1st 7 ingredients; mix well; transfer to an airtight container; store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare oatmeal:
In a bowl, combine oats & 2 Tbsp. of spice mix. Add 2/3 C. boiling water, stir. Enjoy!

Very quick, economical, and oh, so yummy!

Friday, December 9

Protecting Your Family

My SIL sent this link to me concerning registered offenders in my area.. Please take a moment to check it out.
Thanks Kath!

Thursday, December 8

The Many Months of Mudge - a pictorial

Baby's 1st Photo

10 Days

1 mth

2 mths

3 mths

4 mths

5 mths

6 mths

7 mths

8 mths

9 mths

10 mths

11 mths

She's ONE!!!! and enjoying handfuls of b-day cake!

Our big girl! We love you Mudge! Posted by Picasa