Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bacon makes anything taste great!

DH and I had some family and friends over for dinner last weekend. My father-in-love and his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s niece all came to the house on Saturday night for food and fellowship. My FIL loves oysters so my DH wanted to make some oysters wrapped in bacon for an appetizer.

I am not a big fan of oysters. I think they are slimy and gross looking. After confirming that DH would be making that appetizer I put “oysters” on my shopping list.

Don’t they look yummy? You can’t tell from the picture but that oyster on the top of the jar is spinning around uncontrollably! EEWWWW

After DH rinsed out the oysters thoroughly and got the grit out of them he got out the bacon and sliced it in half. Then he took one large oyster or two smallish oysters and placed it like so:

Then he wrapped the bacon around the oyster and put a toothpick through the middle.

The toothpick serves two purposes. One is to hold it all together and the other is to enable easy turning on the grill.

I am proud to say I did the last row of oysters on the cookie sheet! They aren’t so slimy…ok, they are, but I was able to get over it. : )

Then my grill master husband put them all on the grill. That’s a fish pan you see under the majority of the oysters. That comes in handy when we want to grill a nice flaky fish and the grates on the grill are too harsh for the tender fish.

Then when the bacon is fully cooked, the oysters are done too.

Drain them on a paper towel or two and then eat them while they are hot!

I have to admit it, I think I may have been converted! I don’t like them raw and they feel slimy, but they sure taste great wrapped in bacon and grilled!! Of course, everything tastes better with bacon.

Even Spaz the cat thinks so.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Update on DH

His fever broke at around 3AM. It was as high as 103 degrees. I was in a state of constant prayer for most of the early morning. I was so blessed to see 100.3 degrees this morning. Then, before I left for work, it was 99.7. Thank you Father!! DH was moving around and seemed to be feeling better. It certainly gave me peace of mind heading off to work knowing he was better. I will go home at lunch of course and check on my wonderful DH but I think we are through the worst of it.

It is at times like this I feel such a strong pull to be at home. I am tired from being up all night, my DH still needs me and here I am at a JOB! Sometimes I wonder how I can reframe my priorities and realize I don't need to feel bad for my employers if I leave. I have grown so accustomed to them I would hate to leave but I can feel everyday my priorities are skewed.

I guess I better get back to work and focus my attentions to the tasks at hand. Work heartily as unto the Lord, not men.

Its only half past 12 but I don't DH needs me

Here I am, sitting at my computer waiting until 1AM so I can check my DH's temperature again. He was shivering and burning up earlier tonight. Once we got in bed I tried to stay close to him so I could help regulate his body temperature. I couldn't get to sleep because he was BURNING UP!! It seemed like the longer I lay with my back to his the hotter he got. He was sleeping really hard but whimpering in his sleep. I started to get really concerned. I prayed for him as well as myself. I could tell I was losing it with worry. I got up and did what any "new" wife would do, I called my Mama!

We prayed together and I started getting more peaceful. She gave me some good advice. Get his temperature (which I hadn't done yet, just the hand on the forehead thing) and then give him some Tylenol. Wait 45 minutes to an hour and take his temperature again. If it hasn't gone down even a little bit, call the doctor. After discussing his symptoms we figure he has the flu. He had a filling done last week and his jaw has been aching ever since. He has been so busy at work he hasn't had the opportunity to get it checked out yet. DH and I figure his bite just needs adjusted but Mama said it might be some infection started there and that could be the reason for his symptoms.

She encouraged me to remember that "by his stripes, ye WERE healed." Past tense. God has already put in great guards in our bodies to fight off infection. He has also provided for medications and doctors if our bodies need a little help.

DH has a temperature of 102. He took some Tylenol and now I wait for another 1/2 hour to wake him and take another reading. I am believing for great deliverance. DH needs his rest but a little peace of mind for me will help me rest better and take care of him too.

On the topic of medical care, growing up we always had 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Aid.

1st Aid - Pray for yourself, if you don't feel better within 10 minutes-6 hours (depending on the severity of your injury) go to 2nd Aid. And of course if it is life threatening, go to the HOSPITAL.

2nd Aid - Have someone minister to you. Sometimes someone outside yourself can see things you can't and can give you some words of comfort and encouragement. This can be via telephone (gotta love technology) because even just talking through your symptoms can be helpful. And of course if it is life threatening, go to the HOSPITAL

and last but NOT least

3rd Aid - Seek medical help. A lot of times I skip right to 3rd Aid because I know what is causing my headache (lack of water) or my tummy ache (indigestion, heartburn). The great thing about our bodies is that we have the ability to sense what is wrong and really, if we lift things to God, he can and does give us the guidance we need.

So, off I go to check on DH and maybe then I can get some rest. I should take some Airborne too, so I don't catch whatever this little bug is.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dramatic haircut (with Pictures) for Locks of Love

Ok, this will be a very "picturey" post. My DH is the fabulous photographer for these shots.

After much deliberation and a week of planning, I went to my local hair salon on March 30th and had 12" of hair cut off of my head!!!

Why in the world would someone do this after just learning how to french braid her own hair? This is why. On Thursday night DH and I were laying in bed and all of a sudden I realized I was getting it cut off the following day. "WHAT AM I DOING?!!!" I started to panic. DH was so sweet. He listened and then simply stated that "Hair grows back, but some little girl will have a beautiful set of pigtails because of your great big heart"

I was sold!

Here is the before shot of my ponytail.

Here are some "during" shots. You can see my eyes are closed in these pictures. I was praying. I was praying for the child receiving my hair and the organization that provides this services and I was praying that my hairdresser would be able to make me look presentable! LOL, I'm glad I have such a personal God!!

12 inches ready to be sent off.

Here is my after shot. I am still getting used to styling short hair. I have never had hair this short before. I have to get a "round brush" and thankfully Mrs. B has shared some advice on her WFMW

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Dyson Giveaway

Over at 5 Minutes For Mom they are doing a Dyson Slim Giveaway. This would be awesome to win but I am just happy they are making a lighter, smaller Dyson. The others are so expensive and huge I just haven't even contemplated them. If you want to, go an enter at 5 Minutes For Mom

Monday, April 02, 2007

A Package From Jodi Deputy!!!

I have been gone long enough. After all the hustle and bustle in our house from the plumbing I have been neglectful of my little blog. I missed you all so very much!

A while back Jodi over at Deputy Domain did a contest for her 200th Post and I won!! I was so excited as I thoroughly enjoy her blog and it is always a long pit-stop on my internet travels. Shortly thereafter I recieved a big ol' box in the mail, she was very timely on sending it out...I unfortunately am not as timely blogging about it. When I opened it up I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely card nestled right on top.

I started tearing into it and these are the wonderful books I found.

This magazine is LOVELY! I was so excited to realize I can find a nice teapot and cups without spending a fortune. Some delicious looking recipes as well.

I haven't cracked the spine on this book yet, although I did flip through looking at the bright, inviting pictures.

I just started this book. So far it is sad and humbling. I am only on chapter 2 though and I am sure it cheers up as the main character has a wonderful spark about her.

What could be under this beautiful handkerchief?


What a wonderful gift to receive.


I still haven't received my package from Mrs. Wilt for the Procrastination Challenge. I certainly hope everything is alright.