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David and Mary leave “The Amazing Race”

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

My favorite “Amazing Race All Stars” couple, the Kentucky coalminer and his wife – David and Mary – were the last ones to reach the pit stop tonight, and thus were out of the race.   Even after the “beauty queens” missed a clue and had to go back to retrieve it, and even after Mirna (of the Charla and Mirna pair) acted like a complete imbecile when she had to pick up some fish, it was David and Mary who came in last.  I was SO hoping that Charla and Mirna would be the ones to go home tonight.  They are so annoying and rude to people. Mary braved her fear of white-water rafting, and David was a whiz in picking up the fishes.  I just really, really hoped they’d make it to the end.

David and Mary were as country as they come, but they were also genuine and caring.  I thought they were refreshing in comparison to some of the other pairs who are so self-involved and ruthless.

Mary’s words to David at the end of the show:  “I love you.”  So sweet.

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Chicken Rice Soup – Guaranteed to make you feel better when you’re sick

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

I made chicken rice soup last night, and it was really good.  I didn’t follow a particular recipe.  I just added what I had on hand that sounded good.   This is virtually fat-free and is just oozing with good health.   Here’s what I did:

Chicken-Rice Soup

1 boneless/skinless chicken breast

2 boneless/skinless chicken thighs (I like using some dark meat because it is more flavorful than the white meat and seems to make for tastier soups and stews)

1 can chicken broth

grated carrots (about a cup)

1 large onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/4 cup each of diced green, yellow and red peppers

parsley (to taste – probably a couple tablespoons)

poultry seasoning (to taste – about a teaspoon)

salt and pepper (to taste)

1/4 cup brown rice, uncooked

In a large pot, cover the chicken breasts well with water and cook over medium/high heat.  As the chicken is starting to cook, slice/dice/shred the vegetables and add to the pot. 

Add all the other ingredients, except the rice.

Once the chicken is well cooked, remove it from the pot.  Once it has cooled, either shred or chop it.  Then return the chicken to the pot.   Bring the chicken and vegetables to a strong boil.

Add the rice, turn the heat to low, cover the pot and cook until the rice is tender.  Serve with crackers or cornbread.

You can also add a can of diced tomatoes to the soup for a little flavor.  I love tomatoes, and so that’s what I did yesterday, and the soup is REALLY good.  However, it would have been just as good without them – just good in a different way.

If you like soup with a thicker broth, you can add a teaspoon or two of EITHER corn starch of all-purpose flour to thicken it.  Some people add a couple tablespoons of instant potato flakes to thicken a soup.  It’s good whether or not you thicken the broth.

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Thursday Thirteen – Valentine Edition – #46

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Here are the thirteen people and things I love most in this world

(1) RT – What a great husband!  He keeps me laughing at his antics, and he’s still just as romantic as he’s always been.  We have fun together, and it is almost spooky how often we start saying the same thing at the same time.  Building the house with RT is fun because our tastes are so similar.  We have agreed on everything of importance.

(2) Our daughter – Stinkeroo – She’s my good friend and confidante.  We talk with each other just about every day.  I’m so proud of her.  She’s funny, and we laugh a lot together.

(3) Our son – Scalawag – Such a motivated and industrious young man.  He started his own business and is doing great with it.  He’s kind and funny.  We laugh a lot together, too.

(4)  Our oldest granddaughter – Sweet Stuff – Such a gentle and helpful spirit.  She’s always eager to do whatever she can for others.  She’s funny, smart, sweet – and precious.

(5) Our youngest granddaughter – Sunshine – Such an independent and loving spirit.  She’s funny and cuddly and smart – and precious.

(6) My mother – Ruth of Ruthlace – She has demonstrated in her life the “can do and will do” attitude that accomplishes so much.  She’s not only a wonderful role model, she’s a wonderful mother.

(7)  My six siblings – I won’t even start on each of their character traits.  Each of them is talented beyond measure, and I love each of them so much.

(8) The children I teach

(9) The teachers I work with each day

(10)  My church family – RT and I have only been members of our small United Methodist church for a little over a year, but the people have welcomed us with open arms, and we love the friends we’ve made there.  The minister is led by God, and we feel that specific church is where we belong.

Okay, I could go on and on and list “all the people in the world” but I’ll stop there with the people.  Now, what “things” do I love/enjoy?

(11) Blogging – It may sound silly to some (not to other bloggers, probably) but I love blogging.  I enjoy writing, and I enjoy seeing my words in print.  I love reading other blogs.  I enjoy it so much I started a new meme last week – SUNDAY SEVEN.  It’s a great way to end one week and start the next week with a little review and thankfulness.   (P.S. If you want to join – do it now.  Just email me and let me know.  We’ve already got a great collection of headers and a good blogroll.   Everyone who joins in February becomes a charter member of the Sunday Seven meme!)

(12)  A good night’s sleep – I probably mention this too much, but I still marvel at how wonderful it is.  There are few things better than a good night’s sleep.  And I am thrilled that I normally sleep very well now.

(13)  Computers – they save so much time.  I guess they waste time, too.  I love the convenience and ease of email and word processing and web surfing.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here

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Monday, January 29th, 2007


The Carnival of Education #103 – over at The Education Wonks

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

This week’s Carnival of Education is up at The Education Wonks. Head on over there to read some of the best writing and information in the field of education.

Next week’s carnival will be right here at THE MEDIAN SIB. Get those entries in as soon as possible. The deadline is Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Email them to me at carol(at)themediansib(dot)com, or use this carnival submission form. (Note: The carnival submission form is the easiest way. Once you type in the URL of your post, it does practically everything else for you.)

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Are your people going to nominate Hillary?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

A man walked into a very high-tech restaurant in a fancy hotel. As he
waited to be seated, he noticed that the maitre d’ was a robot.

The robot clicked to attention and said,”Sir, there is a one hour
wait. I am programmed to converse with you until a table is ready, if
you please.”

Intrigued, the man said, “OK.”

The robot clicked a couple more times and then asked, “Sir, what is
your IQ?”

The man answered, “Oh, about 164.”

The robot then proceeded to discuss the theory of relativity,
interstellar space travel, the latest medical breakthroughs, etc. The
man was most impressed.

The next day he returned, but thought he would try a different tack.

The robot again asked,”What is your IQ, sir?”

This time the man answered, “Oh, about 100”.

So the robot started discussing NASCAR racing, the latest
basketball scores, and what to expect the Red Sox to do this weekend.

The guy had to try it one more time. So the next day he
returned. Again the robot asked the question,
“What is your IQ?”

This time the man drawled out,” Uh…..’bout 50.”

The robot clicked, then leaned close and very slowly asked,
“A-r-e y-o-u-r p-e-o-p-l-e g-o-i-n-g t-o n-o-m-i-n-a-t-e

(Hat-tip Don and Dorothy)

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A Story CERTAIN To Bring Tears To Your Eyes

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Wow!  I just finished reading THIS POST over at Daddy’s Roses.  Click the link and read it for yourself.  You’ll be glad you did.  It’s a true story from long ago, and Joan’s has photographs to show you.

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Blogalicious – Rich, Bloggy Goodness!

Friday, January 5th, 2007

I got my BLOGALICIOUS cookbook in the mail yesterday. What fun! I like the subtitles: “A Cookbook of Favorite Recipes from the Blogosphere” and “Rich, Bloggy Goodness.” I love cookbooks anyway, but this one is especially enjoyable to read. Most of the recipes are authentic recipes. Others are just for fun. I’m honored that I was asked for three of my recipes. There are recipes from well-known and not-so-well-known bloggers. And I might add that Glenn Reynolds’ (Instapundit) foreword is succinct.



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Moist Pound Cake with Caramel Frosting

Monday, December 25th, 2006

I’m writing this from my mother-in-law’s house.  I just ate a slice of cake that was out of this world. It’s a moist pound cake with caramel frosting.  Lillian, my MIL, agreed to give me the recipe.  Here it is:


3 cups plain flour

5 eggs

1 cup milk

2 3/4 cups sugar

2 sticks margarine, whipped

1 cup Crisco

2 tsp. vanilla or desired flavoring

Have ingredients at room temperature.  Cream together margarine, Crisco and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well;  add flour and milk alternately at low speed.  Add flavoring.  Grease and flour 3 nine-inch cake pans.  You can also cut waxed paper to fit in the bottom of the pans.  Pour batter into the pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes.  Cool and remove from pans.


Caramel Frosting

3 cups sugar

1 T all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup evaporated milk

3/4 cup margarine

1 tsp vanilla

Put 1/2 cup of the sugar in a small pan and heat until it completely melts and caramelizes – stirring constantly.  Set aside.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a heavy pan and bring to a boil.  Add the caramelized sugar to it.  Once it reaches a boil, boil for 5 minutes – stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and start mixing it with a mixer – up to 15 minutes until it’s the right consistency for frosting.

This cake and frosting are just about the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

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God’s Coffee

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said, “If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive, and in some cases, even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee. The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. The type of cup we have does not define, nor change, the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups. ENJOY YOUR COFFEE!

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Leave the rest to God.

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