Thursday, April 30, 2009

Canada O Canada-We can't wait to visit you!

We're going to CANADA this summer!!!! Da' Bears have always had passports- Teen Bear has used his, but not baby bear.

Since they've aged...alittle...and look unrecognizable...they had to get new ones. They came this week in the mail!!!

Now we can go ANYWHERE anytime-like Paris for the weekend!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Rainy Day and A Banana Nut Muffin Recipe

Seriously, HOW MANY MORE blogs about RAIN can I write? I think I'm having post traumatic rain syndrome. How many more pictures can I show of our street being flooded. OK class, now we ALL know our street FLOODS. Aren't WE special or specialer as Snow and I like to say. From now on there will be NO MORE pictures! But...before I was EPIC... the water line was at our door. I stuck my foot out the door and it covered my toes! We were so close and yet SO FAR from the water coming in and getting ALL new "stuff". In all, we got 13 inches of rain. Which would equal 13 feet of snow.

The LAST picture you will EVER see of the water line. You can go here for more pictures- they usually get it worse. Hence, they are more specialer.

So, at 4am Baby Bear was in the kitchen cooking breakfast-eggs and sausage. At 6am the school district cancelled school. It became the PERFECT morning for sleeping- it was dark, rainy, no where to be...the street was under water.... So Baby Bear took to baking! I've been making this recipe since 1991. It's from a cookbook that Papa Bear's family put together for a family reunion.

Banana Nut Muffins

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 chopped nuts

Combine dry ingredients. Mash bananas, add butter and sugar. Cream together. Add eggs vanilla and sour cream. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and fold in nuts. Bake 375 for approx. 15min. I always say until you can "smell" them.

Even the cat got in the act of "playing in the water"

Just another day in Our paradise!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My go-to Appetizer

Yesterday we gave a wedding shower for a friend who's daughter is getting married. This is what I made: my favorite-everyone-loves-it-SUPER-easy-anytime-a-year-appetizer:

Aka: Cranberry, Crab Meat and Cream Cheese Appetizers

1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce 1/3 cup cream cheese 1/4 cup minced crab meat 2 tablespoons green onion 15 individual mini-fillo shells, thawed Cook shells according to package directions. Place cranberry sauce in a small mixing bowl; beat with whisk or fork until smooth. Combine cream cheese, crab meat and green onion in a small mixing bowl. Fill each shell with about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture. Top with 1/2 teaspoon cranberry sauce.

And wa-la you have the most delicious-super-easy- appetizers!

Friday, April 24, 2009

A week ago today.......

The weather was like this:

Papa Bear was in another city trying to get home to go here:

To spend the weekend with these crazy kids:

At a church Retreat called "Break Thru" with music led by this guy:

At 4:30pm on schedule, 3 cars loaded with 20 plus kids left for camp without Papa Bear. He didn't make it home until 1am! Short story: He was to be on a 3:30pm flight "to make sure and get home on time" he changed it to 11:45am. The rain kept comin', the flight kept getting pushed back until finally at 6:30pm it was cancelled. He rented a car and drove home. That 3:30 flight he was originally on-it left at 6pm! He's not bitter.

So, Saturday morning he drove to the camp.

"Ain't No Party Like a Holy Ghost Party, Cause a Holy Ghost Party Don't Stop!"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tim Hawkins Tuesday

Because everyone could use alittle laughter!

Friday, April 17, 2009


May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

-An Irish Blessing

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 2007

Baby Bear was a "10-ager", a cub scout and would still wear his hair "our way".

Teen Bear was a "tween". This is him at Exchange City, a program thru Junior Achievement. The whole 5Th grade got to spent a day "running" a city. He was the "Sign Shop" owner.

Time slow're going toooooooo fast!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tim Hawkins Tuesday

If you've never heard of Tim Hawkins, check him out on youtube- he's Jeff Foxworthy meets Jesus. Very funny and kid friendly. In others for the WHOLE family.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

This morning Baby Bear gave a testimonial on the verse 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are his thoughts-it's dark because it was at our sunrise, candlelit service.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


This is what's going on at our house at 3:15pm on Saturday afternoon. Papa wants a nap and the puppies want to play.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter ROCKS! (Rock Opera)

Thanks snow for blogging about our field trip Wednesday night. You said better than I ever could. Click on the word "Snow" and check it out.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

summer vacation is in ....

days. But we're not excited....

No one made a count down and hung it on their door.

No, we're not excited.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"2 on 2" and a sweet face

The Midwest is getting hammered by snow...again..... This is the entrance the a golf course Aunt J. was supposed to play on.... yesterday....instead it SNOWED!

We're sending you warm weather bikini wishes!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Waiter, We need our check

"I'm not your waiter!"

"Then why are you dressed so nice?"

"I have a U.I.L. concert today and.....I'm just fancy like that."

"Oh, U.I.L.- Uniform Investigation League?"

"No! University Interscholoashtic League"

The Music Program of the UIL is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas. Each year approximately one half million middle school, junior high and high school students reap the benefits of participation in the ten UIL music events.

"Oh.....How did you do?"

"Super Special Awesome. We got the highest score possible on all 3 songs. We also had to sight read. We had 7 minutes to look over music we had never seen before."

"Cool, How did you do?"

"We got the highest score."


"How did you celebrate?"

"Asian style, we went to Pei Wei"

PS- "You can find me in the back row center to the right of the director's baton"

The Steppes of Russia

Serengeti Dreams- Commonly know as "Spaghetti Dreams"

Winchester March

Friday, April 3, 2009

Creamy Pork Tenderloin

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
1 egg
1 tbs. water
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tbs. canola oil
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 tbs. butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chicken broth

Cut the tenderloin into about six to eight pieces. Use a meat tenderizer to flatten pieces to about 3/4 inch thickness.

Combine egg, water, rosemary, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place the bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip the pork into egg mixture, then into bread crumbs.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown pork in oil for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove pork medallions to a 13 x 9 pan. In the same skillet, saute mushrooms in butter until tender.

Add in a cup of sour cream then 1/4 cup chicken broth. Cover the dish with foil and bake in a 325 degree oven for one hour.

I made this last night and it was a hit.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


No Foolin'

Wish you were here!