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So Much to Post About…

…and so little time to write it!

Wish I had a direct connection from my brain to here. Oh, wait. No, that wouldn’t be good.

Ahhh, never-mind.


Oh, Dave and I got to see Amy Grant in concert last night! Not that Dave was thrilled with seeing it, but he did say he enjoyed it. I thought it was real good.  She is so funny. I did not know that about her. A very good concert with good friends, and it was in an outdoor amphitheater on a beautiful evening. Good times.


Harrison missed baseball practice on Thursday and then the first game this morning (Saturday). He got sick on Wednesday. It started with a  sore throat and then came the gunk and a cough.  He JUST DID THIS.  I am so sick of snot. Oh… and you know it… the little sweetie decided to share with his brothers… so now JJ has it! (He just did this too!) Now I am all over them with garlic, vitamin C, Vicks and my special potion (ya… not really mine… but we call it “mama’s potion”! Mostly just to scare the kids).

I am very bummed that Harrison missed his first game. It took a lot for me to send the email to his coach last night and tell him he wasn’t coming. But if he’s sick – he’s sick. What can I do? The coach was nice and said he understood, and also said that his son – who had the flu all week – would not be their either. No sense in having a relapse. This is true. I will get over it and there will be other games.


Our study on the American Revolution is supposed to end Friday, however, we are not done with our Living Book and are enjoying it very much. The boys asked if we could have another week of this study. I am considering it. It’s been a good study. The other night we made a ground beef type stew (with veggie meat) and then made “fire cakes” to dip in the stew/soup. Fire cakes are bread that the American Soldiers ate during the American Revolution. They are just flour and water (salt if they were lucky) and then cooked over-or in the fire. We cooked ours in the oven. They were fun to eat with our soup, but would get old if that were all we had to eat!


It may be a good thing that Harris couldn’t make his game today, as I have been sick with a migraine. They seem to be making me nauseous more now than they ever did. Eeeuuuwea. No fun. I did make a big pot of chicken noodle soup (with tons of garlic) this afternoon, but proceded to spill an entire bowl of it all over my lap and burn my legs. Idiot. I am going to go take a nap now. I’m just not right. (and no comment from you about that, Eddie.)

Chow all. Life will be back on track tomorrow I am sure.




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Gerrit gets a hair cut!

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Isn’t that better? You can see his beautiful blue eyes now!

WAY better than this…

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(although, in this light his eyes really show up nicely, don’t they?… and he is rather cute here… and…well, come to think of it… I think he will be cute to me no matter what his hair is like!)

But just so you know… he was okay with the “trim”.  He didn’t want it short, but was ready for it to be out of his eyes for awhile. Bless his heart!

Somehow I think he looks older now. Can you believe he grew 3/4 of an inch in one month? He is now 5′  7 1/2″ and he JUST turned 13!

Not sure I like that he is growing up so fast.


Let’s see… update on the cooties around here.

The one who got it first is doing fine now. We knew he was back to 100% when his humor came back!

The second one to get it is doing better… but still has the lingering deep cough.

The third one is Gerrit… and he is not a happy camper right now.(He still blames his brothers!)  But I must say that he has been SO good about doing all my natural remedies up until a few minutes ago! He say’s after all of this junk he drinks, gargles, eats and smells… he is still producing massive amounts of snot! And… his ears now hurt too.


(um… some of you may think I don’t give them any medication… I do…especially at night so they can get a good nights sleep. But during the day I try to pump them full of natural remedies. All I know is to try and fix it myself first… and if that doesn’t work… I am fine with hauling them off to the doctor!

So… we shall see with that one.

We have babies in the garage.

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The little Warbler Mama came back again this year and built her nest in the same spot… although changed around a bit since the husband cleaned the garage a few months ago.

My concern is that these babies will meet the same demise as last years babies did. Once they left the nest… and fluttered around on the ground for while to find out how to “take off”… our dogs got them.

Yes. The dogs. I rescued little birds all day last year on Fathers day. Running around the yard and snatching baby birds out of the mouths of my labs. It was awful. I think I rescued the same little guy three different times!

Hopefully one or two of them lived and went on to have a happy life!

So this year we will probably do the same thing. Normally when there is something or someone we don’t want the dogs to bother… we lock them up in the garage for awhile. But not knowing when these little guys are going to be ready for their departure from the nest makes it a bit hard. Plus the fact that the nest is in the garage!

Okay… on to cold and cold prevention remedies.

I have been trying to get a LOT of garlic into the boys – well, into me too actually – and have put it into just about everything we’ve been eating lately. (Thankfully we like garlic!)

The other day I made some Hummus and Guacamole that were inundated with fresh garlic.

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Then I made chili with enormous amounts of garlic in it.

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***Okay, let me stop here and just say… I am no gourmet chef!! I cook what JJ calls “the ugly necessities”! No froo-froo here, mind you… I cook to fill the proverbial tanks! And I am no fancy photographer either… so combine the two and… well… I’m sorry… but it just ain’t pretty.

Maybe someday I’ll get better at either or both of those!! ***


I am leading up to the concoction I made for Gerrit today. In my attempts to get even more garlic into him… I made him a “garlic tea“! Yes… I did. (I should have googled it… maybe it’s out there with a better way to make it… Or, I might have found out that you should NEVER drink garlic and ginger prepared together this way!! I don’t know… but whatever!)

And like always… I take what I make! So I joined him.

I boiled garlic and ginger in a pot of water for several minutes. Poured it out into mugs and sweetened it with (lots of) honey. It wasn’t that bad. Really. Gerrit drank two mugs of it! You could definitely taste the garlic… but it wasn’t so strong you couldn’t drink it.

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So… there you have it! And now I’m off to take spinach enchiladas (with garlic, of course) out of the oven for dinner.





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Here’s a Snippet…

As much as I’d like to give you a great and entertaining post today…

I am a bit too busy for that – just right now.

So… I will leave a small snippet of what is going on here at the “Newie Zoo” today. This is mainly for a couple of you that tend to worry if I haven’t left a post in a few days! (And yes… it is a blessing to have friends and family that care enough to worry about you when they don’t hear from you!)

1. Taking care of three kids with colds at different stages:

  • One has an ear infection already. Been to the doctor and is on antibiotics. At least he told me it hurt before it got REAL bad like it usually does. (But… it’s been a year and a half since his last one!! So… Yaay.)
  • One has bad congestion in his chest and after a rough night and fever, is coughing horribly today. He refuses to believe he is actually sick and is hard to rope and bring in!
  • The third one just started his cold today. He has gone threw a box of tissues already and is quite cranky that his brothers “gave” this too him!

2. Making all the potions and remedies I know of:

  • I’ve made “Mama’s Potion“, Hummus (full of garlic), cinnamon capsules and Garlic Soup for them.
  • As well as chest rubs with Vicks, supplements, herbal tea, Airborne, and a glass of water every half hour.

3. Determined to give all my ailing fruits and veggies a proper burial in a recipe or freezer:

So far;

  • zucchini/rice bake
  • sweet potato puree in freezer
  • 12 over ripe bananas mashed and in freezer
  • 5 lbs of apples (about to die) peeled, cored and chopped – ready for freezer and a cake.
  • Guacamole (with LOTS of garlic) done and almost consumed!

4. A mountain of laundry to climb:

  • No explanation needed here… boys = lots of dirty clothes.


SO… I’m off to the kitchen again! It was nice to sit here for awhile and rest while I posted this!

I have some pictures I can’t wait to show you… and a new recipe to share… but it will have to wait until later! Maybe this evening I can get some pictures on here.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!



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Garlic Chicken

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I made this Garlic Chicken the other night… and it was fabulous!

We all liked it and it’s definitely a “keeper” recipe!

Thank you Stephanie!




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I Won!

Thank you to Ronnica over at Ignorant Historian !! She had a drawing and I won a $50 dollar gift card to Target!!

How wonderful is that?! Thank you Ronnica!

She is a kick… you must go check out her blog if you have not already. She used to be Kansas Girl. (Geez… I think that is what her blog was called. So sorry Ronnica, I’ve already let that information out of my brain to make room for the new blog name!!) Anyway, go check her out and I promise you won’t be sorry!

Oh, and I do hope you get to feeling better soon Ronnica.

Here is a little potion recipe for you.

I make my boys drink this when they are coughing or sniffleing… or looking like they are going to cough or sniffel! :0)

Harry is a great little "potion" taker!

Harry is a great little "potion" taker!

One of them HATES the stuff and wears a nose plug to gag it down… but the other two young ones and myself actually like it!

I make it in bulk… but I reduced the recipe just for you.

Mama’s Potion

3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (the good kind… not processed. It says it has “Mothers” in it. That is important.)

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. warm water

4 Tbsp. honey

Mix it up good and drink a shot of that every hour or so and it’ll fix ya right up! (Warm it up in the microwave if you want)

Eat lots of fresh garlic too. That is a wonderful natural immune system booster. Yea… it will make you smell… but who wants to be around you right now anyway?

Bless you!




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