Homemade Household Cleaner...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Tuesday's Question...

Monday, May 28, 2012

I know it's been a WEEK since I've last posted.
It's been a little busy here at Walking on Sunshine.

The Colonel had a few days off since his trip to Kentucky.
We spent the last few days working around the house...
planting flowers, planting our vegetable garden and relaxing.

But on to more important things...this week's Tuesday's Question!

"What are 3 reasons why YOU can't die?"

I know the question is STRANGE, but play along, okay?

Here are my 3 reasons why I can't die...

1.  I am the only one in this household who knows how 
to get the ice cube unstuck from the ice maker.

Once in awhile an ice cube will get stuck in the ice maker in our freezer.
It looks something like this...


Now, imagine an ice cube all the way at the end,
because for some reason it's always in the end slot...
THE HARDEST TO REACH.

I really am the only one who knows how to take a wooden spoon
and hit the "stuck" ice cube so it falls out and the ice maker starts
producing ice again.  

SO difficult.



2.  I am the only one in this household who knows
how to make ice tea OR refill the water jug.



And the all important...

3.  I am the only one who knows how to change the tube of toilet paper.


So, please leave YOUR answers to this week's Tuesday Question.

I'd love to know why YOU can't die!

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday's Question...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This week's Tuesday's Question came to me yesterday
because of something we did as a family LAST week.

"What was the last movie you 
saw in a movie theater?"

Normally I would have to think really hard to answer this question 
because very rarely do we go to the movies.

They're just so expensive and the Colonel's schedule is so full
that we don't really have time to see movies on a regular basis,
not to mention that the closest theater that's NICE is a 35 minute drive.

HOWEVER,
that all changed last week because we saw 
not ONE but TWO movies.

Last Tuesday we went to see
The Avengers...


It was GOOD, but anything with Robert Downey Jr. lately is GOOD!

Then on Sunday, after church of course, we finally saw
The Hunger Games...


Michael insisted on waiting to see the movie until AFTER 
he finished reading the book.

I thought the movie was good, a little long, but good.

Here's a picture of Olivia and me waiting for the movie to start...


So, now it's YOUR turn.

"What was the last movie you saw in the movie theater?"

I'm heading to the airport this afternoon to pick up the Colonel.
He left yesterday morning to DRIVE a school van to Kentucky.
And today he FLIES home!

Sounds confusing, but that's life in the Army!
The cadets need the van for their summer training, which is done in Kentucky.


Enjoy your day!  

Scripture Sunday...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Four years ago my life came to a screeching stop and has not been the same since.
My father died.
Actually, it was four years ago yesterday, but I thought I would write about it 
today in my Scripture Sunday post
because my dad LOVED the Word of God.

When my dad was packing up his library to prepare to move to 
their new house, which is 3 houses down from our house, 
I asked my dad for a few of his sermon notebooks.

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll notice
that I've been incorporating some of my dad's sermons into my blog posts.  
You can read one HERE.

For today's Scripture Sunday, I thought I would share a favorite verse of my father's,
something he wrote in every Bible he gave as a gift.
It's written in mine.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: 
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; 
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.




What a beautiful verse to think about today...
I am NOT ashamed!

The Bible in the entrance way of  Bethlehem Church...
the church my dad pastored for over 30 years in Queens, NY.


Enjoy your Sunday!  



Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake...

Friday, May 18, 2012

This week's Something Yummy for My Colonel's Tummy
is a really delicious CAKE.
I made this cake for my daughter came home from college a few weeks ago.

I found the original recipe HERE, on a new blog I follow,
All is Amazing.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake...





Ingredients:

1 pkg. yellow or white cake mix with pudding
1 cup milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips


Yes, you use a CAKE MIX.


Begin by combining the cake mix, eggs, peanut butter
 and milk until smooth and then add the chocolate chips...



Pour the batter into a cake pan, I used a bundt pan...



Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or 
until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean...




NOW, for the icing!
The blog where I found the cake recipe did not include
a recipe for icing and I really wanted something a little nicer than canned icing.

The recipe I used is more of a GLAZE than icing.
BUT, it hardens up really nice and was so GOOD!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 TBS. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBS. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.

Using a spoon, start drizzling the icing over the cake...



Now, doesn't this look like something
YOU want to make for your family this weekend...




Do you have any plans for the weekend?

I'm hoping to get back into our vegetable garden, but that will be AFTER the Colonel
gets home from a commissioning ceremony for a few of his cadets.

Whatever your plans, I hope the weather is good and you all have a GREAT time!  

Enjoy your day!  

  

Mark 1:35

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Benefits of Meditating on the Word of God

Mark 1:35...

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, 
he (Jesus) went out, and departed into a solitary place, 
and there prayed."


We all know that God speaks to us through His Word.

As we read the Bible and wait in the Lord's presence
the Holy Spirit will reveal God's truth to us.

But how and when does this happen?

Only through daily quiet time with God.

But how many of us use the excuse that life is too chaotic?
Or, the ever present,
 "I just don't have time to read my Bible and pray."

(Photo Credit:  HERE)

In reality, our lives are already pretty orderly.
We set aside time for three meals a day.
We set aside time to work, a time to quit work.
We set aside time to sleep and a time to wake up.

The list can go on and on, but yet often
the needs of our soul are often overlooked.
This often results in nervousness, tension, worry, 
unhappiness, frustration, burdened consciences and 
especially lost souls.

The above verse tells us that Jesus 
took the time
to meditate and pray.

Why is it such a struggle for us to 
 set aside time to meditate on God's Word?   

We need to stop thinking of excuses and schedule a
"Quiet-Time Break" for our souls.

Many of us find the morning to be the best time to meditate 
on God's Word and to spend time in prayer;
before the day's activity begins.

Others find a different time of day works best.

It matters not WHEN.
What matters is that we give our souls this break and 
time away from our busy schedules.



When we begin to meditate on God's Word on a daily basis,
God's powerful truths will be applied to our daily lives.
It will turn us fully away from all the things that displease the Lord.

The objective is to feed your soul
AND..
 to experience the presence of God.

I know that's what I want!

So how about you?
Are you going to find time to have a "Quiet-Time Break" today?


Psalm 63:1 is my prayer:

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee..."




Adapted from a sermon by my father Rev. William J. Behr





Tuesday's Question...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

We've had a few crazy, fun-filled days here at
Walking on Sunshine.

Need to catch my breath, but FIRST I need to ask you
this week's Tuesday's Question!

"Does your family have any pets?"

We DON'T...

However, that hasn't stopped a few uninvited "Guests" from
appearing around our house.

This "guest" showed up last summer while the Colonel
was away in Washington State with the cadets...


Yes, I had to set the trap myself...


But thankfully, our neighbor helped me transport our "guest"
to his new home, down by the river...


The year the Colonel was in Afghanistan, another "guest"came to visit, 
thankfully the Colonel was home on his 10 day 
break and HE set the trap this time...


YES, that's a SKUNK in the trap.
He was living UNDER our back porch.

I knew something was under there, just didn't think it was a skunk.
Thankfully, the Colonel was home and he set the trap and called 
a friend to come over and "take care" of our "guest."


Then this past March, we noticed another "guest" in our back yard.
Only this "guest" was slightly confused.

He kept roaming around the yard, digging holes.
He kept getting closer and closer to the back porch and I knew if we didn't
do something, he would make himself comfortable on our 
back porch furniture.

We knew he shouldn't be out in the daytime and we suspected from
his odd behavior that he was sick and perhaps had rabies.

So we called another friend, Nelson, who's 
a retired NYC police officer to help us...



YES, he is aiming his gun at another skunk...


Finally, after 3 days of digging holes in our yard,
with a little help, the skunk stopped...



So, let me know YOUR answer to this week's Tuesday's Question,

"Does your family have any pets?"


Did I mention that I'm originally from
 Queens, NY?  


Enjoy Your Day!  

Mother's Day...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

19 years ago I celebrated my very first Mother's Day.
I still remember how nervous I was getting myself ready for church 
that morning; not to mention getting Olivia ready. 

Over the years I have come to LOVE Mother's Day.
I love spending the time with my children and especially
my Colonel; they always make the day very special for me.


There have been quite a few years that the Colonel 
has not been able to celebrate with us, but he always makes sure
the day is special for me.

This picture was taken a few years ago during a visit
to Washington DC.  We're standing in front of the WWII Memorial...


This picture was taken last November...


My love for these two children knows NO limit
and I am blessed beyond measure to have them call me MOM.

I love you Olivia and Michael.



Psalms 127:3

"Children are a heritage from the Lord..."

Proverbs 31:28

"Her children arise and call her blessed..."




Thank you LORD for blessing me.

I hope and pray you all are having a wonderful
Mother's Day!  

Today I am joining Think on These Things over at Lorraine's Blog.  Come join us!  

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Thursday, May 10, 2012




The other day I mentioned on my Walking on Sunshine Facebook page that I was trying a new recipe for dinner.  I was pretty excited about it and shared with everyone a picture as a tease for today's post.
AND a lot of my friends and followers started getting excited as well.  And I'm still pretty excited because it turned out really good.  Actually better than good.
And it was so easy and you make these potatoes in your CROCK POT.

Tuesday's Question...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

This week's question is something
that I thought of recently as I was preparing to spend 
the day doing what I love...

Cooking and Cleaning for my family.

Here goes...

"Do YOU have an outfit that you always wear
when you're working around the house?"  

For me the answer is easy...

YES!

Here I am in my favorite, old comfy shirt getting 
ready to spend the day cooking and cleaning.
I was preparing for the cadets to come and visit...


Now, don't be shocked, but I've had this shirt for over 20 years.
It originally was the Colonel's shirt and I "stole" it from 
him when I was pregnant with Olivia.

I remember the very first day I put this shirt on!
We were preparing to work outside in the 
yard raking leaves one beautiful fall morning
and I realized that NOTHING in my closet would fit.

I reached into the Colonel's side of the closet and grabbed this shirt
and it has remained on MY side of the closet ever since.

Here we are 20 years ago, I'm about 5 months pregnant...


Over the years, I've had different denim shirts and t-shirts
that I've worn to do household chores, but for some reason
I always seem to come back to this plaid shirt, 
maybe because the Colonel used to wear it. 

So, let me know if YOU have a special 
"cleaning and cooking" shirt as well.

Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread...

Monday, May 7, 2012


Here is a  DELICIOUS recipe that your family will love!


Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread





Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Bread



Ingredients:

  • 1 can of refrigerated Grands biscuits (not the flaky layers)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (I omitted) 




Directions:

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Place the butter into your bundt pan and place in the oven while it is preheating to melt the butter.
Open your can of biscuits and cut each biscuit into four pieces.
Combine the Parmesan cheese with the garlic and seasonings and toss with the cut up biscuits.
Once the butter has melted, place the cut up biscuits in the bundt pan.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until golden brown.



Ready for the oven...



Baked and smelling amazing...



Turn out onto a serving dish and ENJOY...



You really do just "pull apart" the bread and eat!


Enjoy your day!  

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares...

Friday, May 4, 2012

This week's Something Yummy for my Colonel's Tummy
is a DELICIOUS treat...

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares


I made these squares for the Cadets on Sunday and 
they were so EASY and so DELICIOUS.

YES, the Colonel loved them as well.


Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 package (8 squares) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter


Begin by creaming the butter with the brown sugar...


Add the combined oats, flour and baking soda and mix well...


Press 3 cups of this mixture onto the bottom of a
13 X 9 inch pan sprayed with cooking spray...


In a small microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate...


Stir in the peanut butter...


Carefully spread over the crust...
(Yes, those are oatmeal cookies cooling in the background)

Looking good...


Now take the remaining crumb mixture and sprinkle on top...


Bake for 22 to 25 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven or 
until the edges are golden brown...


Cut into squares and enjoy...


These really were DELICIOUS, but what I really
enjoyed about this recipe was how EASY it was to assemble.

Let me know if you try them!

Enjoy your day!

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