Wednesday, June 24, 2009

God is Good.


God is good. He really is!

The past three weeks have been interesting in trying to get together with Justin and his family!
(if you are new to my blog, I am courting! 3 months so far!)





"Week 1"
I honestly thought we were not going to be able to get together due to a busy week.
Justin surprised me by showing up at church!!!!
:)
I was so shocked and surprised!


"Week 2"
A visit was all ready...then something came up.
Wednesday I received a text from Justin that he was getting out of work early.....
My mom said, "tell him he is invited for dinner!"
It was an hour visit, but it was far better then nothing!
Justin gave me flowers :)


"Week 3"
Tuesday night Justin and his family came over to our house for dinner... but let me back up a little bit. Justin and I had both received our first Jury duty summons. He was the 23rd, while I was today, the 24th. I was very intimidated by the whole idea! I talked about it to my parents and to Justin about my concern. Justin kept telling me that if God wanted me there then I needed to not be afraid and just go with the flow. We both prayed over it... I obviously wanted to be canceled, while he wanted to be canceled so he could go to work (and later come to visit our family) I was still nervous, but Justin helped me put the situation in a new perspective. Monday night Justin called and was canceled. I was so happy! Tuesday came and I was edgy. My turn. :(
The Muzykas were due to arrive at 5:30- same time that I was to call the court. I was both looking forward to that time, and dreading it. (really odd feeling!!) The Muzykas arrived. I said hello very quick then went to my room to make that call. I prayed and prayed as I dialed the number. The pre-recorded message came on... I was not required to appear, Jury duty was canceled!!!! I was soooooooo happy!!! So thankful to God!
Justin was standing in the living room when I came out and I told him my news! He reminded me, "See, God is always in Control,"

So, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the evening! I can't stop praising God for His goodness! I am also so Thankful for all the encouragement Justin gave me.

It was a really nice time that my family spent with the Muzykas!

God is good!

~Rebecca

Monday, June 22, 2009

Potato & Cheese Casserole

My Dad discovered this delicious recipe in a News paper a few years back. He wrote down the basic idea of the recipe and came home to experiment, after a few tries he found the best "version" It has been dubbed, "Potato & Cheese Casserole".


The ingredient's measurements are "guesstimates" because my Dad was experimenting so much. And we are a larger family so we make more to go around.

But it does need...

Ham
(we cook a whole Ham for one meal, and use the leftovers for this)
Cheese
(We use cheddar)

Potatoes

Milk

Butter

Salt & Pepper


First my Mom slices about 4 or 5 potatoes really thin. Next we boil them to soften them some.


A piece of left-over ham, I trim all the skin and fat off and cube it.


There are oh, 1 inch by 1 inch I guess


We have about 4 cups of cubed Ham.


Next I use the shredder to slice up some extra sharp New York style cheddar.


Everyone in my Family (except Mom and Katelyn) likes extra sharp cheddar!


Now, the potatoes are supposed to be in slices still, however they were accidentally left boiling too long by my Mother.
But it still worked this way.


The casserole is layered, first cheese and ham.
Then potatoes and slices of butter.


I try to spread the potatoes evenly. Then add more ham and cheese, more potatoes, more butter etc.


Afterwards top it with some shredded cheddar, and then we pour about 1 cup of milk over it.



*****

We cover it with foil and pop it in the preheated oven.


Oven is at 400 degrees, we cook it for about a hour.


I wish you could smell how good this is!


I add salt & pepper.
I love this meal, it is so simple and so tasty!!!



God Bless,
~Rebecca


Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Swan

There is a pond right down the street from our house, and recently Collin and I went for a walk when much to our surprise we saw a nesting swan and her mate!!!!

This the male Swan.
I believe they are Mute Swans.

This was a thrilling and unexpected photo opportunity for my brother and I!


Reflection in the pond....


video

The above video is my brother Collin's handiwork.

Enjoy!

God Bless,
~Rebecca

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pepperoni Bread



For all those who enjoyed my Pizza! Pizza! post Ihave another great recipe using the same basic pizza dough!

The pizza dough recipe can be found here

Along with the dough you will need. . .


1lb of Mozzarella cheese

1lb of Chedder 30-40 pepperoni slices (or as much as you want)

And anything else you want!



I usually double the recipe so as to make four breads. If you make a doubled version and only eat 1 or 2, that's fine! These make great left overs, and they freeze really well!

After mixing the dough and letting it rise, I place the dough onto a well floured counter and form it into a nice round ball. Then I cut the dough into four pieces.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. These take about 20 minutes to cook.

To make a loaf of Pizza Bread I first roll one of the sections out into a rectangular shape (ok, I try to!)

Next I put about a hand full of cheese on the top portion,



Then I fold the dough over the cheese,


Next part is easy! More cheese!!


Now you can add pepperonis!


My mom doesn't care for Pepperonis, so we make her plain cheese,
OK, now you are ready to fold the dough over again, add more cheese and pepperoni!
Next fold in the ends and place on a well greased pan!
they should look like this. . .

They should look like "logs", now I add slits to the top, and brush on an egg wash (1 egg beaten)
Ok, I pop these into the oven! I set the timer for 10 minutes, afterwards I then switch the pans from the bottom rack to top, and the top to bottom. I set the timer for 10 more minutes.


OK! by now they smell soooo good!!!


The finished products! The egg wash gives the breads a "shine"!
Allright! Being very careful (these are very hot!) I cut the loaves into 2'' slices. I place them on a nice large platter and viola! Dinner is served and boy does it smell good! You could add chips, but this usually satisfies by itself. (yes, including my two teenage brothers!)

Doesn't that look good??
These are great plain, or dipped in warm sauce or Ranch dressing.
So enjoy, and let me know if you try this!!


God bless!
~Rebecca~


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pizza


Any one for Pizza?!
Since my last post on cooking for my family was recieved so well,
I thought it would be fun to share with you my family's favorite homemade pizza!
Every Friday night we usually make Pizza for a treat! Of course my family has 10 pizza lovers in it so we double the recipe. (At the end of this post is the link for the recip)

After we make the dough we let it rest for a while. When we are ready to make our pizza we preheat our oven to 425 degrees and make two round pizzas regular size and one pan pizza in a stone deep dish (that's for my mom!) After many trials and errors we have decided that we like to precook our pizza doughs for about 10 mins.






My Dad used to work at Dominoes for about four years .
While he was there he learned to make a very good recipe called "Philly cheese steak pizza".
It is not quite the same but for those who have had it they come back for more! I personally am not a fan of "Philly cheese steak"

You will need the following ingredients:
American Cheese
Provolone Cheese
Deli Roast beef sliced
Mozz. cheese
Peppers, onions and mushrooms are optional. Of course My Dad loves these added.

We then return it back to the oven for about another 10-15 mins. The other two Pizzas are one pepperoni and one deep dish cheese. I really like the deep dish one!


doesn't that look good?!

Now the finished product!

This pizza is requested often and goes really fast!
We hope you enjoy the recipe!


Here is our wonderful pizza maker!


Click Here for the website for the dough recipe.


God Bless, Rebecca



Saturday, June 13, 2009

Excuse Me, I'm Busy Being a Big Sister

Being a Big Sister to 7 kids is quite a job.
As the oldest, I have to make sure I am being a good influence to my younger siblings. At times I don't realize the fullness of this responsibility, but I am working on it!

I do spend a great deal of time with the two youngest ones, Caleb(4 1/2) and Katelyn(3). Mostly because they need the greatest supervision! Caleb is very curious, perhaps a bit too curious!


Whether teaching letters, playing outside, going for a walk, teaching proper behavior, kissing away a "boo-boo" or just cuddling up on the couch, it is all worth it.



:) Yup, definitely all worth it!

God Bless,
~Rebecca

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Mantle Piece

At a tag sale a few weeks ago, my Dad came across a handmade mantle piece for a fireplace.
Above is our living room fireplace as it looked when we moved here 4 yrs ago...


My Dad had to extend the wall so as to cover up some of the brick work.


With the new mantle piece that my Dad got for a really good price... $20


Detail work on the mantle.


The mantle was a bit too short, so my Dad added some scrap wood to make it higher.

Then covered it with trim.


Because the piece was custom made for a different fireplace, it wasn't fitting exactly. So Justin's Dad made an extension piece for us. He did an excellent job matching the profile of the carving!

After being painted...

Thankyou Mr. Muzyka, it looks great!!!
:)

So now our Living room looks "right purty" with the new mantle!

Great Job Dad!

God Bless,
~Rebecca

Happy Birthday Daddy!


Happy 45th Birthday Dad!
I love you, and hope you have a wonderful Birthday today!!!!
Thankyou for all you do, You are the best Dad ever!

:)

May God richly bless you on your Birthday and give you many more years to come!

Love, Becca

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Rather Unusual...Mug

This past weekend I went tag-"saleing" with my Dad and happened along a unique item!
My brother almost beat me to it... but because I found it first he let me buy it.

A little unusual mug...

The front of the mug,


The handle is a pencil!!!!



Side view of the mug.

Well, since Justin is majoring in Secondary Ed. in college, and since he loves mugs, I thought it would be a highly appropriate little gift!


After looking at various items... tag sales are great ways to make a good bargain!

God Bless, Rebecca