Saturday, April 30, 2011

Party Platters:

Getting ready for a big party house for about 150 people...
my ninth child is receiving her FIRST HOLY COMMUNION,
my fourth child is graduating from High School,
my oldest with her Master's Degree...
So people will be coming and going from noon till 7pm...
gotta have lots of food that can be put out in shifts...
deli and fruit trays to start and grilling in the afternoon...
with tons of yummy stuff in between...
Hoping to make trays that look like this:

This party is mainly sponsored by ALDI's...three carts and lots of helpers...


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Diet That Finally Works:

Where I work out...
My triathlete husband:
The book that is helping me:
Some of you know that have finally found a way to lose weight. I hope I keep it up because I feel great and the pounds are dropping.

See more here:

Hope you are feeling good about yourself too!!!

Thy will be done!!! +JMJ+

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I don't feel 43:

How to have a perfect 43rd b-day:
go to 6:30am mass at the chapel on the hill...
get a pedi with your daughter,
go to the gym with your daughter (4 ml),
have a great friend take 4 of your little kids,
lunch with your hubby,
shopping for landscape products,
and have a great dinner with family and friends.

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Saturday, April 23, 2011



Friday, April 22, 2011

Jesus - Mary Did You Know Video - The Passion

From a priest friend of mine:
Fr.Joe wrote "Mark Lowry admitted years ago that he wrote the following line of his song as an attack against the Catholic teaching of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: "This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you." I have banned it in my church and can in no way advocate the song for Catholics. It is pretty... but be careful of lyrics... Mary was already delivered... as the New Eve, she did know who Jesus was and why he was here. She cooperated in his redemptive work."


Monday, April 18, 2011


Fried Green Tomatoes:

Totally a classic. Teen and up...not just for chicks...
it's one of my hubby's favorites...
(That's why he calls me TWANDA!!!)
"The secret's in the sauce!!!"


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dessert treats:

These are great when you are having a party with alot of little kids around.

Sand cups:

2 cups milk
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped
topping, thawed
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers,
1. In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Beat with a whisk until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes.
2. Add whipped topping and half of the crushed cookies and fold in.
3. Place 1 Tablespoon crushed cookies into each cup. Fill cups 3/4 full with pudding mixture. Top with remaining crushed cookies. Refrigerate 1 hour. Decorate before serving.
4. Suggested Decorations: small paper umbrellas, gummy worms, gummy sharks, candy stars, chopped peanuts.

Friday, April 15, 2011

No longer a teenager...

What a looker, oh and Josh is in the picture too.
Go Terps!!!
Blue Steel

Hollister Model?
Passion Play
Stuebenville Trip
Organizing the Pantry
High School Graduation

What a great day...we love you so much. I know it has been a crazy year of transition for you. You have definitely made the best out of it. We are so proud of you. Thanks for trusting in our decisions and believing that God's Will will be done. Keep the faith and stay close to Christ!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Monday, April 11, 2011

Movie Review Monday:


If you like action and suspense than you would enjoy this. High school age in up...lots of shooting and some language. I really enjoyed this...sitting on the edge of my seat type movie.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

More on Dieting:

So with Lent and all being here...and the fact that I am not pregnant...I decided to try to lose weight again. If you read this you know I have been feeling fat lately.

This is the longest in my almost 23 years of marriage that I have not been pregnant...weird and sad...another stage in life approaching...

So I checked out a new eating plan that my girlfriend was using... It is called the 17 Day Diet: I am just a newbie and can't tell you too much...but what I can tell you is that I am eating great, not hungry (yes craving stuff), feeling wonderful, and losing weight!!!

Some general guidelines for the first 17 days called ACCELERATE CYCLE:

1. One 8oz cup of hot lemon water (squeeze half a fresh lemon in cup)
2. 3 cups of green tea a day
3. All the fresh fruits and veggies you want (minus a few) and no fruit after 2pm
4. 2 sugar free pro-biotic foods a day (like Chobani fruit yogurt and Breakstone's Live Active)
5. Eight 8oz cups of water per day
6. 17 minutes of exercise a day
7. Right now the only meat I can eat is fish (I eat tuna & tilapia), turkey breast & ground turkey (lots of turkey tacos and turkey burgers), and chicken breasts.
8. The only "fat" I can use is olive oil and cooking spray

I am sure there is a bunch I forgot...but...I guess check the book out at the library and see what you think.

Good thing it is Lent...cuz I can do this...especially for 17 days. So far I have lost about a half a pound a day.

My triathlete husband (aka "dirty hippy" due to his crazy long hair) who runs 20 miles a day for fun has placed a bet... When I get to 149 he will get a haircut!!! I only have to lose another 4 lbs and my husband is getting nervous ...a deal is a deal!!! Now he keeps tempting me to eat pancakes, fries, and take me out to our favorite spot...5 Guys!!! I am woman...hear me roar!!!
This is my sweet hubby(the short one)...
his hair is down to his shoulders now...
ok, so he is cute anyway...but!!!

I was so excited today when I was at the store...two people told me I looked great and asked me if I lost weight!!! No, "Hey you look great for having 12 kids (but secretly you look like a fat cow if you only had 3 kids)..."

Hey I am so excited cuz I just ran 4 miles on the treadmill!!! So, I will keep you posted on what happens and send pictures of my handsome husband after his haircut.

Thy will be done!!! +JMJ+

Real Life Blogging:

This is just after breakfast...


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My sweet Babz:

My girl is 15...can't believe it.
Babz you are funny, creative, and the best baby sitter around!!!
We love you and how you keep us happy and laughing!!!
Hope this is one of the best birthday's yet!!!

May God always be your best friend
and you find HIS WILL and accomplish it!!!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dieting Stinks!!!

You know you are sick of dieting

when the peaches and cream shaving cream you use

makes your mouth water!!!