Archive for October, 2010

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October Desktop Calendar & Recipe

There are three sizes available.  Just click on the links to download and set as your desktop!


800 x 600

1024 x 768

1280 x 800

Just clink on the size you want, right click on the picture and set as desktop background. Easy!

And here is a recipe to go along with:

Easy Walnut Brown Sugar Cookies

* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 cup brown sugar, packed
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 cup milk
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 2 cups flour
* 3/4 cup walnuts; chopped
* dash salt
* walnut  halves

Preheat oven to 375

Cream butter and sugar together until light; add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Dissolve soda in milk and add to creamed mixture. Whisk together flour, salt and walnuts.  Add dry mixture to creamed mixture until well blended. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet.  Press a walnut half into each mound and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.


Good Sunday Morning and Happy Birthday to Zach! October Photo Theme Announced!

Our oldest is turning 32 today.  32?  Whoa.  You know it’s been a weird journey into having adult children and the older they get the more you are friends and less parent and child.  I mean you want to be friends with your children.  I have heard so many times “you can’t be both” “you can’t be your child’s friend, you have to have more control than that”. Well I disagree.  Who do most children turn to for advice/guidance/companionship?  Their friends.  If you are their friend then you are among those that travel in that sacred inner circle. At times I have had to remind my older boys that I am their Mom and not JUST a friend so they can talk to someone else about their love life/girl trouble.  Because if you are a mom you know that all it takes to sour you on a person forEVER is finding out they have wronged one of your children.  So in those kinds of cases its best to leave things un-said.  All that to say HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Zachary Paul Dahlem.


Zachary from my favorite John Denver song and Paul after Paul McCartney – in this incident the name turned out great – thank goodness.  When you let a child (I was 19 when Zach was born) name a child you never know how it will turn out!  Two years later I wanted to name Jessica “Peaches” – THANKfully Jerry had the good sense to say no to that.  Come on, what were her career choices going to be??? And then we matured enough to realize names are important and should be thought out carefully. Hence, all the good old Hebrew names for the rest of the family.  Good strong names.

Zach drove down with his little man, Sam last night and they will be here to eat steaks and cheesecake. Jerry and I bought Zach (and Sam) tickets to a Dallas Stars game that they will go to on the 23rd of this month.  Those guys do love hockey. Oh and by the way Sam’s team won their soccer match yesterday! GO Rhinos!

Now for the October Photo Theme:

Pumpkins.  I want to see pictures of pumpkins people!


Deadline to get the photos to me via email: October 30

Winner announced on October 31st

Prize: $20 Snapfish gift certificate

You may enter up to 3 photos. They must be yours and you must give me permission to use them when you submit them.

COME ON NOW!  Submit your favorite pumpkin photos! Oh, and you can’t be kin to me.  And nothing…um…risque.  This is a family friendly site.  If you wouldn’t show your mom, then don’t show me!


Simply Saturday ’s Solmate Sock ’s Lucky Winner! September Photo Winner TOO!

Hey!Deb from Paper Turtle – uncross those fingers! You won!! Wootie Woot Woot! Why don’t you all check out her blog and tell her congrats! ?


AND the winner of September’s Photo Contest is none other than The Bib Professor – Niels from Norway.  Congratulations Niels! And here is his photo!

niels4WinnerThe theme was green…and this just spoke to me!  I love all the little green plants that look like purslane to me. Enjoy your $20 Snapfish Gift Certificate!

Tomorrow I will announce October’s Photo Contest Theme.  I hope EVERYONE will participate!  Come on you know you love photos!  And wouldn’t you love to have a Snapfish Gift Certificate of your very own???

Have a great weekend.  We off to see Little Man Sam play soccer and then I have a cake to bake for a friend’s friends birthday and packages to get ready to mail Monday…and next week is going to be INSANELY busy.  Do I say that more often than I should??? It feels like I do.  Things will slow down soon though.  Surely. Tomorrow is our oldest son’s birthday and he will he here for steaks and cheesecake.  There seems to be a lot of cooking in my near future!

And look peeps, you are going to have a hissy fit when you see the interview I will announce the 11th of October.  I am not even kidding you.  A fit, I tell you!  I am so excited, I can barely keep the secret!

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