Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherds Pie

Need something new to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers? This shepherds pie is super easy and super good. Make it as big or as small as you want!

Combine in casserole dish:
Leftover turkey, shredded
Leftover stuffing
Leftover veggies (or frozen mixed, heated)
Leftover gravy

Top with:
Leftover mashed potatoes
Cheddar cheese, shredded

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until heated through. If desired, put it under the broiler for 30 seconds to give the cheese a brown, crispy crust. Serve with salad and leftover cranberry sauce.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Homeschooling Humor

Here's a list that was passed through one of the many homeschool groups I belong to. I thought it was funny, in a biting sort of way. Hopefully I never become bitter enough to respond the way it suggests! (Though I have been sorely tempted at times.)

This list is dripping with sarcasm. Read at your own risk!

The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List
By Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling Magazine, Issue #1, Fall 2007

You can follow the link to read the whole list but here are some of my favorites:

#1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

#12 If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

#16 Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

#18 If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

On walking and friends

In response to two friends, Bekah and Brooke.

I've actually turned my morning walks into morning runs (okay, jogs), mostly because I want to get done faster. Walking alone (with my iPod) for 3 miles seems so much longer than walking and talking with friends. And walking makes me sad because it reminds me of all my good friends that I most likely will never see again.

Maybe if I run long enough I'll catch up with you.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My new calling!

And I was just starting to enjoy not doing anything. ;) I've been called as the Ward Choir Director. So Becky is the winner! Yay! I'm actually looking forward to it, though I'm not looking forward to putting on a Christmas program with only 8 rehearsals. Oh well, I'm sure it will all work out! I haven't directed anything since just after my older ds was born, so I'll have to spend some time getting the cobwebs out.

In addition I have been subbing as the Primary pianist for the past several weeks and I'll be playing for their Sacrament Meeting Presentation this coming Sunday as well as directing the hymns in sacrament meeting! I guess I spoke too soon when I said the ward had plenty of music talent. They really do, I just think they're happy to have someone new to call on. And I'm really happy to help. I'm pretty comfortable doing anything church music-wise, even playing the organ (if there's a great/bass coupler! and no real organists in the congregation.)

Anyway, thanks to everyone who participated in my little contest. I promise I'll have some more entertaining posts soon!

Join the choir!