Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Little Artists

Expressing ourselves through our art.....
I'm feeling a little red and yellow.

I'd like to use my hands, feel the art.

Contemplating the masterpiece....

The Troubled Artiste

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Steak Marinade

MARINATED LONDON BROIL(about 5 servings)
2-3 pound flank steak or London Broil
4 T balsamic vinegar (I like Fini Balsamic Vinegar)
4 T fresh lemon juice
3 T Dijon mustard
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika or paprika(I recommend La Chinata smoked paprika if you can find it.)2/3 cup olive oil
Make small scores about 1/4 inch deep and 1/4 inch apart on both sides of the meat. (This allows the marinade to penetrate more.) Place meat in large ziploc bag. Mix marinade ingredients and pour over meat. Marinate in refrigerator 8 hours or more.

To cook, preheat grill to high heat. Grill 8-10 minutes per side for rare to medium rare. To serve, slice thinly across the grain. Serve with your favorite steak sauce if desired.

I got this recipe from some site on the net. I don't remember where or I would give them the deserved credit. I love it. I am trying it on a cheap steak tonight and I will see if it tastes as good as it did on the flank steak.

I buy all sorts of meat on sale(no, not rabbit or venison or even lamb). Then I use the internet to find recipes. If I find one that I like, I save it forever- and post it if I remember! Please share your favorite marinade with me and I will post it and give you credit(aren't I nice).

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Tea Party (thanks Lee Anne)

A BIG bed for Nina
Mommy's Cooking School

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Enjoying the Beach

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish.

Saint Patrick ,is a Roman Britain-born Christian missionary and is the patron saint of Ireland along with Brigid of Kildare and Columba. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family.

While back in his homeland of Britain, Patrick decided to become a priest and then decided to return to Ireland after dreaming that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to convert them to Christianity. After studying and preparing for several years, Patrick traveled back to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Although there were already some Christians living in Ireland, St. Patrick was able to bring upon a massive religious shift to Christianity by converting people of power. St. Patrick is credited with converting the nobles; who set an example which the people followed.

But Patrick's desire to spread of Christianity was not met without mighty opposition. Patrick ran into trouble with the local pagan priesthood, the druids: and there are many stories about his arguments with them as well as his survival of plots against them. He laid the groundwork for the establishment of hundreds of monasteries and churches that eventually popped up across the Irish country to promote Christianity.
Saint Patrick is also credited with bringing written word to Ireland through the promotion of the study of legal texts and the Bible. Previous to Patrick, storytelling and history were reliant on memory and orally passing down stories.
Patrick's mission in Ireland is said to have lasted for thirty years. By the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland. It is believe he died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is commemorated each year.

Your education lesson is completed for the day. Since I have children, it is important that I know more than them about- well, almost everything- haha!

Since we are celebrating the color green today, I am cooking an artichoke for the first time. I am using the website called Simply Recipes. If you click on the artichoke picture, you can see what I will be doing this evening.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Peep Show

I couldn't resist posting this. Peep Show heeeheehee

What a great book!

What a great book! I couldn't put it down so I read it quickly. You should read it too. No, really, you should! Once again, thanks Mom- great pick! Thanks to Aunt Patsy!

Now, if you want to know more or see Jeanette and her mother, watch this:

Friday, March 7, 2008

Another Day, Another Blog

This book was written by the founding guitarist of Korn, Brian Welch. He tells his story of being addicted to drugs, giving up a child for adoption, having another child, and finally- finding Jesus. The first half of the book is somewhat depressing involving all the stories about drug abuse. However, he does find the Lord and really changes his life. It is not the best written book but I think the story is compelling. I know that I don't want my children to ever live the life of a rock star!

In other Mally Jo news, I have been working on a blog for my bible study group. Please take a look at it. If you have any valuable resources to add to it, let me know!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sweet Girls

Another princess is crowned....
Princess Betsy turned 2 years old.
Nina is still the first born princess- don't forget!

Princess Nina looks like the Queen Mother.

She is not a baby anymore. She will always be my baby.