Thursday, August 21, 2014

Easy Potatoes O'Brien

I love it when my husband cooks for us.  He doesn't cook very often but that makes it all the more special to us.  This is something he use to make for his dad often.

Easy Potatoes O'Brien

1 bag tater tots, thawed
1 onion, diced thin
2 peppers (either red or green)
1 polish kielbasa, sliced

In a large fry pan add the tater tots.  Crush them up as they cook.  Add the onion and peppers.  Cook until they are tender.  Then add the kielbasa and cook until it is heated through.  Let the tater tots get a nice brown on them.

 This is SO good!!  The tater tots give it so much flavor.  Not only that but it is so easy.  I am linking up with my friend Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Cooking Thursday. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Thank you Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for hosting this.

Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
I am really trying to eat breakfast each day.  So today I had a cup of coffee with a slice of toast and jam.

On today’s to do list...
Clean the house.  Now that I'm out of the house a few days a week, things are not cleaned like I like them.

Currently reading...
Our woman's bible study group is going to start 1 Peter in a few weeks.  So I thought I'd start early.  I'm still reading The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill. 

On the TV today...
Nothing much.  I may watch something on Netflix later.

The weather outside is...
It is sunny with a nice breeze.  Its currently 64 degrees out.  I am really enjoying this cool summer.  We have not had many really hot days that required the A/C. 

On the menu this week...
Monday~ Left over ham, carrots, potatoes and cabbage
Tuesday~ Ham and bean soup
Wednesday~ Chicken and rice
Thursday~ Taco Lasagna
Friday~ We are headed to the fair so we will get something there.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Pray and read the Bible.  I was in awe of our Pastor's wife this weekend.  I just love serving the Lord next to our Pastor and his wife.  Seeing her in action is so encouraging!  I was joking with my husband this morning.  I said, "I want to be Carla when I grow up." 

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
Zucchini Pasta.  Hannah found a little device that you can make "noodles" out of veggies.  So we are going to try it out. 

In the garden...
Nothing.  Well I do have 2 containers with herbs in them.  One is Basil and the other is Apple Mint.

Favorite photo from the camera...
My husband doesn't cook very often.  But there are a few things we do request from him.  One is something he would make often for his dad. He calls it Potatoes O'Brien.  I will be posting about it later this week.  It is SO good.  The other thing he makes very well are omelets.  I really miss him making those for me on the weekends.  Hint Hint honey!

Homemaking Tip...
Place a few drops of an essential oil into a spray bottle with white vinegar and water.  I spray this on my curtains, rugs and couches as a freshener.  Especially the couch where Charlie (our dog) lies.  I spray it right before I go to bed.  When I come down in the morning the house smells so fresh! 

Visiting with Blog friends (blog to share)...
I know many of you have probably already read this one.  But I really enjoy Home Joys.  She is living the life I have often dreamt of.

Praying for...
Our counseling ministry
Church family
Our children
Our marriage (do you pray for your marriage? If not you should)

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
Proverbs 12:26
"The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray."

Friday, August 15, 2014

National Warplane Museum

Last week a friend of ours Amy took her kids to a local hidden gem, The National Warplane Museum.  It is one of those places you hear a little about from time to time.  The museum is dedicated to the restoration, display and preservation of World War II and Korean War era airplanes.  My husband was on days today and decided to take a half day so we could go.  Neither of us had ever been.  BOY were we missing out.

We honestly did not know what to expect.  We were greeted at the road by a nice sign that directed us down a very long driveway.  As we approached we saw another sign.

This was really neat.  Shows us how far away each of these places were.  So we chatted about the different areas.  Recently one of the airplanes made a trip to Normandy for the D-Day anniversary.

We pulled in and the place was a bustle of activity.  We really picked a great day to visit.  They were preparing a few of the planes to take off.  The Rochester air show is this weekend.  So we were invited to come in and walk around.  One of the feature aircraft is a C-47A Dakota.  Also known as the "Whisky 7".  It was one of the first aircraft during the air strike of D-Day, June 6, 1944.  This is not a replica but the actual restored aircraft.

It was really neat to actually see a part of history live and in person.  The people at the airport were so willing to stop and chat with us.  The kids had a great time.  Andrew and his friend were right there climbing into the aircraft when invited to do so.

Inside the C-47.  I thought about the young men who were originally in this aircraft.  How they must have felt on the flight in 1944 knowing what they were headed over to do. 

Starting up.  We were excited when they said they were getting ready to take off.  They got up to the runway and something was wrong with the engine.  Bummer!  But it was neat to see the aircraft up close and personal.

Here we looked at an L-17 aircraft.  Andrew enjoyed looking at this one.  The rest of the pictures are the aircraft displayed.

AN-2 Currently being restored

The aircraft with the Canadian Maple Leaf on it was indeed a part of the Canadian Air Force.  It is a cargo plane.  The museum is currently in the process of restoring it.  We were able to go up inside it.  The guys were willing to chat all about it with us.

As you can see they are in the very early stages of restoring it.  I was in awe of how big this was.  They were getting ready to start painting the outside of it today.

It will be neat to see the progress of this aircraft.  Since the museum is pretty close to us we plan on going back often.

The boys were standing with these 2 gentlemen who were chatting about the "Whisky 7" and the engine troubles. 

Hannah checking out of the museum.  I thought this was cute.

We had such a great day.  I really hope more people go visit this place.  It is amazing!  The staff and volunteers are so knowledgeable about the aircraft.  Each July they host an air show.  We plan on going next year.  I took almost 300 pictures today.  I may have to do another post to share them all with you.  LOL!  I hope I didn't completely put you to sleep.