Friday, March 26, 2010

What Did You Say?

Welcome to Friday Funnies! I thought I'd end the week with a few smiles and a bit of laughter! Enjoy!!!

Pancakes Galore

MARCH 25, 1882 


1. Good Old Fashion Pancakes- Just like Grandma use to make!

2. Corn Fritter Pancakes- Are you brave enough?

3. Gluten-Free Pancakes- For those who have wheat allergies!

4. Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Pancakes- These sound delicious! Has anyone tried them before?

5. Fluffy Vegan Pancakes- Moist and delicious!

6. Chocolate Chip Pancakes- I've never tried this recipe personally, however thought it looked yummy! Does anyone have a true and tried recipe for chocolate chip pancakes you'd like to share?
7. Pancake Banana Splits- What will they think of next? 

10. Pancakes Fit For A King- These are said to taste like IHOP pancakes!

11. Pancake Mix In A Jar - Great gift for the holidays!

12. Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes - These use Bisquick, so they have to be simple! Gotta love that!

12. Eggy Pancakes- These are MY families FAV! They are very thin and can be rolled up. I'd love to share the recipe, but it's a family secret!

I'd love to hear from you. Does your family have a favorite pancake recipe? If you've tried any of the recipes above how do they rate? Please feel free to leave me comments and suggestions! I'm always looking for new scrumpdillyicious recipes all the time!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chocolate Covered Raisins

Happy "Chocolate Covered Raisin" Day! Who would've thunk? Yet, today is the day! I found a scrump-dilly-icious recipe for Chocolate Raisin Bars for all you raisin lovers! Feel free to share your favorite raisin recipe in the comment section below!


2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup peanut butter chips
1-1/3 cups raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts  


1. Heat oven to 350°F.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs, cocoa and sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly.

3. Press mixture evenly on the bottom and 1/2-inch up the sides of 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

4. Pour the condensed milk over the crumb mixture and sprinkle on the peanut butter chips and raisins. Sprinkle nuts over the top and press down firmly.

5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cover with foil and let stand several hours before cutting into bars.

(Let me know how these turn out. My family isn't much into raisins!)

One Nation Under God

God-devotion makes a country strong; God- avoidance leaves people weak.

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” 

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”

If ever a Godly man was chosen to lead our great country, it was the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan. I long for the days the Reagan Administration was in office. It frightens me of what is to come of America and those living in her now. However, centuries before Reagan, another man, King Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs, that we MUST stand UNITED and recommit ourselves to being a GOD-DEVOTED NATION in order to remain strong! Perhaps, history is repeating itself. One thing I’m certain of, is that America and her leaders need the prayers of the American people NOW more then ever! Please commit to praying DAILY for our leaders. I urge you to pray that the upright in heart will be established in positions of leadership in this land and the unrepentant wicked will be rooted out of it!

“Man is never so tall as when he kneels before God – never so great as when he humbles himself before God. And the man who kneels to God can stand up to anything.”

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

13 Special Days

13 Favorite Holidays or Special Days

1.  CHRISTMAS - My Savior's birthday and my favorite of them all! Although I've found it just isn't the same as when I was little. Why is that? 

2.  JULY 4th - PROUD to be an American! My favorite president is RONALD REAGAN. I wrote him a letter when I was in 5th grade and he took the time to write me back!! He even signed it himself and no one can tell me ANY different!

3.  EASTER - Many childhood memories, which began with getting up at the crack of dawn for sunrise services then on to church for breakfast. (Although, I never remember actually eating breakfast, but rather sitting with my friends on the church curb waiting for the one stoplight in town to stop flashing. Ahh, the little things!) After the stoplight would come on, it was time to rush home and change into my new Sunday dress. (Some years, with a little luck, I'd even have time to open my Easter basket before church!) Easter Sunday also meant giving 30 pieces of silver to God. (This was to represent the 30 pieces of silver Judas Iscariot was paid to betray Jesus.) After church my mom always fixed a HUGE lunch for our family then we'd color and hide eggs. How I miss those days!

4.  THANKSGIVING - RAT HUNTING! That's right, RAT HUNTING! Although, I must admit, this was not something I grew up with. No, it wasn't until after I became part of the "Spore clan" that I was blessed with such a tradition. After becoming a Spore myself in 1991, we'd spend each Thanksgiving at my husband's grandparents farm in Newkirk, Oklahoma. It was here, I learned the art of hunting rats! To my surprise, all you needed was a bunch of men and lil' boys, a tractor to lift the brush piles up and a big ole' stick to wallop the rats on the head when they came dartin' out! WHOoo-EEEeee! You never truly lived until ya got yourself that first mangy rat! Can't say I ever participated, but I did ride the tractor with G-Paw a time or two. That there was enough excitement for this city girl! Anyone else out there had the privilege of hunting them there rats?

5.  HALLOWEEN - WAS, I repeat WAS a favorite of mine. I use to love to dress up my boys each year. My oldest, Logan, was once a blue LEGO! I'm not talking a mini size lego, but a HUGE gigantic lego! He was SO big, we had to take him around in the bed of our truck trick-or-treating because he wouldn't fit inside! Another year, my middle son, Ethan was a "Cereal Killer" with boxes of cereal, knives, and blood all over him (not one of mom's favorites). All this was fine and dandy until October of 1998 when Ethan, then 4 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Now, I can honestly say I H-A-T-E it! Mind you, I rarely use the wore "hate." As I always told my students, "Hate is a STRONG word!" But in this case, I reserve the right to use it! H-A-T-E

6.  BIRTHDAYS - I "use" to love celebrating my birthday. Every year, for 18 years PLUS, my mom would bake me a cake. She always made sure each year was special for me. However, with the big 4-0 around the corner... I'm not as excited as I use to be! I do, however, LOVE to celebrate the birthdays of my three wonderful boys! This year we will be celebrating 18, 16, and 13. A hard year indeed, as they are growing up, but thankful they are with me everyday!

7.  My BAPTISM - October 1, 1978. The day I was immersed and committed my life to Jesus. It wasn't until I was in my 20's, however, that I actually understood WHY I believed what I was TOLD to believe all those years growing up. It was then I felt Jesus come into my heart.

8.  D DAY - November 2, 1998. Ethan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. (No, I haven't lost it, although I've asked myself the same thing a time or two.) We celebrate this day because we are thankful that Ethan has SURVIVED yet another year with this deadly disease without complications. We are thankful for the new and upcoming technologies that make his life easier. Yet, we still pray and yearn for a cure! 

9.  D DAY II - May 31, 2005. Caleb, our baby, was also diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Just when we didn't think we could take anymore.... God saw different. And again, five years later, we are SO very thankful Caleb is still fighting and not letting his life be controlled by this deadly disease. 

10.  DATE DAY - April 27, 1989 Dating anniversary to my high school sweetheart. Who would've thought after all this time, we'd still be together?

11.  WEDDING DAY - July 27, 1991 Wedding anniversary to the love of my life! The same guy as above :) Thank you for changing my world!

12.  SURVIVAL DAY - September 19, 1993 The day God spared my fathers life, after a drunk driver hit him head on, traveling at speeds close to 90 +/- an hour! My father is still with us today at the ripe old age of 75!

13.  TBD - What's yours???? 

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1 Lord, 1 Faith, 1 Baptism

(A day late a dollar short.)

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This is my youngest son.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Basketball, Then And Now


"Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people."


These are pictures of my son's high school basketball team this year. Each boy contributed something unique in making the team a success! Sadly, the season ended Saturday night for the Indians, as they lost in the Championship game of Sub-State. However, they had one heck of a season and our little town is VERY proud of them!

March 11, 1892 some 118 years ago TODAY, the first public game of basketball was played! James Naismith was the Canadian P.E. teacher who invented basketball in 1891. The original THIRTEEN rules were as follows:
1.  The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. 

2.  The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands, but never with the fist.

3.  A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man running at good speed.
4.  The ball must be held by the hands. The arms or body must not be used for holding it.
5.  No shouldering, holding, pushing, striking or tripping in any way of an opponent. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul; the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game. No substitution shall be allowed.
6.  A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violations of Rules 3 and 4 and such as described in Rule 5.
 7.  If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count as a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).
8.  A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do no touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal.

 9.  When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field and played by the first person touching it. In case of dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds. If he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.

 10.  The umpire shall be the judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.

11.  The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made and keep account of the goals, with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.

12.  The time shall be two fifteen-minute halves, with five minutes rest between.

13.  The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. 

A mere 30 minutes of game time, both a referee and umpire, and three fouls = a goal? How times have changed! 

What can I say? I'm a mother of all boys! Ironically, I'm not much of a basketball fan, but when your kid is can learn to like anything!

These are pics of our "E-Rad" The pink socks were worn in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The theme was, "Get Your Pink On" Over $2000 was raised and given to charities supporting cancer awareness and in finding a cure! GO INDIANS!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Innocence Of A Child


Innocent child and snow-white flower!
Well are ye paired in your opening hour.
Thus should the pure and the lovely meet,
Stainless with stainless, and sweet with sweet.

White as those leaves, just blown apart,
Are the folds of thy own young heart;
Guilty passion and cankering care
Never have left their traces there.

Artless one! though thou gazest now
O’er the white blossom with earnest brow,
Soon will it tire thy childish eye;
Fair as it is, thou wilt throw it by.
Throw it aside in thy weary hour,
Throw to the ground the fair white flower;
Yet, as thy tender years depart,
Keep that white and innocent heart.

William Cullen Bryant

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I have to brag a little! This is a picture is of one of my GREAT nephews. His mother, my niece, was told by her doctors that the chance of her having children were slim, to none. Then along comes this bundle of joy! A miracle from above, born May 1, 2009! Thank you Jesus for this precious baby boy. He has been a blessing to all those he has touched.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today's Thursday 13 are quotes by none other then Dr. Seuss!

March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991
Happy 106th Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

"A person's a person no matter how small!"

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!"

"Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all."

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ”

"I'm sorry to say so, but sadly it's true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you."

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

"So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads."
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!"


Lil' Bit This...Lil' Bit That..

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:

25 Ants—they aren’t strong,
but they store up food all summer.
Proverbs 30:24-25 (NLT)

If I asked you to paint a picture of how an ant spends its day, what would we see? Is it sleeping? Perhaps, taking it easy and relaxing on a blade of grass? Maybe the tiny little creature is even kicked back with an Ice Tea in one leg and the daily newspaper in the other.

Whoooaa! That's not the picture I see. Ants ALWAYS seem to be busy. They always seem to be working. And even though they are tiny, they accomplish much! Though a small, weak, feeble creature, ants will travel over rocks and stones, climb trees, enter into towers, barns, cellars, places high and low, in search of food; never slowing down. And if that isn't enough, the ant not only helps itself, but helps others. No one ant carries it burdens alone!

Did you know?

1. Some worker ants are given the job of taking the rubbish from the nest and putting it outside in a special rubbish dump?  They are a neat and tidy insect.

2. Ants can lift 20x their own body weight!

3. Ants are known to be the smartest species of insects with about 250,000 brain cells!

4. Ants are fast runners! If a human had the legs equal to those of an ant, we would be able to run as fast as a racehorse!

5. When a worker ant finds a source of food, it leaves a trail of scent to attract other ants in the colony to it.

WOW! No wonder the Bible instructs us to learn from these little guys! 

God's message in Proverbs 6:6 is directed at just the opposite type, SLUGGARDS! A sluggard is a lazy person, who wants to do anything BUT work! The sluggard is described in Proverbs 12:27:  'A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done!' What's the old saying? "Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy and wise." (Benjamin Franklin)

Yet, have you ever needed to get something done, but just didn't want to? Are you one of those people who thinks, "Aw, there's always tomorrow." PROCRASTINATION? Think, "Nike"... God doesn't want us to just talk about it, but DO IT!

Lazy people START things, but they don't follow through and FINISH what they start. How many projects and activities do you start and not finish? Often we get enough energy to start something but we do not FOLLOW THROUGH and FINISH. (I must admit, I'm bad about this.) Does God FOLLOW THROUGH and FINISH what He starts?

6 'And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.' Philippians 1:6

Thank you Jesus!!! Thank you for not tossing me to the side, only to forget about me. Thank you for staying WITH me through ALL things and helping me carry my burdens! Thank you for NEVER giving up on me! Please help me to work hard and to accomplish much for your glory and for the good of others.

Take note: Desires are fine, but we need to put some muscle and sweat and toil and effort into living to make those desires come true! Diligence and hard work are virtues and pleasing to God. God wants us to be "ant-like" as He works in the heart of the believer .

13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.'
Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

What are some ways YOU can be more diligent?

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