Mashed Potatoes

If you are like me you like to get as much done before Thanksgiving as possible. Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple – especially in the south when you have to put gravy on everything. These mashed potatoes are really good. I made them at Thanksgiving last year. Here is the basic recipe but if you want details, pictures and some humor go here.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks has some awesome recipes and her pictures and detail are amazing.

5 lb bag of potatoes (I used yukon gold) – peel them and quarter them
bring a pot of water almost to boil and throw them in
cook 30 minutes or longer until potatoes are very done
drain and put them back on the stove over low heat while you mash
turn off heat and add 11/2 to 2 sticks of butter
8oz block of cream cheese
3/4-1 cup of half and half
salt and pepper to taste (Lawry’s seasoned salt is good too)
spread into a buttered baking dish
slice up some more butter about 1/2 stick and put butter pats on top
cover and fridge
remove from fridge to sit for 1 hour before cooking
bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes

OK – I didn’t say these were low fat – it’s Thanksgiving – a time for family, friends and real butter.



Thanksivng 2006 we spent in Isle of Palms,SC with our friends Fred and Stephanie and their 4 girls. We had a great time walking on the beach, eating Turkey and all the fixins in our tropically decorated rental home and watching our kids have a blast. Not your typical Thanksgiving. Check out this link to see what washed up on the beach at Morris Island this week. In case you don’t have time to click the link – it’s a 13 foot great white shark. Glad he didn’t join us for Thanksgiving!

Twilight and Temptation

I got away for a little while on Saturday night and went to see Twilight with some girls from our youth group. I don’t think movies are ever as good as books but this movie did a good job sticking to the story line and characters. The only character that I thought they really messed up casting was Carlisle. Just not how I pictured him. One of the girls said she thought he looked like he should have been in a Dr.Seuss movie. Anyway, the movie was worth my $8 bucks.

Last night at youth Mike started teaching a series on temptation. The story of Bella and Edward is really one of temptation. Bella is Edwards greatest temptation. In the movie he tells her she is like heroine to him. He constantly fights the battle of being close to her and not killing her. He is able to overcome the temptation to have her for a snack because of his love for her. Bella on the other hand is completely unable to resist the temptation of Edward. She is unconditionally drawn to him no matter how dangerous being with him becomes. I had some good conversations with the girls about guys. Bella is resigned to the fact that no matter how hard she tries she can’t stop what is happening between her and Edward. Makes for a good love story but girls don’t forget that God has someone special for you. You may not have a choice about who you are attracted to, but you do have a choice about who you give your heart to. Make sure he is the kind of guy that God has planned for you. A guy that not only is after your heart but after God’s heart.

Share your thoughts about the movie.

Weekend stuff to do

Stuff to do this weekend

I really want to get to the movies and see Twilight this weekend but not sure it’s going to happen. It’s not playing at our little 3 screen here in Galax. It is playing in Mt. Airy at Creekside just about every hour – they have 2 screens showing it.

One of our bands, Scattered, from Cornerstone is playing at Cloud Nine Coffee in Mt. Airy Saturday night. Come out and be their groupies and hear some awesome music – these guys are getting really good. I’m president of their fan club 🙂 Cloud Nine was formerly Moby’s and is in the shopping center beside Staples and Ruby Tuesdays.

Christmas Craft show at the Galax Recreation Center (4th floor basketball court) is Saturday from 10-4. My mom is selling her awesome homemade soaps.

Sunday night – the big season premier of 24!! There was no 24 last season due to the writers strike (and Keifer’s jail time didn’t help either). Looking forward to getting sucked into the life of Jack Bauer again.

Sitting inside with a cup of coffee and my book (just started New Moon(the Twilight sequel) and avoiding the firgid temperatures is going to be at the top of my list.

Have a great weekend everybody!!!!!!

Thankful Thursday

I know I have tons of things to be thanful for but today I only have time to quickly post the top two.

1. My mom – today is her birthday!! She is an amazing lady. She is a wonderful mom, nini and friend. I am so thankful for what she has taught me and the loving home I grew up in – it seems rare these days. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA!!! I love you.

2. A day with the girls! I am headed to Charlotte with 3 awesome chicks to the Southern Christmas Show. Looking forward to shopping but most of all hanging out with the girls and finding a Starbucks.

Weekend update

What a whirlwind of a weekend.

Here’s a wrap up:

Started our life group back on friday night – awesome time starting the Fireproof Your Marriage study. We have 12 couples – it was fun to hear everyone’s story of how they met – some were sweet, some funny, some you wouldn’t believe if I told you:)

Saturday night we had our very first Saturday night service – it was THE BEST Cornerstone service I have ever been to! You don’t want to miss our next one on December 13th

Sunday after church the kids and I got to relax a little in the afternoon and I finished reading Twilight. Looking forward to the movie that comes out on Friday. Then I’ll be on to the next book – New Moon. I hadn’t read a good fiction book in a while(except for the Shack). I really enjoyed the escape. Most of my reading usually has to do with church stuff, parenting, recipes, etc. I think we all need a little romance and vampires every now and then.

How was your weekend?

Got any ideas?

Since our church is now in the Downtown area we are planning to participate in the Christmas Parade and open up our church for coffee and cider and a place for people to hang out and warm up. We want to walk (children too) in the parade and hand out something to let everyone know about the “open house” at Cornerstone after the parade. I have an idea for some cute shirts to wear as we walk but I don’t know what to hand out with the information, candy canes seem so cliche – any ideas? What has your church done to outreach?

Madagascar 2

After church on Sunday we were all a little grouchy and tired after an exciting weekend so we headed down the mountain to Mt.Airy for lunch at Ruby Tuesday and caught the afternoon show of Madagascar 2.
Cute movie. My kids loved the first one. I don’t know if I have ever sat down and watched the entire movie so I was a little lost at the beginning of this one but I caught on soon. The foursome of Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer, Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) head on a journey trying to get back to their home in NY City but crash in Africa and become reunited with Alex’s family. Their journey to find acceptance in their native setting with animals of their own kind has you laughing all along the way. Great movie to go see with the whole family.
My kids are anxiously awaiting Bolt and The Tale of Desperaux to be released. I am looking forwar to Twilight (just started the book last night)
What movies are you planning to see this winter?

Cornerstone Youth Rock!!

I have been involved in youth ministry for about 12 years. I just realized that I haven’t really blogged about it very much. Besides being a Christ follower, wife to my amazing husband and mom to my way too cute kids – it is what I love the most. I have to say that right now at Cornerstone we have a group of teenagers that have as much potential as any group I have ever worked with. God is doing something incredible at Cornerstone and I am so blessed and humbled to be a part of it. We headed to Charlotte this past weekend to the Planet Wisdom Conference with 24 teens and had a blast. As always the conference was just what our students needed. Great teaching from Mark about heroes throughout the Bible, awesome worship times (Dutton was the best band PW has had in a couple of years), and hilariousness from the Skit Guys.