Sunday, July 26, 2009
Married Couple: $1,885
Married w/ 1 child: $2,309
Married w/ 2 children: $2,957
*Annual savings derived from cost-of-food figures from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Center for Food Nutrition Policy and Promotion & figures from DaCA’s price comparison study, which compares commissary prices with those of local supermarkets, major grocery storechains, and supercenters.
Increase your savings even more by using coupons!
According to the annual commissary market basket survey, the highest commissary savings are on meat and produce - 36 to 40 percent - but major savings over retail can be found in all departments. Savings are even greater in high-cost areas.
The commissaries, with nearly 280 locations worldwide, provide groceries to military personnel, retirees, Guard and Reserve members, and their families. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
heat oven to 400 degrees.
Bring your 1 cup water,
1 stick butter, salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Coat in your cinnamon sugar mixture, thoroughly coat, don't be afraid, really gently roll it around in the stuff, nice thick coating is your goal. Lay it on thick.
Now poke an X in the puff bottoms with a knife, and place back on your cookie sheet.
Set in your 200 degree oven for, get this, 45 minutes to 3 hours, until they crisp. It took my guys about 2 1/2 hours.. Don't worry, It will be worth it. In the meantime, don't have a cow, I have other things for you to do.
Make your warm chocolate dipping sauce.
Heat your bittersweet chocolate, 2 cups whole milk ( I used 1 %) wow, aren't I the health conscious one?
...your sugar, and instant espresso......in a medium sized saucepan until chocolate melts. Now mix the cornstarch...with the water and whisk into the chocolate until it thickens.. it thickens quickly. Done!
Take your gorgeous churro puffs right out of the oven...
Drizzle your churro puffs with that silky smooth, warm chocolate dipping sauce you made.. .
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I don't think I will ever understand how some people regard friendships as this profitable conveniences or sparkly new toys to be used up and tossed aside with little regard to either personal dedication or emotional consequence. To me, friendships are some of life's greatest treasures, never to be taken for granted or treated lightly, certainly never to be thoughtlessly tossed aside when the selfish perceived usefulness of the friendship is over.
Maybe it's just me... I could be totally off, but as a military wife, and as a military brat, I've just gotten used to befriending people fast and making it a point to keep the friends I make! Maybe I just let my guard down too early, maybe I just get attached too fast... But to me, time is precious, I don't know when we'll be PCSing next and I find this need to make every last minute count.
Some seem comfortable to profess friendship only when they need you, and then drop you when someone else comes along, or their need is filled, or it's no longer convenient. Give and take exists in all relationships. Some are just more interested in taking than giving.
I understand that some relationships can drift apart over time... I think ALL military wives understand that! But what I don't understand is how someone, with whom you have shared and enjoyed so much, can so quickly turn a cold shoulder or begin to ignore someone they once claimed as a friend. I hope I never understand this. It's not my nature. Short of an egregious betrayal of friendship, I just don't get it. Even then, I, by nature am quick to forgive. I may be more careful with such an individual, but wouldn't automatically exclude them from my life.
Over the past year I became VERY close with a small group of girls, but for the past month I sinced something was up with "the queen bee". Of course she wouldn't admit anything was bothering her, but I saw it in her face every time I opened my mouth. Well that, and the time of her voice. Any time I would suggest anything, she'd get this tone and just talk to me like i'm stupid. But you know what, I dealt with it... Not for me, she annoyed me to DEATH! But my daughter LOVES her two kids! Well yesterday I notice I had been deleted off of Facebook... I know, I know, sounds so lame... But she doesn't use a regular email, so facebook is really the only way to get a hold of her. So I go on her page to email her, honestly I didn't think much of it, I figured it was nothing more then a Facebook glitch... WRONG! I find a comment on her "wall" that says "[name] is tired of logging on to facebook only to read the same people's rants & raves. I can only hope that one day those people wake up and realize how precious life is and that by all their complaining they're just letting time slip by..." Then she makes a comment to her status by saying "Just did some 'house cleaning' to rid my friend list of those kind of people :) HAHA!! I can't stand campaigners!! Why didn't I do that sooner????"
Ok, I was pretty irritated at this point. This was a girl I regarded as one of my best friends here.... We hung out twice (some times three times a week) for the past YEAR! Just about every weekend we were getting together for family BBQ's... Our husband's golfed together... Oh, while we're on that topic, I call my husband, to tell him what happiness (still thinking it MAY be a mistake", nah, he looks and says he's been deleted too. So my husband goes on her husband's Facebook page to find this comment (from her, to her husband) "I miss you! Can't wait to see you tomorrow :) XOXO - and take a look at my friend list... I downsized to get rid of those people!! Later loozers!!!!" Uhhhhh ohhh kay... This WAS one of my good friends, and not only does she think she can just delete me from her facebook and I'll automatically be deleted from her life... But way to burn your bridges by trash talking for NO REASON... We still have plenty of mutual friends, so it's not like i'm NEVER going to see her again... She's just working her hardest to make it as awkward of an encounter as possible when we do see each other again.
The thing that just kinda rubs me the wrong way, is she has NO reason to say those things. I don't complain on Facebook... Well no more then the average person... She makes it look like I go on there every day saying things like "Oh my gawd, I hate my life" or constantly talking about how my life sucks... Which I've never done... Why? Because I'm quite a happy person (dry and sarcastic, but happy) and I most certainly DO NOT think my life sucks... I have an awesome life... I love my life... I wouldn't trade it for the world! But am I going to go on a social networking site and say that day in and day out? NO, because that would be "bragging".
After talking to a friend about all this, she suggested that I email "the queen bee" and "talk" to her, and maybe she would LET me back on her friends list. HAH! Wow! Beg to be LET back on her friends list, why? She's shown her true colors. I have little interest in maintaining any emotional connection with people who behave in such a way. Maybe their approach to relationships is no worse than mine and is just incompatible. I don't know, but I do know there are others whose perspective more closely matches mine, and they are the ones in whom I try to invest more. ...doesn't make losing someone you cared about easier, I guess, but I think it helps avoid future repeats. Fool me once...
- 1 large Vidalia onion
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 3/4 cup cornflake crumbs
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Slice the onion and separate into rings.
- Place in a shallow bowl and pour the buttermilk over the onion rings.
- Chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine the corn flake crumbs, garlic powder, parsley, cumin, black pepper and salt in a medium bowl.
- Mix to combine.
- Measure 2 tablespoons of the corn flake mixture and place on a plate.
- Remove one onion ring from the buttermilk and coat with the corn flake mixture.
- Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining onion rings, adding corn flake mixture 1 tablespoon at a time as needed.
- Spray coated rings lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake on the bottom rack of the oven until cooked through and crispy, 15-20 minutes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
- 1/2 C Vegetable Shortening
- 1/4 C water
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)
- 1/2 C mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Mix shortening, water, vanilla, and egg white thoroughly.
- Mix in cake mix, nuts, and chocolate chips until dough holds together.
- Shape into one inch balls.
- Place about two inches apart on un greased cookie sheet.
- Bake until almost set, about ten minutes.
- While warm dip tops in powdered sugar, cool.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Chipotle-Peach Chik'n Glaze
- 1/4 cup peach preserves
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded, chopped
- 1 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 1/2 lb)
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup peach preserves
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 2 salmon fillets (1 pound each)
- 1/4 cup strong brewed green tea
- 1/4 cup peach preserves
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt Grinder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Red Pepper
- 1lb devained shrimp
- 4 c. sliced peaches
- 2 c. sugar
- In a large saucepan, combine the peaches with the sugar.
- Let the mixture stand for 1 hour to bring out the juices.
- Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, over high heat.
- Reduce heat to low; simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Using a spoon, skim off any foam from the preserves, if necessary.
- Remove from heat; let stand for 1 hour.
- Ladle the preserves into jars, filling to within 1/4" of the rims.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
1. As soon as you find out her husband is deployed, take it upon yourself to tell her exactly how you feel about the war and how WE shouldn't be over there.
2. Follow that up by asking how she feels about the (former) President. (I bought this a year or so ago).
3. Look surprised and say, "I don't know how you do it, I could never LET my husband do that."
4. If she's pregnant, be sure and ask if the military is going to send her husband home for the birth.
5. Tell her she should really consider getting additional life insurance since her husband has a good chance of getting killed.
6. Remind her how lucky she is that her husband gets all that extra tax free money when he's deployed.
7. Try to relate to her by saying you know just how she feels because your husband was out of town on business for a week last month.
8. Ask her how she can be so faithful for 15 whole months and if she worries about her husband cheating on her.
9. Inquire on whether or not her husband has killed anyone.
10. Be sure to ask her when her husband comes home if he's done with the military or if he has to go back.
I got asked #10 a lot when DH was deployed, as well as #3, #4, #6, #1, and #2. Yup - I pretty much got all these statements/questions when he was deployed.
Isn't it amazing that non-military people have NO clue as to what we go through or that they can be so uncaring of what we are feeling. I know we briefly talked about this on last night's AWTR show - but I do think that being a military spouse is vastly different than being the spouse of a cop or firefighter. While their jobs aren't the safest ones in the country - they aren't being deployed (unless they're also in the military) to fight an "unkown" enemy. That's just how I think of it.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Keep it short and simple. Intense feelings of sadness and fear lie just beneath the surface. Too much emotional sympathy, or worse, pity, may undo their hard-won self-control.
#2 Leave opinions about the war at the door.
Military spouses are as diverse in their beliefs as civilians. Their beliefs may not be the same as yours but those beliefs may help them cope with the fear and sadness they feel during a deployment. Just listen.
#3 Donate to organizations that support service members and their families.
One is Operation: A Bit of Home. For a long list of worthy organizations visit www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil or vist ReMIND Cause to donate.
#4 Friends, Family members and neighbors can give them a break.
During deployment, homefront life is often isolated and grueling. Give specific offers of help - dinner, mow the lawn, offer to watch their kids for an evening.
#5 Employers can give military spouses more flexible hours before, during, and immediately after a deployment, understanding that the spouses' home demands have doubled.
#6 Educators and daycare providers can turn to the Military Child Education Coalition, www.militarychild.org, to learn how to help children facing a deployment.
#7 Professional organizations can offer pro bono services such as donated legal services to families with deployed service members. Counselors who wish to volunteer can try contacting the counseling organizations listed on Kristin's website.
#8 Churches, clubs, and book groups can offer support groups and social events, especially around holidays when a deployed family members' absence may be extra hard. See how some churches are reaching out to military families at www.elca.org/peaceandwar/families.html.
#9 Educate yourself about the services available to military families, many of whom are unaware and suffer alone. Family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, clergy, teachers, and others can create a safety net of support to steer individuals toward help.
#10 Stay engaged!
Make sure your military reflects the country you want America to be. Pay attention when military issues come up in the news, compare information from a variety of sources, write letters to the editor, and hold your elected leaders accountable for how they use the military and how well they support them.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
For anyone interested, there will be a service held in Little Rock, AR to celebrate little Avery's 9 weeks of life.
Pulaski Heights Baptist Church
Little Rock, AR 72205
Furthermore, the Keirse's are asking that donations be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Avery's name, in lieu of flowers.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
raisins or nuts (optional)
1. In a medium bowl, cream together white sugar, butter, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda,and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. If you are using nuts or raisins, mix into dough, combining well. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes approx. 36-60 cookies, depending on how large or small you make them.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A properly proportioned flag will fold 13 times on the triangles, representing the 13 Original Colonies. When finally complete the triangular folded flag is emblematic of the tri-corner hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution. When folded, no red or white stripe is to be evident leaving only the honor field of blue and stars.