From The Mud Puddle

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments

What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A friend passed this along. I tried it last night with the kids and it worked perfectly!

Ziplock Omelets

This works great !!! Good when you're alone or when all your family is together. Best feature is that no one has to wait for their special omelet !!! Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
- Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the quart size Heavy Duty Freezer Ziploc bag (no more than 2 eggs), shake to combine them.
- Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, salt and pepper, etc.
- Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake.
- Make sure to get the air out of the bag, otherwise the bag will float when boiling and the eggs will cook unevenly ... zip it up.
- Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.
- Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

- If camping, use a spoon and eat out of the bag ... keeps cleanup minimal.
- Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece. Imagine having these ready the night before, and putting the bag in boiling water while you get ready. And in 13 minutes, you have a nice omelette for a quick breakfast!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day
to Jay...My Husband


Happy Birthday!

To Christopher, my son who turns 14 today.

May God, the Father be glorified always!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

God's Sunset

This Evening

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


This is a picture I just took of one of the baby bunnies that was born in one of the natural areas of our yard. My son was mowing and saw it hop across the grass. He came inside to get Hannah and me. This was the first time we have seen one of the babies. We were surprised at how close the baby bunny let us get to it. We kept thinking the mama bunny might come out seeing as we had surrounded her baby-but she didn't. I was happily surprised that I was able to this close to be able to take a clear, up close photo of God's marvelous handiwork.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Bunnies do eat your pansies, just so you know.
We have enjoyed watching this bunny in our yard this year. We think that it has a nest in this natural area that we have yet to touch in our yard. It is the perfect area for wildlife to hide, as it is very wooded and natural (hence the name-natural area ;) )
Twice now, without a camera in hand unfortunately, we have pulled into our driveway and have seen our bunny sitting right there at the sidewalk. It is amazing to have such a close view of the bunny. The first time my daughter, Hannah, tried to go inside to get the camera so we could take some pictures of it up close. It hopped away. I only have a small mini movie of the bunny hopping back to it's nest that really isnt very good-but you can see it's cottontail popping up and down as it ran away. The other day, my son and I pulled into the driveway, and saw the bunny sitting right there once again. I didn't have my camera, but did call my daughter on the phone so she could come to the window and watch. We watched him eat various grass, weeds ... and then.. a stray patch of pansies that had come up in an area that is now grass where we used to have a flower bed. My daughter called me back laughing and said, " He ATE the flowers!!" We laughed together about it as we watched this bunny eat. He also ate a dandelion, leaving the fuzzy part to the ground (which looked really funny -seeing the fuzz fall from his mouth) We watched for about 15 minutes before we finally got out of the car to go inside. Of course when we got out, the bunny hopped away to its nest again.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Cesar Millan-The Dog Whisperer

Friday Nights 8 PM

National Geographic Channel

We were over at my mother's house a few weeks ago. She was trying to find a show that my son, Christopher, would enjoy watching while we were there. She stumbled on The Dog Whisperer Show. My son loves dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors so she left it there for him to watch. We were all drawn in by how this man, Cesar Millan, can go into someones home and help them rebalance their dog from very antisocial behavior to being very balanced as he calls it and the way the dog should be. It's like Nanny 911 for dogs! My mother taped a few shows for us here and there since. As a family we are facinated by this show and the way he works to get the dogs to do what he wants them to do. While he recognizes the dog as a very important member of the family, he also recognizes that the dog is JUST a dog...and that it wants to be a dog and needs to be socialized as such.

I wrote this blog entry about a year and a half ago about some of the challenges we were having with our cocker spaniel Bayley. While many of the things suggested were a great help to getting Bayley back on track, he still often will fight against a haircut,(though less now that we have a muzzle for him) a bath(though less now that we have a better routine for it), and exhibits anti social behavior to other dogs while on his walk(something definitely worth working on since he really enjoys being outside). Watching this show has really made us rethink some of how we respond to Bayley and some of what might be happening in his mind as we go through the episodes. We are on the waiting list at the library to check out his book, Cesar's Way.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

"The reason we're here and the reason we sing
is to thank you oh God and give praise to our King
We lift up our hands and we lift up our eyes and sing
You are Holy
The reason we're here and the reason we sing
is to thank you oh God and give praise to our King
We lift up our hearts and lift up our minds
And we pray that all we do will bring glory to You."

Aaron Shust

Everything is always about Jesus-never about anything or anyone else.