Thursday, October 22, 2009

The name game....

I'm not saying I hate my name. That is not what this post is about. That being said...I hate my name. OK so not my name so much as people's lack to say it right. Let me clear this up for ya people....I AM NOT DANA HOWARD! It drives me crazy. I know I should just let it go, but....I can't! I have been Dana, Dee-anna, De-ann, and many, many, more.I know what you are thinking it could be worse right. Yeeah thanks. Haa, haa.

So knowing this about myself, why oh why did I name my daughter Eliza. Oh that poor girl. I guess being Mormon I never really thought of it as a odd name. Kind of old, yes, pioneery, yeah OK I get that, but hard to pronounce, not really. You may be thinking the same thing.
Well Eliza informed me the other day that since the first day of school the band teacher has called her E-lisa. She has corrected him several times, but he just can't get it.( He doesn't even try her last name.) So all I can say is," sorry kid."

Some of my fav songs are name songs. For example:
~Oh Sherry ( I l-o-v-ed this song growing up! I still do!)
~Mandy (classic Manilow, and I like Mandi too.=)
~Sweet Caroline (I mean Caroline is a really pretty name.)
~Annie's song (Nathan used to sing this all the time when we were dating. Annie, lovely name.)
~Jessie's Girl (I heart Rick Springfield. Really. I have the button to prove it. It is on my acid washed denim jacket.=)
~I almost forgot my fav. ROXANNE (this one can back fire though. Just ask Roxanne Miller. The poor women has to hear me sing it at her ALL the time. I am ashamed to say.)

There's more but I will spare you. All these choices and I picked Eliza. Oh well I guess she will just have to be E-lisa Howard with her Mom...Dana.sigh.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Looking at the past.....

We got to visit the Montgomery House for Little Nate's cub scouts. Brother and Sister Johnson invited everyone out to see the living history. It was a lot of fun! Here are some pics....

This is our "sweet little knuckle heads."(That is Nathan's words not mine.=)This is the front of the house. It is still a work in progress. They are raising money to restore it. Outside they had a camp set up for the soldiers.

Nate enjoying the solder's campfire.

Hello handsome! (Sorry I put this one in for me.=)

Roger's rifles. Hee heee sounds like a store in Randolph county.

This was one of the coolest displays. It is the field medic. He had everything including a stained bloody tablecloth! COOL!

"I'll save you Nate!"(yeah right!)

Nate,. Noah and our tour guide Zada.

The troops. The General is standing with little Nate. Everyone was very nice to explain things to the boys and let them hold and see their things. For example they let the boys feel how heavy their rifles were. (To which Noah kept saying he wanted to shoot something. Which made the guy give a nervous little giggle and take back his rifle.=)

Nathan and Sheriff Johnson.
This is Little Nate's Den mother, Sister Johnson, and MaKorah.(Sorry Debbie I got you with your eyes closed.=)Oops.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


How sick can one family get. I mean REALLY?! Yes, you guessed it we are sick AGAIN! I don't know what is going on! Yesterday I took Noah to the doctor and he has the flu. Not the pig one, just the regular one. So of course last night poor Eliza was coughing her lungs out...ALL NIGHT! Sigh. OK so I know it won't last, but man O man I am tired of being sick! We have hit our sick quota for this year! You hear me Natey and Emma! NO MORE SICKNESS!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spreading the GLEE!

Has anyone else seen the new show called GLEE? Me and Nathan love it! (It was actually Nathan who told me about it.) If you haven't seen it then I will tell you it is a lot like FAME. Only funnier. Check it out. It comes on WED. at 9:00 on Fox. I believe. Check your local listings.=)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Just look at my tree!

I saw this at Hobby Lobby. Right as you walk into the store, and I loved it! So already having a
Christmas tree in my kitchen(It was on it's was to the building for storage) I thought,"Shoot Christmas is right around the corner(5 months away=) Why not put up a fall tree?!"
So I put it up in the corner of the kitchen. Of course if you wanted I am sure you could easily make it into a Halloween tree.

I bought some pie pumpkins from walmart.

Nathan helped me pick out my picks for the tree. I'm not sure who had more fun!

OK so I could have done better on the bow. All in all I like it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The good stuff...

This shout out goes to Sister Cecil. She gave me the BEST recipe for buttermilk biscuits, that I now feel it is my duty ,NAY privilege to share it with you....

1st you will need:
3 cups of SELF rising flour
1 stick of cold butter or margarine
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cup buttermilk (you have to get the good stuff. You can't add vinegar to milk.=)
add butter like this( I keep calling it butter but it is margarine. butter is easier to spell=) Mix it together. I put it in my stand mixer at a 2 speed.
till it looks like this...

roll it out on a lightly floured surface. and cut out your biscuits.

I like to do different shapes. These are supposed to be pumpkins, but I think I used the skull cookie cutter.

Bake at 425 for about 10 to 12 min. Oh yeah not pictured is me rubbing the tops with butter.

ENJOY! Throw in a little bacon, and you have one fine biscuit my friend! (yes drinking cranberry juice out of a martini glass makes me feel fancy!)

Blast from the past

and all things denotes there is a God....

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