Sunday, October 31, 2010

Military Blog Hop Winner!

This just goes to show that it is never too late to sign up for anything.

The winner of the Military Spouses' Blog Hop is.......





.......Lora of "My Camo Kids: An Army Wife Life!"

So Lora, visit Crystal's Country Store, and then contact me at


A Reminder.....and "The Prize" for the Military Spouse Blog Hop

I love Crystal Miller's Goat Milk Soaps. I have ordered them from her for years now. On the occasion that I run out and have to buy "store soap".....I practically go through withdrawals.

So the reminder part of the post, is "reminder" --this is the last day to sign up for the Military Spouse Blog Hop.

And the of those military spouse bloggers who signed up, will be selected to get two bars of Crystal's wonderful goat milk soap.

These are the two favorites in our house...the "Pumpkin Spice" (mine) and the "Bay Rum" (hubby's.)

She also has other kinds, like "Fuzzy Navel" and "Lavender with Flower Buds."

They are all wonderful!

When the winner is selected, I will have you send me your mailing address, and your two selections.

You can check out Crystal's Store here:

Crystal has no idea I am doing this....I just love her stuff, and thought you might too :-)





Cats have the life.

Homeschool Bumper Stickers

Earlier this school year, I had some bumperstickers made. When I did, I ordered a few extras. If anyone has a homeschool senior out there, like I do, and you are interested in one of these, they are $5, that includes postage to you.

They are the "euro"-style oval bumperstickers.

If interested, contact me at MrsMamaHen(at)

I only have a few, and when they are gone, they are gone :-)

Military Spouse Blog Hop

From now until the end of the month, I am hosting a blog hop for military spouses. This post will be pinned to the front page so it can be easily found.

Feel free to enter your blog, and spend some time visiting the blogs of other military spouses. We have to support each other in the military community!

(And Psssst! Here's a secret. One military blogger will be selected from the list for a very special give-away! And, if you share the hop on your blog, you'll double your chances!)

All blogs entered must be those of military spouses, and must be "family friendly." Any link that are added that do not meet those simple guidelines, will be removed ASAP. Only enter your blog url once. I will create a separate list for the drawing.


Entry period will end October 31st, at 10pm Alaska Time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Winter or Fall?

Yesterday Jen and I got ready to head to the store to do my grocery shopping. Here was Jen, waiting in the van for me.

This was the commissary parking lot. Parking lines are just a "best guess" in the winter. I ended up shoveling 3 times yesterday.

This morning I went outside to shovel snow again. At about 9:30 or so, the sky looked like this.

About 45 minutes later, a peek at the ski hill across the road.

Later this week, I am going to go for a little drive, and introduce you to a place called North Pole, Alaska.

No, not THE North Pole.....but it thinks it is! You'll see why........

Maple-Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

This recipe has moved. Find it --> HERE

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Roll

This recipe can be found HERE.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Faith Deployed - Winner, and another Military Ball

I said I would announce the winner today....and I'm barely squeaking it in after 11pm.

I had a very busy day today. I started cooking early, and took dinner to a new mom and her family.

Then I came home, did some laundry and prepared for a ball. Our unit had a military ball this evening. I didn't take many pictures, and at the end of the evening, had someone snap one of my hubby and I before we left.

It was a nice evening. The ball was much smaller than the last one we went to, because this one was simply our unit, but it was nice, and the food was good.

And so on to the give-away....

Using, I came up with the number "3"

So the winner is....

....."Queen of Our Castle"!

Congratulations! Send me an e-mail to claim your prize!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Snow

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Faith Deployed - A Give-Away

Not too long ago, I was asked to do a book review, and give-away on my blog. I finally received the books in the mail from the pubisher (things take a while to get here in Alaska) so I am posting the give-away.

"Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives" by Jocelyn Green

From the back of the book:

"Jocelyn Green's encouraging words will resonate with you as you experience daily the unique demands of military life -- in a culture that largely does not understand your stressful lifestyle. She's been there. And she knows both the privileges and hardships that come with being a military wife."

If you are a military wife, or family member or friend of a military wife, who you think will like this book, go ahead and enter the give-away by leaving a comment below.

I will pick a random winner, and the name will be announced on Saturday, October 23rd.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I Have Been Tagged

Laura O at Day By Day in Our World has tagged me in one of her blog posts.

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Do you do anything that one of your parents did during your youth and what is it?
This is hard. I mean, I cook, my mom cooks. I keep the house clean, my mom keeps the house clean. But my mother and I are very different in how we do things.

Any addictions in your life or ones that you've overcome?
The only thing I can think of, is the removal of junky processed foods from our diet. Now that we don't eat them, on the rare occassion we consume them, we find them disgusting.

Do you have a 'must see' TV program (or more) in your house?
My favorite shows are Castle and The Closer for entertainment, and then Fox & Friends and Glen Beck. I DVR all of them.

Where do you get your news fix? Newspaper? TV? Internet??
All three.

Are there any locations you want to visit?
The two places that I always wanted to see, were Germany and Alaska. I have now lived in both places. If I had to pick another place I would like to see, maybe Ireland and Italy.

How many places have you lived?
Oh boy. Going all the way back, to places I can't remember, for any length of time...

Heidelberg, West Germany
San Antonio, Texas
Beloit, Wisconsin (this is where I grew up)
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Fort Gordon, Georgia
Newport News, Virginia
Fort Eustis, Virginia
Nolanville, Texas
Fall Branch, Tennessee
Copperas Cove, Texas
Schweinfurt, Germany
Bad Kissingen, Germany
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Spring Lake, North Carolina
Raeford, North Carolina
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Raeford, North Carolina (again)
Wade, North Carolina
Sanford, North Carolina
Cameron, North Carolina
and now Fairbanks, Alaska

What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving. It is a day of family and good food, and thankfulness to God for all His blessings, without the hype of the materialism, and beliefs that I personally don't consider "christian" (but that is a whole other issue.)

Do you have a room set aside for homeschooling?
Unfortunately in the house that we just moved to, we do not. We did in the last three houses, and that was wonderful! I hope that when we buy a place, that we have that again.

Now, I'm not going to tag anyone, simply because I always feel like I'm imposing upon someone else with that. But if you want to continue this on your own blog, feel free! Post a link in the comments section so others can come along :-)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pork Ribs with Kraut & Potatoes

Here is another simple one-pot dinner.

You are going to start with a package of country-style pork ribs. These are thick and meaty and have a very small bone in them.

Heat about 2 tablespoons oil in an oven-safe dutch oven or large pot. Heat it well, but not to the point of smoking.

Lay some of the ribs into the oil, and let them sit for about 3-4 minutes. You are going to sear the outside, making it nice and brown.

Turn over and repeat on the other side. Repeat with the remaining ribs, then set aside.

Meanwhile, quarter some red potatoes.

Remove the dutch oven from the heat, and pour in 1/2 cup white cooking wine.

Use a spoon, and loosen all of the bits from the bottom of the pot.

Arrange all of the ribs in the bottom of the pot.

Lay the potatoes across the top of the ribs.

Now, you need a large jar of sour kraut (about 28 ounces or so.)

Spread it all over the top of the potatoes.

Sprinkle over, about 1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

Now here's a side note about caraway seeds.

Not everyone cares for these little gems, but have you ever noticed how often you see them in German cooking? There is a reason for this.

You ever notice that cabbage can leave you with after-effects? Let's be know what I am talking about.

There is an enzyme in caraway seeds that actually neutralizes this effect. So you can enjoy cabbage with out the....aromatic effects later.

Just tossing a little science in there for ya!

Now, back to dinner.

Put the lid on the pot, and bake it in the overn at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.

Your kitchen will start smelling very, very yummy.

And 2 1/2 hours later...

Remove all the contents to a serving platter.

and enjoy!

Printable Version: Pork Ribs with Kraut & Potatoes

Apple Betty

This is a super simple apple dessert that you eat with ice cream.

To start, you want 2 apples. Preferably Granny Smiths - or another baking apple.

Butter a pie plate.

Peel, core, and slice your apples, and pile them in the pie plate.

Now in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg.

Stir to combine.

Now mix in 1 stick (1/2 cup) of soft butter. You may need to mash it with a wooden spoon to get it mixed. Mixture will be clumpy.

NOTE! - I forgot to take a picture of this. Drizzle 1/4 cup of orange juice over the apples in the pie dish.

Layer the sugar mixture on top of the apples.

Bake at 374 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are tneder and the topping is crisp.

Serve warm, with ice cream.


Printable Version: Apple Betty

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Homeschool Wish List

I was browsing through this lovely blog, and came across this classic.

Oh, and Alison was kind enough to give me this award on her blog...

I have seen this many times over the years, and I just thought I would share it here. Thanks Alison for sharing it on your blog!

These may not all apply, but boy oh boy do some of them get a "That's Right!" from me!

For your homeschooling enjoyment:

The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List
by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling,
Issue #1, Fall 2007

1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

2 Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.

3 Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

4 Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

5 If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.

6 Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

7 We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

8 Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

9 Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

10 We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

11 Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.

12 If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

13 Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.

14 Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

15 Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

16 Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

17 Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.

18 If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

19 Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

20 Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

21 Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.

22 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

23 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

24 Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

25 Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mini Orange Cream Scones

I have been in love with Orange Scones ever since eating one from Panera Bread Company.

Sadly, the nearest Panera to my home, is about 2,000 miles away in Washington State.

Good thing I'm handy in the kitchen.

Here is my own version of Orange Scones:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cranberry-Orange Pork Roast

This is such a great Autumn meal. It combines the tangy flavor of cranberry with the sweetness of orange. It is also super, super simple.

To start, you want a pork roast. This was a boneless loin roast. Salt & pepper it, and put it in a roasting pan with a rack. Bake it for about 45 minutes at 325.

Meanwhile take one 14 ounce can of jellied cranberry sauce. You know the stuff.
Spoon it into a small sauce pan.

Add 1 cup of orange juice.

and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Now slowly begin melting it together until it is smooth.

After about 45 minutes, pull out the roast and brush some of the glaze mixture over the roast. Put it back in the oven.

Repeat this every 10-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer in the center of the roast measures 170 degrees.

This is the result.

Let the roast rest about 15 minutes, and then slice it up.

Serve with the remaining glaze spooned over the top.


Printable Version: Cranberry-Orange Pork Roast