Family Fun Day!

D took the day off and we had a family fun day. It was a great day. Right now we have Art in the Park going on in Plymouth, Michigan. If you are in the area, you should definitely check it out. I think this year is a lot better than previous years.

The kids had a blast riding around in the wagon. It was just nice being outside. We got to watch some really talented people on a half pike roller blading, BMX riding, and skateboarding. But best of all, we saw D’s friend who has a booth at this particular fair, every year.

His name is Jeffery Michael and he is one of the most talented musicians I know. Here is a link to his site. You are able to listen to some of his music on there. If you are looking for something soothing, this music is definitely for you.

http://www.fireheartmusic.com/

We picked up Cinematic Fantasy today and listened to it on our way home. It was very relaxing. So much so, both kids feel asleep in the back seat! Gotta love that!

Have a nice weekend!

Yummy Yummy, in my Tummy!

I made another new recipe out of my current favorite cookbook (The Busy Moms Slow Cooker Cook Book). It smells good, but then again a lot of things that cook all day in a slow cooker smell good, but it tastes even better.

Saucy Pork Chops

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes with garlic, do not drain
1/2 cup frozen chopped onions, thawed and drained
1/2 cup + 2 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS vinegar
2 TBS dark corn syrup
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili pepper
1-1/2 lbs pork chops (with bone)
3 cups cooked rice

Put tomatoes, onions, brown sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, garlic powder, and chili powder in the crockpot and mix well. Add pork chops and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Last 1/2 hour add rice.

**I used boneless by mistake. I wasn’t thinking when I defrosted them yesterday. Still good but I think they would be better with bone in pork chops. Also, I think next time I will not add the rice. Just serve it with rice.

Enjoy!

4th of July Cake

It didn’t seem right to post this on the other two posts about being sick…doesn’t seem to go together very well!

Anyhoo, this is the cake that I made for our 4th of July BBQ that we went to at a friend’s house:

cake

For the cake part, I bought a lemon flavored cake mix at Meijer and made the cake according the package directions using a 13 x 9 pan. Be sure to really grease the pan well. I like to use Wilton Cake Release.

Frosting

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 stick butter
2/3 cup milk
3 TBS flour

1. Beat the granulated sugar, shortening and butter together until creamy (takes a LONG time).
2. Warm the milk in the microwave to just more than room temperature. The warmer, the better…but not hot.
3. Add a little bit of flour to the mixture and beat. Then add some milk and beat. Alternate until the sugar is dissolved.

**I used a dairy free butter (not margarine) and vanilla flavored soy milk.

I made the cake the day before and frosted it the day of the party. One thing I would have done differently is to cut the strawberry halves in half again. They were too large and I was unable to make the cake an authentic flag with the appropriate amount of stripes.

Enjoy!

Just a Nasty Stomach Virus

Thank goodness! But boy was it a nasty one and it sure went through my house and our friends (sorry T!!!).

So I went back to the ER the next day for my check up like I was told to do. I felt much better that day but figured, I’m not a doc…I better just go. They start an IV again just in case I need fluids. They took a bazillion samples of blood and compared test results from the day before to the day after. My white blood count was at 11,100 on Saturday morning and by Sunday it was down to 4000. Everything else checked out as well.

The ER doc that I saw this time told me that he understands why they went the direction they went with possible appendicitis since I had all classic signs of it, however after comparing results, I had a nasty virus. I can’t tell you how glad I was to hear that. He said that the pain I had when they pushed into my stomach was probably from all the throwing up.

So the Goddess is feeling much better. Not 100% but at least I’m not like I was. And now it is time to continue to clean and disinfect EVERYTHING!

About Me!

My name is Leah and I am a Domestic Goddess! Now if you must know, I am laughing as I type this. This blog title came about because whenever I have to fill out an application for something and it asks for your job title, I always write in “Domestic Goddess”. It drives my husband crazy! “Can’t you just select ‘homemaker’ or write in ‘housewife’?” he asks. And the answer is simple, I could, but I don’t want to! Having the title of Domestic Goddess is much more fun!

I enjoy a lot of things, writing being one of them. When I am not blogging and taking care of my children or doing my many other domestic duties, I love to scrapbook, read, wander stores aimlessly for no reason other than to clear my head from a busy day, or sleep. I love to sleep. Probably because I don’t get to do it very often for long stretches at a time, so any and all sleep I can get is a good thing.

My family is very important to me and there is not a thing I wouldn’t do for my family. I have two children whom I absolutely adore, even when they are driving me absolutely crazy. But despite all that, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Besides my kids, there is also my husband Dan, who I have been married to for almost 10 years.

I am an open book type of person. If you have a question, ask!