Monday, May 30, 2011
This Memorial Day please remember what's really important. The day isn't all about shopping and picnics and taking trips to the beach. Today we should take the time to think about all the sacrifices that our service members make everyday to ensure our freedom. Also remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to my husband and all the other heroes who provide me with a safe place to live and allow me to live in a free country. Freedom is not a right, it is a privilege. Special thoughts and prayers go out to my Gold Star family friends. I admire your strength, your courage, and your ability to keep moving on despite your loss.
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Friday, May 27, 2011
It's Friday and time for the Milspouse Friday Fill-In. Head over to Wifey's blog to link up!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Saturday, May 21, 2011
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Friday, May 20, 2011
TGIF! It's been a long week and I'm glad that it's finally Friday. I skipped out on the Friday Fill-In last week because Blogger was being a pain in the you know what. Head over to Wifey's blog to find out more information and to link up your blog. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Posted by Lauren at 2:03 PM
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Right now, I'm sitting on CD 67. Are you kidding me? My temperatures and chart piss me off on a daily basis but hopefully there is an end in sight. Nurse D told me to call back 30 days after the last P.rovera pill. 30 days = this Friday so I will be calling Thursday so hopefully I get can get an appointment on Friday or the following Monday. Cycle from hell #2 needs to end. Now.
Now that I've updated you on my oh so interesting (sarcasm) life, onto the chocolate chip banana bread recipe. Again, it's gluten free but I'll include the original recipe with GF substitutions noted.
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 2 cups Pamela's Baking Mix)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (I eliminated the baking soda because the baking mix already contains this)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup mashed banana
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil or melted butter (I used 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. Makes the bread moist but doesn't add any additional fat)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 inch or two 7x3x2 inch loaf pans and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, banana, sugar, vanilla, and oil. Add wet ingredients all at once to the flour mixture. Stir until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan(s).
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes if using one pan or 40 to 45 if using two pans. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
Posted by Lauren at 4:57 PM
Monday, May 9, 2011
I had recorded SNL this past Saturday night because there was no way that I was making it until 11:30 to watch it. I finally got an opportunity to watch it this afternoon and I wanted to share the video that had me laughing so hard that I almost cried. I love the Digital Shorts that Andy Samberg does and this one definitely does not disappoint. Enjoy!
Posted by Lauren at 1:06 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2011
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Friday, May 6, 2011
I found this Presidential Proclamation while searching for information on Military Spouse Appreciation Day so I thought I would share it. This proclamation has been taken from the White House official website.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Presidential Proclamation--Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Military spouses serve as steady and supportive partners to the heroes in uniform who protect and defend our great Nation every day. Across America and around the world, military spouses serve our country in their own special way, helping families and friends through the stress of a deployment, caring for our wounded warriors, and supporting each other when a loved one has made the ultimate sacrifice.
Our service members and their families seldom ask for support or recognition. They carry out their duties to family and country with the quiet courage and strength that has always exemplified the American spirit. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to not only honor the husbands and wives of our service members, but also thank them by actively expressing our gratitude in both word and deed.
When a member of our Armed Forces is deployed, an entire family is called to serve. The readiness of our troops depends on the readiness of our military families, as millions of parents, children, and loved ones sacrifice as well. This means supporting our military spouses is also a national security imperative. Earlier this year, my Administration released the report on military families, Strengthening our Military Families: Meeting America's Commitment, which marshaled resources from across our Government to identify new opportunities to support these patriots.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are working tirelessly to enlist all sectors of American life to address the unique challenges of military families. Their national initiative, "Joining Forces," mobilizes Americans to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Americans can find service projects, send messages of thanks to military families, and learn more about this initiative by visiting: www.JoiningForces.gov.
On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, let us join together to show our service members we are taking care of their families back home as they serve our Nation across the globe. As neighbors, teachers, parents, and fellow citizens, we can reach out to military husbands and wives in our communities. We can show our appreciation in countless ways, from offering to help with household maintenance and childcare to encouraging the community involvement and career development of military spouses.
It is through our actions that we show our commitment to our service members and their spouses. By embracing military families, we demonstrate our partnership in the defense of our freedom and the security of the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2011, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I call upon the people of the United States to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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Monday, May 2, 2011
This is another date that people will remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard that news that Osama Bin Laden was killed. Where was I and what was I doing? I was sitting in bed with the dogs, watching The Apprentice. Kind of ironic that Obama interrupted Trump isn't it? Is this a foreshadow of what's to come in the upcoming presidential election?
Posted by Lauren at 12:13 PM
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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