Friday, March 27, 2009

Do Your Family a Favor, host a foreign exchange student.

Several years ago we had the extreme privilege of becoming a Host Family for a foreign exchange student, Chen Chien Ming, or Sam as we called him. He was supposed to only be with us for 1 month, but things changed. Him and about 25 other students cam to the midwest to acclimate themselves to our American culture before heading out to a new home for the school year. Long story short, we fell in love with him and him with us and he ended up being here for 10+ months.
Sam is from Taipei Taiwan. He is the youngest of 3 children, having two older sisters who attended college in the United States. His family owns an iron business and had sent him here to learn the language so he could go back to Taiwan and become successful in the business world.
Sam knew very little english when he arrived, but slowly learned our complicated language. During that first month when kids from all over the world were all living in our small town acclimating to our way of doing things, we were fortunate enough to host several impromptu dinners. Our kitchen table was like the United Nations, Gau from Thailand, Luic from France, Michael from Germany, Uki, Hitomi, and several other girls from Japan and China. We had the best time, they all LOVED eating food from all over the world, Italian, Mexican, and of course American. Most of them told me that in their homes, their mothers only cooked food from their countries, which I found interesting.
Like I said Sam and several other kids ended up staying locally for the entire school year. It was an amazing experience for our entire family. I honestly believe that if everyone got to experience this the world would be a much happier and more peaceful place to live.
Sam taught us patience, a new found love of Chinese food, and a love that will last forever. We taught him how to show your feelings, and say I love you. His mom didn't cry or hug him when he left for what started out to be a year, and after deciding to attend college in Canada, ended up to be about 6 years. He said he knew his parents loved him, but they had never said it before, amazing! He now says I love you everytime I talk to him! We also taught him how to leave the books on occasion and just have FUN!
Sam has not lived here for over 5 years now, but when given the choice of going anywhere in the world on vacation has come back to see us twice! We talk via email and IM often. He graduated from college and is nowing living back in Taiwan, doing his mandatory 1 year in the armed forces, he is a proud Marine. We are proud of him and are considering his father's generous offer of having us visit them, maybe for his wedding someday!
If you and your family have the opportunity to be a host family, do not hesitate, what it costs your family will be paid back in triplicate!
I didn't give birth to him, but he is my son non the less!

Here is a pic of my three children, PS, Sam in the one on the right!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Need a great Easter Brunch Recipe, Poppy Seed Bread, yum

Years ago a good friend of mine was a demonstrator for The Pampered Chef Company. I went to my first Pampered Chef party and she made this yummy bread in the bread crock, it was her sister's recipe. Well, the bread was a huge hit and she sold alot of the crocks. In the years since I have made this recipe dozens of times and have passed it on to many people. It is very simple to make, it is just a dump recipe and the taste is out of this world. I think the secret is the yummy glaze made with orange juice, sugar, and almond extract, yumm! I make them up in small loaves to give as gifts at Christmas and Easter or for no specific reason at all! I decided to share this cake, I mean bread recipe, (but it really does taste more like a cake), with all of you so that you can make it up to take to an Easter brunch, to give away to friends, or just to show your family you really havent been blogging all day, again, lol.
The Best Poppy Seed Bread Recipe
In a large bowl combine:
3 cups flour
2 ¼ C sugar
1 ½ C milk
1 1/8 C veg. oil
3 eggs
1 ½ T poppy seeds
1 ½ t salt
1 ½ t baking powder
1 ½ t vanilla
1 ½ t almond extract
1 ½ t butter flavoring

Mix 1 to 2 minutes only
Spray your bread pan with Pam and fill ¾ full
Bake @ 350 for about 1 hour. The top should be golden brown and slightly split
I also make them in mini bread pans, and of course the cooking time is shortened, so watch them!
Glaze: Mix in a small bowl and pour over bread, on a plate, and then I take the loaves and dip the sides in the excess, YUMMY!
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice
½ t vanilla
½ t butter flavoring
½ t almond extract

Enjoy, and let me know if you do make it, what you think of it, I know you'll love it! Sue

Thursday, March 19, 2009

He's here he's here!!

PLease Mr Postman look and see,
If there's a package
A package for me
Mr Po-o-o-o-ostman

Ok Sue, let me look and see
Yes I have a package
A package for thee (hey it rhymes, lol)
Mr Po-o-o-o-ostman

You see a little while ago I entered a giveaway over at with the very talented Barb, and surprise surprise I WON!! I got an email the other day from Barb saying he was on his way, and he arrived today safe and sound!

Isnt he just about the cutest thing you have ever seen?? And Barb also snuck in a great smelling huge bar of bathsoap! In honor of Barb's husband, I have decided to name him, drumroll please...... Mr Grits! Doesnt he just look like a Mr GRits to you? I love love love him Barb, thanks so much!!

I Had A Date With A Doctor

Last week I had a date with a doctor, and my husband didnt even mind, in fact he came along for the ride, weird?? Maybe, lol
Meet Dr S. Arebi, my date....

Before I left for the hospital I decided I would have some fun,so on my left foot, my good foot, I wrote this.....

And on my right foot I wrote this....

I must say, I got a kick out of writing this and it was a big hit with the nurses! It actually made me feel a little be calmer about the whole surgery thing. Well there was that minute or two after we had been waiting for over 2 hours for the surgery to begin, when i lost my nerve and told my husband to get my clothes, my foot really didnt hurt all that much and we were going home, of course he didnt fall it! Thank goodness.

Timi over at is having rotator cuff surgery this morning, stop by and leave her some love, and read her hilarious post!

My surgery went relly well, I am feeling great but cant wait to be able to walk without the crutches, which is exhausting to do! Is that just me?? Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers, they worked!!! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

All Prayers Appreciated!

I am on my way to the Hospital for my "procedure", foot surgery. And all prayers will be heard and felt and greatly appreciated! I will update as soon as I am able to. Thanks so much and God Bless you all! Sue

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hey check this out!

My terrific son and his adorable girlfriend have started a blog, Life of Bronny, short for Sonny and Bryan. A little blog on the life and times of a fun couple in love and they would love to have all of you stop over and check out what they have to say! And if you leave them a little comment they will be thrilled!!

Here they are at Sonny's prom a few years ago! ARent they cute???

Thanks so much for taking a minute of your time to leave them a comment they will really get a kick out of it!!! Sue

Friday, March 6, 2009

HELP!!!!! I Got IT BAD

Okay, last week I was invited to go to lunch with my mom and some of her friends. After lunch we were going to do a little shopping at Home Goods and TJ MaXX, my two favorite stores, perfect day! On the way to lunch my mom took me to a part of Cincinnati that I had never been before and low and behold as I was looking around I saw this sign....

Well not this exact sign but you get the idea. It was attached to a HUGE brick building and I started to drool a little. Now I quickly realized that if I mentioned to my mom that I had started Thrift store shopping, she would probably break down in tears thinking her eldest child and family were destitute, lol. I decided to keep my mouth shut and go on about my business. We had a great lunch and a fun shopping day.
Now for the problem, I can not stop thinking about that big brick Thrift Store. I am dreming about it and In my mind I just know that it holds all the fantastic treasures that all of you other bloggers find all the time, and for the life of me I cant remember exactly where it is!
So if any bloggers live in the Cincinnati area and know of a big brick Thrift Store near the Rookwood Commons, PLEASE send me details, I am begging!
Hope everyone has a great weekend, it is supposed to be glorious here, unfortunately I am working the Cincy Home and Garden Show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, indoors,:(
Happy Thrifting! Sue

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This Just In.... Surgery Scheduled

Yep, I just got the call.... Surgery scheduled for next Thursday MArch 12. And look who my surgeon will be none other than.....

Well no not him, unfortunately Dr. McDreamy is not available so I will have to settle for Dr. Arebi, he is cute, but no McDreamy! But on the plus side, he is a real life surgeon, so I am ok with this!

I am hoping for a little lypo and maybe a facelift, some hair and leg extensions, just a few extras while I am under anyway. Then when I wake up, I may look like her.

Okay Okay, A girl can dream cant she?? This is I wish wednesday isnt it?? But in reality I wish for....a safe surgery and a speedy recovery, if you think of it next thursday, send a little prayer my way, thanks so much!