Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Pampered Chef products!

I wanted to let you know that on September 1, there will be several brand new products available from The Pampered Chef! I am very excited about these products so I wanted to share some of them with you. Then, on September 1, you can hop on over to my website and order some for the Martine family's adoption fundraiser and get your new products right away (their show closes on September 4)! Just enter "Cristie" as the co-host on my website and shop!
Microwave chip maker: $26.50
Microwave Chip Maker: Makes tasty, healthy homemade chips in minutes! Air flow created by holes and scalloped bases makes chips light and crispy without using fats or oils. Make chips from potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, and more! Our new Simple Slicer is perfect to quickly prep the fruits and veggies for the Chip Maker.
Simple Slicer: $29.50

Simple Slicer: Slices everything from potatoes and onions to tomatoes and lemons! Adjustable blade with 3 thickness settings - 1/16", 1/8", and 3/16" - is ideal for almost any recipe that includes fruit or vegetable slices. Compact size and safety lock feature prevents blades from being exposed and it makes it easy to store.
Leakproof Glass Containers: $10.50 to $23.50
Leakproof Glass Containers: Containers go right from refrigerator or freezer to the oven or microwave! They're oven safe up to 350. Snap-on lids are air tight so food stays fresher longer. Sizes are 8-1/4 cup, 5-1/4 cup, 3-cup (shown), and 1-1/2 cup.
Food storage labels: $4.50
Food Storage Labels: Perfect for identifying storage container contents and date. Adheres to glass, plastic, baggies, and stainless steel. Labels stay put in the fridge or freezer and don't leave a sticky residue. 100 labels per box.

Apricot Honey Savory Sauce: $12.00
Blackberry Balsamic Savory Sauce: $12.00
Savory sauces: Perfect for basting and glazing meats. Delicious as a finishing sauce for a variety of meatballs and veggies. Yummy toppers for cream cheese or warm Brie.

Butterscotch Rum Sauce: $10.00

Chocolate Caramel Sauce: $10.00

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce: $10.00

Chocolate Peppermint Sauce: $10.00

Sweet sauces: Delicious over ice cream, cake, brownies, or pies. Great with hot cocoa or coffee. Just top beverage with whipped cream and drizzle sauce.
Orange-infused canola oil: $12.00

Rosemary-infused canola oil: $12.00
Infused Oils: Makes a delicious salad dressing when paired with Pomegranate Balsamic vinegar, Cherry Balsamic vinegar, or other vinegar. Great drizzled over pasta. Terrific for adding flavor to marinades.
Cherry Balsamic Vinegar: $16.50

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar: $16.50

 Balsamic Vinegars: Rich and smooth aged balsamic vinegar blended with pomegranate or cherry juices adds richness and flavor to a wide variety of foods. Delicious drizzled over salads, grilled meats, and vegetables. Perfect as a reduction drizzled over cheese, strawberries, or ice cream.
Dripless Oil & Vinegar Bottle Set
Dripless Oil and Vinegar Bottles: Dripless technology keeps contents off bottles and table. Chrome-plated lids on the glass bottles identify which is oil and which is vinegar.
Glazed taupe mini-baker: $26.00
Glazed taupe stoneware: Available this season only! Neutral color goes well with any decor. Stoneware includes the Deep Covered Baker, Rectangular Baker, Mini-Baker (shown), Square Baker, and Deep Dish Pie Plate.
Small Ridged Baker: $29.00
Small Ridged Baker: Unique ridges keeps food away from fat, juices, and water. Easily and quickly cooks tender chicken breasts, perfectly steamed vegetables, juicy roasts, and crisp, delicious bacon. Works great in the microwave and oven! Also, fits most toaster ovens.
Candy Thermometer: $22.50
Candy Thermometer: Seven "candy zones" and adjustable indicator allow you to easily manage temperature with incredible precision. Silicone tip prevents scratches to cookware. Adjustable clip makes hands-free use easy. Also great for deep frying.
Silicone Oven Mitt: $17.00
Silicone Oven Mitt: Designed for maximum protection, comfort, and dexterity. Contoured to fit your hand so you can easily grip even small knobs and handles. Interior cotton/polyester lining keeps you comfortable while adding even more protection. Heat resistant to 480 degrees. You can even use it to lift foods out of hot liquids!
Veggie Slicer: $19.50
Veggie Slicer: Unique 5-blade design makes quick work of slicing veggies. Works great on celery, carrots, asparagus, and chives. Soft grip handle for comfort; locking mechanism for safety.
Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl set: $39.00
Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl Set: A great alternative to other plastic bowls! They're made from a natural, renewable resource - bamboo! Incredibly durable and can stand up to just about any mixing task you can think of! Three sizes - 1-1/2 quarts, 2-1/2 quarts, and 3-3/4 quarts.
Bamboo Dry Erase Board: $20.00

Bamboo Note Holder: $20.00
Bamboo Dry Erase Board and Note Holder: Dry erase board is just the right size for grocery lists, chores, to-do lists, etc. Curved bottom keeps markers (not included) at the ready for jotting down those brain storms! Note holder is great for keeping recipes, pictures, notes, coupons within easy reach. Friction fit grip holds multiple sheets of paper at once. Magnet attaches to any metal surface, including the fridge.
Bamboo dishcloths $8.50

Bamboo Kitchen Towel: $14.00
Bamboo Linens: Rayon derived from bamboo fibers is blended with cotton, resulting in this incredibly absorbent fabric. The towels are ideal for drying dishes as well as a great drying mat!
Glass-cleaning brush: $8.50

Glass-cleaning brush: Perfect for removing lipstick and other smudges from glassware rims. Dual-foam brush gently cleans both sides of the glass at once.
Soft-tip Cleaning Brushes: $6.50
Soft-tip Cleaning Brushes: Incredibly versatile brushes are great for cleaning everything from baby bottles and bud vases to tea kettles and decanters. Also great for dusting hard-to-reach places like keyboards and electronic equipment. Soft tips are gentle on delicate glassware.
Chocolate Cookbook: $7.50

Quick and Easy recipes for your Manual Food Processor: $6.50

The Vegetarian Table cookbook: $14.75
Cookbooks: The Chocolate cookbook has 19 decadent recipes featuring everyone's favorite indulgence! Includes essential tips for purchasing, storing, and working with chocolate. Includes instructions for garnishes that will get raves every time. The Vegetarian Table has 57 incredibly delicious, meatless recipes that are packed with flavor and 19 of them are vegan. The Quick and Easy Recipes for the MFP is the perfect companion to one of our most popular products! Thirty great recipes for incredible sauces, dips, spreads, and much, much more, all made in minutes!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Home for 4 months

Well, the summer is coming to a close and like almost everyone, we will have some changes in our routine in the month ahead as well. This past month we went to Missouri for a funeral, played outside, went to 2 county fairs, played outside, had family photos taken by Matt Paddack (whose family is ALSO adopting from Ethiopia), played outside, met cousins Marc, Christine, and Alex Tompkins, and played outside.

We had our first professional family photos taken on July 29. Matt Paddack and his wife Holly currently have 3 little boys and they are waiting for a referral for a little girl. They were DTE on September 3, 2010 with us so they are getting impatient to see who God has for them. Please pray for them as well as all the other families who have been waiting a long time. I don't have our pictures back yet, but as soon as I do get them, I'll post them here. 

The boys LOVED the fairs (Burt and Cuming counties) and even now Jeremiah talks about going to the fair "tomorrow." Suffice it to say it was a big hit.

The boys also got to meet some more of their Tompkins relatives on August 14. My cousin, Marc, his wife Christine, son Alex, and their 2 cats are in the process of moving to Minnesota. They are "homeless" for a while until they can move into their new house so they decided to travel to Europe for a month to visit some friends. While they are gone, they needed a place to keep their cats. Being the cat lover that I am, when they asked to let them stay here, I couldn't say no. So for a month, we have 6 cats in the house. Georgie and Charlie (the Tompkins cats) have their own little apartment in our basement. So far we have been able to keep our cats and their cats away from each other and they have adjusted well.

The month wasn't all happy, though. Last Tuesday on August 16, Garth's Aunt Barbara, sister to Esther, died after having a stroke. We drove down to Missouri Wednesday night and returned home on Friday. The service honoring Barbara's life was very nice and there were a lot of really nice pictures shown. While the occasion was a sad one, the boys still had a great time at Grandpa and Grandma Druckenmiller's house. They boys are really good travelers and keep themselves (and us) entertained. This time while we were there, I finally got a picture of the boys with both Grandma and Grandpa which is below.

Next month I'll have more to tell you as Jeremiah will begin going to preschool, I'll be going to Moms and Little Ones (MaLO--Lifegate Church's version of MOPS), and we will be having our first birthday party! You can hardly wait, right? Me too! Enjoy the pictures!

Beach balls + air conditioner = FUN!!!!!

Simon with a new pajama scarf

Jeremiah's pajama scarf

Simon and jeremiah

Christine, Alex, and Marc Tompkins

Jeremiah and Simon with old license plates

Silly-faced Simon and Jeremiah with new license plates


Simon, Grandpa D, Grandma D, Jeremiah

Jeremiah playing with blocks

Daddy, Simon, Jeremiah, Mommy

Simon at McDonald's

Simon received a new dinosaur balloon hat at Hy-Vee

The clown is also making one for Jeremiah

Jeremiah and Simon with dinosaur balloon hats




Monday, August 22, 2011

Hatmaker homecoming on TV

Brandon and Ben Hatmaker arrived in Austin, Texas yesterday at around 4:00 CST to cheering and crying...and TV cameras. After 30+ hours flying home, this is as great a homecoming as I've seen. Enjoy the video after turning off the music at the bottom.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm Not Done Yet....from Jen Hatmaker

As you know Brandon and Jen Hatmaker have been fighting to bring their son Beniam home from Ethiopia for many, many months. Their story has captured the attention of THOUSANDS of people. Check out Jen's recent blog post here. But before you do, make sure you have plenty of tissues handy because you are going to need them.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pampered Chef fundraising family update....REFERRAL!

I am so excited to tell you that the Martine family who is currently having a PC fundraiser received their referral for a baby boy yesterday! I can't tell you how excited that makes me! I remember vividly the day I got to see the faces of our sweet boys and now THEY have a picture to stare at also! Now that we know they will be traveling within the next few months, let's really step up the shopping! Even if you can't order something, pass it on to others who might need something and want to support an amazing cause! Click the link on the right and enter "Cristie" as the hostess! Thanks!

Update on Adoptive Families for Famine Relief

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Yesterday alone we had a confirmed $4030 donated to help feed the African people who are starving. I say "confirmed" because we know of families who contributed who didn't want any of the "freebies" so they didn't email Brandy with their donations. This is AWESOME! The breakdown of donations for each charity was:

World Food Programme-$190
Doctor's Without Borders-$225
Children's HopeChest-$1085 (most earmarked for the TOG well)
World Vision-$2195

There were donations to other organizations such as Samaritan's Purse and Catholic Relief Charities as well.

Thank you so much for your generosity. It means a lot to me to see everybody join together to help people in need.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Adoptive Families for Famine Relief

Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya have been hit with the worst drought in decades. Today, more than 11 million people are in need of food assistance and sadly the situation is only expected to get worse in coming months.  To try to help this situation, several AWAA Ethiopia families have come together to raise support for 4 organizations who are already working to provide famine relief in the Horn of Africa.

This ONE DAY fundraiser allows you to donate any amount to Children's HopeChest, World Vision, World Food Programme, or Doctors Without Borders. You can donate as little as $1, but to encourage donations of $25 or more, we have created a list of items that you can get for your donation. These items include reusable bags, t-shirts, jewelry, headbands, or art. You just choose your item, show us proof of your donation, and we'll send you the item of your choice as long as supplies last.

So click here to look around the site and donate if you can. Even if you can't donate, please share this site via email, blog, Facebook, Twitter, or telephone to get the word out. We can make a big difference if we try. The fundraiser will end at 11:59 p.m. on August 11, 2011 so HURRY!

Pause the music at the bottom of my blog and see who YOU could be helping today!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Court closures in Ethiopia

Yesterday was the last day that the courts in Ethiopia were open before closing for the rainy season. There have been several AWAA families who had been hoping and praying to pass court and while some did (YEAH!!!), many others did not. These families are looking at an additional 2 MONTHS of waiting before they can see their Ethiopian kiddos again. Please pray for all the families that the court closures have affected. They need as much comfort as they can get. Thanks!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Martine Pampered Chef Fundraiser show

Hey friends and family! I wanted to let you know that there is another adoption Pampered Chef fundraiser going on! Doug and Cristie Martine are from San Antonio, Texas and are adopting a little boy who they have decided to name Levi. They are currently waiting for their referral but are steadily raising funds for their two trips to Ethiopia to attend court and then bring little Levi home! To read their story, check out their blog here. To help them raise money for their trips, click here and shop away! Enter Cristie as the hostess. The show will end on September 4 but don't wait until the last minute!

Today I Kissed an Angel

Today I kissed an angel. I knew it from the start. The first time my angel smiled at me; I gave away my heart.

Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

Today I kissed an angel. My heart is dancing wild; Our family, by a miracle; Blessed by our angel child.

All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman