September 2008 - further up and further in

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Template??

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New Template??
Well, I've done it. I took this nice picture of a rose and did some editing of it on the computer... but then I decided to put it on my template. No problem... except, when I decided to change it back, I couldn't find my old header. So I will be experimenting with making a new template... ughh! LOL~ Feel free to tell me your thoughts!


*Edit* Well, now I really do like it! It looks a lot more like my HSB blog... and easier on the eyes than the pink I had up just now! Your thoughts?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kielbasa Pasta

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Kielbasa Pasta
This week at The Young Writers Lounge (It's a HSB thing and unfortunately only able to be read by users only), we are tackling Writing Challenge #3... and let me tell you, it really IS a challenge, at least for me. We are supposed to be very clear Thankfully, my mom was making one of my favorite meals, her trademark "Kielbasa Pasta", and was very patient and helpful in this assignments.

*NOTE* ~ This is my Mom's own recipe, and she did her best to try to put it on paper. Many of the measurements are guesses, so it may take a few tries to adjust it to your family's needs.

So, without further ado, I bring to you a special recipe, straight from our kitchen...

Kielbasa Pasta

Ingredients (for larger families, give or take)

2 packages of smoked sausage (turkey or beef; you can also use polish kielbasa)
1 1/2 to 2 boxes of Penne pasta
1/2 cup olive oil (enough to coat pasta)
Two teaspoons minced garlic
½ - full bag of frozen peppers
Shredded parmesan cheese
1 15 oz. can of corn
Extra seasonings: crushed red pepper, garlic salt

Utensils You Will Need

Large stock pot
Large frying pan
A teaspoon
A tablespoon
One 1/2 (measuring) cup
Wooden spoon for stirring


1. If your sausage is frozen, set it out to thaw about thirty minutes before you begin cooking.

2. Fill the large pot three-quarters of the way full with water and put it onto boil. The best burner setting to use for this is probably medium to medium-high. When it is ready, go to step 7.

3. While you wait for the water to boil, slice the sausage into one-inch thick pieces.

4. Fry them in the large frying pan for a few minutes until they are lightly browned. Again, the best burner setting is probably medium to medium-high.

5. Add the olive oil and garlic. The measurements above are really guesses, so just add it until you feel comfortable that it will suit your family's tastes. Also add the frozen peppers, so they have time to soften.

6. Once the peppers are softened, add the corn and some crushed red pepper to taste.

7. When the water in your large pot is boiling, add a little bit of olive oil to the bubbling water and then dump the pasta in. Let them cook according to the directions on the box, usually 12-17 minutes.

8. Once the noodles are done, you'll want to drain them in a colander. Be sure to point the pot away from you as you pour out the hot water.

9. Add the noodles to the pan containing the sausages and other ingredients. Be sure to stir the noodles in really well in order to coat the noodles with the garlic and olive oil sauce.

10. The next-to-last step is to abundantly sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over it. For extra taste, season with garlic salt and/or additional crushed red pepper.

11. Serve and ENJOY!!!!!!!


Thanks for reading,

Friday, September 19, 2008

This is Who I AM!

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This is Who I AM!
For those of you new to my blog, and those of you just getting to know me, and for those of you who just want to know more about me, I thought I'd share this bio on me, originally posted on KOF. It also contains a sort-of picture of me. :D Here it is~

My name is Kylie. I am a twelve-year-old homeschooled girl who loves Jesus and wants to make loving him the center of my life. I’ve been a Christian for 9 years, and although the road is tough, I wouldn't change it for the world.

I am a very avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, and also C.S. Lewis, because of the tremendous allegory in the series. I've been homeschooled all my life and absolutely love it! I love to write, mostly fictional stories, and I especially love it when I write with my friends. I am hoping to be published eventually, perhaps in Christian magazines, and my dream is to get at least one book published.

I love to read, especially Christian fantasy and historical fiction ~ any book with a great plot, really! I love the pioneer, colonial, and renaissance eras, and bonnets, aprons, and medieval dresses & capes all have a place in my world. I consider myself an "old-fashioned" girl since those sorts of things appeal to me. I also enjoy photography, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, sewing, HTML, learning to experiment with graphics, and also fiddling around on my acoustic Fender guitar that the Lord blessed me with.

My desire for KOF [and my other blogs] is to encourage kids in their walk for God and set them on fire for Jesus!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Of all places...

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Of all places...
Here is a story I wrote for a Writing Challenge not too long ago. We were supposed to base a short story off of the sentence; "Oh my goodness! What are you doing here?"

So, here is my version of the story. I couldn't think of a title for it~ Any suggestions??


"Mom!" I heard my little sister Anne shriek. "Peanut's gone!"

"Oh, dear!" Mom said, and I heard her walk over into Anne's room, next door.

I stepped out into the hall to see what the commotion was all about.

"Oh, Joshy!" Anne cried. Her face was pale and her eyes wide. "You have to help us find Peanut!"

She pulled me by the hand into her room, where there were tell-tale signs of the crisis at hand. The large cage on Anne's dresser, which normally held her hyper hamster, was empty, with the door wide open.

Anne started crying again at the sight of it.

"Don't worry, dear. I'm sure we'll find him. When did you notice he was missing?" Mom said, trying to comfort Anne.

"Just now," Anne sniffled.

"Well, he can't have gone far. We'll find him soon," Mom reassured her. "Let's all look for him. Anne, you check under the bed, and Josh and I will look too."

I stood thoughtfully trying to imagine where I would be most comfortable if I was a hamster.

Then I had it. "Have you checked Anne's dresser drawers yet, Mom?"

Mom's eyes brightened too. "I haven't, but great idea, Josh." She opened the drawers and began to throw things out carelessly.

I decided to check in Anne's sock drawer. I was sure that if I was a small, fluffy rodent like Peanut that I would like to have a sock for a home. Unfortunately, Peanut wasn't there.

We searched through Anne's whole room. A long while later, nothing had changed, except that Anne's room had collected a great big mess.

It was soon bedtime, and there was still no trace of Peanut. Anne was devastated, and I could hear her upset sobs all the way from my room across the hall.

I wondered where Peanut was, and if he was safe. As much as Peanut irritated me sometimes, I still did like him. I wondered if he was warm on this cold winter night.

It is really cold, I thought, and tiptoed over to my sock drawer, to grab a pair of socks for my chilly feet.

When I opened it, I began to laugh uncontrollably.

"Oh my goodness! What are YOU doing here?"

Right among my socks, sat Peanut, looking bright-eyed and completely innocent.

"Mom! I found Peanut!" I shouted, crossing over to Anne's room. We (meaning Peanut and I) were greeted by exclamations of joy and astonishment.

"Peanut!" shrieked Anne, seizing him from me.

"Wherever did you find him?" Mom asked incredulously.

"In my sock drawer," I replied as seriously as I could.

"In your sock drawer?" Anne questioned.

"In your SOCK drawer?!!" Mom repeated. "How'd he ever get there?"

I shrugged and laughed. "Maybe he just got cold."


Please join me in the 20 Day Prayer Challenge for America!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The 20 Day Prayer Challenge: America

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The 20 Day Prayer Challenge: America
Calling all Prayer Warriors!!

I've decided to do another 20 Day Prayer Challenge, like the one I did back in May. This one is very similar to the first one, but I want to do another one focusing on America.

I am a firm believer in prayer, and the impact it can make, and I especially believe in kids praying. I wrote an article about the importance of prayer a while back.

I've been wanting to do a Prayer Challenge for America for a while now. Our nation is a lot better than some other countries, but it still could use a lot of help, especially with the elections coming up. Although I do believe that no matter who is in the office, God will still be on the throne, but we still need to be praying.

Prayer is one weapon that Satan can't fight, and it has a lot of power. I hope that by doing these challenges, more and more people would realize just how much of an impact it can make.

In Philipians 4:6 it says:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Here are some things you can pray for during the 20 Day period:

- That the Americans' hearts would be softened toward God
- That God's will would be done in the upcoming elections
- That God would protect us in whatever lies ahead
- That His hand would be upon our nation
- Anything else God lays upon your heart

The challenge will start in four days, on Thursday, September 11th, and continue for 20 days until the end of this month. You are welcome to share about it on your blogs, and also put the icons on your blog. I've made some new ones for the America theme. The codes are below -- just take out the spaces.

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Simply leave a comment if you would like to participate! I would love it if you would join us in this stand for prayer.