Friday, April 30, 2010

Getting ready for the parade

The girls and I put together about 700 Pink Monkey Soap sample bags with soap, our new business card and a gospel tract. We like to use the million dollar bills or the coins with the ten commandments on them. The million dollar bills are very popular. We have handed out several hundred of these in the past few years. We are able to get them in English and Spanish. I think I need to find some Burmese tracts since Guymon is getting such a large population of the Burmese people.
We went to the Tuff enough to wear pink rodeo tonight and had a great time. I did wish I had worn one more layer of clothes as it got a bit chilly. A hat would have been nice too.
We have to get up early tomorrow so we can get to Guymon and get the truck washed, Pink Monkey Soap delivered to the Breakfast Club and get to the parade.
The Breakfast Club has a whole showcase reserved for Pink Monkey. I didn't even ask, they asked me. I am so excited and thrilled. Its good to have friends.
If you are in Guymon, stop in and have a meal at the Breakfast Club. They are open 6am to 2pm. They serve breakfast all the time and they have hamburgers, chicken fried steak and other great food.
I ate a chicken fried steak and it was great. Hand breaded. Yum.

My sister sent this to me

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This was kind of funny

Mollie stopped into the Chamber of Commerce to register us for the parade. When she wrote Pink Monkey Soap, the lady said, I keep hearing about Pink Monkey but every time I do a search on the web I just get weird things. I guess we better work on the old word search options.

Joys final grade in New Testament

Can you guess what Joy got on her final for New Testament class?
Yep, another 100. I am so surprised. LOL. Not really, she gets so embarrassed when I brag on here about her, but its my blog and she's my kid. I can brag a little.
I will say that she has done this all on her own and its a gift from God because anyone who really knows me knows she didn't get her smarts from me. Thanks God.
You would really know for sure it is true if I didn't have spell check.

Parade Time

Its Pioneer Days in Guymon this and next week. PRCA rodeo, parades, carnivals,craft shows, etc. Pink Monkey Soap will be in the parade. We will be driving our red pickup. The girls will be passing/tossing soap samples and candy. We are making up bags containing some soap samples, our business card and a gospel tract. We use the million dollar bills, the kids love them. We have them in Spanish and English.

I pick our business cards up at the printer tomorrow so we gotta get down to business and get the baggies made up.

Super cool field sink

This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time. Just think how handy this would be on camp outs. I want to make one of these.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Joy's Bible College

Linda at Beautifully Veiled left a comment about my having a child who has the opportunity to take a prophecy class and one that even wanted to. It got me to thinking about telling about the college Joy attends.

The post title is Joy's Bible College when in fact it is not Joy's college but the college she attends.
Now about the college.

The name of the Bible College is Apostolic Faith Bible College and it is located in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Its is way in the south east corner of Kansas. It is about 20 minutes or so from Joplin Missouri.

AFBC is a FREE college. The college is supported by Apostolic Faith Churches around the country and individuals, also other churches.

Students who attend the college are able to live in the dorms, FREE, get meals all week long, FREE and only pay a $25.00 per semester book fee. Students are even made meals that are placed in the fridge in the lunch room for weekend meals. The meals are leftovers from the week. Students must abide by a strict dress code and must follow all school rules. Drive in students may also attend FREE. Students are encouraged not to work if at all possible so they can devote time to study. Joy has been kept busy and hardly had time to get homesick.
She had a hard time the first month or so, but was kept busy and that helped keep the homesickness at bay.

She is a good student and so studies quite diligently and thoroughly. She was only 16 when she went to college. If she had been in public school she would only have been in her Junior year. She had enough credits to graduate so it seemed silly to make her continue to take classes in home school that were redundant. One thing we had talked about was doing online college which can count for both college and high school. We ended up sending her to AFBC because we felt she was ready and we wanted her to get such a firm foundation with God that it could never be shaken. I think she is at that point already.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending the Apostolic Faith Bible College go here and look around. If you want more information feel free to email Ron.

Joy final grade in prophesy class at college

Joy got a 100 on her final in prophesy. So far,100 on both finals today. More tomorrow. I am such a proud mommy. Go Joy.

Machine Embroidery

My friend Kristy who opened the new restaurant in Guymon, The Breakfast Club, asked me for help. She wanted her waitresses to have their names on their aprons. I have an embroidery machine that is attached to my sewing machine. The aprons she bought are reversible so I realized that if I embroider right on the pocket it would make part of that pocket useless. My solution was to make a patch with the names on them and then use washable glue to attach it.

Joy's final grade in doctrine

I am proud of Joy, she made a 100 on her final in her doctrine class. I knew she would do good in college.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Justin and Kaleena's Wedding

Justin and Kaleena

Justin tossing the garter

My great niece J'Tahya

Kaleena and Justin

Me and my five girls. Brooke, Kaleena, Joy, Mollie and Hannah. Oldest to youngest. Top L-R
Brooke, Mollie
Middle Kaleena and me
bottom Hannah and Joy
My five girls.

I love this picture of Kaleena.

Justin sees Kaleena for the first time in her wedding dress. He is asking God to bless their marriage. I gotta tell ya, he sure made some points when he insisted they pray and I could take pictures later.

Kaleena and her bridesmaids. L-R Her step sister, Jessica, her best friend Kymberly and her sister Joy.
Kaleena and her big sister, Brooke.

Kaleena getting ready. Brooke's youngest Shelby is on her lap.
Hands and rings.

Justin and Kaleena and grandpa. My dad, Bob Collier
Brooke's oldest, Dana. My granddaughter.
Brooke, my oldest and her girls. Dana and Shelby. So beautiful.
Justin and his mom and dad. Jonny and Linda Porter.

Linda, Justin and Jonny Porter.
Kaleena and Justin
Signing the license.


Justin and Kaleena and wedding party.
Kaleena and her bridesmaids.

Candy's multipurpose solution

Candy over at keeping the home posted a video of herself making multi purpose solution. Her recipe is to get a spray bottle, any size, and put 1/2 white vinegar to 1/2 water in the bottle. She then put in about 10 drops of tea tree oil for extra antibacterial properties. She says she uses this solution for everything from windows and mirrors to surfaces.
To visit Candy's blog and/or to watch her video go to:

I have made a similar solution without the tea tree oil. I think I will put some in my solution.

One thing we do around here is when we need a bucket of soapy water for floor washing we use Pink Monkey liquid soap and add a dash of lemon oil. The lemon scent gives the house a clean fresh smell. I have many essential oils because of y soap making. A few times we have used white magnolia in the soap water, but the smell is overwhelming to me so we usually stick with the lemon oil.

Make your own dish soap.
To make your own dish soap just measure about 6 cups of water into a deep pan. Heat to boiling. Meanwhile grate a bar of soap into a bowl or what I do is grate the odd ends and scraps of soap I have saved in the bathroom in a bowl. When the water is boiling, turn the heat down to med and add the grated soap. Stir until all the soap is melted. Be sure to watch carefully, because this will foam up and get on the stove. Its easy to clean up because its soap but its better not to make a mess. When the soap has melted, turn the heat off and let set until cool. You can pour the mixture into a clean soap jug and it will thicken up over the course of two days. If you want to you can add tea tree oil, lemon oil or some other essential oil for a delightful scent.

Planted pot towers

These two plant pot towers have strawberries planted in them. They are on my front walk.
This pot tower has herbs planted in it and is by my east side door. It has cilantro, basil, sage,thyme and rosemary. The bottom and second to top both have basil. I wanted a way to remember what was where so I wrote the name of the herb in each pot, all the way around the pot. That way, not matter which way you look at it you can see what is suppose to be in each pot.

This is two views of the plant tower we gave my mom for mothers day. It has strawberries planted in it. My sisters and I went together on this for my mom.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting a lot done

The girls and I planted two pot towers of strawberries, 5 plants each, five kinds of herbs in another pot tower and then planted tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, carrots and other greens in the greenhouse.
For some reason there are ants in the greenhouse so I spread diatomatious (spell check didnt seem to have this word so...) earth all over in there.

Mollie ran the forklift and changed out the molds so we can start a new order at 4:00 when Jr. gets here after school. It should take about two hours of hard work to make 100 square feet of field stone.

Then to town to buy canning jar lids and chicken feed.


Today for lunch we had the chicken vegetable quesadilla and rice. I changed it up a bit to use what I had on hand. Here is the way I fixed it.
Chop an onion (saute in 2T. oil)
add 1 heaping T. minced garlic
when the onion begins to look clear add in, 1 cup grated carrots
a handful of spinach you just picked,clip some cilantro, and open a can of mushrooms and add that too.
Open a can of home canned chicken and tear into pieces.
When everything is warm, serve on fresh tortillas. Top with a tiny amount of grated cheese.

Tortilla recipe
2 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. oil
3/4 c. warm water
mix dry ingredients. Add water mixed with oil a little at a time until all the flour is caught up in the ball. You are mixing this with your hands while adding the oil/water. Once you can catch up all the flour, knead for a few minutes until dough is smooth. Place back in bowl, cover and let rest for 20 min. Divide dough into balls. I divided it into 8 portions because there were 4 of us at lunch and then we could each have 2 tortillas.

Roll each piece of dough out into a circular shape. Picking it up, turning and rolling until the tortilla is a thin as you can get it. Cook on a flat skillet (iron) until it makes bubbles, turn and cook the other side. Place in the folds of a towel to keep warm until all are cooked. The tortillas will puff up a bit and get thicker because of the baking powder. So be sure to roll them thin.
This recipe made 8 smallish (about 5in.) tortillas.

I had to make a 1/2 batch after lunch so my husband could have some to take to work the next day to eat up the leftovers.

I made the rice in my rice cooker while everything else was cooking.

Picture and recipe from:


I am going to try to start a new thing where I compare verses in the KJV and the NIV. I am a KJV person and I want to share some of what is either different or missing in the NIV.
Today lets look at Luke 9:56. The entire first part of the verse which are Jesus' words has been taken out of the NIV version.

Luke 9:56

(KJV) "For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village."
(NIV) "and they went to another village."

The Bible itself says we are not to change one jot or tittle.
According to Noah Websters 1828 dictionary a jot or tittle means the least quantity assignable. In other words, not one tiny bit should be changed.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

If the Bible itself tells us not to change, add or take away from the word under penalty of plagues being added, that is something I would take to heart.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

One thing I should make clear. My personal belief is that every word, jot and tittle in the Bible is true and written for us. I also feel that it is our guide book and truth that we can hold on to and learn from. I know that some people think that the Bible is a nice book but it isn't true. I do think it is true and that the KJV is the inspired translation. For myself, if I cant believe every word than the Bible is no more than a popular story book.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My cousins boy is breaking records

Bryce above and his little brother Kolby below.

My cousins boy is a freshman at Dodge City High School in Dodge City Kansas. He is breaking track records like crazy. He is hoping to compete in the Olympics. Its very exciting.
He is a freshman running Varsity. His coach says its very unusual for a freshman to be breaking records like that.

Sunday Funnies

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Headed out of town

We are getting ready to drive to Dodge. I want to give some shower helpers to my dad and take my mom her mothers day gift since I will be headed to Texas on mothers day.
Jeff wants Mollie to drive the stick shift to Dodge so this could be an adventure. Its windy'er than all get out.
I also have product to take to the flower shop at the mall in Dodge. If you live in that area, stop into the shop and see how he is going to display it. I wont be around to find that part out. I would be interested.
I also have a bit of Walgreen's shopping to do and I need to get a #10 can of baked beans for the church dinner tomorrow.
Monday we start making a new order of stone.
If you would like to visit our web site about our stone go to: and click on projects to watch the slide show of some ways people have used our stone.

Friday, April 23, 2010

This is fun

Wordle: family

Gardeners hand scrub

I needed to make a batch of gardeners hand scrub to take with me to Dodge tomorrow. I wanted it to put in the flower shop at the mall because they want to sell my products.
Anyway I was messing around with my recipe for the hand scrub and decided to try putting oatmeal in for extra scrubbing power and added softness. Bingo. Then I thought, what if I whip this like I do the body whip. Bingo. It's like marshmallow creme, except not so sticky. It comes out of the jar easily. Wet hands, get some scrub. Scrub and rinse. Follow with Pink Monkey body whip and you will have soft hands.

Now I have a completely new product. I wanted to make the gardeners hand scrub different from the other scrubs and now it is.
It really cleans and softens your hands. Color me excited.

The spinach casserole is being made for lunch. Yummm.

Oh and my friend Kristy who opened up the new Breakfast Club restaurant today, called and said some of her waitresses may want me to embroider their names on their aprons. Yippie, little bit of extra cash.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

These are the wild curtains I made for the new restaurant opening tomorrow in Guymon. Its called the Breakfast Club and is located in the old Pancake house building.
Good luck with your new business venture Kristy and Dave.