Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Our plans are low-key today. Just like my hubby likes it.
Our oldest was sick yesterday so we skipped church to prevent the germ-sharing . (Though his high fever is gone this morning so he's on the mend.) We spent some family time this morning blowing bubbles and just enjoying eachother's company. This evening I will attempt to cook a free-range tenderloin a la Pioneer Woman and make some mashed taters. The hubs loves meat and potatoes as I'm guessing lots of guys do. Unfortunately (for him) meat and potatoes have "special occasion" status at our house. Other than that, I'll give my pops a call. Maybe we'll have a family movie night too.
I've been enjoying our little famliy lately. Things are calming down on many fronts and I see some routine settling into our lives again. And routine is a very good thing for my guys. :)

Happy Father's Day to all the Daddies out there!

Here are some quotes for you:

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
- Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
- Theodore Hesburgh, Catholic Priest and President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one."
- Kent Nerburn, U.S. Author and Educator

"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be."
- Unknown

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I'm so blue-hoo-hoo!

Anyone watch Veggie Tales?


Here're the spoils of our first blueberry picking trip.


The berries were delicious, cheap and best of all organic-ish!
(They aren't certified but they do not spray the berries.)
This was the first year I actually have enough to put some in the freezer. (Thanks to my mom for helping.) We usually only get enough to eat up in a couple weeks. W was much more into it this year which helps. I plan on going back a few more times before the season is over. It would be awesome to have enough for smoothies all winter long!



Monday, June 14, 2010

Mutant Muffins


These are banana chocolate mutant muffins (name my own). Yes they taste as good as they look.
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I was inspired by this post.
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Since I don't need gluten free, I used a recipe for banana bread from here. (My new fav recipe btw.) I divided the batter and put about 1/4 c. cocoa powder in one half and 1/2 c. choc chips in the other. I could have used a shot of honey or something in the cocoa powder side to bump up the moisture/sweetness, but they were still good.
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Normally the hubs doesn't get into the baked goods but he was really raving about these little babies. Now the 3yo has a thing about chocolate chips. If I put chips in anything he simply shreds the goodies to dig out the chips. Uh. No. But I gave him some plain banana bread with a little cream cheese and he couldn't get enough. So yeah. Weirdo.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Fun List


Yesterday we sat down as a family and came up with a list of things we want to do this summer. We prefaced it by talking about seasons and specifically summer. Not sure the 3yo comprehended much but he did come up with a few ideas for the list.
  • Lighthouse
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Playground
  • Beach
  • Pick Blueberries
  • Children's Museum
  • Sea Shell Museum
  • Aquarium
  • Franklin Institute (this will be his big bday present)
  • Make Bubble Solution
  • Camp Out (in the backyard)
  • Have a Picnic
  • Lucy The Elephant
  • Make Ice Cream
I have seen some links around the blogosphere of people doing similar things. Like this one about making a summer "bucket list." I'm thinking I might put our list on posterboard like here or here but I will add some clip art for my non-readers. I also saw where the kids (school aged) put the check list in a composition book. If you need more inspiration for your own list, Ohdeedoh has some ideas for you.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

the set-your-place mat

my apologies for the crappy picture!
I cannot claim the original idea for this, but I forget where in blogland I first saw this project.

It's cheap and simple and so very practical. The first one I made was with a plain vinyl place mat and a black Sharpie. Worked great but somehow it got misplaced.

(How does one loose a place mat?)

I couldn't find another vinyl mat so here's a version with a fabric-ish mat and fabric markers. The mat cost a dollar. So I don't feel too bad that it is deteriorating. I guess will continue my search for another vinyl mat. Not only does this help the little guy set his own place BUT I can remind him to put his cup "where it belongs" so he doesn't spill it.

Not that you need directions, but here is how you make one:

Lay out your items

Double check the placement so everything is where you want it (which I didn't do. ahem.)

Trace with a pencil

Color over the pencil lines with your marker of choice (I free handed the fork tines a little)

Heat set your marker if you use a fabric marker. If you use Sharpie you are done. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

crazy bagel lady

One day last week I decided to make bagels. I also felt I HAD to roast the turkey that I had defrosting in my fridge. Oh yeah, and temps here were around 90.

I forgot about the weather when I started my plans for the day. Duh.

The bagels were soooo yummy that it was worth it. I tried two recipes this time.

I wish I had a picture to share, but we ate them all and I did not snap a pic. I think this is my fav method:
http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/05/cinnamon-raisin-bagels/

And I found a little vid on how to roll them:



Isn't the internet grand?

If you can make bread, you can make these. Actually I think it's easier to get a good result with bagels vs. bread.


A few tips: If, like me, you don't keep bread flour around, you can buy wheat gluten at the regular grocery store and add that to all-purpose flour. The extra gluten gives it the correct chewy texture. Use parchment paper or well seasoned stoneware unless you want them to stick. You want to flip them at least once to get light browning on both sides. Yes, they are a long process, but they are cheap, delicious and freeze well. These are going to be a staple in my house from here on out.

Friday, June 4, 2010

slacker

Have I really not published a post since Mother's Day? I have a few drafts waiting in the wings. I feel like I lost May. The kiddos, especially the 3yo, are keeping me beyond busy. Then we had house guests this past weekend. My 9 year wedding anniversary was yesterday. The days are slow, but the years are flying by. :)