Friday, December 19, 2008

So Many Blog Topics, So Little Time

There are so many things that have been going on the past couple weeks that I really want to blog about.

-There has been much cooking and baking.
-The kids have been particularly creative in their imaginary play.
-We had fun walking around near our house and finding our Christmas tree.
-The house is adorned with beautiful kid-made decorations.

Most of these topics have lovely photos to go along with them. Here's hoping I find some time while we are visiting family to catch you up on things around here...

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Mother of Invention

Three-year-old Mr. Handful is working on an invention. He came up with it when helping his brother and sister carry in wood for the stove. I don't think the blueprints are very far along, but the idea is there. And it is just what (he thinks) we need: a "remote-controlled wood puller."

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mr. Thoughtful

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Ms. Headstrong (of course, that was before the now-assigned pseudonyms). Since then, I have been slowly going through six years of pictures of Mr. Thoughtful to put together a post about him. And since then, I have also gained in knowledge and wisdom of ways of embedding photos so that I can present these selected photos from his first 6 years of life in a handy dandy slideshow format, right here in this blog entry. So, since this guy is cuter than words can express, without further ado...



Or if you'd rather go to the album and scroll through them there, just click here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nicknames

Well, I guess it is time to just make up some pseudonyms. So far, most people who read this blog know us in real life, but I do want to maintain some level of anonymity in our web presence, especially in terms of our names. Now, all of you who have been reading along since the first post know that these are subject to change, but here is the "cast of characters" as I have come up with for now:

Mr. M= husband
Ms. Headstrong= 8yo daughter
Mr. Thoughtful= 6yo son
Mr. Handful= 3yo son

Tomorrow we shall resume our regularly (un)scheduled programming, complete with "names".

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Please stay tuned...

...we are experiencing intestinal difficulties. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming when we can remain vertical for more than 15 minutes at a time. The stomach flu is a stark reminder of everything we take for granted when we are well.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another Snow Day? and Hot Cocoa Recipe

Well, it is three days since our last bit of snow and we may get more today. We have already had one little snow shower this morning, with clouds moving in that promise more. Mr. M is home from work today, so I really hope we get enough to play in all together! Unlike my dad, who almost always had the day off when it snowed, Mr. M has had jobs that seem to go on no matter what- especially when he worked for FedEx!

So, we're hoping for snow here and getting the hot chocolate ready again!

About 7 years ago, when I was starting on my journey to make more things from scratch, I began using a hot cocoa recipe from the back of a can of Hershey's cocoa. In the intervening years, it has changed along with my nutriotional standards! First we started reducing the sugar, then increasing the cocoa (that was just because I like it chocolate-y... and so I didn't have to dirty up a different size measuring cup when we had no dishwasher!). And later traded the sugar for various other sweeteners. We usually use Rapadura now, but it did take us some time to get used to the subtle flavor change. You could also use honey, maple syrup, or the good ol' white stuff- it is definitely the cheapest option. So without further ado, here's our recipe:

1/4 C. cocoa (I do a "heaping" 1/4 C.)
1/4 C. Rapadura sugar (or white sugar, etc.)
1/4 C. hot water
4 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, sugar and hot water in a saucepan and cook over med-high heat for about a couple minutes. It should be bubbling. Reduce to med. heat, add milk and heat to desired temp- Do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Enjoy!

P.S. for an extra treat add "micro" marshmallows... (for those of you near me, you can find these at The Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft- made with corn syrup instead of high fructose corn syrup(oooooh, aaaaahh...)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Snow Scenes

Well, we got more snow through the course of the morning. We did our darnedest to sled in it and even half-heartedly attempted a snowman. I am hoping the predictions of a snowy winter are true. Remind me of this when I get snowed in for two weeks with three kids...

For now, though, we are thoroughly enjoying our little bit of snow, and I am, as always, awed by its beauty. These snapshots don't so it justice, but at least you can get a little glimpse.

 

 

 

 
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First Bit of Snow

 


It is just a little dusting, but the kids are as excited as if we had a foot. I have to admit to some giddiness myself as I love snow!

Even as I write this, it is starting to come down heavily again and makes me want to make hot chocolate and eat popcorn.



It is too beautiful to be looking at the computer screen- I'm off to gaze out the window and drink hot chocolate.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Invisible Mom

I don't know the author of this essay, and I think it has probably been around the email circuit a time or two, but I wanted to share it again here. I find it thought-provoking and I am not sure I entirely agree with it, but there are some rich nuggets for sure.


I'm invisible.

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?"

Obviously not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this? Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite guide to answer, "What number is the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order, "Right around 5:30, please."

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.

She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, "I brought you this."


It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: "To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees."

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it."

And the workman replied, "Because God sees."

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become."

At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride. I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there."

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The List- Have You...?

Similar things have gone around and I've never taken the time to do them. Why now? Not sure, but it was fun. And I wanna see your answers, if you don't have a blog, you can always make a facebook note!

Bold the things you’ve done and will admit to:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (Jessica & Sara- does the "Unicorn Group Big Band" count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (from the shore? how about on a river?)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (not sure but this seems like it should be true)
15. Adopted a child (no, but I married an adopted child!)
16. Had food poisoning (one of my less fond memories of Guatemala)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (well, I did accept a ride from strangers once when I broke down, er, that is, ran out of gas)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (ah, yes, senior year of high school. and still have the back problems to prove it)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (only if pinky toes count!)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (squirrel, if you must know)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous. (well, if I have, I don't remember it, so they must not have been that famous)
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby (three!)

95. Seen the Alamo in person (does driving by count?)
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee (after a 20+ year hiatus, stung 3 times this summer!)

Come on, join in and answer for yourself-- link to your replies in the comments!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Girl

My eight-year-old daughter has been off on an adventure, her first time to be gone from home for more than a night. She is staying with my sister, baking chocolate cakes, loving on her six-month-old cousin and doing projects with her uncle. I just hope she actually wants to come home today. While I have thoroghly missed her and am ready to lavish her with all sorts of please-still-like-me-better-than-my-sister attention, her brothers haven't missed her presence as I thought they might come around to doing after, lo, these many days. Last night at dinner we were talking about being excited that she's coming home. My three-year-old, ever the misogynist (see this post), when asked what he wanted to do when she got home replied, "I'll just put her in the trash can." So much for absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Anyone who knows us well knows that my daughter and I tend to butt heads a good bit. I think the short separation has been good for us. I hope my expectations aren't too high, but I am hoping it will give us a fresh start of sorts when she gets back and help us out of the rut of behaviors that get us all cross-ways with each other.

Maybe not a start this fresh:

 


I have a problem with holding on to too many regrets and wishing I could start my parenting journey all over, knowing what I know now. But even with all the moments I wish I could do over, I wouldn't have missed it for the world [cue cheesy 1980s Ronnie Milsap song here]...

 
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I had too much fun going through 8.5 years of photos. I had to stop myself so that I can leave to go retrieve the actual child. If you want to see some more, you can look here.

And if you were really sad that you didn't get to hear the Ronnie Milsaps song, you can go here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mama or Baby?

So, as I have been having conversations here and there about our wood stove, it seems that I may have been misinformed...

I am now thinking that our little wood stove is actually the Fisher "Baby Bear." The troubling thing about this discovery is that my earlier post about the stove has the title "Cool Mornings, Meet Mama Bear". Now, my standards for honesty tell me that I must go back and edit that post- I've actually had someone come across that page from a google search for "Mama Bear Wood stove"- but, dangit, "Cool Mornings, Meet Baby Bear" just doesn't cut it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Oatmeal-Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

I love the peanut butter-chocolate chip combo and made my favorite cookies today. I mentioned this on my facebook page and when others requested the recipe, I thought I'd post it here, too.

This is a recipe that I have developed over the past several years- you can change things up in all sorts of ways. The version here is just the way I like them- but they may not be sweet enough for everyone. I have made it with all types of sweeteners, everything from regular ol' sugar to maple syrup to Rapadura (unrefined, dehydrated cane juice- has some nutrients and minerals that are stripped out of other sugars, even the "natural ones"). I use whole wheat flour whereas white would work just as well. You could get away with less butter, but why would you want to? You can get away with one egg instead of two if, like mine, your chickens have off days for laying and you hate running to the grocery store when you really just want to bake some cookies.. .And you can adjust the amounts of peanut butter and oats depending on your taste and texture preference. Just one thing you can't mess with- you *must* use the whole bag of choc chips, they just won't turn out at all if you don't ;o)

1 C. butter (2 sticks)
3/4 C. Rapadura sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. peanut butter
2 C. whole wheat flour
1 tsp.baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 C. rolled oats
1 bag chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs until smooth. Add vanilla and peanut butter and beat until creamy. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together, then add a little at a time to butter mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Spoon onto ungreased baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Pour glass of cold milk or cup of hot coffee, dip and enjoy!


 


Here are the various quantities and types of sugar I have used with success:

3/4 C. brown sugar & 3/4 C. white sugar (original choc chip recipe, too sweet for me)
-you can take this down to half a cup each
-you can also use just white or just brown, even down to 1/2 C. sugar total

1/2 C. maple syrup & 1/2 C. sugar (any kind- Rapadura, brown, white)
-not sure if I have tried it with this particular recipe, but you could use honey instead of syrup
-need to try it with just syrup or honey... will let you know the results. Too bad I'll have to bake more cookies to try it out- but I'll do it for the sake of my friends, and science.

And I don't have a picture of the final product, because I just don't have the will power to get out the camera when I could be eating these cookies instead...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wood Stove Photos

Here are the promised pictures of our wood stove in all her warmth and glory! She's in our basement; getting her there was no easy task- read about that in this post.

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Peanut Butter-Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

 
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This are our favorite muffins these days. I tweaked a banana bread recipe- added peanut butter and chocolate chips, and made muffins instead of a loaf to shorten bake time.

Ingredients:

1-3/4 C. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. melted butter
1/2 C. honey
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 C. peanut butter
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 C. hot water
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

Mix flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, mix butter and honey until smooth. Add eggs and peanut butter and bananas, mixing thoroughly after each. To this mixture, alternately add flour mixture and hot water in small amounts, stirring gently to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into muffin tin and bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Getting Inspired

I have actually been motivated to get a lot done this past week, so there wasn't as much time for writing about it!

I attribute the boost in energy to both the weather and the book I'm reading. The weather is cold and crisp in the mornings, into the 60s or higher during the afternoons. The book is You Can Farm by Joel Salatin (who by the way is practically our neighbor, just one county between us!).

I am hoping that the inspiration will last all the way through the winter and into the spring when there is more of a workload!

Another less positive force of motivation is reading about the (leaked) IEA's report on the rate of depletion of the world's 400 largest oil fields. If you're interested, you can find out more about it here, here, or here. There is definitely controversy over the reporting of the findings as well as the report's implications, but I think the underlying significance is mammoth, regardless of your take on what it will mean.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joys of Childhood... and beyond

Here's what the kids were up to this week:



Few childhood memories rank up there with the fun of jumping in piles of leaves in autumn. I almost joined in the fun of jumping into this one, but I think I might've broken my tailbone! I settled for helping rake up the pile and throwing leaves in the air. It sure is fun to experience these simple pleasures all over again with my own children.

And now, to make my sweet little video clip seem altogether quaint and boring, here are a couple videos I discovered on YouTube after uploading mine. These give us something to aim for in future fall fun...

(And there are lots more where these came from. YouTube is truly amazing!)



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Taste Sensation

Along with our attempts at growing our own food, we have also become more aware of finding food. Our personal list of locally available, edible wild plants already included the following: sassafras, teaberry, wineberry, blackberry, walnut, chestnut, chicory, and dandelion. With the exception of chicory, we have tried them all in one form or another.



Now that we have had our first frost (Saturday night saw 30 degrees, Sunday night 27), the time is right for trying a new one (for us!), persimmons! I have heard that you really don't want to experience the flavor of a "pre-frost" persimmon, so although we have seen the fruits for a few weeks now, we waited until this week for our first sampling. Verdict? Quite tasty! It recalls mango for me, my 8yo says it reminds her of apricot.

Any other persimmon-eaters out there have a description for the uninitiated?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Honesty

My three-year-old has the broadest tastes of my three children, and he eats most things with gusto (albeit slow gusto). Even given that trait, however, I was surprised at the quantities he put down at dinner last night. The fish (baked flounder, if you must know)was a particular favorite and he ate six servings plus nibbles of anyone else's he could get. After about the fourth helping, we decided to find out if there was more to this than just a big appetite and penchant for fish...

The Dad: Wow, you sure are eating a lot of fish tonight.

3yo: Yep, I am.

The Dad: You must like fish a lot.

3yo: Yes. And I need to grow big.

The Dad: Oh, yeah?

3yo: So I can have something.

The Dad: And what's that?

3yo: I need to grow big so I can be tall enough to reach the treats on that shelf!


You can't say he doesn't have ambition. Everyone needs a goal, right?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cool Mornings, Meet Mama Bear

Thanks to having family and friends in town this weekend, we now have our woodstove installed! We've been having some pretty cool mornings already- I think the lowest was 37 degrees- and although we are supposed to hit 80 today, it is only 45 outside right now and 56 inside. The kids and I lit a small fire to knock the chill off and I can hardly wait until really cold weather when we can get an even bigger fire cranking.

The stove is a Fisher "Mama Bear" that my dad brought up to us. After sanding off the rust and putting on a coat of stove paint, it's as good as new. It took a bit of muscle to get it down in the basement. I'm thankful my dad, brother, brother-in-law and another friend were here to help Curt bully it into place. I'll move furniture around the house in a heartbeat, but I'm glad I wasn't called upon to heft a cast iron wood stove down a set of narrow stairs.

We decided to put the stove in the basement to save space in the house. We only have about 600 sq ft here, so losing even a little bit of that is a big deal! The basement is damp and musty; I'm really hoping having the stove going down there will keep help get rid of the funky smell that wafts up every time we open the basement door. Of course, finally getting around to scrubbing it with a vinegar and tea tree oil mixture (or one of the other suggestions at Crunchy Chicken) would probably help, too!

I'll see if there's enough light down there to get a decent picture... stay tuned.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Nannie's Shelf

I found this old shelf in one of the outbuildings and saw through the dirt, bugs, rotted wood and mice nests to it's beautiful bones. It is very similar to a larger one we salvaged from our church's basement in Memphis; with that one, we had to see through peeling turquoise paint and evidence of a cockroach colony to its innner beauty...

 


I had spotted it back in April when we first visited with intentions to soon move. The restoration project hadn't made it to the top of the priority lisr, but a few days ago I hauled it out into the sun and let it dry out. It was situated under a hole in the roof of the outbuilding and I think the top board will have to be replaced, but it is in remarkable condition.

My dad seems to remember that it belonged to my great-grandmother, "Nannie," and that it had to be stored in the building when she moved in with my grandparents and there wasn't room for it in the house. He recalls her being none too happy about its location!

In her own home, it had been used for dishes and such- there were little cup hooks above the top shelf. In the outbuilding, along with serving as a mouse high-rise, we found it stored an assortment of paint thinners, holey work gloves, rusted metal odds and ends, and a bag of sevin dust. In our home, it will find new purpose as a bookcase. I will post more photos as we make progress on it this week!

 
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Still here...

Not sure where the past week+ has gone, but I haven't forgotten the blog! Just a lot going on. We have activities away from home every day this week which I always think I can handle when planning, but halfway through the week I realize it isn't just a preference to be home a lot- I need to be home a lot.

I'll try to carve out some time to post some new photos soon, and I have some recipes I have been wanting to share, too.

How do those people who blog every day do it?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fewer pics of my girl...

...because this is what I get when I aim my camera at her these days. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have taken multiple thousands of pictures of her in her 8-year lifetime.

 


In case you noticed, yes, I am avoiding using our real names on the blog. But I really need to come up with "code names" so that it is less awkward trying to reference everyone. But if you read my first ever blog entry (see Growing a Blog), you'll understand why I have not yet done so...
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Body by Big Sister

The kids seem to be enjoying the books we have been reading about Stone Age people and prehistoric art. The afternoon has been spent in tribal fashion (read: underwear and boots) and now they have moved on to body decoration. As she showed off her human canvases, Big Sis reassured me that they were "washable markers, except for one." Oh, good. I wonder which one?

 

 

 

 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What kind of mother am I?

Conversation overheard between my two sons (ages 3 and 6):

3yo: Do you like girls [he actually said "dirls"]?

6yo: Hmmm. Sometimes.

3yo: You do?

6yo: Well, I like to mess up their stuff.

3yo: Yeah, I like to spit on them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Birthday Dinner

The Daddy-o's birthday was Monday, and he requested Spaghetti with Italian Sausage for his birthday dinner. And then I forced him to add green vegetables. He finally agreed to salad (including home-grown tomatoes) and green beans (also from our garden)cooked Southern-style, that is, cooked for a really, really long time with bacon and onions! I added cream cheese stuffed mushrooms on a whim and thought the resulting meal was rather lovely:

 


I also made his favorite dessert: chocolate pie. I had to call my mom-in-law for the recipe, which reminds me yet again that I need to organize all the recipe cards, magazine clippings and random scraps of paper with scribbled recipes! While very tasty, the results were not very pretty, as you can see. Let's just say I need to work on my meringue. A lot.

 


That's the latest from my farm kitchen table! Stay tuned for more food photos and a few favorite recipes- the weather has turned a bit cooler and I'm in the mood to bake!

KM

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Monday, September 8, 2008

First Barber Shop Haircuts

While at the beach (we're home now!), I decided to take the boys for their first haircut at a barber shop. That is, their first hair cut not done by me! My 3-year-old has been asking for "spiky hair" like his big brother for awhile now, so we headed to downtown Manteo to Reynolds' Barber Shop to visit and get haircuts from a friend of mine from high school and his dad.

After watching their grandaddy go first, my six-year-old climbed right up and little brother clung to my neck- opposite reactions from their usual personalities! So 3yo got his hair cut while sitting in my lap. I think the only reason he did even that was because of how important getting "spiky hair" was to him. When we got back to the house, he talked Grandaddy into spiking his hair up, too!

So, 6yo has updated spiky hair (and a huge grin every time he looks in the mirror) and 3yo's precious curls are gone (sniff, sniff) and big boy, spiky hair is in their place.

 

 

 

 
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Beach Trip-Day 3

Jockey's Ridge State Park

 

 

More fun at the beach
 

 
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008