Saturday, December 15, 2012
Butternut Squash Pizza.
Cut squash into rounds, not too thin and bake @400* for fifteen minutes. Remove from oven and flip over. Top with: veggies, sauce, cheese, sausage, pepperoni, etc etc. Whatever you want! Put back into oven and bake until done.
Here's a few photos of my yumminess:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I love Kansas. I love that whenever I think of home, I think of the tiny town where I grew up, where I walked to my grandma's house after school, where on Halloween I roamed around with a pillowcase to collect candy.
I miss it, and it will always be home, no matter where I live.
Today I'm thankful God provided Tom with a job that has enabled me to stay home with our kids. At times I've wondered if it was the right choice, but all I have to do is look at my children and know that it truly was. I'm happy to be a stay at home mom!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thanks, God, for leading us here.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
This is our Thankful display. Tonight all of us wrote something we wanted to thank God for on a leaf.
Mom--husband and kids
E--church and family
N--grandma and grandpa
and the best for last:
Yep, that's right folks, breakfast. I'm actually surprised he didn't say 'candy'. Heh.
What would you like to thank God for today?
It seems like Thanksgiving is overlooked nowadays. I mean, Halloween decorations show up in August. August, people! That is ridiculous. And anymore, Thanksgiving is sort of forgotten, with all the Christmas frenzy that starts this month. Who really slows down and considers all we've been given?
So anyway, that's the plan. Since I'm also participating in NaNoWriMo this month, it will be interesting, to say the least.
Look for a post later today or tonight (tomorrow?) about Day 1 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving.
Friday, September 7, 2012
September is a good month.
There was more that I was going to stay, but it seems to have fled my head, so that's it.
Oh yes, now I remember!
The dishwasher! My parents were kind enough to buy us a new one, and it finally arrived today and my fabulous DIY husband installed it. The girls are very grateful for this fantastic machine, as am I!
Hip hip hooray for dishwashers! I always thought it was not a necessity, but after washing dishes upwards of three times every day, I think differently. Maybe if I didn't have five kids it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but there it is. Seven people generate LOTS of dirty dishes!
Yay for the dishwasher! Whomever invented this machine, I salute you.
Monday, August 27, 2012
So the little guy's bento breakfasts won't win any cuteness awards, but he liked them and ate them, which is the whole point, yes? My older boys nixed the idea of cute veg cutouts and the like, darn it. Well, I still have the little guy, and he appreciates cuteness still. :)
Speaking of which, it's time to get his breakfast ready!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
See that deliciousness? Moist, flavorful, yummy. The only thing that could have made it even more tasty would have been adding walnuts. I forgot. Bummer. At any rate, there's only about two slices left, and I baked it yesterday. Everyone knows banana bread is better the next day.
This is the banana bread my mom always made, and although I've tried other recipes, this is the one I always come back to, because it's the best banana bread ever.
2/3 C. shortening (I always use Spectrum organic non-hydrogenated)
1 2/3 C. sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 C flour (I used white whole wheat)
2/3 C buttermilk (or sour milk by adding 1 Tbl vinegar)
1 1/4 C. mashed banana
*note: more milk might need to be added if you use whole wheat flour
Stir shortening to soften. Sift in dry ingredients. Add bananas and half milk and mix. Beat 2 minutes. Add rest of ingredients and beat. Bake@350 for 1 hour. Makes one large loaf, depending on the size of your bread pans. Or fill muffin papers and bake until top springs back when touched.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The main thing I notice once all the kids were gone was how absolutely quiet it was. No chaos, no interruptions, screams, yelling, etc etc. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Not that Shadow was silent all day, but as noisy as he is when his siblings are around, he's a pretty quiet guy by himself. Plus, all that annoying obnoxiousness only emerges when he has to compete for attention. To his pleasure, he had Mommy all to himself today.
And it was a good day. I missed the kids, but it was nice all the same. Summer was wonderful. I think maybe the school year will be a good one as well.
On the black board I wrote a question: How was your first day of school?
Here are their answers:
N--Long and really stressful (not sure what's stressful about a 2nd grader's day, but oh well)
J--Easy (5th grade)
Both girls collapsed and took a nap and woke up refreshed. They both got up at 5am to catch the bus @ 6:40. Not sure if they will continue to get up that early. Time will tell.
Three days of schoo this week, then the weekend. I'm thinking that if I want to go to the library Saturday morning it will just be me and the boys. :)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I found this recipe on another site, Oh She Glows, and while it was good, the addition of Nutella and the removal of the banana has made these bars particularly outstanding. So here's the recipe with my changes.
2.5 cups rolled oats, divided
3 Tbl chia seeds
1/2 cup + 1 Tbl ground flax
1 tsp cinnamon (we like cinnamon, so it's a heaping tsp)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 cups milk (any kind; I've used almond and cow with the same results)
1/2 cup maple syrup or any liquid sweetener (I've used molasses and honey)
heaping spoonful or three of Nutella or peanut butter or almond butter, etc
1 Tbl vanilla
*side note: did you know that most vanilla contains corn syrup? I was shocked! Now I buy Spice Islands brand, which contains no corn syrup)
1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray an 8 inch square pan or line with parchment paper (why is that stuff so oversized? Why isn't it the same size as wax paper?)
2. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup of the oats until a flour forms.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients first, and then add the wet and stir until combined. Taste the batter and add more sweetener/nut butter to taste. Add nuts if you like.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until it springs back slowly when touched. Baking time will vary. Cool before cutting.
The kids don't really like these, but the husband and I think they are yummy. They're filling and a good snack.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I'm sitting on a bench at Civic Park while the boys climb and jump and have a great time on the play equipment. A maple tree shades most of he area, which is a good thing because it is H.O.T. this morning. When I took my walk this morning at 6, it was 79*. Yep, pretty sweat-inducing. Now, it's 93, but not here in the shade. It's actually quite pleasant.
But trees....they are one of the most amazing things in Creation. Look at all they do: provide shade, food, building materials, writing materials, peace, and let's not forget beauty. Everyone's yard looks better with a tree or six. :)
Instead of taking trees for granted, take a moment to really notice the trees today. It's the small details that can give a lot of pleasure sometimes.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
So we finally broke down and turned on the A/C, which promptly broke at the beginning of July. Nice, eh? But we were really blessed and got a new motor without it costing us anything. God is pretty amazing!
I've been outside mostly, and I don't do a lot of writing during the summer, so I'm not sure when I'll write again. Heh.
Here's some photos of what's been going on this summer:
Our one head of broccoli--delicious! Next year I'm going to plant a ton of it.
K's wildflower garden. The finches love it.
A recent visitor.
I'd add more photos, but my stupid camera's date is messed up and I'm tired of trying to find the picture I want! Frustrating! Hopefully I'll update sooner next time. :)
Saturday, June 2, 2012
It's always a good thing to have goals, so here are mine:
*work on potty-training with Foo-Foo. Not exactly a fun time (is it ever?) since he doesn't really seem to care too much, but he does like wearing underwear, so it's a start, anyway
*walk at least 5 days a week, I'd like it to be 6. These walks are normally 60-70 min, unless I have the boys with me and we go to the park. Then and easy 30min.
*Keep writing. I've submitted to six agents so far, and have plenty of manuscripts to work on, so all's good in that area.
*have activities for the boys to do a couple of days a week. Right now tin can robots are in the works.
*Finish painting entryway, dining room and bathroom, then get to work peeling off border in the boys' room. I swear, wallpaper hates me. Really, it does.
That's it for now. Wait, what's that about no air conditioning?
It's no secret that I hate the stuff, and it keeps kids from going outside in the summer. We had a few days of brutal heat last week, and we were probably the only ones who didn't turn on the A/C. I'm not sure if we're saving any money running fans, but the benefits are pretty good. The boys went outside where it was cooler without me having to shoehorn them out the door, as I've had to in the past to get them out of the coolness. Pretty awesome, I'd say. Plus, at least for June the weather appears to be in the upper 70's-to upper 80's, not a problem. To me, it's worth it.
I really believe being dependent on A/C makes people not so tough, not able to handle the heat. Don't get me wrong, I like having it on in the car and when I go places, but at home I quickly tire of it. I hate being cold when I want to be warm, like when I get out of the shower. Hate that so much.
That's what's happening around here.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Here's a delicious salad that Foo-Foo and I made tonight. You can change the vegetables to suit your own tastes, of course.
Here's the recipe from Oh She Glows, with my changes in parentheses.
For the salad:
1 cup uncooked wheatberries (bulgur wheat)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup edamame (I subbed zuchinni instead)
1 cup diced carrots
1.5 cups diced red pepper
1.5 cups diced green pepper
(I used about 6 sweet tricolored peppers)
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
Salt, to taste (I forgot this)
For the dressing: (makes four 1/4 cup servings)
2/3 cup 100% pure orange juice (I juiced two oranges)
1/3 cup 100% pure apple juice (I didn't have an apple, so I used a bit of pineapple juice)
1 Tbl apple cider vinegar
1 Tbl fresh minced ginger
1 Tbl fresh lime juice
Salt, to taste
I also added a bit of Bragg's Liquid Aminos to the dressing, as it didn't have the right taste for me. You could use soy sauce or tamari instead of the Bragg's, if desired.
1. In a medium sized pot. add quinoa and 1.5 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce head and cover and simmer until fluffy, about 15-20 min. Do the same for the wheatberries (bulgur), but add 2 cups of water and cook until tender and chewy.
2. Meanwhile, chop the veggies. In a bowl or jar, whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
3. When the grains have cooked, grab your pint-sized mason jars and add into each: 1/2 cup wheatberries, 1/4 cup green pepper, 1/4 cup red pepper, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup carrots, 2 Tbl parsley adn 1/4 cup edamame per mason jfar. You may have to push it down a bit. Repeat as necessary. Makes enough for 4 mason jars, with a bit left over. Alternatively, you can just mix the salad together into a big bowl with the dressing. The salad will keep in the fridge for 5-6 days.
*note: the veggies are all raw
It is quite a tasty salad, light and satisfying, and very open to variations.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
And those shutters are also going. A nice idea, but I've hit my head way too many times on them to like them. When folded they take up a lot of room. Yeah, that's a phone on the wall there, too, in reach of the toilet. As if. That is destined for the kids' toybox for sure. Maybe even today.
I'll post pics of the diningroom/entryway later, cause while it won't take long to finish the painting, it's going to take a lot of effort to get all the crap sorted and put away. Yes, I know I wait too long to do things like that.
Here's the bathroom wall, waiting for a mirror and lights, which we do have.
It will be nice to have these two projects crossed off so I can move on to the boys' room next.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
1 tsp salt
2/3 Cup warm water
1/3 Cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tbl Chia seeds
1 tsp dill weed
1. Heat the oven to 375*
2. Mix all ingredients together until it makes a soft dough.
3. Heavily spray a baking tray with cooking spray
4. Put dough on the tray and smooth it out to cover the whole bottom.
5. Cut the dough into squares with a sharp knife.
I also started some sprouts; they should be ready tomorrow or the next day:
Mung beans on the left (these are the kind you see in the grocery store, but don't buy them; grow your own. Easy and much safer) The seeds on the left are a spicy mix of alfalfa and other seeds that I can't remember since I threw the bag away a long time ago. (oops)
If you've never sprouted seeds, I highly recommend it. Not only are the sprouts tasty, they're incredibly good for you. Don't try sprouting beans from the grocery store, though. Those have more than likely been treated with chemicals. Obtain beans/seeds specifically for sprouting either from a health food store or online.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
What does that mean? Is it all about perception, or is it all about what confines us: clocks, calendars, labels.... what would the world be like if we had no clocks, days of the week, calendars? Would life be more spontaneous or at least more free?
I think it would. What do you think?