Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
We go from very routine to no routine!
I hear Katie whisper to the boys, "Go tell Meema."
And so begins the daily oatmeal breakfast
I love how Calvin loves the monkey
I love having ALL the kids home and watch them interact together.
I love how somewhere along the way the "remember when's" start,
I love the laughter and happiness.
Katie and Noah were keeping a secret that they shared with us.
I loved finding out they have a bun in the oven and
They loved packing up all their stuff in their new van,
dried piece of play dough on top the microwave.
I loved finding the blue elephant that Calvin kept hiding so no one would get it.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
there is always something going on outside.
Right now, Mandy's got the itch!
Rake's were raking and the shovel was shoveling.
Koa was using a rake twice his size,
And Leili was picking up rocks.
They worked really hard on their garden boxes and they look great! I can already taste the tomatoes and cucumbers!
The Master Gardener
The Master Gardener's Assistant
The two apprentice who make everything take twice as long.
I watched Leili as she wandered around the back yard...swinging on her tummy in the swing...Tom, the cat, caught her attention and with a laugh she pulled his tail and held on when he tried to run away! I knocked on the window, she turned and came to the window and pressed her little nose against it and said, "What doin Grandma?"
It was a nice window moment.
Just between you and me, and don't tell anyone, but these are the campers, you know, the gate campers!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
We all know it's the little things that drive us crazy...
well this is down right annoying!
For days on end I have been looking out my kitchen window watching the gate swinging in the wind or just hanging open. ANNOYING! It looks so sloppy and well unorderly (if that is a word).
I found this guide to gate use on the web:
Open the gate.
Walk through the gate.
Close the gate.
(Okay, I made it up)
After seeing it left open for several days I decided enough was enough and went to close it. Yes, I murmured under my breath and came up with several reasons why a gate should be closed:
- Gates were made to open and CLOSE (That's what my Dad taught me, so it must be true).
- It keeps stray dogs, raccoons, opossum's and other varmint's out.
- It keeps grand kids in!
- It makes me happy and,
- The cats love it when the gate is closed so the dogs can't chase them.
I know, I know there is a big hole in the fence from the tree falling on it...
So why DO we need to close the gate?
I closed the gate before Shane and I went on our Friday night date, but while we were gone, some "campers" came and when we came home the gate was open AGAIN and that annoyed feeling came creeping back. When I went to closed the gate I tenderly forgave the "campers" because I could see their crackling fire and hear their laughter and fun...it was worth having the gate left open. AND after all I had written this post and soon family members, campers, or whoever would know open gates annoy me and the gate being left open would become a thing of the past.
The first thing I did this morning was look out the window to admire my closed gate, BUT there it was wide open! Some "CAMPER" upon returning the key to the shed left it open...Eldon...sorry...I mean "CAMPER!" But I soon loved my "camper" again, because he did close the gate by the drive way.
Really, doesn't that look better!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Or if your want to be fancy, schmancy, a "dessert shot."
I signed up for a chocolate class and enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned how to make truffles, caramels, how to temper chocolate and how to dip the truffles and caramel. In the first class we rolled the truffles in our choice of coverings, chopped almonds, toasted coconut, powdered sugar or cocoa powder. The truffles melt in your mouth! In the second class we we dipped the caramel and truffles in the tempered chocolate. The caramel is firm but still soft and chewy. Sorry there isn't a picture of the dipped caramel, but I ate them all they were soooo good! I am excited to WOW my family with these goodies.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The pecan pie is a little pricey, but
Turtle Trifle8 0z. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (2-lb.) frozen pecan pie, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup chocolate fudge topping
1/3 cup caramel topping
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1. Beat cream cheese, whipping cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using the whisk attachment (or a hand mixer) 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth and firm.
2. Place half of pie cubes in bottom of a 4-qt. trifle dish or tall, clear 4-qt. glass bowl. Spread half of whipped cream mixture over pie cubes. Drizzle with half of chocolate fudge topping and caramel topping. Sprinkle with half of chopped pecans. Repeat layers.
3. cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
You can also make individual trifle's.