So, what have we been up to since the post Thanksgiving post?
Monday, December 7, 2009
So, what have we been up to since the post Thanksgiving post?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The big girl left Friday to go out of town with a friend's family so it has been quieter than usual.
The little one and I have done quite a bit of Christmas shopping and we got all of the Christmas decorations up.
Last year, we went to Dallas for Christmas so I didn't put up much, just one little tree... This year I am having a Christmas party for our dept. so I needed to decorate.
I realized after getting it all done that it looks like a Christmas store in here! In our old house, we had a big formal area. Here, all of our living spaces are right together....
Here are a few of my favorites...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Family that I am thankful for.
I have been very unsettled about this whole holiday season.
I have been very mad that because of Mike's work we can't go to family for the holidays.
I have been sad that no one was coming here for Thanksgiving and if they come at Christmas it will be after.
My kids have been very unsettled by this. We aren't used to being without family on the holidays.
But, here we are, getting used to it.
I guess it won't be too bad, but there are few things that just won't be the same. Things we won't do without others here.
But being thankful isn't one of the things I will skip. I know I am blessed and I am very thankful.
in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
1 quart Whole Milk
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Sugar
2 packages Active Dry Yeast
8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
2 cups (to 4 Cups) Melted Butter (I used two cups)
2 cups Sugar (I used a comb. of brown sugar and white sugar)
Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
1 bag Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
½ cups Milk
¼ cups Melted Butter
¼ cups Brewed Coffee
⅛ teaspoons Salt
(I omitted the coffee and butter and still turned out great.)
Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. “Scald” the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.
Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.
Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.
For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.
Here is what I learned... these take a while with all the differnt steps. They are worth it. Maple extract stains. My granit is great for rolling things out on but is too good at hiding spots, you can't tell if you have it all cleaned up...Did I mention these are worth the trouble!
Add vinegar; cook on low for 18 hours.
Add white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
Mix all together and cook 4 more hours. If mash or blend to get consistancy you prefer
Seal in jars.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I've actually seen it happen. Look at my neice Jennifer. I remeber her being a bit of a moody teen and she turned out great....but when you're in the battle it doesn't feel like it will end well.
It's new territory and I'm really not enjoying it yet. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty much hating it!
Katie was 13 in April...somewhere over the summer some switch in her flipped. Just like WHAM different kid, at least part of the time.
One minute she is fighting with her sister over who gets to sit by me and the next min. she is so bristly I don't want her to sit by me! Moody is an understatement most of the time.
I am learning how to deal with these drastic mood changes and smart responces she is throwing at me. Jennifer made a good point last night. She commented that she has us, who are both a little sarsastic and can be big ole smarty pants to learn from and she may not know when the smarty pants answer is over the line...That's one theory...
I've learned loosing my temper with her gets me no where. I'm very much a talk about it and settle things type of person. I've figured out that she is like her dad, she has to stomp off, mull things over and then talk about it or apologize on her time...(
I'm learning that we have very differnt personalities.
I'm learning that even though she is moody and bristly she is still just a little girl under it all. I love when I'm reminded that she is really a great kid.
I know that she loves God.
I know that she is prayed for.
I know that she cares about others.
I know that we all went through it. I remember how hard it was!
I don't know how my mother didn't kill me.
I don't know what I'm going to do in a couple of years - if they fight now, imagine what it could be like when they are both moody teenager!
I do know I'll love them, moody and all.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
And now, it's effecting other family members, Jennifer is suffering from it to. It's an epidemic I tell you!
Mike is out of town and I can't tell you how relieved I was when Katie asked for homework help tonight, that it wasn't math related! That surely would have been the end of me.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Katie wanted to make soft pretzels. Pretty easy to make, even though there were a few steps.
1 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water (at 70 to 80 degrees)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 quarts water
1/2 cup baking soda
Add yeast to 2 tbsp warm water and let sit till foamy. Place flour, sugar, 1 cup water and yeast in water in mixing bowl and mix. Kneed for 5-10 min by hand or with dough hook of mixer.
Place dough on lightly floured surface and seperate into 8 portions for large pretzels or more for smaller pretzels. Shape into ropes and shape like pretzel.
In a large sauce pan bring water and baking soda to a boil. Drop pretzels two at a time into boiling water for 10 -15 sec. Remove with slotted spoon and place on greased baking sheet. Beat egg and brush top of pretzels with egg. sprinkle with salt. Bake 8 - 10 min till golden brown.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It can't be that many years. It wasn't that long ago. That would make me....yep, I guess thats right, it was 3o years ago. Darn it.
Thirty years ago, minus a few weeks I was still living in Iran with my parents. My dads job was classified so I don't know exactly know what he did, if he told us he would have had to kill us.
He did work on a Iranian military base which turned out to not be a safe place. Our landlord was an Iranian general, which also turned our home into an unsafe place to be...The American school was closed because of all the danger. The city was under martial law so you could only go out at certain hours. They turned off the elec in the city at night. I really don't know why the electricty was turned off. But I do know that my mother and I were not cut out for the days before electricity... you know, there is just so much you can do in a foreign land with no electricty. You can olny play monopoly so many times, and we were told to limit the candle light, etc or people would shoot into your home... Thank God it wasn't summer, I would have asked someone to shoot me!
Being a young teen didn't really see how bad this situation was. My mother did. She wanted to leave. The airport was closed and only a very few flights were allowed in or out. We got a call late one night that there was a flight out if we could be ready by morning... The trip to the airport is something I'll never forget. It certainly made me aware of the danger we were in. There were tanks and soldiers everywhere, cars and buildings smoldering from being burned. It was terrible. My mother and I left with only a few dollars of american money and took off on a flight that did not have a destination as no other countries were letting flights from Iran land...We eventually got home, my dad came about a week before the hostages were taken.
I didn't set out to tell the whole story but there it is. And it was thrity years ago. Which makes me old.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I had the big girl start a conversation with me that I just wasn't prepared for... I tried not to look shocked, I even had to turn my head and giggle uncomfortably at one point because of the subject matter coming from my little girls mouth. I was very glad she thought all the things she had heard about were gross, but HOW did she get big enough to know about these things????? Ah, the joys of middle school. I wasn't prepared but I got throuh it. We may have to homeschool now though...
The weekend is here, and my only goal for the weekend is to clean the SUV. Maybe a little laundry. Big plans I tell you...that's just the way I like it.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Here's some of what happened at our house today...
Kite flying...I think Kellie's kite may have been in another county at one point!
Cake balls. I have I told you of my love of cake balls? Well, today I decided I needed to make a batch of carrot cake cake balls that may or may not resemble pumpkins.
Bakerella worthy, but they taste good. I put them in egg cartons to send to a couple of friends.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
5 days later I think she is finally almost over it.
This could mean two things.
1. we are done with the flu or
2. Someone else will have it about the time I get her back to school. I'm praying we are through! I am really praying Mike doesn't get it because he just quit talking about the dreaded flu of 1995.
Yesterday Katie still felt terrible. She stayed home with her dad but called me twice crying because she didn't feel good. Today I stayed home with her and she hasn't cried once. I'm so glad she's better.
I was thinking I could have gone to work since she was a little better today. But looking back, I would have missed a wonderful day at home with just Katie. We snuggled on the couch and watched the American Girl movie, I finished up some crafty projects, baked Pumpkin dump cake, made glazed pecans , and have home made pizza dough rising to use for dinner tonight.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies
I love love love the mini Reeces. You know, they do have the perfect chocolate to peanut butter portions...so, I figured cookies with them broken up in them had to be good and they are! I want to make them and try other chopped candy like Heath bars. Yum. You need to make these!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Speaking of not feeling good. I have seen way to many sick kids the last few days. I am praying our house can stay flu free!
Katie came home early with a cough and allergy issues. She told me she was in the nurses office with 4 other people who had fever and flu like symptoms. NOOOOOOOOOOO!
I'm really praying now! And Jennifer, you better quit talking about it our you'll have it too!
But for tonight we're all well, staying in, ordering pizza, and going to bed early.... I love it!
Edited to add, the pizza isn't even here yet and now Katie has fever, chills and body aches! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I worked on the Halloween wreath...
I saw this idea on a blog recently (I wish I could remember were to give credit) and decided I needed to borrow the idea since I already had the glass things on my mantle....
I found just the little skeleton I needed for this at Target. I had decided I wanted to do lights but needed something else. I was planning on going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to look for a boa or something to add to it and today when I ran in Walgreen's they had this great black, feather boa on clearance for $1.75...bargin!
I couldn't get a good picture of the mantle as a whole... just know it's cute...
I love fall decor!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Since the weather was cooler we decided to take Elvis. He likes the boat but can't tolerate hot weather.