Saturday, May 31, 2008
Today I ran across this recipe at Amber's Delectable Delights and it fit the bill so I thought I'd give it a whirl. The only thing I did different is I used whole wheat flour instead of regular.
These took a lot of time but they weren't hard at all! I'll DEFINATELY make these more often! They are SO SO GOOD! But do me a favor, don't let the raw chicken slide out of your hands and fall on your freshly baked batch of bread that took all day like I did,,, OK?
I could have really used a few dehumidifiers today,, what about you?!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
It's not pleasant but they're just doing their job ya know? Yesterday, one of the cats injured a smallish rabbit. Now, I'll rescue them if I think they'll heal but if not, I just let the cats finish them off. Yesterday I made a bad decision. I picked up the rabbit and took it to the underbrush where it could get away. Apparently, it was injured worse than I thought because the cats were terrorizing it again today. This time his front leg injuries were very bad. I called for Chris to get the gun and put this poor creature out of it's misery. Well, the bunny still had enough life in him to scurry away, all the while landing on it's face. It was very pathetic and sad. This erratic scurrying made it very hard to shoot with any kind of accuracy.
This is when T2 saw what was going on. He was HORRIFIED. He bawled and cried. We all tried to explain to him that we were helping that poor bunny, we weren't being mean but it was to no avail. This was a life altering bad day for T2.
I ended up having to grab the bunny's backside to hold it still while Chris put it out of it's misery.
I thought of burying it in the garden but then I decided I didn't want to run into a rabbit carcass later so we buried it elsewhere to keep the critters away.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
In the road. Yes, it was in the road. He brought it in to me dripping wet and with multiple tire tracks on it.
I freaked out a little bit but just felt relieved that it had been found. On this day, the mailman had delivered our mail to our door because I'd received a package. We have a REALLY long driveway and our box is at the end of the drive and across the road. Later that evening, Chris comes home and says, "did you notice mail in the road?" "I saw some mail around our box this morning". So,, uh,, my check (which wasn't chump change, it was a sizable check) had been in the road since the day BEFORE!
How lucky am I that someone didn't pick it up! I am annoyed that it was in the road tho. I have 2 theories.
Our box lid doesn't open all the way and it's really hard to get the mail in and out. The mailman probably didn't notice that it didn't make it in the box.
My lovely uncoordinated children dropped it in the road upon retrieving the mail. This is the more likely of the 2 theories.
Need new bathroom faucets?
Sew ears to the hat wherever you think they look good!
In the market for new kitchen faucets? I know I am!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Wow. That's the most elderly thing I've said all day!
Our school year is over and our assessments have been okayed. I now have a 7th grader and a 4th grader. Time marches on doesn't it?
I only need a few more books for next year's line up. A couple of Daily Grams books and T1's Teaching Textbooks lessons. (that's the biggy).
We've already begun our 2008-2009 school year. We're using:
English From the Roots Up both boys
Easy Grammar Plus T1
Easy Grammar 4 T2
Daily Grams 4 T2
Daily Grams 7 T1
Saxon 54 T2
Teaching Textbooks 7 T1
Apologia Science (Astronomy or Zoology 1,, haven't decided) both boys for one more year for T1
Spelling Time T2
Big States Time T2
WV History T1 No link here, we have an old text book and will use lots of extra books
Painless Writing T1
Painless Spelling T1
Learning Language Arts through Literature T2
Now that's just the bare bones. Of course we'll do much much more. There will be Science Club, Co-op, Project Day and Unit Studies. Then there is all the Internet stuff too!
used cisco, new cisco, referbed cisco. Yeah,, I don't get it either.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Isn't she sweet? While I was cleaning her up, I discovered that she was wearing her origninal outfit and it had a tag in the neckline that said "Victoria" Madame Alexander. Then while I was brushing her hair (Lordy, did it need it) I noticed that her neck said ALEXANDER 1966. I've scored a Vintage Baby Victoria Doll! The first Baby Victoria's were named for Queen Victoria. Mine isn't worth much but I love her.
At the next sale we stopped at T1 hit the goldmine. He saw a table with a few gunstocks on it and when he saw one in particular his poker face completely left him. Now I've tried to teach these kids to haggle and have a good "I could care less if you sell this to me or not" face but T1 is just AWFUL at it! I made him walk away. Just walk away. We walked back to the car and discussed it. The stock had a $15.00 price tag on it. Neither of us knew it's worth but we had a good feeling about it. I gave T1 a ten dollar bill and told him to offer it, if he took it, it was ours,, if not,, we walk away. T1 agreed that if he took it,, it was fate.
He asked and the man was hesitant but it was getting late in the morning so he broke down and accepted the offer. The more he held it, the more he loved it. I figured at the very least they could play with it and maybe he could hang it on the wall.
When we came home and daddy looked it up and examined the markings we found that T1 had been correct, it's a 1916 WWI German Mauser Kar98 stock. Worth up to $200.00.
Pretty sweet no? Here's a picture. You have to understand,, T1's a gun NUT,, next to cars that is!
Not a bad day for $12.00 and gas!
Cat5e Keystone jack
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Saturday, May 10, 2008
I'd like to tell you that these were so much fun to make and that I was totally going to work this recipe into my regular rotation but I'm not.
They're cute though aren't they? Kinda Hello Kitty and Rainbow Bright with a cloud on top, no?
The concept is easy. Split your cake mix into six different bowls, color them with gel food coloring, layer the batters in your foil cupcake liners, and bake. You use foil because the paper ones will look gross from the outside.
I'm tellin' you what,, every bowl in my kitchen was dirty. I'm serious, every one! Do you know what happens to cake batter when you stir it too much? The glutens turn into elastic! Now, how are you supposed to get your food coloring in without mixing too much? I was positive that these were going to turn out like rocks! They didn't but still, the cake batter was so hard to get plopped into the cups! If someone was really industrious, 6 icing bags with large tips would REALLY BE HANDY, but alas,, I don't have 6 icing bags, so a spoon and patience it was.
I made these for the Tri-State Homeschooler's picnic yesterday. They were a big hit! I won't be making them again for quite a while though!
Do you find yourself needing wood blinds ? I never have! After looking at the ones from Selectblinds, I have to admit, they're very pretty!
I think the history of coffee is very interesting. Did you know it originates from Ethiopia? It is said to have been the cause and cure of many a war. In the civil war when they ran out of green beans (not the veggie, actual green coffee beans) to roast in a skillet or their tin cup they often used chicory.Chicory is that purple flower that you see growing along the road sides. It has a long tap root that can be roasted or put in salads. I love the idea of foraging for foods. I try not to bug Stephanie too much about this! I definitely want to try making my own chicory coffee this year. I've read that it's very flavorful and rich.
I'm the only one in my house that enjoys coffee so I have a little 2 cup coffee maker. Actually I think it's a 4 cupper but I think that's relative to the size of your cup! I'm used to making coffee in my little coffee maker so when I had to make a whole 12cup pot at our band concert last week, I totally screwed it up. It was awful. It tasted like motor oil! (and looked like it too!) Note to self: If one tablespoon makes 1 cup, that doesn't mean that 12 tbsp makes 12 cups. No, no it doesn't!
Needless to say.... I won't be buying any espresso machines anytime soon!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I bought a Ball Blue Book today. This will come in handy in the coming months. We're working really hard on our garden and I don't want all of our hard work to go to waste. I tried to can some things last year but I didn't really do that well.
Why didn't I spend a whole $5.78 on a Ball Blue Book last year?
My friend Christina took me Funny Bone Comedy Club here in Huntington this evening. I expected the comedians to be a little off color but this guy, Steve Marshall, was BLUE! Oh my goodness. I'm hard to embarrass and my cheeks were red for the entire show. Most of it was funny, don't get me wrong, but wow... some things should be left to the imagination. People walked out, that's what I'm sayin!
I'm going to miss our co-op end of the year picnic! It didn't even occur to me that it was on the same day as the Primary election. I'm a poll worker and I'll have to be there ALL. DAY. Yuck. I'm beginning to think that the pay isn't going to be worth it! So yeah... I'm a little blue about that.
My eldest child will be 12 in a few months. TWELVE. How did this happen? I have one more year until he's a teenager. Yes, you must whisper that word. But here's the blue thing, he wants an ipod for his birthday, a blue one. When did we graduate from legos to ipods?