Friday, December 26, 2008
We had a wonderful Christmas with our family. We spent Christmas day with Cullens family, then the day after with my family. It was a nice pleasent couple of days for all.
Kenny is a quick study on his guitar hero and is now a rock star!!!
Simone had a great time too.
The food was good and no one went hungry, that is for sure!
Cullens fav was the pie, the chocolate pie, the coconut cream pie, the apple pie, the pumpkin pie and well the pecan pie, it doesn't matter, what kind of pie, just as long as it is pie!
Even thought the weather had been so cold, Christmas day was pretty nice and mild, and the day after, it was back up into the mid 60's...
what a change from the 2 degrees the other day.
Hope everyone had a great holiday!
Monday, December 22, 2008
And the title says it all. It has been very cold for the past 2 days now. The temps have droped to under 0 degrees in the night time and my windows actually had frost on them on the inside this a.m. when we got up.
It is misleading when you just look out, because the sun is shining and it looks like a lovely day, just if it wasn't so bitterly cold. I guess that is what December is for, huh? So, how is the weather where you live?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Well, Kenny took his first test in his Taekwondo class and advanced from a white belt to an orange belt. We are very proud of him. This is a big achievement for him, this is his first real "class" like this and he is doing wonderful. sorry the pic is sideways, but I couldn't figure out how to turn it, lol!
Way to go Kenny...hurray!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here is Simone shooting. She is using a single shot 410. She wasn't really impressed with the skeet shooting. She does OK, but "it is not really her thing". She likes to shoot her slingshot much better. I like them to "know" how to handle a gun properly.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I do love the green of the spring and summer months and even the colors of the fall, but when the leaves start to come off the trees and leave nothing at all, it is sort of sad. Everything seems to change to a dull, monotone color.
The wind was blowing here something terrible yesterday and so the kids have dug out all the hats, gloves, scarves and coats and so the season begins, yet again. Kenny actually jumped out of his room this morning, all dressed in his ski mask, coat, and boots and scared the crud out of me...What is next for this season?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This is more like pancake batter… but it will make a great bread
1/2 cup warm water
2 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup warm water
½ to ¾ cups powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons white cornmeal (yellow will work but I like the white)
In a small bowl stir together the ½ cup warm water, sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and set aside.
In a large bowl dissolve baking soda with the 1 1/4 cup warm water. Add the powdered milk ,salt and one cup of the whole flour. Beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Beat in yeast mixture and remaining flour.
Batter should be thick, sticky, and smooth.
Prepare 2 10 inch cast iron pans with non-stick spray. Dust pans with cornmeal. Place 1/2 batter in each pan. Batter will spread during rising time. Spray top of batter with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and let rise for one hour.
Spray top of bread with non-stick cooking spray a 2nd time just before baking .
Bake in a preheated 375 degree for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool for an hour before slicing.
Note Schlotsky’s toasts the bread and cheese them make the sandwich.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We has a lot of rain in a short amount of time and there were several roads with water over them...this pic shows one...and the rain had stopped several hours by this time.
I took this pic as we were driving...I was happy it showed, cause we were actually moving quite fast. It was a beautiful site with the sun peaking through the clouds... When my dd was about 3 or 4 years old, and it had been raining...and we saw a similar view as this, she told me that "that was God peeking down from heaven, checking on us." Every time I see the suns rays shining through like this, it reminds me of that. It is funny what little kids say.
This big hornets nest was hanging from a limb over the road. We stopped to take a picture, but didn't stay long, lol. It was a big one, that is for sure, but we are not very close it it.
This is dd again, climbing up in the tree...
Here is a pic of the roots that were pulled up when the tree with over...you can see the water on the ground...it quit raining many hours before this pic was taken...but the ground was just so saturated.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Cullen took the picture, but it was the only one we captured.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We were just proud to have actually harvested our own grapes for the first time!!!!
I usually dehydrate them first...I cut the apple in quarters, cut out the seeds, then cut each quarter into 3 or 4 "slices". This pic is the apple slices floating in a "solution" of water, salt and lemon juice. It keeps the apples white and beautiful throught the dehydration process.
And here they are, the apples laying out on one of the dehydrator trays. I like to fill all nine trays and let them dry for a long time till they are very dry...most directions say leathery, but I dry mine more than that...till they are almost brittle. I place the dried apple slices in jars or containers that seal well after they are dry.
It really isn't a hard task, but it does take some time. I usually use my kitchen aid mixer and mix up a loaf at a time (i have the smallest kitchen aid out there, which I dearly love, but it will only mix 1 loaf at a time). As of late, I have started to use my "old" bread machine to mix a loaf of dough cause my kitchen aid seems to be somewhat "taxed" with the amount of bread dough I mix. The bread machine was pretty much the same, it only mixed on loaf at a time, I would take it out of the machine form it in a regular bread pan, let it rise, and then back it...and that has worked, but now the good ol' bread machine is not wanting to "keep up" with the load either... and so "MY HUSBAND BOUGHT ME A BOSCH COMPACT MIXER" I just cant believe it, it is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at all my wonderful bread...and I did it in only a couple hours.
After I bake all my bread, I like to cut it all up so that we can use it when needed, insted of cutting it as we use it. (the kids hate cutting it and seem to always hack it up and have huge chunks and complain if I don't have it pre-cut) . Most people ask me how I cut my bread up so nicely and evenly and well, I am gonna tell you.... I do it with an electric knife. Most electric knives come with 2 sets of blades...one for meat and one for bread. Most people never use the bread blades, but I do... they work perfectly and make the job a snap. Make sure you have the bread blades, it makes the job much easier and your bread will not get smooshed either. Just cut the bread slowly working from one end to the other. I live to do it when the bread is still very warm. Most people say to wait till it is cool, but I disagree, cause when it is still very warm, it is all steamy and very moist, as you cut it, there are vertually no crumbs and mess, but if you wait till it is cool, it will crumb much more. Give it a try, it works great.
Here is a bit of a "different loaf"... It is fun, cause it just "tears" apart in the little sections, but looks pretty if you are having company or want to take it as a hostess gift. I do this my simply twising 2 or 3 long snake like pieces of dough together and placing it in a short pan so that it will expand width wise. It comes out perfect everytime.
This is one of my daughters favorites...just good ol' french bread that she can make garlic bread out of. I thing the girl could live off of garlic bread, lol.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Simone has made a friend while making the rounds at the science center, lol! We all had a good time. I totally love seeing her when she is having fun.
This is a "hard" on to see, but it is a huge projections kaleidoscope you you "make" with your hands over a laser...way cool...
This is Simone with her DNA in a test tube...her DNA was quick compared to Cullens, and Grandmas...I guess young DNA is just faster than old DNA, ???
This is a pic of the tyrannosaurus Rex model they have...(life size).
Kenny is building here with the blocks.
And the laser harp was really neat too.
Definitely a great trip to the St. Louis Science Center.