Tuesday, June 26, 2012
She really is the life of the party, and in a really sweet way, she feels responsible to draw out a "shy" person. I so would have wanted her for my best friend when I was growing up.
Love this girl ALOT, and I'm so proud of her for so many reasons.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
For years, my husband has told me he wants our children to do their own laundry and for years I have ignored him. I kind of assume he doesn't realllllly mean it. I don't even give it much thought when he says it. I think I've assumed what he really meant was that it would be nice if our children did their own laundry kind of like it sure would be nice if there was no more war or hunger in the world. You know...one of those idealistic thoughts that you really cannot do a thing about.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Cherry Vanilla Coconut Granola
4 cups quick oats--I used quick because that's what Sam's carries and what was in my pantry: )
I regular sized bag coconut( I toasted separately and added with the cherries after it all cooled)
½ tsp salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup oil
¼ cup strawberry jam( or you could substitute honey if you'd like or any jam)
1½ cup dried cherries
Combine the oil, jam, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine all of the other ingredients except for the cherries and coconut. You add those after you're all done. Pour liquid mixture in with the oat mixture.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 300° oven for 35-40 minutes. and combine well.
If you're using convection, its a little shorter so just keep an eye on it. We wait until it's looking a little crisp.
We pour it out onto a separate sheet pan when it's ready, or wax paper would be fine, to allow cooling. After it cools, mix in the cherries and coconut. Then into the bags.
Oh.....and look at my messy kitchen. We stocked up on homemade snack foods that day. We made a gargantuous amount of hummus too. I figured out how to make it yummy without the tahini. Yayyyy!! Tahini is the ingredient that makes it not so frugal. We just added more olive oil and also tweaked it with more spices this time. Everyone was happy with it.
Also, we made laundry detergent, and caught up on tons of laundry. If I need to have a laundry catch up day, it helps me to be creative in the kitchen while digging out of the mountain of laundry. It makes the laundry mountain secondary but still it gets accomplished.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Max with venus and earth. He made his earth blue, green and a brownish orange color. I tried to get him to paint over the brownish orangey color by showing him a photo of earth from space, and it was that moment that I realized he was right. Africa has alot of the color he
Jessie wanted to take this picture of her "earth".
Another beautiful treasure and the box of the tap lights from walmart. They ended up about $1 each and batteries were included.
Big sis adding batteries for little sis: )
Monday, June 11, 2012
Martha Kathryn is ONE!!!!!! Wow..I am so thankful for this sweet little girl!