Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We heard the Story and Song about "Chocolatina," the girl who loved chocolate SO much that she turned into CHOCOLATE!
And in between songs, we were entertained by the antics of these two...
This one happened to be wearing the cutest pair of capris!.....I want some!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
See this here jug?
Well, what do you do with it when it's empty?
Throw it away?
Of course not!
You rinse it out thoroughly, fill it up with water and then mark on it SOAPY WATER with your trusty magic Sharpie pen. (random side note-did you know that my son served on his mission in the town that is called the Capital of Sharpies????)
Then you put it on your food storage shelf to save the soapy water to use when all he// breaks loose and we don't have water. It could be used to wash dirty dishes, clothing, bodies, etc.
Ok-well I thought it was an awesome idea.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Miss Liss....aka Boofus....says that these bedspreads are too girly.
I know it is a horrible picture-my flash is acting screwy-but it IS brown and blue after all. But-I don't think they are too "girlie."
Bubba D says...."whatever, I don't care." (which is pretty much his answer to everything)
P.S. The room doesn't usually look this good. I had to kick a bunch of dirty clothes out of the photo.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Then I cut them up into little pieces and put them in a large bowl with salt water. Potatoes don't like fresh air. They turn a nasty brown in fresh air. Yup, I left the peels on. I figure, more nutrition.
Then I put them in the hot jars, with some boiling water and 1/4 t. salt, put on the lids and pressure canned them for 35 minutes at 12 lbs. pressure (pints). You MUST pressure can potatoes.
The lovely result is over 50 pints of potatoes, I figured the cost was less than $10.00. What can you do with canned potatoes?
Well, I created a little "veggie hash" recipe for breakfast when we went off eggs for awhile. I put in chopped potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, a little onion and if I have it, some chicken sausage. (I'd put spinach in if it wouldn't cause an all-out rebellion) Yum. And you can use the already cooked potatoes for potato salad, a stew or chicken pot pie-a family fav around here. You could even mash them up with a little butter and milk!
P.S. If you're wondering about my weird title for this post, go here..
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
And he grew up to be my #1 main man, eternal companion, and all around good guy!
Happy Birthday TL!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
And around here we are preparing for some big changes!
Because in two weeks our missionary boy is coming home!
Gotta get the room ready for two boys again...
Since we took over the extra bedroom for an office, and I'm not willing to give it back..
(I think I need some new bedspreads....looks a little blah...what color?)And my music-lovin' teenagers kindly put together this:
The chest on the right......so big brother would have a place for his clothes and stuff.
Thank heavens for Ikea!
And willing teenagers.....
Monday, March 23, 2009
Volume is not optional-the louder the better. (earplugs provided upon request)
There you have it-my brief tutorial. What were they doing? Well, sheesh, I have to have something to blog about tomorrow don't I?
Friday, March 20, 2009
She was my baby when I was still a baby myself.
And I apologize for not having gorgeous photos of you when you were little....
But I think you turned out to be pretty special!
Have a happy, happy birthday!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I can't get ANYTHING DONE with these !@#$%^ kids around during Spring Break!
(not pictured-Boofus with her friend, also lounging)
When do I get a spring break?????
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
What on earth could it be?
Why oh why does it always take longer than you think to get something put together?
And after a few tense moments, (and maybe a few muttered curses) we have...
Just another step closer to granola-ism......
Now the pile of garden refuse, grass clippings and kitchen scraps can be transformed into...Really good black stuff to put into the garden!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
To hear their squeals of delight when they pulled up their giant carrots was hilarious!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I love the sweet pinkness of it!
Mom-does it look as cute as it did at the Cotton Shop last summer???
I've got some more piles of pink and blue cotton to create some more delicious softness for the other little bundles arriving---as soon as we know the gender!! But I'm thinkin' it may be wise to get ahead of the game and start creating anyway-these little bundles are arriving faster than I can keep up!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
This little gem showed up on my counter the other day. I have no idea where it has been living lately.....Upon examination....
I find that it is an ORIGINAL piece of art created by one of my children in days of yore back in a high school ceramics class......please don't make me an offer....it is NOT for sale....
I have decided it makes a perfectly wonderful salt cellar for the lovely, natural sea salt, complete with extra minerals, sitting next to my stove...........
and gosh, Jen, you don't need to thank me for all the money I spent on those expensive ceramics classes. This is definitely my repayment ♥!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
More than 50% of these babies have a few peck marks in them.....
I recently bought a food scale to keep track of my harvest. These folks have completely inspired me. Although I don't garden on the scale that they do-they manage to harvest between 6000-8000 POUNDS of food each year off their ordinary city lot. That's alottafood folks!
My harvest total Tues: 4 pounds!!!!
Nearly 4 oz of berries
7 oz of carrots
3 lbs of lettuce!
Woo-haa....only 5996 pounds to go.....
If the birds don't get it first!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So, to reassure my mom, I'm posting my vows to try to maintain good health even in the midst of a crazy, busy life....and I know all who read this can relate-whether you are doing what I'm doing or have a houseful of busy children or a job, yada yada yada......I can't give to others if I don't take care of myself. If the well is dry, it ain't going to give any water!
Just so you don't lay awake at night worrying about me and my stress level-here's what TL and I are doing:
**We're trying to get to the gym nearly every day-don't forget to exercise-even if it's throwing the kids in a stroller to walk around the block a couple of times.
**Get enough rest. I've had the habit of taking a nap every day for years. I had to lay down in the afternoon and sleep-just for a few minutes-every day when my children were little so I could survive the early morning risings and the late night activities. If my phone is busy in the afternoon these days---well-I'm havin' the little siesta.
**Eat lots of fruits and veggies.....I'm drinking a fruit smoothie every morning and cramming in as many fruits/veggies as possible in it. Also I have a huge salad for lunch every day. I CAN'T forget to eat either....
**Vitamins....we've found a liquid vitamin at our health food store that we take every day. I also take extra calcium and some herbs to "try" to balance my wacked out female hormones.
**Water....I'm keeping a glass at my computer or taking a water bottle with me when I'm running around. The only problem is, I have to look for a bathroom too!!
Ok Mommy-I'm trying hard to be a good girl. Don't worry about me.
P.S. Elder Steve comes home a month from TODAY!!!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I went to a food storage seminar that Wendy Dewitt presented a year and one-half ago and it was the first time EVER I felt like-hey, I CAN do this! Her blog has an outline that you can print out and there are also instructions on how to go to BYU TV and watch her presentation on the "Living Essentials" program.
I don't do everything exactly as she does, but she is truly inspiring and will help you realize that getting your food storage is an attainable goal!
Friday, March 6, 2009
A month of Firsts:
First agenda written in Spanish
First meeting conducted in Spanish.
First visits in Spanish.
First talk given in Spanish.
First Council meetings in Spanish.
First Enrichment in Spanish.
First welcome to a newly baptized member in Spanish
First of many, many, many mistakes spoken in Spanish.
Doing a few other things in Spanish, which cannot be shared.
I'm usually scared spitless the majority of the time but I sure have a lot of help-both seen and unseen! And this is definitely a labor of love.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is my favorite boy-in-action shot...