Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I can't wait to try it. I hope she'll let me play and not just watch.
Here are some of the puppets the 2 oldest chicks and I came up with.
Dog, Horse and Shark
These Polynesian Dancers better watch out for that Shark!
A Gingerbread Family....we've made waaayyy
to much gingerbread this year!
So I'm pleased as punch how this turned out! Thank you Father for your wonderful ideas and guidance. I found a "how to" online and changed it a bit to fit my needs. It's all about the fabric! The puppets are funny. I bought the bodies from OT and we decorated them. I'm not sure why we have what we have. I would never have thought of some of them, but they sure are cute. The total project came in under $20. It took me about 3 hours to make the theater. I hope this gives someone some inspiration for birthdays or next Christmas!
Merry, Merry Day!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Then add a Little Chef who sees and tastes all the value of this delights.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
337 Gingerbread Houses and Counting!
We have been very blessed again this year to be apart of Isiah's Inn. They help children and families in our community with school clothes, Christmas needs and much, much more. Each year our church helps to host a party for the children and their families (roughly 500 people, but I could be off). The day before the party a bunch of us crafty, sugar loving women and teens get together and construct between 250 and 300 graham cracker style houses with royal icing! Ohhh so tempting. Then the next evening a huge Christmas party is held for the children and their families. We have a big room for decorating all the houses with more royal icing and candy, candy, candy. There is also a room for face painting ( I'm usually there, but really need some lessons). You should see some of the beautiful work! Chick #2 is getting realy good. They also serve an enormous dinner with leftovers for the families to take home and of course a present for each child. Our whole family attends and helps out wherever needed.
This year as we were cleaning up we were ask by Miss Brenda to come and make 80 more houses for the Christian Outreach Centers after school program. So Grammy, the chickadees and myself headed over. I've never been so tried and happy! It took about 4 hours and a couple of pounds gained. But we are hopeful that we brought joy and helped the center in reaching the hearts of young.
So this weekend (if you don't already believe we are daft) we are making real gingerbread houses to share with friends and family. It's becoming an annual tradition and my girls have a ball and I will be sure to get some pictures!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Miss Toni. A courageous, wonderful woman!
Donna another woman with a heart of gold and love for our children.
My sidekick and great costume creator.....Chickadee #1
Craft room after math..... It looks a bit better, but I'm still not done with my Christmas projects.
I really need this room to function better. I'm hoping to draw up ideas and see if I can get my Super Craftsman to implement them! I think it's gonna be expensive to hire him!
Any ideas???? I need at least 4 work stations, preferably 5. Enough room for sewing machines and scrapbooking. We also house the VcR/DvD and a HUGE tv in here for movies. Someone is always crafting. The room is 11x10.
on wall space of 3 feet to corner 11 feet, corner, 5 feet corner. Maybe the Tv should go back in closet, that's were all my things are now. A flat panel would be nice! But it all has to come in under $100. So I don't see that happening....
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1 1/2 gallons apple cider
Splatter burns and back pain from a day of canning.....
The look on my daughter's faces as the enjoy the fruits of my labor...........Priceless!
Some of the reasons I'm so thankful!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I was completely wiped out! But it was great the Birthday Chicks were so happy and that made me happy! We did all this for about $60 including sit upons, flashlights, goodie bags, dinner for 25. We used what we had around the house and got "free stuff for signs at Sams". It was great fun!
Monday, November 24, 2008
But I know you all know what eggs look like. I just can't believe they came from our backyard!
The silkies won't lay for a bit longer. They were born in August where as the big girls were born in June.
Well here they are. I bathed them for 10 minutes hoping to keep some of there crunch. I've made other varieties where I've let them go 20 minutes and the are so limp.
In other news. The weather as been so lovely, although not so great for most of our garden. Alot of the plants are in distress because the temps have been going so low. So I'll be really be surprised if we get much of a yield before it gets colder. We usually don't have these temps consistently until January.
Oh well, I love being snuggled under the blankets and having fires!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Friday, November 14, 2008
-Bible and song
- math and spelling tests
-clean master bedroom (never got to it)
-clean master bath (yikes!)
-milk pick up and pumpkin bread delivery
-oversee pumpkin bread making
-dust and vacuum living room
-older chicks to Bright Lights
-chili dog dinner for Superman and youngers
-oversee painting of the inside of chicken house- younger chickadees
-Craft till I drop night!
I really need to get these things done. It's been hard with being in a unsettling time in our lives... I really can't discuss it now, but some days it does get the better of me. I've been in much prayer and am having difficulty with patience.....just when I think I've conquered it!
Sometimes just doing what needs to be done and concentrating on that brings me to a place of great thanksgiving. Does that make sense? I guess I'm trying to say...there's always some aspect of life that I can lift up in Thanksgiving.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
*Bible and song with Chickadees
* Tidy school room
*Help make 12 loaves pumpkin bread
*School (which takes alot more time this- more than I realized- part of my needing an attitude adjustment)
*Put away bedroom pile and dust
*Costume fitting with children at church
*Make dinner- taco salad
*Put eyes on Cleo
I'll place some before an afters up later today!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
All this to say: we planned a day excursion to the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Unfortunately my camera is DOA and Grammala has her SD at her house.... So no pics. We saw many neat sites like real sponging boats, all sorts of sponges and shells. We tasted Sulavai, Gyro, Pastisio, and Baklava. We also learned about sponges and the Greek settlers to the area.
It was quite busy day. So tomorrow we'll get to baking lots of pumpkin bread for the 4 sweet sisters business and some deep cleaning in. Hmmmmmmmmm where to start!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Anyway... Up with a start! Superman caught some krypton which kept him home from work today. So we all over sleep...isn't it the weekend when he is home?
Okay up... Music and Bible with the girls
Apple granola in dehydrator
4 loads of laundry hung/ dried/ folded
water the garden
give counsel when needed to older chicks (youngest in with Superman doctoring him)
make list (should have happened sooner, but it happened)
chicken to boil for soup
take chicks to buy pumpkin bread supplies
work on Christmas gifts
spend some time with Superman
Unfortunately I didn't keep my self control about me. I've really been trying to work on this.
I also feel really pressured by so many projects looming that it makes me want curl up and be left alone (not a good place to be with children about!). Writing the list today did not help as I thought it would. I need to go to the Book. Read and listen, listen, and listen.
Check out the Home Spun Heart when you have a chance. She's doing a whole week on making your home a haven.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Look what I made for 55 cents! That's right!! My first sock monkey....Lucy. Monica at the Home Spun Heart had the craft up about a month ago, and I vowed to make my chicks some for Christmas. You can go to http://www.craftbits.com/ and look up this cute monkey. But you would probably do better heading over to the Home Spun Heart (in my side bar) and perusing her craft category.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On closer inspection I thought it was a tomatillo. Which I've never tried and wanted to. Visions of salsa went dancing by! Then on even further inspection ( i put on my glasses) and found out it was a Fuyu. Of coarse, I should have known!
I then headed to my somewhat trusty friend and searched "fuyu". Guess what? It's a Japanese Persimmon. So much for calenete salsa!
The chicks immediately wanted to taste it. So open it we did. It looked like an under ripe tomato. I thought it was mislabeled at the field. I mean, where are all the black seeds? We peeled the skin off and sliced it. VERY sweet. The texture was kind of like firm mango. My oldest chick said it was too sweet for fruit. Huh? My mango and papaya loving chick gobbled it up.
Thanks to veg co-op another country we won't need to visit. jk
On to other news we hope to have live chickens in a couple of weeks! We've been working on a little home and playground for them (that's cuz their gonna be suburban chickens and need a place to play because there's so much asfault). The girls are busily investigating the breed and figuring out pefect names. I'm getting Rhode Island Reds. They're getting white Silkes.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Well are favorite thing to make with the babies are Diakon Pancakes. I'm really not sure if there is a recipe. I kinda made it up. Okay, I cheated a bit and took it from a Potato Pancake recipe. You maybe asking yourself, why? Well, I don't want to throw the produce out just because we are to wimpy to try it. So I thought... hey, I'll hide it and they'll eat it! Sure enough they thought they were Potato Pancakes. Yippee! Another veggie added to the list.
So here's my own recipe...really!
4 LARGE diakon radishes (finely grated & squeezed)
4 small potatoes (finely grated & squeezed) OR you can use 4 more diakons (I do this when I want lower the calorie count)
1 medium grated onion
3/4 cup whole wheat or white flour
Garlic, Salt & Pepper to taste
Make sure you squeezed the excess juices from the diakons and potatoes. Mix in all ingredients with hands! It's great fun. Put a skillet on with olive oil and fry baby, fry.
Yummy! Serve with a BIG salad and fruit.
Give them a try. Tomorrow are fresh apples come. So lots of cooking this weekend. See you soon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We (I) read many gardening books this summer in preparation for our move to the country and/or how to garden in the great state of Florida. My two favorites are Square Foot Gardening and Vegetable Gardening in Florida.
Can I just say I'm a weekend project person (so this was huge for me- not as big as building our house though).