Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Weenie Roast!

Well with school being out for us this week I'm getting a little more time on the blog. I do need to get back to crafting ASAP! I'm so glad I'm not in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year. One of the chicks went and helped Grammy chop and dice all the veggies. They also had a potato peeling contest with Mike.

But the real reason I'm here..... I wanted to show off some of the Weenie/Marshmallow Roast pics. Two of our daughters birthdays fall during the heavy Christmas season and many years get gypped on a friend party. So we moved their b-days up a month and a party happens! Not every year. I shoot for every other. Anyways, on to the pics!
Before the party night the chickadees and I came up with a fun games list.
Candy Corn Relay, Popcorn Relay, Blindfold Doughnut Contest, 3 Legged Marshmallow Race, Apple Relay, and Bobbing for Marshmallows! (yes i realize they all involve food- that's what made it extra fun!)
Before the children arrived we made up huge events and team signs (i chose the teams before they came).
We also made sit upons as the guest were arriving. I 1st made these when I was a Brownie back in the 1900's. You take wallpaper, newspaper and twine. They are great for keeping your toushie dry and warm from the ground while roasting! The boys just loved that I used the word toushie and made sure to incorporate it into their names on their own sit upons! I was surprised at how well this activity was received by everyone. I was way to busy to get pics. I'm so glad I cut and punched holes in the wallpaper ahead of time!
On to the races! 3 candy corns on spoon, see how many you can get in your teams bowl. The Raccoons and Foxes.
The little chef!
The Raccoons Team Bowl
On to doughnut eating! Of course this was big hit! One of the
Birthday girls. Do you see her little Yoda? I bet you can't guess what she named her
chicken??? Princess Leah!!!!
(hey it's better than one of my grandchildren being named that!)
The boys just lov'in it!
Popcorn anyone? Have team member fill up your popcorn shoes
and see how much makes it into the bowl at the other end!
This was the weirdest, but most fun. Float a bunch of mini marshmallows and have to suck them out with a straw. You were supposed to keep hands behind back.....but who cares! The kids just keep lining up over and over to take turns! Bobbing for Marshmallows
So serious! She must be an expert in this field! I will say it was hysterical when the kids sucked up water instead of marshmallows! Yukaroo!
Even my oldest chick got involved. She was a great help that night! Thanks sweetie!
Time to relax before Flashlight Tag! I was wiped out by this point......... Thank you to my friend Debbie who hung around! I couldn't have done it without you. You deserve a BIG REWARD! Look at the blaze Superman had going.
Miss Fran and Superman roasting and keeping warm. (Miss Fran was my prayer partner back
in my late teens before Superman.)
And what Fall Weenie Roast would be complete with out our Famous 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread? I did them to look like cup cakes. We sang Happy Birthday over S'mores!

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie

Monday, November 24, 2008

Look What We Got!

Well here they are!!!! Can ya hear the excitement? Fannie and Gertrude. Gert is the darker of the two.

After church yesterday, Miss Sandy brought them with the little girls - Puffy, Fluffy, Lucy and Princess Leah. My camera went dead.......Oh Superman you know what I need............. I post some of the little girls later. Here's what we got the this morning! Out of focus due to a 6 year old digital camera that eats batteries (hint hint).



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.


I can't believe we have them! I've been wanting them for about 5 years and here they are! Yippee!


We've had a very busy weekend. The chickadees had a birthday party weenie roast, building the coop and Grammy's birthday celebration (with chicken holding). I'm so glad there is NO SCHOOL today.


I've made polish dill pickles (the girls ((chickens)) enjoyed the cuke tops and bottoms). I started with 8 jars but 3 cracked in the caner (bummer). I was able to save them and did refrigerator pickles. This is my 1st time trying polish, so I hope they are tasty. I put a bit of crushed red pepper flakes and lots of garlic.Yummy!!

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!

Julie

Friday, November 14, 2008

Making Your Home a Haven: Day 5

Good morning. This was rather a hectic week here but I need some accountability so I'll be posting what I hope to accomplish! It would be soooooooo easy to just call it craft day!

-Bible and song
- math and spelling tests
-water garden
-clean master bedroom (never got to it)
-clean master bath (yikes!)
-apple granola?
-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

Day 3: Making Your Home a Haven

Well we're back on track. I have grandiose plans for the day (haha), but I realize that what I would like to get done would only happen with me yelling at my dear girls. So I opt for plan B.

*Bible and song with Chickadees
*Water garden
* 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
*Make granola
*Put eyes on Cleo

I'll place some before an afters up later today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Day 2: Making Your Home a Haven

Today was very busy in a different way. (Superman had the day off and is feeling much better.) We are studying the state of Florida this year as a family and as part of our coop. Some of the wonderful trips that have been planned don't make our budget this year, So I felt impressed upon to study things more locally and use other resources ie. dvd, books, magazines for the places we can't make this year. My mom has gotten on board, so it's making it even more fun!

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

Making Your Home a Haven Week

Well, I'm of to a rather poor start! I went to bed very late last night (we watched the movie Luther) thinking of all I needed to do today. As I was praying and drifting of to sleep I kept saying I needed to make a list of what is coming up. I seem to have lost my organizational zeal... If you come across it, I really need it back!

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
school chickadees
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

Lucy

Frugal Friday
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.
Okay so here's what you'll need:
1 long pair of cute socks (these are child's size so the body is a bit smaller and the legs are longer)
thread
good scissors
sewing machine (you could hand sew the whole thing)
2 buttons for eyes
cotton batting
I had everything left over from previous projects, so all I needed where some cute socks. I got 2 pairs for a $1.04 at Target. It took about 2 hours for my first one. Using the smaller socks is a bit more tricky, but I know I'll pick up speed as I continue on with the rest of the family!
Another tidbit I'd like to bring up is how grateful I am that we have an Emergency Fund. We've had some major dental bills this year. Far more than ever expected and it has been a great to pay them in cash. We even got a $100 off from the dental office to lessen the blow! Praise the Lord. So our EF has been depleted 4 times in the past 8 months. So on to rebuilding and getting rid of any debt!
Head over to Biblical Womanhood (side bar) Friday.
Also I need some cute old fashion names for the rest of my Monkey family (8 names) any great ideas??? Leave me a comment. Go make some Monkeys, Ladies!!
Have a Great Day! Julie

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fuyu!

God bless you..... Does anyone know what this is? I do. At first I thought it was a scraggly old tomato.

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.