Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Making My Babcia Proud

For years my Babcia has been relaying stories of my Father and Aunts childhoods. One thing that usually comes up about twice a year is the snacks she would make for them after school. One of their all time favorites being doughnuts. Yum!

Today I was thumbing through MaryJane magazine (thank you Lora for passing it my way) I saw a recipe for Chocolate Aebleskiver. Basically, an old fashion, unfried doughnut. Well this month I've been trying really hard to find cooking experiences with my little chicks. Ones were it doesn't have to be perfect (a first born mama problem) and it's something we've never tried before. One stipulation. You must be done with your school work if you would like to help!

So here we go Babcia. My take on your yummy fried doughnuts!

3 egg whites (called for yolks also mixed in separate with the milk err half and half - I didn't read the directions well enough)

2 cups whole milk (didn't have any half and half)

2 cups whole wheat flour (1/2/3 white flour)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips melted in the milk (called for 1/3 c cocoa powder that I didn't have)

3 TB sucanat (2 TB sugar)

1/2 t salt

1 TB baking powder
1 t baking soda

1/2 t cinnamon ( we used it but didn't care for it- but we trying follow the recipe exactly don't you know )

1 t vanilla (homemade is the best)

So here's what I did: beat egg whites and vanilla into a fluffy, stiff submission. Mixed all dry ingredients. Then I poured in wet ingredients. **** Then I added egg white mixture and folded it in. Gently.

I then heated up my cast iron pancake puff pan (thank you Babcia), formally known as a Aebleskiver Pan a century or so ago. The directions called for it to be searing hot. Do not follow this advice! My first batch was burned. Not so bad that we couldn't sample, but I would start out at about medium heat and turned down to medium low.

Fill each greased (of your choice) cup and cook until sides pull away. Give a quarter turn, cook. Give another quarter to a third of a turn.

Remove from heat. Let chicks or buckaroos dip in a powder sugar vanilla glaze. Then let them roll in powdered sugar.

Ohhhh so healthy right??? I mean we used all natural ingredients. Yeah, to many more of these baking days and well you know.....


I had a ton of pics but I can't seem to get them to upload correctly.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ginger - Lemon Slushies

The week before Thanksgiving and the weather is balmy 78 degrees. What's a Mom (who dreams of real falls and mild winters) supposed to do?

Make Ginger - Lemon Slushies!
Actually the ginger in these slushies is the gift that keeps on giving. Last year we had a couple of weeks of fresh ginger in our kitchen basket. So I needed to figure out what could be done with it. I made candied ginger. Yummy!

I had a small jelly jar of the candy and a 3/4 jar of dark, rich syrup left. Yesterday we attended a Pioneer Harvest Party. We needed a dish to share from the time period. The day before we were reading in a Plymouth Cookbook that the Pilgrims would make ginger tea regularly. Perfect!
Here's what I did. I put the candied ginger in the blender with some water and pureed it. I pop it on the stove and simmered it until all the pulp rose and clung to the sides. I then scraped that out added more water, the ginger syrup , and a bit more dark sucanat. The Pilgrim's were said to use maple syrup, but I had sucanat. I placed all this into a gallon size milk jug for easy carry and chilled.
We took the ginger tea and sweet popcorn to the event. The reviews were mixed. The tea has quite a spicy little kick at the end! It is really meant to be hot and was a bit sweet when cold. (I made it sweeter for the children because of the spiciness.) Everyone enjoyed the homemade sweet corn.
So here were are at today. I had a half gallon of sweet ginger tea in the fridge and nothing to do with it. Then a light went off! Why not make slushies with it? So I boiled it back down to a syrup state. Let it cool. Then we popped it in the blender with a BIG splash of lemon juice. More like a glug,glug,glug. I added a bit of water and tons of ice.
The lemon is a perfect accent and you get a spicy kick at the end of each sip. Yummy. I'll definitely put this on the spring and summer treat list!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The End of the Apples...

The apples are about done and I miss them already. I feel like I need another case or two. Crazy? I'm seriously starting to think that I need to open a seasonal bakery.

Here's the totals for 5 boxes of apples:
30 apple pies
4 apple crisps
13 quarts of applesauce
7 quarts cinnamon apples (these were supposed to apple filling, but I didn't like the recipe)
10 gallons of dried apple chips
50 apples for eating
lots of cores and peels for chicken food

I'm hoping to get one more pie out of them tonight!

This weekend I'm moving on to a case of pears that are ripening on my kitchen table. Date night with Superman. Outdoor Movie Night with the chickadees. Oooooo and making baby burp clothes for a cutie pie that will be born in the new year! I also probably should clean up craft room which looks like a bomb exploded in it and help make 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread!

Have a Great weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Apple Pie

School Girl

By my tally we have made approximately 27 apple pies and 2 large apple crisp in the last week! I know what you're thinking, "She's nuts. Doesn't she already have a full to overloaded plate?" The answer is a resounding YES! We Mom's tend to do what we have to do and what we probably don't have to do also. Ahem.

The Little Chefs friend

Well there were some hectic moments. Like the small fire in the oven that only got bigger when I opened the door to throw in salt. SCARY. Or the black smoke streaming out of the ovens. I'm so thankful we have had a patch of cold weather so the windows could be open!

First timers!

Some fun times were teaching a gaggle of preteens how to bake their first pies. They were so excited. My own little chickadees and I even had a chance to bake some big ones!

Farm Girl's friend.

We made 3 different types of crust:
-Whole Wheat with butter
-White flour with butter
-White four and vegetable shortening

Flakiness Factor- White Flour w/shortening was the clear winner. Although the thought of shortening grosses me out!

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour - Great if you're making pie all time and you want to keep as much nutrition as possible. A bit denser than white flour BUT the butter gives it an excellent flavor.

Butter verses Shortening - Butter gives more flavor and a more tender crust I think it's a must in you are making pot pie. Yum!
Coconut Oil Crust is next on the list. I plan on making a coconut oil crust this week.

Farm Girl

Whatcha been up to?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Our Little Farm Part 2

Hi Folks. I can't believe it has been so long. The fact of the matter is schooling, girl's groups, play practice and a much needed vacation is kept our family overloaded. All wonderful things, but you know how it is. Right?

What's been going on around here? Well unfortunately last night Farm Girl found old Gert ( one of our first chickens) dead. Just before we had a passel of ladies convening on the homestead to make apple pies. Not good timing. She was truly one of my favorites. She had a wonderful life here. Eating spaghetti, hunting frogs, bugs and children. She also gave us some wonderful eggs!

Farm Girl was a sad, but seems to be learning the ways of farm life. Saturday she is going to look at about 150 new chicks a friend of ours just got in. Maybe we can persuade Superman to get a couple ;)

Our garden is perking along. We are already harvesting collards for the chickens! We put in two rows in just for them. The weather has not been cooperative. We haven't had any rain (until last night) in the past month.
We are having Squirrel problems. Superman has hung cd's around the perimeter of the garden. They startle me at times, but I 'm not sure about the squirrels. They really like to eat the baby cucumbers and the almost all of the lima beans as they have come up. I would really like to find something that would keep them away from our house! Superman has ideas, but I don't think they are allowed in city limits :0

Here are some heirloom tomatoes. No blooms as of yet.

The lettuce had trouble. So I need to plant again. We are using a ground water system and the lettuce, kohlrabi and other really need to be hand watered for the first month or so. I haven't had a chance to replant and I'm missing the lettuce.

Hopefully this weekend we will get some fertilizer down, check for weeds. (Superman and the little chickadees pulled a bunch after our vacation.) Make more apple pies and lots of 4 Sweet Sisters Pumpkin Bread!

We're trying decide on a ground cover for weed control. We've a free mulch in that past, but it's very big and chunky. Any ideas?


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our Little Farm Part 1

I really didn't want to do it this year, but Superman is all about it! We are trying a new location for our garden.

Gardening in Florida without pesticides is hard stuff. A lot of labor and sometimes (okay most of the time) very little fruit. I really have given up, but there is a small part of me hoping to be proven wrong.

The year before last we tilled up a large piece of our backyard just outside our kitchen door. That's what Square Foot Gardening suggested. We blocked off 12, 4x4 foot squares, amended the soil and laid on a thick layer of mulch. I planned out every square and the rotation for each. Superman set up a water system and I fantasized about cutting our coop bill and not going out to the 4-H garden.

The growth was exciting. The garden was flourishing until (dunt,dunt,dunt,dunn) the winter sun changed position in the sky. Over a week or so we saw the shadow of our house covering the entire garden. Needless to say most everything stopped growing. We were able to retrieve some greens, radishes, garlic, and tomatoes. Not many though and I was so glad I hadn't cancelled any produce orders!
Fast forward to last fall. I was very happy with coop and 4-h. So we tried something small and radical. We planted our front flower beds! Yikes! Everyone can see what we are doing. I'm sure our neighbors thought we were crazy. Or maybe they thought that when they first saw the 12 chickens running around our backyard!
Whatever their thoughts, I wanted to conquer Florida! We planted red cabbage (which looked like huge cabbage roses), broccoli and tomatoes. The broccoli was fabulous! We had so much Broc. & cheese soup around Christmas time. The tomatoes didn't work at all. Sun, sun, sun and plenty of it. We didn't do any amending to the soil. This resulted in smaller veggies. I didn't care I was just happy to be getting something!
So we took another look at our backyard and watched the sun through last winter. We think we have found a spot that might work. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just Peachy

A bad day canning is better than the best day shopping! Can I tell you that I have been going crazy wanting to can! But unfortunately there has been absolutely nothing available to stock up on and can. That is until these fabulous peaches went on sale for 69 cents a pound. That is a terrific price for where we live!

It's been years since I've done peach jam. So I read up on all the procedures and on how to can peach slices. I made sure I had plenty of lemon juice, clean jars, lids, rings and sugar. I also watched Homestead Blessings, Canning addition. The Chickadees really enjoyed watching the West Ladies and I got a little braver about trying my new pressure canner. (I still haven't used it.)

Scoring peaches for their hot tub time.

Boiling for about a minute to loosen skins. Some of them just didn't want to loosen. I let them sit in ice water next to help even further. Some still were persnickety!

Farm girl stopped by from the pool to help out. You can see some of the lovely finished product on the side. We used lots of lemon juice to keep the beautiful color.

Yummy canned peaches after a 20 minute hot water bath. (I just can't bring myself to try my pressure canner.)

It was a lot, I mean a lot of work to produce 17 quarts of peaches. I was a bit bummed when I pulled them out of the canner and I had peach juice leaking from more than half of my jars.I really thought I had given them enough head room so that wouldn't occur. They all sealed, but I have them stored in our dowstairs fridge to be on the safe side. They can live there for at least 6 months. Maybe longer.(The reason for the dark color is that I used molasses crystals with honey in place of white sugar. )

I had planned on making jam over the weekend, but I was pretty bummed about the peaches and how long it took. My girls all got in on the act and made things go so much quicker. So today I hope to do some jam!

I'm trying new pectin. Pomoana. Has anyone used it? I read it doesn't work in the same fashion as the general pectin's. Let's just pray we get some good results. My pantry shelves are getting bare and need some beautiful color!


We also tried making fried peach hand pies with another family. The were yummy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bible & Beach

A beautiful thing is taking place here. Every once in a while the Lord just puts something ever so precious in my lap. Right now that something is Bible & Beach. About 13 young woman and a couple of us moms are meeting weekly at the beach. We're digging in deeper to what the Lord has for us and fun fellowship.

We are working our way through Eric and Leslie Ludy's book, When God Writes Your Love Story. For some it's a new concept and for some it's confirmation. While for others, it is a helpful reminder of all the beauty that awaits those who seek after His heart.

The main reason I highly recommend this book is because it places the reader in the "driver's seat". It's not just what parents, grandparents or even what pastors say we have to do or should be doing. Its not about rules, regulations or the "perfect" way to date. Just an invitation to invite the Lord into all parts of our lives including our romance life. Heavy and rich. Better than any chocolate I've ever tasted.

I'm being reminded of my own romance and asking the Lord some 21 years ago (almost) to guide it. I see some of the errors of our ways and I'm reminded of His forgiveness and mercy. I'm just so grateful that I have an opportunity to share it with my daughters and other young woman. I'm also grateful for other "20 something" women who are willing to wait and who are wanting to share their struggles and achievements with those younger woman coming up behind them.

I know some of you reading this must be thinking, "what a crazy woman this is". Well, crazy I am but all for the Glory of my King.

Happy in Him,

Thursday, August 5, 2010


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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

a bit of fun

Bakerella and the Cake Boss we are not! But we sure enjoy pretending we are and acquiring some new skills a long the way!
I really have to make an effort at times to just let my chickadees do it their own way. So I set a morning a aside a couple of weeks ago for them to practice there cake decorating skills. The white and chocolate cupcake pictures are from that day.

Farm Girl concentrating...
Isn't she sweet! Farm girl learned to make this and the flower cookie below. She had a great time at a birthday party with friends creating and decorating.

I thought she did a terrific job on these little flowers.

This was the Little Chefs first experience. It was all about squeezing hard and getting as much on the cupcake as possible. More chocolate please!

Some of the finished product.

Here is a beautiful cake that was created by a friend at Country Boy's . She loves to make cakes like the Cake Boss. What neat birthday gift for the Little Chef who really wanted a Pink Castle Cake and had a Mom who was to wiped out to make one. Roddie used rice crispie treats for the two top layer and the towers. Ice cream cones and home made fondant. Unfortunately it had to be eaten fast because it was melting from being out in the heat (feels like was 112 degrees) during transport. No worries though, not a bit was wasted! I couldn't believe how everyone wanted seconds and I heard of a couple of thirds. Ooooo and the inside was also pink and was made with strawberry jam! (I know what you're thinking, it just had to be healthy!)

So we this week we have a cookie decorating party planned for younger girls. It should be very creative and sweet.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

While the Cats Away

Ever wonder what happens when "the cats are away"? Ah Ha! I found these on my camera.

I'm pretty sure she is the Ring Leader. I mean she just bought a stir fry cookbook at Ikea. The evidence points to her.

Have they gone deep sea fishing?

This must be the Right Handwoman or maybe the girl who does the dirty work!

Something looks like it smells good.

WaLa! Stir Fry ala Urban and School Girls. Love the crinkle cut texture on the carrots. Fancy they must have picked that up from me.

Someone really enjoyed themselves. Next sauces!


Monday, August 2, 2010

What We Use

School has "officially " been back in session for a week here at our house. I frequently get asked why we start so early. I'm not a very eloquent person and usually fumble on the spot. I use words like,"uh", and " that's what I was meaning to say". But, the reasons we start back so early are:
  1. It's SUPER HOT here!
  2. I like to be done with the bulk of our studies in April so that I can start planning in May before the Homeschool convention.
  3. Usually 3 out of the 4 chickadees are begging to start.
  4. We still have summer fun, take days off and so it isn't straight school, day in and day out. A little crazy on my schedule, but doable!

So these are some of my reasons. Catch me on any given day and I could have more or less.

I spoke of scheduling. I'm a real nerd when it comes to scheduling. I micro manage our individual and daily schedules down to the last minute. Then I feel totally relieved that I have this wonderfully organized schedule and super curriculum to start us on our path of learning. After a day or two, maybe even a week we start to veer from my masterful schedule and get into a steady rhythm that works well for everyone. I make my school plans out for 36 weeks and we check off a day at a time. When everyday is checked off and all the books and tools are used we are pretty much done for the year. (I then have grandiose plans of what we'll study over the summer, but that's for another day).

So everyone is happy. My state and I, that is. I need to have proof of records in case there is ever an issue and I still feel I can veer and swerve at our own pace if need be. as long as we get it all done!

So on to curriculum. I use a bit of everything. I enjoy a bit of Charlotte Mason, Classical and Unschooling Styles (this is used during the summers and holidays). I've used most everything out there trying to find what works best with visual learning disabilities. I've come across a tremendous amount of wonderful curriculum that just doesn't work with our styles, issues and numbers of people. But the curriculum is soooooo good you just want to keep it because you never know when you may be able to implement it! Weird, I know...Or maybe even my grandchildren will be able to use it (someday)!

Here"s a list of what were using this year:

1st Grade

  1. Saxon Math 2
  2. Draw Write Now Books 1 and 2
  3. Handwriting Skills Simplified- Learning Cursive (Ding,Ding,Ding)
  4. Rod and Staff reading
  5. All About Spelling (ding, ding, ding WE HAVE A Winner)
  6. Apologia Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day, audio (tapes I made this summer- Ding,Ding,Ding) and online note booking pages for beginning writers
  7. Tapestry of Grace year 2 Fall of Rome to the Colonies- Lower Grammar

4th Grade

  1. Saxon Math 54
  2. Handwriting Simplified- Cursive
  3. Abeka Health- On her own
  4. All About Spelling
  5. Rod and Staff 3 grade reading and workbook- we pick and choose from the workbook
  6. Scripture memory writing
  7. Apologia Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day, audio and note booking for writers(ding,ding,ding)
  8. Tapestry of Grace Y2 and Writing Aids- Upper Grammar

7th Grade

  1. Saxon 87 with Saxon teacher- ding, ding, ding! Most bang for the buck out of all the math programs with a "teacher" component.
  2. Abeka Health 8th grade- free read
  3. Rod and Staff 8th grade reading comp.
  4. Rod and Staff 6th grade English
  5. Artistic Pursuits Junior High Art 1- Ding, Ding, Ding- a real art instruction program.
  6. Apologia General Science- She's playing with the big chicks now!
  7. Tapestry of Grace and Writing Aids Y2- Dialectic
  8. FLVS- Typing- would not recommend!

****Tapestry of Grace has TONS of Literature, we also use Streams of Civilization , Story of the World with this program and everything else I can get my hands on about the time period from the Library and friends. Our 2nd year using this curriculum. Daunting but very rich!

11th Grade

  1. Life Of Fred Geometry- We've tried everything and seems the most understandable. Also like Teaching Textbooks, Math U See and Saxon for other students. 1 credit
  2. NotGrass American History, Literature and Bible-DING, DING,DING! Very pleased with program. Everything is laid out for your Highschooler. I read the literature also, so that we can have in depth discussions. We also used the World History program and will use the American Gov't and Economics. 3 credits
  3. Rosetta Stone French-1 credit
  4. Apologia Marine Biology- 1 credit plus lab
  5. FLVS Computer Programming- 1 credit
  6. Work Release- 1 credit (not sure if we can still count this one towards graduating total, but still earned)

total 8 credits

So that's what I'm attempting to teach my children this year by the Grace of My Lord.

Any questions?

Maybe tomorrow I'll pop up my glorious schedules!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Creative Juices

Creative juices are flowing down on the farm. The sewing machines have been buzzing with the chickadees homemade creativity. Today is all about making costumes for Chick-Fa -La's Cow Appreciation Day tomorrow.

It caught us all by surprise, it's usually closer to the end of July. Kids of all ages get involved in it here. Even the High School kids get together and make costumes. Then they head out for some tasty chicken nuggets or a wonderful chicken sandwich.

School Girl needed white shirts so she sewed them up out of a sheet. Yep, I needed the sheets for another project, but don't tell her.

The chickadees have also started their couch quilts for fall and winter. We (I) made the fleece blankets about 7 years ago and they are looking a bit bedraggled. So we (I ) decided it was time to freshen it up a bit. So here's what we (they) have done so far:

-Bought a $3 white sheet from Walmart.

-Bought Sharpie style fabric paint markers with 50% off Coupon.

-Cut out 9 x 9 squares with templates (me).

-Cut pieces of cardboard to protect table.

-Split up squares between 3 chickadees.

-They came up with all the wonderful designs for their quilts.

I'll need to buy another sheet tonight. I didn't think everyone would want to make one. Then we'll finish off our designs earlier next week and start quilting! Yikes.

The middle chickadees will be in charge of theirs, with some help from me. The plan is to show them how sew while I'm doing the youngest chickadee's.

So that's what we've been up to this week. That and a lot of freezer cooking for Superman's lunches and banana bread.

Oh here's a quick extra. Urban Girl and her friend were getting ready for PJ Palozza at church by making impromptu costumes for their Lion King dance. They had a ball!

Love it when older girlies bring out and over their machines! This is a Ladies Only Event and lots of fun!


ps. This was last week... maybe i'll get this week's up next!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Swag Bucks

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Whole Wheat Bread Making 101

Focacia (sp?)

Have you ever wanted to make your own fresh bread? My Girlies just adore it and it makes the most wonderful sandwiches. Well on Thursday night, July 22nd we will be discussing the types of grains, grinders, mixers, and bread machines. Then will dive into making our own loaves of sandwich bread by hand.

Come join me. Space is limited to 10 ladies. Cost of the class is $10. Your payment... will reserve your spot! I will send out welcome emails to all those participating once I receive your confirmation. Hope to see you there!

Banana Chocolate Chip


PS. Couldn't find a picture of our sandwich bread. There here somewhere.

Monday, June 28, 2010

a wee bit tried.....

All the girls from Grace.

Oh the mountains are so beautiful! I could have stayed longer had the rest of my family been with me. As it was I was more than anxious to be home. Superman and School Girl did a superb job of running the house and getting extras done. Nothing for me to clean up or do when i returned home! Thank you. I've slept, slept and slepted again since being back! Those rivers can sure take it out of a girl.

Putting in at the Ocoee.

Getting a little wet and wild!

Pure Exhilaration or Crazy?

Lots of water, wonderful devotions, time alone and with friends. What a great trip!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy, sad, excited!

Tomorrow I leave on a trip with a bunch of crazy fun young adults (in training)! We're headed for Tennessee right after service. It should be a fun, crazy trip of river rafting, tubing and just being in the mountains. I'm thrilled to be going with Urban Girl!

My relationship with her is changing. From one of Mom/daughter to Mom/friend and young woman/daughter. I'm glad for these time where I get a chance to slowly ease into our new stage and see her as more than my little girl. I don't mean to say that I don't already get daily glimpses, but this is a blessing.

I will say it's strange to be going and leaving so much of my family behind. They have exciting plans while we are gone and I know Superman can handle just about anything. I mean we don't call him Superman for nothing! But still, I'm the Mommy and I'm used to being in charge of my home. School Girl and I planned fun meals for while we are gone. So I know it's under control.

So all this being said I excited, nervous about rafting (it's been 21 years). But I can't wait to be in the mountains. It's my favorite place to be!

See you when we get back!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

an update from yesterday

I called the younger girls in from the pool, seeing that they didn't accomplish a task that they were required to do earlier. While they were starting said task I went into the schoolroom to work on lessons plans. All of the sudden I hear moaning, then crying...

Somehow daughter #3 got daughter #4's hair caught in the sweeper vac that we use on the wood floors! Yup, not just one section, but multiple sections of her head. I shut it down and held it tightly while daughter#2 unraveled the tresses admist the tears.

My first thought: where did I put that camera? (sad i know.don't judge.)

Yes, I did blow up a tenny tiny bit. I'm assuming the best and leaving it up to natural consequences. I hope we all have learned a very important lesson! Let me know if you figure it out.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fight the good fight?

So I was over at Raising Homemakers this morning. I get reminders from their site via face book. Anyhow, I 'm really enjoying the site because sometimes I get bogged down in the midst of it all. I even feel at times I'm in a battle, unfortunately a battle of wills. Much of it is of my own making.

Today the discussion revolved around keeping a household. A huge item jumped out at me... Yikes! Dare I come clean... here goes..... I don't follow through enough with my girls. Ugh!!!

Those of you who know me know this. I've been trying to keep it from myself and blame it all on them. Bad mom, I know. Now believe me I'm not being to hard on myself. We all (I hope I'm not the only one) have things come up in life that throw us off track. I unfortunately don't always get back on!
One of my summer "head" goals (meaning I didn't write it down in stone) was to get on top of it with my girlies and stay there. I'm not talking about being mean. I'm saying that I'm going to be firm everyday and if we're late getting to the beach, library or a friend's house then we'll just have to explain it truthfully until we get it together. We will not shirk our responsibilities for a later time! The time never seems to come and then yes, unfortunately; Momma is having a melt down over what they didn't do! It all leads back to the Momma.

One good thing that I plan on pulling back out is our flip charts for keeping rooms clean. I made these up a couple of years ago so that each daughter would have a check off list of how each room should be done. I plan on giving classes in Bathroom 101, Pots and Pans, Sink drains and Laundry Room Etiquette. A refresher for some and new skills for others.

Pray along with me that I will set a godly example to my young and old. That we can find joy in the mundane and make our Superman, Daddy and Papa proud!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Koi Fish!

No rhyme or reason. I just had a chance to be here today!

School Girl coaxed me into buying a cupcake book for school this coming year. It's so cute and we're having fun working our way through it.

We started by making picnic ants with watermelons on their backs! Too cute, but alas I have no pictures. So today I made and effort to make sure we took some pics of her Koi fish. They turned out just like the book! I think the children at the swim party will really enjoy them.

Beside baking we have been super busy with the daily life of running a house, finishing up any loose ends for the school year, writing class plans and getting everything ready for August. Swimming and scrap booking are in full swing. I've also taken some time and read 5 books in the last 3 weeks. I really enjoy reading, but I put it on hold because I get to engrossed in it. This year I'm trying to read out in the screened gazebo in the evenings and quiet myself down for the day. Ahhh.

Any ideas on some great reads? It's been a long time. I may just read what's on Urban Girl's history list for this coming year and lasts.