Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I know, it's a little late, but I just got Sara's beads in the mail and wanted to use them...not that it seems anyone is paying any attention anyway! Assuming you are, here is the latest.
I used every single bead, cord, chain and rubber tubing she sent...
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Moral superiority is rarely proven with words
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I used organic cotton yarn for the washcloths, and hemp for the body scrubber. I saved myself $20 having used yarn and hemp that I had in my art room, rather than buying the things on Etsy. I think that at Micheal's I paid maybe $5 for the red, and about $3 for the hemp. It took a couple of Sunday night tv shows to complete the stack, so this is definitely something you can do mindlessly. I just used a basic double stitch. Oh, and I also discovered that the cotton squares make decent hot pads if you happen to be sick and eating soup out of a bowl resting on your chest. I just placed one under the bowl to keep from scalding my skin, I wouldn't pull a casserole out of the oven with it!!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but it still
tastes like the manure they used as fertilizer.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
(Don't mind the scratched up wall, that's what you get when you have a Weimaraner who loves the backyard!)
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
He told us to scream and make tons of noise every time he drank for the cup. At one point he accidentally stepped in the cup and fell over.
The audience members really participate in his show. The kids passed the plates back and forth while they are spinning. The kid in the white shirt is a real character!
This is a kid from the audience. He was given the black hat (to hold the money) and told to look cute and beg for money. He donned the hat and stuck his lower lip out, and was so cute the guy gave him this tub to collect the money in. He was so adorable!
We FINALLY got a weekend off! Jay has never been to a fair, so we'd plan to go for some time, but we ended up going on the last weekend of the year. We saw a lot of shows, silly costumes, ate very bad for us food, and Jay and Miah got to ride an elephant (more pictures coming).
I wanted to post a lot of pictures, so I'm going to do several posts, and explain some of the pictures along the way. Enjoy! We certainly did!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sheila, Scotty and the kids were visiting for a few days, so we had to entertain ourselves somehow. We tend to be pretty boring, we don't drink, or go to bars, and the only hobbies we have are thing you do alone, so Sheila's brilliant idea was to go play games at Chuck E Cheese. Uggg. They all had fun though. I walked around watching my kids like a hawk, and making sure that the scary man that was there alone was staying away from my girls. I even took a couple of pictures of him after he tried to talk to Miah. I hate those people. The ones who don't' realize that to any sane mom they look like a threat, no matter how nice they seem! Sheila and Jay rolled their eyes at me, but I say it pays to be paranoid! He seemed to be right next to us the whole time. Ekk.
My special recipes:
2 cups white sugar (plus more to taste)
2 cups orange juice
The zest of one orange
2 (12 ounce) packages fresh cranberries
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In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries, and cook until they start to pop. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cool completely before covering and placing in the fridge. This can be made one to two days prior to the dinner.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust:
(The points value may have changed due to the new system!) Also, Everyone loved this pie, and no one knew it was weight watchers!)
Our take on this Thanksgiving classic features a light graham cracker crust. The filling's custardy and rich, with just a hint of spice.
3 oz reduced-fat cinnamon graham crackers, about 5 1/2 sheets (We used honey graham crackers due to the girls allergy to cinnamon, and it was just as good)
1 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter, melted
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2 large egg white(s)
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1 large egg(s)
1/2 cup(s) dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp table salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, or less to taste
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1 cup(s) canned pumpkin
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1/2 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milk
1/4 cup(s) lite whipped topping
- Position rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Place graham crackers and light brown sugar in a food processor; process into crumbs (or smash into crumbs in a sealed plastic food bag with a rolling pin). Spoon crumbs into a small bowl; add melted butter and combine with fingers into a coarse meal. Distribute crumbs evenly on bottom and up sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Chill for 30 minutes before baking. Bake until crust starts to turn golden, about 8 to 10 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip egg whites until frothy; fold in egg, dark brown sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin and evaporated milk. Beat pumpkin custard until smooth and pour into pie shell. Bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 55 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces, top each piece with 1/2 tablespoon of whipped topping and serve warm or at room temperature. Yields 1 slice per serving.
Jay looked up the "how to" on making collard greens from fresh, and I decided that they were too much of a pain in the butt, and took way too long, so what I did was I took the neck and excess fat from the turkey and boiled it in two quarts of fat free reduced sodium chicken broth plus enough water to fill my pot until the neck looked cooked through. Then I cut two bunches of collard greens into thick strips, and placed them into the pot. I boiled them on high for about 30 minutes, adding more water as needed. Everybody that likes greens had seconds and thirds, so I must have done something right!
There is only one counter that has free space to put cookbooks on, but it's the counter that I dry the dishes on. It sometimes gets quite wet, so I need to put the books on something to keep them dry. This is when my eyes land on the wine rack. Ah ha! So, I took it down, cut the middle out, and started brainstorming. I painted it the same yellow as the table, but the light in the kitchen this morning was really bad.