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Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Gingy

Was delicious!  This is my first experience with a silicone pan.  Let’s assume for a moment that silicone pans don’t leach anything terrible while you’re baking in it (I’m afraid to look it up).  That being the case, it was fun and easy to bake with.  The cake released perfectly though I did still spray the pan before putting the batter in because I was worried.  I think I’ll skip this step next time and see if it still comes out just as nicely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, November 25th, 2011

Works In Progress

The trees are up!  That’s right, the trees.  This year there are three.  There’s still one in the basement… but no.  I have to exhibit some willpower and, you know, remember what’s it’s like taking it all back down again.  Not a single one of them is done.  They all need tweaking.  As soon as you start taking pictures you can see how crooked and unevenly decorated they are.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Smiles

I’m enjoying this phase with Avery where she rather enjoys smiling for the camera.  None of this I’m too busy business or don’t bother me with that camera right now.  It’s just pure cheese.  Cheese and sometimes a little silliness.  I just love that face. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Saturday

We crafted the day away today.  We made our snowmen and the little girls that made them.  They turned out cute!  Chase is very happy.  I forgot how hard it is to cut crappy felt without razor sharp scissors though.  I have a pretty good stash of wool felt but most of the really bright colors are the acrylic stuff.  If your scissors aren’t sharp, sharp, sharp you just end up mashing the stuff between the blades which is crazy frustrating.  Especially if you’re 4.  Avery made a snowman too.  For hers I cut the tp tube down a little so that the snowman is not quite as big as the person.  I added a fringe to the scarf too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Christmas Crafts

After dinner we glued styrofoam balls onto toilet paper tubes.  I saw something somewhere that inspired me.  The problem is that all I can remember is that I thought I could recreate is using toilet paper tubes and styrofoam balls.  That’s it.  I should have taken a picture.

So tomorrow when they’re dry we’ll work on the faces and clothing them with bits of felt.  We’ll see what we come up with.  Then we just have to find some place to set them up on display.  It’s a week until T-day and then it’s full on unapologetic Christmas!  Tiny tinsel tree will make its appearance in short order.

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Sunday, November 13th, 2011

M & N’s?

If you give your emergent reader a fun-pack of M&M’s and tell her that, yes, each one has an M on it she will find the one with the n just to prove you wrong.

This weekend was slow and easy.  We stayed really close to home.  It was great.  I still didn’t accomplish much of anything and my body feels like I did yard work all weekend but I suppose feeling better than if I had actually done yard work all weekend.

Tomorrow is Monday.  It’s going to be great.  I bought some flannel last week and it’s all pre-washed and ready to go.  Let’s see what I can do.

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Friday, November 11th, 2011

Catching Up

So I’ve barely been around.  Mostly because for the last several weeks I’ve either been sleeping or puking.  What? I know!  I’m just about through my first trimester with baby 3 due May 22!  Whew, I’ve been sitting on that one for a long time.  I suspect that this won’t be news anymore to anyone reading here but there it is.  I said it.

So what have we been doing?  I’ve been reading.  I’ve been reading in bed ever since we got rid of the tv in our room that was fighting for my attention.  It took a while to warm up but I’m ripping through books now and I’ve read some good ones.  The last three off the top of my head were Private Life, Comfort Me With Apples and Plainsong.  I recommend all of them.  Private Life was probably my favorite.  Historical fiction with plenty of character development and the tiniest bit of suspense.

I’ve been buying up craft supplies at the thrift store.  The day after Halloween, like the very next day I started thinking about Christmas.  We may or may not have gone to Jo-Anns for paint and come back with a bag full of Christmas nonsense including a tiny tinsel tree and a silicone pan in the shape of a gingerbread man.  Meanwhile the girls are working hard on their ornaments.  When the wooden ones are all painted Chase wants to make more borax crystal snowflakes.  Sounds like a plan.  We totally baked gingersnaps and and enjoyed them with some herbal tea today after school and it was awesome and cozy even if the kitchen was (and is perpetually) a mess.  I’m loving the season.

I haven’t been watching too much because I like to fall asleep in front of the tv and I haven’t been creating much since the Halloween crunch.  But hopefully with the fog of the last weeks lifting I’ll start working on something.  Anything.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Weeknight Bolognese

I made this yesterday and it was yummy.  It’s a nice change from the quick tomato sauce that I’ve been making from The Silver Palate.  It was quick to throw together, tasty, satisfying and everyone ate it.  Even those of us who don’t “do” tomato sauce if you can believe it.

I don’t know what I going to do with the leftovers.  I was thinking about maybe adding a little ricotta and turning it into a casserole so I can pop it into the freezer for next week.  It’s that or chip away at it by the bowlful which is also a very real possibility.

This is the third or fourth recipe that I’ve made form Ina Garten’s most recent book How Easy Was That?  They’ve all been straight forward and solid.  I’ve borrowed it twice now from the library.  I may have to invest.

What are you cooking?

 

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