Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mommy: Do you know what a candidate is?
Munchkin: Someone you vote for.
Mommy: Did you know there is an election next week?
Mommy: What are we voting for in the next election?
Munchkin: The President of the United States!
Mommy: Do you know who the candidates are?
Munchkin: McCain and Obama.
Mommy: Who do you think we should vote for?
Mommy: Why do you think that?
Munchkin: It just sounds better in my mouth.
We have not talked politics too much in front of the kiddos so it surprised me when she said McCain. But, it made me laugh when she gave her reason. Typical 6 year old thinking? Or the wisdom of a child?
What fixes stress better than a little chocolate though, right? I am pretty excited to try these tonight with my Bunco group. I am pretty good at usually choosing a new recipe when having people over for dinner and they usually turn out...OK. But, you can't go wrong with baked goods...I don't think....
This weeks recipe was brought to you by Clara at I heart Food 4 Thought. You can find the entire recipe on her site so go check it out. She also has an entire site dedicated to cupcakes so if you are a cupcake aficionado make sure to check that one out as well!
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
She brought a book in the car the other day that is a little bit higher level. I think it is a 4th grade book. The library has a sticker system that says what kind of books you can check out and I think I remember seeing blue as 4th grade. Anyway. I realized she was silent. There was no sound. I looked back and she was into the book. I think it is quite a bit more difficult than the Magic Treehouse books. But, she is reading to herself! It happened so fast it took me by surprise. I had gotten used to hearing that sweet voice reading and reading and reading. Now I have to ask how the book is.
I did read the book she is reading first to make sure it was OK. She is having a little trouble with some words but shows them to me and we sound them out together. One was Vietnam.
It makes me a little sad that she is transitioning in her reading so fast. But, I am so proud of her at the same time. It makes me treasure the moments she still lets me read to her even more.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I hope and pray that our kiddos see us living our faith every day and in everything we do. I pray that they will be solid strong Christians that want to change the world for Christ. I want them to have compassion and empathy for others.
The other day my heart leapt for joy when Munchkin said "I have chosen! I love God!" I know she does. She loves to be at church, she loves musical worship, she loves the Bible verses she is learning and she love Konnect. Prayers are a little difficult but some of the things she comes up with give a glimpse into what a prayer warrior she could be someday. She often prays for those who are struggling that they wouldn't have to struggle anymore.
I know her little heart is pure but is it my own insecurity that I want her to say the magic words/the sinners prayer? I pray that Bobby and I are the ones that get to lead her and Little Man to Christ. I pray that he and I will both get to be there when they make that decision.
Munchkin is asking all kinds of questions about baptism. She wants to know how old the kids were at church that got bap-ti-tized. I said probably 7,8, or 9. She insisted that some of them were probably 6! Maybe. I told her that her daddy and I were both 10 when we were baptized. I also explained that it is a symbol to show others that you have asked Jesus into your heart. She seems to get it. I don't want to push her. I know Bobby doesn't either. So, I guess we pray, we wait and let each of our kids keep exploring until they are ready to make their decisions. Until then the lines of communication will stay open and I pray we will have many more conversations of Faith.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It think it helped that everyones status updates on Facebook the day I made these had something to do with baking Pumpkin something.
Since I don't like nuts I decided to make half a batch with chocolate chips and the other half with walnuts. Oh yeah, the recipes called for golden raisins too. Since Little Man is the only raisin eater in the house I left them out. I figured he wouldn't miss them and if I put them in I would be stuck with 6 muffins with raisins.
Here are my two batter halves. Little Man surprised me by asking for a beater. He took a few licks and handed it back. The boy is not a batter eater.
This right here kind of made me want to gag. The words congealed and coagulated also make me a little urpy..... the pumpkin is what made me think them. Although, it was just the indentations. The pumpkin smelled good and came out of the can quite nicely. I have half a can left to make another batch of muffins with.
These smelled delicious when they were baking and my Little Guy kept coming in and asking when they would be done. Finally the time came to test them. They were a hit...with everyone in our house! I liked these a lot..well the chocolate chip ones anyway! Little Man ate both kinds without a word of complaint. My daughter is like me with the nuts. She only tried the chocolate chip ones but her comment was "Mommy! These are better than cake!!!"
My husband also liked these a lot. He really likes nuts in his baked goods so i guess I should make some with them a little more often for his sake.
So, this was a good one that will be making its way into our regular fall cookbook!
For the recipe you can check out Sounding my Barbaric Gulp by Kelly or you can purchase the book Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Thanks Kelly for picking such a delicious recipe!
Monday, October 20, 2008
FOR TODAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008 ...
Outside My Window...
The weather is beautiful. The leaves are just starting to change and a frost warning was sent out for the day. No frost but a nip in the air. Just enough to break out the sweaters and make cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
I am thinking...
about my friend Beth today. She is moving soon and I am hoping she will make it to My Gym this morning for our make up class. That reminds me...I need to text her!
I am thankful for...
My sweet husband who got up this morning and bathed the kiddos so I could get a few things done downstairs. I am so thankful for the hard work he puts in every day at his job to provide for us.
From the kitchen...
Soon there will be the delicious scent of chicken, potatoes and carrots coming from the crock pot. In the meantime I can still smell the cinnamon rolls I made for breakfast.
I am wearing...
Jeans and a t-shirts and a gray hoodie. Normally I would be in flip flops but the weather has just gotten cold enough that I have had to start wearing shoes. I have on my black Target One Star Converse tennies. This is my standard uniform.
I am creating...
Scrapbook layouts in my head and storage solutions for all of our stuff.
I am going...
all day long today. I am editing pictures this morning, heading to My Gym for a make-up class, will walk this afternoon, take Munchkin to dance class this evening and maybe get home in time for Heroes.
I am reading...
If I get to read today I will be reading Readers Digest. It is sitting here next to the computer. I may have too much on my plate for that today though. I did just read the entire Twilight Series though.
I am hoping...
I can fit everything in I need to do today including laundry, and unpacking at least a couple of boxes.
I am hearing...
Super Why from the living room and the dog just being loud.
Around the house...
There are still boxes and boxes and boxes piled in my living room. I am trying to go through them to put away, give away, throw away. It is difficult though as I am quite sentimental about my "stuff". I know I shouldn't be but when you are not near family I find it nice to have the reminders of them around.
One of my favorite things...
Is hot chocolate when it just starts to get cold outside.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Pediatric ophthalmologist appointment for my Little Man, volunteering at school and unpacking more boxes. Watching the Big Kahuna one day and making sure Munchkin gets her homework done. Finding another book to read and of course Thursday night TV. Making the rest of Little Mans costume, finding one for Munchkin. There is a lot on our plate this week.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...
This is kind of an older picture. I can tell by the hair. This was before she was swimming every week. The chlorine was really bad for all of this beautiful hair and then we cut it off. She has always loved books and reading. I guess that is why she is 6 and already reading 4th grade books.
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Once I got through the door I couldn't find the books. I made my way downstairs and discovered the other 218 photographers sharing stories about how wonderful it was that their photos were in the book. I missed the part where they highlighted the award winners. I was told later that every one of them are long time professional photographers. After flipping through the book really quickly to see if any of my photos were in there I sat down to get a better look. Another photographer was in the room with me and was livid. I could see it on her face. When I left she was talking to the people from the Tennessean and informing them that it was a political process and that it wasn't right that you had to buy the book without finding out if your pictures were in it ahead of time. I think something that might have helped would have been having a DVD player set up with the other photos displayed. Maybe that would have helped....or maybe not.
I did meet a couple of really nice people and the book is very nice. But, I am just disappointed that my photos didn't make the cut for the book. Of course, I am not alone....
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I will start out by saying that my husband LOVED this recipe. He likes almonds so it was almost a no brainer that it would go over well at our house. My little Munchkin also loved it. She commandeered a beater as soon as I was done mixing the batter.
It started out looking like these two little logs. I should have listened to the advice given on the Q & A on the Tuesdays with Dorie Site. I know my oven cooks slow AND I know that things take longer on my stones.
The logs spread waaaaay out and didn't look done but I thought they would bake a little more on the stone. I was wrong.
After mutilating the dough....yes it was still doughy there was no way each of my tasty little biscottis were going to stand up like soldiers to bake and dry out more. I tried. They had to stay down flat to bake again. So, they really ended up being more like an almond cookie than regular biscotti. I didn't really mind though. Regular biscotti kind of hurts the roof of my mouth when I try to eat it. You may be asking why I don't dunk it in my coffee to soften it up. Well, I don't drink coffee and dunking it in Diet Coke is just not the same.
I will definitely make this again and maybe try some of the playing around items with it. And, of course, I will bake it twice as long.
I think I heard some people put in white chocolate chips and cranberries. That right there says fall to me! Yum!
Bobby had a couple biscotti with ice cream and really enjoyed it.
I love finding new recipes that are not difficult to make, that my entire family enjoys.
If you want to join TWD you need to sigh up before the 31st of this month. There are so many bakers that the time has come to limit the number of people signing up. Check it out here if it is something you want to do!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Poor Bobby really wants to be Sgt. Master Chief or whatever his name is from Halo. Those costumes are expensive.... We thought about being the Incredibles this year but I don't think that is going to happen.
Munchkin is a little undecided and changes her mind every five seconds. She saw the costume the Soccer Star is wearing this year and thinks she wants to match her. Of course she also saw Strawberry Shortcake, a ninja and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz..... We'll see.
Little Man wants to be Super Why. Every time we ask him what he wants to be he shouts "Super Why!! To the Wescue! Power to Wead!!!!"
Now here we are with the real reason for this post. I can't find a Super Why costume. Wanna know why? Because the Ebay people bought them up and are selling them for $50 and up. They are thin little jammie type costumes that I think you can buy for around $19. I know you are trying to make a buck people but come on!! I will attempt to make a Super Why costume before buying it from you for $50!
Then there is my costume...I have no idea what I am going to be. Suggestions?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Hey there! Call and Response opens this week for a limited time in selected theaters across the nation. Check it out and invite friends :)
Slavery is everywhere - from the coffee we drink to the clothes we wear to the massage parlors on the corner. 27 MILLION men, women and children in slavery today, overseas and in our own backyards - Berkeley, San Francisco, Detroit, DC, you name it...
Call and Response is a documentary by Justin Dillon, friend and musician, which uses undercover footage and interviews with politicians, abolitionists and other luminaries (Madeline Albright, Gary Haugen, David Batstone, Cornel West, Julia Ormond and others) to expose the evil of human trafficking and other forms of modern-day slavery. And amazing musical performances to inspire individuals to take action and build a cohesive 21st century abolitionist movement (Talib Kweli, Moby, Matisyahu, Ben Folds Five, Natasha Bedingfield and others).
The film was made on a small budget with heaps of volunteer time and donations, from the artists to the producers to the editors to the promoters (I transcribed some unbelievably moving interviews) which means that ALL the profits from the film will go directly to organizations, such as IJM and Not For Sale, organizations which are freeing and caring for slaves as I write. Awesome eh? This means that promotion of the movie itself is volunteer - ie word of mouth. So please, if you feel so moved, pass this along to friends, family, coworkers, whomever...
If you'd like to learn more about the film and showtimes, check out http://www.callandresponse.com. Justin and Julia Ormond will also be discussing the film on Dr Phil this Thursday, Oct 9.
Thanks for reading this - and for participating in the 21st century abolitionist movement to free each and every one of the 27 million. Peace.
"Justice is what Love looks like in Public..." Dr. Cornel West
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to gain mighty triumphs, even though checkered by failure, then to take rank with those poor spirits who neither gain much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Montee at at Montee is a Palmetto Girl, has given me my first blogger award! Montee is related to Tracy and found me through her! I love reading about her travels for baseball and her photo of the week! Thanks Montee for my first award! I have been asked by Montee to write six interesting facts about myself and to pass this Kreativ Blogger Award on to six other of my blogging friends.
1. I remember eating fish and chips wrapped in newspaper and covered in malt vinegar. I lived in Scotland at the time and I was 3.
2. I am planning on writing a novel in November. So, if you don't hear from me you now know why. I got the idea from my sister who took the challenge last year.
3. My favorite place in the United States is the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. It is a long hike but totally worth it.
4. I love Mr. Bill from Saturday Night Live. No matter what happens he still has an optimistic outlook. It is a good reminder to look for the positive in every situation.
5. I became a Christian at the age of 7 at VBS. My faith really became my own when I was a sophomore in High School. I grew a ton in college and feel like I am stronger in my faith every day.
6. Gossip magazines are a guilty pleasure. In Touch and Star are a couple of favorites.
Here are the 6 Creative Bloggers I pass this award on to:
Each of you please write 6 interesting facts about yourself and pass it on to 6 other Creative Bloggers.
1. Vanessa of Crayons in my Coffee
2. Megan of Careers, Coffee, Dating and Me
3. Kim of The Many Moods of Homeschool Mommy
4. Debbie of A Woman of a Certain Age
5. Sharon of La Vida Loca
6. Kacey of While I Wait for the King
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
She is such a little sassy pants. I love that she is aware and wants to take care of the earth. However, I do need to remind her not to be so Little Miss Know-it-all with her brother!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
As my previous posts alluded to I had a scrapbook weekend getaway starting on Friday. I realized at about 3 pm that I was supposed to bring dessert for our community dinner. What better dessert to bring than my Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Everything started out ok. I had just enough heavy cream left over from Creme Brulee that I didn't even have to go to the store for that.
I had to make the caramel from scratch by watching to see when the sugar, corn syrup and water turned amber. I was a little concerned when it didn't turn when the book said it would but apparently that was a common problem for more than just me. It finally turned and I put the peanuts in to coat.
I thought it looked really pretty and really chocolaty. I am not a fan of nuts in any kind of dessert but Bobby is. That is why I made it this way. I may substitute something else for the topping when making this again.
You can see the freshly made caramel dripping off the sides in these two pictures.
Like I said, I realized kind of late that I was supposed to take dessert. You are supposed to cook the cake completely before putting the topping on and well, I just didn't have time to wait. I think it barely cooled 10 minutes before I started heaping the peanuts and caramel on top. (Quick Edit to add: as I was heaping the gooey deliciousness on Munchkin said "Mommy. Why are you putting baked beans on the cake?") I decided to cut it and leave a big piece for Bobby and the kiddos and this was the result:
Yep, everything ran off the top. I put it in the cupcake carrier and took it up to my retreat. After a delicious dinner prepared by the other ladies there we partook in this now ugly cake. Everyone seemed to like it but one lady picked the peanuts out. She wasn't allergic but they don't like her. And, since I am not a fan of peanuts myself I completely understood.
Bobby said he and Little Man liked it a lot. Munchkin picked out the nuts. A girl after my own heart! :)
Thanks Tammy for choosing such a fun recipe!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Well, this weekend my wonderful hubby agreed to stay at home with the kiddos while I went away on a scrap retreat. It was kind of last minute but it was refreshing. I love my hubby and my kiddos with all of my heart so a weekend away like that is full of mixed emotion. I always hear about how your kids are only little once so treasure every moment. It makes me feel a little guilty to go away for the weekend because of what I am missing. But, out kids love their daddy so much and it is a great chance for them to spend time together as well. They had a fantastic weekend.
All that to say, I had an entire weekend of Me Time to relax, spend time on a hobby I enjoy, and hang out with other Godly women. I am refreshed and relaxed and ready to start a new week. Even though I don't always feel like I need time for me I suppose I really do.
I will post some of my layouts soon!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Second stop was Sweets a little candy store. During the Capture Music City contest I had seen a few pictures of the store and wanted to check it out. We let the kids pick a few pieces of candy and we were on our way.
Bobby was busy flying his plane when we got there. The wind was blowing pretty hard though so he didn't fly too much longer.
So, now we have experienced Leipers Fork. It is definitely tiny but I think would be even better if you are looking for antiques. We had a great time checking out an historic area less than an hour away from us.