Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny things my son told me

My poor sweet baby boy (yes he is 5 and tells me he is a big boy not a baby) has been home from school with strep the last two days. We stopped to get a drink at Hardees on our way to pick up Munchkin from school and he wanted chocolate milk. Well, Hardees does not have chocolate milk to which he said "Tarbucks has chocolate milk!" He hasn't been to Starbucks in at least a year and a half!

Not long after that he told me he knew how little boys were made. "God blew his nose and big boogers came out and that's how boys were made....cuz boys have big boogers!"

I don't know if my girl would have ever thought of something like that....he is a funny guy and I am so happy to see his little personality emerging and hear him expressing himself. he has started to become a bit impulsive..he picked up a rock and threw it at my car and I am certain he didn't realize it was a bad idea until I (in surprise) said "What on earth did you do that for?" The surprise that it was wrong completely registered on his face.
Anyway, those funny quotes just made my day! :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

{TWD} Sweet Cream Biscuits

Well, today is Tuesday and with it comes another installment of Tuesdays with Dorie. Thank you to Melissa from Love at First Bite for choosing this weeks recipe. She was one of the first blogs I stumbled across when I started baking with the group and have seen her grow as a baker over the last 2 years. :) Check out her site for the recipe or go check out Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan!
Munchkin helped me make these as she wanted to use the biscuit cutter. She also helped by punching little holes all over the top when my back was turned. So...the dough was handled quite a bit too much I think. They were tasty but a little flat and a little hard. That did not stop my family from devouring them. We are a bunch of bread eaters over here.

We ate them pretty quickly out of the oven so that butter up there melted right after I took this shot.
As an added bonus I actually have a photo of my Swedish Visiting Cake from last week! :)
Happy baking everyone! I am off to my son's field trip!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oh, Happy Day!!

So, it is officially my last day at the office and I am thinking of things I will have time to do next week:
-clean off my front porch (sorry to our neighbors who have had to look at it!)
-have lunch with a friend (ringy-dingy, give me a call)
-go on field trips without having to take vacation time
-help with my kiddos homework
-grade papers
-tackle the laundry mountain
-dispose of a million papers that have been stacking up all school year
-walk the dog
-edit photos
-start working on my website for my photography business (of course you can see my photo a day site here)
-have lunch with my kiddos at school
-plan a menu and actually cook

What else can I add in there for next week?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4..3...2...1....the countdown's on

     I have been working at a local University since November of 2008. I went in kicking and screaming and whining and crying because I did not want to leave my babies. The time had come though where I needed to make more money than I could selling Pampered Chef (great product, I just was not very good at selling it).
I have a masters degree and beat out 15 other people for the front desk "receptionist" postion at said school. Now, this is not a bad job and I like the students and the people I work with but it is not a job that made me happy. Yes, it helped pay the bills and I am thankful for that but I felt like I needed to be doing more.
     In April of last year I began teaching at the University and found something that I love to do. We have been able to pay off some debt (not really because of my job) and the time has come for me to teach, be home with my children and pursue a photography business. Tomorrow will be my last day feeling like I say all day "Dunder Mifflin, this is Karen"!
     Please pray the transistion will be an easy one. I am nervous but so much more excited than anything. My heart is at home with my children and I am so happy to be going back home with them!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

{TWD} Swedish Visiting Cake

So, I have the new blogger template and I can't seem to fins spell check on it...any hints? :)
Thank you to Nancy from the Dogs Eat the Crumbs for choosing this weeks delicious recipe. Make sure to check out her blog for the recipe or pick up your very own copy of Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Nancy is the queen of math when it coumes to scaling recipes and she even used a duck egg! :) She is one of my favorite bakers!

Now on to our review. You might notice there are no pictures...yet. I learned how to shoot in RAW a couple of weeks ago but my little SD card wants to format when I use a card reader. So, I need to get the pictures off of my camera before I can post them.

This was a very simple recipe to make. There were few ingredients, I didn't have to pull out my mixer, there was an extra splash of vanilla because I was at the end of the bottle, and a little extra almond extract as the tsp overflowed when pouring. It smelled divine in the oven and tasted even better.

It was one of those recipes that makes you want to eat the entire cake in one sitting. It is light and almondy and delicious.  So, go check out Nancy's blog for lovely pictures and the recipe! :)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

{TWD} Coconut Lemon Tea Cake

This week's recipe was supposed to be Mocha Marbled Bundt Cake, but we had the option to bake Coconut Tea Cake this week also. Since it was Easter and I felt springy I baked these for Easter dessert.
My little recipe made 12 mini bundts (which turned out super cute I think!) and a small cake made in my mini oval baker from Pampered Chef.
My husband loved these! He said that the tartness and the sweetness just popped. The glaze is just powdered sugar and lemon juice that I put in a snack size ziploc bag and cut the corner off of.
My daugther did not like these because of the coconut but my dog did.
There is a reason you do not see a picture of the mini cake. While we were in skyping with far away family our giant dog was in enjoying the cake. She also ate 3 of the mini bundts. My daugher slid a note under the door that said "Mommy, I think Kelsey ate the big cake!". Bobby's parents got to see me send the dog outside with her tail between her legs. All I had to do was say her name and she knew she was in trouble.

Thank you to Carmen of Carmen Cooks for choosing this delicious springy recipe! :)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Happy Easter

From our family to yours. This was after I ran, in heels, to beat the timer. I guess the next thing on my list might be a remote....

Sunday, April 04, 2010

That's My Bike!!

There has been quite a bit of bike riding around our neighborhood due to my daughters new found love for all things bicycle. Yesterday we took a short (2 mile) ride around...well, Bobby did 2 miles, Munchkin did over 3 and I will admit I did less. A girl can only ride a bike so much until she cannot ride comfortably! Munchkin took a huge spill on her bike but picked herself back up and kept going. She didn't have a scratch on her and she doesn't even seem to be sore today. She did have her new helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads protecting her little body.

I suppose all of the bike riding explains my crazy dream from the other night. I actually woke up and told Bobby about it in the middle of the night. It was one of those dreams where I was so mad when I woke up I had to force myself to go back to sleep so I could resolve the dream.

So, in the dream, Munchkin and I were riding our bikes to Bar-B-Cutie for lunch. It seemed to be in a downtown area and I had forgotten a bike lock. I parked my bike out front and Munchkin wheeled hers in with us. I was just leaving my bike outside for a second so I could ask if the servers thought it would be safe while we ate lunch. As I was talking to the server I saw an older guy with a graying beard check out my bike, look around and start riding away. For some stupid reason I left Munchkin there as I started running down the street screaming at the guy "THAT IS MY BIKE! I HATE YOU!! WHY ARE YOU STEALING MY BIKE YOU JERK!!! I think I remember seeing a police car in my peripheral vision but then remembered I left my daughter at the restaurant. This is where I woke up just angry that my bike had been stolen in the 5 minutes we were in the store and that I was such an incompetent mother that I left my daughter with strangers while I ran down the street.

I am sure part of this stemmed from riding to the community center to use the restroom and not having a bike lock with us. Bobby informed me that we do have one and we now have it out and ready to use. Guess that will teach me to lock up my bike...

Saturday, April 03, 2010

I want a taco!

Last we were trying to decide what to have for dinner. My darling son insisted he wanted a taco. Yesterday he told us that his least favorite food guessed it...tacos.
Huh... We pulled taquitos out of the freezer and asked if that was what he meant. A violent head shake no and "I don't want that!" We asked if he wanted the round tortilla with meat and cheese.
The response:
"No mommy! I want the hot dog that you put it on the bread and fold it up, that kind of taco!"
We couldn't help but laugh when we said "Well, that is a hot dog, not a taco!". He was quite relieved that we finally figured out what he wanted and now knows that a hot dog is a hot dog and a taco is a taco. :)

Friday, April 02, 2010

This week---and last month...

The last week and the last month have been a blur. There has been a lot going on but I haven't been quite as stressed as I normally am.
Fun and not so fun moments from this week:
Little Man -
Not so fun: Got his first "not doing well in school" progress report. It was expected. He was born with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum and Colpocephaly. He gets information but it takes a lot longer to process.
Fun: Got a perfect attendance award and a citizenship award at school. :) He got to take part in the kindergarten Easter Egg hunt and learned a new skill on his scooter!
Not so fun: bumped her noggin on the bars at school (at least she didn't cut her face open this time), scraped her knees falling off her bike and crashed into a light pole sending shards of glass down and cutting her arm.
Fun: She got a Principals list award and citizenship award, her class got to choose the movie for the school movie night, and (dun, dun, dun) she learned how to ride her 2 wheel bike!!!! It has been perfect weather and Bobby has been out with the kids letting them practice. It won't be long and she will be asking for the keys! And making "grilled cheese sandwiches" out of pound cake and food colored cool whip.
Not so fun: having to wake up early everyday (he is not a morning person)
Fun: finishing his newest airplane, getting to take the kids to the park to fly it, recording with Barry Blair, and seeing Munchkin master her 2 wheel bike.
Not so fun: missing out on the awards ceremony and Munchkin mastering her bike
Fun: going to dinner with my hubby while the kids were at Awanas, going to the kindergarten Easter Egg hunt and making Aprils Fools food with Munchkin. Getting up early to watch the sunrise with Munchkin and taking my camera off the auto settings to get some pictures of it. Taking a 4.5 mile walk with my friend Sharon.

I definitely think the good outweighs the bad for this week. In reflection it is a crazy blessed life we have! :)