Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I was going to call this new project 'Dinosaur Island' but Lou might play with his Diego animals on it too, so I think we'll just call it volcano island. I don't want him to feel limited as it's supposed to be an open play activity. I am not done, but here are some sneak peek photos. Boy, it was hard to photograph the felt in the poorly lit bedroom I was hiding in to take pictures.
An old coal bucket:
This table was from my mom's old garage and then we used it as a kitchen table when hubby and I were first married. It's been in storage in the garage for some time.
This frame is shouting for some paint and a new job. That tennis racket might be fun too...
This old wooden tool box up in the rafters might be the best find (not the best picture though). Father in law said he got it in a trade from a guy who had him do some work and then couldn't pay him the full amount. It was once full of precision instruments.
Here's one of the drawers and the only instruments left.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I found most online recipes to be so similar. I also found a few you-tube videos that explained the process, but it's pretty simple. I used 2 eggs only because that's all we had left and 1 1/2 c flour. I think I also added a shake of salt.
You make a little well out of the flour and then break the eggs in the middle. With a fork you just start mixing and slowly mix in the flour.
I'm not sure if this is how it's supposed to look, but this is what I ended up with after a bunch of trips through the press. This particular recipe did not need to dry, which is what I remember about my mom making noodles. After boiling for just a minute or so, they are done and ready to eat.
I think we all enjoyed them. The kids could have eaten thirds and fourths. I didn't have any sauce prepared for them and the kids were pretty confused. Next time they will be a main dish with some kind of sauce or vegetables cooked with them. I am also thinking about different purees that could be mixed in, or maybe cheeses?
Monday, September 28, 2009
Bee used some of the flowers to play wedding. We played over and over and over. My aunt was so patient and agreed to be the flower girl, the maid, the bride, and even probably the groom. The roles rotated. Here my sister and cousin (fresh from a jog) are the ring 'berry' and flower girl
The reception. Lots of dancing and repeated throwing of the bouquet.
That's my hubby on the right, me holding lou, my handsome brother, my youngest sister, and other beautiful sister holding Bee. We missed my brothers lovely wife who has become like a sister to us.
There was some flower arranging.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Apple kuchen is a delicious and soft bunt cake that I remember my mom making pretty much my whole life. I think I remember her saying that she got this recipe while she was in la leche league some unnamed number of years ago. The kids really love it so it's a real treat when we make it. It's also a good way to use up a bunch of leftover orchard picks.
(I'm totally laughing about Bee's face in this picture. She was trying so hard to pose.)
I have always had it baked in a bunt pan, but I suppose you could make it in a 9x13 of something similar.
Stuffed acorn squash comes from something similar I tasted at a grocery store. We used to occasionally go to this higher end grocery store in Indy that had a chef on site. They made really good prepared food to buy by the weight. I often looked, but never bought anything in this section. Once they were giving samples of this and I tasted it and then asked a lot of questions. I have come up with something pretty close. I don't measure when making this, so it's a guestimate here.
Stuffed Acorn Squash:
2 acorn squash
6 corn muffins (either make from scratch, or use a mix)
about 1/2 c of craisins
about 1/2 an orange
2 T+ brown sugar
Cut the squash in half and clean out the seeds. Bee is good at this.
Turn the squash skin side up and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min in about 1 inch of water. When out and cooled a little, scoop out a little squash, leaving a nice 'shell' to bake in again.
Crush up corn muffins. Mix extracted squash, crumbled muffins, craisins, brown sugar. Stuff the squash and top with some more brown sugar. Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am already in serious Halloween planning mode. I love Halloween. Once we return from our road trip, I am going to start assembling the Halloween costumes. Bee's preschool doesn't do Halloween. The preschool director asked us to really think about it and the message it sends. Yep.... I think I just like an excuse to make costumes! Here are some Halloweens past.
Here's Bee's first Halloween. She is a bee and I am the bee keeper. We went to the Halloween party at my school.
The next year we went to my school's Halloween party as a monkey and a banana (a pregnant banana). I have a Chiquita sticker painted on my shirt but you can't see it well here. People kept thinking she was a lion.... yep, a lion and a banana.
The next year, we had two trick-or-treaters. Lou is a potato in a potato sack. We got lots of compliments on this last minute costume. That's his regular sling, I just painted and safety pinned on the Idaho label.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
You open the the shell and retrieve your pearl.
Then you place it in the enclosed necklace.
Bee loves it! Unfortunately, we had it three days when it mysteriously vanished. I was taking a lot of pictures that day and can pin point it to about a 10 minute slot which makes it even more frustrating. I quickly ordered a new online last night, luckily they are only a few dollars. I found mine on eBay. I'm sure we will find the old one as soon as the new one arrives.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We used plain white tempra paint to 'glue' the crumpled tissue paper down as well and for the top coat. I wasn't sure if it would work the same as what she did, but it seemed to do fine. Here's the back side of the paper where I traced the leaf shape.
The kids didn't want me to tell them what colors to use, so they got to one in fall leaf colors for me and one free choice colors. Blue leaves? Probably somewhere in the world there is a tree with blue leaves, right? These pictures are before I realized we didn't paint veins.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sharing a wedding might be an odd way to follow that news, however such events remind me how things carry on and people start new chapters everyday. I know my family reads my blog, so I hope not to come off as insensitive. My grandpa's story came to a close of sorts and two young people just began the best part of their story. It's just more bearable right now for me to share about the happy event of the weekend.
Hubby's cousin was married this past weekend. Bee LOVES weddings so we drove the 7 hours each way to go in a road trip we are calling the "how many times can we stop to potty in one hour" trip. It was a lovely outdoor wedding wedding at the park.
Bee watched everything so closely:
I might have taken as many pictures as the actual paid photographer.
Here's the bride with her dad. He is actually hubby's cousin, although his daughter is closer to our age.