Monday, August 30, 2010

Accidents Happen, ER Sucks, I'm Sleepy

I would love to regale you all with some amazing story of our weekend, but we didn't do anything amazing. We didn't do anything exciting.

We worked on our house. Then we went to the ER. You know, for giggles.

You see, my handy manny was under our home putting the finishing touches on our plumbing. You know, so we could get a drink. Or flush the toilet. Or take a shower. Anyhoo, he sliced his arm open with a razor knife and off to the Emergency Room we went.

He was filthy, and dirty and muddy. He'd been working all day and most of the time he was working in mud. So I got to drag a man to the hospital that looked like a hobo and smelled like one too.

Then, because all of that wasn't fun enough, we got to wait for 4 HOURS to get 4 stitches. But, I was happy to see that the mom that was a nurse there got her kid in before us. You know, cause the girl thought she MIGHT have broken her hand.

Funny thing about that though. The kid kept using the broken hand for all kinds of things that you wouldn't do if you had a broken hand. Like, push down on the armrest of the chair and lift yourself into a more comfortable position.

I don't want to sound bitter, but I DO NOT understand why the people who work in the ER have to be so grouchy. We don't want to be there and your complete and total lack of any kind of sympathy is kind of ridiculous. Also, why do they call it an Emergency Room if you have to wait 4 hours to be seen? It really isn't an emergency if you can wait around that long to get it taken care of.

Maybe they should change the name to "Kind of speedy if you know the right people room"

Ok, rant over.

We got out of there and came home. Not to go to bed, no sir. To finish the plumbing so that we could have some water this morning. It was a very late night and I am very tired. It takes a lot of work to keep my sandy feeling, heavy lidded eyes from drooping down and closing.

I hope this isn't an indication of how this week is going to go.

I also hope that nap time gets here quickly.

And that it's long.

And quiet.

And warm.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quick Note

Hey everyone, I have been doing some housecleaning on here, and changing a few things up so it's easier for me to do some stuff. You know, important stuff.
You might see a couple of old posts re-posted today, I'm sorry about that. Sometimes Blogger has a mind of it's own and I can't help what it does.
However, as soon as it decides to update itself, there is a label cloud now so you can get at what you are looking for easier, or read everything in a certain category.
Again, sorry about the older posts coming back to life!
Have a good weekend, we're spending ours doing.........work on the bathroom. IT'S NEVER ENDING.

Sickness and Exciting News!

I've been sick the last couple day and am feeling much better, but I have a lot of things to catch up on around here. So, what I'm trying to say is that I may not post much in the next couple days. But, big news here, internet is coming on Friday and that means more picture posts for you!!!! I have a couple cooking ones just waiting for you to see. Now I have to go wash a mountain of laundry and run the dishwasher a couple of times. Enjoy your day, the weekend is almost here!!

Sometimes these things happen...

And we just have to deal with it. We had boughten four chicks, and sadly last night Penny did not make it. Now, anyone who has raised chickens from chicks knows that sometimes they are not the heartiest creatures God put on earth. But try telling that to a 5 year old when it was her chick that croaked. It was all very sad and ended with her dad telling her he would go to the Co-Op and pick her out a very special chick to make up for it. This made her very happy. I am glad that we have this experience, for all the heartbreak she felt. Things live, they die and it all starts over again. It's important for the kids to learn that life isn't always rosy and sometimes bad/sad things happen. Also, kids should know where food comes from, and while we obviously didn't eat a week old chick, it opened up a chance for a great discussion about where their fried chicken comes from. We just went with it because, well....that's how we roll. Now we are onto much more pleasant endeavors for the rest of the day, it's Wednesday!

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's Muffins! No It's Donuts! No! It's Both!


Hello, Delicious.

The other day I saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman and I knew they would be the perfect Friday breakfast. I mean, who doesn't love muffins? Or donuts? Then to combine them....Heaven.

It's also very simple:


Flour, salt, Baking Powder and cinnamon.


In a separate bowl mix eggs, applesauce, milk and sugar.


Pour it together.


Stir until the flour mixture is just incorporated. Some lumps are ok.


Scoop it into a greased muffin tin.


Bake for 20 minutes.


Dip the tops into melted butter.


Dip into sugar/cinnamon mixture.


All done.

Now, wasn't that simple?

Would you like the recipe?

OK, here it is:

adapted from Pioneer Woman. You can see her recipe here.

1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup applesauce
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups milk

FOR THE TOPPING:

1/4 cups butter, melted
1/3 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Combine the applesauce, oil, eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in another small bowl.
Shake the muffins out while still hot. Dip muffins in butter, then into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Let cool.

*This makes about 12 muffins, but I doubled the recipe and got 18 larger ones. 



Thursday, August 26, 2010

There's A Crazy Person Trapped Inside My Body

I'm sitting here in my clean house, with my laundry doing it's thing and the dishwasher running. Outside the kids are trying to have a picnic on a blanket in the yard, but the dog keeps laying on it. I know what I'm making for dinner, I have it all ready to go. I know what I'm making tomorrow night too. The wind is blowing, the birds are chirping and the bees are buzzing.

And you know what?

Right now, life is good.

Sometimes it isn't so good. Sometimes it's really, really bad. We have had our fair share of really, really bad. I thank my lucky stars that it's never been worse than it was, because it could have been. It can always get worse.

The thing is though sometimes I have a hard time when things are good. I don't know what to do with myself. I get bored if I'm not solving some problem or if I don't have something to worry about.

Who the heck acts like this? ME!

I'm having a hard time being satisfied with things right now, and it really shouldn't be the case. I mean, we have so much to be thankful for and here I am. Gloomy. Almost depressed. This can't be healthy. I know it's not the weather, it's really nice right now. I'm not stuck in the house. I have a million projects that I need desperately to get started. And yet here I sit, in a slump.

I need something to snap me out of this.

If this is how I am *now* this is going to be one looooooooong winter.

It's funny how life works sometimes.....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monday Munchies


Last week I was cruising around the internet and I found a blog where a mom fed her kids lunch out of a muffin tin and called it something really cute. Only, I can't remember where the blog was or what she called it.
So, I ripped off her idea. You see, we have been having quite the power struggle around here when it comes to who gets to decide what's for lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner. Or snack. Get the idea?
I thought my girls would love this. They could pick what they wanted, put it on their plates and go to town eating it up.
But the catch was, they could only pick from what was on the muffin tin.
That means that I got to pick what they ate.
I am back in control, baby!


I put yogurt into cups for them, but I put everything else into the muffin tin. They could choose from cantaloupe, carrot, crackers, cheese, granola and cranberries.

It was a giant hit and we are doing it again today. They think it's a big treat and I think that they are eating what I want them too, but there are no giant fights over who gets to pick what we have.
It really is a win-win.
I thank the woman I ripped this off from, and if I find her blog again, I will update this and link to it. It was a great place and had a ton of good ideas!
Have a happy Monday and look out this week for more remodel pictures.....we *might* have working fixtures in there now!

*UPDATE* I found it! I found it! Here is the blog, if you have kids it's worth checking out!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Zucchini Cake


Zucchini. Cake.

Delicious.

We are vegetable lovers around here, which is a good thing because without them I would starve. But this isn't just a veggie, it's a veggie cake.

This recipe is also the one that I use for carrot cake, or a carrot/zucchini combination. I wrote it down on a recipe card about 8 years ago and have no idea where I copied it down from, but it could have been anywhere. I'm sorry that I can't give it's source the recognition it deserves.

Let's make cake!



Mix sugar, oil and eggs.



Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.


Cinnamon-y goodness.


Add shredded zucchini, mix well.


Pour into 2-8 inch pans sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake and completely cool. I didn't get a picture of that, I'm sorry.


While the cake was baking I made some cream cheese icing and I added about 1/2 cup chopped pecans to it. Spread a little of the icing onto your cake plate. This keeps the cake from sliding around and flying off onto the floor when your 2 year helps out by bringing you the cake later. Experience tells me this. Live and learn my friends.


Put one of the cake layers onto the cream cheesy goodness. Upside down here people. It'll help your cake be level when you get all done.


Schmooze on some icing and try to take an un-blurry picture with sticky icing hands.


Slap on the top layer, upside down again.


Pile on the rest of the frosting and cover the top and sides evenly.


There you have it. One iced zucchini cake. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Go make one today!

Recipe:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded zucchini

Mix sugar, oil and eggs. Add everything but the zucchini and stir to combine. Mix in the zucchini and pour into 2 greased 8 inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely and frost with cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Mix cream cheese and butter until thoroughly combined, add vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar. I added nuts to mine but that is totally optional. Spead icing onto cooled cake and enjoy.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Fun!


Sugar Cookies. Yum!

As part of my kids' new punishment/rewards program we are trying out, I decided to do a hands on art/craft on Fridays as a reward.

This week I decided to do something that we could do together and use as dessert. They wanted to do cookies, I needed to make it kind of special for them so I decided on cut out sugar cookies that they could decorate with icing.


I baked the cookies while they were playing outside this morning (while it was cool) and let them cool off. I tucked them away in a plastic zip top bag and waited for nap time.


We whipped up a batch of blue icing and started in. There was a lot of finger lickin' going on. That's why I don't let them help when I make baked goods for other people!


She tries really hard, and for being 3 I think she does a pretty good job.


Smear it on there!


My Jack-O-Lantern showing off her cookie.

If she loses anymore teeth, there won't be much cookie eating for her!

It was a good day, I highly recommend cooking with your kids. They gain self confidence by doing a job and it's fun.

And eating your work isn't half bad either ;)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bathroom Remodel-Part 1

We are remodeling our bathroom. I have never been so happy in all my life. Our bathroom was added to our house in 1964 if the date in the concrete is to be believed, and it was added on poorly. The bathroom itself sits a foot lower than the rest of the house, meaning that you have to step down TWICE to get to it. It was put right onto a concrete slab and it was not insulated. The result? Boiling hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. Like ice on the INSIDE of the windows cold.

So here is what we started with:


We ripped off the walls.



Then we ripped off the roof.

Remodeling is a messy business, especially on old houses.



As you can see, the back addition was just slapped on and they put whatever kind of siding on it that they could find. It was a big, giant ugly eyesore and I'm glad that we are making the new addition look like it belongs on the house. The part where the ladder is has been removed and is where our current bathroom is now. That means that we have one wall that's got a tarp covering it. It's like an inside-outhouse.



This is the new, roughed in bathroom. The part behind KayCee is the tub/shower.



We are going to have a double vanity in this corner with one vanity under a mirror and the other under the window.



There will be a window here above my counter height folding table. The table will have open shelves for storage underneath it. Since the washer and dryer willbe in the bathroom, we thought it was a good idea to have somewhere to fold the clothes in there. And iron. Cause I iron all the time, ya know.



And maybe if I am really, really nice to him, Kevin will even put a roof over it all.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Big Ole Thank You


My birthday was yesterday and my sister made me this awesome cake. There is so much that I love about it, but the polka dot ribbon really was my favorite part. It's so stinking cute!

I just wanted to thank you, EE, for making me the best part of my day.






Monday, August 16, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday


We took the kids to the county fair a couple weeks ago and they had a blast.


Looking at baby piglets.


She was amazed by the babies.


Fair food is Good Food!




Looking at the baby dairy calves.



It's ride time!



Getting ready to go...



So excited. It's the first year Lainee was big enough for any rides and she loved them!




All done! They had such a good time. It was a super good family day.

I don't know about y'all, but life has hit us full force around here. I'm busy from the time I get up until I force myself to go to bed these days. What with the remodel, kids, getting homeschool stuff together and trying to keep us all in clean clothes, we are running at full speed. I would love to post more right now, but I'm not getting a lot of chances to take a lot of pictures, or cook much (ACK, this heat lately!) so I'm just doing the best I can while our world is spinning like crazy. Please stick with me! I promise to get back on a better posting schedule and get back to being here more often.

Thank you for stopping by everyday, I appreciate each and every one of you!