They were supposed to be "rustic," just maybe not this rustic!
Friday, September 30, 2011
They were supposed to be "rustic," just maybe not this rustic!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I had to take my own "first day of school" picture. My clothes seem a tad casual for high school teacher, but this is Cottonwood, Idaho. I may have been overdressed by some people's standards!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
There was a little dancin' going in. Nicole recently learned the "Ten Step," and taught it to her sister.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Andie is about 18 months old. She's a doll. A doll with an attitude. She was much friendlier after mom and dad left. Ellea read her a book. She read the same book over and over. She was unfamiliar with this adorable, if tiring, trait of small children. Ellea didn't care. Andie was actually sitting with her for longer than 90 seconds!
The next morning, Ellea was a big help. She changed Andie's diaper and got her dressed, fed her breakfast and fixed her hair. I was very sad Ellea had to go to school. So was she. I briefly considered letting her play hooky, but sometimes I try to be a responsible parent. It was tempting.
Monday, September 26, 2011
They had to sample each other's flavors of course. Nicole had Mint Oreo and Ellea had Caramel Brownie. They both got a thumbs up!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The kids and I did a little shopping and a lot of goofing off. We played a few video games, wandered around a Dollar Store, went to a movie (Zookeeper--cute. The kids really enjoyed it.), ate dinner at Taco Bell (I'm a big spender!) and played at the park. We topped off our day with some Dairy Queen treats. Phew!
At the park, Morgan kept suggesting different pictures opportunities (for my blog, of course!). Smart boy.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Glenn's dad, uncle and grandfather ran a sawmill for many years in what could be considered our backyard. At one point, the mill was powered with steam engines. They still have one that's intact, but they had these two bodies also.
Glenn was feeling rather sentimental about these two hunks of metal. I understand. It's something that his dad was a part in and he misses his dad. It was a part of the sawmill and he started working at the sawmill when he was 6 years old (pond monkey--pushing logs from the pond into the mill). It's a cool piece of history.
And, he's a sentimental fool. That's why I like him so much.
Friday, September 23, 2011
2-3 chicken breasts cut into small chunks and cooked
3 large carrots, grated
4 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1-2 (16 oz) pkg bean sprouts
4 c cabbage, chopped
1 Tbs sugar
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic
1 tsp sesame oil (opt.)
Egg Roll Wrappers (2 pkgs) found in produce section (this last time, I only had one package and it wasn't enough, but two packages would've been too many. I wonder if you can freeze them...)
Saute carrots, celery, pepper and onion in 1-2 Tbs Olive Oil until crisp-tender. Add cabbage and bean sprouts and heat through. Add cooked chicken and seasonings.
Assemble egg rolls by laying out one wrapper on counter or a dinner plate with a point facing you (see picture) and add 1/4 cup filling. Combine 1 Tbs cornstarch with 1/2 c water. Use this as your "glue" to hold the egg roll together. Dip your finger in the cornstarch mixture and dab/spread some of the "glue" on the egg roll wrapper edges. Fold bottom up and each side into middle.
Fold the top down after you've added some "glue" and voila, you've got yourself an egg roll. The wrappers are fragile. Be careful not to tear them. You can still cook them if they tear, but it's messy.
Heat 1/2" of oil in skillet and fry a few at a time for 2-4 minutes until golden, turning once. You can keep them warm in a 300 degree oven until they're all ready. This is a recipe that my mom got from a neighbor when we were kids and they had us over for dinner one night and wowed us with egg rolls! I've tweaked the recipe a little bit.
Now, I won't eat my egg rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce, so I better share that recipe also! My mom got this recipe from a microwave cookbook she had. It is yummy good!
Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/2 c sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
1/4 c cold water
8 oz crushed pineapple
1/2 c chopped green bell pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c cider vinegar
2 Tbs soy sauce
10 drops Tabasco (opt.--I don't do this, but I'm a wimp!)
In 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish, stir together sugar, cornstarch and water. Stir in remaining ingredients and microwave uncovered on high for 5-7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until thickened. Let stand 5-10 minutes to develop flavor.
Another option is the dipping sauce recipe that was on the package of egg roll wrappers. Ellea likes it better than the Sweet and Sour. I think she's crazy, but maybe you're crazy too.....
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs White Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Stir and serve.
And there you have it. It's an undertaking and I always make a huge mess of my kitchen. Wait, I make a huge mess when I make dinner every night. That's why I hate cleaning the kitchen. Come to think of it, I should be cleaning my kitchen right now!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I love egg rolls and haven't made them more than a couple times over the past 15 years because Glenn didn't seem a big fan and they're a lot of work to feed to someon who doesn't appreciate them. I fed them to my girls (Morgan won't eat most things that aren't hot dogs or mac and cheese!) recently and they loved them. Glenn's tastebuds have apparentlly matured because he ate his fair share also! I forgot how delightful they are. I'm definitely making them more often!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I'm not positive that the 8+ hours of travel time was worth the 3-ish hours of pool time, but we sure had fun. The water of the pool was surprisingly warm, so I even enjoyed it. Normally you can't hardly get me in a pool because it's too cold for my blood, but these people like warm water apparently! A fun time was had by all.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
As I'm not a big fan of hard work, I'm not sure I'm sold on them yet.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
She could've received said trophy at an awards ceremony at the Idaho County Fair, but because we didn't realize she was up for an award, we skipped the ceremony (as we always do...). So since she didn't receive it in front of all of her clapping, cheering peers, we decided to do the next best thing. We kept it a secret and handed it to her in a shoe box with her adoring brother and sister looking on. Almost as thrilling, I'm sure.
She was pretty tickled. She might like horse judging just a little bit more now.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Nicole never really wanted the pastel pink that she chose for her room. It's just that she's such a pleaser and I may have encouraged her to consider painting her room the same color as her sister's so it would be easier for us. (We used a sprayer and we didn't want to clean it out more often than necessary--I know, lame.) It came back to bite me because she outgrew "Princess Pink" a few years ago. For her birthday this year, I offered to paint her room a color of her choice. She chose a fun yellowy lime green. Mom offered to help with the labor (God bless her!). We procrastinated as long as we thought proper and finally tackled it yesterday.
The girls were shockingly helpful. So much more than the last time we painted. Granted, they were 4 and 6 at the time, but still. They were pretty enthusiastic help too. It didn't take as long as we thought it might and it didn't smell as bad as we remembered paint smelling the last time we took a whiff. Painting the ceiling was still a drag. That hasn't changed.
Funny side-story: Nicole was wearing the above shirt to go check some cows with Glenn in the afternoon. They were riding on the 4-wheeler and drove through Keuterville (population 12--or less) and she says, "We can't go through Keuterville, I hate this shirt." That made me laugh. Who cares? It's Keuterville!! Now that a picture of her in that shirt is out there in cyberspace, she's really going to be excited! Yup, just doin' my part.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Looks like they have a hitchhiker here. Sorry, buddy. No room.
They weren't happy about the picture taking, but couldn't get away! On the way back home, they were mortified that there were a bunch of boys near this building. They picked up the trike and quickly walked past. It's hard to have fun and look cool at the same time!
Friday, September 9, 2011
My kids are always game for a good photo shoot (lucky for me!) and what better place than a park......
This kid's too cute for his own good. I'm gonna have to put a stop to it. Stop it! Stop it right now! Who am I kidding, he never listens to me.
"Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting." Author Unknown
It took us a while to understand this contraption. The kids slide down the curly thing. I've never tried it myself. I'd probably get stuck at the top.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Even though it's more than twice the cost, we've been doing private lessons the last couple years. They were making zero progress in group lessons. They like private better and have actually made some progress.
Morgan would hardly get in the water last year. Here he is in the deep end. Granted, he has a life jacket on and always plugged his nose to go under water, but I'll take whatever I can get.
We discovered that Ellea is a champion at treading water! On the first day she made it over 90 seconds. Doesn't sound like much, but have you treaded water lately?!!
Nicole's the least freaked out about water in her face. She'd hate to admit it, but I think she *almost* liked swimming lessons this year. Both the girls have made huge improvements in swimming ability.
Naaah, I'd have to put my face under water!