Wednesday, March 23, 2011

whirley-pop

when we were in africa, the young kids ate popcorn almost everyday! they loved it! i suppose it's pretty easy and inexpensive and generally healthy too.
my kids also love popcorn, so i decided to use my christmas giftcard to purchase a popcorn pot. i know it's not needed, but when you make it that often, it's helpful! i absolutely intend on bringing this guy with us to africa!!
the pot actually came with kits of popcorn, so we enjoyed them, and this week bought and made our first "home made" popcorn. we all thoroughly enjoyed it!

in fact, i think i may go make some now!!! :)

bible verses -> A-J

so the child is ALL OVER THE PLACE,
but here is the video of owen doing his verses.
i've had several people ask us about verses lately,
and will attempt to do a "product review" post
on the book we've been using.
for now, here are these!
video

wordless wednesdays 3/23/11

could this be "goodbye"?!?

when we first got lucy, the dog,
we "lost" a binky to her teething.
it was a sad, sad day!

since, aiden has been so very careful
to put "bimp" up on the shelf
for safe keeping...
until today!

i just brought the boys up for nap,
and we sadly found the binky this way:



while it's not as chewed as the first
(the actual mouth part was missing on that one),
i've told him it's trash...

with that,
i'm attempting to phase out binky!
it's 1/2 hr into nap,
and he is still playing...
we'll see how long this lasts!

owen was so easy!
he just went to bed one day,
handed me the binky,
and said, "no more bink!".

he was serious!

never asked for it again!

i've been talking to aiden about his "bimpy"
for a few weeks now -
attempting the whole
"sophie's going to need a binky" approach.

he gets pretty defensive,
and insists otherwise!

wish me luck on this one!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

school days - Ii

this week we talked about the letter "Ii"


and our themes were "insects" &


"ingredients".


we had lots of fun coloring in different insects,
and making lots of things with ingredients!

one of our stories was "israel's first king".
o loved re-telling it to daddy later!!



the verse was phil 4:13:


one of the first things we made was some
home made play dough.
the boys were amazed i knew how!
they loved measuring out the ingredients and
helping me mix,
but even more so,
they loved PLAYING with it!





we made several other things as well,
including mini pizzas when our friends were over!
these are not ours
(i forgot to take pix in the midst of lots of kids),
but it gives you the idea!


our most favorite part
just may have been putting the
ingredients into our new popcorn maker.
that's for another blog, another time though!
it was a fun week!

too quiet...

this morning was one of those moments
when the boys were just "too quiet" in the other room.
usually this means trouble,
but today, it was quite a cute surprise!
(though it could have been worse)

i found the boys using their nesting cups
(pictured above)
and squeezing their water into them...
having "tea time"!
not sure where they got the idea,
except that i too was sipping tea,
but it was super cute!

i remembered a while back i had a tupperware party
and ended up with a lot of free stuff.
one of the things i picked was a
small pitcher and cup set.
the cups are long gone
(they were super-mini)
but we use the pitcher for odds and ends.
i decided to help them have a proper tea!

they had juice and crackers,
they served themselves,
& had lots of fun!

here is their little tea:



and to think,
i've been wanting to get a tea set
for little sophie's future play...
maybe i was confused as to who should have it!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

cheesecake

yesterday i used my better homes and garden cookbook i got when we got married to make my first cheesecake.
here is a similar recipe online (guess it's been "updated" since i got married so long ago you know...). it's something i have been craving and was going to try to make with my neighbor, but it didn't work out this week.
the aroma of the crust baking filled my house so sweetly, i thought i'd die if i couldn't eat it soon...but i was patient!
then, when my timer went off, this (first pic) was what was coming out of oven. i laughed thoroughly thinking i had a cheesecake fail. eventually, it "settled". i used a knife to test doneness and it spread to make a really cool star shape (the second pic), so i also took a pic of that!
it is a delicious cheesecake for my first and was easy. i think i would add more something next time though, as it didn't have a strong cheesecake taste. everyone who has partaken has enjoyed it thus far though!
on a completely different level, i gotta get the rest of this cake out of this house before i gain 100lbs!!!
my new friend

(click on link above to see a quick post on my second blog)


homemade yogurt (in the crock)



a big thank you to stephanie, whoever you are, for blogging how to make yogurt in your crock...
we officially enjoy ours and it was relatively easy! plus, there were no "rotten" sights to see. it was kind of like magic, put ingredients in & out pops yogurt! it takes a long time, so make sure you can be home in the needed times, but it's super easy!!

we started with a half gallon milk. (the tip was start with whole b/c it makes it thicker. when you get the hang of it you can change the fat content. also, i assume you can use any type of milk you want -soy, rice, etc). you put it in the crock on LOW for 2 1/2 hours.

then you turn off & unplug crock - leave milk covered for 3 hours!


at this point take out 2 c of the warmish milk. whisk in 1/2 c plain yogurt. (eventually you can save your yogurt for this part, but you need the live active cultures to start the process) it was also suggested to add 1 packet knox (unflavored gelatin) at this time to help thicken. i knew i wouldn't like plain yogurt, so i added 1 c splenda as well.
after it's whisked well, add this mix to crock again and stir all together. (i don't think i stirred well enough, as i had a clump of gelatin in the bottom of my crock when all was said and done.)
recover then wrap a large & thick towel around the whole crockpot. let sit for 8 hours, undisturbed. i also think i would let it sit a few hours longer, as that would help thicken it. this part is suggested to do overnight. i happened to be home all day and did it through the day so that by am we could have some fresh [cold] yogurt.
it's not terribly thick, but most yogurts i get aren't. i tasted this plain when it was done and b/c of my added splenda it was delicious. almost didn't want to add the fruit.
adding fruit is optional, but i did it this time. (next time i think i might skip or try vanilla or try splitting and making diff flavors). adding fruit also made it a lot thinner of a yogurt.
i am a HUGE yogurt snob, but i really enjoyed this one! we ended up drinking it, but it's similar to a smoothie you would make.
*****according to this, in philly, a gallon of yobaby yogurt would cost $21.28 (or .16/oz) and a gallon of homemade yogurt would cost $4.97 (or .03/oz) -now that's saving!!!*****

wordless wednesdays 3/16/11







Tuesday, March 15, 2011

school days - Hh


we seem to be in a "rut" of
just doing school to get it done...
last week was similar,
but also surrounded by joe being completely gone
and me being alone with boys.
we were also ill prepared and didn't have copies, etc.
we did manage to do school though
and i'm pretty sure the boys still enjoyed it!
we did "Hh" and health.
here is our verse for the week:


o hard at work finding all the "Hh's" in the search:


our story:




we talked about ways to stay healthy
(ie: washing hands, covering coughs, no hands/toys in mouth, etc.)



we talked about "healthy" foods,
which we can have lots of:


and "not so healthy" foods,
which are special treats and need to be eaten sparingly:


o remembered water was a healthy drink:



we practiced writing Hh
(o rocked this!!):



and we colored words that begin with Hh:



we also felt our hearts,
excersized,
then felt our hearts again!

we had fun even if it was a "half attempt" on my part!!