31 January 2008
30 January 2008
Today is the first birthday of my niece, Lirah. She is such a sweet girl... a happy baby turned toddler who scoots everywhere and voices her observations and opinions constantly and loudly. I can't wait to see what the next 50 years hold for her. Happy birthday, little one!
29 January 2008
27 January 2008
25 January 2008
1. What is the thermometer reading at your house this morning?
2. Snow—love it or hate it?
3. What is winter like where you are?
4. Do you like winter sports? Any good stories?
In my life, avoiding the Epiphany blahs at church is a winter sport. Which makes for lots of good stories, none of which are printable.
5. What is your favorite season, and why?
I think I like spring best, especially the spring thaw around St. Patrick's Day when the earth greens and the it is still cold and it seems like the promise of color and blooms is just around the corner...
Bonus: Share a favorite winter pick-me-up. A recipe, an activity, or whatever.
Well, the bed is large, has flannel sheets and a down comforter and my husband is nice and warm... :)
24 January 2008
on top of a melted plastic pad that butchers stick in the bottom of a styrofoam meat tray.
I really hate to throw away food, but I especially hate to throw away food when it would have been perfectly fine had I not screwed it up.
Tonight I'll have to try to redeem myself.
23 January 2008
22 January 2008
More important than this being a snow day, it is my sistah Lil's birthday! Happy birthday, Lillia! I love you!
19 January 2008
We called the family to let them know. My grandparents passed the news on to Freespirit Uncle who sent us this hilarious note.
Glad to hear DaBob is getting up and around. Please inform him when he feels up to it his great uncle would like to speak to him of a place called the “Horizon”.
Yours in mobility without fear,
Very sweet. But next time I see him coming, I may have to pick up Daniel and head in the other direction.
17 January 2008
1. One book that changed your life.
Traveling Mercies -- I read it in seminary when everything was shifting. I was just so darn grateful to Anne Lamott for being just completely real.
2. One book that you have read more than once.
All of the Madeleine L'Engle juvenile books, Little House on the Prairie (except Farmer Boy), all of the Harry Potters, all of the Narnia books, The Witch of Blackbird Pond -- pretty much any book I love, I've read more than twice because I never read them well enough the first time to catch everything.
3. One book that you would want on a desert island.
4. One book that made you laugh.
Any Dave Barry book.
9. One book you have been meaning to read.
Oh my goodness, this list could be interminable. How about Unbinding the Gospel?
I'm tagging Roo and Amy who loves books and Jill-who-seldom-blogs-anymore. That's right, Jill! Hah!
Love/ Hate Meme
I love to eat: tiramisu, Mom's corned beef, Grammy's pretty-much-anything
I hate to eat: well-done steak, most canned vegetables
I love to go: driving at dusk in the summer
I hate to go: to Super Wal-Mart during the day
I love it when: Daniel and Annalivia laugh at each other
I hate it when: I know that I've screwed something up
I love to see: a straightened up house
I hate to see: messes everywhere
I love to hear: my loves laugh
I hate to hear: the Harleys ruin a lovely day or the moron in the next block revving his hot rod engine during naptime
I'm tagging Donna (have you already done this, Donna?) and Liz.
Of course, y'all who have been tagged can just ignore me. Or do it in a few months. :)
16 January 2008
15 January 2008
3 lg. bananas
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. melted butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4-1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
Mash bananas; add sugar and slightly beaten egg, then melted butter. Add soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix and spoon into greased muffin cups (it does not rise very much) and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Yields 1 dozen (or so -- mine also made 7 mini-muffins).
14 January 2008
I got it on clearance at Target for $7 at the end of the summer last year. I was worried it might be a waste of money.But, it has proved to be a great gift. The kids love playing in it.
13 January 2008
12 January 2008
I found this Lord and Taylor wool jon-jon at a thrift store last week. It looked almost new, but was 75 cents.
I'm pretty sure it was so cheap because it had this monogram on it. RES doesn't really work for Daniel Robert de los Stews... but I bought it anyway.
I determined that the whole monogram would rip out pretty easily, but first I ripped out part of the R and the bottom of the E. It looked pretty good.
Who made it into this.
I'm so pleased. Parents with little boys will tell you how difficult it is to find nice dress clothing. Let alone nice dress clothing on a budget.
And though, probably, the D of the monogram should be a little more diamond-shaped...
for 75 cents -- I'll take it.
11 January 2008
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06 January 2008
This morning, we celebrated Epiphany with a delicious and super-easy version of a King Cake (recipe follows). Dennis
King Cake. Sorta
1 package frozen dinner rolls
1 small package vanilla pudding mix
1 cup white sugar
1 stick butter, cut into thirds
The night before, grease a bundt pan or tube pan of some sort.Throw rolls into it.
Sprinkle vanilla pudding on top.
Then sprinkle sugar on the rolls.
Melt butter in batches, mixing the butter with food coloring (yellow, green and purple are traditional representing both the kings and power, faith and justice, respectively). Also add 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon orange extract (more if you love it).
Pour the butter over 1/3 of the rolls so that when finished you have a pan of rolls with three different sections of three different colorings.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temp overnight.
The next morning, insert a nut such as a pecan (or a coin or a baby Jesus charm if you want to be more authentic) before cooking.
Cook at 325 for 25-30 minutes.
Cool slightly and invert.
The person who gets the nut gets a crown. And maybe in the future, they'll get the rest of the family to wait on them for meals.
05 January 2008
"We are the song of the universe. We sing with the angelic host. We are the musicians...the stars are the singers. Our song orders the rhythm of creation."
- Madeleine L'Engle
Sing on, friends! Sing on!
03 January 2008
One of my dearests passed away yesterday. She had been dealing with congestive heart failure for a long while, but it was a surprise when she actually passed away. I think my congregation is just in shock.
She had long told me that she was looking forward to going to heaven. She always said it with a huge smile on her face. And most everyone I've talked to talks about her return Home. But her family and friends and her church family will just ACHE with her loss. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, most selfless people ever and such a gift to all of us. It's always difficult to part with such dear ones.
And today I started this post in the wee hours of the morning waiting for my godson to arrive to spend a few days with us while his little sister (and our goddaughter) made her way into the world. This evening she arrived safely. And tomorrow we will meet little Caitlin Elyse and welcome this little gift into the world.
Partings. Meetings. Meetings. Partings.
02 January 2008
Lord, I'm old.
We had a very nice New Year's celebration. It was Dennis and the kids and I on New Year's Eve. And on New Year's Day friends came over for dinner and to watch Illinois lose. :(
This morning, Annalivia woke up and announced that she needed to go pee-pee in the potty. Which she did all morning and afternoon until naptime. She must have run into the bathroom and hopped on the toilet about 50 times this morning. At least. But she kept those undies dry. I'm so proud of her.
I'm thinking about making some gentle resolutions this year. Is Jan. 2 or Jan. 3 too late to make resolutions? How 'bout Jan. 4 or 5?
And in other news, for the first time since Oct. 14, we have a tv plugged in at our house and in our main living area, no less. Right now I have it on while the kiddos are napping and I realized that, had I asked Dennis to move it in tomorrow evening instead of this weekend, I might have missed every single political ad for the Iowa primaries. Oh well.