Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Today the kids got out of school early for Thanksgiving. I had planned to do pictures today. Yesterday it was beautiful and 65, today it it freezing at 47 with a chance of snow! I had a feeling it would be this way- the warm before the storm! Nevertheless, photo time today and we had a good, successful shoot. As the kids get older it get so much easier to take pictures. Now, only Poppet is naughty. Here are are a few we won't be using:
Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
What makes a perfect day? For me it really depends on what I want to accomplish. This past weekend I think that my family had a perfect day- I got up around 8 and cleaned the kitchen- not too bad because I went to bed the night before at 8:30! Rich got up a bit later and helped me. I made biscuits from scratch, fried up some turkey bacon, eggs, and we had a mellon from Green river that was perfect- even in November!!, and peppermint tea and juice. All of us sat down to breakfast by 9:30 and we talked and planned Thanksgiving. Next the kids cleaned up their stuff and Rich and I did the dishes (again) and cleaned the kitchen and whatever else that needed attention, we went to the park and walked and played catch and hit a baseball. It was so beautiful and the weather a bit chilly, and no one was there! On our way home we ran into some friends and they ended up coming over and having lunch- I made oatmeal cookies and then they left with out staying too long. We did dishes (again) and just hung out with the kids. Paris had a late nap and we had pancakes for dinner and then put the kids to bed and did dishes (again). Rich and I hung out a bit. We played games on orisinal.com (you should check it out- it is great for kids) and Paris awoke at 9 p.m. and we fed her 6 pancakes and she was still hungry! Then we went to bed- Paris too. It was just a nice day- we didn’t try to accomplish anything. We just wanted to have a nice day! We did.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
A few months ago I had a dream that one of my sisters and my sister-in-law were pregnant and over due and I was helping them- you know how dreams are. I told Richard later that day and then the next day we heard from one of his siblings that one of Richard’s sister was pregnant- the one that I dreamed about. It had been on my mind and when I found out that one of the girls in my dream was pregnant, I emailed my sister who I thought was pregnant too. It turned out that she was not expecting, but a few days later I got news that my littlest sister is pregnant with her first! Emilia, who spent a few weeks with her in the summer, knew! She knew for about 2 months and did not tell anyone! I thought that was very admirable of her to keep such a fun and exciting secret. Neither my sister or my sister-in-law know what they are having... But I did make cards to send to them, so Charla, Liz, here’s a preview! (Sorry Charla for spilling the beans, but you are half way through- I love you!)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I have committed myself to insanity- not really, but I did commit to do a Christmas botique! It gets bigger every year and I have not participated for a few years and I have never done much or very well, so why am I doing it again??? I don't know! Try until I succeed? Or just make life kookoo? I am going to sell my birthday garlands and merry Christmas ones and maybe the party/ birthday hats. Really anything paper that I can manipulate. I have tried to sew and I get too frusterated. So paper is my medium of choice. Sisters? Friends? what do you think?
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Atlas said, "You know, maggots are a healthy source of protein." Dinner? Remember the owl that Richard found on the way home from our road trip? He put it on our recycling bin- the only place high enough for Poppet to not get it and has left it there for a few weeks. Tomorrow is recycling. The owl needed to be moved. Rich's idea was to leave it somewhere and in a few weeks? months? only the bones and feathers would be left, only we live in the city....
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Salt and pepper
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup peas
1 cup corn
2 tbs butter
1/2 rotisserie chicken
2 tbs chopped shallots
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup half and half
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1 egg yoke beaten with 1 tsp water
one 9’’ pie dough round
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a saucepan 3/4 full of lightly salted water to boil. Using a pasta insert or sieve, immerse the carrots and peas in the water and boil for about 4 minutes, add the corn and boil one more minute. Drain and set aside.
Melt butter in a large frying pan and add shallots/onions, stirring until softened- about 2 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and stir well. Stir in broth, wine, half and half, and parsley and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in carrots, peas, corn and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 9’’ deep-dish pie dish.
Brush some of the egg yoke mixture in a 1-inch border around the edge of the pie dough round. Place the round, egg side down, over filling and press the dough to the rim of the dish. Trim off any overhanging dough and brush the surface lightly with the remaining egg mixture. cut a few slits in the center of the top with the tip of a knife.
Place on a baking sheet. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes, serve hot!
Pie Dough- make this first!
If you have a food processor put 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt in bowl and pulse a few times, add 6 tbs chilled butter and 2 tbs shortening. Pulse until a course meal forms. Add enough cold water (up to 1/3 cup) with the motor running, until a ball forms. Form into a disk and refrigerate for 30 ( while you make the filling) roll out into a round 1/8-inch thick.
* I didn’t refrigerate the dough the first time and it was just great! Refrigeration makes it a bit more firm and easier to work with.
* I got cheap $2.99 white wine from Trader Joe’s. Anything will do. The sauce smells divine when cooking!