Sunday, October 31, 2010
Bonnie D. Parkin
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Meanwhile, Rotten is doing a lot of this:
I hate it when they're sick. I feel sad when they're miserable and don't really understand why. I have to admit, though, that I feel like a better mom when they're sick, because I understand what to do. Big boys can be given juice and snuggles in my bed when they wake up coughing. I can sing to a stuffed up baby in a shower to calm them down and open up airways. Sure, it can be exhausting, but give me a kid with a cold, and I'm okay. I don't worry about doing that wrong.
We had a meeting at preschool where we could discuss issues with our children with the parent educator. Stinky's had me in tears a few times lately, and I don't always understand what he needs. I was given a few ideas, but mostly reassurance. The parent ed. said, though, that it is much harder to parent in our generation than it was two generations ago. There was less pressure on parents to do things just so, less 'do it wrong, and your child will be in prison.' I don't worry too much about Stinky being in prison, unless you count dinner with the neighbors earlier this month, but that's nothing I need to get into.
I worry about getting through the next week without losing my mind- every week. Anyone else going a little crazy? I'm sure we all are. So, I'm finding my sanity in the little things: mixing 'greedy-ants' into cookies with Stinky, the taste of Dr. Pepper, singing to Rotten, hearing the hum of my sewing machine, crashing on the couch with WBH at the end of the day. Combine those things, and I know I can make it until at least tomorrow before I lose my mind.
Those things are way better than a hotel room and Diet Sprite.
Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and almond extract. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Remove 1/3 of dough. Tint remaining dough yellow- try to refrain from saying "Don't eat the yellow dough!" Remove half of the yellow dough, and add a few drops of red food coloring. blend until dough is desired color of orange.
*hint- make the colors very bright. They fade a little while baking.*
For the shaping tips, I refer you to cakespy's directions at Serious Eats.
Dust both sides in sugar and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a rack and store in tupperware to prevent drying out.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
a death star for our good friend...
Jeffrey R. Holland
Saturday, October 23, 2010
One of our traditions in the trek out to the pumpkin patch. We've gone to the same one for four years, now, and each year it's more fun. Stinky loves running through the muddy patches (with our sunny October, there was much less of that than the year we took the picture for the header). We told him this year he could choose his own- but he had to be able to pick it up and carry it to the wheelbarrow by himself.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Pumpkins and Everything Cookies
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Mix first six ingredients separately, set aside. Mix butter, sugars, egg, vanilla and pumpkin with blender, then add dry ingredients slowly. Manually stir in chocolate chips. Drop 1-2 inch balls onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until tops are no longer sticky. Move to cooling rack. Makes about 2 dozen.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Stinky has been great about Rotten. He adores him. He wants to love on him all the time. Somedays it makes me crazy, especially the weekend we all had a nasty virus and Rotten wanted to be held by me and only me, all day long. I'd hear things like "Mommy, please put down Rotten and come see this," frequently, and I realized that jealousy has started to set in.
It tears my heart right in two. He's good about being patient with it, most of the time. He's become such a big boy- the potty training is done, he can dress himself, and entertain himself for longer periods than before. On one hand, that's great. On the other, it's easy to slip into the habit of letting the him play all day and at the end, realize that he hasn't gotten the quality or quantity of attention he wants, and that I want to give him. The other day, after WBH returned from work, and Rotten was asleep, I put my 'stop, drop, and roll' policy into play, and found Stinky in the playroom. We read, played 'Aliens versus Pirates,' and created a puppet show about Stinky saving his family from a dinosaur. He soaked up the individual attention, and was glowing. And the guilt hit me hard.
Since then, I've planned a list of projects for us to do through the end of the month, so that he always gets one-on-one time with me while we work on an art project or cook together. We've implemented a daily routine with planned story times and Stinky-Mama time, and it's helped with the acting out that I believe is coming from jealousy.
My friend at the Unlikely Rebel Mama wrote a great post about making the adjustment from one child to two, and balancing the attention. She's a few months ahead of me on this one, and her advice is so great and sound- I know I needed it.
Monday, October 18, 2010
These shirts are evidence of that. I saw this shirt in a movie, and thought it would be adorable on the boys. I spent a whopping dollar on this project for Stinky's t-shirt, and the rest was stuff I had on hand. This is also a good way of hanging onto shirts that get stained. So, without further ado, here's the tutorial for freezer-paper stencilling your t-shirt.
Place stencil onto the shirt, try to center as well as possible. Iron the paper onto the shirt on the 'silk' setting. Press until the freezer papaer has adhered to the shirt. Make sure you include parts like the little circle out of the d.
Allow to dry for at least 5 minutes, up to overnight. If paint is still wet, peel very carefully, especially around the small details
Make sure all paint is dry. Put it on the intended wearer and admire your awesome work.
Rotten really likes his.
I've used this method on shirts, bags, and tea towels. It's fun and easy. Let me know if you use it- I'd love to see what you make!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Monday, October 11, 2010
I've been guilty, since Rotten was born, of trying to do it all. I thought I was doing an okay job, too, but lately I feel a little stretched too far, and I need to reinforce the seams I feel like are coming apart. Stinky's having a rough time lately, too, and I need to focus on helping him this week.
"Most of us intuitively understand how important the fundamentals are. It is just that we sometimes get distracted by so many things that seem more enticing. Printed material, wide-ranging media sources, electronic tools and gadgets…can become hurtful diversions or heartless chambers of isolation. Yet amidst the multitude of voices and choices, the humble Man of Galilee stands with hands outstretched. Waiting. …He does not speak with a powerful megaphone but with a still, small voice. "
Sunday, October 10, 2010
David E. Sorenson
Friday, October 8, 2010
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking poweder
1 cup margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
Thursday, October 7, 2010
To be clear, I'm not judging anyone who is cool with Nick Jr, and there's no judgement coming for letting kids watch TV- we do much more of that than we should here, especially lately. I just hate most of the programming, and I tire VERY quickly of the "I WANT THAT!" that comes with commercials that play during children's programming. For these reasons, I usually stick to PBS with some Disney Channel for good measure.
I'm curious today- What concessions do you make when you don't feel on top of your game? And what children's program makes you want to throw your shoes at the TV?
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Howard W. Hunter
Friday, October 1, 2010
Flour-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar, plus a little extra
1 teaspoon almond flavoring (vanilla is fine, but almond is so much better)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients well, and place rounded spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Press a criss-cross pattern into each cookie, and sprinkle some sugar on top. Bake for 12 minutes, allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Yields 1 dozen.