Thursday, February 11, 2016

Most Days are Calm

Pretty winter skies.

Nate had hernia surgery. We are happy to have one week of recovery in. He is doing really well. I wish he would take it a little bit easier sometimes.

I showed up at the hospital loaded with a notebook and my Bible all ready for some serious quiet time. The waiting room was just too loud with Good Morning America. Shucks.
About the time Nate was out of surgery I bumped into Nate's uncle in the hallway. Turns out his aunt was was having hernia surgery by the same doctor directly following Nate's surgery. Huh. I was fully expecting to see this aunt emerge from recovery about the time Nate had to take a walk in his hospital gown but it was not to be.

This girl caused a flood in the laundry the other night. I only realized she was not with the other children in the basement when I heard her crying from the laundry bathroom. Crying because her feet were cold from being in the cold water too long.

Little Hankster

8 months. Just started crawling. Pulling himself up at the sofa and falling over. Brush burned his nose.  Holds his own bottle. Content. He is really loving his pacifier again. It's kind of a pain and I wonder if I should take it from him.

Most days are calm although I've had a few where I find myself rushing around like a mad person trying to make it from one appointment to the next. This mornings drama included the smoke detectors going off for no apparent reason. This caused my heart to pound as I ran into each room of the entire house looking for a fire, while this was going on I called the electrician and told him that if the house ever starts on fire he can comfort himself by knowing that the first thing I will do is call him.

Have you seen Farmgirl flowers? Swooning over these bouquets. Looks to me like order from them and you can't go wrong. I don't want to hurt the average flower shops feelings, but.... these are way better!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nate's Birthday

 Sometimes I dread birthdays. 
I had to take Olive back to the Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday and we are cast/ split free. Walked back into the house and hit a heat wave. The thermostat was set at like 80 something. (I imagine Olive bumped it up)  I was wishing to share the warmth, bottle it up for later. I finally caved and opened the door. So this kitchen mess you see here happened at warm temps and it was like I was working in an old peoples home.

I stopped at a bunch of places while I was out with Olive. Coffee shop, Seafood place, Butcher, and the Doctor. Usually it is just some big burly men at the butcher shop, not overly friendly but you know, good at what they do. Well yesterday there was a super friendly lady there who acted like we were best friends. As I tried to explain this to Nate I realized that I wasn't even sure if that was the lady I was thinking about because at each stop there was a lady like that. It would go through me, "do I know her?" Hey, maybe everyone was glad to be out after the snow storm? Not sure but it made for a fun day of errands. 

 He does not like when I brag on him, but he is wonderful. 

 Henry. He started sitting up on his own. He gets around a little but he did not take off with crawling yet. He is one week shy of 8 months old. 

 I had to lay him back down twice last night. It was the fist time I found him sitting up in his bed.

Mom brought her friends over to go sledding. We dug out all of the snow pants. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snowstorm Jonas

 What a lovely snowstorm.

 Olive did not really enjoy it on Saturday while it was still snowing. 
Sunday was better. Hard to keep her inside. 

 Lord, may this be the year of the donuts? I prayed. 
 Getting closer to the hard to attain quality of my Mother in Law's donuts. 
Her recipe does not include the exact amount of flour. Tricky.

I had a furnace guy at my house today and he was here for a very long time. I told him I was going to have to leave in a bit and he said, "Let me know before you go." I ended up leaving 3 times in a stretch of that many hours and he knew every time that I was heading out again.
The snowstorm might have me spoiled, give me a day of peace at home sometimes soon. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Olive's Elbow

 Olive has a possible fracture in her elbow. She had a splint, cast, and she is in a splint again. It's not slowing her down much. 
An older sibling was swinging her by her arms. 

 Mia has been teaching herself ukulele. Also Pig Latin. We the ukulele for her for Christmas. I was so nervous that it would be a dud gift. It was not on her radar at all. Perhaps I was worried because I tried to play it when she was in school one day and I could not even get it tuned. Nate was able to help her out Christmas morning and she was soon playing/singing You are My Sunshine

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast Casserole

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces) 
8 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt

Praline Topping
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cube bread. I buy day old bread. You can get creative and try the cinnamon bread or the challah bread, croissants, etc. 
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt in blender. Toss with bread cubes in large bowl. Transfer to a greased baking pan, I like to use a half sheet pan which is larger than a 9x13 so it does not bake over the sides. It will fit in a 9x13 just be sure to bake it with something under it to catch any goo that bakes over. 

Melt butter and mix in the rest of the ingredients for the praline topping. For my family I add 3/4 cup of coconut. You can skip the pecans if you don't like them. Pour over the bread mixture. 

At this point you can slide it into the refrigerator and bake it the next morning or cover it with foil and freeze it. I get a total kick out of popping a frozen pan of this stuff in the oven before I go to bed and setting time bake and waking up to breakfast ready to go. 

Bake @ 350 for 45 min to an hour. It is nice to give it some time to set before eating it. 

Serve with fresh fruit of your choice and whipped cream. 

Maybe I can get a picture of the finished product one day. It would be pretty to bake individual portions in ramekins. 
It looks a lot like this.