Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sketchy Pants

Happy Birthday Nate. He got socks and a big stack of combs. He hates when there are no combs in the bathroom. 

Instagram Photographer from Grenada that I follow.

My friend Becky has skills. So in love with this sketchy watercolor she did. 
Check out her Etsy Shop.

 Sheri sent this to Nate on his birthday. Said she has always looked up to him. 

My Mom's group had a play date at a gymnastics gym.  Super fun. An hour was kind of short. 

Have I mentioned before the time that we lived in Grenada and I sent Nate to the store to get a "green vegetable" for supper. I was cooking for the staff that night. He brought back some icy, frozen brussels sprouts. His Mother made them, fresh ones I believe, at holidays and she still does. I seriously think of this every time though. That horror of a bag of frozen sprouts. I bought these myself.  Fresh ones from Aldi. Roasted in the oven.

I went with some of these during the big game and Nate looked at me suspiciously a few times. When I said, "Unbelievable" Nate thought I was quoting his Dad. When I said, "You only had one job" Nate wasn't sure what I was quoting.... so I wasn't exactly pulling it off... but I had missed the memo on the bottom where it mentions walking away.  That would have helped. I was pretty nervous to use "They have to establish their running game" as I was pretty sure they had... I was on a roll though and it was the last one I had to use... so when the got the ball again in the 4th quarter I said it and Nate said, "they do have a running game" to which I replied, yeah, I thought so. 

There was a day last week when Nate took the van to Schafferstown to use their new car wash. He was going to put gas in it as well. I got a call at 4PM just shortly after he had left. He was acting very strange and I was immediately concerned for his health because he was not able to articulate his thoughts in full sentences. (he felt really bad)  It turned out he was all the way in the next town and out of gas and also had forgotten his wallet. He had Mia with him. We were to meet his family for supper at 5.  Because he had Mia with him, I could not leave the kids home alone. So after putting shoes on the kids and myself, rounding up my wallet and his, strapping them into the station wagon... I backed around and realized the wagon was below E. No, no no.  Strapped kids in the pick up truck. This is no small feat. The front seats are a bear and do not flip down and It's very hard to reach into the back.  Actually, I usually have Mia do this for me. The truck had less than a quarter tank but we did make it. So while this was all very frustrating it worked and we made it and maybe we have too many vehicles. It was a shame he had not taken Ellie with him, as just before Nate called me she had  found a $20 bill in her boot that she was wearing. 

The girls played at a school function the other night. Nate and I were not there to see how this went for them, but I had them play for us Sunday morning before church... 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Make the Pumpkin Sourdough Waffles

Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes
(10-12 waffles)

Overnight Sponge

3 c flour white or whole wheat
2 T Sugar or honey or maple syrup
3 c buttermilk
1 ½ c sourdough starter, unfed

Set on counter overnight. Hope no one throws it out.

Waffle or Pancake Batter Regular (or the pumpkin one below) 

·        Overnight sponge
·        3 large eggs
·        1/3 c or 6T melted butter
·        1 tsp salt
·        1 ½ tsp baking soda

Pumpkin Waffle or Pancake Batter

·        Overnight sponge
·        3 large eggs
·        3/4 tsp salt
·        2 T Baking Powder
·        1 T cinnamon
·        ¾ tsp ginger
·        ¾ tsp nutmeg
·        pinch of cloves
·        1 ½ c pumpkin
·        3 T black strap molasses

·        1 T vanilla

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Christmas Table

 Thanks to some help in the menu department we have now had ribs for 3 years running. No stopping now. Ribs, fries, coleslaw. So easy. 

Dinner with Nate's family. Very loud, very fun... good food for sure. 

 With my family. Mom had Ted whipping up some fruit drinks for us. Lots of fresh ginger and some apple cider vinegar,  I'm not sure what else was in there! Mom makes the best steak I've ever had. Time after time.

With the girls home from school (Stuart too) I'm thinking about home schooling. That is a joke, but I love having them here. They baked cookies one day while the toddlers were napping. Yesterday we canned carrots. Today we canned potatoes and another canner full of carrots. It's like freezer meals that are not in the freezer.

Puppies take up most of our time. What were we thinking? Two litters at once. The fun is just beginning. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater. And she didn't win! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Day

Stuart turned 8 on Thanksgiving Day. Finally made him the much joked about turkey birthday cake.

Some out takes from our Christmas card shoot. 
Piper got to be on the pictures this year. Nate wanted to try both dogs but I thought that was asking for pretty much. Maybe next time. 

We let them pick a restaurant for their 8th birthday. This is Austin's. He knew about the candle. 
What we forgot, is that we take them shopping to pick out their gift. I made a note for next year. "Let Stu pick his own gift"  

 My Mother's lovely table. 

 Date night

Celtic Thunder Symphony Tour
Nate leaned over after the first song and said, "They are better than I thought they would be"  

 Nate's favorite breakfast. Ok, maybe not his favorite but I am documenting the fact that he puts his pie and cake in milk and possibly with cereal too.

Helping Mom and Dad tear down one stand and set up another.

I loved this display, showing her original artwork beside one of the plaques. 

 Working the stand at the Harrisburg Craft Show

Nate used up every spare minute test driving the local vendors stuff. 

 Shopping for fresh greens

 Oh America

 Playmobil Nativity. They toddlers played with this for days, I was loving it. Then the pieces were all on the floor constantly. No matter how many times we picked them up. It was probably Hank. We put it away again. 

Olive begged her way into a new dress when she saw my leftover fabric. 

We went to Luca for dinner for our anniversary last week. 16 years. 
Finished up some Christmas shopping afterwards.  

 So this is my affogato. We were eating the gelato,  a few spoonfuls each before I poured my espresso over it. After my first bite of the affogato I said, "I want my gelato back now" Strongest coffee ever. 
The food was amazing as well.

Been whipping up some fast Huevos rancheros for the family lately. 

 On Saturday we went to Philadelphia for the Christmas Sights.

 The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, in Philadelphia, is the largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world.
We walked in to see the organ and checked our watches, almost 7... good it will start soon. And it did. I asked Ted later, did we just get luck, or did you know it was going to start at 7? 
I think we just got lucky.

This my friends, is what we faced Sunday morning when it was time to leave for church. Nate was opening the service so that makes the departure time kind of urgent.  It had snowed and Stuart had tried to get the sleds out. To our shame, this side of the garage was a strategically stacked pile of stuff and the sleds were pretty far down on the pile. 
We got to church, I was trying to settle my nerves. I had been having a fine morning until I saw the pile of stuff. Then we got to church and Nate the song leader said, "I forgot my overheads"  So he got out with the children and I drove back home to get the overheads. I was kind of driving like a bat and while trying to make a left hand turn I totally turned in front of a family from our church. They sort of stared at me with their mouths hanging open and I figured they were good for it. You know, all in the name of getting the Christmas song overheads to church in time. I would explain later. At home I ran through the house once, twice, there they were on the top of the piano. Back to church... just in time. 

Stuart did just fine at his first piano recital.
It was at a retirement home and the residents would laugh kind of mockingly every time the piano teacher announced who the next student would be. It struck me so silly. 

Giving a litter of puppies baths. 

Probably my favorite Christmas cookies. 
Pioneer Woman's Molasses Cookies.
My Dad used to tell me that if I could make cookies as good as Mrs. Fields or some famous brand, he would get me a pony. 
Sometimes I think there should be a pony in my life just because the cookies turned out. 
Mia made these and for some reason they got nicer than when I make them. She said it was because she mixed them very slowly. Who knows.