Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I may be getting older but.....

I can still put a whoopin on the younger generation.

A couple of weeks ago, we had a Staff vs Students basketball game. A few of us on the team had some basketball experience while others had barely even touched a ball. We played hard and beat the students by 2 points.
I scored several baskets but  probably missed 3 times as many. I had to play against 2 of my 3 children. I told my 15 year old boy to go easy on his mama. He fouls me the first chance he gets. 

I forgot how hard it was to dribble and  run at the same time. Yes, the picture is blurry! It was hard to catch my speed on camera. I think Ella took a few.

I felt like I ran the whole night. When the game was over, I felt really good! It was the same feeling I used to get after a workout at the gym.

The next day, I felt my age again. I could hardly move!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Why daddy will no longer be telling bedtime stories!

We were on our way home from church tonight when Ella says "Mom, did you know that booger monsters are real?"...... Before I could even get out that monsters are not real, she finishes her story. "Yeah, daddy told me a story about when he was younger and went to a friends house. He wiped boogers on his friend and his friend said he was a monster.

So thank you honey for telling her that story. It is now 10:30pm  and she keeps coming in the room every 10 minutes telling me she is scared of the booger monster.

What is it with the men in this house wanting to scare little girls? She is still not over last week when big brother told her about zombies.

MUWHAHAAAHAA..........April 1............MUWHAAAHAAHAA!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A few weeks ago I got a call that my aunt had passed away. Even though it was a very sad time

It was good to see and visit with family again.

My dad, aunt and grandmother

This was the first family funeral where Ella was old enough to semi understand what was going on. She is my kindhearted child. Always saying sweet comments to brighten your day. Several times during the funeral she would say, " Do you know why I am sad?......My aunt died." 
She sat in my lap during the service in the chapel. She would rub my hand. One time she reached for a Kleenex from my purse so she could wipe the tears from her eyes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

An update on our home addition

 The last time I posted about our room, we(I mean my wonderful husband and uncle) framed,insulated and added the door. 

Since then, the sheet rock, plaster, primer and paint have been added.

Daddy had a special helper for this part.

Next came the tile. Carmel had some guidance from a friend of his.

It is almost done! All that is left is the baseboards and trim work. Hopefully, the next update will be the finished product. I can't wait to do the before and after pictures. I just love looking at those type of post.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

I received this bread machine for my birthday a few months ago and love it. The fact that I can throw the ingredients in and press a button thrills me. I have been testing out recipes to find the ones I like. I found this recipe   http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/01/bread-machine-cinnamon-roll.html. These cinnamon rolls are so yummy! They are better and faster than any other recipe I've tried.

These were yummy without icing. My mouth is watering right now just looking at them!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Freezer Cooking Day!

A few days ago okay who am I kidding it has been over a month since I last did this freezer cooking day.  I focused mainly on lunches. I have found this to be very helpful when packing them. It saves time and money. 

I used a butterhorn recipe(recipe below) to make several different options.

Taco Pinwheels

Butterhorn dough
lb taco meat
1 3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese

Roll out butterhorn dough to form a thin rectangle. Mix the meat and cheese and spread over the dough. Roll up and fold the ends underneath. Slice into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes on 350.

I also made Pizza Bites

To make these, you roll out the butterhorn dough and cut into squares. On one of the squares place 1 or 2 pepperonis and a piece cut from a cheese stick( you can get 5 or 6 pieces out of 1 cheese stick).

Next, you will fold the 2 sides over to cover the cheese.

Then take the ends and fold underneath.

Place on a baking sheet and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes on 350.

You could put the pizza sauce in before you bake but my girls love to have the sauce on the side. I think it is so much cooler to have it on the side at school. Laney came home the first day after having these and said the whole class was drooling. 

* After baking, I did add a little parmesan to the top for extra flavor.

I also made pigs in the blanket using the dough. Sorry I do not have any pictures for these. I took lil wieners,  wrapped them up in a snugly warm blanket of dough and baked them for 15 - 20 minutes on 350.


2 tbl dry yeast
1/3 c warm water
9 c flour (I used whole white wheat)
2 c warm milk
1 c butter melted
1 c sugar
6 eggs
2 tsp salt

In large bowl dissolve yeast in water. Add 4 c flour, milk, butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Beat 2 minutes or until smooth. Add remaining flour to form soft dough. Turn onto floured surface and knead lightly. Place in a grease bowl, turn dough once to grease top. Cover and let rise(1-3 hours). Punch down and use in the recipes above. 

They are also great to bake up plain for a meal or freeze. To do it this way you will want to divide the dough into fourths. Roll each out to 12 in circles and brush with  melted butter. Cut into 8 wedges. Roll up each( like a crescent roll) and pinch to seal. You can  freeze them now by placing them on baking sheet to flash freeze overnight. Then the next day place them into  freezer bags. When you are ready to use them just thaw(until doubled in size) and bake at 375 until browned. Brush with melted butter.

I love this recipe!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dr Seuss Celebration!

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday.  I dedicated the whole day for celebrating. I already mentioned in the previous post about our wacky adventures so here are a few of the other things we did.

Cat in the Hat came by and read Green Eggs and Ham to us.

We could not read this book without trying green eggs and ham for ourselves to see if we liked them like Sam I Am.

A majority of the class loved them! Ella was excited to tell me about her green eating adventures.

We made our own Cat in the Hats.

Next, We watched the movie Horton Hears a Who on the big screen in the auditorium. 
The kids thought this was so cool!

After the movie, we had a few Horton activities to go along with the movie.

We made our own speck to take care of.

We played the game Horton Hears a Who!

Later in the day, our buddy class came to read us Dr. Seuss books.

Finally, what is a birthday celebration without a party and cupcakes. The kids were able to decorate their own cupcake.

Laney and her buddy.

We had so much fun remembering Dr Seuss and the great books he wrote.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wacky Wednesday

Some may think  I look tacky,
but can you find 10 things on me that are wacky?

(answers listed at the end of this post)

As a part of Dr Seuss' birthday, we had Wacky Wednesday today. We read the book Wacky Wednesday( This was one of my favorite books when I was younger.).

The younger grades were allowed to dress wacky. Ella loved this and frankly so did I . She is my one child in the morning that is a challenge. She doesn't want to get up and is so slow to get dressed. I woke her up this morning and told her "wear whatever you want.......think wacky(that shouldn't be too hard for a 5 year old). If I were principal, I think I would declare everyday wacky day for this age. She was up and ready in 10 minutes!

A few things in my classroom were wacky today!

My class did not really like this one!

I asked the class to point out the things on me that were wacky. One boy said, "Your hair....it is black and blond."

Answer Key

My mix matched shoes
My Halloween and Santa socks
My skirt on backwards and inside out
My jacket on backwards
My shirt inside out
My necklace on backwards
Only 1 earring
1 barrette misplaced on the side
Wedding rings on the wrong finger
Watch not working

How did you do?

Check back tomorrow for more on our Dr Seuss fun-filled day.