Friday, December 28, 2012

Kitchen Hints and Tips

 
To roast garlic, sprinkle the bulb with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, wrap it in tin foil and roast in a 350 degree oven for approximately one hour.

Mushrooms should be wiped off with a damp cloth and not washed under the faucet since they are like sponges and will absorb the water.

For a shiny bread crust, brush the top with a mixture of 1 beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk before baking.

To neutralize burnt food odors in the house, mix 1/2 cup whole cloves with 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer cloves for 15-30 minutes. The house smells wonderful and the burnt odor is gone

To get your copper pot looking great, use ketchup, wipe it on, rub until clean, rinse and buff. The acid from the tomatoes removes the tarnish.

Shine your windows with newspaper instead of paper towels - its a lot cheaper.

Make your own window cleaner spray - Fill a spray bottle with 3 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and water to fill.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Red Roses

I have the best husband in the world; sorry to all you other ladies out there, but it's true. :):):) A little while ago he brought me these beautiful roses. Aren't they pretty?

 
Thank you Graham, I love you!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Indoor Winter Fun #1 : Playdough

 During the winter months it can be a challenge to keep little toddlers occupied when it is hard to go outside because of the cold.  So, the other day I thought it would be fun to try and make play dough.  It was lots of fun and the children loved it! :)
 
You will need:
 
2 c. flour
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cream of tarter
2 c. water
1 c. salt
food coloring
 
In a saucepan stir together the salt, cream of tarter and flour.
 
Pour in the water and oil.
 
At first it will be very runny, but keep cooking over medium heat and it will thicken and form a ball.
 
Remove from pan. Careful, it will be hot. knead a few times to make sure it's mixed all the way.
 
Divide the dough and add different food colorings.
 
Get out some cookie cutters, etc and let the children have fun! :) Abigail loves playing with play dough!
 
Mess level:  Medium :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bird Watch: Pine Grosbreak

I looked out the window this morning and saw two birds that I couldn't identify. They were a little distance from the kitchen window so I went and got the binoculars and was able to get good look at them.  After searching through my trusty bird book,  I found out they were Pine Grosbeaks.  A large finch (from 7.9 to 10 inches they are one of the largest finches), the male is a beautiful red color with black and gray markings, the female is duller, but still very pretty.  I was excited to see these birds for the first time! I found out they are one of the rarest of the "winter finches'.  I love it when I get to see a bird I've never seen before! :)
 
Male Pine Grosbeak  Photo Credit
 
Found it! I love the big bird book Graham's aunt gave me!
 
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."  Genesis 1:20

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Daybook



Outside my window... Snow is covering the ground. I would love for it to warm up enough to take all the children out to play. Right now it’s -18 degrees Celsius, (or 0 degrees Fahrenheit) and cloudy.
 
I am thinking...It would be nice to try and make a few loaves of bread tomorrow. I’d like to find a good recipe that slices well for sandwiches without crumbling much.

I am thankful...We are all getting over being sick! Even little Lydia had a fever which was concerning.

In the kitchen...Most of the dishes are washed and everything is cleaned up after making play dough with the children. I’ll try and post on that later…J

I am wearing... A comfortable jean skirt and a rust color long sleeve shirt.

I am going...to try to buy more children’s books and do more reading with our little people. William, has really started to love it when I read with him.

I am reading...a book by Susan Zakula called: Are You Serious About Marriage   It has taken me awhile to get through it as I get interrupted frequently.

I am hoping...To start decorating our living room soon with rugs, curtains, pictures etc. I have been getting some good ideas on the Internet.

I am learning…That being a mom to three little ones takes lots of patience.  :) God is good, and gives me the grace I need for every moment of the day. Our children are wonderful blessings and I love them so very much,  I'm thankful I get to be their mama.

Around the house...There are toys I need to sort through and organize as well as get rid of. They can accumulate quickly! Most of them don’t get used much and end up as clutter on the floor.

A favorite quote for today…“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God's boundless store of grace from day to day.” -DL Mood

One of my favorite things...is getting a yogurt cup and sprinkling granola on the top for a quick snack.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I don’t have anything planned right now. Just spend time with the children and keep the house going :).

A peek into my day...
                                   
I love African violets! I get to have flowers even in the middle of winter. :)These are on the ledge above the kitchen sink.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Thankful for Our New Dining Set

We were happy to get a good deal on this table and chairs during the black Friday sell!
 
We had been looking for bigger table for awhile, this one seats eight, and can easily seat  ten or more. The chairs are great in that the are covered with a leather like material which is easy to clean. The table is solid wood with an antique cherry finish. I am very thankful we were able to get it! :)
 
I found this little table at Wal-Mart it works perfect to put the phone on and matches the big table.
 
For the past little while, I have been having fun painting and trying to decide how to decorate our dining room and living room (they are connected.)  Getting the new table is a start in the right direction.  They also sell matching coffee tables and end tables from where we got the dining set;  I'm hoping they will go on sale after the holidays, and we can get them for the living room. :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

iPad Closeups

Lately, I've been trying to figure out how to take sharp closeups with our iPad.  It's been fun and interesting. :)  Here are a few pictures that I've taken:
 
Jean Skirt
 
Magna Doodle
 
My hand
 
Lampshade
 
Wooden shingles on the doll house
 
Love our new quilt!
 
William's blanket :)
 
I will let all the other moms out there take one guess what this is :) Yes, it's a close up of a diaper wipe.  There are actually some cute little teddy bears on them..haha:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Beautiful Frost and Snow

The view from my kitchen window.
 
Our backyard.
 
I love the two lampposts that are on the back patio.
 
He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. Psalm 147:16