Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mother's birthday. She would have been 75. Earlier, I told the girls that it was Nana's birthday and Autumn immediately held up the toy that was in her hands and said "Here, Nana." Amber followed suit by holding up both her arms real high and saying, "It's a hug for Nana." We went out to dinner to celebrate her birthday, even though she isn't here with us. It helped, I think. It's interesting how these "firsts" can swallow me up in sadness. I think about my mom every day. But today is definitely different. More sad. More real. Next week when I decorate the house for the autumn season, the sadness will overwhelm me again because I always call my mom and talk to her while I decorate. Then there's one holiday after another... We decided to buy my dad a plane ticket for the week of Christmas. I can't wait to see him. It will be good to have him here. I wonder if they celebrate birthdays in heaven. (Please no theological answers.)

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mmmmmm good!

Whew! I am exhausted! I've been in the kitchen since 7:00 (and it's now 9:30). But it's a good exhaustion. I made 4 batches (8 loaves) of gluten-free, sugar-free zucchini bread. I've finally perfected my recipe. I wanted to develop my own recipe, one that tasted just as good as my regular zucchini bread. My family and neighbors and the ladies in my Bible study tell me it is even better.

I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Flour, and I use 1/2 coconut oil and half applesauce instead of the olive oil, and I use maple syrup or honey (whichever I have on hand) instead of the sugar. The last batch I made tonight was quite unique. It had a little bit of maple syrup, some honey and prickly pear cactus juice (hand made by our friends Ched & Elaine). I had run out of both the maple syrup and honey, and I still needed at least 1/2 cup of sweetener, so I opened my fridge and got creative! It turned out well, but I did have to bake it longer than the other batches.

I love zucchini bread best when it is hot, right out of the oven, slathered in butter. Now I have a stomach ache, though, from over-indulging.

Good night!

P.S. Stop by for a slice of bread.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I think he's on to our evil plan

My favorite scene in the movie "Marley & Me" is when the husband and wife are taking the dog to the vet to be fixed. The dog leaps almost all of the way out of the car as they are driving and John says to Jenny, "I think he's on to our evil plan."

We got five baby chicks on July 4th. This week we discovered that one (possibly two) of them are roosters. Tonight Eric is taking the one that we know is a rooster back to our friends who gave us the chickens. They will make the rooster into chicken pot pie soon. As I put Lyric (the name of the rooster) into the box, he took his very sharp beak and sliced it into my arm, leaving a 4-inch red mark. Ouch!

"I think he's on to our evil plan!" I told my husband as he put the box in the car and drove away.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of School!

Today was the first day of school for my girls. Autumn is officially a kindergartner and Amber is in 3rd grade.  Here's some photos of our first day...

The happy school-girls!

Kindergarten!

Mommy and her students--self-portrait!


Autumn working on the little a.

Autumn loved the cut & paste page!

Amber at the calendar.

Amber's history book!


Craft project to go with our butterfly lesson.

Painting with an eye-dropper and a coffee filter.

The beautiful butterfly!