Monday, March 22, 2010


I try. I really do.
However, tee ball season is upon us.

Someone put the baseballs in the apple bowl while I wasn't looking.  And by "someone," I mean the other adult in the house, not one of the kids. I think it bothered the little ones more than it bothered me. One by one, as they noticed, they each came running to tell me.  Like it was some catastrophic event. 

I've left the baseballs for now. For some reason they make me smile.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


  This weekend we finished up a little corner of the basement playroom/family room as an arts and crafts spot for the kids.  This table had actually been a long computer table/desk.   My husband cut it down and built some benches to go with it.  The legs of the table had once been black, but he painted them yellow.  He painted a piece of paneling with chalkboard paint, then framed it out with molding. The ledge has a groove for the chalk.  The easel is from Ikea (we've had it a few years, but I recently saw it on sale for $15!), and the blue buckets I found in the dollar spot at Target, but I think they were actually $2.50 each.  We may eventually hang some hooks on the wall for the buckets, but this has been working out for now. They are perfect for crayons, markers, etc.  Oh, and that cute blue chair was purchased while we lived overseas. I think I spent about $12 on it a store in South Korea called Home Plus....similar to Target.  
  I don't know why we waited so long to put a kids' table downstairs. It's so nice to keep the kitchen table free of their arts and crafts messes!

Monday, March 15, 2010

amish friendship bread and more tulips

  Last week I was over at a friend's house, and I noticed the ziploc bag on her counter.  The one that sits there for 10 days while you mash it and mush it, so on the 10th day you must stop everything to make this bread. I asked if she would be willing to part with a bag of the starter mix once she divided the batter. Soooo.....this bag of goo has been sitting on my counter for over a week. Today was the day to mix it, bake it, and divide the mix to pass along to anyone willing to make the commitment.
  This recipe was a little bit different than the one I have made in the past. It called for applesauce, and brown sugar with cinnamon for the topping instead of sugar and cinnamon. Still tastes very similar, just a little more coffee cake-like.
   I hate to admit, this is not the first time I have nearly stalked someone for a starter bag of batter. Either it's really good stuff, or the thought of not being able to make it whenever I feel like adds to the hype.


And yes,  I do realize how good I have it that I can stay home and bake bread and take pictures of it.  I'm just making up for all the bon bons and Oprah I didn't get to enjoy today. ;) 


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Meet Mr. Flapjack

Last week the boy had pajama day at school. In preparation for the festivities, the class made paper bag puppets. Meet Mr. Flapjack.  Note his bacon smile and sunnyside up eyes. And of course the spatula hand and red mitten. :)