Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Luxury of Motherhood

Dear Mr. President,

I am a mother, I have 4 children, and I stay at home.....miraculously, I am able to do so on less than the six figure income that your family seems to require. So, let me give you a few pointers.

That birthday present I made and everyone made such a fuss over at the party..... I didn't spend hours doing that because I didn't have anything better to do or because I wanted to hear oohs and aahs or because I wanted to show up all the working moms...I made that present because, quite frankly, I have to get the biggest bang for my buck and if it means that I have to be cleaver or crafty or stay up half the night so that my kid can bring a gift she is proud to give, then so be it.

I shop the clearance rack FIRST....usually off season. My running shoes are last generation and I'm THRILLED when an older cousin or friend hands down some of the clothes they've outgrown to us. When the kids need something I beat the bushes for the best possible quality at the lowest possible price....that can take a fair amount of time.

I cook....from scratch. We don't eat premade or frozen or fast food, that stuff is too expensive. I bake the class treats because who can walk into a bakery and purchase enough cupcakes for the 1st grade class? Not me!

I need new carpet in my family room and most of my furniture came from estate sales.

When I wanted a gym membership I started teaching a few classes a week at the gym because that got me access to the gym for free.

I have the best dress code of any office and I can honestly say I love my co-workers with all my heart. I guess when I put it all down on paper, I see that I truly do live a life of luxury. I am rich, just not in the world's treasure is my family.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Search is OVER!!!

My sister in law, Annette sent me this recipe. Steve made it for Mother's Day, they were TO DIE FOR!!! Enjoy!!!

Lemon Bars
For crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
6 ounces (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted, butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For filling:
6 large eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

For garnishing:
About 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

To make the crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until mixed. Add butter and continue to mix until butter is the size of small peas. The mixture will be very dry. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

To make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and then the flour. Pour filling on top of crust.
Bake until lemon filling is set, about 40-50 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and then put in the refrigerator for 1 hour or keep at room temperature for 3 hours before cutting. Cut into squares and dust the tops with confectioners’ sugar.

It was still a bit jiggly at the end of the baking time, so we turned off the oven and left them in with the door closed for another 30 minutes or so. They were delicious, he did a great job!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Banana, fanna, fo...

I'm crocheting another chemo cap, in a beautiful luscious silk bamboo blend. I'm a little surprised at the emotions I'm feeling while I make it....after all, I don't even know the recipient....don't even know her first name. She is a friend of my sister in law, Linda...Stage 4 breast cancer...treatable, not curable.

It takes me back to the last chemo cap I made...for Linda's husband, Chuck...and all the tears that fell while I made it. And I feel blessed that he is now cancer free. The beautiful colors of purple also take me back to another time cancer affected someone I love, someone who lost her sweet mommy to breast cancer...and I will name this hat Alice......alice, alice, bo balice, banana fanna fo....ummmmm.....PHALLIS!

In an attempt to make this hat a little more feminine than the one I made for Chuck, I am using this pattern. I hope she likes it...I hope it keeps her warm through the long treatments she will have to endure.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pre-birthday Fun

Had a little pre-birthday french toast with a couple of friends today....

I've always been a little jealous of Darilyn's birthday week. She gets little gifts and does fun stuff the whole week, but lets face it, she's not married to Steve. And as far as Steve is concerned, he will barely survive the one why drag it out.

SOOOOOOO, if this is my way of dragging out my own birthday, I'd say it's a pretty good stuff and gifts all rolled into one package.

Look at the cool thing Paula made me...I know I'm weird...but I don't just LOVE it, it actually makes me quite giddy. It will be my new warning on my crabby days (Paula's idea)

Monday, December 20, 2010

THIS is all I wanted for Christmas

....all four kids in one place at one's all I care about this year. I get it for two precious weeks.

Monday, September 20, 2010

needless distractions

I'm making jam....A LOT of jam, 52 pints to be exact. I don't make 52 pints to give away to friends and family, NO that's how much jam we eat EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Can I say that I dread this job? I dread the mess and I dread the time it takes, so I am unfortunately very distractable.

"Kris, want to go to the Roller Derby bout?" YES!!! Pick me up in an hour (4 jars made that day.)

I should chop plums.....ummmmm, maybe I should check on my scrabble words first, and I don't feel guilty a bit, after all it IS the sabbath. (0 jars made that day)

Then today I really did get down to business, and it was crunch time...if you've ever made jam, you know what crunch time is. It's when your jars are hot, your lids are hot, and your jam is hot. You have to work quickly to get everything together before things cool off too much. So I'm moving fast and look up and see blond bubble head chicken strolling across my kitchen floor (freshly mopped, by the way.) "YOU DON'T BELONG IN HERE!!!"

Seriously, if the kids didn't insist on eating plum jam...I'd really consider giving up.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

cooking questions

Mom can you send me some recipes? ...I'm tired of PB&J and quesadillas

When you cook spaghetti, do you keep boiling the noodles or turn the heat off when you put the noodles in the water? (guess which one he did)

Apparently, Kraig's mom sent him off less than equipped to take care of himself....he will probably be MIGHTY hungry at Christmas time.