Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I know I have more than 4 friends out there (or at least, I think I do)! OK, so my blog music isn't nearly as important as the state of the Union, but I'd like to know...REALLY. So, please go over to the poll and make your voice heard.
Don't worry about hurting my feelings, I'm a straight shooter, I can take it.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Combine flour, water, and yeast and mix until well blended. Cover and set aside at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. It should look bubbly and round.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
And our last Poem
Now, as to be expected, we had a list of "suspects." Here was our list in no particular order:
Funny side note: as Christmas drew near, the kids were not talking about their visit from the Northern Santa, but whether or not the 12 Days Santa would reveal himself on Christmas Day!
Now, it is not a secret that we are notorious geeks over here. The curiosity was so great, that the big boys (Kraig and Steve) set a "Santa Trap." They set up a motion detection/web cam system and waited for "Santa" to do his thing. We got lots of video of passing cars and the cats running to and from the door, but it only takes one good frame of video to reveal the "real" Santa. Below is that one good frame.
Thanks Parmenters! It was one of the funnest (I know that's not really a word) Christmases we've ever had...you're the best!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
basketball, great to be 8 party, Preisthood Preview, mom is in her 30's for the LAST time, hosting bookclub (family complaining that we're too loud and up too late,) HULA HOOPS, Kraig is 16...still no license and no dates, Annual Easter Egg Hunt and brunch in our back yard, Abby turns 8! Mom goes to Cabo with her friends, Dad sends mom an e-mail (in Cabo) saying he's been called to the Bishopric (killjoy,) granddad comes to ordain dad a high priest, Preschool Carnival, BASEBALL, school carnival, more baseball, Abby is Baptized, primary talent show, mom called to be enrichment counselor, Ballet recital, Pioneer Trek (Kraig got THE BEST Ma and Pa, just like in real life,) Dad is definitely over 40, St. Louis Arch, metro link, Grant's Farm, Nauvoo, handcarts, CARTHAGE, swimming lessons at heidi's, Ben turns 4, ward BBQ (dad is NOT in charge this year, YEA!), HP Picnic (too darned hot,) Drive to Idaho, swim in grandma's pool, Camp with the grandparents in the Bitterroot Mountains, Stand on the Continental Divide, cross country meets, Reed turns 12, Reed receives the Aaronic Priesthood, NO BROKEN BONES THIS YEAR, grandma and grandpa come to visit, Ward Halloween Party, TRICK OR TREATING, Merit badge clinic, basketball (again,) Ward Christmas Party, SNOW DAYS, waiting for santa...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I can't even tell you how much fun it has been for us to be the recipient of the "Twelve Days of Christmas." The Farrar kids have grown to really look forward to our daily treat and note. We love the puzzle, and have had a great time speculating about who thinks enough of us to treat us to such a big thing. Committing to 12 days of gifts, 12 days of secrets, and 12 days of cute rhymes is HUGE and the love and effort has not been lost.
So to let you know how the days have continued:
- Santa has started changing up the "gifting" time. On the sixth day, we found the present before seminary, today it was after church...about 12:30
- Santa knows that mom is a giant diet coke fan (who doesn't? That probably doesn't mean anything)
- Santa is not getting any slower, just more daring...showing up in the light of day Hmmmm....the investigation continues!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here is the progression of our snow days.
Day 1: "HEY GUYS! NO SCHOOL TODAY!! Hot chocolate is going in the cocoa machine, can someone get out the whipped cream? Who wants blueberries in their pancakes?!"
Day 2: "Cereal is in the cupboard, help yourself."
Day 3: "Are you sure there is no school? Yeah, you can eat a cookie for breakfast if you want. If there is any fighting over ANY video games today...that X box will be MINE!"
Interesting Side Note: We have lived in Oregon for nearly 14 years and have NEVER seen snow before Christmas. I decided to explore this further...our friend, Jaimy GREW UP in Oregon and doesn't EVER remember snow before Christmas (I'm taking that with a grain of salt, he doesn't have a great memory.) We will officially maybe have a White Christmas in Western Oregon (IF it doesn't warm up and IF is doesn't start raining again...which it probably will.)
Ben's snowman, he made the snow balls all by himself and Kraig helped him put them together
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Each little gift is accompanied by a cute poem. Today's poem says
So, here are the clues:
- Our "Santa" comes each evening between 5:00 and 6:00.
- We've never seen a car speeding away.
- The gifts arrived even during a snow storm.
- Santa is gutsy, Steve & I were working in front of our dining room window on the first night...in full view of the front door and "he" gifted us anyway.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Soooooo, I decided to take a proactive (aka crazy) approach. My good friend is a commercial pilot and another good friend travels for work, so I fired off a couple of little e-mails..."hey, would you hit my blog when you travel outside the country." OK, in hind-site, this could be construed as wacko...but that's how it went down. Less than an hour later, my cell phone rings and the caller ID comes up "James A." and of course, I answer.
Me: "Hey, what are you doing?"
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here is the list of cookies:
Dipped Ginger Snaps
White Chocolate Cranberry
Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees
Now, the kitchen is a mess, but we're too tired to clean. We've got lots of cookies that we don't get to eat (not that we really WANT to eat cookies at this point,) and a little extra Christmas cash. We're happy to be done, but most happy that the cookies are leaving tomorrow morning for their new homes. Their mission; to be gobbled up by hungry health care workers at our hospital.
AND, by next year, we'll forget all about the pain, and look forward to making Christmas cookies again (isn't that what "they" say about childbirth?)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It is really well done and the kids always enjoy the time we spend there each year. The price of admission is one can of food AND at the end, you get to speak to the man in Red himself...what a bargain!
Needy families in our area benefit in the form of Christmas food baskets and we have at least one "pre-done" Family Home Evening each December. Ben and I went with his preschool class this week and had a great time.
Monday, December 1, 2008
2 adult servings (or me and the two little kids)
1 cup regular old fashioned oatmeal
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp (scant) ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 Tbl molasses (if you like it sweeter...add more!)
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (the green ones, sometimes called pepita)
Cook on the stove top in a small sauce pan for about 5 minutes until thick, creamy, and steaming. Serve with a big mound of spray-can whipped cream on top.
Now change it up "Kris" style; Pecans are really yummy in it, use raisins or dried apples instead of craisins. Sometimes, I sprinkle a little crystallized ginger on top, but only do that if you are a BIG ginger fan. BUT, don't mess with the whipped cream...that is a MUST!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1. Diet Coke 2. Bright red toenails 3. Green scrubbies (Scotch Brite only, none of those Target brand scrubbies) 4. Murphy's oil soap 5. Fiesta ware (LOTS of it!) 6. Daffodils in spring 7. The Lakehouse 8. Nursing my babies 9. Softscrub 10. New tablecloths (Steve thinks this falls under the mental illness catagory) 11. My headset phone 12. Homemade marshmallows 13. Lemon water 14. Garage Sales 15. Kitchen gadgets 16. Sugar Cookies 17. Cookbooks 18. Creating a really cool invitation 19. Baby smell 20. Fall leaves 21. The Food Network 22. Finding a bargain 23. Lemon Squares 24. the giggles of my kids 25. the Hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints" 26. Book club 27. New recipes 28. Apples with Cheese 29. listening to the boys play the trumpet 30. fresh basil from my garden 31. Jack o' Lanterns 32. Easter Egg Hunts 33. Bread and milk (in a bowl together with salt and pepper, I know, it's weird) 34. a good book 35. BIRTHDAY PARTIES
36. BLANKET FORTS 37. Summers with the kids 38. Planting a garden as a family 39. Rocking my babies 40. trick or treating 41. Dragonflies 42. cool patterned paper 43. cucumber scented lotion 44. Watercress sandwiches 45. having lunch with friends 46. Freshly Mowed Grass 47. ethnic food 48. post it notes 49. Salt & Vinegar Chips 50. Dog the Bounty Hunter (I'm a freak, so what) 51. Dark Chocolate 52. Freezer meal exchange day 53. Trips to the Oregon Coast 54. Anti-Frizz Serum 55. Hardwood floors 56. Chartreuse (the color)
57. double stick tape 58. cup cakes 59. seeing Reed dive into a new sport with gusto 60. Martha Stewart 61. Clean sheets and shaved legs 62. Smoked Almonds
63. beachfront vacations 64. baking birthday cakes for the kids that they love 65. a massage 66. Park Play Day in the Summer 67. horehound hard candy 68. REAL Christmas Trees 69. freshly baked bread 70. BLOWING BUBBLES 71. seeing my boys in their scout uniforms 72. Easter Dresses 73. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 74. having my hair touched 75. Science experiments 76. sudoku puzzles 77. Cucumber Sandwiches 78. cooking for friends 79. Outdoor Pools (in the Summer) 80. FUNKY SOCKS 81. smores 82. Chick Flicks
83. Breakfast foods (why play favorites, they are all good) 84. cool summer mornings 85. "tweaking" recipes to make them my own 86. Ginger 87. new workout shoes 88. October Rain 89. March Sun 90. belly dance lessons 91 silk fabric 92. teaching fitness classes 93. Kraig's "fro" 94. itunes 95. Mermaids 96. HULA HOOPS 97. girls only trips 98. orange (the color) 99. board games 100. DATE NIGHT
Sunday, November 2, 2008
On November 13th, at 12:30 Natalie Coffin will be teaching a workshop for us all about blogging. Think of blogging as family history, it's a great way to record our current family lives. Go to her site and let her know you will be there.
I've promised to bring the blondies that Natalie loves, they are pretty good. Here is the recipe in case you'd like to try them (or just come the the blog workshop.)
Blondies (for bloggers)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup melted butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 Tbl. Vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
Combine dry ingredients, set aside. Blend brown sugar and melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture gradually, mix in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I saw a t-shirt once that said something about Cross Country helping skinny kids make friends...SO TRUE! They really are a nice bunch of kids, so supportive of each other. They really give their all too, Steve saw one kid cross the finish line and immediately lean over and hurl (UGH! It's a darned good thing I didn't see that, or it would have been a party!)
The coolest thing I witnessed... probably more than 5 minutes after most of the kids crossed the finish line. The last runner came "down the shute." He was little and not the same body type you see in most of the kids that run. He was totally spent, BUT STILL RUNNING!!! The crowd went wild! You would have thought this kid was in first place, not last. A very heart warming moment.
It was raining and muddy, the kids slid through mud and ran through puddles...what a mess! There was even a pile up at the finish line when a few kids in front of Kraig lost their footing in the slippery mud. Despite this, Kraig had his best personal time for this course.
We are proud of him and the hard work he puts in as part of the team. Wednesday is his next meet; GO WEST ALBANY BULLDOGS!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Corn Chowder ala Kris (serves 6 to 8)
6 slices of bacon, fried
1 onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2-3 TBL flour
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry white wine or sherry (optional)
3 cups corn (I only use the corn we froze from grandpa's garden)
1 large potato, grated (yesterday, I used red potatoes and cut them into large cubes, it was good too.)
1 cup heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2
In a frying pan, fry bacon until crisp. Set aside. Add onion and pepper to the bacon fat and saute until softened. Transfer to a large stock pot and sprinkle with flour, cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. In the frying pan, add wine or sherry to deglaze the pan, reduce by half. Add broth to stock pot and let thicken. Introduce potatoes and corn along with the reduced wine (sometimes, I even double the amount of corn, if I want it to be really "corny".) Cook until potatoes are cooked through. Add back the crumbled bacon. The very last thing should be the cream, once it is added, don't boil the chowder, just heat through.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This retreat was something I inherited when I became the Enrichment Counselor, and to be honest, the whole thing really stressed me out. The former counselor had reserved Yurts at Beverly Beach at the gorgeous Oregon Coast. I just had to get people there, (and feed them, and arrange speakers, and make sure they have fun, and get them into the right yurts with people they would get along with...YIKES!)
Sooooo...I pretty much begged and threatened my friends. I shamelessly played the "you have to support me because you are my friend" card. After all was said and done, we had about 35 sisters together laughing, playing, walking on the beach together, and learning to love each other on a level that could never be achieved at church on Sunday.
We had three fabulous speakers. Rachel Nielsen, Sarah Castleton, and Peggy McIlmoil...three amazing women at three different stages in life (pre-kids, right in the middle of mom life, and kids are grown) told us about the treasures in their lives.
Now to the part you've been dying to hear about...the fabulous farting futon! My yurt included me, Julene, Sarah, Natalie, and Jackie. Sarah and I threw our sleeping bags on the futon for the night. After the fireside, we dispersed to our yurts for either more fun and frolic (and a warning or two from the Park Rangers because we were too loud,) or a little shut eye. We got set up for the night and sat down on the futon...from Sarah's direction there was this long farting sound that made us all look her direction. "It wasn't me!!!" she roared. Then, we discovered that every time we moved, the futon would make very real sounding "farts." It was like all five moms suddenly transformed into 10-year-old boys!! Every time we heard it, our yurt would erupt with uncontrollable laughter. What a nightmare! How are we ever going to sleep?! This went on and on (it was probably hours, we're a little slow on the draw.) At some point, Sarah picked up her two pillows an realized that there was a little "fart" machine under her pillows and Natalie held the remote. OH, MY, GOSH!!! We laughed so hard! They got us and it was a really good one.