Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Salmon Release Party

Here in Oregon, we start training our "tree huggers" from the "get-go!" Abby's third grade class at Central Elemetary parented 200 salmon eggs in their classroom. Of those eggs, they released 150 baby salmon into the Willamette (pronounced will-lam-it) River this week (a few of those ended up belly up in the shallows.) Each kid got to name their babies as they set them free. Abby named her baby salmon "Maggie" and Ben named his frys "Inu" (pronounced Eeenew, it means "dog" in Japanese,) "Norbert," and "Chad" (named after Chad Decker, our teenaged neighbor boy.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

100 things i like

I've been working on this project for more than two years. It is a kind of "count your blessings" exercise. These are the things that make me happy is some small or even weird way! Some are old and some are new...all are little bits of me.

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

Blondies for Bloggers

I've decided that there is one perk to being the enrichment counselor; I get to look around the Ward and see things that I want to learn and make it happen. It is a totally selfish thing, but it is what it is!

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.