Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Cure

I woke up with a stuffy nose and scratchy throat...the perfect time to make "the cure." I got this recipe (and the ginger juice) from Ginger People go HERE to check out their site. It clears my head and helps me function on days when I'm less than 100%. Here is the recipe.


1 1/2 T ginger juice

1 1/2 C boiling water

1 T honey

2 T lemon juice

Pinch cayenne pepper
Stir all ingredients together. Drink warm.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ode to my Orange Sparkle Purse

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my orange sparkle purse! It was created by a Portland artist, Renee Christopher who, (I read somewhere) gets some of her inspiration from Home Depot. This is what her web site says about her bags...

Hardwear By Renee is a handbag line specializing in contemporary handbags. The handbags are designed with atypical items such as hardware and recycled materials. The collection features a range of modern colors with a clean urban style.
Based in Oregon City, Oregon, the company is owned and operated by Renee Christopher, an artist and designer. She strives to create a line of strong, sexy, and smart handbags that easily transition from day to evenings. Inspired by her vision of today's woman, the line of handbags proves durability need not be dowdy, nor femininity fussy and fragile, hardwear, and that's you.

Take a peek at her bags HERE The bottom is wood (I could do some real damage to someone if I wanted to) and the handles are airplane cable.

Their motto is

Strong. Sexy. Smart.

...I like it!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Reed the business man

Reed has decided that he needs more money...Apparently, the ten bucks that dad pays him to mow our half acre lawn isn't doing it for him any more (go figure.) So, I helped him make a flier with the following information. He plans to distribute them around our neighborhood. Maybe, he will find out what it's REALLY like to take care of a dog and quit bugging us for one. Sounds like a win/win to me.
Pet and Lawn Care
Summer is a busy time and I can help!

Your lawn mowed
Your dog walked
Pet sitting while you’re on Vacation
Dog poop picked up

I can do any of these things with a small negotiable cost
Reed Farrar

I am eager to work for you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On Ramp or Off Ramp?

Ben seems to be a little obsessed with ramps...I'm always finding Ben-built ramps around the house, made from various things (books, couch cushions, boards, etc.) He even has me make a ramp with my hand in Sacrament meeting for him to run his cars up and down.
This is what I found when I walked out the front door yesterday morning.
As Kraig would say... "freaking Genius" ;)

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm changing my name....stop calling me MOM!

Sometimes, I think these children are trying to kill me! Last night we got everyone settled in bed, then went to bed ourselves....neither Steve or I are night owls, we are often in bed by 10:00. At 10:30 comes the first knock on our door...."WHAT!" It's Ben, he needs a finger nail clipped (and you didn't know about this two hours ago?) so Steve got up and handled it.

We got maybe 15 minutes of peace before Abby is knocking on the door...."WHAT NOW!" She wants to talk to mom, "mom's asleep" (OK, he lied.) "I think I have a lump on my chest," (both of us roll our eyes at each other.) We'll look at it in the morning, go back to bed. Turns out she had two "lumps" on her chest (one on each side,) one was a little mole and the other a clogged pore. GOOD GOSH!

Fifteen more minutes go by....another knock at the door...."ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" Reed says, "I've been trying to go to sleep for an hour and a half and I just can't sleep." So apparently, he thought we should join his little insomnia party....I should have given him a big basket of laundry to fold, but I took the high road and said "go to bed and relax." I should also point out that he hadn't finished his trumpet practice and was probably worried about facing the band teacher this morning. NOT my problem!

All I've got to say about all this is, Mother's Day is coming soon and I think I should get a BIG present! :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Just Keep Running, Just Keep Running

About a month ago, I bought new running shorts. Steve said "those are too big, buy a size smaller." I didn't listen. Today was the first day I felt that it was warm enough to wear shorts for my run...he was right. They are too big, and between the junk in my trunk and my thunder thighs; they are darned annoying... hiking up in all the wrong places and falling down in others. Will I ever learn?

That said...running, on the other hand, is getting better. I'm not dying all the time and I'm able to go for longer periods without stopping. My breathing is getting better and I'm getting fewer cramps. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don't like it yet, but don't totally hate it any more.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

In a Pickle

Steve's grandfather got married last fall and is now planning to eventually sell his house and move. We were asked if there was anything we wanted....Steve's grandparents traveled all over the world and have many many cool objects. But the only thing that was of interest to Steve was "the giant pickle." He has warm childhood memories of the pickle. Apparently, that was the only thing anyone else wanted too....I guess just about every cousin requested "the pickle." I don't know who will end up with it, but I think you can see why it's so popular.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Temporal MTC 2.0

If you'll remember from my TMTC post, I take the domestic skills of my children VERY seriously. :) My plan, is for them to be cooking, cleaning and doing laundry in preparation of them leaving the nest to serve full time missions....even if it kills me (and by me, I mean them.)

So, when Reed brought me the recipe for Paula's peanut butter fudge and asked me to make it, I saw the perfect opportunity for a Farrar home TMTC lesson and said "how about if YOU make it and I'll help."

Here is the Recipe:

Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk (I like half and half or cream better)
Boil sugar and milk together for 5 minutes without stirring over medium heat.
1 1/3 cups peanut butter
1 7 oz jar marshmallow fluff
Pour into buttered 8" square pan, chill

Reed read it carefully and did a great job! Even if he hadn't, remember the TMTC motto...YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU DON'T THROW A FIT!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whenever you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Last night I got home from work, (I had just taught Cardio Dash) and was loading the dishwasher. It was Reed's loading day, but he had a lot of homework, so I thought I'd help him out.
As I got down to the bottom of the sink, I made a little remark..."something stinks," meaning something in the sink or maybe the dispose-all, or even the garbage. I'm probably the ONLY one who EVER has stink in my sink (stop cringing Natalie!) so maybe you can't relate.
Ben pipes right up "that's you mommy!"

Thanks Ben, you always have this great way saying it like it is.....hmmmm I wonder where that came from? ;)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Party like a Rock Star!

OK, I'll admit it up front....I don't like Hannah Montana, she gets on my nerves. Abby, on the other hand, LOVES Hannah Montana and wanted to have a Hannah birthday sleepover. UGH!!!
Alright, I'll do a little I asked some of my friends with daughters about how to pull this off. I got some good advice... N. had actually done a Hannah party, so she was my main go to girl. K's daughter R had been to one and gave me some good tips too. E. just made fun of me and called me Un-American for hating Hannah. But then, he will sit and watch endless episodes with his two daughters, and quite frankly, I question him WAY more than I would ever question myself on that deal. B. gave good survival advice (a fellow Hannah hater) "that's what ipods are for." I have to say, I used that and was very happy to be "in the world, but not of the world" at times.

So this is what I came up with:
Hannah Montana Karaoke,
Steve is able to check out a projector and 80" screen from work and I found a Hannah Montana Karaoke CD at Target....SCORE (for Abby, anyway)
Rock Star Makeovers,
I decided to let the girls handle this...they are nine now and have a good idea of how they want to make each other up, they didn't need me meddling. I also picked up an airbrush "tattoo" tool, and they inked each other head to toe. I'm guessing I was REALLY popular with the other moms the next morning.
Hannah Montana DVDs,
S. reminded me that they have them at the library...I checked out four.
Hannah Montana Wii Game,
borrowed from another friend, I never even had to pull this out...the girls were too busy with the other stuff.
Abby and her friends had a great time, I finally shut the party down at 1:00 a.m. and had them settle in for the night....I had a little bit of a Hannah hangover the next day.
It's been a big weekend, the house is a wreck and I'm way behind on laundry, but I'm going to get a pedicure this morning... and I'm not even going to feel guilty about it, I totally deserve it!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hop on Over!

Yesterday was our 7th annual Farrar family egg hunt and brunch. We fill LOTS of plastic eggs the week before Easter, I have lost track of the exact number...but I would estimate that we filled 700-800 this year. It's lots of work, but well worth the effort. This is how it works, every one brings a "brunchy" dish...we eat, we visit, the kids play in the back yard. Then, the big kids "hide" the eggs while the little kids scoot inside to watch a movie (but are usually plastered to the window, watching the big kids, chomping at the bit.) When the big kids are finished, I take everyone 3 and under outside for a little head start, then 4 and 5 year olds, with 6-11 year olds bringing up the rear. I know....I'm so bossy, but the little ones REALLY do need a little head start.
It's fun to see the littlest ones really start to get it and give those bigger kids a run for their money.
We had a great time watching the kids hunt, they get so excited. It's a great tradition!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Nine is Fine

When Abby was born on April 7, 2000, Steve was DYING to have a we named her Abigail which mean "father's joy." She had that daddy of hers wrapped around her finger from day one. She was my easiest pregnancy and easiest delivery, which I totally deserved after having a breech c-section with #1 and an ambulance trip to the NICU with #2. Abby was also our hardest baby and rightfully earned her nickname Crabby Abby.
Abby turned nine yesterday in a flurry of princess style sparkle. Every family NEEDS a princess! The boys are amazed (and a little disgusted) that Abby would actually WANT clothes and art supplies for her birthday. Tomorrow her friends come to celebrate in Rock Star should be lots of fun (for them.)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Guido it is!

OK, I'm not great at math....but to me, that adds up to 120%. What's up with that? Apparently, that gadget needs a little work.
Here is how it turned out:

What should we name our Sourdough starter?
2 (14%)

5 (35%)

2 (14%)

8 (57%)

I'm sure this will be a validating experience for Steve. We had a horrible time coming up with boy names when we were expecting Kraig. I would suggest a name, and he would make fun of it and say, "let's just name him Guido." He, of course, didn't feel compelled to truly participate and come up with a reasonable name...So finally, we will name something Guido (even if it is yeast) he'll be so proud. Maybe, he'll want to take it on the Father/Son Camp out ;)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kraig's burning question for the day...

As the last session of Conference was coming to an end, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was singing "God Be with You Till We Meet Again," and Kraig turns to me and asks...

"what do you think it would be like for a fly to look at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?"

I practically fell out of my chair laughing...the thought is dizzying!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Our Conference Traditions

Our church holds a twice yearly General Conference. The conferences have been held in Salt Lake City Utah since 1848. Historically, general conference was over three days with the annual conference always including April 6. This proved awkward when April 6 fell midweek as this made conference difficult to attend for those with work and school commitments. In April 1977, during Spencer W Kimball's presidency, conference was reduced to two days, Saturday and Sunday.
Currently, each conference consists of five two-hour sessions: four general sessions and one Priesthood session. General sessions commence at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Saturday and Sunday. General sessions are open to all church members and guests holding tickets, usually for only one session. The tickets are free of charge and members of the church can request them from either their local leaders or by writing to church headquarters. These meetings are also transmitted around the world to local church buildings and can also be viewed at home via the Internet or BYU TV. We choose to stay home and watch Conference.
For our family, Conference is almost like a special holiday with special traditions and food associated with are a few.
German Pancakes
...(now called Uchdorft pancakes by the kids) with strawberries and whipped cream
!Que Bueno! Nachos
...You know, that liquid processed cheese in a can? It's total trash food, but doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. That's always Reed's special request, and for 10 bucks at Costco, I can make him pretty happy.
Church in Pajamas
...that's what I'm talking about!
Conference Bingo
! OK, so we get a little rowdy with this one, but to quote President Uchdorft in the last General Relief Society Conference "SO WHAT!"

Friday, April 3, 2009

Speed Racers

These are the go-carts the boys took for a spin over Spring Break. Every little boy must dream of being a race car driver...or at least, they must think it sounds REALLY cool. Steve switched out Abby for Ben half way through the ride. They had a great time.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Deena asked me for this recipe. So I thought as long as I was typing, I might as well post it.


2/3 cup butter, melted

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

2 Tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 6-ounce package Craisins (about 1 cup)

2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips

1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

DIRECTIONS:Preheat oven to 350ºF. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together. Add eggs, honey, and vanilla mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in sweetened dried cranberries, pecans, and white chocolate chunks. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

STILL hate it!

After my first week of running, I'm not any stronger (and I'm not any thinner), but I think I may be getting a little smarter.

Things I've learned this week:

  • 1. Double knot my shoes BEFORE I take off

  • 2. I SUCK at picking out new shoes for running...I pulled out my old Pegasus and will try not to think about the money I flushed down the toilet with the new ones that HURT!

  • 3. I need to learn how to breathe so I don't get gut cramps

  • 4. Sweatshirts are TOO HOT even in our rainy Oregon weather.

  • 5. Steve is ANNOYING!