Sunday, December 27, 2009

The feeding frenzy stops here!

I work out a lot...more than 7 hours a week and that's if I don't do any running...and running significantly adds to that time. Sometimes, I get a little ticked off that I'm not skinnier...in my mind, I should be uber skinny with all the gym time I put in. OK, I think I've figured out what the problem is, I guess it's not rocket science....apparently, I have no self control.


I sat down and made a list of all the desserts I've consumed from Thanksgiving until now, and quite frankly, it's a freaking miracle that I don't have to order clothes from Omar the tent maker. I'm feeling darned lucky that I can button my jeans up. Be prepared to be shocked and then sit down and try it...just list the desserts, nothing else...it's an eye opener.
Here's my list:

Thanksgiving, I made 4 kinds of pie, peanut butter cup, snickers, banana cream, and key lime...I tried them all, not all on the same day, but yes, I ate some of each

People bring lots of goodies around Christmas, I don't know if they just feel obligated because Steve is in the Bishopric, but regardless of the reason, we got lots of treats...let's break it down by category (and yes, I ate some of each):

Bread:
Cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, monkey bread, lemon bread, Christmas bread, and nut bread

Candy:
Divinity (BTW, Sister Kunzulman makes the BEST divinity I've ever tasted), caramels, fudge, penuche, pecan log, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, oreo truffles, and nutter butter truffles, rocky road...oh and Sarah brought me a 1/2 box of dark chocolate Queen Anne Cherries.... I let the kids each have one and I ate the rest.

Cookies:
molasses cookies, sugar cookies, cranberry cookies, peanut butter cookies, poppy seed cookies, peanut butter kisses, and nut crescents. I also ate one of April's cookies at a Relief Society meeting, because I can't let the opportunity to eat one of April's cookies go by.

Steve and I went to Novaks for dessert one night...we got the sampler platter (oh my gosh!)

Chocolate fondue at book club

Sister Crook made Oliebollens for the ward fireside....and Julene made me eat one

A lemon bar at the ward Christmas party

and a blondie sundae with eggnog ice cream and butterscotch sauce on Christmas Eve

I almost forgot the stocking candy on Christmas morning

No wonder I feel sluggish, I think it's time to start my yearly sugar purge.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Congratulations Student of the Term!


I have good kids, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks so. Reed is Student of the Term at Memorial Middle School...I haven't totally figured out what it means to be student of the term...I think the recognition is nice, AND he got a bag of goodies and an ice cream bar at lunch!
Way to go Reed!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Christmas song as sung by Ben...

"Good tithings we bring, to you and your kids!"

Not completely sure what that means, but I'm sure it makes sense in his mind.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

because I bake...


My dear friend came by today...we are having a play date. We are playing with the C Man at our house so that she can spend all the time she can with her mom. We talked a bit about how she's doing with her mom's stage IV cancer...and we both cried. She is overwhelmed by her own feelings and I felt helpless to help...I can tell her what I believe about the next life, but it doesn't save her from the reality of living this one without her mom and I grieve for her.


So, after we both dried our tears and I sent her on her way, I did what I always do when I feel helpless....I bake. For some reason "doing" something that makes me feel self-sufficient always makes me feel a little better, and that usually involves loaves of bread.


Here is the recipe I made today:

Sourdough Bread


1 cup "fed" sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 Tbl yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups bread flour

Directions
1) Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough.
2) Allow the dough to rise, in a covered bowl, until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
3) Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat.
4) Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves, and place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
5) place a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
6) Make two fairly deep horizontal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife, wielded firmly, works well here.
7) Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown. Remove it form the oven, and cool on a rack.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Welcome Oreo!


We are excited to welcome Oreo to our family. Ben says his middle name is Blue, so I guess I should introduce Oreo Blue Farrar. The cats aren't so excited, but they don't like us much either, and we feed them.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm NOT making fruit kabobs!


Ben took snack today to his preschool class. He's been trying to convince me for days that he should take fruit kabobs (for 17 kids and 2 teachers.) Ummmm......NO! I've let my children bully me over the years as far as school treats go...one time I made cinnamon rolls for Reed's entire class, how stupid is that? But NO MORE!

Now I'm the old mom, and I know better. At this point, I think he should feel lucky that I even remember to take snack at all...dementia could set in at any moment (AND I almost forgot the last time it was our turn.....oops)
I think he did OK, he took Chex party mix, orange slices, and brown sugar mini muffins that I got up at 6 a.m. to make. P.S. I'm not making birthday party bags for the entire class either...I'll leave that to the dumb young moms :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Civil War

GO BEAVS!!! You get another shot at the Rose Bowl this year...don't BLOW IT again!