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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

THIS is what I made with my first eggs

Of course, the eggs are still so small, I had to save a dozen to equal 6 regular eggs. BUT it was delicious and it felt good knowing the eggs came from my own back yard.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

a little egg-citement......not so much

I heard my chickens making an "egg laying" sound the other's hard to explain if you've never heard it, so I'm not going try. But if, you've heard it, you know, it's a pretty distinct sound. Sooooooo, I go sprinting out to my cool new coop Steve's dad helped me finish and.......NOTHING!!!!

Really, I should be getting eggs ANY DAY NOW!!! Of course, as Steve says, it will be "the most expensive darned egg ever laid."


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the beauty of it....

You don't have to be a grown-up to recognize the beauty of a sunset on the magnificently wild Oregon Coast.

But you might have to be a grown-up to see the beauty in cousins, who live 2000 miles apart; laughing, playing, and later recognizing that their relationships with each other are important to the grown-ups around them.....they got this opportunity thanks to their Grandmother and Granddad, and we are most grateful.
One of our best vacations ever, and it was only a little over an hour from our front door.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

the magic number....times 2

Ben is 6.... time flies when you're having fun. He is delightful....a VERY good last one to get.

His favorite gift...a whoopie cushion inside a toy skunk. He looked at me like I was on crack when I suggested he name it "Flower." Apparently, I've failed him in the Disney movie department.
Happy Birthday Ben!

Monday, July 19, 2010

the ultimate motivator

this is what Kraig looks like when he gets home from work (those are his socks he's holding.) He changes sprinkler pipes from sun up to sundown (literally,) six days a week. I think he's pretty motivated to attain a 3.8 GPA at BYU and get a scholarship...thinking is much less work than lifting.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Still got nothin'

I thought about making up a song for Steve's birthday...but the only rhyme I can think of for forty is warty and three rhymes with tree...Somehow I just can't get "WARTY TREE" to fit into a birthday song. Now, if I could get crusty old fart to rhyme, THAT would be more appropriate.

Happy Birthday Honey....don't worry, you're still hot!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our popcicles rock!

The kid's aunt Linda gave them this popcicle mold several years was a "to do" project for the older kids to keep them busy because I had a new they are a summer tradition.

This is how we did it....We picked the strawberries in the garden and blended 2 cups of them with 1/2 cup of lime aid...poured the "smoothie" into the molds, added sticks and froze...they were awesome.

Friday, June 18, 2010

a new take on upcycling...

Me: Ben, can you put this in the recycle bin, please?

Ben: Nope
Me: Why not?
Ben: Because it's my new hat!

The kid is such a goof!!! Look out Kindergarten, here comes the new class clown!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I want S'MORE!

Does THIS look like a fire built by and EAGLE SCOUT?......
I think NOT!

We really enjoy the fire pit Steve and boys built with an old dryer's almost like camping, only we get to sleep in our beds and take a shower.... AND I don't have to wash all their stinky gear when they get home!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cookie incident

I made cookies for 5th grade graduation...2 doz almond cookies with a whole almond right in the middle... they were lovely. I put them on a plate, sent Abby out the door and she promptly DROPPED the entire plate. Plate broken, cookies on the driveway and I did what any other overwhelmed mother trying to get the kids off to school (besides swear, I did that too) would do. I invoked the 10 second rule...dusted them off, put them on a PAPER plate this time, and sent them to school.

So, if you ate one of my cookies at graduation and there was a little, there is your explanation....... If you never trust me to bring cookies anywhere ever again, I understand completely.....If you want to make your own, here is the recipe.

Almond Cookies

1 cup butter, soft

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp almond extract

2 1/2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking powder

Cream sugar and butter, add egg and extract. Combine dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture with minimal mixing...chill for 2 hours.

Drop cookies onto a cookie sheet and press a whole almond in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 for about 13 minutes.

Monday, June 14, 2010

our graduate

It was cold and windy, but we got it done...Kraig and 328 of his classmates are now the graduate class of 2010. We endured the cold, the wind, and SEVENTEEN Valedictorian speakers (yes 17...oh. my. gosh!) Kraig didn't really want to go, but we made him...I hope he is glad some day.

Proud parents are we!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Seminary Graduate....

Our first graduation this week and we almost missed it....Steve and I laid down to rest and fell asleep. By a miracle my eyes popped open at 4:20 (graduation was at 4:30) and we raced to the Stake Center just in time. Four years of early morning Seminary is something for Kraig to be proud of...I know I'm proud of him.....

Friday, June 4, 2010

always playing catch up...

a lot has happened in the last couple of months...

Abby is now a big 10 year old.

I ran my first half marathon (slowly, but surely) and came home with the Guinness Book sized blister along with my finisher's medal.

Oreo has eaten multiple pair of shoes.
Kraig was accepted to BYU Provo.

Reed tore up the track for Memorial Middle School and got a 5th place ribbon in hurdles....obviously not pictured here...because as per my usual luck, I got to the track meet (picking up Abby from school) AFTER the hurdles were OVER!
And Ben STILL has a girlfriend....but don't tease him about it, he doesn't like that.....

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Has it seriously been two months since I last blogged?
Wow, I suck!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

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A new blog by some of our favorite people...funny, in a random kind of way...good random, not bad random.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


This was our 8th egg hunt, (I think.) We filled and "hid" about 1000 eggs in our yard...this is a ton of fun for our family (except Steve.)

It has been really rainy this past week, so wet that the back yard is a little swampy...I was worried about having a total down-pour during the hunt...I prayed (begged) pretty hard about it, and Heavenly Father showed a little sun just for us....well, not so much sun as not rain, and I was most grateful for the break in the rain.

The food seemed especially yummy this year...great friends make it a day we look forward to (except Steve.)

Happy Easter Everyone!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

my girls

These are "the ladies."

Sarah and Natalie got them for me for my birthday...Steve was slightly annoyed. I love them.

As you can see, they are growing like crazy and will need to move from their Rubbermaid tote house soon. I'd better get on that....I'm not sure Steve is willing to help me build a new home for them. He doesn't think fresh eggs are worth all this he figured out that running their heat lamp is costing him $17 a month in electricity and figures you can buy a lot of eggs for $17 a month.

He's such a stick in the mud!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A fun visit

Abby's friend, Suzanne moved to Arizona last summer...Abby has REALLY missed her. Suzanne came for a visit and the girls spent a fun filled day together doing girlie stuff...pedicures, shopping, and lunch.

It was a GREAT day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

St. Patricks day....THE birthday!

can you believe I got him to put on a birthday crown and let me take a picture?

Kraig is 18?...when did I get so old? I'm struggling a bit with all this. He's off to BYU in the fall and then a mission...what happened to the little boy who wanted to eat "Sister Chapman popcorn" and watch "Walker Walker?"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Last banana...

We're officially out of "cheese sticks," a lunch staple at our house and tortillas (we are done making "dang quesadillas" for the week,) The cats are eating dog food, but not really enjoying it. Oh and Ben barfed in the night last night and asked me for soda this you think ginger ale is a reasonable food storage item? All in all, we're doing one will go hungry and I will even get through preschool snack tomorrow...I would call us fairly prepared....I think.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First Problem Solved

It's Wednesday and we're down to 2 bananas...just a little update.

I decided to make a french toast casserole to try to conserve as much milk as possible this week...the biggest problem that I face this week...Ben has preschool snack on Friday. I'm hoping to use a gallon of the milk we would normally drink for the class. Considering that we started with one gallon down, this will take some planning.

So I "made" milk to use in the french toast casserole, you can't tell the milk is powdered if it's cooked, it's another way I hope to conserve some of our fresh milk. As I went along in the recipe, I realized that I would be using our LAST 1/2 cup of maple syrup in the recipe. CRAP! We would need syrup to pour on the finished french toast. I remembered a recipe I had for cinnamon syrup and decided I should make's really yummy. Here's the recipe just in case you get "stuck" without syrup when it's your week.

Cinnamon Syrup

1 1/3 c sugar
1/3 c water
2/3 c corn syrup
Boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat, and add

1 tsp ground cinnamon
5 oz evaporated milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 Tbl butter.

Serve warm. Store leftover syrup in the fridge.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pretend Pandemic

Or is it a storm? could go either way. No matter what you call it, here is the bottom line. Our Ward is playing a game and we're "it." Families are chosen at random to live from the food that is already at their homes for one week. It is an interesting concept. Since Steve is "in charge" of this little activity, I'm pretty sure he was waiting for me to be a little off my game to call our name over the pulpit. I usually have 6 gallons of milk and 9 lbs of bananas every Monday morning, but this Saturday got a little busy and I ended up with about 3 lbs of bananas and MAYBE 5 gallons of yogurt, but PLENTY of bread to get through the week.

In my estimation, the 6 bananas + 6 people + 6 days = Steve had BETTER be leaving the bananas for the kids.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feliz dia de San Valentin

Here are the Valentines Abby made for her class...she did them all by herself and they turned out really cute. We found the tutorial HERE This is the picture from the web site, but Abby's were pretty much identical (and I didn't take a picture of them.)
AND, she learned to slip stitch in the was a good project.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Our Super Bowl Burgers

These are the BEST burgers ever... If anyone tells me I've made meatloaf because I included egg yolks, I will personally hunt them down and egg their house. Try it...this is not your mama's meat loaf!

1 lb of Ground Beef
2 TBL dehydrated onions...I've tried it with both dried and fresh, dried is the hands down winner
2 tsp of garlic powder (try fresh if you want)
1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp of Tabasco sauce
2 TBL of honey mustard or 1 TBL honey and 1 TBL yellow mustard, I've done it both ways
2 egg yolks
dash of salt and pepper

Obviously, 1 pound of beef doesn't cut it for our family, multiply this recipe by the pounds of beef you are working with.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I have no problem with that...

My latest project. This is the "boy beanie" from the Happy Hooker book. I intended to make it big enough for Steve, but accidentally used the wrong sized hook and so it fits Ben perfectly.

In Ancient Greek Mythology, the minor goddess Minerva wove tapestries of historical events. It was customary in the Middle Ages, to decorate castles and large homes with these woven tapestries on the walls. Minerva is now the goddess who oversees all forms of needlework, including knitting and crocheting and embroidery. Her caution is to work one small mistake into the project, not where it will damage a pattern, just so that the finished work will not be perfect and make the gods jealous.

I don't need to purposely make projects are full of them, just as long as the crochet police don't come knocking on my door.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A few 'shrooms make a really yummy soup

The natives are getting restless...sorry, here is the recipe I promised.

Mushroom Barley Soup

8 cups chicken broth
1 cup pearled barley
Cook barley in broth until tender (about 45 minutes.)

1 lg onion chopped
2 Tbl olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
saute onions in olive oil until transparent

1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 Tbl butter
1 tsp salt
Saute mushrooms in butter until soft and add

1 cup of dry sherry
reduce wine by half

Combine onions and mushrooms with broth and barley and add
4 Tbl soy sauce
1 tsp dill
freshly ground pepper
2 cups shredded chicken

There you it dinner!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's hitting the fan...

I'm going to whine for a bit...I just need to get it off my chest. I've got about 1000 things to do and here I sit blogging, but at this moment, THIS is what I need to do. If ANYONE ever says to me that I have "time" because I stay home, I cannot be responsible for their safety. Some days are a little overwhelming, and this is a whole week of it.

  • Teach 6 classes
  • Make 2 Hula Hoops (and when the lady that ordered them picks them up, she's going to want to have a LONG visit with me, because that's just how she rolls)
  • Finish a birthday gift for a friend
  • Organize and execute Activity Day
  • Attend 2 basketball games (where we will most likely get killed)
  • Visit "Live and Learn With Your Baby" class and talk to them about the benefits of exercise postpartum.
  • Prepare snack for Ben's Preschool class (STILL not making fruit Kabobs!)
  • Read and prepare my Primary lesson
  • and to top it all off give a TALK in church for the second time in three months!
  • Oh and I will be doing all of this with an infant in my care for approximately 9 hours this week...

If you stop by our house this week and I don't answer the door, just come on in...I probably won't hear you knock, because I'll be banging my head against the wall.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Zwinky

This was fun...I wish I really looked like this, but she is wearing my boots (kinda) To make your own go HERE

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My son has a girlfriend?

No, not the 17 year old...that would be legitimate (and embarrassing to him, I would never blog it.) So far, he seems pretty practical in the girl department (and I am MOST grateful for that)...we're talking about the 5 year old here.

I sat by Ben's preschool teacher, Mrs. Huffman at a basketball game and she asks, "so does Ben talk about Carson at home?"

Me: No, who's Carson?...I mostly hear about how Tommy "beats him up."

Mrs. Huffman: She's a little girl, they sit together, and play together, and stand in line together....Carson, mostly tells Ben what to do and he rolls his eyes a little (gee wonder where he learned that skill) but does what she says.

Me: REALLY? I had NO idea......

That sounds!!!!
Bossy girls rock!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

THIS is what I want for my birthday!

This and 4 hens (plus all their "stuff") Is that too much to ask?

Oh and Honey, you can get this HERE.

Although, IF I DID get this, it probably wouldn't be THIS, it would probably be some ghetto version that McGyver put together with duct tape and epoxy.... *heavy sigh*

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kraig can fly!

Thanks for the clip Landon! This would really be funny if he hadn't ended up with a snow rash on his face.

He actually saw stars when he landed...poor kid!

Monday, January 11, 2010

conspiracy theory...

Husbands think their wives conspire against them...some of the more paranoid ones think we even spend our time enlisting other women to help.

While it's pretty funny to think that they don't believe we have anything better to talk about.... I will admit, it's true, we do conspire and yes, sometimes we do enlist a little help. My friends have harassed Steve in many situations where I would have been less successful.

Now I'm getting off latest conspiracy, and no, I did not need any help on this one. BUT I did share my technique with another woman to use on her husband....because it worked!

Me: Hey, would you take a ballroom dance class with me?

Steve: REALLY?

Me: (pointing to the ad in the Parks and Rec catalog) Look, we'll learn Salsa, Merengue, and's only an hour once a week!

Steve: An HOUR? EVERY week!!! IT'S EIGHTY BUCKS!!!!

Me: OK, if you don't want to do about this dance social once a month...the first half hour is a dance lesson and the next hour you practice what you learn, $5 each.

Steve: I could probably handle that!

Me: I'll write it on the calendar!

I am just THAT good!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Hawk Hat

This is the hat I made for Kraig for his snowshoeing trip....I also made him a neck gaiter to go with it. I was under a time crunch and had to set aside another project to make sure I finished in time.

I found the pattern HERE. I added the contrast around the outside and the "hawk" is just a row of tassels I made from 12" pieces of yarn down the center of the hat.

My pictures kinda suck....sorry.
It was so popular that Reed has requested one too.

Did I mention that... he FORGOT it?!? Left it sitting right on the kitchen table!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

wouldn't you know it...

.....we spent all that money on Christmas presents and the kids have more fun with the boxes!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Something is wrong with this picture....

Apparently, we have a Border collie who is afraid of RUN the other direction kind of scared!
Just a little irony for you.

He is also afraid of Pedi paws, but I think that might be somewhat valid, oh and baths too....SCAREDY CAT, I mean DOG!

Friday, January 1, 2010

One way to look at it

Sudafed is illegal to buy in the state of Oregon without a prescription....and it makes my life a living hell. OK, not quite that bad, but it's also been said that this is the allergy capitol of the world...grass seed, Christmas trees, cotton wood, and mildew all grow well in this wet cool climate. Anyway, short story long, I don't know what it is, but I'm allergic to something or most likely two somethings (a summer something and a winter something.) And just by luck (not,) it seems that Sudafed is the best thing for my allergies.
My Sudafed reserve was running low, and Kraig needed some for his cold, sometimes I feel like that episode of Seinfeld, you know the one I mean...only my question is, "are you Sudafed worthy?" Knowing how precious my Sudafed is, he says....

"Maybe we should buy some Meth and extract the Sudafed..."

He's a funny kid, I'm totally willing to share with him.