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 trouble...plus 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 morning...do you think ginger ale is a reasonable food storage item? All in all, we're doing OK...no 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 that...it'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?...it 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 milk...no 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.