Sunday, December 9, 2012
1/4 C butter, melted
1 C warm milk
1 T honey
1/2 t salt
4 C bread flour (or 4 C all-purpose flour and 4 T gluten flour) plus or minus to right consistency of dough
1 package yeast (a little less than a T)
Dissolve yeast and honey in warm water and let proof while combining flour, salt, milk, butter, and egg. Once yeast mixture is foamy, add to flour mixture. Knead until elastic.
Let rise in greased bowl covered with saran wrap in warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour). Punch down and form into nice round mound. Divide into 16 sections and roll each section into a ball. Place in greased 9x13 pan. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 45 min). Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until golden on top.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
5 red potatoes, cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced thinly
3 stalks celery, chopped thinly
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 head cauliflower, in small pieces
6 cups chicken broth (3 1/2 14 oz cans)
2 cups milk
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
8 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 425. Put potato cubes in one layer on a lightly greased cooking sheet. Bake for 30 mins, or until tender.
While the potatoes are baking, heat olive oil in large pot. Add in carrots, celery, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook on medium high until softened, about 10 minutes.
Add in chicken broth, milk, and cauliflower. Bring to a boil and cook on medium until cauliflower is softened, about 10 minutes.
Puree mixture with immersion blender.
Add in chicken, potatoes, and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
(Optional: crumble bacon on top of served soup...I forgot to cook the bacon, I'd advise cooking it earlier in the day and refrigerating.)
1 cup oats, ground (I use a food processor)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margerine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 400 F and line or grease muffin pan.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add in sour cream, eggs, and pumpkin and mix well.
Add in all dry ingredients except cherries and stir until combined.
Spoon into muffin pan. Each should be pretty full.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.
Friday, October 26, 2012
This week I was supposed to be packing up stuff that we don't use very often so we can start moving in a week. Turns out I've spent the whole week in bed. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but only a bit. Thursday afternoon (last week) I started getting that weird feeling in my nose/throat that signaled the oncoming cold. I thought, "oh man, not another cold, i've only been over my previous one for a week...how annoying." Friday I woke up to a huge sinus headache. I mean I hurt from my teeth, through my sinuses, and my eyes, all the way back through my head and down my neck and shoulders. Neither ibuprofen nor tylenol made a dent in the pain. Friday night I woke up in the middle of the night and the left side of my head felt normal and the right side of my head still had the full pain. It is so strange to have half a headache.
Unfortunately Joshua has it, too. He has been a trooper though and hasn't been as terrible as he could be through this. Most of the day he hangs out with me in bed (watching Cars, Thomas, or Chuck the truck and friends [that's not what it is really called...can't think of the name right now]) or sitting in my lap playing with my phone. He still runs around part of the day playing with his cars, train, fire truck, and dump trucks though, too. I just watch him and wonder where he gets all that energy from.
So sinus pressure, post nasal drip, sore throat, and it also comes with a lack of appetite. I struggle to force myself to eat 2 meals per day. Joshua's been a peach about eating, too. If I can get him to eat more than a half banana, two yogurts, and some juice for the whole day, I consider it a good day. I mean full-on tantrums when it's meal time. He eats better for Dave, but Dave just can't be home for all the meals of the day. A couple days I filled his sippy with half eggnog, half milk, hoping he'd get some extra protein and calories from that.
Every night I think that I will feel better in the morning. Here's another night of hoping that's true!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Well, it hasn't been helping. I think a month is long enough to tell whether it will work. So, I got this idea from pinterest.
It goes against all my previous ideas on how to clean a face, but it makes sense. Oil disolving oil--heard that before. Also makes sense that your face would become dependent on moisturizers and produce more oil than necessary. It's like how your lips get dependent on chap stick. I bought some castor oil today and I already have tons of olive oil, so tonight will be my first oil cleansing experience. :)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
He was pretty good this time. I didn't know until the day we were leaving.
Anyway, we went up to our time share at Bear Lake. We went there two years ago for our anniversary. Apparently the first weekend in May up at Bear Lake when it is snowing isn't as pleasant. None of the stores were open. I was also morning sick then, too. This time was a lot more pleasant. It was a little chilly, but since it was a little bit after the busy season, things were still open and there weren't any crowds. The beach wasn't completely empty like the first time, but it was warm enough to go swimming.
We drove up there Friday, stopped in Logan for groceries.
Saturday morning we drove to Paris, ID and stood outside the tabernacle. Then we drove through the wildlife preserve to look for birds. I think most of them had flown south for the Winter already. We only saw a few ducks.
Then we played at the beach for a while.
We stopped to visit Daniel at USU for a little while. We were able to drive past the Brigham City Temple and then rushed home, changed our clothes, dropped Joshua off at Dave's parents and then attended the last session of the Brigham City Temple dedication.
My favorite part of the whole weekend was that we got to spend uninterrupted time together as a family for the whole weekend. It was a wonderful birthday present.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
#1 on my list: de-junking!
Our own laundry room with our own washer and dryer
Redecorating each room
Space in the office room for my craft supplies and (not-yet-purchased) sewing desk
Joshua's room won't share a wall with our bathroom
Monday, October 8, 2012
- I went to the gym this morning after having been sick for 2 weeks (sick child = no child care = can't go to the gym). I swam 6 lengths breast stroke, 4 lengths freestyle, 4 lengths back stroke, and 4 more lengths breast stroke. Now before you are impressed, it's only a 25 M pool. Nothing like swimming laps to remind yourself how completely out of shape you are.
- I started a Feel Great in 8 Challenge today and only slipped up twice.
- I went to Hobby Lobby, complained to a manager about my faulty cut of fabric from Saturday and was able to exchange it for the correct length, even though it had been cut in half.
- I called like 10 HVAC repair places to compare prices and availability. First of all, me calling somewhere is just an achievement in itself, but 10 places! I was very professional and grown up about it, too. I had all my questions ready and well phrased before hand and only stumbled through it once when I was caught off guard by a message machine.
- I scheduled our 5 furnaces and 1 boiler to have tune-ups. (2 where we live now, 3 and 1 in our new house!)
- I got messages from 2 of the units in the house saying that the heating wasn't working. So I headed over there in the evening when they'd be for sure home and here are the sub-bullets for my accomplishments there:
- I went in the basement (oh so creepy and spider-filled = gets its own bullet point)
- I found the light switch in the basement (again, creepy, gets its own bullet point)
- I went in the room in the basement with the boiler in it (even creepier with no windows and a dangling bulb from the ceiling...yes, you're imagining the creepiest darkest room in a spider infested basement...you are correct...no wait, there are rooms past that room that are even creepier. I didn't go in those, just shone a flashlight in them)
- I inspected the boiler to see what the problem was...it just looks like a box with a bunch of tubes coming out of it with little pressure gauges on them. Yeah, I had no idea. But there was a little green light! Green lights are good. Found out that they were using the thermostat for the fireplace instead of the heater thermostat - showed them how to use it. FIXED! woohoo! (yes, I'm claiming credit for this one because I was in the basement 2 times solely for this...)
- The water in the kitchen only comes out cold. I figured it was pipe issues that needed a plumber to fix it, but I figured I'd take a look in the basement (again!) to see if I could see something with my completely untrained eyes. Turns out the pilot light for their water heater was out. I read the instructions and lit the pilot light by. my. self.
- Side note - now that I think of it, I bet the gas fireplace wasn't working for the same reason. Now that I know how to light a pilot light, maybe I can fix that, too!!!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
At about lunchtime today, Joshua went in to visit Dave who was in bed (he is nocturnal on Thursdays). Josh was in there talking to him about everything he could think of. Then he turned over and went to sleep. So adorable. I would have taken a picture, but I didn't want to wake him up. So today he took his nap in our bed. I don't blame him, it's pretty much the most comfortable bed in the world.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
This is adapted from O.B.B.
1 whole chicken
1/4 C butter, divided
1 lemon, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, halved
season salt to taste
4-6 slices bread
3 crumpled balls of aluminum foil or rack for crock pot
Remove chicken instructions (giblets), rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Put little pats of 1/8 C. butter, garlic, fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme under skin of chicken (I only did the breast side). Butter bread slices and sprinkle with celery salt and poultry seasoning. Cut into 1/2" squares and stuff into chicken cavities, stitch closed. Rub season salt into skin of chicken on all sides. Place chicken, breast up on 3 balls of foil in crock pot to keep it off the bottom of the pot. Top with slices of lemon. Cook on high or low until done. (I'm hoping it will be done on high after 5 hours. Check with meat thermometer for done-ness.)
Use chicken drippings for gravy. Add a little milk and whisk flour or corn starch in to thicken.
Serve with potatoes or rice or quinoa or polenta.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
...is a funny book written by P. G. Wodehouse. It is also something we currently don't have at our house right now.
Clarification: I mean our current residence, not our new house. Although if I were still talking about the book, it is at neither. Clear as mud?
Thursday there was plenty of hot water. So hot I almost scalded my hands. Friday morning the best we could get was room-temperature water. So I went down and turned the water heater up. Hours later, still no hot water.
Turns out the water heater needed to be replaced. By then it was Friday evening and the plumber requested we do it Saturday (today) morning since it had been a long day for them.
First thing this morning, they came and replaced the water heater. I waited half an hour and turned on the hot water...and nothing...no water.
I found the plumber investigating stuff outside still and turns out that when the hot water is turned on, the downstairs kitchen floods. Awesome.
So, I showered at the neighbor's house because we wont have any hot water til at least Monday.
All in all, this is our first major problem after living here for 4 years. Not too shabby for how old the house is (abt. 90 years).
If you see me at church tomorrow and I stink...now you know why. ;)
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
I guess it's a good thing I've been too busy to post updates.
I have been waking up at 7 all week, but not necessarily because of my schedule...it's more because Joshua decided suddenly that 7 is the best time in the world to wake up. Boo. The whole idea was to be up before Joshua to have some quiet time to eat, read my scriptures, and get ready for the gym. Now 7am - 8am (sometimes 8:30) consists of me waking up to screaming and pounding on the door to his room, or his persistent "mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom.....mom, mom, mom?" (usually the former) until I let him out of his room and then I hand him a banana, throw him in our bed, turn on Cars, and sleep through as much of the movie as possible.
I have been doing great at exercising though, as my sore muscles will tell you. Last week and this week I have exercised 4 of 6 days planned: a mix of swimming, running, stationary bike, road bike with trailer, and weights.
I hope to do some water running next week, which I haven't done since high school XC. I'm super excited!
Joshua has been doing great at the gym child care, and I have loved being able to shower and dress in peace, even if it is in a tiny shower in a locker room.
I still need to work on other aspects of my new schedule, but I didn't really expect to master it in 1 or even 2 weeks. It shall always be a work in progress.
Monday, September 17, 2012
1 lb ground beef, browned with
1 small onion, chopped
3 - 4 cloves garlic
1 1/2 jars spaghetti sauce (or make your own)
Mix 3 above ingredients for marinara sauce layers.
16 oz + cottage cheese
Food process 2 above ingredients for cheese sauce layer
Shredded cheese of choice
Sliced fresh tomatoes
1 1/2 boxes lasagne noodles
Layer as follows in largest pyrex dish:
Small layer marinara sauce (enough to cover bottom of pan so noodles don't stick)
Cheese sauce (1/2 of it)
Marinara sauce (1/3 of it)
Cheese sauce (rest of it)
Marinara sauce (half of remaining)
Marinara sauce (rest of it)
Cover with aluminum (seal as well as possible) and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes. Let sit 15 - 20 minutes before serving.
1 c butter
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1 t vanilla
Cream 4 above ingredients together, then add
2 eggs (I think....?)
2 1/4 heaping c flour
1 c regular oats
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 c butterscotch chips
1 c chocolate chips
1 small pkg butterscotch pudding mix
Bake at 375 for 10 - 13 min.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
3/8 c butter
1 1/3 c heavy cream
2 small cloves garlic
2 c parmesan
(Source: all recipes...link later)
1 1/2 lb chicken cubed
1 t lemon zest
1 t lemon juice
1 t fresh ground pepper
2 T olive oil
Pasta al dente
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Changing your schedule from laziness most of the day to include daily exercise and chores is mentally and physically exhausting. Mentally because you have to hype yourself up to do the chores you don't want to do. Physically because it's like getting in shape...no, it IS getting in shape.
Going from no exercise (physically and mentally) to some exercise, even if it just a little is tiring on your body, especially the first week. It doesn't help if you change your sleep time, too.
But, also like getting in shape, your body will adjust and you will get more energy. So they say at least. I'll let you know. ;)
I'm so tired I'll probably go to bed shortly after Joshua does tonight.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I'm definitely still behind in my chores scheduled out for the week, but the house looks better already with the things I have been able to get done this week.
Tomorrow I'm having a quilt tying party to tie one of my quilts tomorrow, so I have to finish up with the chores I wasn't able to accomplish during the week. I'm thinking I need this kind of motivation regularly. Maybe have people over every other week, possibly every week?
Right, well, off to do more chores before Joshua wakes up! Update on today will be posted later tonight.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Joshua and I went and we had a blast! I thought it was going to be super crowded so I showed up right when it started and it was pretty empty. It stayed pretty empty probably because the weather looked like it would turn nasty, and it actually did...at about 6. So we got a good 2 hours of play time in. Here are some pictures from the event (a select few...the rest are on my fb):
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I couldn't sleep til after 1am this morning, and so when 7am rolled around I felt like I had been hit by a truck. I let Panda out (who woke me by wandering around and shaking her collar, who needs an alarm clock!?) and flopped back in bed until Joshua got up at 8. We watched Cars in bed for another hour or so, then eventually rolled out of bed, and got ready for the day. Ran a few errands, had lunch, did some business at the bank for like 2 hours, then went home for naptime.
There's something up with Joshua and naps. We put him down for a nap at 3pm and he played in his room for about 45 minutes, ended up falling asleep in the middle of the floor, and only slept for about half an hour. Boo. Hiss.
I only got half of one chore done today: Vacuuming carpets. I didn't even get to that til Joshua's bedtime. Luckily I already did the dusting chore yesterday. Tomorrow will be a better day!
On to house stuff:
There are 24 windows needing to be replaced. 2 need to be done more urgently (one is broken, one has a gap at the top between the glass and the frame).
Last week at an expo, I signed up for Sears to come and bid out new windows on our new, very old, house. (Did I mention it was built in 1898?) Let me just say that their bid had 5 digits, and the first one wasn't a 1: $XX,XXX. Yikes...we could buy another house with that amount if we had it, which we don't.
Today Dave had another company come and do another bid on the windows, and I really liked it a lot better. It was literally 1/3 of the price Sears offered.
We're going to get references of previous jobs done by this company, and then get another bid by another company, possibly 2 more, just to be sure.
It's exciting to be looking into improvements like this for our very own house! It's definitely nerve wracking though. We need to look over our budget, but the salesman made some very valid points:
- He offered to pay/waive the lead paint fee for the windows (close to $1000)
- They offer 0% financing up to 4 years (we'd just do 2 years)
- If we book it now, we could get it done before winter and save hugely on heating costs, not to mention not having to have gaping holes in our walls during the cold of winter
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Then...bum bum bummmmmmm...
It was nap time. Joshua was cranky and tired. I was getting there, too. So I put Joshua down for a nap, then went to lie down, myself, for a half an hour before getting up to do chores while Joshua was still sleeping. That's what my schedule says to do, and that was the plan. Apparently Joshua is against the schedule and the plan, because he ended up just playing in his room for an hour...not napping! I luckily drifted off a little bit, so I eventually got him up and did chores with him awake. Of course that means everything took a lot longer to do, but I got the kitchen and living areas vacuumed and mopped, and DUSTED! Oh man, our piano looks so much better without crap piled all over it and covered in dust.
I've been scribbling all over the chore chart I made, and next week there will be some rearrangements (like I won't have "trash to curb" on Tuesday, because I need to put it out there Monday evening because our garbage pickup is at like 6am Tuesday...durrrr). I'll post about all the rearrangements later in the week when I get it all figured out.
Then, after dinner, we went and played outside. I mean, I shoveled dirt into the wheel barrow, while Joshua ran around like crazy.
I discovered THE best time to clean the bathroom: During bathtime! I cleaned the toilet today during Joshua's bath, and it didn't matter that he was sloshing water everywhere, because I was, too. I'm a big fan of this. Huge fan...give it a try.
And...now I'm late for bedtime. Goodnight!!!
Monday, September 10, 2012
If you're still there, props. So, if you noticed my counting, 8 things didn't really stick to my planned schedule, but I'm ok with it. It was the first attempt. I'm not going to get frustrated with everything not going as planned. It's the first week. I'm expecting it will take probably 2 weeks to get into the swing of things. The first week will be adjusting, and the second week will be practicing, and then hopefully the third week will make it into habit. I do like how this schedule is semi-flexible. With two or three big chunks of time during the day left open to be used as needed, it allows for things to "come up" without throwing off my whole day.
Well, in order for chores to go well, I need to do some chores from last week (laundry, ironing) and some chores from today (dishes, vacuuming, mopping), see this post if you're interested in my planned chores.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Vacuum hard floor
Clean BR Sink
Trash to curb
Clean bathroom sink
Hand wash dishes
Work on calling
7:00 am – up!
?am – Joshua up
Breakfast -> unload/load dishwasher
Dress and pack for gym
(clean clothes, small towel, big towel, shower stuff, brush, deodorant)
At gym – workout, stretch, shower
} – About 2 hours for options**
Noon – Lunch
12:30pm – Clean up toys
1:00pm – Joshua naptime
2:30pm – Prepare Dave’s meals
3:00pm – Joshua snack
} – About 2 hours for options**
6:00pm – Dinner
6:30pm – outside time (work on yard)
7:30/45pm – Bath, clean up toys, pjs, etc.
8:00pm – Joshua bed
1 hour sewing
1 hour bookkeeping/organizing (every other day)
10:00pm – Clean up kitchen
10:30pm – Bed
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Get woken up for Joshua (way too early for the time I went to bed the night before)
Stumble around bleary-eyed to get him and myself breakfast
Try to snooze on his bed while he plays with toys for a little while
Give up trying to snooze
Do random things around the house
Naptime for Joshua, sometimes naptime for me
Shower and get dressed for the day
Do random things until 3pm
Iron a shirt for Dave for work
Run some errands maybe
Maybe do something out in the front yard
Watch the clock tick slowly until 8
Get Joshua in bed
Relax, do a chore or two, maybe some work
Get distracted and end up on the internet for a few hours, probably watching Netflix
Go to bed way too late
You can see that it needs some change. I've decided to give my life a re-boot. Our house is a stinky, dusty mess, we're always grumpy, none of us eat well, Joshua gets whiny and throws more tantrums, and I try to bury myself in projects.
I did some brainstorming tonight and here is what I came up with:
Chores needing to be done regularly:
Vacuum Hard Floors
Things needing to be added to life:
Chores regularly done
Go to bed earlier
Limit fast-food intake
Things I need to work on regularly but only weekly:
Getting pictures up at church
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Lately my skin had been teenager-acne-bad. It's gross. So I decided to take action. I have more than a life's supply of skin care products from my Mary Kay days (shameless plug...buy them from me at cost! I just want to get rid of them!). I've started a new face routine.
In the morning when I shower (let's be honest...it's usually not morning anymore when I get around to showering) I use st. Ive's apricot scrub with blackhead control. Then, after my shower, every other day I use the MK face mask on the T zone and then use MK day solution and a tiny bit of MK moisturizer. Then, if I have any raging zits (these days it's more like "many") I put on the MK acne cream.
At night before bed I wash my face with MK 3-in-1 cleanser, put on MK night solution, and again the optional acne cream on zits.
Honestly, MK spouts that foundation is a vital part of skin care, but it seems to make my acne worse when I wear it. I'll only put on makeup if I'm feeling extra zitty and don't feel comfortable going out in public without it.
It seems to be helping, but another wave of raging hormones are due in the next few weeks, so we'll see if my face survives.
Now you know.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
When I tell our dogs to do something, like "out" or "go away" or "leave it" and they look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language, I add a clap to the command to let them know that I mean it.
Today Joshua wanted to get up on the bed to watch a show (which I wasn't allowing because he had already watched Kung Fu Panda today) he kept saying "upf" "upf" (he adds a fricative to all his plosives) and then he looked at me and said "upf!" and then clapped his hands at me.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
We have two dogs. One is a 2-year-old, dark honey colored pitt bull mix (possibly rhodesian ridge back, maybe greyhound), and the other is a 10 month old black lab mix (probably border collie - she has similar white patches). The brown one we call Monkey and the black one we call Panda. Yes, we aim to confuse our children as much as possible in the early years.
Tonight I was getting rather fed up with Monkey pacing and Panda licking my fingers. They both have other annoying traits, too. However, when I was in, brushing my teeth, I heard a noise from the hallway that sounded almost like my phone vibrating except my phone was in on the bed. I opened the door and Monkey started barking at the window directly across from the bathroom.
There was some creeper looking in our window!
No, actually, the reflection of me coming out of the bathroom was "looking in the window." That is why Monkey was only growling while I was in the bathroom (door partially closed) and why she barked when I started coming out.
Well, I was sure glad to know that if there were to be a creeper looking in the window, Monkey would have my back. Panda was just chilling, but ready to join in the fight if needed.