Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scandelous Behavior

Last night a group of 6 very Elite women met with some very scandalous behavior in mind....we met in a group WITHOUT children! I know...it's shocking...but we made it happen.

The book club I belong too...but am not the leader of....met at FarmerFoley's to discuss The Heretic's Daughter and I believe a good time was had by all. The Mrs. Farmer made sure we had plenty of wood for the fire. Note: this is NOT a skid loader...who knew?
The food was so very yummy: Devil's food cake, witches hats, black chips and blood red salsa, pumpkin bread and apple cake. We convened around the fire and had a wonderful discussion about the book and life in general. You just never know what you'll find out when you get a group of women alone around a fire. You also never know who is listening so the next time I decide to cast any spells I'll make sure to stay away from the logs rolling out of the fire to singe me!

After discussing the book we decided to take a creepy walk down the country road with our candles. Once again we were 17! Can't wait for the next one!

(Check out the Pook Monster for another view point.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Like a Fish

Signed Sissy up for swim lessons. She LOVES it!

Mommy messed up though. I though classes began at 9:15am and when we arrived at the gym I realized beginner classes started at 8:15am. What was a thinking signing her up for an 8:15am class??? But it was a blessing in disguise because we found out she does not need the beginner glass she can go on to the advanced beginner class.

Next week we'll be on time!

When we arrived home after swim lessons this is what I found in my kitchen.....
This is my microwave and dishwasher....or what is left of it. Microwave quit on Thursday and dishwasher has been going for awhile. We decided to bite the bullet and just go and get new ones. I could probably do without the microwave for awhile but there is NO WAY I'm going without a dishwasher. So, needless to say it was an expensive weekend.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Scratch & Sniff Post

A very generous friend let me pick a bushel of apples from her trees. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I was excited to find out she was too cheap to spray the trees so these apples are organic! I brought them home and decided to make apple butter. It was a lot easier than I thought and made the house smell amazing! When I was little we used to make apple butter every year in a huge copper kettle over a fire in the back yard. I always thought it was so much fun to be able stir the apple butter with the giant wooden paddle. This is a picture of me about 1979. We haven't made it this way in years but about three years ago we were visiting my uncle who has a number of cabins that he uses for a bed and breakfast. He was having a small fall festival and they were trying to create a homey atmosphere and decided to make apple butter. Sissy was able to give it a try.
So, without the copper kettle I decided to give apple butter a try. I cut about 16 apples into pieces and dropped them in a pot with 2 cups of boiling water. I left the skins on cause it adds more vitamins to the apple butter. (Actually I was just lazy but don't tell!)

Before boiling.....
after they have boiled awhile and are now mushy and ready for the Foley Food Mill.
After the apples cooked down and became a soft mush I removed them to a Foley Food Mill. The apples pulp drops through the bottom of the mill and the skins stay on top. Way easier than peeling each apple I think. After straining all the apples I added 4 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cloves. Now it's looking more like apple butter and less like apple sauce. It also is starting to smell wonderful! I put the apple butter mixture into the oven in a crockery bowl and let it cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes at a time. As the apple butter thickens, you want to stir about every 15 minutes to prevent it from sticking and burning. You could cook it on the stove if you want but I was worried about it burning on the stove. You want it to be thick enough the spoon will stand up by it's self.
Right here is where you are going to wish this post was scratch and sniff. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful this smells!! It's like fall and christmas morning all wrapped into one.

Ladle the hot butter into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner. Makes about 5 pints. Check out the Ball canning book if you would like more info on canning apple butter.

Now put a big ol' dollop on a piece of homemade bread and you will think you have died and gone to heaven.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Grease is the word....

This weekend our local movie theatre showed Grease for FREE! I was so excited! I wish they would show cult classic movies more often. I would even pay...they didn't have to show it for free...but since they did I'm not going to complain.

Some people in the theatre even dressed up. At one point I looked down the row and everyone in the row was doing the hand jive. haha! I even took Sissy. She liked the singing and dancing and didn't really understand the movie...which is ok.

While looking for a picture for this post I found this picture......
.....maybe someone should rethink Scientology. I'm just saying.....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good Housewife?

My Grandma always said that a sign of a good housewife was her hands. She would look at a woman's hands and if they were all rough and nails split and jagged then she said she must be a good worker.

Grandma's hands looked rough a lot because she prided herself on how hard she worked. She wanted you to know that she had been up since before dawn slaving away. For anyone who knew my Grandma this picture IS her. She LOVED to mow and work in the yard. I can't smell fresh cut grass without thinking of her. I also can't drink a 7up without thinking of her. She always had soda at her house and we never did!

Before I had children I always had acrylic nails so I always looked like I had a perfect french manicure. I still cleaned and scrubbed but my nails didn't look like I did. Anyone who has had acrylic nails knows it takes quite a bit to break one...unless you are on the way to your wedding then all you have to do is look cross eyed at the nail and it will pop right off.

Every time Grandma would see me she would grab my hands and say, "Well, I can see who hasn't been doing any work!" In other words, "Your poor husband! He probably hasn't had a good home cooked meal in months!"

Well, this week I think Grandma would be real proud of my hands. I have been canning all week and they look horrible! My hands are stained from apple butter and dry and cracked from washing them a million times. My nails are split and cracked. I did finally file them this morning in church. I know! horrible thing to do in church but it's the ONLY time I get to sit by myself.

So, what do you think makes a good housewife?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Work with me here.....

I'm making some changes to my site this week so please just stay with me. While adding a few elements I am also trying to make it a little easier to read. Stay tuned!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Up Hill All the Way!

Saturday morning......just went to my first Spin Class....(hang on...need to rest between sentences).....

I can't believe I actually made it through the class! I feel better now that I've done it but, holy cow, does my butt hurt!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Full Circle

When I was a kid and I had to eat school lunches I always hated eating the veggies cause they were canned...especially the green beans. You know how I knew they were canned?? Cause they squeaked when you bit into them. REAL green beans cooked properly (in butter, onion and bacon) do not squeak!
So, yesterday Sissy came home from Kindergarten and I was asking her all the important questions a mother is supposed to ask a Kindergartner when they come home...did you have fun? Did you eat your snack? Who did you play with at recess? Did you eat your lunch? She says, "Yes, I ate all my lunch but not the green beans." I asked her why not. She said, "Because they weren't real...they didn't come fresh from the garden." I could not believe she actually said that!! I had to immediately call my mom and tell her.

Burning off the Energy

We took the kids out to a local bike trail. It's great place for them to ride and we do not have to worry about cars. Mosquitoes...lot's of mosquitoes but no cars. After about a mile Bubby had enough.
To be honest so had I. The mosquitoes were killing me!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

Can't figure out what to do with that over abundance of zucchini? I have a great recipe for you. It is so yummy and really looks like you can cook.

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

1/2 cup butter
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini
1 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or more if you like)
1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury(R) Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions; cook for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley flakes, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and oregano.

In large bowl, combine eggs and cheese; mix well. Add cooked vegetable mixture; stir gently to mix.

Separate dough into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased pan. You can use any pan with small sides....such as a pizza pan. It makes a very thin dish. Or you can put it in a casserole dish and make it very thick. I like it thin. Press over bottom and up sides to form crust. Firmly press perforations to seal. Pour egg mixture evenly into crust-lined pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 to 22 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edge of crust with strips of foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Did I Say that Outloud?

Poor Kids

My poor children....they do not have any toys. They have nothing to play with so they have to get creative...which is a good thing right? While cleaning (yes, I clean sometimes) I found Bubby playing in the dryer with the dryer balls.
*Please do not send me emails telling me how horrible this is. I told him this was very bad and not to play in the dryer (after I got the camera and took his picture of course!)

See those dark spots on in the dryer? That is gum that was in someones pocket and it went through the washer and dryer. It's now dried and hardened and doesn't seem to bother anything. I thought about scrapping it off but then that would be a lot of work wouldn't it? Aren't you glad you stopped by my blog today so I could tell you all about gum in the dryer?

The kids love to get in the laundry basket and push each other up and down the hall. I can remember doing this with my sister when we could still fit in a laundry basket.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nothing More to Say

The Great Debate

We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas debate here. Saturday I was part of a stroller brigade with MOPS. We duct taped bubble machines to the strollers and handed out cards advertising our local MOPS chapter. The bubbles were a HUGE hit I think. Everyone loved them...young and old.

It took a lot to get us there though...haha! A lot of duct tape and tie down straps.
We had strollers, wagons, tricycles, scooters and walkers. All along the streets people were wearing outfits from 1858. It was very interesting to see.
Some of the kids were even able to have their pictures taken with Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Douglas.