Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Daddy! Did you bring something for the boys?

Luke says he can tell that Big Boy B exercises lots of self-control when he asks this question upon Luke's returns from his trips; there's almost a 4-second pause before the question is asked. Just long enough for Luke to hug and kiss us hello and tell us that he missed us... if he's quick about it. :)

So Luke returned home from Texas last night, and Big Boy B did not disappoint. Even at 10:00 p.m., he was ready with his question.

"Daddy! Did you bring something for the boys?"

Well... the boys now have some impressive cowhair belts and "cowboy bling"... check out those buckles!

Friday, February 20, 2009

You saved $18.23 on your bill today.

That would be a 33% savings today at the grocery store... not nearly as good as Louise could have done, but I'm proud of myself nonetheless. I rarely make it out of the grocery store for under $50... and today I made it out with a bill of just $40.10. Small victories... small victories.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I love this picture!

Taken a couple of weeks ago... the boys and Luke had a great time playing in the snow after church while I finished making lunch. Can't you just hear the laughter coming from this picture?

And this one is a little more obscure... but if you look really hard, you'll see a small white line in Baby Boy's gum. That's his first tooth coming in there. Not yet erupted, but close. If I knew how to doctor photos, I'd circle it or something. It's just to the right of my finger (the one in the mouth). And yes, I wash my hands on a regular basis because they always seem to end up in his mouth one way or another!

Popular with the Preschool Set

Big Boy B was Star of the Day today, as was Big Boy A last week. Both times, I've been able to find some fun snacks from a great Christmas gift, Better Homes and Gardens Kid Favorites Made Healthy. Today's snack was Yam and Jam Muffins, with last week's snack being Oat and Nut Crunch Mix (minus the nuts, because you never know about those things at school). Not only are these great tasting, but they're pretty healthy snacks. Enjoy!

Yam and Jam Muffins

1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
*I used 1 c whole wheat and 3/4 c white flour
1/3 c packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple pie spice or ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 of a 17-oz can of sweet potatoes, drained (about 1 cup)
*I steamed two medium sweet potatoes, used about 1 cup and made the rest into baby food
1 beaten egg
1/2 c milk
1/3 c fruit jam or preserves (such as plum, strawberry, peach or apricot)
1/4 c cooking oil
1 recipe Jam Icing

1. Lightly grease twelve 2 1/2-inch muffin cups or line with paper baking cups; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

3. In another bowl mash the drained sweet potatoes with a fork. Stir in egg, milk, jam and oil. Add sweet potato mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).
*I used my Kitchen Aid. First I mixed the dry ingredients, then just added all the rest without mashing and combining. It worked just fine.

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake in a 400* oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until gloden and a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups. Cool slightly. Drizzle with Jam Icing and, if desired, top with additional jam or preserves.

Jam Icing: In a small bowl stir together 3/4 c sifter powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp fruit jam or preserves (the same as in the muffins), 1/4 tsp vanilla, and enough milk (2 to 3 tsp) to make icing drizzling consistency. Makes about 1/4 cup.

Oat and Nut Crunch Mix

4 c sweetened oat square cereal or brown sugar-flavored oat biscuit cereal
*You know, like the guy with the funny looking hat?
1/2 c sliced almonds
*I didn't use these because the snack went to school, but they would have made this better.
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1/2 tsp apple pie spice
*I used cinnamon
Dash salt
1 c dried cherries and/or golden raisins

1. In a 15x10x1-inch baking pan combine cereal and almonds. In a small bowl stir together melted butter, apple pie spice and salt. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture; toss to coat.

2. Bake in a 300* oven about 20 minutes or until almonds are toasted, stirring once during baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Stir in dried cherries. Cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What do you think?

I just saw these online... through a link from a friend's blog to another blog... and I'm just not sure what to think about it. One part of me thinks, "Wow. What a great idea. If you kid gets lost someplace crowded, and can't give a contact phone number, it's right there!" Or, "I should tell my sister about this so her daughter can go on class field trips without having to wear a medical ID bracelet listing her food allergies."

But then... I started to think. I toyed with getting a tattoo in college and decided against it. If I'm not willing to put one on my body, why would I put one on my kids' bodies? And yes, I know it's temporary and will come off... but still. Is this offering too much information about our kids? Is this a greater commentary on society that is disturbing me in someway that I can feel, but not express eloquently with words?

I'm torn. What do you think?

Monday, February 02, 2009

Things I Never Thought I'd Say #4278(b) and (c)

Please stop chewing on your knee.

Followed closely by:

Please stop chewing on your toes.