Monthly Archives: January 2010

Anniversary/Giveaway

Today is the one year anniversary of my blog.  As it turns out one year ago today was also a snow day.  So Bill had time to build my blog.  Last year we had 3 snow days right in a row.  Hopefully this year we will only have two snow days right now.  We already had a snow day earlier in Jan. 

 

I’ve been looking at the calender for the summer, and as much as we want to do, we need to be out of school on time.  I have to work about 8 days after school is out and I go back to work about 8 days before school starts.

 

In honor of my one year anniversary of my blog, I am giving away the following:

 

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I’m giving both of these away, so the first person I choose has the choice of which one they want.  I got them done yesterday along with cleaning my house since we had a snow day.  The bigger quilt is about 9 1/2″ by 22 1/2 “.  The smaller quilt is 7 1/2 by 22 1/2”. 

 

Just leave a comment by Sunday night 9:00pm central time.  I will draw a winner and post it on Monday.  Good luck.

I just don’t think like he does.

I’m talking about Will.  This kid has asked me for years if I had a super power what would it be.  He would suggest ex-ray vision, super hearing, things like that  It drove me crazy because I don’t think about things like that.  I finally came up with, I would create time.  That was very hard for me to come up with.

 

It started last Friday when he called me at work and asked me if I could help him make costumes for his latest project for his Enrichment Class.  I asked when he needed them done, he needed them done by Thursday.  This is what I’ve been making.

 

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He’s supposed to be a Tibetian Monk.  I made four costumes for Will and the other members of his team.  They are traveling back in time to ancient Japan.  I talked to one of the other mom’s of his team members and all she was doing to help her son was  find a recipe from Japan. 

 

I did make the robe part without a pattern, but I used a pattern to make the hood.  I told Will he could be a monk for Halloween.  If you ever need four monk costumes, I have some you can borrow.

Ackward Mom moment

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Last Friday was Moms and Muffins at school.  Everthing was set up early so I took the Justin and Jemma in to enjoy a quite moment and muffin before I had to start work and Justin had safety patrol.  This is Justin’s last year for Moms and Muffins.  It’s something we have done every year since Pre-K.  I’ll miss him next year.  I don’t really see him that much this year.  Occasionally he’ll come in the office and show me a book or I’ll see him in the hall.  He barely gives me a hug when I see him.  His teacher says I’m doing a good job of not getting in his way.

 

I do have one story to tell about being a working parent at my kids school.  In the fall Justin had lost a sweatshirt.  This is nothing new, he has a very hard time keeping up with his things.  I told him to look for it before school and then I didn’t see him until later.  When I delivered something to his class later in the day he had his sweatshirt on.  I was so excited that he had found it, I went over and looked at his tag to see if I had labeled his name in it.  I had, so I was happy if he lost it we would probably get it back.   As I turned back around the whole class was looking at me like I was crazy.  Why is she looking at his tag?  I sheepishly told Justin I was sorry and left the room.

Technology of Choice

One of Jemma’s friends had a birthday party Friday night.  All of Jemma’s friends wonder what they will get from her since I have made them all their birthday gifts.  I asked Maddy what she wanted and she told me a handkerchief dress or a pillowcase dress.  So Wed. night I googled for directions.  I don’t make anything without directions or a pattern, I’m to chicken.  It took me an hour to find directions on the internet.  All the directions were for girls that were about 5, so I decided I would also make a dress for Jemma to make sure I got it right.

 

Thursday night Jemma and I went to Hobby Lobby to pick out fabric and ribbon.  It took me 1 hour to make 2 dresses even after I had trouble threading my serger.  It took me an hour of searching to find the pattern on the internet.  I’ve decided I’m much better with my sewing machine than I am doing searches on the internet.

 

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Mission accomplished

On Monday Bill got to finish one of his projects he has had going since July.  I’m very proud of him for getting it done.  I’m anxiously awaiting the completion of the stairs that have been imcomplete for about 1 1/2 years or the remodel of my closet he bought for me 2 years ago that is still in the box.

 

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He put new seats in the mini. 

 

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He bought the seats in July from England.  They finally arrived about the first of Nov.  They sat in Houston a few days until the government decided to search the crate after they weren’t satisfied with the x-ray.  That cost us $200, thanks to the after affects of 9/11.    When the crate was lifted out of the ship by a crane that cost us $100.  Needless to say, these were an expensive endeaver.

 

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At least Bill can drive the mini and have other people ride with him now.  In order to pay for his new seats he sold the old ones, so he only had one seat in it for a long time.  Now he says he can finish the stairs since the seats are out of the way.  I can’t wait.

I can’t find my dining room!

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The reason I can’t find my dining room is because of Girl Scout cookies.  I am Jemma’s troop leader and the cookie mom, so all the cookies are stored at my house until everyone gets them sold.

 

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Once again I am not helping any one that is on a diet.  But the Girl Scouts have a program that you can buy a box of cookies and donate them to Treats for Troops.  Girl Scouts will donate them to the military and they ship them overseas to our service men and women.  It’s a win-win situation you won’t gain weight and you’ll be supporting Girl Scouts.

 

We have found that high school kids love to buy cookies, so Bill is geared up to sell some tomorrow.

Procrastination

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I made 4 of these little quilts that were about 12.5″ square for Christmas gifts.

 

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I used the rest of the fabric to make the larger quilt above.  Instead of putting away all my Christmas decorations, I finished the quilt instead.  I have to admit, I am procrastinating on putting away the decorations.  I don’t even have all the fall ones boxed up.  Will could not believe I was procrastinating, when I confessed this at supper one night.  He said you never let us kids procrastinate.  I told him procrastinating on putting away decorations isn’t a bad thing.  Procrastinating on laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning house, and cooking could be detrimental.

Chocolate chip cookie dough brownies

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I realize that everyone is on a diet this time of year and you will all be mad at me for sharing this recipe, but I am going to anyway.  Make it and share it with lots of other people, like a potluck, bunko, bible study, take them to work and share with others (Lindsy) or to a family that just had a new baby.  I will be making these Thursday night for a luncheon at school on Friday.

 

This recipe has become my kids favorite.  I found it on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen.  If you need a recipe search on her sight and you will probably find it.  I modified the recipe just a little from the original.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

For Brownies:

1 cup butter

3/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

 

Prepare a 13×9″ baking pan by laying a piece of foil in the bottom an up the sides.  Spray with cooking spray or butter the foil.  I just spray the pan and skip the foil.

 

Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium saucepan; add cocoa, stirring until smooth.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Add sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla; beat with a spoon until combined.  Add flour and baking powder; mix well.  Spread batter into a pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min.  Allow to cool completely before adding the next step.

 

For Cookie Dough Filling:

1 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. milk

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl and cream together.  Add flour and stir until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Spread an even layer on top of cooled brownies.  Chill before adding chocolate glaze.

 

For Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 Tbsp Crisco shortening

 

Melt chocolate with shortening and stir until smooth.  Spread over chilled cookie dough layer.

 

I cut these brownies in very small pieces because they are so rich.  Enjoy!

The good, the bad and the wardrobe.

This past week I discovered a reason I don’t like my job.  At 5:45 am, when the phone rings and the assistant principal tells me that school is called off, I have to call 8 other people and tell them that school is out.  Which normally wouldn’t be a big deal because most of the time I’m awake anyway, but this past week I was still dreaming.  The first teacher I call is also a former farm girl, she’s already had her first cup of coffee, so she wanting to visit and I still have 7 other people to call.

 

One of the neatest things about my job is the little kindergarten girl that comes into the office every morning to see what I am wearing.  This started in Nov. right before Thanksgiving.  She had been coming in everyday to find out where she should go.  Her grade rotates every other day from the playground to the gym before school starts.  She came into the office on the Friday before Thanksgiving, to ask where she should go, and she said to me, “You have a shirt for every Holiday.”  I was wearing a turkey shirt that day.  I had worn two different shirts at Halloween.  She saw the assistant principal later and told her that the “real principal” wore holiday shirts.  The assistant principal couldn’t think of who she was talking about, because she new the principal didn’t wear holiday shirts, she wears holiday pins, but not shirts.  When the assistant principal got to the office she realized the little girl was talking about me. 

 

I had about 3 different Christmas shirts and I have about 6 winter/snowman sweatshirts and shirts. 

 

I started looking at my wardrobe and discovered I didn’t have a Valentine’s Day shirt so I made one for myself and Jemma this weekend.

 

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I don’t have anything to wear for Easter, so I’m going to have to work on something.   I do have a t-shirt for Dr. Suess Day.  I know that’s not a real holiday, but it is an exciting day at an elementary school.

Warmer reminders…

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As we plunge into sub-zero temperatures and sit under layers of clothes and blankets,  I wanted to remind everyone of how hot it gets in the summer, and why we wish for cooler weather in the heat of the summer.  I guess we should watch what we wish for.

 

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Thank you Robin for these memories.

 

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A trip to Frontier City in August.

 

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The day we had our family pictures taken it was 100 degrees out.   One of our family pictures is at the top of this blog.