Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
--It hugged the shore...
What do you get when you cross an octopus with a turkey?
--Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving...
How can you make a Turkey float?
--You need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey...
--Norma Lee who?
Norma Lee I don't eat this much.
Anita 'nother napkin.
And just for Anna...
Why did the chicken cross the road?
The turkey was stuffed!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We're pretty casual, simple people, so I'm not worried about fancy foods or decorations or centerpieces or hors d'oeuvres.
I am worried about getting everything done at approximately the same time.
We're having a turkey roll, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, wax beans, rolls...I think that's it for the cooked things.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, fruit snack boxes, anything with a sack inside so the box stays clean.
There are lots of fancy ways to cut up your boxes and turn them into cool gift boxes or gift bags.
I'll probably just put the presents inside and wrap them like normal. Because it doesn't sound like fun to me to cut them up and glue them together again.
But if it sounds like fun to you...send me a present in one!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was looking at my Google Analytics the other day during my tech inservice (while they were fixing some sort of problem, not when I was supposed to be listening) and I noticed some people arriving from dollarstorecrafts.com, a site I'd never visited. So I looked and...
Here I am!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Anna's room was overflowing with stuff. Tiny toys, dress up clothes, books, papers, pencils, crayon bits, ribbon bits, fabric bits, lots of bits. She had taken to shutting her door before I got home from school and telling me NOT to go in there, it was a MESS!
But we're all cleaned up now. Baby things to the basement, dress up clothes corralled, tiny toys sifted...a place for everything and everything in it's place...
But when I google "Fisher Price Tape Player" Amazon gives me instead this and this. Not the same at all.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Quarter the pumpkin. I had Matthew do this because it was difficult. Sarah suggested sprinkling Pumpkin Pie Spice over the top, she said it mostly made the house smell nice. I did that, but I can't smell, so I can't tell you if it worked.
We put it on a baking sheet covered with foil and roasted it at 35o. I don't know how long. We were watching "The Office" on DVD and cutting out another project, and I kind of forgot about it until Matthew reminded me.
Then I carefully scraped all of the inside away from the outside, which was papery thin, and blended it one quarter at a time in the blender. I did this while it was still very hot. It would probably be a good idea to wait. Each quarter was about 2 cups of pumpkin.
It was fun, but seemed like an awful lot of work. Also I'm not sure what to do with the pumpkin now. I can make a pie...but... come to think of it, I'll need a recipe for that. We always used the recipe on the back of the can of pumpkin to make the pie. I guess I used the wrong kind of bags, there's no recipe on there.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We'll start with the seeds...
Then scoop out the guts and separate the seeds.
Rinse the seeds in the colander. This was my favorite part, because I could use the sprayer attachment in the sink and make the seeds spin. See?
Then dry the seeds. I spread them out on a towel and left them for a couple of minutes. I'm not very patient.
Mix them in a bowl with 1-2T of olive oil per 1-2 cups of seeds, and add salt/other seasonings until it smells good. I had a problem with this, as I cannot smell. I probably put in way too much salt, but I figure you can just brush it off.
Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 10-20-30 minutes at 350, checking every 10 minutes. They should take on some color. After 15 minutes mine started popping like popcorn, so I took them out of the oven. They taste OK. I don't really know what pumpkin seeds are supposed to taste like. Maybe I just don't like them.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
You add this little button to your browser, and then you can add anything at all from the internet to your wish list!
I'm having lots and lots of fun.
On Etsy, you can browse by location (Kansas!)
or by color
or you can Pounce (see new stores, or stores that just sold something)
or shop normally, looking at a list.
Monday, November 17, 2008
(Thanks to Garrison Keillor and The Writers Almanac for 11/11/08)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I went upstairs to print out my gift pages, and it occurred to me that it was perhaps all a little crazy. But then Organizational Betsy perked up and yelled at me. "It's not crazy! It saves time and money and aggravation and it's fun too!" Then she insisted that I share the documents, because Organizational Betsy is also bossy.
I use these to keep track of what I have, need to get, etc. I love looking at my lists, crossing things off, checking to see everyone has the same number of presents, knowing if I need stocking stuffers or if I'm all set. Feel free to use them, if that sounds like fun to you. Google Docs makes them two pages, I'm not sure why, so just print page 1 and that'll work.
I love Christmas.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I wish I were better at reading a recipe and knowing what something would taste like. Is that just experience? Paying attention? Thinking it through? I forget to do those things.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here's the recipe: Turkey Breakfast Sausage
It was fun to use all of the spices. I did wonder, when a recipe just calls for "thyme" or "sage" are you supposed to use the "ground" bottle or the "rubbed"? Anyone?
I decided to just brown it all, and not make patties, so that we could use it in spaghetti sauce or eggs. It was super tasty!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I know this is silly. As demonstrated by the Adult Tap Class (I was so excited to see who else would sign up! Answer: No one but me), what I think would be fun does not necessarily extend to the community at large. And I don't know anything about running a business, and I love my current job, and, and, and...
But it's my fun daydream.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In the past 3 months-ish, I've read 40 books. Almost all of them were silly. Some are embarrassing. A few worthy. It's fun to see.
Anybody wanna be my friend? I'd love to see what you're reading.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
This week her husband and girls are in the DR with Compassion International, and I'm wildly impressed by what they're doing there.
Here's one of the posts, and another, and another. Probably, if you're reading this in a timely fashion, and not a year from now, it'd be best just to go to the site and read. My links are kind of random.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Dad sent me this quote this week.
I wonder, should it change anything about the way we teach?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Once, after listening to 5 minutes of country music, 4 hours later she sings: "Hey baby I'm a country man"
We switched to NPR when she was born, because that seemed like the responsible thing to do, but I can't handle the news anymore. Maybe it'll be better now that the election's over.
Today she said: "Obama won. John McCain wanted to win, but he didn't."
We'd better be careful. Or switch to all classical/music in other languages.
Monday, November 03, 2008
It's OK, but would be much better if I had thought to leave the seam on the bottom open instead of the top. Now the wonky sewing is right on top of the pillow.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
But today, after we saw "Beauty and the Beast" at the college, I heard something that made me proud.
Anna didn't love the scary parts of the story, or the conflict. She was talking through it on the way home, and decided that her play would be called...
"Beauty and the Prince".
No need to mess around with beasts and wolves. Just make it happy all the way through.
That's my girl.