14 February 2012

Valentine's Tea

Please ignore the unironed tablecloth. (My mom is mortified already.) It was not the fanciest of set ups, to be sure, but we all had a great time!

The Straight-haired girl lovingly cut out peanut butter and jelly hearts for all her friends and arranged everything on fancy pink dishes. The Curly-headed girl made the cheese toasts and set the table with tea cups. Homemade Valentines were everywhere. (I think I even found one in my shoe.)

If it is all about the presentation, this may not have been five star dining. If it's all about the love, we're rich indeed.

24 December 2011

What is It Really About?

We do this when we open our presents...

...as a reminder that Christmas is not all about this.

It's easy to get caught up in the getting. Especially when you are a child and the whole house changes. The tree is so front and center. All the packages under it are so front and center. But there is another deeper reason we celebrate Christmas.
Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."     ~Luke 2

21 December 2011

Create Daily

 I am way beyond excited, here, people! I entered a giveaway for an Alisa Burke class...and I won!!! (Doing the happy dance of joy.) I took her Sketchbook Delight class last winter and loved it. And the best part is, I can do that class again any time I want to since she gives permanent access to all her classes.

Yippy, Skippy!

I am too, too happy. Can you tell?

07 December 2011

Use What You Have

Made these.

From felt.

Added sequins.

They're three and a half inches tall and two inches wide. 
Just the right size for smaller fingers.

24 November 2011

Christopher Columbus

Flat Earth Map

Apparently, Christopher Columbus had a secret life. Yep. His name was Grigori Esomethingorotherovich. You can read all about it here. We discovered this while having a discussion on the flatness of the world and how one's point of view could affect their willingness to hare off to parts unknown in order to map uncharted territory.

This discovery may lead to a discussion of the meaning of irony...

22 November 2011

Grandma's Chili

1 small onion
1 ½ lb. ground beef

2 cans kidney beans, drained

2 8 oz. cans Hunts tomato sauce

salt and pepper

1 t. chili powder (or more)

I have it on good authority that this is best prepared in a cast iron skillet. So, if you have one, you're in luck! Start by salting the skillet, then brown the beef and onions together. When the beef is brown, add the cans of beans and tomato sauce. Sometimes, if I'm feeling a little bit crazy, I will add diced tomatoes to the mix.

Why would that be considered crazy, you ask? When I add the tomatoes, the Pipsqueaks do not take well to large red chunks floating in their chili. Go figure.

Whether or not you decide to live dangerously and add tomatoes, season it to taste with salt and pepper, then add the chili powder. Simmer this mix on the stove for a good long time. It breaks down the beans and combines the flavors.

When you have simmered the base for a couple of hours, put it in a soup pot and add a can of tomato juice. Taste it and re-season if necessary. Heat it up and serve with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

(It really is worth the extra step to cook it in cast iron.)

11 November 2011

I Am a Bookworm

As if you couldn't figure that out in about three minutes.

I found a website that just feeds my obsession with the printed word: The Library Thing. I am not kidding you, this is the coolest website since Raindrop Melody Maker and FreeRice.com. I can enter every book in my library, keep track of when I read them, make notes, read reviews of new books, you name it.

I'm in book heaven.


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