Thursday, January 27, 2011

All About the B0y

Last Saturday I-man had returned from a day on slopes and was downstairs putting his ski equipment away.  Or so I thought.  Awhile later he came upstairs with tears in his eyes and a nice slice on his Left thumb.  Apparently he was doing some "carving" down in his room.  For a split second I braced myself for a trip to the ER until I remembered who I was married to!  Wes stitched him up, wrapped him up and sent him on his way.  I decided against posting pictures of the actual cut.  It was pretty bad.  But I thought this was acceptable.

While we are on the subject of little boys...last night was the much-anticipated pinewood derby!  Here is their car (I say "their" because this was a team effort for Wes and Isaac - and frankly - I think that is the point!).
Did you notice?  It has lights!  And the weights were turned into gold for the treasure chest.

A friend provided the cool pirate stickers.

Unfortunately the pirate design did not equal speed and I-man's car was not in the final races. But he did win second place for "Best Design!" Go Isaac!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What I've Been Reading...

Katherine by Anya Seton
Although I really enjoyed this book - keep in mind it is a classic 50's romance novel. But it is (loosely) based on actual events and people. It is set in England in the 1300s. But since I have a soft spot for this kind of thing - I loved it.
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
This was a fun read.  It is written for ages 9-12 and I think was made into a movie - but I haven't seen it. 
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
I don't mind reading a Dan Brown novel every once and a while to mix things up a bit!  Not only was this exciting and suspenseful but also interesting as it delves into the history of the Masons.  Also - if you love Washington D.C. - you should read this for the familiar geographical locations alone!
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Several months ago at the book fair I was discussing with the librarian some book recommendations for my kids.  She told me that she doesn't purchase very many books because she has access to the library.  But she said this book was definitely one she would buy for her personal library.  I took the time to read it before Addie received it for Christmas.  It was delightful and the illustrations were beautiful.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
I hesitated to list this book because I haven't finished it.  But I have really enjoyed it so far!  It is funny and quirky and interesting.  I love that it is based on real people.  Great stories.  I have heard the movie isn't as good.
Next on my list...Team of Rivals.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It Wasn't Humerous When She Broke Her Humerus!

It belongs to my mom.  And it happened last Friday when she slipped on some ice.  Poor mom.  She has to have surgery on Wednesday.  Send positive thoughts her way!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Boots

 Ok I have to poke fun just a little bit...
These are the dear husband's new boots. They're huge. They're meant for the arctic.

Next to SJ's boot - for scale.
Next to SJ - for scale.

Talk about moon boots!!  At least they keep his feet toasty!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cook the Book #2

Still working my way through cooking this book

Apricot-Glazed Spiced Pork Roast
1 1/2 t cumin
1/2 t garlic salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground cloves
1  2 1/2-3 pound boneless pork loin roast
 1 C apricot preserves
2-3 T white wine vinegar

1.  For rub, in a small bowl stir together spices.  Sprinkle rub evenly over roast and rub it in.  Wrap roast in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours.

2.  Unwrap roast and discard plastic wrap.  Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.  Roast in a 325 degree oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 135 degrees F.

3.  Meanwhile, for glaze, in a small saucepan cook and stir apricot preserves and vinegar over medium heat until preserves are melted.  Remove from heat.  Brush roast generously with the glaze.  Roast for 15 minutes more or until meat thermometer reads 150 degrees F, brushing 2 or 3 more times with glaze.

4.  Remove roast from oven; cover loosely with foil.  Let stand 15 minutes.  The final temperature should read 160 degrees F.  Reheat remaining glaze and serve with roast if desired.

Glazed Sweet Potatoes
3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 C coarsely chopped onions (I used less)
1/2 t dried rosemary, crushed
1/3 C butter
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C chopped pecans, toasted (optional)

1.  In a large saucepan, cook sweet potatoes, covered, in enough lightly salted boiling water to cover for 10-12 minutes or until just tender.  Drain and set aside.

2.  Meanwhile in large skillet cook onions and rosemary in hot butter over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until onions are tender; stirring frequently.  Add brown sugar, stirring to dissolve.  Add sweet potatoes.  Stir gently to combine.  Cook, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes or until potatoes are glazed, stirring gently once or twice.  Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with pecans.

Maple-Cinnamon Wedges
1 18 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough  (I used this but did not like it.  I would have preferred a homemade sugar cookie dough or a shortbread dough.)
1/4 C flour
3 T butter, melted
2 T pure maple syrup
1/4 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C chopped pecans
1/2 t cinnamon

1.  Line a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with foil.  Lightly grease the foil; set aside.  In a large bowl combine cookie dough and flour; stir or knead until well mixed.  Press dough evenly into prepared pan.

2.  In a small bowl combine melted butter and maple syrup.  Drizzle syrup mixture over dough, spreading evenly.  In another small bowl combine brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon.  Sprinkle evenly over syrup layer in pan.

3.  Bake in a 350 degree oven about 20 minutes or until edges are firm (center will be soft).  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Use foil to life from pan.  Cut into bars.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whisker Trim

SJ was a being a little too quiet the other day.  And by the time we realized what she was doing - it was too late.  Poor kitty.

We put away all the scissors for fear of what else she might decide to trim!  I don't want to have a repeat of THIS.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Day

This is the last Christmas post - finally!

The aftermath of Christmas morning...Santa does not wrap his presents at our house.
 We then moved on to the wrapped gifts.  Addie made this hand-warmer for Isaac to use when he plays football.
 I gave Wes this book:

 Cate has always complained that she doesn't have a "baby book."  Yes - it's true.  So Addie and Isaac made her one.
 Some cool art supplies from Grandma Jan.  Hooray for Prismacolor!
 This was Isaac's gift to us that he made at school.  It's a brick.  I don't really get it but it's cute!
 Then the family came over for the traditional Christmas brunch and games.  Here we are playing Pictionary on the Wii - very fun game, by the way!

 I know it doesn't look like it but we really were having fun!

 This was Brian's attempt at drawing "diet."
 Litte Miss messy face.
 I-man painted this water-color Heron with a new art set he received from Grandpa Dave and Connie. 
 Addie figuring out the Rubix cube (one of the few things she asked for) with Papa asleep in the background.  (How did anyone solve the cube before youtube?!)
It was a wonderful holiday and a nice break from the busyness of life.  Unfortunately, reality hits tomorrow!  Ready or not!