Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Little More Graffiti

A couple of graffitiCHIC projects have sneaked into our home in the last couple of weeks. Such fun!

Return with Honor. This is the one I've wanted since I first saw the graffitiCHIC catalog. This door goes out to the garage, so my teenagers (and the rest of us) see it as they leave home. I pray it sticks in our brains and we all strive to do just that.

This next one is a fun treat for our daughter. We finally got some color on the walls of her room and added these words from one of her favorite Barlow Girl songs.

In this instance, we put the graffiti on a board so that it is movable. I really like this option. It would be great for rooms that are due for a new paint job fairly soon or for temporary living spaces.

Two more projects to go...stay tuned!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Captain Speedy!

As impossible as it seems, our older son turned 15 last weekend. He can't be 15; he's the little blonde-haired boy running around in Superman pajamas. At least he was yesterday, it seems.

Now he's become a somewhat lanky teenager who is taller than his mom. I will admit this feature has its advantages. He's also quite skilled at opening jars.

We celebrated with family while at the air show. Aunt Kekkey outdid herself coming up with the idea of having a Speedy Boy birthday party. A collaborative effort from several family members, but mostly Aunt Kekkey, resulted in a fabulous cake bearing the countenance of our favorite superhero.

The kids all had a ball in the backyard playing on the Slip 'n Slide and in Typhoon Lagoon. What a way to celebrate!

Back at home, we had a little more celebrating to do. This time we attempted an Indiana Jones fedora cake in honor of the premiere of the latest movie produced by the partnership of Flaming Sword Productions, MAC Productions, and Moonbeam Cinemas, Indiana Jones and the Last General.

We love you, Captain Speedy. You are a true joy, and you are just so cute!

Help in the Kitchen

Speedy Boy is here this week and boy, are we ever having fun! He's been such a good helper and ever so polite!

This morning we made blueberry muffins for everybody for breakfast. I am so thankful for such good help!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Symphony of Flight

The MCAS Cherry Point Air Show was held last weekend, and we all piled in for a few days of fun. The Blue Angels were the featured attraction, with many other exciting performers sharing the spotlight. Demonstrations by our country's heroes of the sky were a definite highlight for our family. The Marine Corps aircraft were inspiring as we thought about all they accomplish for our country with their amazing skills and expertise.

We had the opportunity to see an AV-8B Harrier up close and personal and have personalized instruction on its functions and features by an honest-to-goodness real Marine pilot, Uncle Chris! He was able to point out all the fascinating details and answer all questions. Our guys loved every minute.

Our sons filmed almost the entire air show and were amazed by the various exhibitions. So was their mom, quite frankly.

I had never seen a wing walker before, and the Blue Angels were amazing. We all held our breaths as we watched the Golden Knights parachuting into the arena with pinpoint precision. Shockwave, the truck with jet engines, truly shocked us all traveling across the air strip at 343 mph.

What a fun family outing! Young and old, all ages enjoy this patriotic display of aviation delights.

What do you say, Wild Man?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Famous Gingersnaps

These delightful cookies were introduced to our family by our sweet aunt, who graciously bakes them for us fairly regularly. My children absolutely love them, and once they see that AL has made a batch, they cannot stop snitching them. These cookies should be removed from the oven when done but still soft, so watch carefully.

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream 3/4 cup shortening, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, and 1 egg until fluffy. Sift together 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves; stir into molasses mixture.

Form in small balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven (375) 12 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen.

I have had good success cutting the shortening to 1/2 cup. If desired, you may add a bit more molasses.

You can also make a gluten-free version of these cookies by substituting milled rice flour or any gluten-free flour mixture. Just add 2 tsp xanthan gum along with the dry mixture.

Depending on the way your oven bakes, 12 minutes may be too long for a soft cookie. Set the timer for 8 minutes and check to find the proper length of time for the perfect cookie.