Sunday, May 31, 2009
I've had a task hanging over my head. You know the kind, something you have to do but you really don't want to go there.
I am a world-class procrastinator. I don't like to admit that trait of mine, but it is definitely true. I'm good at it, too. I eventually hunker down and get it done, but man can I ever put it off.
You wouldn't believe the things I found to do last week that "kept" me from getting to the project I needed to be doing. My house is so clean. If you were here, I would take you underneath my bed and show you the baseboard there. Not a dust bunny to be found, my friend. I even updated my facebook profile and found a couple of friends. That was really grasping for straws.
Now it's all done. The original task is complete, and boy does it feel great. I also have the added benefit of some other things being done, and that is pretty nice too.
So don't be too hard on yourself the next time you procrastinate. Just be productive in another direction while you're doing it. =)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
1 T sugar
1 t vanilla
6 T ice cream salt
Mix ice and salt in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Mix the other ingredients together and put in a small Ziploc bag. The thicker freezer bags work best. Put the small bag inside the larger one, and seal both bags. Shake for 5 minutes. Open and enjoy. Be careful not to allow salty water inside the bag of ice cream.
One mixture will make an individual serving. To make a larger batch, you can double or triple the recipe and use two cans with snap-on lids instead of the Ziploc bags. We found a large coffee can with a smaller can inside works well. Use a bit more ice and rock salt in the larger can. The kids can roll it back and forth to mix and freeze the ice cream. It will take a little while longer for a larger batch, but it will be worth it!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
That's when I stumbled upon Bet Your Bottom Dollar by Karin Gillespie, an entirely new author for me. What a delightful find!
Those Bottom Dollar girls are great fun and made me wish the Bottom Dollar Emporium was in my little town rather than Cayboo Creek, SC. This light reading is perfect for a lazy summer afternoon on the front porch.
I'll be checking out more titles in the series this summer. What's on your reading list?
Monday, May 25, 2009
Its beginnings lie in the decoration of graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate, hence its original label of Decoration Day. The commemoration has since been expanded to include the casualties of all of America's wars.
Today we honor their patriotism and their sacrifice, and we aspire to the qualities of strength and loyalty these heroes so nobly demonstrated.
God bless America, and God bless our soldiers.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
SpoilSports is a hip new sports blog written by my superkid. Right now it's all about the NBA playoffs. Heaven knows he eats, sleeps, and breathes basketball right now. In the fall, it will be football. The interest changes with the season.
Don't tell him, but it's almost like summer school. He's writing, proofreading, researching...but somehow it's also a ton of fun. I love it!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My guys got all dressed up for church, complete with jackets, ties, and rosebuds in their lapels. What a way to honor your mom!
After lunch we went for a nice walk and came home to pick this beautiful bucket of yummy strawberries. What a treat!
Those wonderful kids of mine apparently stayed up late last night making a smilebox for their dear old mom. Happy Mopther's Day, guys! I love you little homeschoolers!
|Make a Smilebox greeting|
To round out an already wonderful day, the SciFi channel is hosting a Eureka marathon. Ten episodes! No time to watch them, but they're all DVRed. What exactly is the correct vernacular for that particular procedure?
Maybe we'll catch one tonight while we snack on a few fries with our leftovers. After all, it is a perfect day that begins and ends with french fries.
I am truly one blessed mom.
Friday, May 8, 2009
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
- All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
- Happy Mother's Day by Steven Kroll (No graphic for this one, but it is great! Check your local library for a copy if you can't find one to purchase.)
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
There are tons of sweet picture books out there, lots of new ones since we were buying them by the dozen. Which ones are you reading to your little ones this Mother's Day?
Have a wonderful weekend, you special mom!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Suppose a ladder 60 feet long is placed in a street so as to reach a window 37 feet high on one side of the street. Without moving it at the bottom, it will reach another window on the other side of the street which is 23 feet high. What is the breadth of the street?
Give it a try and check the comments for the solution.
Coupons are valid through May 19, 2009 excluding Mother's Day.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Here's the recipe I use for cornbread.
- 1 1/2 C freshly milled corn meal
- 3/4 t salt
- 2 1/2 t baking powder
- 3/4 C milk
- 2 T honey
- 1 egg
- 2 T olive oil or melted butter
Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, honey, egg, and oil. Mix well. Bake in 10-inch greased iron skillet.
Video was edited by my delightful older son who loves to make movies, any movie apparently. Can anyone identify the cool theme music he chose for me?