Sunday, May 31, 2009


It can be a good thing, you know. Seriously.

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

Ice Cream in a Bag

½ C milk
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

Fun Summer Read

I was in the library a week or so ago, and I was apparently in a mood. Nothing looked good. All of my favorite authors seemed tired and ho-hum. I didn't have the energy for suspense and didn't need any more drama in my life.

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

Decoration Day

Don't let this day pass without taking a moment to share its importance with your family. The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, is much more than burgers on the grill and a kickoff to summer.

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

New Blog on the Block

Check it out.

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


We're headed out this morning...can you guess where? We are this excited!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Delightfully Mother's Day

I am loved! My incredibly cute and sweet kids brought me breakfast in bed this morning, french fries, my absolutely favorite food! They also brought my drink in my 19-year-old I'm a New Mom! mug. They were so sweet that I shared my fries with them. I'm just that kind of mom.

My guys got all dressed up for church, complete with jackets, ties, and rosebuds in their lapels. What a way to honor your mom!

Next was a wonderful lunch with all of my favorite mothers, my mom, my grandmother, my mother-in-law, and my aunt. Everyone enjoyed eating under my brand new ceiling fan in the breakfast room, installed by my super-handy husband. I was sporting my new shirt, a Mother's Day gift from my sweet girl! Don't forget dessert of homemade vanilla ice cream with caramel syrup. Ahh...

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!

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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.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Favorite Mother's Day Stories

  1. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  2. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
  3. 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.)

  4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

  5. 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

A Triangle Problem

This math puzzle comes from the journal of self-educated mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker.

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.

Free Meal From KFC

Thanks to Kentucky Fried Chicken and my in-the-know mom, you can enjoy a free two-piece grilled chicken meal with two individual sides and a biscuit. Just go here to print your free coupons by midnight tonight. You should be able to print four by using your back button a couple of times after each print.

Coupons are valid through May 19, 2009 excluding Mother's Day.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Home Shucked Meal

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?