Saturday, January 14, 2017

Order of Operations

Adam is doing Order of Operations now!  Pretty cool!  The math teacher in me giggled!

My Great-Grandparents

These are my great-grandparents who homesteaded in the Valley in 1935.

Christmas morning

The hit of their stockings - Pokémon packs!



Shovelling

Gotta make them do some manual labor!

Thieves!

There are roll thieves in my house....three of them!  Ray is as bad as the boys!

Ellie

Cutest little girl! The boys both adore her!



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Adam's Science Fair

Adam's Science Fair Project on Casein Project






Hockey

Some hockey pictures!
Adam

Adam's first goal puck
Andrew

Doing homework at the rink....

Bookmarks

Adam had "market day" at his school, so we made bookmarks out of paint samples.  I liked it so much, that we did them as thank yous for Christmas.  I actually ended up using paper for some of them as you can see here.   


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fall School Pictures

3rd Grade

1st Grade

Halloween 2016

We have a Power Ranger, a Ninja Turtle (the major draw to Andrew was the numchucks!) and a pumpkin (plus a crazy grandpa)

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Go Vote!!!

My favorite election piece here to remind you to go VOTE!!! I voted this morning, you need to as well!!
1952 Good Housekeeping:
“Vote for my husband or for Governor Stevenson, but please vote”

by Mamie Eisenhower

When Good Housekeeping asked me to write this piece, my initial reaction was to say an immediate an emphatic “No, thanks.”

I am not a writer.

And then I changed my mind – about this article, anyway. I said “Yes” because of a letter I received from a young girl whom I do not know, have never seen. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Mrs. Eisenhower:

I live with my parents and I am a high-school senior. Although my fellow students and I like to have as much fun as anybody our age, we still have a serious side. Most of our boy friends are now about 18 – old enough to fight, but oddly enough not considered old enough to vote! As a matter of fact, my own boy friend has just been drafted.

Because your son, John, is now in Korea, I thought you of all important Americans would understand what I am going to say. I feel so useless at home, not being about to do anything. Besides, I read that during the last presidential election (when I was still in grammar school) only half of the eligible voting public ever got to the polls! I don’t think this should happen again, so I’ve dreamed up a way to help. On Election Day I am offering my services for free (baby sitting, dishwashing, cleaning house) to any neighborhood mother or wife so she can get out and cast her vote. I talked the scheme over with my girl friends, and they agreed to join me in this teen-age crusade.

But I’d like to reach more people. That is why I am writing this letter. Through you – perhaps – my idea could spread to other towns and other teen-agers.

Respectfully,

Jeannie C-

I am proud to publicize Jeanie’s letter. I hope other teenagers will follow her example. Our sober-thinking young people put to shame the kind of woman who claims she has no time to vote, or who argues “What does one vote matter?” With the right to vote goes a public trust that must be exercised just as surely as any official must exercise his.

During the past year when my husband’s title was Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, I recall walking in Paris and seeing what looked to be window boxes smack against the cement subway wall. I thought, How clever the French are with their flowers. Then I went closer. Though the flowers were still beautiful, I saw they had a purpose. I didn’t have to know much French to understand: Above the buds were seven plagues in memory of six boys and a girl, their ages ranging from eighteen to twenty-two, each shot to death on that spot, August, 1944. Their markers face the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette lost her royal head, but somehow Marie Antoinette did not concern me; it was those young others dying in my time and even in Jeanie’s time in grammar school. I stood still, as every woman stands when she sees those markers, and I closed my eyes and prayed to God,” Please don’t let this happen again!”

I believe one way to keep it from happening is to use your vote. Whether your ballot goes for an Eisenhower or a Stevenson, cast it. Cast it while you thank your stars you live in a land where you have the privilege of declaring your choice.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Recipe Fails

I tried this enchilada recipe...it was okay, but not great.   I also tried this lemon bread.  I did it with raspberries and it fell apart...we made bread pudding out of it. It was good, just not successful as bread.  And honestly not "lemony" enough.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Inside Out Caramel Apples...so NOT

 
I'm not much a presentation person - we all know this. I suck at it. But I saw this recipe for inside out caramel apples and thought it was worth the effort.  Um, no!  So I don't know what this lady did to make hers turn out, but mine did NOT work.  I made the caramel as instructed....hollowed out apples (totally annoying), dried them....had them sit overnight in fridge.  Went to cut them....and this happened. The caramel wouldn't cut, it came out...in others words a total mess.  The lady who did this is either lying or some type of magician.  My recommendation...don't be seduced!  This isn't possible for mere mortals....at least not this one!