Friday, August 31, 2012

Not an inator!

So Adam tends to build/draw "inators" almost exclusively, so anything that isn't is a big deal!  This is actually pretty good - it is from an epsidoe of Octonauts about a whale shark!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Canning Update

A friend and I canned 2 bushels of tomatoes today (with three boys underfoot which I see as adding to the accomplishment).  I'm also now on Day 8 of my Sweet Pickle project.....

Hopefully pictures will be up soon!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Banana Bread

I love bananas, but since Ray doesn't eat them (Adam either, but Andrew adores them!), they often go bad.  So I finally realized I have an easy solution - banana bread!  I'm always needing quick breads since I send them overseas, plus let's face it, banana bread is good!

Banana Bread
Modified from Better Homes and Gardens

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (for me, this is two bananas....the books says 3 medium, but every banana I ever see is the same size....and it took me two on three tries, so I say two bananas)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp lemon peel, shredded (optional....I can kind of tell the difference, but it isn't huge...if you have it, great, if not don't worry)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional....I don't usually use as I don't like nuts)

Grease an 8 by 4 inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium mixing bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in a center of dry mixture; set aside. In another bowl, combine egg, mashed bananas, sugar, oil and lemon peel. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Stir until just moistened. Fold in nuts.

Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick is clean. Cool on a pan for 10 minutes.

Makes 1 loaf.

This year's projects....

...are somewhat a continuation of last year.  So my pictures are all sorted, along with all my other junk....and a bunch thrown out.  The goal is now to scan this all and get it put away....
I also decided that I should do a box per each of us and I'm starting with banker's boxes, but am going to decorate them (decoupage).
Now I finished inventorying books last year, but see all these?  Articles...and more articles.  When we started grad school, everything pretty much was print/copying.  And so we have piles of this. Mostly which should be recycled.  A few should be scanned, but that's about it.  Most are easily accessible online now.  So my goal is get rid of all the excess this winter.....

So that's my projects for winter. Wish me luck!

Sweet Pickle Experiment

So I've made bread and butter pickles before, but it turns out that Ray really wanted sweet pickles.  So I'm trying....this is quite the process!  So I started out swith a recipe for sweet gherkins...then realized that I couldn't find pickles that small, so I went with the one I have linked above for 14 day sweet pickles. 
Well, my first batch....so I was changing recipes, didn't pay enough attention and sliced them...which I wasn't supposed to do. Then turns out my storate system was leaking....ack!  They ended up trashed.  

So we started again....
I found a better container (glass, 2 gallon) and only trimmed, as I supposed. 

Put the brine in, weighted it down, covered and it sits!

Day 3 - so I drained, rinsed and cleaned everything

Back into the briny deep.....check back in two days for Day 5 switch!

I'm storing in our basement because (a) the boys won't bother it as much and it is out of my way and (b) the temperature is more consistent.

Knitting Projects

I actually have finished knitting projects to report!
First knitted hat - these are from a book by Maggie Sefton, who writes a cozy mystery series

Second knitted hat

Scarf - I did this in two yarns, one straight navy, one novelty

Zoo Camp

Both boys had Zoo Camp at the Akron Zoo this week.  Andrew on Monday and Adam on Friday.  Ray took Andrew and I took Adam.
Making a picture with dot markers

Feeding the ducks

Feeding the farm animals

Playing on the artwork

Bead bracelet that Adam made, modelled by Andrew

Yard Work

We've been working on cleaning up the last few yard projects!
Mulched the side bed and put in a timber border

Border and mulch in back corners

Added mulch and border to side of house and replaced the bush that was dead here


Put in a stone border around the garden and put in timbers

Recent Pictures

Andrew - isn't he so cute?

Swim Lessons - we are now done for the summer.

The boys and Ray "swimming"

Making a gaming table for Jason  - finished is below. The boys "helped"

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catching up

We were gone most of July due to our Alaska trip then two weddings (one of which involved a trip to Michigan).  So it seems I'm finally catching up...just as class starts on Monday!  My school goes back on Monday and it seems like summer just started!

I'm trying to get my stuff back organized so I can figure out where I am.  My photo organization project has done a major morph, so you'll be getting an update...one day, it will be done....

Videos

I have two things to share here. First, the boys trying to do step dancing.  Adam saw step dancing on Sesame Street and was trying to emulate.  Then Andrew tried as well!  So cute!

Next, I got this video suggestion from a friend's blog.  Such a beautiful song!  Enjoy!

Dave and Jan's Wedding

These are from Dave and Jan's Wedding.  Brittany took most of them.
Flower exchange during the ceremony



Flower exchange

Dave, the Reverend Willie and Dave's best man, Uncle Ray (he made this one! Some of you won't get that....)

The bride and groom!


The chef - oh, the food was SO good. Brian got this stuff done (he just graduated, go Brian!)

The Weber Clan

Michigan Fun

Fun in Michgian while we were up there for Dave and Jan's wedding



Adam just LOVES the Kindle Fire

Watering the garden




Eating a cookie

Recent Pictures

Some recent pictures
Watching Ice Age 4 at the drive-in

Mo's wedding


Adam found these and said that he was saving the acorns for Scrat!

Making a new telescope!





Adam's wall