Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Perry tied me up!

Adam's Reading

Adam's class is working on sight reading - currently it is like "we" and "I" and "can"  I have been having Adam read to me at home!

Adam's New Dance

This is a new dance Adam learned in gym class - he says they learned three, this is all he remembered!


Trick or treating here was Saturday and Sunday (again, as you've all heard, I hate the way Ohio does it - Halloween should be on October 31st, in the dark....AGHH!!!....this is SO STUPID!!!!)
Our carved pumpkin

Pirate Adam

Handy Manny Andrew

Ready to go!

With their buddy, Niles, who was a Ninja Turtle


I got the mixer sign awhile back and told myself I couldn't hang it until I painted the kitchen.  I finally got to hang it!

I bought this awhile and finally got all the pictures in it.  This is my wedding pictures, my mother's and then my grandmother's!

High Five Trophy

In Adam's kindergarten class, they have to earn a High Five trophy, which signifies that they have really mastered all the classroom rules.  Adam got his a couple weeks ago!  He as SO PROUD!! And we are SO PROUD of him!!!  He's came a long way!

Jason's New House

Uncle Jason bought a house in Stow.  The boys were "helping" him move!

Bumblee Costume

I found this pattern for free at Michaels.  I was immediately reminded of the costumes my cousin, Emily, and I wore as children that her mother had made us.  So I grabbed it, thinking it make it for her baby, Ian.  Well, then I noticed it was crochet. I can crochet, but not the best.  But it nagged at me, so I figured it out!  It is too big (I was worried it would be too small....oh, well, too big is better than too small in my opinion when it comes to babies!)
Finished front


Complete ensemble

Finished onsy part - I was pretty happy with my piecing, first attempt!

Taking out the Recyling

The boys have taken over the recycling for me!  One day Adam wanted to help me and Andrew was tagging along. I said, sure, do it, not really sure what they'd do.  They figured out how to each take a side and away they went! I was so proud of them!  Now it is their job!


So I found this sock pattern and decided to make them. I was right on gauge and while it was seeming a little small, they ended up fitting Andrew instead of me....but I did figure out the problem....centimeters versus inches!!! AGH!!

Walk for Babies

We did Walk for Babies at the Akron Zoo.  I can't say I was that impressed - it was more that it was very disorganize and not really a walk at really a lot of waiting for nothing!  Great cause, not a great event, if you know what I mean.
The Zoo was fun for the boys with their buddy, Niles! They all enjoyed the new otter slide!


Ray did some work on the side of the house - putting in edging.

Motorhome Trip

Some more pictures from our Colorado motorhome trip

Billy and I at Garden of the Gods

Grandpa encouraged his bad behavior!

Getting a lift!

My Junior Ranger badge!

Garden of the Gods

Watching TV from the loft!

After a hike


Some recent picture and videos for Andrew.  Andrew is quite the talker now - he literally talks from the time he gets up until he falls asleep.....
Helping me peel apples for applesauce

Charlie the monkey came to visit us from Andrew's preschool class and he was showing him the Gup-X he built

I'm Handy Manny and I have my pencil behind my ear!

I have a new big boy seat!

Serving chicken nuggets!

A disrupted week....

So last week was pretty crazy because we got back from Colorado on Monday and then jumped straight back into the regular week.  So I spent the weekend (which was kooky itself with First Ladies on Saturday and then Generations and trick or treating on Sunday) catching up.  My plan was a normal week....well, Monday, I drop the boys off with plans of coming home and working my butt off catching up on work....then Ray calls and I have to go save him.  So I ended up doing some errands and only a little work.

Then Tuesday, I drop the boys off, get dinner in the crock pot and head to Hudson (I needed fabric for a project Ray wanted...more to come on that).  I get halfway there and the school calls. Adam is sick (he's been fighting and cold and was just miserable). So I turn around and go get him.  I ended up going to Hudson when Ray got home at 5:30. 

Then today I kept Adam come just to let him recover seems to just be a cold, but I know exhaustion probably contributed. He got a lazy day today.  I did make him do some schoolwork both yesterday and today.  By the way, that also reminded me why I don't homeschool.....those who do just may be saints.....I don't mind daily homework (which we pretty much do), but ugh......

I had an hour and half phone meeting for work - Adam was perfectly fine about it....once Andrew got home, it went downhill. That boy......

Then lunch, naps....and then we ran to Target and Giant Eagle.  Ray is having to do the Wal-Mart stop on his way home.

Ugh, is it really only Wednesday?  Adam is going back to school tomorrow and hopefully will have a good day (Halloween parade and whatnot) and I have to volunteer at Andrew's school for their Harvest Fest so another not productive day for me.....


This is my parents anniversary card - I made this out of one of their wedding napkins (if you know my mother, you will realize that her still having some is not a surprise...)

October card class

October card class

October card class

October card class

October card class


We found this guitar online....and Adam wanted to make it.  Okay, I can do that...but seriously, this pattern sucked!  The rubber bands (and I used huge ones) immediately started collapsing the Kleenex box....AGHH!!!!


Adam managed green for two weeks straight!!! This is a big deal! His behavior has improved so much as he's gotten used to the new requirements of being a big kindergartener!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

I wanted to try a new grilling recipe and while I'm not a big pork chop person, these were pretty good.  Ray really likes pork chops, though, so I'm always trying to branch out a little.

Honey-Mustard Pork Chops
Modified from Quick Cooking
1 cup ginger ale or beer (I used ginger ale)
1/2 cup prepared mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp pepper
6 boneless pork chops
Combine first 8 ingredients in bowl and mix well.  Pour 1 cup marinade into container with pork chops. Seal and refrigerate for at least one hour.  Set aside 1/2 cup of remaining marinade for basting and 3/4 cup for serving.  Cover and refrigerate. 
Drain marinade and then grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 15 minutes or until cooked, basting with reserved 1/2 cup marinade.  Serve with reserved 3/4 marinade. 
Serves 6.

Cheeseburger Pies

Can you tell that I love the brownie pans?  These are great, again easy to freeze for a quick meal!

Cheeseburger Pies
Modified from Brownie Booklet
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Bisquick
2 eggs
Heat oven to 325.  Spray brownie pan with cooking spray.  Cook beef and onion until fully cooked, drain.  Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and cheese. 
In a medium bowl, stir baking mixture ingredients with whisk or fork until blended.   Spoon a little of this mixture into each well.  Top with burger mixture.  Spoon rest of baking mixture into each muffin cup. 
Bake at 20-25 minutes or until toothpick is clean.  Cool for 5 minutes, then remove and serve.
Makes 12 mini pies. 

S'mores Wraps

I like s'mores, but I don't like the mess they make.  This is a nice way to deal with that!  I do miss the graham cracker part, so I'm working on how to do this. I tried just mashed up graham crackers on top, but it didn't adhere well, so I need to try again when I do this again.

S'mores Wraps

1 pkg refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pkg chocolate chips (you don't really need this much for just one package of rolls, you just need the same amount of each)
1 pkg mini marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350.  Place crescents on pan and then place a scoop of marshmallow/chocolate chip mix into each one.  Fold up and seal. 
Bake in oven for 15-17 minutes or until light golden brown. 

Brownie Pan

I got a brownie pan and I love the "little" bites. It is so much faster to cook things like meatloaf!  I used my regular meatloaf recipe, but it only took me 15-20 minutes on 350!  And tasted just as good!  Plus I can freeze them separately for quick meals!  I also had a lot less problems with fat drainage (which is an issue when I don't use moose the way, moose meat is the best....).

Italian Chicken

I found this recipe and I love it because it uses frozen chicken. I often forget to defrost so this is a great quick recipe and it is a complete meal! 
Carrots, cubed
Potatoes, cubed
Chicken breasts, frozen
1/2 to 3/4 bottle of Italian dressing (plain or roasted red pepper....I also did honey mustard favorite is roasted red pepper)
Place in crock pot and cover in the Italian dressing.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 

Polish Dill Pickles

This is a recipe I tried because my father wanted Polish Dill Pickles, like he remembered eating at his Babci's.  We opened the first jar today and they were really good. I actually liked them and I don't like pickles!  Dad hasn't tried them yet, so I'm waiting on that opinion. I just mailed two jars to Alaska so he can try them when they get back from their trip.

Polish Dill Pickles
Modified from The Chef Upstairs
1/4 cup coarse pickling salt
5 cups water
1 cup vinegar
4 quarts medium size cucumbers
garlic cloves (1/jar)
fresh dill (2 springs/jar)
pickling spice (1/4 tsp/jar)
4 quart (she said liter, but a liter and a quart are about the same) jars, sterilized
Wash cukes and chill in ice water until crisp (I just did this while I did everything else). 
Put garlic, dill and pickling spice into each jar.  Put water, salt and vinegar into sauce pan and bring to a boil (just figure out how many jars you are going to do and you can multiply this as needed). 
Pour boiling water (I just heated some up in my teapot) over cucumbers to sanitize.  Drain and pack into prepared jars.  Pour prepared boiling water mixture over the pickles and seal up.   Boil in canner for 10 minutes.  Cool and store for at least 8 weeks before serving. 
Makes 4 quart jars of pickles.   

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Adam's work

Adam got a "good note" for being really good! We are so proud of him!  Here is some of Adam's recent work - we are working on coloring and control! 

Motorhome Trip

We went to Colorado to spend a few days with my parents in the motorhome!
Garden of the Gods

Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument

Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center

Castlewood Canyon State Park - Andrew made it 2 miles!