A Day To Remember

>> Sunday, May 31, 2009

Today is a very special day. On this day, May 31st, 2009, my oldest Daughter was baptized by my husband! Today has been a day of celebration! We praise God for our daughter, and the decision she has made to follow Him. Today is a day to remember!


Ice Cream

>> Saturday, May 30, 2009

Last night the girls and I made ice cream and this time I took a video. We did it a little differently as we doubled the recipe, and put the baggie with the milk mixture in a mixing bowl with a lid, rather than a larger zip lock. It didn't turn out quite as well, but I think part of that was due to the fact that it was 80 degrees inside, so as soon as we served the ice cream into the bowls it started to melt, very quickly!

My oldest daughter narrated the video, and my younger daughter made crazy faces. :-)

I feel a bit odd for posting a video, as I've never even posted pictures of my girls on this blog. But my husband recently started up his blog again and he's posting pictures and videos, so I figure I might as well. Enjoy!


Quote of the Day

>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Maybe growing up is harder than I thought it would be!" ~ Words of wisdom, by my 8-year old.


Say What?

>> Sunday, May 24, 2009

This morning my girls decided to wear their Easter dresses to church. My husband has been taking a picture of them every day lately to send out to the Grandparents, and when my 8-year old saw her picture she said, "I look like Mommy!" At first I was flattered... then she continued, "I look really old!" Kids. :-)


Recipe for Fun

>> Monday, May 18, 2009

I've seen several recipes online for home made ice cream in a ziplock baggie, and I've always wanted to try it. Well, tonight I decided this would be as good of day as any! It's a great easy recipe to do with kids! You will need...


  • 1/2 cup milk (we used 2%, but it might be even better with whole)
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbs. Sea Salt
  • 4 trays of ice cubes
  • 1 quart sized ziplock bag
  • 2 gallon sized ziplock bags
  • broom and dustpan
  • 50's music
  • Mommy
  • 2 giggly girls
  • Pour milk into the small ziplock baggie. I found it helpful to push the baggie down into a tall glass, with the edges of the baggie hanging over. It made it real easy to make the baggie stand up. I measured out the milk, and my 5-year old helped me add all the ingredients.
  • Let your 5-year old scoop one Tablespoon of sugar out of the sugar canister
  • Sweep one tablespoon of sugar off of the Mommy, the counter, and the floor
  • Help your 5-year old measure out one Tablespoon of sugar, and add it to the milk
  • Poor in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, plus whatever extra splashes come with it
  • Seal up the baggie
  • Insert one gallon baggie into the other (This is extra protection in case all the shaking punctures a hole in your gallon baggie)
  • Fill the inside gallon baggie with all four trays of ice cubes
  • Insert the baggie with the milk mixture into the large baggie, burying it into the ice
  • Pour 2 Tbs. salt into the large baggie, and seal
  • Turn on the 50's music, and let the giggly girls take turns shaking up the bag!
We had such a blast with this! I didn't time to see how long we shook our bag, but we got a bit impatient for a sample so I'm sure it wasn't more than 10 minutes. It could have used a bit more shaking, but it turned out pretty good! We poured the ice cream into a small bowl, and each got a spoon and dug in. We'll make it again later this week when Daddy is home, and this time I think we'll make more than just one serving. 1/2 cup is just not enough to share between 3 or 4 people! :-) This would also be great with chocolate syrup!


Dinner Is Served

>> Sunday, May 10, 2009

For a while now my daughters have wanted to serve me breakfast in bed. Because they are rarely both up before me, this has been difficult for them to plan. So this morning my oldest daughter told me she wanted to serve me supper in bed for my Mother’s Day gift. I was very hesitant to agree to this as my husband leaves for work at 4:00, so they would be completely on their own in the kitchen. I almost said no, but I knew how important this was to her. So I reluctantly agreed, but tried not to show my hesitation to her. She was so excited, I didn’t want to spoil her fun.

My daughter planned out an entire menu, and had me get settled in bed. Then her younger sister brought in their little TV tray, and my older daughter handed me the menu. Each thing on the menu came with a price… kisses! My choices were:

Burritoe………………......1 kiss

PB&H……………………3 kiss’s

Cheese ‘n’ crackers………2 kiss’s

Cinnomon Toaster’s …….4 kiss’s

Oatmeal………………….1 kiss

Raisin’s ………………….1 kiss

Since my girls were completely unsupervised in this endeavor, I chose the peanut butter and honey sandwich. I didn’t want them using the microwave without an adult, or a sharp knife to slice cheese. They also had a list of sides to choose from, as well as desserts and drinks. I put in my order (including "Doritoe's (tm)", water, and some leftover Easter candy for dessert) and waited expectantly for this fantastic meal.

Listening to the girls in the kitchen was so much fun! Our bedroom isn’t too far from the kitchen, so I could hear what was going on. How precious hearing the girls work together so well in preparing supper for their Mommy… truly a gift of love! And fortunately I only heard the words “Uh oh!” once. :-)

I did have to try really hard not to laugh when I heard my older daughter yelling to her younger sister, “No don’t lick that! I still need to make my sandwich with it! Oh well, I’ll just rinse it off, but don’t lick it again!"

Finally everything was ready, and they brought my plate into the bedroom. They had made me a half peanut butter and honey sandwich. They tore the sandwich in half and arranged it on the plate along with the Doritos to resemble a smiley face. The two pieces of sandwich were the eyes, the chips were the smile and nose.

This was such a precious gift! It is definitely something I will cherish for many years to come. And there wasn't too big of a mess in the kitchen for me to clean up when supper was over. :-)

God has truly blessed me with my children!


Lasagna Roll Ups

>> Sunday, May 3, 2009

Today for lunch my husband tried a new recipe. We had company (his parents and uncle) which was great fun, and something we don't do near enough. If only I could cook as well as my husband! Oh well, he is an excellent cook, and I enjoy eating his creations! Rather than repeat the entire recipe here, instead I'll give you the picture, and link where you can see the recipe yourself. Oh, and my hubby also made his homemade sauce, from his own recipe. I love it when he makes things from scratch, so we can controll the sodium, and other things we don't want adding up in our food. I look forward to the day when we can have a garden, and grow our own veggies!

Ok, so here's the picture, and the recipe...


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