Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I just made these sweet little treats this morning. I always have leftover homemade cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving and for the past couple of years I have used it up by making these cute little bites. All I do is make a basic pie crust, roll it out, and roughly cut little circles with a sharp knife. I like the rustic look when not using a perfectly round cookie cutter. Then I put a little dollop of cranberry sauce in the middle, scrunch up the sides, sprinkle on a little sugar, pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until a little golden. And now we have a nice little treat to go along with afternoon coffee or tea.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
We had a lovely Thanksgiving. My husband's brother Taraz flew in from Denver and spent a couple nights at our house but stayed in the area for a week. The day after Thanksgiving instead of doing the crazy Black Friday shopping our family went camping. Yep, that's how we roll. Give us the outdoors to a shopping mall any day even if that day is cold and wet. :) My mother and father-in-law drove out to Twanoh State Park on Friday to get their camp all set up.
Daniel had a blast being outside and goofing off with his uncles. George was splitting some wood and came across a piece that had termite larvae in it. I dared one of the guys to eat one for a dollar but oddly none of them took me up on the offer. :) Maybe I should have upped it to five dollars. (Those little white things that look like wood chips are the larvae.)
Daniel liked the little trails the termites ate out of the wood. It turned into a little school lesson about termites. That's what I love about homeschooling, every day is a day full of opportunities to learn.
Daniel helped Uncle Rahmat with stacking the wood Rahmat split. Daniel made the pile you see there. He LOVES working outside just like his daddy. Pretty soon he'll be splitting firewood on my parents' property for their wood stove. :)
The creek was full of dead chum salmon who had just spawned. The smell was something else!!! But we did see several live chum making their final trip up the creek which was pretty cool to see. Once again another little school lesson for Daniel. :)
A live one.
Daniel had a blast exploring around the campsite and getting good and dirty. He slept REALLY good that night.
George, Taraz, Daniel and I went down to the beach there on the Hood Canal. Daniel had a blast down there too and had all kinds of questions. Taraz made a comment about how it was like Daniel was in Disneyland that's how excited he was about everything. My father-in-law said we could all benefit by looking at the world through the eyes of a child.
Staying warm in Uncle Taraz's coat.
And what was the most fascinating thing we saw that day??!! A payphone...that actually still works! This picture cracks me up. We seriously were fascinated by the payphone. I guess this was Daniel's history lesson for the day? :)
Back at the campsite Daniel made his own little "campfire" to roast "marshmallows" on.
My sister-in-law Ruhiyyih and her husband Matt came out for a little bit too and brought my sweet little niece Adaryn.
Just give me a baby and a campfire and I am all set. :) (Picture taken by Bonita.)
Niece after her Auntie's heart! Can never start them too young on Starbucks. ;)
Have a cozy, warm weekend everyone!
You can watch a little video of Daniel and Uncle Rahmat "grass sledding", the chum salmon, the water and sweet little Adaryn. Click on the link below.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Now starts the countdown to Thanksgiving. I have my checklist of what to do each day this week up until Thanksgiving posted to the fridge. I am hoping my family might pitch in to check off at least one or two things on the list. *wink wink*
My tasks for today are to make my cranberry sauce, chicken broth, and clean some windows. I plan on doing just a little bit each day so I'm not scrambling like a mad woman on Thanksgiving. All I want to have to do on Thanksgiving is be cooking and setting the table. I do have to work 5am to 10am but that still leaves me plenty of time to cook that turkey. Everyone is suppose to arrive at 5pm. We'll be having 15 this year with ALL of Rue's siblings being here which is very exciting! Time for family pictures!! :)
Here is my freshly made cranberry sauce! Yes, those are Christmas decorations you see in the background. Yes, I decorated for Christmas this last week. I decorated one year for Christmas before Thanksgiving and everyone loved it so much that it has become a tradition. :)
I had to include this picture of Daniel and Daddy reading a bed time story together. This Momma was a puddle of mush on the floor. :)
This is the book they are reading. We have a few different Fern Hollow books. I grew up with them and they are lovely little stories. This is all Daniel wants me to read to him right now. I highly recommend this as a Christmas present for any of the little people in your life. :)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week everyone!!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Daniel has been so excited for Uncle Taraz's visit on Thanksgiving and he was asking about 50 millions times a day if Uncle Taraz was here yet. So I decided we should make a paper chain so his little mind has an easier time processing when Uncle Taraz will be here. I let him pick the papers out of my fall scrapbooking stash. He has been tearing off a piece every day and then counting how many are left.
He was playing the other day and I found this. He had taken an old monkey "leash" we had used on hikes for him and made it into a little "snuggly" for his stuffed turtle. :)
As a fun school activity on Monday morning we played with shaving cream. I am hoping this will help him with learning to write his letters. He gets so frustrated trying to write them on paper. Writing them with a finger in some shaving cream is much easier...and way more fun. :) There wasn't too much "writing" this time around, he was getting used to how the shaving cream feels on his hands. I have found he doesn't like his hands being dirty or sticky. But by the end he got used to how it felt. And yes, he is wearing one of my Starbucks aprons. :)
Speaking of Starbucks...looky what I have!!! One of the greatest perks for working at Starbucks is a free pound of coffee every week! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand...
...red cups!!!!!! Some people might complain it's too early, but not this girl! I am happy, happy, happy!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Here are my little Trick-or-Treaters! Well, one of them is not so little anymore but she had fun taking Daniel from house to house. He only lasted a few houses and then he got scared. He didn't like going up to people's houses. He came back and sat in the car with me and he enjoyed watching all the kids walk by all dressed up. I especially liked a couple of little girls dressed up as ketchup and mustard bottles. Too cute and not scary, my kind of costume!
I had to share these pictures of my cousins Eva-Karin and Mary Beth's little guys! There is just too much cuteness going on! Ethan was a monkey. Apparently he rarely took the costume off before Halloween.
His little brother Cody was a pumpkin. That is a little sugar pumpkin I could just gobble up!!
Mary Beth's little guy Asher decided to be a pumpkin too! The cuteness is just too much! I am very sad we live so far apart. Most of my cousins live down in LA and we don't get to see them nearly enough.
We got a fancy new computer this week and Daisy and Daniel were playing around with the camera. This is what I discovered saved to the computer this morning. :)
My mother-in-law sent me this picture on Facebook a couple days ago. She asked if I wouldn't love to go on a nice long hike in those mountains and then come back to this little cabin. Yes, yes I would. :)
I am so excited it's November!!! That means Thanksgiving is close! Everyone is coming over to our house again this year, I can't wait! We found out that my husband's brother Taraz will be flying up from Colorado on Thanksgiving day to join the festivities. Daniel was beside himself with excitement when I told him. He loves his Uncle Taraz! Uncle Rahmat will be there too and Daniel is not going to know what to do with himself having his two crazy uncles around to play with.
Have a lovely Sunday everyone! Hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep! I did, but then I woke up an hour early and couldn't fall back asleep! Ha! :)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I have been staying away from all refined sugar and flour lately. Staying away from those things is so much better for my headaches, migraines, and energy level (and my waistline). I found myself really wanting a sweet treat though so I searched around on Pinterest for something sweet but not full of junk. I found this recipe for a raw "Snickers Bar". I was a little skeptical that it would taste good but I was beyond pleasantly surprised at how absolutely delicious it was! Who knew that pureeing peanut butter and dried dates together you will get a caramel-y taste. Plus with the nuts and chocolate it was simply satisfying. I used natural peanut butter instead of almond butter and peanuts instead of almonds just because that's what I had on hand. It is very rich so eating a small piece goes a long way and leaves you feeling satisfied. I have a feeling it's the coconut oil that helps you to feel satisfied. I highly recommend everyone give this a try! It may even help you to stay out of the kiddos Halloween candy. :)
Click here for the recipe!
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/65443000808932168/(Mine didn't look as pretty as the picture but was just as delicious.)
I got my garden all put to sleep and tucked in for the rest of the fall and winter. My first task in the spring will be to put up a fence. Nothing fancy, just enough to keep the deer out. My garden is on my parents property and a deer has been frequenting and helping himself to our garden bounty. My dad got this picture of the thief this past spring. I have to say he sure is cute...but stay out of my garden dude!
Have a lovely Sunday everyone!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
We took our 3rd annual trip to Ziemke's Farm Fresh Produce Pumpkin Patch in Buckley yesterday.
That pumpkin looks pretty rotten to me, better toss it out. ;)
Daisy lovingly named her pumpkin Reginald.
Daisy and Daniel with Gramma.
Love him sticking his little bottom out for the picture. :)
Daniel and Grampa.
Riding the tractor train.
Very happy little boy!
Waving to everyone he passed.
I love our annual trip to Buckley and the pumpkin patch. I definitely could live up on the plateau in that area. I would love to live out by Carbonado or Wilkeson. Lots of beautiful forests and nestled right up into the foot hills near Mt. Rainier.
I filled up on lots of pretty mini pumpkins and crazy shaped gourds. I love putting them all over the kitchen and living room. The big pumpkins we picked are out on our front porch. I am debating on whether or not to carve them. I want them to last until Thanksgiving. Maybe we'll just carve one. :) I also bought seven little assorted chrysanthemum plants at the store this past week and planted them in my front garden bed. That spot gets full on sun in the summer and I hadn't planted any flowers in there yet because they just would not survive. I read that chrysanthemums LOVE full sun so I am hoping they will do well there and I'll finally have something living in that spot. It will be so nice to have them blooming in the late summer and early fall.
It's suppose to be sunny all week so I plan on getting my veggie garden all put to sleep. I planted my spring garlic a couple weeks ago and it is starting to come up. I will cover it with a little layer of straw to give it a little protection over the winter. It's going to be fun having something to harvest right when I am planting everything in the spring!
Have a lovely week everyone!