Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Well, after Trenton and Princeton, Washington had a little trouble with 2 battles - Brandywine and Germantown, PA. We have some news reporters interviewing General Washington about what happened at Germantown:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I found this link on how to take care of a baby from Dooce's blog. All of the cartoons were ridiculously funny but for some reason the very first one is the funniest thing to me and every time I think about it or look at it I get the giggles. Why does this tickle my funny bone? Somehow this is how I pictured Dave when we first brought Jill home. Not that I saw him test a bottle with his tongue but he was about this clueless.
I always feel so much better if I am laughing and I usually do that several times throughout the day...mostly at myself. So come on all you out there in blog land, delurk and tell us in the comments what made you laugh out loud today?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Oh so many things rambling through my wee tiny brain today. I decided I need to do my back exercises because I....well just because I am a lazy arse and have not done them in quite a long time. If anyone does exercises to stabilize their back what that really means is abdominal exercises. Yes, dreaded abdominals......you know the squishy, place in front where firm muscles used to be about four kids and million years ago. My doctor gave me this sheet of exercises and I told him I was really hoping after ten years that back exercises had changed to the equivalent of sitting on the couch eating popcorn and watching a good movie. He just stared me in the eye and said "do them". So to avoid yet a third back surgery I am trying to do these. So this morning I began with a fervor and got through about two minutes of the first few then decided that it would be better if I walked on the treadmill. He said I could you know but I think he meant after all of the exercises.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Happy Birthday sis. I love you.
I promised Vonda I'd put up a video of Jordan playing the guitar. Vonda, this isn't "The Entertainer" (I'll talk him into doing that later), but he is playing one of his favorite things (and the girls') to play: the blues - check out Lexie's moves:
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Hey sisters and nieces - here is another way I torture my homeschooled children. Send them out barefoot in the snow to see what the soldiers in the revolution felt like. You know, many had just rags on their feet, if anything, as they marched in the cold, icy snow. They left bloody footprints - so of course my children need to "feel their pain":
Of course, Soldier Lexie was insubordinate - no way was she going to be "foolish enough" to go outside with bare feet in the snow. She did, however, enjoy watching her siblings! So, now for a little education on crossing the Delaware and the battles of Trenton and Princeton:
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Today is a great day to celebrate because it is Kamisha's birthday. Kamisha is Barb's beautiful and favorite daughter. Of course she only has one daughter so it is pretty easy to be a favorite daughter isn't it? Hard to believe that little sweet girl is 31 and a mom. Happy Birthday sweet girl! I hope you have a wonderful day.
Friday, February 22, 2008
1 med. head lettuce, shredded
1/2 c. green onion, thinly sliced
1 c. celery, thinly sliced
1 can water chestnuts, drained, sliced
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas
2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 hard-cooked eggs, mashed
1/2 to 3/4 lb. bacon, sliced, crisply fried, drained, crumbled
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
Place shredded lettuce in shallow 4-quart bowl. Top with green onion, celery, and water chestnuts. Break frozen peas apart; sprinkle over salad. Spread mayonnaise over top. Sprinkle with sugar, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Cover; chill in refrigerator 24 hours.
Just before serving, sprinkle with mashed hard-cooked eggs and crumbled bacon. Garnish with tomato wedges.
Did you know that not all the battles in the American Revolution were against the British soldiers? Take a look at this battle - The Battle of Moores Creek in North Carolina.
Who are these people and why are they dressed in skirts? Well in this battle a group of Scottish decent Tories attacked the Whigs. What are Tories and Whigs? Tories were colonists who were loyal to the Crown (England) and the Whigs were the patriots. A group of Scottish Tories attacked the patriots over a bridge at Moores Creek - they failed miserably and the patriots were able to confiscate quite a bit of ammunition and supplies from them.
We had fun with an experiment while learning about this battle. Fort Sullivan was a rickety old fort. When the revolutionists found out that the British were going to attack, they fortified it with the only thing available: Palmetto (Palm) trees. These spongy trees were used along with sand behind them. Did it work? Were the Revolutionists better protected with Palmetto trees than with regular trees?
So yes, the Revolutionists at Fort Sullivan were well protected, they won the battle, and South Carolina still has the Palmetto Tree on its flag!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
So Dave decided he wanted to make this ham glaze that he found in Cooks Illustrated. He read, re-read , discussed it with BBQ Wade a million times and then went on to re-read about 229 times more. Of course those of you who know Dave he has a method about every thing he does. It is study, study, ponder, study, ponder, ponder, ponder....well you get my drift. So after a few
years weeks he went shopping for ingredients. I have learned that if it is for a major item I let him do all the research and shopping ahead of time and narrow it down a few of the brands we are comparing and then I will go look at those two or three for our final decision. Otherwise we spend enormous amounts of wasted time walking around, reading, pondering, discussing and on and on and on. This really wasn't a major purchase but it seemed like it after all the discussion he and BBQ Wade had about this ham glaze.
He does his magic cooking this ham and lovingly basting it until it was the perfect caramelized crust. Looks beautiful doesn't it?
Aha! But if you look closer you can see a rough little gauge in the surface of the ham. What?
Apple Cider and Brown Sugar Glaze
Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough to glaze ham
1 cup apple cider
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Bring cider, brown sugar, cinnamon stick and cloves to boil in small saucepan over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced to about 1 1/3 cups, 5 to 7 minutes. Baste ham during the last fifteen to twenty minutes of cooking time.
Blurted by Vonda at 5:53 AM
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Oh how I love pussy willows. Doesn't this just make you want to plant flowers and dig in the earth? When I was young I remember walking on the county road and gathering a bunch of these to put in water at home. There is just something about the soft sweetness of a pussy willow that makes the day brighter. Spring hurry!
Monday, February 18, 2008
No, don't worry, we're not torturing our children (too much anyway) in homeschooling! This is Nathan Hale - one of the brave souls who gave his life for his country. He really looks dead huh? Don't worry he's not! We also have a bit of information for you about the battle at Long Island. The revolutionists were almost trapped in this one but God provides a way out and George Washington took it!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Here is Henry Knox, the Ox, hauling the cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston for George Washington so that he can take over Boston from Dorchester Heights (check out Henry's belly, after all, he was 300 pounds):
And now for the video - you are going to learn all kinds of interesting facts - even how to load and fire a cannon. You never know when that information will come in handy!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Saturday when Barb and Rick brought Joey and Kallista to see the rabbit it turned out to be beautiful and sunny. One of the first things that has to happen is a visit to the chickens to see if any eggs are laid. The hens have been a little lazy lately so even though one was on the nest there was nary an egg. But the chickens enjoyed the sun while free ranging.
I love to look at the hens while they are outside roaming about. Now if I could just train them not to poop wherever they feel like it.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Saturday morning Barb brought her two sweet grandchildren to visit and see Kelli's rabbit. As they were getting ready to leave Joey found a frog in our swimming pool. He was wishing it was alive but sadly most things die from chemicals fairly soon. But he retrieved it and here he is trying to give it CPR. He wanted to keep it so bad and I offered to put it in a jar and preserve it with vinegar but Barb was having no part of that. Gosh Barb, you are kind of a mean grandma.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Well, we're at the Battle of Concord now - we even have special effects. Check out the smoke when the town is set on fire =0) The revolutionists get a bit shaken when they see the size of the Redcoat Army - they kind of look like the Don Knox Movie: Shakiest Gun in the West for a minute - but they recover nicely and send the redcoats a pack'n!!! We revolutionists seem to have caught a cold in the middle of this fighting - so please excuse the red noses and coughing! For those of you who lurk here without commenting - please comment. My kids love it! They are so excited to see if anyone has watched their videos. Sisters & nieces - pay close attention - you want to make sure you pass your test!
Friday, February 8, 2008
These are photos from our day visiting Loretta in Astoria. Schelly was busy showing us everything about the beach.
Did you ever open the newspaper and find something like this? Normally I don't but every once in a while I will go to read the continuation of some article and find it chopped up or removed completely. This seemed to be the horoscope section cut out. I have a pet peeve about Dave taking the newspaper to work with him every day and then he brings it home and reads it the entire evening as well. So by the time I get to read it the day is gone and sometimes it is the next day. I wondered if Kelli had cut this out for some strange reason but couldn't imagine that any horoscope was all that important. I do look at the horoscope but I don't really care one way or the other if I miss it. However, I. Hate. Holes. In. My. Paper.
So Dave is casually
hogging reading the paper when I walk through the room. See how innocent he looks when asked who cut the hole in the paper? "Who me?" he says in mock surprise after my accusations begin to flow.