Wednesday, November 24, 2010

wonderful waffles

in my life 
have I enjoyed waffles
quite so much.
And I've always enjoyed waffles.
these waffles.
These waffles are amazing.
They are almost as good leftover - warmed in the toaster.

I got the recipe from a book
that was more of a memoir than a cookbook
but it did have a recipe included with each chapter.
I'm not linking to it, 'cause I don't really recommend the book.
Just the waffle recipe.
Have I mentioned that the waffles are incredible?

You want me to share??
Oh, okay.

Needless to say, I tweaked it just a tad.

I should also mention
there is one tiny flaw to these waffles
which I have chosen to overlook
since I haven't manged to correct it.
We normally eat leftover waffles
as in 
straight out of the fridge
or even freezer,
but these waffles taste absolutely nasty plain.
But with maple syrup?
They are divine.
Add whipped cream;
you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

Amazingly Wonderful Waffles
½ c. warm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast (2  1/3 tsp)
2 c milk, warmed
½ c. butter, melted (I use ½ coconut oil, ½ butter)
1 TBS honey
1 tsp salt
2 c. whole wheat flour (I use soft white)
2 eggs, beaten
½ tsp baking soda

Use a large mixing bowl; the batter will rise to double. 
Put the water in mixing bowl and sprinkle in yeast.
Let stand 5 minutes or so.
Add milk, butter, honey, salt, and flour to the yeast and beat until smooth.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap or towel and let stand overnight at room temp.
Just before cooking waffles, add the eggs and baking soda and stir till well mixed. 
Batter will be quite thin.
Cook on hot waffle iron using a scant 1/3 c. per grid.
(Do not use Belgian waffle maker - use the type that makes 4 waffles)
Bake until crisp and golden (for my waffle iron it takes 4:44)    

I usually make a double batch and have plenty of leftovers;
last time I made them, I just did 1 1/2 batches
and we ate every single one.
I think I know what we're having for breakfast tomorrow...

Monday, November 22, 2010

picnic lunch - great weather for it!

Inspired by a text I received from Lana
with a picture of my favorite grandbaby
and the above words
just as I was pulling bread out of the oven,
I decided to take our lunch outside.

spoons make great spreaders for kids!

The cats were hoping for an invitation, too.

A baby (toddler? - adolescent?) walking stick joined us,
without bothering to wait for an invitation.

what the hey - I will let the cat join us

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I think I've found it.
Our spot.
A place we can return to often.
and know.
Silly thing is - it was there all along.

I'd e-mailed a friend in the summer
asking if there were any water-holes near here.

I wanted a place we could explore weekly.
I pictured us wading when it was hot;
skipping rocks when it was cold.
Collecting bugs and flowers and rocks and sticks.

Her husband wrote me back.
Most places he mentioned were 1/2 hour away or so;
I wanted less of a drive,
The one place closer, 
he cautioned me against going without a full-grown male.

My sister in law sent me a note today
and in it, told me to enjoy the sunshine for her, if we had any.
She lives in Latvia and it's positively dreary right now.

I was washing dishes this morning
and it looked so beautiful outside;
the sun was shining brightly
and I knew it wasn't too chilly.
I thought of Kaylana.
"What if we just go?" I wondered.

I'd thought about this little water hole several times before
but dismissed it
thinking it was just to far to head to regularly.

I called Tyler and asked him how to get there
(boy - that's a switch!)
threw some apples, crackers and cheese in  a box
added some towels - in case somebody fell in
and we were off.

The minute we stepped out of the car
I knew it was the right decision.
I'd known it the minute we hit the highway
but it was confirmed when we arrived.
"Just listen to that water, Mom!" said Jeremiah,
"It's not all that deep but it sounds like a waterfall."


I feel better today than I've felt in a long time.

If I've thought it once,
I've thought it fifty times
and said it quite a few,
"If I could just get to the ocean, I'll be okay."

Maybe I don't need the ocean
maybe just a little water-hole will do.

And to think
it was there all the time.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Lexi didn't ask to nurse today.
Which is odd
considering yesterday
she asked more than usual
and at one point was pulling on my shirt
begging, "Please! Please! Please!!

It's been a really long week.
I'm not entirely sure why, even.

The boys are still loving TKD!
They've all earned at least two stripes for their belts.

I really want to learn to knit.
Or maybe
I just want to be able to knit.

I don't know when I would knit, if I could.
I haven't managed to squeeze in any sewing in quite some time.
My pathetic attempts at crochet have fallen by the wayside.
Roselle taught Lana to crochet.  :-)

We bought a bed for the girls from Overstock;
the playroom will be their bedroom.
Have you ever ordered a queen-size bed on-line before??
They had that thing shrink-wrapped, folded and rolled up.
I was just sure they'd sent us the wrong size!

Tony got a letter from UAFS today.
They want his Fall transcript before they'll accept him.
Funny thing is
the admissions guy we talked to said no one would be applying
for the prestigious scholarships till mid-December at the earliest
because they wouldn't have their 7th semester transcripts yet.

I'm really liking Seven Quick Takes lately; 
seems I don't have time for much else these days.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I hope you don't mind, Honey....

Tyler got a sweet note from a very dear friend today.
It's things like this 
that help you make it
when the going is rough.

"Although I do miss getting to be around you,
 to paraphrase (adulterate?)scripture, 
"If you've seen the Son, you've seen the Father." 
into a wonderful copy of you."

works for me!

As Brandon was taking out the dreaded trash 
a few weeks ago
he said, "I think this is the best thing we've ever done!"

Now that's something you don't hear every day.
(from a twelve year old - especially!)

A year or two ago
- I forget exactly how long it was -
I moved our giant roll of Member's Mark trash bags
to the bottom of the trash can.
I was tired of having to remind boys to put in a new bag
e v e r y
they took out the trash.
They'd pull the full bag out
tie it and take it outside
and then disappear,
forgetting to come back
grab a fresh bag out of the cabinet
and re-line the can.

Now they take the full bag out
put a new one in
('cause it's just right there!)
tie the bag
and they're on their way.

Monday, November 15, 2010


 I'm ready to put the Beastie down for her nap.
She's still asking to nurse
so we start out with tears
and kicking.
began a rousing rendition of 
- chorus only; it's all I know -
figuring Lex' will stop crying and join in;
that's what she usually does.
(You have to wonder how I come up with these routines.)
Instead of singing along with me, though,
she put her fingers on my lips.

Dolly Parton, I am not.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

the very last last time

That's that.
We're done.


Lexi had her last nurse Tuesday morning
at 8:00.
It followed her second-to-last nursing
which was Sunday night around 10.

She's still asking to nurse occasionally
but she doesn't treat me like a deaf imbecile anymore 
when I gently tell her, "No, Momma doesn't have much milk left."
She just gets angry.
I can handle.
If she got sad
that would just undo me.

I thought I was fine with it.
After I realized I could actually drink one now,
I even bought a fancy Java beverage at Sonic this morning
where I took Ton' for a treat 
after we dropped off his application package at UAFS
(before remembering
we are only supposed to be drinking H20 right now 
in order to raise money for a well.
Since we pretty much always only drink water
it's a non-issue. Except this one time....sigh)
I was fine with it
until I started writing this post.
And it hit me.
was the very last time
I'll have a last time
of nursing.
And it passed without fanfare.
Like so many 'growing up's do.
It's really stupid that I'm crying right now
'cause I don't even like nursing all that much.
But I do like loving my babies
and now
I have one less way to love her.
Lex' did so love to nurse!

kids cook 1 2 3

What a fun book!
It caught my eye as I was leaving the library
so I had to run back and check it out, too.
It's filled with
- you guessed it -
recipes that use only three ingredients!
It's not really for little kids though;
they'll need some help.
It just so happens
that we have lots of help in this house.
Josiah and Brandon picked out a few recipes
to make for lunch.


Friday, November 5, 2010

seven quick takes - just life edition

I have determined that ice and cold water in the door
are a bit over-rated.
We’ve had wet carpet by the fridge since Sunday, noonish.

Poor poor Papa!
He isn’t used to staying up late
and getting up during the night with The Beastie.
She is doing a lot better though
and he’s got her going to bed much earlier, around 11:30.
He’s looking forward to the time change.

Lexi came into bed with me this morning.
I was so happy to snuggle up with my wild-haired sweetie!

Boys are loving Taekwondo!
They got their uniforms Tuesday;
The look so cute!
‘Specially Josiah!

Speaking of wild haired sweeties and happy…
Last night when I nursed her
(we’re down to 3 times a day now)
She smiled so big and clapped when I pulled out the boob.
When we switched sides
She smiled even bigger (if that were possible)
clapped again
and said, “Happy.”

In an effort to create even the slightest bit of margin in the house,
we’ve been playing musical chairs with the furniture.
And cleaning everything top to bottom.
And I do mean everything.
We started with the boys' closet
which has been a black hole since we moved in.
most of the house is a total wreck right now.

It’s pretty stinkin’ hard to create margin
with 8 people living
in a 975 sq ft house.

Visit Jen for more quick takes. Thanks, Jennifer, for hosting!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

test prep tools

This may seem an odd thing to post about,
but these ACT resources have served us well
three times now.
I want to be able to find the titles
in 4 or 5 years when we need them again.
It's a well known fact 
that my brain is no place to store important info,
so I figured the ole blog is the vault of choice.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

happy birthday, Sam!

I was helping Tyler prepare his lesson for Riverwalk
and there
on the sidebar 
(I never look at sidebars!)
was Sam.
is his birthday;
he's 17.
Only one more year and he's out of chances.
It about broke my heart to think of a young man
near my Tony's age
being to old to sponsor.
Growing up
not knowing that somebody cared enough to choose him.
But you know what?
I care.
We choose him.
I told Tyler we could give up our 'bill-pay dinner'.
He reminded me
that we'll have opportunities to give to orphanages in Africa.
I told him we'd just find something else to give up.
You think Down's babies are close to my heart?
Starving African babies very nearly do me in.
Sam, happy birthday.
I hope this is your best year yet!
You are valuable.
You are beautiful.
You are chosen.
You are loved.

you gotta watch this

It's no secret there's a big ole soft spot in my heart
for those with Down Syndrome.

Many thanks to my sweet sister-in-law
for sending this fantastic story my way.
(go ahead, click the link right now; I'll wait. Oh, turn your sound up!)
I love everything about this video,
from the way the opposing team 'tried' to tackle him
and the way Ike's team supported him
to his little victory dance at the end.
He and his family must have felt so loved that night!

Speaking of DS
ya'll are keeping up with Nella, right??
She is such a doll!
And doing so well, too!!