Monday, January 26, 2015

Biscuit's Bean Kiddie Kwip

Tonight Biscuit was picking through my giant bowl of salad (while I was eating it) in search of olives and kidney beans to eat.  

She pulled out a bean that had a piece of cilantro over the top and said to herself,

"Oh, why does this bean have hair?"  

And then she ate it.  Gave me a good chuckle.

(This will be added to the selection of Kiddie Kwips that can be viewed in the top tabs of my blog.)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Walking my way to a happier heart

This past November my doctor talked with me about exercise and weight loss to avoid diabetes and heart disease.  110 excess pounds is nothing to laugh at.  

So I've been keeping track of what I eat with My Fitness Pal's app for the past 66 days.  I've lost about 14 lbs so far.

But just in the last two weeks I've finally added the exercise in and I'm feeling it and loving it!
These cuties have become my walking buddies.  All the kids love to walk with me, but these two get their jackets so quick and are giddy to be my walking buddies.
They like to pick all the wildflowers they see along the way and stop to watch little birds hop about.
I love to see them walking hand in hand.  It does my heart good.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pookie's Minecraft party

Squdge (with a Steve head) hitting the ghast piñata.

Everyone enjoyed wearing the Steve head.  This is Bun in it.  We covered the eyeholes during the piñata and the pin the tail on the pig game.

Pookie, the teenager, blowing out his candles.
This game was called, "Upset the chest."  There was one less chair than people.  Each player was assigned to be:  gold, iron, or diamond.  The person in the middle called out a material.  If it was yours, you had to change seats and the person in the middle would try to get a seat.  Whoever didn't get a seat was the next to call out a material.  If they called out, "Upset the chest!" then everyone switched at the same time.  The twins were guaranteed to call that.  I think they enjoy chaos.  ;)

Pin the tail on the pig -- you play it like pin the tail on the donkey.  Instead of a blindfold, we used the Steve head. There was a whole lot of laughter during this game.
Crush the Creeper game-- 
We blew up green balloons and drew creeper faces on them.  We tied them around our ankles.  The object is to pop other people's balloons without getting yours popped.  Once your balloon is popped, you're out.  There was lots of squealing and panic during this game.

Mining for gold game--
Pack a cup with flour and invert it on a plate.  Put a coin or candy on top.  Everyone takes turns slicing off some of the flour.  

Whoever makes it fall has to get it out with their mouth and no hands to help.

Hammy was clearly upset for Pookie's friend here going for the candy.  
Pookie-- a good sport.
So young and so bearded.

We had lots of fun Minecraft-ish foods.
Golden apples, carrots, slime (lime jigglers), sand blocks (rice Krispy treats).  It was hilarious to see kids from 4-13 walk around with handfuls of the jigglers. They were probably the most popular food.
Dirt blocks (cocoa Krispies treats) and veggie dip next to it-- but are not to be eaten together ;)

Pookie said it was his best birthday ever.  

Mission accomplished.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Two little girls and their iPuppy

Dear Journal,

This evening before bed, I found Peach (4) and Biscuit (2 1/2) giggling and taking my phone for a walk by its cord like it was a puppy.  

I yelled at first sight.  Then I saw the happy look on their faces dissipate.  

I suppose my phone costs about the same as a puppy-- but it doesn't poop.  

I love dogs.  But with eight small kids in a 3-bedroom home looking at possibly moving overseas this year, a dog is not in our near future.  

Would it be so bad if I let them pretend things are puppies and take them on walks?

I love these little imaginative girls.
Biscuit and Peach at the playground today hiding in the shade of the playhouse because it was so sunny out.

Friday, December 26, 2014

A heavenly glimpse

What if every single day that you went away to school or work, your family blew you kisses and waved "I love you" signs at you?

And when you come home they throw themselves around your waist and try to jump up in your arms as they're squealing with delight "Yay!  You're home!  Yay!!!"

Everyday my kids do this for Danny when he leaves.  On the rare occasion I separate from them, they do it for me too.

I imagine Heavenly Father did this when we left our heavenly home.  I'm sure the reunion will be even more grand.  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

How sweet is this gift Peach received from her Sunbeam teacher??
We should all feel the love of Christ in our lives on Christmas and everyday.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Cheesecake lessons

I taught my 11-year old, Gabbers, how to make a cheesecake today.
I honestly debated with myself before doing it as I don't think I'm a very good teacher and didn't want to ruin the experience for her. Then the thought popped into my head (maybe inspired) to make a cheesecake with her by my side making her own.
She dropped the panful of graham cracker crumbs and without a sigh or disapproving look from me, she started to clean it up. Then I helped her finish cleaning.
She dropped a raw egg on the inside bottom of the fridge which bounced and landed on the floor. We cleaned it up with no upset and moved on.
 I am so pleased with her. She did everything except put the pan in the oven and take it out.

I have been thinking about my teaching ability this week and how I'm not a natural at it like my husband. But today I realized Heavenly Father wants me to teach them and he will "lead me" and "guide me" and "walk beside me" as I do the same for my children.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Easy Peasy Cheeseball

Cheeseball is a family favorite around the holidays.  It's super simple and taste worlds better than store-bought cheeseballs.

8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 oz. - 4 oz. finely grated cheddar cheese or colby jack (more for a firmer cheeseball, less for a softer one)
1/8 tsp. liquid smoke
2 T. dried chopped chives or chopped olives optional
chopped walnuts or pecans (or just some more grated cheese if you have allergies)
crackers like Wheat Thins, Triscuits, or Ritz crackers, or our new fave Mary's Gone Crackers

  1. I place the 8 oz. block of cream cheese in my glass oatmeal bowl. (Use at least a four cup capacity bowl.)
  2. Poke a finger hole about 1/2 inch into the cream cheese. 
  3. Pour the liquid smoke in the hole.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped chives or olives over the cream cheese.
  5. Grate the cheese directly into the bowl.
  6. Squish it all up until the ingredients are pretty evenly distributed throughout. 
  7. Shape it into a ball. Coat it with chopped walnuts.
  8. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge.  
Place 8 oz. cream cheese in a 1 qt. bowl.  Poke a finger hole about 1/2 inch into the cream cheese.  (I made a cheeseball right before this one.  That's why the bowl isn't washed out.)

Pour 1/8 tsp. to 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke in the hole.  If you pour too much, just use a corner of a paper towel to soak some up.  I probably have 1/2 teaspoon here, but we don't mind it strong.  ;)

Grate the cheese directly into the bowl on the cream cheese.
Squish it all up until ingredients are evenly distributed.  I use my hands 9/10 times.  It works much better than a wooden spoon.
You might need more cheese if you want a bigger cheeseball.
So grate more on top and then squish it up again.
Shape in a ball and roll in more grated cheese or chopped nuts.
We typically use walnuts, but we like pecans too.

Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge until time to eat.  I usually hide it.  Everyone in my family loves it and past experiences have shown that it won't survive until party time whole if they know it's there.



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