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Monday, July 28, 2014

Bun and Biscuit's birthdays

Today we celebrated Bun and Biscuit's birthdays.  Bun turned 9 and Biscuit turns 2 tomorrow.
Bun, along with Danny's help, grilled hot dogs at the park for dinner.  He also picked up litter to finish one of the last three achievements for his Wolf in Cub Scouts.

All the kids had a fun time playing with sand, playing on the playground, and with bubbles from their goodie bags.

After dinner we came home and for Family Home Evening lesson listened to several examples of children who helped the planet by being humanitarians or environmentalists (the final thing in his Wolf book).  
After FHE, we had birthday cake for refreshments.  Biscuit was especially in awe at all the chocolate on the cake.  Her favorite!

Happy Birthday Bun and Biscuit!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Playing tricks on Auntie

The twins (almost 5), under the influence of cousin Anna (age 10), thought it would be totally fun and sneaky to dress alike and switch their natural hairstyles to trick Auntie Leslie.

Anna helped curl the front of Squdge's hair and straighten out Tater's swirl.

We'll see how many times today Auntie Leslie mixes them up.   :P

Anna is having a good time dressing the little girls like real live dolls.  

I still think the twins are fraternal.  But most extended relatives think they're identical.  What thinketh you?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fool's Gold on Friday

Today we learned about Samuel Champlain and Henry Hudson's explorations hoping to find a quicker passage to India and China to trade for silks and spices in Story of the World Volume 3 chapter 4.
We got done early since Danny had taken Hammy to his speech therapy and Bun and the twins tagged along to help him run errands afterwards.
So basically I just taught Pookie, Gabbers, and Peach about the elusive Northwest Passage, while Biscuit played with Nippett (the dog we are watching for my friend).
We were kinda bored when we were all done with our maps, comprehension questions, coloring pages, dictation sentences and chapter test.

So we made our own version of "fool's gold" with white glue and gold glitter.  We made about 10 gold nuggets.

And we made Peach a potty training success chart.

And we twiddled our thumbs and wondered how quiet and peaceful the house is with four less boys.

And we may have had fun with a sharpie too.







Saturday, June 21, 2014

How I saved $60 tonight


I saved $60+ today giving haircuts to six of my kids:  the five boys and then Gabbers bangs.  The boys' haircuts at the Exchange cost about $10 each.  I don't know how much girl haircuts are there.  

Luckily, she only wanted her bangs cut.  I'm not sure how I'd do on the rest of her hair.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

No ties this year.

I'm taking the chance Danny won't read the blog before he gets this candy bar sign from the kids.  
Happy Father's Day!


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Back to School in Pookieville

I updated our school boxes today.  While many friends are posting about school being out for the summer, we are starting the next grade level and are SO EXCITED SOME OF US WAKE AT 6 AM.  

I have advanced the oldest four to the next grade and started the twins and Peach on learning to read.

 Even though I have dozens of brand-new boxes of crayons, I decided not to give those out yet. I remember loving my own school supplies.  I imagine being one of eight kids, that's just as important.  

Well, Biscuit doesn't get one yet.  That would be like saying, "Here, go color on the walls and cut your sister's hair."  Nope.  We're not ready for that.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

When a Biscuit gets a Hammy to do her bidding

Biscuit walked into the kitchen and stood by the fridge waiting for her milk cup.  

Hammy came in and saw her, opened the fridge, and handed Biscuit the cup.

Next thing I know, he's lifting her up and she's snatching yogurts.

I said, "Hammy, don't let her raid the fridge."

He said, "But I... Biscuit wanted to... I didn't know... I thought she wanted to put her milk up high.  I was lifting her up."

"I see that," I replied.

Hammy set her down and said as he walked off, "Silly Biscuit..."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spaghetti & Meatballs Cake

Bun and I had so much fun making this Spaghetti and Meatballs cake for Cub Scouts.  
(Have I told you I LOVE this massive pan?  It's 13x17 and non-stick and a large family like ours finds uses for it several times a week.  I love it so much I bought a second one.)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Grandma's Ice-Box Cookies

My Grandma loved to bake.  She loved people with her food.  Maybe that's where I get it from.  This recipe intrigued me as a child because of the name "ice-box cookies" and the rectangular shape she often made them.

Yield approximately 12 dozen small cookies.  (small cookies means you can eat a lot more)
Preparation time:  13 to 18 minutes
Freezing time:  6 hours or overnight
Baking time:  15 minutes
These are one of our family's FAVORITE cookies!

1 cup (2 cubes) butter or margarine
1 cup shortening
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
5 cups flour (high-altitude add 1/4 cup flour plus 3 Tablespoons more flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1.  Cream butter or margarine with shortening.  Add eggs and sugars and cream again.
2.  Sift dry ingredients together; stir into sugar mixture.  Stir in nuts.  (really it's better with nuts!)
3.  Pour into a wax paper lined 9-by-13-inch pan.  Cover with wax paper.  Flatten into shape.
4.  Place in freezer 6 hours or overnight.
5.  Slice frozen cookie dough into 4 strips and wrap each individually in waxed paper.  Return to freezer until ready for use.
6.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300 degrees (high-altitude 325 degrees).  Remove only 1 strip at a time.  Slice about 3/16-inch thick for each cookie, placing about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
7.  Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Remove immediately from cookie sheets while hot or cookies will break.

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