Thursday, January 29, 2009

what it looks like

You now know what it looks like when a 2-year old puts on all their underwear at once. 11 pairs, I believe. This done quietly while I was putting Lanelle to sleep. It made me laugh and I hope it made you smile at least.
We've had a busy month and it has slipped by too quickly. Now I am thinking about what life will look like next week when I'm back at work. I wonder what dropping the kids off will look like. Although I've gotten a taste of it this week and know it is not going to look or sound pretty, on Kellen's part that is. I'm praying that it won't take him too long to adjust. I wonder what the house will look like with a lot less attention. I wonder if I'll look sane or not after the first week. I wonder what our balance of time and priorities will look like. I'm hopeful we'll find a new normal quickly. The kids have a GREAT sitter and situation with very few other kids. I have a great job that I am excited to do again. And I do have a great husband who is being and promising to be even more helpful. Keep us in your prayers and I'll hopefully find a minute next week to let you know what its looking like.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Recipe 8: Orange Cranberry Muffins

1.5 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 whole navel orange
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh cranberries

1. Combine dry ingreds
2. Cut off ends of orange, cut into quarters, remove seeds. DON'T peel. (I know its tempting). Process in food processor (yes, including the peel) with egg, milk and oil.
3. Stir orange mixture into flour just until moistened. Gently mix in cranberries.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

These have such a great orange flavor. I love them. And its a great way to use up oranges that aren't the greatest. Again this is from the Dietitians of Canada: Simply Great Food. Maybe you should just buy the book.

I made these for New Years, which we celebrated at our house with a Mamma Mia theme. Crystal liked them so I said I would post for her. Wasn't the last recipe for you too, Crystal?

Crystal, Andrea, Deanna

All of us women/girls

Monday, January 05, 2009

Kenana Knitter Critter

Here's my favorite gift I gave this Christmas. It was kind of last minute and didn't actually arrive in time, but Lanelle didn't notice it was late! This lion was knit in Kenya with local home spun wool, dyed with plants grown in gardens. Learn more about the knitters here. It came signed by the knitter - Margaret Mukami!!! You probably know Margaret is Lanelle's middle name and the name of both my Grandmas. So I was so excited when I saw the name! It is my favorite knitter critter ever and I'm working hard to make sure Lanelle gets attached to it.

I ordered it from parentingbynature and would highly recommend them. I've bought their diapers too and they are super helpful.