Sunday, April 29, 2012

He Says the Darnedest Things

Last Sunday was Austin's 4th Birthday.  It was also the day Breslyn came home from the hospital, so we all went over to make sure he had a special day.

I think we succeeded.

Later that week, on Wednesday night, I went over to help out with the kids and to make a good dinner for Krissy.  While I was out in the kitchen, Krissy was nursing Breslyn and Austin finally noticed.  (The fact that she's been home for 4 days, feeding her every 2-4 hours, seems to have gone un-noticed.)  Here is their conversation:

Austin: "Is that your boob?

Krissy:  "Yes, this is how I feed Breslyn."

Austin:  "Chewing on your boob.  Dross!" (That's how he says Gross.  It adds something to the story.)

Krissy:  "Well, this is how you feed new babies.  I feed you and Ryan like this when you were babies."

Austin: "Dross"

I missed the rest of her very mature response as I was running from the room laughing.

Ya got to love him.

Friday, April 20, 2012

She's Here!

Welcome Breslyn Marie.

Born April 19.

She is beautiful and so are her parents.

Congrats Krissy and Jay.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What's in a Word

You know how sometimes you get a song in your head and you can't get it out?  Well, this week, I've had a word in my head and I can't seem to get rid of it.  It"s been bouncing around in there since Monday.

And strangely enough...I'm not even sure if it's a real word.


That's the word I can't get out of my head.  I think this is really strange and I don't understand it.  Has anyone ever had a word stuck in their head or is it just me?

This is such kerfuffle.

Update:  This word finally left my brain.  Thank goodness.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Post Easter Pea Soup

If you had ham for Easter dinner, what did you do with the ham bone?

I made mine into pea soup.

 (Pea Soup is very hard to photograph)

Half the audience just groaned, I know.  Pea soup is one of those things that you either love it  or hate it.  There is no middle ground here.  As you probably guessed, I'm in the love it category, as is my mom, Caitlin, BW and now Rick.

Here's how I made it:

Ham bone (with any usable meat removed)
32 ounces chicen broth
1 large scrubbed carrot (cut into 3 chunks)
1 large stalk of celery (cut into 3 chunks)
1 quater onion (skin included)
64 ounces of water
3 bay leaves

Put the ham bone in a large soup pot and add chicken broth and 64 ounces of water.  Add the carrot, celery, onion wedge and bay leaf.  Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Reduce heat to simmer and let cook for two hours.

After two hours, remove ham bone and let it cool.  Strain broth to remove everything but the broth.  Discard all the bits and veggies that were left.

2 large carrots, diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 Tbl olive oil
1 or 2 cloves garlic minced
2 Tbl butter
1 pound dried peas
1 Tsp dried thyme
6-7 diced red skin or new potatoes

Return the broth to the soup pan and cook on medium heat.  Add the dried peas and thyme. Cook for 45 minutes until peas are tender, but still formed.

In a separate pan, saute the carrots, celery and onion in the olive oil until tender (about 5 minutes).  Add the garlic and 2 Tbl butter.  Continue to sauté on low heat until nicely browned.  (15 mintues).

Add the carrot mixture and potatoes to the broth.  Cook for 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.

When the ham bone is cool enough to handle, pull off and chop up ham.  Add back into soup.  Season with pepper.

The soup is done.  If you would like, you can use an immersion blender to blend the soup into a smooth mixture which is what I did.

This is one of those soups that is actually better the next day.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's All in the Details

Easter was very special the year.  We got the families together this year to celebrate Easter and also Luke's 2nd Birthday.

Caity hosted the party and she made it very special with little touches that only she can do.  First off, she made these:

She did it with balloons, embroidery thread and glue.  So cute.

And this was how she did the flowers:

What a great way to use peeps.

Here was Luke's Birthday cake:

She had this made by "That's Just Delish".  Adorable isn't it.

And than my personal favorite.  Raspberry and peach trifle.  Thank you for making this Cait.  It was sooooo good.

And family events are always made more special by these monkeys:

"Please note daddy has to hold my hands down or I would so be grabbing this cake."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Card of the Week

I am so happy with how this card turned out, especially because it's for my sister.

It feels like all the elements aligned to help inspire me to new heights.  A unique sketch, a great paper combo and a little bit of luck.

Here is the CPS Sketch:

And here is my interpretation:

Thanks CPS as always for getting me going.

Can't wait to give it to my sis.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Good Intentions

I've been "Pinning" all sorts of Spring and Easter wreaths, with every intention of making one.  But by the time I checked out all the goodies at Michael's and Joann's, I kind of gave up.

Trying to figure out all the supplies I would need (I am not a regular wreath maker) and add that to the high probability that it wouldn't turn out how I envisioned it, I opted for a pre-made wreath that was 40% off at Joann's.

Lame...absolutely.  Done...yep!