Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
If you have a lil one in the house that likes to bake with you these are the perfect mix to use.
You only have to add water, mix it up, and then bake. Not to mention that they are great when you are in a pinch too. The only ingredient required is water, it is good to have on hand.
Most toddler's attention spans are pretty short, so in about 12-15 minutes they are ready to move onto something new!
I made this same muffin mix a few weeks ago and my lil guy wouldn't touch them, said they were no good (what?!) so I was hoping that he would eat these because we were out of his favorite blueberry muffin mix.
He is 2 and they can be sweet and sour at that age, need I say any more?
Our mother & son baking dialogue.......
Lil man: "I want to do it mommy...by myself."
Lil man: "Ummm, this doesn't look very yummy...ewww, what's that black stuff in there?"
Me: "Those are choc. chips. Did you make them yucky? Cause if you make them yummy,
they will be yummy.
You will have to blow some kisses in there
to make it yummy."
Lil man: (Blows some kisses inot the bowl) "I did make them yummy...."
Me: "Oh good, cause I only like to eat yummy muffins."
(I was surprised that he even tried the batter, once this guy says ewww to something, that usually means good luck, I'm not eatin it!)
Now they are yummy to him and I had to tell him to
save some of the batter, we need to fill our muffin cups!
Patiently waiting (well, as patiently as a two year old could be!)
Lil man: "Are they done yet? Mommmmmmmmy are they done yet? Okay, I will lick this spoon and bowl clean for you and you won't have to wash it, isn't that great?"
Lil man: "Are they done yet (a whole 1 minute later)?
10 minutes is an eternity to my two year old!
Me: "You will have to wait until they are finished cooling or you can burn yourself"
I was so relieved that my girls were not there to witness that.....they would never have eaten again!
Lil man: "Okay they are good now, I was like a fan!" "Mommy can we send Daddy a picture to work of my cupcakes (he still thinks they're cupcakes)?"
I asked him why he didn't eat these the last time I made them and he told me they are better when he mixes them!
That is how you get a two year old to eat, you let him help make it!
~~Love you, my lil puddin' pie! ~~
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Waltons will be our feature presentation on Family Movie night each week here at the farmhouse over the next couple of months. I picked up seasons one and two the other day at the wholesale club and need I say anymore? The title should be enough. If you don't know anything about this program, you will have to catch a rerun on the hallmark channel..I think they still play them on there. It was a television series that ran during the mid 70's into the early 80's. The episodes are based on the author, Earle Hamner's, personal childhood memories of his boyhood growing up on Walton's Mountain in Virginia during the Great Depression.
On another topic, I wanted to share a project I recently finished. We needed a new entertainment center for our great room. Our old one had seen better days and it was time for something new. I have been searching for something that I liked throughout the furniture stores but couldn't seem to find anything that I liked or if I did like something, it didn't fit into my budget, so I ended up picking up an unfinished and simple stand at our local country emporium.
After a light sanding, I painted it a creamy white, glazed,
and distressed it until I liked what I saw. Distressing is great since it will naturally occur in my household with a two year old, I don't mind it at all!
Once I was happy with the finish,
I rubbed in a paste wax to seal it, let it dry then buffed it to a matte shine.
I scream, YOU scream,
Getting back to our movie night, we decided to make some
Monday, August 17, 2009
I use an old water bottle cut in half, with a little water, when cutting my garden flowers. It keeps them from wilting until I can arrange them once I get inside.
I also like to use the water bottle when picking little bouquets for friends...they transport nicely, wrap them in tissue paper, tie with a cute little ribbon and then slip them into your cars cupholder. You can bring it to someone to brighten their day and it doesn't cost a thing.
Friday, August 14, 2009
To my surprise though, mothernature eventually took the reins and led me in the right direction. By adding natural fertilizers and pestisides, regular watering and tender loving care, very slowly I began to see some results.
Success can truly be valued after a few failures. My new venture in organic gardening has taught me patience most of all! It seemed to take longer than usual and there were a few times I looked upon all of my hard work and thought it would never come to pass. There is a reason, after all, that Miracle Grow has the word miracle in it, and getting instant gratification from a few sprinkles every now and again was just all too easy!
Some things are definately worth waiting for!
Saturday, August 1, 2009