Monday, November 19, 2012


I sent my aunt a photo of my two youngest girls today. In reply, she sent me one of her and her big sister. Some things don't change much.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Things That Make Me Smile Quick Takes

1. Five kids went to the dentist today. None of them had cavities.

2. The oldest had surgery to remove a ganglion cyst about two weeks ago. He gets the cast off today. Now he can help with more stuff and he will stop bonking sibling on the head with a hard cast when they get annoying.

3. My husband built a door for our coat closet. We've been renovating this house since December 2006, and this is the first closet door in the place. You see the coat closet face on when you walk in the front door, so this will be a very nice thing to have. We kept hoping to find something to fit the space, but doors that are 90 inches tall and 20 inches wide just aren't as common as you'd think.

4. Staple-head keeps telling me about hurting his head. His description is pretty amusing (as is his pronunciation). I'd smile even more if he'd stop climbing things.

5. Thanksgiving is coming. We'll have house full of family and friends and my favorite foods. What's not to like?

6. Jennifer Mackintosh is coming to talk about home schooling with our home school group. Her blog is so lovely, and I can't wait to chat with her.

7. This face.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Beautiful Bread and Leftovers

What to do with leftovers? Sometimes we have something leftover that by itself probably won't be eaten -- like the last 1/2 cup of oatmeal, the few spoonfuls of grits, or a lump of mashed potatoes.

Sometimes, I give up and just toss the leftovers, but I do hate wasting them if they could be useful. Recently, when we have extra oatmeal, I've been making this oatmeal cake, although I prefer candied orange peel and cranberries over raisins or chocolate chips.

Grits, I admit often get forgotten in the back of the refrigerator for some reason, but they make delicious grit fritters.

Rice, I usually stick in the freezer and save for making fried rice the next time I cook Chinese food. Here's my simple fried rice recipe:

  • Oil
  • Cold rice (if you froze it earlier, defrost it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 Green onions, sliced

Fry the rice in oil. Whisk eggs, vegetables, salt, and sesame oil together. Pour over frying rice. Stir to scramble eggs. Add green onions and pepper.

But what about mashed potatoes? If I have a ton leftover, which doesn't happen often, I make shepherd's pie. Smaller amounts call for things like the bread above -- roasted garlic potato bread from my beloved Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook. The perfect companion to the broccoli cheese soup I'm about to make.

What do you do with annoying little leftover bits?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

That's Going to Leave a Mark

I saw it out of the corner of my eye. After a long day of check-ups at the pediatrician's office for three kids and regular school work, then a rush to get my two oldest kids and husband off to a special evening Mass, I had turned on a video for the other kids and sat down at the computer in the room with them.

A minute or so later, the two year old daredevil stood up on a rolling toy, which slipped out from under him, sending him backwards into a metal magazine box full of coloring books, which had, of course, been pulled off of the bookcase and was lying on the floor.

Smack! I knew it wouldn't be good. By the time I ran him to the bathroom with my hand over the back of his head, we were both pretty bloody. I had to strip him down and rinse his head to even figure out where the wound was.

And then the doubt and questions set in? Does it need stitches? Am I paranoid? Why didn't I catch him? I called the doctor, and after talking to the person on call — got confirmation that we probably should take him in.

By this time, my husband was home, so I didn't have to drag five little kids to the ER at 8 o'clock at night. They returned around 11:15, and he now has four staples in the back of his head. If he'd done it before Halloween, Frankenstein would have been a most appropriate costume.

I sure am thankful for a nearby children's hospital, but I'd rather not have to actually use it so much.


That other thing happening today? Yes, I voted. 'Tis done. I'll try not to feel ill if things don't go my way, as I am sure about half the country will be doing if they do go my way.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Four Year Old Random

A transcript from a recent conversation with my four year old:

J: Mom, you don't wear high heels very much any more.

Me: True. They usually hurt my feet.

J: You should give them away. Unless you have another baby. Then you might need them.

Me: (thinking) ??? As if I'd even try to wear heels when I'm pregnant.

J: (continuing on without even noticing strange looks appearing on her mother's face) If you have another baby you don't need to get married again.

Me: No, they do let you keep the same husband for more than one baby. (muttering under breath) Not that there aren't people who don't seem to understand that.

J: It's good that you don't have to get married again, but I do like wedding dresses. They are pretty, and you can wear high heels.

Me: Ah Ha! It does all come back to shoes.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Pictures from Halloween

A Gypsy
A Cowgirl
A rag doll
The Eleventh Doctor
The Tenth Doctor
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