Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
This one is a Mother/daughter review. Brittany and I both read this in the last couple of weeks. It had more substance to it than I was expecting, I shouldn't have been surprised, it was a Newberry Honor book. I am always a sucker for anything with the word princess in the title but this had a little twist because this time no one starts out wanting to be the princess. The main character is Miri who is very strong and smart, with less emphasis on how she looks, always a good thing in today's world. She is the daughter of a stone cutter in a village of stone cutters. Their village is chosen as the site in which the prince's bride will be chosen from. All the girls in the village must go to an academy to train to be the princess for a year. No one really wants to go, but they must go or break the law. I expected this to be the bulk of the plot but it has some interesting twists and even a few nice lessons about the value of education and broadening one's horizons. I thought the ending was a bit contrived and predictable but I was willing to forgive it that because I found the whole thing quite entertaining. So if you are looking for some light reading, or something to read with your daughter this is a great choice.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Amazing, how a nice day of painting makes me a nicer person! Baby took a nice long nap and his big brother had friends to play so I got to play too! I have decided that ability has nothing to do with my joy in painting. Even if it just went right into a closet I think I would still do this, it is just so good for my peace of mind! Those are my attempt at atc cards below, I have joined a swap and have never tried them before. I made them on watercolor paper. I hope they are okay. I am really excited to send them and see what I get in return. I worked on some more little canvases and more magnets. I think I will try the magnets in the shop. Hope to get some over there today. Boy it was fun!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
New favorite cleaning product!
Well, with all the cleaning going on around here anything that saves time and effort is pretty popular. This stuff is great. You just attatch it to your hose and squirt down your windows. It has a rinse and soap setting and a streak-free something in there that makes it almost streak free. I remember my mom and dad spending a whole Saturday on ladders cleaning the windows. That is just not going to happen around here. But with this stuff we can at least see out our windows, I can do it with a baby on one hip, and it only took me about 30 minutes. Oh, and my kids LOVE to help. I think I found it at Wal-mart for about 7 or 8 bucks.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This is one of our favorite gluten-free items, especially because it is hard to find restaurants that will prepare chinese food with a gluten-free soy sauce. PF Changs in Salt Lake does and so does their relative Pei Wei in Bountiful. But the one in Bountiful doesn't serve our favorite lettuce wraps so when my friend Jen told me she had a recipe that was really close we were very excited. Like most Chinese food it does involve some chopping but if you have anything like one of these little choppers then it is a snap.
1/4 c sugar 1/2 C water 2Tb. Soy sauce (gluten free if it is an issue for you)
2Tb Rice vinegar 2 Tb Ketchup 1 Tb Lemon Juice
1/8ts sesame oil 1/2Tb Chinese hot mustard or garlic chili sauce(youcan find these in the chinese food section) and 2 ts water
3Tb Veg oil 2 Chicken breasts skinless boneless
1 C Water Chestnuts 2/3C Staw mushrooms(canned)
3Tb Green onion 1 clove garlic minced
Stir Fry Sauce:
2Tb Soy sauce 2Tb Brown sugar 1/2 ts Rice vinegar
1. Make sauce by dissolving the sugar and 1/2C water in small bowl. Add the soy, rice vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice,and sesame oil. Mix well and refridgerate this sauce while you prepare the remaining food. Combine theh 2ts water and Chinese hot musard and set this aside as well.
2. Prepare the filling by first dicing the mushrooms, green onion, and water chestnuts. Next in 2 tsp oil saute chicken until done. I also use left over chicken for this and it is great. While chicken cools mix the stir fry sauce items. Dice chicken when cool. Add remaining oil to hot pan. Stir in chicken, mushrooms, onion, garlic and water chestnuts. Pour stir fry sauce over the mix and saute for a couple of minutes. Place in a dish or on a bed o f maifun rice noodles.
3. Serve with a side of lettuce cups which are made by slicing the top off the head and cutting through the middle. Lay one half down and lift off cups.
4. Mix special sauce with a small amount of hot mustard and chili paste(according to your taste). Place filling in cups. Pour sauce over filling inside wrap and fold like a taco.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
This is absolutely a lazy-girl post as I am not only featuring my friend Tiffany's recipe but using her picture too. We made this yesterday and it was so delicious! You gotta understand how exciting it was for us to have chicken enchiladas that were made without tomato sauce, which is still good, but I like them better with a sauce that involves sour cream. We haven't had them this way in literally years because most recipes use cream of soups and they are not gluten free. Thanks Tiff!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
1. I really hate cutting raw meat. This has improved as I have done it more and more, but if I can get hubby to do it I will.
2. I have mutant feet, according to my family particularly my sister. I can spread my big toe and little toe and grab things. I used to torture my sister this way, she would call it the claw and I could have her cowering in a corner just by pointing one at her. Seem to recall a few roommates that felt the same. My husband claims that Joshua is showing this same trait.
3. I have loved dolls from the time I was little and cannot shake they need for more. Luckily I do have a daughter as an excuse for buy them, but we all know they are really in the house because I like them.
4. I was afraid to have boys. I mean really afraid. I have no brothers and so I have just really been terrified that I would not know what to do with boys. I have to admit there have been a few times(potty training) I have had to consult with friends but so far I think we are doing okay.
5. It is virtually impossible for me to eat a piece of chocolate without a glass of milk, I mean I would really rather not even bother. If I absolutely can't get milk then water is the bare minimum.
6.I read while doing lots of my daily chores. I have done this practically since I learned to read. I prop up books while I unload the dishwasher, eat lunch, chop veggies, fold laundry. I'm not sure whether this will foster a love of reading in my kids or whether they will become weird too.
7.I cannot leave the house without at least mascara on. I honestly don't think it is a vanity issue anymore, I have blond eyelashes and I just look too weird. Even my four year old will tell me I need to fix my eyes.
There, I did it! And have probably revealed way too much of my truly weird self!
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I feel like posting Mother's Day ideas today. This is my favorite love box from Tiffany that is in her shop right now. If you have never received or purchased one of her boxes they are exquisite. I don't feel I am exagerating to say you have never seen anything like them. And what mom doesn't want a rose for Mother's Day?