Thursday, January 28, 2010
That's what we're studying in science right now. I thought the Red Crabs of Christmas Island were neat.
The kids had to design their own crustacean board game complete with questions and all. Shiloh found Lincoln Log people to use as pawns. We had fun playing, and I was surprised at how much they remembered from the lesson. :)
Also, we added to the ocean boxes last week: red crab for Shiloh, hermit crab for Mullin and a fiddler crab for Lincoln.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Fast forward to his 8th birthday. He got the Star Wars ship he'd been wanting. Again notice the shirts. I doubt they planned it.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My life in the kitchen has been made much simpler by this wonderful tool, the cheese cutter. Mine looks just like the image on the left except older.
For years I have been buying block cheese instead of the shredded and pre-sliced cheese. (And I am not talking about the block of Velveeta cheese product, here.) I admit, it isn't as convenient, but at least it doesn't contain the anti-caking ingredients, etc. Until this past spring, I'd been using just a plain old knife to try and cut perfect slices of cheddar cheese. Anybody else out there know how hard it is to cut a thin, straight slice of cheese?!
Seriously, it never occurred to me that there was an easier way to cut cheese. I happened upon an old cheese cutter when going through a box of garage sale items given to me by my dad. Shamefully, I didn't even know what it was at the time. My husband of all people is the one who told me what it was. I decided to keep it and give it a try.
My life just hasn't been the same since.
Honestly, I am not even one who likes to have a bunch of silly kitchen tools lying around taking up space in my kitchen drawers. I can live without the banana slicer, the cute sandwich cutter, the strawberry slicer, etc., but I will ALWAYS have a cheese cutter from now on! :)
I really do love it and use it every time I need to slice those big blocks of Tillamook cheese.
Any other amazing kitchen tool that I have been missing out on?? Please feel free to enlighten me.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Now about that bright light I mentioned...
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Did you know you can make your own fondant with just 4 ingredients??
Not healthy, I know. And I really don't like Crisco, but it is a must for making this very sticky "dough". (Only sticky in the beginning) The Crisco is used for keeping your hands and counter greased at all times.
In 2007 I made a baseball cake for my oldest son's birthday. At that time I did not know how to make fondant and definitely couldn't afford to buy it. Plus, I had heard that store bought fondant doesn't taste very good. Anyway, I tried my best to make regular, white icing smooth because I just didn't feel like starring it.
Well, it worked for the party, but I wasn't completely satisfied. I knew I'd probably use the ball pan again for end-of-the-year baseball parties and such, so I found a home made fondant recipe through a friend of mine.
A year later, I tried fondant on the baseball and loved how it looked! To me it was a huge improvement over the frosted one.
Here is a Lego cake I just made for my second son's 8th birthday. It was my first attempt at coloring the fondant. (Please keep in mind that I am NOT by any means a professional!! I just make cakes for my kids' birthdays and stuff.)
Now, if you'd like to give fondant a try, I am going to refer you to the same website that I used. I just printed off the very easy to follow and very detailed instructions and gave it a shot. I must warn you, I did get a little frustrated at first since it was a bit messy. It's gotten easier with each batch, though. I have probably made it 4 times in the past few years.
For more fabulous tips visit WeareTHATfamily.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Not much frosting to lick off of fondant. :)
Love the twins faces here. Guess I should get them each a sling-shot for their birthday this year?? Bet mama and daddy wouldn't like that too much!
Cool rockets--one already decorates the neighbor's roof. Go figure.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
I will not eat it anywhere.
I don't care about fried chicken,
or its claim of finger-lickin'.
Hydrogenation's not for me.
I want my food trans-fat free!!
Oh no! Wait, there is a place
I'll eat this gloopy, white disgrace.
Mmmmm, rich buttercream
and fondant dream;
I'll eat you up upon a cake!
Please don't call me phony, fake.
I just can't refuse the taste!
I cannot let it go to waste!
Just one meal--
No big deal.
But... until the next birthday rolls around,
In my food no Crisco will be found!
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Cute as pie!! I believe I can really tell them apart in pictures, but in person when they are on the go, it is much more difficult! It's gotta be Kenny on the left and Ryan on the right.
I miss the days of dressing up my boys so cute like these three!! Mine are way past that age, though, and I try to not be the obnoxious mom! At least I still have Shiloh for a little while, hopefully. :)