Thursday, April 13, 2006
So, please come see me at my new home, and change any links you may have to this blog. Go to:
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I gave him a bunch of my yarn scraps, and he cut them up to put out as nesting materials for birds. So far, no birds have come to take some yarn, which is bumming him out. Hopefully they'll find it soon!
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Our new "pets"
So, I've got a big box of dirt and worms in my kitchen - the sacrifices we make for the environment and our childrens' education!
Friday, April 07, 2006
If it's Friday, it must be Pizza
Wheat-Free Pizza Crust
1 1/2 c. gluten free flour mix (or 1/2 cup rice flour, 1/2 tapioca flour, and 1/2 cup corn starch)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup water, barely warm
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1. Measure the water, add 1/2 T of sugar, and drop in the yeast to dissolve.
2. Beat together the egg, oil, vinegar, and the rest of the sugar. Add the yeast water.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients until smooth.
4. Cover and let rise. It may look soupy or like pancake batter - that's OK.
5. Pour onto an oiled cookie sheet, with edges. Spread with a spatula, then bake about 5 minutes at 350F.
6. Top with your favorites, and bake about 10-15 more minutes.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Easter Egg Ideas
It's that time of year - time to dye some Easter Eggs! It's sad, I'll have to buy some eggs. My chickens all lay brown or blue eggs- not great for dyeing.
I got a cool idea from a magazine in the dentist's office, but I haven't tried it so no personal guarantees!: Tie Dyed Eggs can be made by placing hard boiled eggs in a colander in your sink. Dash a 1/2 cup of vinegar over the eggs. Now take 2 to 3 colors of food coloring and drip them onto the eggs, gently shaking them about to spread the colors around. It was suggested to start with yellow, then do darker colors on top.
Another egg idea, this time using vegetable dyes, comes from My Bountiful Life.
A lot of ideas from Twin Groves School District - I like the marble eggs idea.
Or you can virtually decorate an egg at akidsheart - it's silly.
Yet more ideas for eggs are over at dltk-kids. I'm going to try their stone easter egg technique.
Amazing Moms has some ideas that are very small child friendly - but I'm not going to glue yarn on my egg faces to make hair. Just not my style, sorry. I am intrigued by their idea to wrap eggs in plants, stuff into a nylon, and then boil. I might try that one.
Another idea that I haven't seen on any of the sites I've surfed:
Masked Off Eggs
materials: hardboiled white eggs, masking tape, scissors, hole punches, egg dye (commercial kit is fine). For the hole punches, experiment with some of the cool ones that are sold for scrap booking - I've used a little carrot and a little tulip punch but the bunny one didn't work on masking tape. You'll have to try what you have.
1. set up - boil the eggs, mix the dyes, protect your work surface, etc.
2. cut out shapes from the masking tape, and apply to the egg. The eggs need to be really dry so the masking tape sticks on all the way. Press the edges down firmly. Be creative here - my cousin cut out strips and arranged them to look like the Kiss band logo, and I cut out ovals and arranged them to be a rabbit. Whatever you can think of, or randomly stick on little punched out shapes.
3. Dye the eggs in desired colors, then let dry.
4. peel off the masking tape to reveal your design.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
start them early
Here's Carbon helping paint his Grandma's new house. Get kids started early and they'll be skilled help later!
Women Making the World a Better Place
So, I think I should turn my attention to ways I can spread the joy:
A Stitch in Time, is a yarn shop that helps at-risk teens
Warming Families sends blankets and other warm items to homeless families
Women for Women International goes all over the world, even to some pretty scary places, and helps women support themselves and their children and live happier lives. I'm impressed they provide counseling services to women who have been raped in war torn areas.
Any other projects or charities I should put on my list?
Monday, April 03, 2006
The rest of this book is also very good. It points out that the "work" of mothering is hard to pin down, misunderstood, and easy to fail at but hard to "successfully finish". So true - it's a very vulnerable position for our egos, really! I can't ever point to my children and say, "see what a good job I did today". The work I put into them so easily disappears under hunger, tiredness, or other situations that cause them to "act out" and show me up as a "bad mother". And I'm not "working" when I'm with them - I'm actually doing more conventionally defined work when I ignore them all day! The old complaint of "I got nothing done today" can be heard when you spent the whole day playing, feeding, teaching, interacting, comforting, planning, watching, protecting, and entertaining your kids!
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