Thursday, January 25, 2007

Good Mother/ Bad Mother

Today I was a good mother. We had Joyschool this morning and we did experiments. We watched sugar and salt dissolve in water. We mixed food coloring in glasses to see which colors combined to make new colors. We watched baking soda bubble with the addition of vinegar and we made jello and ate it for snack. We even made gloop!
Later the younger boys and I made homemade brownies. We licked the spoon. We made a mess. We took pictures. We had all kinds of fun.

Yesterday I was not such a good mother. Good mothers don't lay on the couch and mumble goodbye as their children leave for the bus stop, hoping that they have actually eaten breakfast. Good mothers don't leave the food network/HGTV on ALL DAY, even if they feel both sick and hardly slept the night before. Good mothers definitely don't yell, "Turn off that stinking TV and get your hineys into bed this second!" at 7:45 in the evening because they just can't take anymore. They certainly don't subsequently stub their toe on a wooden rocking horse and then throw it across the room, thus scaring their three year old child who then falls asleep crying.

Okay, so, maybe they do occasionally. I guess as long as the good days outnumber the bad (by A LOT) my children may manage to survive to adulthood!

The two brown-eyed boys had eye doctor appointments today, hence the sunglasses indoors in January. Big brown-eyed boy already wears glasses. Now little brown-eyed boy is getting them too. We began suspecting he might need them a couple of months ago when he started pushing the afore-mentioned rocking horse about 12 inches from the TV and sitting on it in order to be able to see the picture clearly! (You may be relieved to know that said rocking horse survived it's collision with my closet door)

I hope you're having one of the good days too!

"Chocolate Heaven" (otherwise known as brownies)

3/4 C flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/3 C butter
3/4 C sugar
2 T water
1 C chocolate chips
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 C nuts (optional)
1 C chocolate chips (optional)

In a sauce pan melt butter, sugar and add water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir till melted. Add eggs and stir quickly so eggs don't cook. Add dry ingredients, and other cup of chocolate chips and nuts if using. Grease brownie pan and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. After eating his brownie, my seven-year-old said, "I call that chocolate heaven!" Perfect name for some REALLY GOOD brownies!



Put a big bunch of cornstarch in a bowl.
Slowly add small amounts of water, about 1/4-1/3 C until you get a mixture that appears wet, but is still hard if tapped, yet will still crumble. The cool thing about gloop is that it is like a liquid in that it looks wet and shiny, but is hard if you hit it, and yet your finger will sink into it if you leave it there, but come out dry! Add small amount of food coloring if desired and have lots of fun getting gloopy!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Birthday Bowls

I guess I'm on a bowl kick because I got all of these bowls for my birthday last month, and I love them all! When I was helping my newlywed sister-in-law unpack her really cute red, Mary Engelbriet inspired new kitchen, I noticed these bowls that she got as a gift and I loved them. They have matching cups and teaspoons that are kind of ridged and old-fashioned looking that I think are adorable. So, I told my Mom about the bowls (which are from Costco) and she got them for me which was a nice surprise. Thanks Mom!
The pink bowls are from Williams Sonoma, and I bid on ebay for them (a bad habit of mine). So, when they came just before my birthday, I handed them to my husband and said, "Here why don't you wrap these up for me?" See, that way I don't feel so guilty about buying myself random, non-essential (although cute) things! But really, knowing me, as maybe you do just a little by now, how could I possibly pass up pink mixing bowls?! My husband actually had his own fun birthday surprise planned for me. The evening before my b-day we went downtown to see Stomp! (a broadway type show- hard to explain but kind of dancing/rythm, drumming show) which was so fun! I've been wanting to see it for about 10 years, so it was a great surprise to get to finally go. He really does a great job with the birthday surprises for me. Last year we went overnight to NYC and saw The Lion King which was a great weekend! Someday I'll scan some of my old film pictures and show a bunch of my favorites on here.
So, just thought I'd share some favorite new acquisitions with you. After the quilting/crafting frenzy of this fall and holiday season I'm feeling a little crafted out. After I finished the denim quilt, I was making a list and realized that I made 8 quilts last year! Half of them were baby or smaller wall hanging quilts, but that still seemed like a lot to me. Of course, I have at least that many projects that I'm mulling over for this year, I just need to get back into the mood. I'm sure the bug will be back again soon though, and then I'll have some new projects to share! Hopefully it won't be too long...