Archive for August, 2011

Words to ponder

August 28, 2011 1 comment

Saw the movie The Help last night. Lots and lots of important messages in this movie/book. Here’s one to ponder. The maid (who today would probably be called the nanny), telling the white child:

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
Kathryn Stockett (The Help)

Yes, that’s the message we want our children to hear. The maid tells it to the child over and over again because the mother does not. Mom’s too hung up on her everyday social life to parent her child.

Categories: what we are thinking

I ate a whole zucchini yesterday.

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Yep, you read that right. I ate a whole zucchini yesterday. My mom doesn’t know. I fear she would pass out if anyone told her. If only all those years ago (when I was six), when she agreed to only plant two zucchini plants instead of two rows of them, she had known about zucchini chips. She didn’t and I ate my share of zucchini every way imaginable. That summer is the reason I never push my children to eat this summer vegetable. That and I love it as an adult, but HATED it as a kid. With a passion.

Here’s what I ate: dried zucchini chips. MMMM goodness. I intended to take a few pictures, but failed because they were that good I couldn’t stop eating long enough to get the camera out. So I found a pic online ( that share with you:

From delightfullyraw at wordpress.

How to:

Slice zucchini a quarter inch thick.

Put into a large mixing bowl.

Toss with your favorite salad dressing.

Dry overnight in dehydrator.

See if you can keep them long enough to snap a picture.

Categories: What we are eating

When I grow up….

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Me: E what do you want to be when you grow up?
E: I don’t know. I know I want to live in a library.
Me: Well there are lots of jobs you train for by basically living in a library and just read most of the day.
E: But it would be better to have my own library. It would be a library with just interesting books. Not books that say blah blah blah there was a battle. Blah blah blah there was another battle.


Apparently we have a few military history books. And apparently Erin has cracked a few, thinking they might be interesting, given their titles.


Oat-Wheat Treat Bread

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Sorry no pictures, gobbled up too quickly. As promised from Beatrice Ojakangas’s Great Whole Grain Breads. She’s married to a geologist and an excellent baker (lives locally).

Oat-Wheat Treat Bread

for 1 loaf.

  • 1package active, dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbls butter, softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 egg white beaten with 2 tbs water (or I just beat the whole egg and used that. I have a hard time figuring out what to do with egg yolks).

In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, butter, salt. Stir in 1/2 cup of oats and all the flour. Beat 50 strokes. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or generously grease it. Sprinkle a 9 inch circle with 2 tbs of remaining oats — spread to cover the circle. Let rise 30 minutes (turn on your oven if it is slow to warm up). Brush with egg and sprinkle with remaining 2 tbs rolled oats. Bake in 400 F oven 20-25 minutes. Cut into wedges to serve.

Kids enjoyed theirs with butter and jam. I made a tuna sandwich with my 2 slices. Erik: just butter.  Very good with a winter soup, or when you just don’t have a lot in the house.

Categories: What we are eating

August dread.

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Every teacher feels it: excitement over the new year, but dread for the structure that comes with going back to work. This year it is enhanced for me by two projects with August deadlines (that I probably should have been working on all year). Today I spent the day running errands. I put these off all year and just finally did them today. Why? Because errands with kids is a pain in the rear.

This morning we:

  • returned unused wood at Home Depot
  • returned stripper wash (yes, its really called that) + pads for stripping paint at Menards.
  • Went to Target: measured kids feet for shoe sizes and picked up a few odds and ends.
  • Dropped off a few items at the women’s resale shop.
  • Sold a few items (but fewer than I was expecting) at the kids’ resale shop.
  • Made a donation of remaining items at Goodwill.
  • Grocery shopping (this wasn’t procrastination, just hadn’t done it yet for the week).

Upon returning home, I dragged out the extension cord and the vacuum and emptied Montana out of my vehicle. Seriously. One large trash bag full + the canister of the Dyson was so full it was no longer sucking.

Finished that project just a smidge early to head to the library to accommodate older child’s voracious reading (worth the lost cleaning to avoid large amounts of boredome complaining this weekend).

Walk dog.

Come home, sit on porch, relax and realize I feel a little better. One big deadline is done and man I had a good day. Now on to deadline #2 which is Sept 1.