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Thursday, January 28, 2010


Somebody took himself birthday shopping a couple weeks early. Good thing he found an off-season sale.

His little personal shopping assistant was quite helpful and supportive.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Experimental dinner

We are trying some new things. This week it was egg rolls.

We loosely followed a recipe, using lots of vegetables. We chopped cabbage, yellow peppers, green onions, grated carrots, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and added it all to some cooked ground beef. After watching me roll up a couple, the kids gave it a try.

Using a pie making secret, we wet the corners of the egg roll squares with milk to make them stick and hold together better.

Once we had all the wrappers stuffed, you couldn't tell the difference between mine and the ones the kids created.
Lacking a deep fat fryer, we used a skilled with about an inch of oil. They cooked quickly and browned nicely. When it was all said and done, everyone enjoyed our first batch of egg rolls. The kids decided that next time we won't use meat and we need to add bigger pieces of carrots.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Random photos from this week

The fog settling on the mountain during the late afternoon. Taken from the front deck.
Kids chasing giant bubbles at the middle school science fair.
The bubble master showing us how good he really is. And, he is!
Pizza night.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Goat get-away

Maybe Dot should pound out a few tummy crunches and reduce her waistline as her new year's resolution.

Dot (so named because she has a big round brown dot/spot on her behind) was going for the fresh hay in the wagon and realized she could slip through the gate. She was out roaming the yard for a while and slipped back through the fence on her own as we watched.

This photo was taken after lunching at the trough - with a full belly. She was stuck. She was yelling. The kids and I had to go pull her through the gate and return her to the herd.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Whittling and wind power

A pocketknife, a windmill and being behind bars at the local Border Patrol's holding cell were the highlights our recent Scouting outings.

Rikard recently earned his Bobcat Badge and chips (or segments) for law enforcement, whittling and collecting canned goods for a local food drive.

Before the boys could collect their whilttling chip, they had to recite a pledge. He basically promised to take care of the knife, treat it with respect and use it safely. HOWEVER - there is always a however with our son - he's already broken the tip off his knife, usually leaves it out in the shop and is constanly nagging us to get him a bigger knife so he can whittle bigger sticks.

Friday, January 01, 2010

This fabulous double rainbow appeared after most of a dreary New Year's Day. It was a full arch and appeared east of our house over the mountain in the late afternoon.
It had snowed in the morning, rained all afternoon and just before sundown this beautiful rainbow appeared.
While looking for the leprechaun's lair under at the end of the rainbow, which was in the pumpkin patch across the road, we didn't find any little men hoarding gold. We did see several deer munching on what remains of the pumpkin patch. I can just make out three of them in the photo.