May 31

Last Friday the daughter went to the boy’s ball game with me. I have been trying to encourage her to get out more, even though it tires her out, it is good for her.

I don’t know if you can see this or not, but the girl is blushing. Why would she blush? Well, I can not tell you. She has asked me not to tell anyone, however…..I can show you!!!

She has a crush on this young man, and he had walked by, put his hand on her head and said ” Hey K-dog” which is his nickname for her. I asked her if she was ever going to wash her hair again. She had to think about it, but in the end, she did.~~thank goodness.  If she hadn’t I woud have to call her greasy dog~~
I remember my first crush. His name was Tony. He was tall, blond, muscular and a very strong jaw line. I remember he went to the first church my dad pastored. I left the service to go to the bathroom, and he followed me out. Kissed me rather boldly in the foyer too…and I liked it! biggrin.gif

Do you remember your first crush?

May 30

Two Peas in a Pod

Congratulations 4hisglory. PM me your address and I will get you your prize out tomorrow.

You wouldn’t believe how much they do look alike.  Aside from the fact that the boy’s eyes are blue and his dad’s are brown, they do look very similar. Many people tell me that he looks like his dad.

I had it narrowed down to Two Peas in a Pod  and Two Heads are Better Than One, so I had the husband decide.

I also liked “Thanks for the keys, Dad”and,  “I’ll be good dad, Promise”

Thanks for playing.  We will do this again.  I had fun.

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Change.  Change is good unless you are one of those people who happily and joyfully live in the rut they are in.  My son and I are 2 of those such people.  We love our rut.  We thrive in our rut!

Yesterday I put a kink in the boy’s rut.   How could a loving mother have done such an awful thing as that?  Simple.  All I did was walk a different way.

We have been walking in the mornings for about 2 years now.  We have found a route that is good for us, and that we like.  Yesterday I went a different way.  I know, I know……awful I was to him.   I feel bad, but not bad enough to walk the way he wants me to this morning!  heehee.gif

How do you handle change?

May 29 ~~Name this Photo Contest~~Contest is over, winner announced tomorrow

This picture needs a name. These are my men. This picture was taken last fall before going to a wedding that the daughter was in, last October.

To enter this contest, leave your suggested photo title in the comments section of this post. One entry per person, no entries after 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time. The winner will be chosen based on creativity and the ability to sum up the story of this photo in just a few words. (Note: What I’m looking for is a photo title, not to be confused with a lengthy caption.)

Remember the prize is a priceless hand knitted dish cloth, labored over for days, by yours truly.

~~No chocolate was eaten during the manufacturing of this cloth. That in itself is a feat of unusual proportions! ~~

May 28

Memorial Day

Wikipedia says:

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

Since I have/know no one that fits this criteria to memorialize and it is a federal holiday, I don’t plan on going to the bank. I don’t plan on checking my mail, and I won’t be watching the Indy 500 either. I do plan to do some laundry, some knitting, and maybe toss the frisbee around in the back yard.

How do you plan to spend this day?

May 27

The other day as I went for my morning walk, I came upon this HUMONGOUS moth laying in the middle of the road. It’s wing span was a good 6-8 inches.

So, being the super home school mom I am, I called ~~read yelled really loudly at 7:30 am, being totally inconsiderate to all the neighbors~~ to the daughter to bring the camera so I could take it’s picture. Why didn’t I go back and get the camera myself? Because every 14 ½ year old daughter, recovering from an ear infection should be made to walk down the middle of the road, barefoot, to do her mother’s bidding. It is a right of passage. That, and I was to lazy to walk back the 2 houses down and get it myself.

Seriously, I knew that she would want/love to see it in person, and she did.

So, here is the nasty thing……..in all of it’s fuzzy glory.

This one just totally grosses me out!!!

I took the pictures, went on for my walk and came home to upload them. When the daughter  saw that the pictures that I had taken didn’t get a “good close-up” of the antenna, she had to go back out…wearing my flip-flops. Why did she have to wear MY shoes??? Now my flip flop has touched moth antenna. Does that make me cool yet?

So, to all the science freaks lovers, please don’t totally write me off. I mean I did take it’s picture, aaannnnd I let my flip-flop touch it’s antenna. However, I refused to bring it home like the daughter asked, and I am totally ignorant as to what kind it is. I am quite positive that Donna, Barbara-Sue, Applie or someone else will be sure to tell me what kind of nasty moth this is.

So, do your kids wear your shoes?

May 26

Our next lab that we did was so indescribably boring. Ham salad sandwiches and soup. Maybe it was so boring because I wanted to redo the hot chocolate lab, or maybe it was because we already know how to make ham salad and cheese soup, maybe because the kiddos were snarky, thinking.gif or maybe it was because I just didn’t want to do a lab at all.

For those of you who have never made ham salad or cheese soup, please…….enjoy!

To make a really good ham salad, you need a grinder. I got one at an auction for .50. I refuse to put marks on my table, so we use a stool to clamp the grinder to. You also need a really good ham. Normally I use the rest of a ham I have cooked for a previous meal, but for this lab, I purchased a small turkey ham at Aldi. Yep…we are livin’ like kings!!

It is also important to have someone who likes mechanical things to do the grinding. Just make sure that he isn’t snarky when he is grinding.

Alas, I don’t have any pictures of ham salad being made. I was talking.gif on the phone with my sister.

To make the soup…

You need to make a rue. Melting butter and adding flour. Then cook for at least 2 minutes to get out the floury taste. We always add some onion before the flour to add flavor.

Then you whisk in milk. So why is she using a spoon? Maybe because of snarkboy?!?!?

Grate 8 oz. of cheese. The more cheese the better. The recipe calls for mustard, so we put the mustard in, but it makes the soup downright gross!!!

Once your milk has thickened~~you will recognize this as a white sauce~~you add your cheese. There are many things you can do with this cheese sauce at this point. 1. Serve it over broccoli, 2. serve it as soup, 3. add ham, potatoes and peas, 4. add corn, potatoes and crumbled bacon or 5. add more cheese. Please, please, please just don’t add the mustard.

Final product.

Nothing like seeing a man do the dishes!!! Nothing like doing the dishes to cure the snarks! heehee.gif

P.S. I took this picture for those of you who wanted to see my hideous wallpaper.

What do you to cure the snarks at your house?

May 25

Natalie Burgers…..

My sister’s comment the other day about Dot and Lute Green got me to thinking about Natalie Burgers. I haven’t thought about them in quite some time.

Moving to Doe Run, Missouri was quite a bit of culture shock for us. For the 3 ½ previous years we had lived in Houston, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Then we moved to Doe Run 2 months into my senior year of high school. My graduating class in Oklahoma had 300 more people in it than the entire village of Doe Run, and that is including dogs, cats, chickens and the occasional pig.

In my dad’s church there was this little old couple….Dot and Lute Green. Dot couldn’t wait to get married so she could get fat. She grew up knowing what everyone else around there knew…..if you were skinny, you were sickly. Way back then, my sister and I were………..sickly. My sister is still thin, but I wised up and got on the healthy train!

One day, my sister and I walked over to their house, and Dot fixed us Natalie Burgers. They were named after their granddaughter. I watched Dot as she formed the patties and put them in her old cast iron skillet. Then when they were almost done, she skooched them over to the side of the pan and took the buns, laid them right in the grease and grilled them. omg2.gif Mom would have had a coronary right then and there, and I couldn’t wait to eat them!! She also made us wilted lettuce. That was something that 1. I had never heard of before, and 2. you put melted grease on your lettuce? I was a bit scared! What else did those people put grease on??? No wonder the woman was plump!!!
Over the years, I have tried and tried to recreate a Natalie Burger. I have used different grades of burger, I have used different brands of buns, seasonings, no seasonings…I think I have tried it all, but I have now realized my problem. I just need more grease.

After I master Natalie Burgers, I WILL conquer my mom’s apple pie!

Is there something that someone special makes that you just can’t seem to recreate???

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Next Tuesday the 29th, I will be holding my first “Name that picture” contest. Awoman on another blog that I read holds these often, and they are always fun. She gives out extravagant prizes. I am not her, so I will not be giving out an extravagant prize. My prize will be priceless!!! The prize is a lovely hand made dish cloth, made by yours truly.

May 24

The other night whilst my husband was doing the manly thing, and cooked supper for us, I saw him come out of the house with these.

2 fly swatters??? Why would he need 2?

There was more than one bug???dunno.gif  Was it a big bug??

Don’t worry, my hot dogs were defended with much courage and valor!

As the party animal looks on.

Do you cook out much during the summer?

May 23

Sunday, my dad’s church held a “Fun in the Sun” family party for their church. It was a combo mother/daughter, father/son banquet. So we went. Free food, time spent with my parents, and Grams ….what’s not to love???

Each family set up their own table of what they like to do best on vacation. It was really festive. As you can see, my Grams is really getting into it.

And so is the oldest Chocolatechip.

I refuse to be left out of the fun!!!

See……..can’t you tell she is having a blast???

We sang goofie songs, and ate all sorts of wonderful food.

And the daughter………she just couldn’t contain herself.

She is almost to much for me to handle.

So I decided to divert my attention to more calmer pursuits.

I think she needs a Valium.  She is having so much fun, it is scaring my mom.

What am I to do with such a party animal???

I don’t think I am going to take her to the next party. She is just to much for me to handle.

Do you have parties you look forward to every year?

May 22

Last week we did my most favorite Home Ec lab ever!!! Hot chocolate. We followed the prescribed recipe, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the boy’s recipe for hot chocolate. That one is out of this world good!

Here are my children……being weird, but very happy……Hey! we are making chocolate. How could they NOT be happy???

First we whisk butter into water and cocoa.

Then we add in the sugar.

Then the milk, and heat till just hot. This was a lucky shot for me. I had to stand on my tippy-toes, lift the camera and guess where it was pointing.

While it is coming to temperature, you MUST make whipped cream.

When making whipped cream, make sure your bowl and whisk are all chilled. Also make sure you get every last drop of cream. Add powdered sugar.

And whisk till soft peaks form.

Final product.

Happy Chocolatechic!!!

Happy Chocolatechips.

Hot Chocolate

3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

1 ½ c. water

1/3 c. sugar

Dash salt

4 ½ c. milk

Heat chocolate and water in 1 ½ quart saucepan over med. heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in sugar and salt. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in milk. Heat just until hot. (do not boil as a skin will form on top) Whisk until foamy. Serve immediately.

~~there is a much better hot chocolate recipe in my recipes~~

Do you like hot chocolate?

May 21

What comes to mind when I say Strawberry Shortcake?

The 1980’s?

That doll that smelled like strawberries?

What comes to my mind? When I was about 11-12, I remember mom made this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake for….I think the 4th of July. It wasn’t an individual one, but if you have an older Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, there is a picture of one that is the size of a 9″ layer cake. The one she made, looked exactly like that one. I had never seen one before, and I was truly afraid that I wasn’t going to like it. I mean, come on! It wasn’t chocolate, fudgy, gooey, or have icing on it anywhere. It was fruit, and fruit is 1. fruit is good for you, so therefore it is an enemy of a kid, 2. an enemy of chocolate lovers everywhere~~unless said fruit is covered in chocolate, but I was a kid then, and I didn’t even know about chocolate covered fruit~~ 3. fruit doesn’t belong in the dessert category!

Please believe me that I don’t think like that now, and blame my ignorance on immaturity. That is what I am going to do, anyway.

Anyway, mom had made this luscious looking Strawberry Shortcake for dessert, and I was overcome with how absolutely beautiful it was. I was still skeptical as there was no chocolate frosting, but once I bit into it……I never looked back.

I always look forward to spring/summer for many things but this one thing in particular…

Strawberry Shortcake.

Do you have a favorite summertime dessert?

PS…..Dad…..I know that you love my cats dearly, and can’t wait for another blog about them….I will try to make at least one a week……..just for you!!!

kidding….I’m kidding!!!heehee.gif

May 20

My husband says that my cat is spoiled. I don’t think he knows what he is talking about.

She loves me.

When she isn’t getting her way, she gives me the cold shoulder. Sometimes she will even turn her head back to see if I am looking at her giving me the cold shoulder.

So, I give her a bit of my soup.

I didn’t want it anyway.

May 19

I miss living in the country. I miss the quietness, the stillness of the air. There is no children shrieking at 9:00 when I am in bed, trying to sleep. Where are those kids parents anyway??? No stupid 20 year old males flying up the street doing 50~~at least~~ making as much noise and show as possible. There is no country smells in town. No manure, no sweet aroma of country flowers. There is no rustling of trees and no calmness in town. How I miss the country.

When we lived out in the middle of nowhere, where we had to pipe in sunlight, we had a hummingbird feeder. There were 4-8 birds that frequented it. The husband liked them, till one fateful day when he wore a very loud, very bright Hawaiian shirt. Those precious birds went nuts thinking he was a new flower to drink….he was dive bombed. Did we feel sorry for the poor man? uhhhhhhh after we were finished wiping the tears from our eyes from laughter, we sorta, kinda did….maybe.biggrin.gif

We have lived in town now for about 4½ years, and I haven’t mentioned a hummingbird feeder……till now. I didn’t mention anything, I just bought one. It had been in the house for almost a month before the husband found it. He wasn’t pleased. He asked “Are you trying to kill me?” So, it is out. I don’t think there is another one on our block.

We have a pair that visit. The male comes more often. The female is very skittish, but oh so lovely.

Meet Squeaker. I named him that because he squeaks before he drinks. The boy wanted to name him Ruby, but that is to predictable, and boring.

I love this picture. I am totally amazed that the boy was able to get this one, seeing as he was about 3 feet away, and our camera is….well… not the best of digital ones.

Hummingbirds are my favorite bird. They can fly backwards, and I think that is totally cool!

Do you have a favorite bird?

May 18

I was making supper the other night, Chicken Tetrazinni~~recipe in my recipe section~~and I couldn’t hardly find anything in the fridge. It was so full of containers, leftover bits of this and that, and eggs {5 dozen} that I was just a bit overwhelmed. I called in the calvary! cavalry.gifI asked the daughter to clean out the fridge.

She found some leftover truffles that I had sent to Tressa. I can not believe that they were still in there. In my defense I don’t generally look in the fridge for chocolate, and promptly forgot all about them. She found some kind of concoction that the boy had made, and some 2 year old caramel sauce. shakehead.gif
Here is something else she found.

Would you be interested to know that it was in there for over 2 months??? blush.gif yeuck!!!  I wonder how many different types of mold is on it.

What do you think that was?

May 17

Applie tagged me with 8 random things about me . I don’t know if I can come up with something that you all don’t know about me.

Directions:

Lists 8 random facts/habits about yourself in a blog post. List these directions in the post. At the end of the post, tag 8 people to complete the task. Leave the persons you’ve tagged a comment to tell them they’re tagged and refer them to your blog to read the directions.

1. I hate soggy cereal, so I don’t put much milk in it. I try to put enough in so that at my last bite there is not a drop of milk left……or maybe just 1 spoonful.

2. I have always wanted to be able to walk through the woods and be able to know all the names of the flora and fauna, but I hate science.

3. I took short hand in college.

4. If dogs weren’t so smelly, didn’t sniff everyone’s crotch, and would use a litter box I would consider getting one. They mind so much better than cats.

5. When I was in 11th grade, I gave myself an “A” for my report card in Earth Science. The teacher was to lazy to grade anything, so we got to give ourselves our own grades.

6. I have always felt I was born in the wrong century. I would love to go back in time.

7. I went to the movie theater for the first time when I was 18.

8. I didn’t go on a real date till I was in college.

There you have it folks. 8 little known facts about the Chocolatechic. Now, which ones did you find the most fascinating?

May 16

A man and his car. It’s a beautiful thing…revisited.

Watching my son with his car has tickled me more than I thought it would. I didn’t think I could get any more tickled, but I was wrong. ~~don’t pass out dad~~

Last Sunday we went to mom and dad’s house to visit for Mothers Day. Dad really isn’t the visiting type. He loves his family, but he is more of a doer, not a visitor. So, whilst us ladies chatted, the boy and his grandfather went outside and did……cars. He told me later that he really had fun being out there with his grandpa.

My dad is the coolest. I will never forget him teaching me all about cars. It started when I was very young. Whenever he was outside, and I could be outside, I was with him. Always bothersome, always asking questions. Why? Because I KNEW that he would answer. He never pushed me aside, he always took the time to explain. “Daddy, what’s that?” “It’s a carburetor.” “What does it do?” and he would tell me, or show me. He showed me what all the wrenches and sockets looked like, and I was his gopher when he was busy fixing. When I was 15, we had this UGLY gross looking brown station wagon. I think it was a Vega?? The carburetor was old, or just plain old didn’t want to work, but I will never forget going out to the garage with dad, watching him rebuild that thing…….7 different times I think. I was never so glad when they got rid of that…that…thing….When I was 17 or 18, he went with me to purchase a vehicle. I got a very ugly, very old, very oxidized yellow pick-up truck. I paid all of $711 for it. It ran ok, but dad tore the entire engine apart. It was so old that it had a REAL timing chain, not a belt like cars do now. He soaked all the parts in gasoline, and put it back together again. He said that the motor had been in water, sometime in it’s life. There was a lot of sand in there. Those were the best times with my dad.

It is because of him that I love the smell of a greasy, dirty mechanics garage. It is because of him, I know what a cam shaft is, and how it works. It is because of him, I know about timing chains, transmissions, axles, steering columns, brake shoes, air filters, spark plugs, catalytic converters, and 9/16ths, 5/8ths, and millimeter sockets….It is because of me, that he has gray hair. How was I supposed to know that mechanic’s tools AREN’T supposed to be greasy or put neatly in a tool box?

So, what is more beautiful than a man and his car?

A man fixing his car!

Dad showed him how to grease, what to grease and where. They fixed the turning signal, and tail light. I am sure they checked all fluid levels too. Dad asked him “is there anything else you want me to help with?” the boy answered “Do you have a quick way to fix the cruise control?” He, like myself, is completely confident that my dad can fix ANYTHING! Except the cruise control!biggrin.gif

Did your dad teach you anything special?

May 15

This past weekend, I made 3 trips to my parents house. During those trips, I was made acutely aware that for the last 7 years or so, I have really been missing out on some things. Now when you don’t have these things, you really don’t mind. It really isn’t that big of a deal. Then, low and behold, you are back in possession of them, and your eyes are opened to the fact that you have been totally and irrevocably SUFFERING for the last 7 years without them.

What are these wonderful things that I speak of? I will list them in no particular order.

  • cruise control
  • cruise control
  • cruise control

I made 2 trips up to my parents house with Chang. Wonder of all wonder’s Chang has cruise control. The white car’s cruise has been broken for so long that the daughter didn’t even know what it was. So, I educated her. She likes it almost as much as I do. Then, that last fateful trip, we took the boy’s car. No cruise. It was awful……..just awful. He insisted that I drive up there, and he drive back. I had to keep my mind on how fast I was going, and my gas leg got tired. Next time, the boy will drive his own car to my parents. I refuse to be put through that torture again. thehand.gif

What is a “must have” item when looking to purchase a new/new to you vehicle?

May 14

Nothing is more American than baseball…well I am sure that there are some, but for the sake of this particular posting, we are going to assume that it is true!

The boy is on the church soft ball league. Now he really isn’t an athletic child. He is much more a brain, however, he gives it all he has. Last Friday, he did the best he has ever done.


No, this isn’t him giving his all, this is him………uhh……I have no clue what he was doing. He was doing something really cute, but when the flash on the camera finally did it’s thing, he was doing this.yeaahh.gif He absolutely hates to have his picture taken. I know that, that is exactly why I delight in taking it. yes.gif

So, while my bum was busy being numbed and my back being tortured, I snapped pictures trying to forget my condition.

Getting ready to catch.

And you all know what he is doing here. With this hit, he had 2 RBI’s and he made it home as well. Sadly, we lost….those were the only runs of the game. The second game we were mercied. It was almost unbearable to watch. I did watch, however, I was mostly distracted by this cutie.

He and his brother are the sweetest little guys, and they are soooooo cute. I held his little~~and I mean tiny~~ sister. She is 3 months old, and weighs all of 11 pounds. When the boy was 3 months old, he weighed 16 pounds! It was wonderful to hold a sweet baby and not have the desperate urge to have another one of my own. ~~sorry ma, your going to have to talk to your other daughter….you know, the one that made me look like the bad child~~

Anyway, we/I have 8 more Fridays of being tortured…..errr…ball playing to watch/do. Our church is defending our Championship title. So far…..we are 1 in 4. We aren’t doing so well.

Do your kiddos play summer sports?

May 13

Happy Mothers Day Ma! and Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful ladies!

See these kids. They are the reason that I get to celebrate Mothers Day. As long as I can remember, all I wanted was to be a mother, and they made my dream come true.

I know that we have seen this before, but many of them tickle me, and I thought that it was appropriate for today.

WHY GOD MADE MOMS

Brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We’re related
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about Dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What’s the difference between moms & dads?

1. Moms works at work and works at home & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
4. Moms have magic; they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. My mom says she don’t do spare time.
2. Nothing. She pays bills all day long.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Hey ma…you see the second answer on this last question. I just have to tell you, it was ALL Andra. I am the good one. I’m tellin’ ya….it was ALL her! wacky.gif

Were you the good kid, the one in trouble all the time, or was it your  younger  sister getting you into trouble?

May 12

My children are very predictable. As you can see the boy is reading, and the girl is drawing. These are their favorite past-times. I will, almost always, find my kiddos doing these things. The daughter was in the process of drawing my character. I wondered what she would come up with. The top of the page she had written “neat and tidy” and proceeded to draw my dresser, along with all the girly/Victorian things on it. Thank goodness she didn’t put the 2″ of dust that is covering said dresser!

What picture would describe your character?