May 24

It is Saturday morning. 6:55am to be exact and I am already bored. How can a person who has so much house to clean, so much laundry to do, and a huge graduation party ‘to do’ list be bored? Maybe it could be a little something called…procrastination??? I have my father to thank for that. Thanks dad.  I love you.

I have even procrastinated making this blog post. It is now 7:07am, and all I have done is sit here and fiddled with the junk on my desk. Moving it about to try and make it look neater. It didn’t work.

So, in the spirit of procrastination, I am going to put in a few pictures that I took last week, and have just now gotten around to photoshopping.

The clouds were so lovely that day.

When I was little, I used to think that the sunbeams coming through the clouds was God pointing his rays of light at all the bad people. Maybe he was pointing at all the procrastinators instead. If that is the case, I would have a pretty nasty sunburn.

Bring on the sunscreen.

May 23

It is Friday, and I am nosy.

If you were gifted $100,000 what would you do with it?

Me?    I might purchase 2 tanks of gas.

Seriously, I would pay off my house, purchase a cow and a pig (ready for the freezer) and invest the rest.

May 22

First I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone.   Your ideas are fabulous, and I can not wait to get started.   The boy will be choosing what I make.

Speaking of the boy…

This is what happens when there is only one computer in the house with internet access.

And the mother refuses to download iTunes to that computer.

May 21

When I began home schooling, almost everyone said ‘are you going to do that through high school?’ with the most shocked expression on their faces when I told them ‘that was the plan’.

After getting that reaction for several years, I began to doubt myself. Could I really teach the chips through high school? Could I really prepare them for college? Could I really do a good job at this thing called home schooling?

It was almost at the time of the worst of self doubt, that I found myself at the most wonderful home schooling forum…ever! The women that I met at Donna Young’s home school forum were my encouragement when I had none from anyone/anywhere else, they were my cheerleaders when I was down, they were wisdom when I was floundering, they were my mentors, they were my friends.

The forum has now since closed, and the women that I met there are still my encouragement, still my cheerleaders, still dishing out wisdom, still my mentors, and still my friends.

It is to them that I owe so much gratitude for helping me to get to where I am today. Graduating my son from high school. I couldn’t have done it without you ladies. Especially Tressa who, without many long distance conversations, the boy and I would never have made it through Algebra without killing each other. Seriously.

In a couple weeks, I will be giving a graduation party for the boy. I am going to need to have food for approximately 30-50 people, and I need your help.

Can you give me suggestions on finger food (meaning, can be eaten without the help of a fork or spoon) recipes that are both inexpensive and easy.

May 20

So, yesterday I got up, wrote my blog post, ate breakfast, got a shower, threw some laundry in the machine, sent the girl upstairs to get her shower.

The girl came down and said ‘mom, why isn’t there any water coming out of the faucet?’ hhmm no water.

No good. (I have just finished a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon, sorry)

Went to look at the machine which hadn’t begun to make that wonderful swishing sound that lets me know it is working.

The machine was only half full of water, and the water was an icky brown.

Not good when the material inside the machine is/was white. Not good when you have 3 other loads waiting to be done, not good when the girl hasn’t gotten her shower yet.

No good, no good, no good. (hard to starboard)

Ever notice that when you don’t have something, you immediately want/need it. Yep…I instantly became thirsty. (why is the rum always gone)

The water came back on around 3. The girl got her shower, I got my drink, and the whites, well….I don’t think they will recover.

Any suggestions on how to get icky brown spots out of whites?

(break off pursuit, run her light and douse canvas) (sorry, really I am)

Last week, the boy wanted to make something special for breakfast. I am all for that, so I said “bake away”. So he did.

He made Raspberry Cream Cheese Braid…only not.

In your mixing bowl, mix water, yeast, sugar and flour.

This is going to make a ‘starter’ of sorts.

Cover it and set it aside till bubbly and active. About 10-15 minutes.

Make sure your egg is at room temperature. If it isn’t, then stick it in your microwave for about 10 seconds.

Add the rest of your ingredients and knead till soft and pliable, but not sticky.

This is the secret to a soft, tender dough.

This sweet dough is great for just about anything you want. Monkey bread, sweet glazed braids, hot cross buns, etc.

Put your dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and raise till doubled.

Mix up the filling while you are waiting for the dough to rise.

Ever wonder what the girl does while the boy and I are in the kitchen? why we have little Cinderella sweeping the mud room, and vacuuming the living room, of course.

When she is finished with that, and IF she has something to wear, she can go to the ball.

Roll out your dough in a rectanglish shape.

Put your filling down the center, and cut strips along the side.

Lay the end pieces over the filling, then begin to criss cross the strips over the filling till you are finished.

Raise, then bake for 32-36 minutes at 350º. Let it cool for 15 minutes before glazing and slicing and eating.

If you can wait that long.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Braid…only not

Dough

  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • ¼ c. warm water
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 3 c. unbleached pastry flour
  • 6 tbsp. sour cream or yogurt
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp. lemon oil (we used orange oil)

In your mixing bowl, combine yeast, water 1 tsp. of the sugar and ½ c. of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside till bubbly and very active.

Stir in remaining dough ingredients and knead till soft. Put dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let raise till doubled. About 45 minutes.

To make filling, take ½ c. butter, 1 c. brown sugar and 1 c. chopped pecans. Mix with spoon till paste forms.

Gently deflate the dough and divide in half. Roll each half into a 15×10-inch rectangle and place each onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread half the filing down the center of each and cut 2½ inch cuts every 3/4 inch down both sides of the filling. Fold ends over filling, then pull pull the cut strips up and over, alternating sides.

Cover and let them rise for 30-45 minutes, until they are puffy looking. Bake braids for 32-36 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

We added a glaze. I like adding a glaze.  I’m a glazie kind of gal.

May 18

First I just have to say that “Prince Caspian” is a 2 thumbs up. It was great!

The chips were rather miffed that they added a scene that wasn’t in the book, but the boy said within the first 5 minutes of the movie…”yep…I’m gonna have to buy this one too.”

In other news…

One of these little guys is already in his new home. My mother and father-in-law took Lightening. They will eventually give him to my FIL’s daughter, but she lives in Virginia, so the next time they see her, she will get the cat. My FIL lit up like Christmas when we took Lightening in, so I know that he is going to be happy.

The other 2 are going to a farm up in Holmes county.

This little guy doesn’t have a home yet.

Anyone want a sweet little guy? Please? I don’t want to have to take him to the pound.

He has until the kitten food runs out, then he will have to go.