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Friday, April 29, 2011

Five Question Friday...

I feel like I am in a huge blogging rut right now.  I blame it on the weather.  I have been blaming everything on the nasty rainy weather lately.

"Why is your grass so tall?"
"Because of the weather."

"I haven't seen you in a while."
"It's because of the weather.  I hibernate when it's cold, snowing, or raining outside."

"Why is your house a mess?"
"Because of the weather."

"I saw passed you on the road the other day and you didn't wave."
"It's because of the weather."

Like I said, everything can be blamed on the weather.  The forecast is calling for sunshine today and Saturday then rain again on Sunday.  Ugh!  However, I still feel blessed that we haven't had to deal with the horrible storms like the people in the south have.  Those people are definitely in my thoughts.

So, as a result of my blogging rut, I am linking up for Five Question Friday over at Five Crooked Halos.

1. If you could buy any car, money not an option, what would it be?


Definitely a Tahoe.  I currently have one and absolutely LOVE it.  I will probably drive it until it dies.  The only other thing I would trade it for would be a Suburban....for the extra room.

2. What was your worst first date ever?
Well, I  really only had one first date because I met the hubs when I was 16.  However, I went to prom my junior year with a group of friends.  We ate at a nice steak house in downtown Indy and the waiter brought us our salads.  My "date"/friend turned to me and asked me to cut his salad.  I looked at him with a look that said, "You're joking, right?  Right?  PLEASE tell me you are JOKING!  You are a JUNIOR in high school and you can't cut your own salad?"
Well, he wasn't joking and he then proceeded to tell me that his mom always cut his salad for him.  He had to learn real quick how to do it himself.

3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?
16.

4. When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook?
Yesterday.

5. If you were going to fashion a "Wanted" Ad for a best friend, how would you word it?

Wanted: A best friend who I can call once a month, because that is all I have time for.  Can't mind screaming kids in the background during this phone call.  Kids of your own would be nice, but isn't a prerequisite.  You just need to understand if I can't make it to every event or stay out all night because I have kids and it is hard to find a babysitter sometimes and, I have to get up with them the next day and don't have the luxury to sleep in in the morning.  Also, it would be nice if you had a husband who had something in common with my husband.

I hope to kick myself into 4-wheel drive this weekend and get out of this blogging rut I am in by next week.

Happy Friday friends.  Have a great weekend!



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Beauty...

B came running into the kitchen the other day and exclaimed, "Mommy, I picked some sunflowers for you!"

I immediately knew, without looking, that they weren't sunflowers, but dandelions.

The same dandelions that cover our yard every Spring making it look yellow instead of green.

To me, they are nothing more than a pesky weed, but to B they are beautiful.

I put the "sunflowers" in water and displayed them on the counter top.

They only lasted about a day, but they were the prettiest flowers I have ever received!



Why can't we, like B, see the beauty in everything?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday...

I love Wednesdays for this reason....
 I'm loving The Voice that had its premier last night...
 I'm loving these earrings from Maurices...
 I'm loving that Sunday was Easter and we had a great time visiting with family...
 I'm loving that I ran across the blog Home Sweet Farm and was able to link up to Waltz On By Wednesday...
I'm loving this video...
The girls and I were cracking up while watching it yesterday.  Oh that baby's laughter is contagious and it was featured on the Today Show this morning!

What are you loving today?

Happy Wednesday friends!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter...

Our Easter Weekend Celebration began on Saturday morning with an egg hunt.  I don't have any pictures of that because it was CRAZY!

Saturday evening we baked and decorated sugar cookies...

We also colored Easter eggs on Saturday night...

Brad's Case IH egg..
B's Mickey Mouse egg...
Mel's horse egg...
Mine only had my name on it.  Exciting stuff right?  I didn't get a picture of it either.
The Easter Bunny visited the girls in the night...or morning..and left plenty of goodies...

including sand box toys...
and ducks!!!!...
B named her duck Zack from The Wild Kratts.
Mel named hers Bonnie.  I have no clue where she got that name, but I think it is cute.

After church we went to Brad's parent's home for lunch and fellowship.

The best picture I could get in their Easter outfits...

B doesn't like to refuses to wear dresses, so I got this cute little outfit from CDW Kids...
Mel's outfit came from Gymboree...
Don't worry.  She didn't wear her boots to church.  Although, she probably would have if I would have let her.
B's cheesy smile...

Aunt Lauren and the girls...



Singing "If Your Happy and You Know It"...


Time for the egg hunt...
Some of them were a little hard to reach.
"Eggs Mommy!"...


They were filled with money.
I think the girls liked this better than candy!


Our Easter weekend ended with a duck ride;0)...
I hope you all had a fabulous Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

MCP Project 52 Week 16...

The theme for week 16 was "Furry Friends"...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lenten Pretzels...

Do you know how the pretzel originated?

I didn't either until one Sunday at church a few weeks ago.

During the children's sermon, the pastor told the story to the kids.

Many years ago, an Italian monk made a bread in order to remind his brother monks that Lent was a time of prayer.  He rolled bread dough into strips and shaped them in the form of arms crossed over the heart in a prayerful gesture  These breads were called bracelle, the Latin word for "little arms".  From this word came the German word, bretzel and our word, pretzel.

The kids were each given a recipe card for Lenten Pretzels.
B and I made Lenten Pretzels yesterday. (Mel helped too.)

Pour warm water into a bowl.
Gently stir in yeast, salt, and sugar to dissolve...

Mix in flour...
Form a ball...
Knead the dough...
Let it rest for one hour...
Roll the dough...
to form strips 1/2" thick and 6" long. (Ours were a little thicker than that, but turned out just fine.)...
(I felt like I was working at Auntie Anne's)

Fold dough into pretzel shapes...

Brush lightly with egg...
Sprinkle with salt...

Bake for 12-15 minutes and Enjoy!!!
Like I said, we made ours a bit thick so they don't look perfect but they taste delicious nonetheless.


Lenten Pretzels

1/2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups flour
1 beaten egg
Kosher salt
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 pkg. or 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar

Pour water into bowl.
Gently stir in yeast, salt, and sugar to dissolve.
Mix in flour and form a ball.
Knead dough, then let rest for one hour.
Roll pieces of dough into strips about 1/2" thick and 6" long.
Fold strips into pretzel shapes and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Brush lightly with egg and sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Enjoy!
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