Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Treats, no Tricks

Spider Pumpkin Cookies
Recipe here. I like how she emphasizes the spreading out the batter. I didn't spread mine out and I ended up with half muffins.
I am so excited about the frosting. I love frosting that just runs together like it's all painted on there. I just don't like the way it tastes...

Ghost ICe Cream
Made these by shoving vanilla ice cream in a popsicle mold. Incredible. I even covered one in melted chocolate. No photo because I ate it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch.

First things first. Get some milk for the baby.

HAY RIDES FOR NONE! Guy missed the hay ride while I was yelling at him to hurry or he was going to miss it. I think I confused him and I think he is only 4 years old. So he cried and asked for a "try again" while I kept saying things like "That hay ride sure looks fun!"

So I'm not entirely mean. He did get his hay ride. But he had to pay in patience.

Nels didn't get a hayride because I'm not paying for him to sit. He just doesn't like to do it.

Nels got in trouble with the patch police for dissing the hay ride so we had to get out of there.

Our spoils
Left: Moms Pumpkin
Middle: Guy's Pumpkin (They almost didn't sell it to him. But we are trying to fight perfectionism so if he picks a moldy pumpkin we are going to celebrate it.)
Right: Pumpkin from our garden. Artwork by Guy of course.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Carving Pumpkins

Nels and Guy got a pumpkin. Nels and Dad were a team. I got the honor of being teamed up with Guy.

I kept telling Guy to watch dad and I think he got the idea.

He drew and I just carved.

I think he might see a bit of a flaw once we light up the candles at night but he is extremely happy with his meatwad-esque pumpkin.

Nels, the declared winner.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Sort of Sickly Birthday

Nels turned 1/2 years old on Sunday! And he was sick. He had a fever and was forbidden to leave the house.

But he got in some naked naps with some satisfying thumb sucking...

Then I gave him some ice cream for lunch! YAY!
Wait a minute... you don't like it?

How about cuddles? You don't like that either?

Oh, you did want the ice cream?

Maybe you just don't like me. Did someone tell you I snuck into your room while you were sleeping and took naked pictures of you? Yeah, that is pretty mean.

I'm glad you take graham cracker bribes. Happy 1/2th Birthday, Nels!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Our Little Angel

We buried our little angel on Monday, 10/17/2011. We wrapped her up in her favorite blanket so she can rest happy.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Guy's Art Gallery

Guy's artwork is welcome anywhere in our house.

He has his legendary flower (first the rough draft, crayon sketch. Then the final draft, the painting) in our living room.

At his workspace he has the self-portrait (he is painting in that picture). And behind the picture is a wall in need of repainting due to amazing artwork done in a purple dry-erase marker. Dry erase?! A Sharpie would have done less damage.

In his bedroom, the most important artwork of all, the "Wipe Out" obstacle course.
This artwork doubles as entertainment because he makes his Lego men run the course.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Decor on a 4 Year Old Budget

Construction paper... check!
Glue stick... check!
Safety Scissors... check!

Cat Trio


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Deer Tallow Soap

I made it! I used it! I feel clean!
Deer Soap

I think it turned out. There is some tweaking to be done with the process and with the amounts but good enough for me.

I used these amounts:
25 oz Deer Tallow
7.5 oz Coconut Oil
12 oz Distilled Water
4.5 oz Lye

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How Resourceful!

I think I'm a pretty involved parent but some days I just don't feel like it or anything else really. So Guy interrupts me while I'm reading my search results for "vacationing alone" to tell me he wants to paint. I wave him a way with an unenthusiastic no.

Later I find him like this...

Those are the bowls we eat out of and that's half of a bottle of paint in each one. And you know what I think? How Resourceful! How Creative! How Inspiring! I'm lucky to live with people like this.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Deer Tallow

My husband's buddy got a deer so I begged for the deer fat to make some tallow (for soap purposes).

I had to cut lots of the fat off the deer myself. It was kind of gross but the fat actually felt like any sort of solid oil so I knew it was going to be good. In fact I bet you could have used it for lotion at that stage if you like smelling like the insides of a deer.

I diced the fat and roasted it for an hour. And it didn't really do anything.

So I ran the fat through the meat grinder and roasted it again and it melted into this funny smelling stew in 10 minutes. Haha!
I did read later about people adding water to their "stew" and I also read about people adding a cut up potato. If I make this again I'll try the water in hopes in removes a lot of the brown coloring from the tallow.

Then I strained it through a sieve and got some funny smelling liquid.

It hardened over night with half the tallow being brown and half being white. If I had added the water I think the brown coloring would have dyed the water, not the tallow? And I would have had a brown puddle in the bottom of the bowl and white tallow floating on the top. But I do admit I have no idea what I'm doing. I could have remelted the tallow and tried again but I'm naturally lazy.

I'm impressed. It looks legit to me. Time to make soap!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Our Church had a brownie social and I was concerned about it being boring so I didn't make typical brownies.  I made cake brownies (pretty much just super chocolatey cake) and  peanut butter blondies (for the crazy folks).  I would totally eat a pan of either of these any day.

CAKE BROWNIES mostly from Better Homes & Gardens
3/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Remove saucepan from heat and stir in sugar and cocoa powder until well combined.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined.
In a separate small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
Add flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, stir in milk until well blended.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

PEANUT BUTTER BLONDIES mostly from King Arthur Flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, then the eggs, one at a time. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chips. Pour the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle the remaining chips over the top of the batter.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is shiny but the middle is still gooey.

Friday, October 7, 2011


I love glassware!  And I adore little kids!  Sucks to be me.
Glass Jars
Some super awesome stuff Nels helped me find at the thrift store.

I love my Walrus cookie jar to no end but a clear cookie/muffin/etc jar is so awesome if you want to gain some extra weight.  The square jar is for storing flour and the little pitcher is for storing oil.  Keeping my flour in buckets and oil in massive jugs is cool and all but sometimes I want that stuff to be in the actual kitchen.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Good Sister or a Good Sandwich?

We have this picture up in the house:
Lucy's Sandwich

Today while we were commuting in the car Guy told me how much he really liked the picture of Lucy with the sandwich. It got me teary eyed even if he was just admiring her sandwich. I like that picture too.


Canning Pickles

You know what a great idea is?  Follow a recipe half way through and then just make up the rest.  And that's how I ended up with pickled boiled cucumbers.  Pickles don't get canned with a hot water bath!  They are still delicious and I'm still an idiot. 
Salsa and Pickles
Hey.. the salsa turned out!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Last month we started school.  It makes things hectic since we are used to being undisciplined and stinky.  Neither goes well with school.

Guy likes going and I'm very proud to be the mom of a goofy kid.


Nels' schooling has been revolving around spoons and peas.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

NASA: Breaking Dreams Since 2011

Nels says "V for 'ventures!"  He doesn't say whole words yet...
Space Shuttle
Nels' Space Shuttle suit finally fits!  But, all that training wasted!