Sunday, July 26, 2009
1 cake mix (the white sparkly one is best - I forget what it is called)
1/3 cup oil
Oven at 350. I've made the cookies kinda smallish. Cook for 6 minutes, NO MORE. They'll appear really soft when you take them out, but after about a minute of cooling, you'll see they're perfect (or overdone).
Give it a try!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Have you guessed; I am a saver! Why throw away a perfectly good box when it still can be used? The joy in wrapping gifts in these boxes is great. They might think they are getting some See's candy, but they are not; nor are they getting a new camera. It's all part of the unwrapping joy.
What's it gonna be?
The "See's Candy" box
Notice Griffin's tongue
Some car wash certificates:
A Krispy Kreme donut box....
It's a book. I thought it would be "Strategies for Settlers of Catan". It wasn't. It was a novel about martians.
More gift certificates. They are good most anywhere!
I can fix that. There, much better.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Kerry and I were going out to dinner; very exciting!
I still had to make sure there was food for my children at home; Zak, Quinn, Kylie and Griffin. I believe Steven had his own FREE restaurant meal with his delightsome Deloitt “buddy”…oh and Ike Felix was there too.
I knew that they could easily make Top Ramen. To make it a better, more protein filled meal, I bought some flap steak that they could put in with the Ramen. I BBQ'd that during lunch and cut it up ready to go in their meal.
We came home from our most delicious meal (thanks to a saved gift card from a party at the Harmon's house) and saw this pan on the stove:
I guessed that they had just barely made it, but hadn't eaten yet. I inquired. Look inside the pan:
They wanted to be VERY careful to make enough ramen for everybody to really have their full. What you are looking at is their leftovers! I think it VERY funny. The noodles are only about 10 cents a package. They said they loved the meat so much that they all picked through their bowls and ate that. They made 7 packages. I saved all that meat...can't remember if anyone ate it later.
I did feel better knowing that all those children know what it feels like to try to make the right amount of food, and guess a little high.
pictures of Steven's birthday...posted early; don't miss them!
They also ALWAYS have matching T-shirts!
Monday, July 20, 2009
It's seems it's GROUND HOG DAY here; we do the same things day in, and day out
Someone else is always on the computer
I am too hot and sweaty
GROUNDHOG DAY (You know, the MOVIE!)
Things we do most EVERY day:
Play the board game Settlers of Catan (a couple of times)
Games we play in the Pool:
Horse: the basketball game, but in the pool. Sometimes we play COW
Boogers and walrus: you know the game, it is like sharks & minnows. Everyone loves it, including Griffin. We are very competitive. Steven has quite a wound on his arm, Zak and Quinn’s hands are scraped up pretty well and my toe is hurt all from pushing off and grabbing onto the side of the wall.
Marco polo: just started. It was fun with Kylie and Griffin. They loved it.
Volleyball: always fun
Football: I really enjoyed this. Zak made it up.
I will now try to slowly catch you all up.
We'll start with the pictures from the homemade chocolate ice cream:
I made this at 11:00 at night...read about it here.
It was delicious and we ate it all!
July 4th pictures...shall post in the morning
Julie winning SoC....shall post at noon!
Funny dinner story....shall post at 6:00pm
Friday, July 10, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I am one of those that feels that it is not right for anyone. There are many really great words out there to use; why sink to the foul.
Then I got this response:
You're right. My style is not for everyone. But for the record: I
never use foul language in my books for shock value. It's always in
keeping with the characters I'm writing about and their points of
view. Twentysomething men and women say the words in my book. To not
write in the real language that real people use wouldn't be authentic.
I personally don't fill my everyday conversation with F-bombs and the
like. I have a six year old son and I very much believe in leading by
example. To be honest, there have been more than a few times when I've
had my characters say and do things that make me cringe because I
would NEVER say or do these things myself. But as I said, I feel like
these narrative choices are an accurate reflection of contemporary
culture as it really is, not as people wish it to be.
I don't regret what I wrote, but I'm sorry that you were too offended
by the words to enjoy the story.
I was glad she wrote back. I think the conversation is interesting. Not sure if I should write her back or not, but I would ask her if it makes the world a better place to sink to the lowest level, whether that's how the people talk or not. Wouldn't it be a better place if we all reached higher. I think that if a book has no swearing the people wouldn't write and say, "hey where is all that foul language, I missed it!"