Saturday, April 18, 2009

And the Mommy did Grin...

Reasons to be happy :

-Scoring a girl's bike and a purple gauze play canopy for $2 each. Yard sales. Whomever invented them deserves a smooch.

-Gorgeous weather.

-Closing on our FIRST HOUSE next week! More on that (and the insanity of moving with a 4yo, 2yo and newborn later)

-Shirt that was ill fitting last week looking decent today. Bwahahaha! Take that, jelly belly.

-Smelling my baby's head. Mama crack. Mmmmmmm. <3 Oxytocin is better than narcotics.

-Fresh seasonal produce which tastes like food rather than a cereal box. Wheeeee!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Butter makers.

This was loads of fun, and I can't believe I never knew how easy it was! Two dollars for an hour of entertainment and seriously nice butter at the end isn't half-bad. Heck, it's not even 11/12 bad. Here are some pics of our endeavor. :D

Step #1 Pour heavy whipping cream into jars, but leave plenty of room
for it to shake around in there. (Seal lids tightly enough that your 4yo
can't wrench them off and apply cream to her sister's hair. )

Step #2 shake the cream for 5-10 minutes!

(singing a song while you do it makes the time go by faster...)

"My arms are all floppy!"

Stop shaking when the butter is obviously separated! The liquid that's left it buttermilk.
(I noticed that shaking got suddenly easier and the jar sounded "sloshier" when this happened)

Step #3: rinse butter with cold water. After the water's gently squeezed out, you can
flavor it with honey, herbs, whatever. I recommend salt with whatever you chose.

We did one garlic and rosemary, and another with honey...mmmm.

Step #4: Eat on bread, or off your fingers. :oP

Ohmygoodness. *drool* So that's what butter's supposed to taste like? I kept thinking, "Something's missing...." until I realized it was the stale paper flavor. I think I'll use the herb butter to make garlic bread tonight, and then try not to eat it. (It's a fun little game I play with myself) Obviously, not something I'll be doing on an ongoing basis, but, fun when you're in the mood for something fancy.

Miss Eva at a month old!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Very clever baby.

Heard in the V.O. house this morning....

Me: Morning, girlies! Want some strawberries?

Mirth: Yes, but where is baby Eva?

Me: She's sleeping still...

Grace: *disgruntled sleepy cry from bedroom*

Mirth: Oh, she's awake!! Get her, get her!

Lark: Listen! Gracie's saying "Honk, honk!" in SPANISH.

Me: *giggling* I don't even know how to say "Honk, honk" in Spanish. How do you say it?

Mirth: Like this- "Hunk, hunk!"

Lark: No, yike dis! - (growling deep voice) 'Hoooonk, honk!!"

Me: Oh, wow. I never knew that. Very interesting.

Mirth: Now, I think she's trying to say "Chemical Flu". That's weird.


Weird indeed. *giggle*


Lark: Here's my puppy! I save him from the cliff...I'm SUPER-LARK!

mommy: Where are you going now? Will you save more puppies, Super-Lark?

Lark: No, I all done wif that for the day.

Edit: some pics from today. :O)