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Faces of March, Pt. 2 – Wordless Wednesday

March 2014

 

More fun faces of March.
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Susan

Schooling in March 2014

Yes, we are relaxed homeschoolers in one sense.  Miriam and Olivia sitting at the table working “hard” on their school work.
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Abigail working diligently on math on the couch in her graph notebook.  I love graph paper for math.  Thank you Rachel for the suggestion.
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Caleb with his water bottle and some treasures he made.
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Elianna and Levi imitating Mommy by laying on the couch. ;)
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Thomas and Nathan working diligently in the basement, in peace and quiet.
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Bethany must have not done anything that day, because there is no picture of her working, oh wait, she probably took some of the pictures.  Any who, Bethany works on her school work too, usually at the end of the table.

 

Susan

3.14 – Pi Day

13 March 2014

 

With the invention of Facebook and Pinterest, “new” holidays are being celebrated every year.  We have been “celebrating” Pi Day for a few years now.  All my kidlets love that my friends influenced me in this way.  We make pies to celebrate Pi Day.

 

Levi and Thomas
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Elianna

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Apple Pie (from Costco) warmed up, Raspberry Pie and Peanut Butter Pie.

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Olivia and Bethany looking on, waiting expectantly.

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Thomas and his apple pie. Miriam photo bombing.
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Miriam and her apple pie.
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Olivia and her apple pie.  It seems everyone wanted the apple pie.

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See, Bethany is in on the conspiracy, also.

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Nathan, apple pie.  Caleb waiting patiently.

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Seriously, people, apple pie is disgusting.  Abigail says, “Apple pie is really good.”

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Even Levi, he loves any type of pie.

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Caleb and his raspberry pie.

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Look at who is done with his pie before everyone even has a piece.

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Peanut Butter Pie, that is what I am talking about.

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Elianna and Sean with their raspberry pie.

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Levi loved his pie.  He sampled peanut butter as you can see.  <3 (Lori, this is for you)

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Maybe next year I’ll expand my pie making repertoire.  We’ll see what new things I want to eat next March.  I would love to make an excellent lemon meringue pie, but so far I have not had good success in finding one that has the proper texture and taste for the lemon filling.  The meringue I can do, but not the filling.  I have tried a few different things but I am still looking for the pie I remember my mother making in my childhood.

 

Until next year.

 

susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donut Saturday

Donuts are the perfect lazy Saturday treat.  We used the recipe here at Chef in Disguise.

 

Sourdough donuts

(Under the Highchair)

½ cup sourdough (you can make your own using this technique)
2 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 cups flour (I usually need 1/3- 1/2 cup more to make the dough managable )
1/2 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk

Prepare a pot or deep fryer for frying.

Line a tray with paper towels and set aside, you will use this for draining doughnuts.

Heat oil to 360 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda

In a bowl mix the sourdough starter, oil, buttermilk and egg.

Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt to the dry ingredients and then add them to the wet ingredients.

Bring dough together gently with you hands. Sprinkle some flour onto a work surface and turn dough on to it. Knead it gently about 3 times to help bring the dough together.

 

I doubled the recipe and let it refrigerate overnight.  So I actually made the dough the night before and rolled them out on Saturday.  You don’t want to toll them too thin and you don’t want to roll them too thick.  The donuts that were square should have been rolled a little thinner, but otherwise I was pleased with the results.

 
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Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Don’t these look near perfect?  I think one of the keys is to refrigerate the dough before rolling.  I know it sounds strange, but it seemed to do something special to them.  Typically when making donuts that need to rise, it is hard to get them off the rising surface and into the oil without them deflating.  That was not a problem here at all.  No loss of air in the donuts.
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I love my Kitchen Kettle.  I do think I need another one to make the process go faster.
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Make sure to flip them only after they are nice and brown.  This will ensure they are cooked all the way through, especially if they are thicker, like pictured.
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Working slowly.  I set the timer or it was too easy to let them go and forget about them until they were a dark brown. ;)
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Abigail adding the yummy sugar glaze.
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Levi loves his donuts.
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We ran out of glaze so we just used sugar on the last of the donut holes.
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We used some Nuetella on the big donuts after we ran out of glaze or maybe we put Nuetella on top of the glaze, I cannot remember.
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These donuts were good the day we made them and they were good the next day too.  Yum, yum.  This is by far my favorite recipe because of the ease of making the donuts and the fact that they did not fall after the rise.  They are not quite as light and fluffy as Krispy Kreme donuts, but they are not dense like cake donuts.  They are a nice mixture of the two.

 

Susan

March 2014 Ice Storm – Wordless Wednesday

March 2014

 

Yes, ice storm in the south are severe and dangerous.  We received between 1/4 – 1/2 inch of ice overnight and during the day.  Many of our friends lost power during this ice storm.  We did not, we are thankful.

 
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Susan

 

My Rad Rockets – Kiwi Crate #8

March 2014

 

Onto our 8th Kiwi Crate project, My Rad Rockets.  Caleb was so excited about this project, especially after being to the Air and Space Museum in Virginia.  Bethany lead the activity, as usual.

 

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Elianna showing the fins that will go on her rocket.

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Caleb personalizing the rocket with colored pencils.

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Abigail helping Elianna.

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Bethany and Caleb constructing his rocket.

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Thank you Abigail for helping me get out the fins.

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Let’s see how high the rocket can fly.

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Getting ready for launch.

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In action, on the way down.

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Let’s try again.

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All the way to the top.  Such joy on Caleb’s face and such amazement on Bethany’s face.

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Now it is Elianna’s rocket’s turn, piloted by Abigail.

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 blastoff.

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Flying to the sky.

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Success!  What a fun gift, thank you Auntie Cathy.

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We are down to craft intensive projects, you know with paint and such.  I had big plans to do them this summer, but summer is almost over, so maybe they will be a fall project.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Gets a Facebook Account

March 2014

 

Once Thomas turned 16 we talked about him being able to have a Facebook account.  We really just wanted him to have one so he could send us lives and tickets in Candy Crush.  OK, not really, but we waited until he was 16 for various reasons and even know, he is not terribly active on Facebook.  One of the reasons for him to have a Facebook account is to promote his software company, Dassel Software Development.
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Setting up a teen account is different than setting up an adult account.  There are many more protections in the privacy realm on a teen account and for that I am thankful.
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See, there were things I had to read more closely and then I wondered, “What in the world”.  Thomas figured it all out.
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All the kidlets watching Sean play on the iPad.  They were actually probably watching airplane videos.

Elianna and Levi do not really care about those types of things, usually.
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I am glad we waited to allow Thomas to have an account.  I am glad we are able to help him to learn to navigate social media while he is still under our roof.  I am mostly glad that most of his friends do not post rude or crude things.

 

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Hanging Mobile – Kiwi Craft #7

March 2014

 

My Hanging Mobile is the project for today.  Bethany was the faithful leader and Abigail was one of the helpers.

 

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Caleb and Bethany checking out all the parts that came in the box.

 

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Getting started.

 

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We need to follow the directions so we do it the right way and use the parts where they belong.

 

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Disks to hand on the arms of the mobiles.

 

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Elianna actually got to assemble part of the mobile and she had so much fun.

 

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A lot of colorful options for the mobile.

 

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Look at my completed mobile.

 

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It is almost as tall as me.

 

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What remains of these mobiles is still hanging on our front door.  This was a fun and creative craft and we may just have to recreate it one day.

 

Susan

Red Robin, Yummmmmmmmmmmmm

March 2014

 

I know some people will wonder why I am blogging about a trip to Red Robin.  Well, we don’t go out to eat very often, so when we do, it is a big deal.  We even ate outside because it was such a nice night, perfect weather and not bugs, and we could be as loud as possible.
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Caleb is excited to eat unlimited french fries.
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Abigail is excited about unlimited soda refills.
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Elianna’s excited about not having to sit in a high chair.
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Miriam is excited to go out to eat.
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Bethany needs a refill.
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Mommy and Miriam, enjoying the beautiful weather.
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The food has arrived.  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Thomas is excited about the big burger and limitless fries.
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Yep, more fries please.
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I love food, give me more food.  Levi loves french fries.
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Finger looking good.
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I will say, I miss the kids cups from Red Robin.  We used to use them all the time, now we are almost out of them.  boooo.  The other silly change I think Red Robin made was those silly little silver “cups” they put french fries in on the plate.  We always ask for more fries right away.

 

What I enjoy about Red Robin is the relaxed atmosphere, the excellent fries and the chicken wraps I can get with buffalo sauce.  I love the chicken wraps, I love them.

 

It was fun going out as a family and have someone wait on us and not having to do any dishes.  Yum, yum.  Maybe we can go again some day soon.

 

Susan
 

Hair Cuts for Bethany, Abigail and Mom

 

I love my girls.  I love that they like to look feminine.  I appreciate that they like to have long hair.  What I do not appreciate is that they don’t like to get their hair cut because they will lose a couple of inches.

 

Bethany is not super excited about her hair cut, or she is faking it.

 

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Look at how long her hair is.  Wowzers.

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And after,  can you tell the difference?

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It is still too long, I should have taken more off.  O well, such is life.  I can cut it again.

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Abigail, before.

 

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Nope, she is not happy.

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I love the way it turned out.

 

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She is proud to show off her new look.
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Now it is my turn.  Remember that great scissors I bought, it could even cut my hair.  No, I did not cut my own hair, I recruited two helpers.

 

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Way too long.  I needed a haircut so badly.

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Yes, I recruited Sean to cut my hair and he took me up on it.  Brave man.  No, he did not cut enough off.

 

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As a reward for my torturing Abigail with a haircut, I let her use the thinning sheers on my hair.  She was very excited to do it.

 

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Maybe she enjoyed it a little too much.

 

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After.

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Not enough.  Next time I am going to have him take off about 4 more inches.

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Some say I am adventurous to let Sean cut my hair.  I don’t think so.  I will be honest and say in the last 10 years I have gotten 2 good cuts by someone who knows how to cut curly hair.  It is so hard to find someone to cut my hair and it takes a long time to get my hair cut.  So, I told Sean how he should cut my hair and I showed him how to cut hair when I cut Olivia and Miriam’s hair.  I think he did a good job.  A couple of small hitches, but honestly, a good curly hair haircut can easily cover up a few mistakes.  And the best part about it, no combing out the hair and getting a frizz head.

 

susan