Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sickness…

Dear Cold and Flu Season,

Oh how loath you.  I wish you were gone.  I do so desire that you all together did not exsist.

Without love,

Me

So we experienced a beautiful Spring like sunny weekend here.  All three days of which I spent inside experiencing one of the worst stomach bugs I can remember since college.  Whew!  It was a doosey.

There’s nothing quite like a debilitating and thankfully fleeting illness to make me incredibly thankful for day to day health.

Lots of other things to be thankful for:

-I got sick Friday night, so Hubby was home to take care of me all weekend and didn’t have to take any time off.

-Hubby took care of me 🙂

-Hubby and Little Man both are still healthy and haven’t caught it.  Please, if you are a praying person, pray that God in His mercy might spare them this bug.

-I had a home and bed and bathroom :-/ to rest in while I was sick!

-We had the resources we needed to purchase everything that was helpful in my recovery, which consisted all together of ginger ale, Emetrol,  and ‘whole wheat’ saltine crackers. 🙂

-That this is only the second time I have been sick this season and Little Man has only been sick once with a cold!  Hooray!

Really the list goes on and on.

See I’m trying this new thing, where instead of complaining in my heart when something is uncomfortable/painful/less than ideal/etc., I attempt to list off as many things as I can think of that I have to be thankful for in that very moment, as compared to the few things that are in the way of my personal agenda.

Due to the fact the my personal agenda almost NEVER has scheduled time for exhaustive flu bugs…I had a lot of time to practice this weekend 🙂

I kid about this practice of gratitude in the face of opportunities to complain, being a new thing.  I have been attempted to create a habit of gratitude for several years now.

So this weekend was just a God given tool, to strengthen His gratefulness in me.

Hmmm….interesting.

I hope everyone else had an restful weekend as well 🙂

Please do excuse me though, if I fall of the face of the planet for a few days to regain composure…

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Baby Booties…calm down, not for us.

No we are not having another baby right now.

And no I am not talking about baby bottoms.

We have SO many sweet friends who are pregnant right now and I have been wanting to make something tiny and special for them.  I came across a pattern here and I absolutely can not stop making these little things!  See how cute they are??

I mean really, how sweet are they!  I want to keep every pair I make, but alas, there are no little feet in this house.

(Please take note of this fact, as I realize that my posting of tiny baby things could lead our friends and family on…I assure you, there are no little feet in this house 🙂

Hers another pair with a matching embellished burp cloth:

And another for a boy with a little bird embellishment:

And the cutest little pair of plaid baby shoes I may have ever seen.

This is my favorite thing I have been working on as of late.

Although I have been sewing a lot.  So you may be seeing a lot of sewing posts soon…who knows.  I make many more things than I get inspired to post on the blog.  Its much more fun to make things than it is to post about them!  🙂

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Its looking like a bathroom!

Some of you knew about Hubby and my original plan, upon buying our first home, to put a master bathroom into our very awkwardly large master bedroom.

Well, it has begun. And actually has been going for several months now. And its finally looking like a bathroom!

Take a look!

View from the door of bedroom.

Mirror frames Eric built to go over the double sink vanity… that he built.  He’s so handy!

The garden tub all framed in.

The corner shower all framed in.

And here’s where it all started:  the removal of the ceiling vent…its come a long way!

Here’s a video tour for you as well 🙂

(Mostly for my parents…because they may just be the original do-it-yourself-ers)

 

On the to-do list:

-Plumbling

-Drywall

-Tileing

-Trim

-Painting

Lots and lots of painting.  We’ve got a long way to go.

But some how, the massive deconstruction of our bedroom does not bother me!  Good thing 🙂

 

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Delicious Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

I know its February and far from those first crisp fall days…but we have a lot of frozen pumpkin puree that I am still playing with…so here’s a recently perfected recipe for you!

I have been tweaking an all ready very tasty pumpkin bread recipe to substitute all whole wheat flour for the all-purpose white flour and some form of less processed sweetener instead of white sugar. After several attempts, I think I am finally happy with the results.

Actually we may be a little bit addicted to the results, since we ate an entire loaf and then some, in 4 days…

I found that using part soft white wheat flour (pastry flour) and increasing the leavening agent (baking powder) by almost three times what the original recipe called for, it made the perfect consistency for what you would expect from pumpkin bread.

I think increasing the leavening agent in almost any recipe you are trying to convert to whole wheat by at least double is a good idea, as whole wheat tends to produce a more dense product.

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups sucanat

2 cups hard white wheat flour

1 1/2 cup soft white wheat (you could use all hard white whole wheat flours if you don’t have access to soft white wheat or whole wheat ‘pastry’ flour)

3 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. nutmeg

2/3 cup water

4 eggs (room temperature)

2 cups fresh or canned pumpkin (NOT canned pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 cup coconut oil (can use another oil if unavailable)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Mix dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the liquid ingredients.   Pour wet into dry and mix.  Divide in half by pouring equal parts into two greased loaf pans (I use olive oil to grease my pans.)  Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out fairly clean.

Makes 2 9×13 loaves

This bread freezes very well!

I have also made these in my mini loaf pan and bakes for just under an hour (45 min. or so) and gave them away as Christmas gifts to our neighbors.   It could also work in muffin tins.

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Little Man and his Trike

With a few warm days scattered amidst warnings of snow, here’s one of the ways we’ve been celebrating outside.

Hope you’re enjoying whatever weather you’ve been gifted today!

(for us today its rainy and yucky so lots of indoor activities for us…no trikes today other than around the living room…yes I let my son ride his bike around the house.)

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