Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
**I also used grapeseed oil instead of melted butter in the batter, oats instead of wheat germ, and I grated the apples instead of using chunks (it made for really moist muffins).
Friday, April 25, 2008
Yesterday afternoon W went for dinner and a evening at the pool with a friend. E was sad when they left and spent some time on his own (I didn't know what he was doing) then he came up and seemed content. Later that night I asked him to get his jammies on; when he came up to brush his teeth he asked if he could phone W to find out when he would be home. I was just about to remind him that W was in the pool (not the best place for a phone call) when we heard the door open. E called out for W and ran to the door for a big hug and I could tell that W was pleased to be missed. Isn't that what we all want in life? To love, to be loved for who we are, and to be known? It made my heart so glad to see them.
On the front is a picture of E with tears because he is missing W. Inside are pictures of both of them going out to bounce on the trampoline together. See the happy faces? When you ask people what is the most important thing in life, most people will say their family, their health, their friends/sense of community. If someone were to ask me what my kids are learning by "homeschooling", I think that I could say that they are learning one of the most important things life has to offer.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Alright, try this:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup oil (grape seed works well)
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups finely chopped raisins
1 cup finely chopped dates
3/4 cup applesauce
enough water to make it into a slightly sticky dough - probably between 1/4 - 1/2 cup depending on how thick your applesauce was
**optional - ground flax seed, cinnamon
Mix first 3 ingredients then add oil. Add raisin, dates and nuts. Mix. Stir in applesauce then slowly add water until it gets to right consistency. Press dough into oiled 9 X 13 pan. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes. Cut into bars.
Monday, April 21, 2008
BTW, if you have a walnut tree then that nutcracker pictured up top is the one to have. They work so amazingly well that they are even worth buying new...and that says a lot coming from me. ;-)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
You can see it here pictured above a regular foliage tomato; it's quite beautiful, I think.
Now, I wonder how the tomatoes will taste.
Monday, April 14, 2008
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday we went for a walk through the local regional park. It offers a lovely stroll up through the hills and along the lakeshore. I was pleased that I had brought the camera along - I was supposed to me getting mountain biking pictures of the boys but it seems I got a little off track. :-)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
C'mon, wouldn't you like to buy a few great ideas? As you can see the price has been reduced. Now you get, not just three but, four great ideas for only 25 cents. WOW is right.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
If I want my zukes to get a head start, I can even put an old milk jug over top of the seeds to make a little mini greenhouse for them. Another trick that I am going to try this year is to plant some radish around this hill, that way any hungry little critters will nibble on the (dispensable) radish leaves instead of my (indispensable) new zucchini sprouts.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
We get almost everything second-hand, for me this is a way to be able to enjoy material things without feeling that we are using up ever more resources. I generally like to get things for no more than 10% of what they would cost new; that isn't a hard and fast rule but it is a general guideline that I use. Quite often my boys have asked me why anyone would pay full price for anything when they can wait and find it at the thrift store for around one-tenth of new, so I know that this lesson is sinking in. I love that they think this way. They are always quite tickled when they find bags of Lego for 50 cents; brand-new Heelys for $1; working light sabres for $2 (I wasn't as thrilled about these); Harry Potter hard-covers for $1 and so on.
The boys have been bugging us for a few years now to get a trampoline. We have put them off, waiting until E was a bit older. The bugging has ramped up just lately and so I told them that if they could find a good quality second-hand one for a reasonable price, that we would talk about it. They immediately started checking the classifieds. W found one but by the time we phoned it had sold. A few days ago they were looking again and showed me one that they had found. I recognized the name of the seller as someone my husband knew from Cub scouts, we knew that it would be a good one and well looked after. My husband phoned and we ended up with a Sundance trampoline for $75. The boys have spent the last few days bouncing, they have been heading out first thing in the morning. I'd say that we've already got our $75 out of it. :-)
My point is that, for my boys, being thrifty is not a chore; it is not about deprivation, it is about making good choices. For us, being thrifty means that we are able to do things, and get things, that we otherwise might not be able to. For my boys, frugal = fun!!!
Friday, April 4, 2008
And just look at that basket...now really, could you have just left the poor thing sitting there...in the cold...all by itself?
So, since mine were looking pretty spindly anyway, I am giving it a try. I re-potted some yesterday and will see how they do. E planted some watermelon seeds indoors and also some ornamental milkweed. The crocus are blooming in the backyard now and the whole front yard smells of violets.
Some Spring in the garden quotes:
Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
And since I have been collecting mulch to do more Ruth Stout-ing in my garden.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout
And this last one, my sentiments exactly.
I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
So, I decided to try the hill system instead, and this time, I really will keep up with it. Ahem. In the meantime, doesn't it look nice? And it is much easier to mulch too.