Saturday, October 25, 2014

October days

A single squirrel took out power last night for 5000 in Northampton. We rallied together for all the flashlights and candles we could find. Hux went on a reconnaisance mission to find out from our neighbors if their power was out and if their cell phones told them more info (je suis sans cell phone).

Our one plan that evening was to watch the second Harry Potter movie, so we had to start it on the laptop, but with 35% power, I knew we wouldn't get through all 2 1/2 hours of it. Luckily the chocolate chip muffins were mostly out of the oven.  Hux reminded me of the emergeny hand crank radio/flash light Nanny and Grandad got me last Christmas and we cranked it to hear the dj tell us it'd be all right.

This week has been something of a tough one, being solo parent, with work being hideously busy and so many changes there that make it feel like a whole new job, learning new parenting techniques from the therapist, trying to use those tools as quickly as if it were a reflex and slowing things down before they get heated.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

winter skin

Eleven months since I last made a batch of lotion, deoderent and lip balm. Time again and it's just as messy and fun as I remembered. Fairly easy too. Had enough ingredients for everything. Just need to get some lotion-only measuring spoons and a new pyrex for melting and pouring.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Week: somewhere around 23

It is so hilarious to be here, at home this afternoon, listening to the epic battle that the lads are having with their friend over. It is a constant dialogue of rules, more intense and complicated than I've heard Dungeons and Dragons can be.

'Guys' can be hypnotized, but also unhypnotized (I think by killing the skeleton, removing a bone and using its magical properties to unhypnotize its victims); stolen; the 3-headed dog (the much feared Cerberus) can only die if he's shot through all three heads at once; and in the end, both teams won because one guy through another guy into the magic fire.

Peaches and Cream Popsicles

It's the start of popsicle season around these parts! So much easier than having to freeze an ice cream maker for 24 hours before mixing up the goods. Just through all the bits in the blender and move it to the popsicle mold and BAM... you wait six hours til they're done.

But you know what?! Most recipes make a dozen pops, so when they ARE done, you get 'em outta the mold, put them in the small sealable snack bags and you have popsicles until everyone eats them. Make a new popsicle a few nights each week and your family has a few flavors to choose from whenever popsicles are administered.

We're currently out of mango lassi popsicles (frozen mango, whole fat yogurt and a dash each of maple syrup and vanilla extract) and only have a few thai iced tea popsicles left (but those are for grown-ups anyway) .

I based these on a recipe from Chow, but I don't have marscapone cheese in my fridge! Holy cow! So I switched up the recipe to include what I had.

I'll let you know in six hours if they're any good. That said, I may have dipped my finger in the mixture (blender off and unplugged) and it was fairly delicious, albeit a tad sweet. I might leave out sugar next time.  

Peaches and Cream Popsicles  Recipe

1/2 cup whole fat yogurt
4 small peaches
1/4 sour cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 t vanilla
Dash of salt  

1. Mix up in the blender.
2. Pour into molds.
3. Wait 2 hours before you put the sticks in, so it sets a bit.
4. Wait another 4 hours, or until set.
5. Pop out and put into sealable snack bags. Maybe even eat one.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

So thankful for...

1. The forest. The return of the forest from Old Man Winter. The last of the ice is receding and the greenery is pushing forth.
2. Listening to the tufted titmouse couple singing back and forth to one another. They might have been protecting their nest from me. I might have been oblivious as I watched them for a good five minutes, then stopped stalking them.
3. Hearing the loudest woodpecker ever, it sounded like it was dinosaur sized! But as it swooped from one tree to another, I found the type of tree (and how hollow it is) can create a visual impression of a collosal bird, when in fact it's just a regular sized woodpecker.
4. Sitting in the sun, on a bench, alone. Quietly a smile crept over my close-eyed face.
5. Making two dozen chocolate and yellow cupcakes for a birthday celebration.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014: 11 of 52 Boys

Huxley! ~ You scored your first goal with your new indoor soccer team! Hoorah! I was even there to see it! You got High Fives from your team mates as you lightly jogged back down the field and the smile on your face showed such satisfaction and accomplishment. That will be burned in my memory forever. ~ You couldn’t stand seeing the can of pineapple chunks in the front of the pantry, so you took it upon yourself to rearrange the three shelves of food. ~ “Did you know, when I’m older, I’m going to be President? But not of Tokyo.” You informed Dashiell matter-of-factly, as if you saw a glimpse into the future. Let me just say, you’d be an awesome, relaxed and very fair President. ~ Your last ski lesson at Notchview, your group was the last to return for the afternoon and you nearly missed out on the potluck! But what an amazing few hours you had, managing the hills, staying warm, always moving! (And you took to skate skiing like a duck to water.

Dashiell! ~ You scored two goals in your soccer game that Cameron and Bekka were watching! Cameron had requested you score three goals, but dang if two isn't really impressive anyway! ~ Cameron gifted you with his remaining Five Inch Guys and accompanying siege tower, prison, etc. Many battles have since been fought! ~ Your last ski lesson at Notchview, you’ve really taken to skate skiing and looks like you’ll be doing that exclusively next winter. ~ We all took a day off (work and school) to go into Boston for the day. A squished trip in the truck with (Timber!) too plenty of Top 40 music. We went to the New England Aquarium and over to the North End for pastries and lunch (you tried an amazing salad with feta and cold cuts. ~ Maple breakfast on Saturday, you went back for seconds and then thirds for those breakfast sausages!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So thankful for...

1. Putting the time to one side to finally learn some ins and outs of how my dslr works. I feel a lot more confident, but damn, I sure wish it didn't weigh so much!

2. February = Snow! And skiing everyday since it all started 13 days ago (save for last Saturday when I was feeling a bit over-burdened by 'stuff'): across the street from our house, in the forest and on the bike path behind work, at Notchview... there are precious few cross country skiing days here and with 45 degree weather for the rest of the week, it looks like today might be the last decent day of it. Unless March brings us more (but you can never count on it)!

3. Expanding my new recipes to try out some new ingredients and foods.