Goals

Gulf Breeze, FL | September 2016
I haven't made any goals for the upcoming year for a while. Probably why I haven't gotten much done for a while either.

Sweet Reagan

Reagan | December 26th
We have an outside cat, Muu Muu. A few days after Thanksgiving, she surprised us with two kittens. We never even knew she was pregnant. We aren't even sure when they were born, but are guesstimating about a week before Thanksgiving. The weather was beginning to turn colder so she brought them to us so we would bring them inside where it was warm.

Currently | December 26th


Doing | Recovering. Just kidding! We lounged around the house all day wearing our pajamas and eating. It's truly wonderful when you don't have anything to do, but enjoy the day.

Thinking | I've been doing a lot of thinking about the new year. Being optimistic. Looking forward. Onward and upward!

Reading | Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | I actually started reading this a few weeks ago, but haven't focused on taking the time to sit and read.

Watching | Most shows I normally watch are on that dreaded mid-season hiatus. So I've been watching The Strain on Hulu. It's not a new show, but it's a new to me one. Definitely strange. Also watched the Christmas episode of Sense8. Love that show! Be cautious if watching for the first time, don't watch in public places or with children present.

Weather | Unfortunately, we aren't having "Christmas weather" around here. Which would be fine if we had a beach to go with it. No white Christmas for us.

Work in Progress | I am knitting a Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn on Ravelry with some Knit Picks Mighty Stitch. This will be my first knitted blanket. I'm working on it in the hopes that I can get it done before February.

Simple Candy Cane Cookies


I haven't been able to do much baking as my oven has finally called it kaput. The bottom element went out, replaced it, and now the second element has gone out. It's a pretty old oven and just needs to be replaced, but the one we want is kind of pricey and requires us to do a little saving. So until then I will be sharing a few recipes that I want to try, but sadly will have to just long for baking...

Candy Cane Cookies
From Betty Crocker

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color 
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. 
  2. Heat oven to 375ºF. 
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside. 
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. 
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Winter Solstice

 Winter Solstice candles via HerbanMoonshine on Etsy | $12
This is the solstice
the still point of the sun
its cusp and midnight
the year’s threshold and unlocking
where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…  
— Margaret Atwood, Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995

Better


Here we are.

It's the end of December. The end of 2016.

Currently | August 1st


Doing | The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy. The two oldest had band camp and I volunteered every day to help take care of the cooking for the kids. The first day a girl fainted and fell face first into the floor. Broke her two front teeth. And that's pretty much how the whole two weeks went.

Currently | July 17th


Doing | Getting prepared for my two oldest to attend band camp next week! We'll be there many hours. They'll be learning drill and music. I'll be helping serve food and keeping them hydrated and cool. Marching band gets made fun of, but it's pretty intense and I challenge anyone to say it's not a "sport".

Hello Out There! A Currently Catch-up Post

Wow. It has been three-ish months since I made a post. I really did intend on doing the damn thing, but well I didn't. So let's just go right back into it and do a little Currently post.

Hello April!


New month, new season, new beginnings. I've been thinking of taking the kids on a day trip sometime this week since it is their Spring Break week.

On Easter, me and the girls made tie dye shirts. I think I may have done some tie dye I was younger, but it was so long ago that I can't remember. It was actually pretty fun and the shirts turned out pretty cute.

Some of use had more fun dyeing our hands though.


Download the HELLO APRIL graphic here.


Easter Weekend

The weekend turned out sunny and beautiful! We decided to let our youngest do her egg hunting on Saturday because the weatherman had forecast rain for Sunday. I had prestuffed the eggs on Friday night and she kept asking if we could hurry up and hide them!

Rowan's egg haul
Only after we were done did I realize that she's wearing the same shirt that she wore while hunting eggs last year! I showed her a photo and she thought it was funny. After egg hunting, we grilled some chicken, cooked some baked beans, and enjoyed some fresh baked bread.

Irish Soda Bread
Super simple recipe, super yummy bread. I can verify that it goes great with grilled chicken and baked beans.

Irish Soda Bread recipe

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbls sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients together. Add buttermilk. Knead dough on floured surface for two minutes and create a rounded loaf. Put in a well buttered round pie dish, score top in an X pattern, and bake for 35-40 minutes.

*I used my stand mixer with dough hook. I sifted all the dry ingredients right into the mixer bowl then added buttermilk one cup at a time with the mixer set on lowest setting. I let it mix for two minutes and then dumped it out onto a floured board. (I totally typed out "floored board" instead of floured! Glad I did a quick proofread!) It was a little sticky still so I just gave it a dusting of flour and folded it a couple of times before placing in my dish. I also used butter flavored Crisco instead of butter in the dish.

I've made a couple of loaves and this is, by far, my favorite bread recipe. It's simple and easy.