Tuesday, November 29, 2011

First Snow!

We had our first snow today...at first it was that slushy snow/rain mix and then we got the real deal. Huge fluffy snowflakes, but not enough to stick to the ground. This makes me want to bake and make lots and lots of soup, thankfully my little man is finally getting on the soup wagon. He wasn't too big into the soup thing in the past, but this year he has come around. When you are hungy you eat, right? I also have dreams of knitting these amazing sweaters, slippers, hats, scarves, etc...and I think that in my mind I am this amazing expert knitter. If only this were true, in real life knitting projects take a lot longer to complete than I would like, but with working, cooking, kids, sleeping I knit here and there, because that is all I can manage. I am thinking that I am packing too much into my days off and maybe I need to try to take care of some of these chores on a daily basis, rather than all on my day off. I am understanding the way of the olden days when everything was somewhat put on hold in the winter time and am feeling the need to slow down myself. We are preparing for the coming cold days with thermals and lots and lots of warmth in the house. We have also just started reading "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have been wanting for some time to find a book to read to my darlings, but I thought there would be some challenges in finding a book that appeals to a 5 year old boy and a 8 year old girl, so I have been putting it off. But after a visit to the bookstore today and after talking to the bookseller in the children's section, she recommended the "Little House on the Prairie" series as that was what she read to her kids, which were about the same age difference as mine. I used to love watching the show on TV and thought it would be fun to get my kids excited about it as well. I also thought that with us wanting to eventually have a farm, this series might be inspiring to the kids. We read half of the first chapter tonight with some antsiness from the little guy, but they seemed both quite engaged with the book. I did however not think about all the talk about hunting and butchering and how my vegetarian kids might react to that. My daughter asked "Why isn't Laura sad about the family pig getting butchered"? I told her that she was sad, but that she was also thankful for the future meals that the pig would provide. I also did add that since the pig was squealing, for me that means that the pig is in pain and that is why I do not eat pork. It is getting to be about time to knit a few rows and get to bed, so that I can wake up in the morning for dishes, laundry, dog duty, and kid duty, before going to work. Hopefully my dream of getting all of this done before 7:45am will actually happen.

My red eyed son (gotta figure out how to avoid that) in his thermal top with his handsome hair brushing. Ashleigh reading "Heidi" or "Ella Enchanted" I am sure...she tells me that she can read those books over and over. Carrot muffins, they were a family favorite. Lots and lots of dips to satisfy my hunger when needed. Tofu Mayonnaise, Tofu Curry Dip, Tofu Pimento "Cheese" Dip, Asian Garbanzo Dip, and Guacamole. Lentil soup and Smoky Potato Chowder. Who Bread, Banana Choc Chip Bread, and Pumpkin Choc Chip Muffins. Still working on that scarf. Let me get to it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

10 Things







10 Things I am thankful for this week:

1.  Beautiful kids dressed as Thor and Punk Rock Fairy.
2. A casserole dinner party with lovely friends and lovely conversations.
3. Getting out of my funk and finally finding inspiration to cook and bake for the family. Curried     Butternut Squash & Apple Soup, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Choc Chip Bread. (I will add recipes to my recipe tab tomorrow)
4. Pumpkins carved by kids and Oma.
5. A quiet house after everyone is put to bed.
6. A good book.
7. Almost finished scarves and the casting on of socks.
8. A bountiful fridge, because there are so many people that aren't able to feed their families three times a day.
9. The cooler weather and the thoughts of snuggling, crafting, holidays, family time, and peacefulness.
10. A health scare and a trip to the ER, not being the worst thing imagined.

What are you all thankful for??

Keep warm,