Random Monday

In CategoryCooking, Navel Gazing, Random Monday
ByDeb

* On Saturday night, my son burst into tears at the dinner table because I put the meat, cheese, and sauce on his taco IN THE WRONG ORDER. Clearly I am a menace to children.

* My dishwasher has started making this horrible, high-pitched, screechy noise. It’s like what a dog whistle would sound like if I could hear it. It’s like that ear worm thing in that Star Trek movie that had me sleeping with my pillow wrapped around my head in 7th grade. It’s like only marginally less painful than driving an ice pick into my eye. In short, it’s a little annoying.

* A big thank you to the lovely Helena, who made me happy when she noticed I didn’t write very much last week. I have been doing a lot of thinking about school-y stuff. To everyone in my vicinity, it probably looks like I am zoning out and playing on Twitter, but I am THINKING and it’s HARRRRRD. If all my internet buddies knew how much affection I feel for them, they would probably take out restraining orders. Melanie, Tressa, Applie, Celtic Muse, Kristy, and the Donna were all very tolerant last week and put up with all sorts of moaning and pestering from me. Melanie, in fact, wrote a whole blog post  at Four Squares to answer my questions, for which I am VERY grateful.

* I have about perfected my Granola Bar recipe. I’ve been trying to tweak it so increase the health factor and decrease the crumbly factor. A crumbly granola bar is just annoying. Not unlike getting your sauce in the wrong place on a taco.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

In a large bowl, mix together:

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 bag mini chocolate chips

In a separate bowl, whisk together thoroughly:

  • 1 can canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Line a sheet pan with parchment and press the granola bar mixture into place. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then remove from the pan and cut into bars. These freeze great, and frequently show up at breakfast. Sure, they have chocolate in them, but it’s not much; and the benefits of getting all that pumpkin and flax down their little beaks outweighs any guilt I might feel about chocolate for breakfast. I am planning on decreasing the sugar level over time, but I have to be Sneaky and Gradual about it.

Have a good week, peeps!

Four More

In CategoryNavel Gazing
ByDeb

I only need 4 more comments to hit 1000 comments!

Which is a completely pointless, arbitrary, and irrelevant goal!

Nevertheless!

Gimme some comments!

In completely unrelated news: I am tired of being cold. I am ready for spring.

However, this is no way means I will not be complaining bitterly about the heat in 6 months.

Consider yourselves warned.

Come back lilies! Come back peonies!

Random Monday

In CategoryKnitting, Navel Gazing, Random Monday
ByDeb

While SOME people watched stupid football all day yesterday, I went to THREE stupid grocery stores trying to get food in the house. Sam’s Club was fun – I took Big and he could not believe his luck when he saw the array of food samples. WalMart, however, about killed me. I got in line behind a young couple who argued over the price of every. single. thing. It took 20 minutes before they could decide if they DID want $3 worth of apples, or DIDN’T want them.

OH MY GOSH PEOPLE! I WILL BUY YOUR STUPID APPLES FOR YOU, JUST LET ME GO HOME!

An hour I was in line!

AN HOUR.

At least I’m not bitter about it. That’s the main thing.

Also, can someone please tell me when I can stop using a shovel and a fire hose to clean the kitchen after my children eat? When do they stop spraying food in an eight-foot radius like a dadgum lawn sprinkler o’crumbs?

WHEN?

(…please say 6…please say 6…)

In less grouchy news, I finished my Noro Two-Row Scarf! So! Excited! This scarf has been on my needles since 2009 (don’t judge).

Jared Flood is an amazing fiber artist, and Silk Garden is an amazing yarn. If you go to Flickr, you can see about a thousand different variations on the Two-Row scarf. Each one is unique. In fact, I might need to start another one….winter 2013 is right around the corner.

Goop

In CategoryHome Schooling, Navel Gazing
ByDeb

So I read about Goop, or Non-Newtonian Fluid, over at Our Life in Words.

And I made some for my kids.

And then this happened to my kitchen.

I don’t know why Theresa didn’t warn me.

It’s probably not all her fault. They are my kids, after all. It’s not like it’s my first day here or something.

They deemed it “better than playdoh” and I got almost THREE WHOLE HOURS of mostly uninterrupted time to play on Twitter make a handwriting practice book.

But the absolute best part?

Was when I told them they’d be cleaning it up.

By themselves.

(insert evil laughter)

I love Goop too.