I mixed up the dry and wet portions of the pancakes the night before, so all I had to do in the morning was allow them to warm up slightly before combining them and cooking. If you plan ahead, there is no need for tasteless pancake mixes.
I like to use 1/8 cup measuring cups to make my pancakes, this way they are more manageable for small hands.
Eric got to work on some more of those tart cherries. It is quite the bumper crop year!
Her party was a hit – we had it outside at my parents’ house. Greta was all smiles the entire evening.
The ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen were exceptionally good – I personally loved the chocolate peanut butter pretzel one (good choice, Eric). By the way, this is Greta’s cheese face when the camera comes out.
There may or may not have been a large pile of brush.
It may or may not have burned.
All in all, it was a lovely June. Until next June, save your Christmas trees.
Birthday Barley Pancakes – 16 – 20 pancakes
1. In a bowl combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup barley flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
2. In a small bowl whisk together: 2 eggs, 2 cups buttermilk (or milk or milk alternative + 2 tablespoons lemon juice), and 4 tablespoons cooking oil.
3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add egg mixture all at once. Stir quickly, just until all ingredients are mixed. Batter will be lumpy.
4. Pour 1/8 – 1/4 batter onto pre-heated griddle. Drop fresh blueberries or tart cherries into batter. Cook 2-4 minutes per side, flipping when edges are slightly dried and center is bubbly. Cook 2-4 more minutes on other side. Serve warm with topping of your choice.
This teacher is officially on spring break! My thrift find of the week: a LaVia shirt that I would never ever pay full price for.
Spring break means more time with Greta due to
yearbook being officially done and turned in.
Spring break also means more time for Blog postings. Target now sells these babies – more on cloth diapering coming soon.
Spring break means more time for art projects. This will be explained in subsequent posts.
The past week has kept our family moving, moving, moving. We were out of the house for a while on Saturday due to an open house. We decided to head over to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park for a walk on Saturday. The weather was unbelievable – sunny and 73 degrees!
Greta enjoyed riding in her backpack and watching the re-enactors make dinner and sit around their tent encampments.
We only saw one Red Coat traipsing around the woods.
Each view made me want to come back with my old-school 35 mm camera loaded with black and white film. Luckily, we did have the Diana and shot a few 120 mm film. When that gets developed I will share the images with you.
The lighting, lines, textures…all an art teacher’s dream place to take art students.
Of course the orange school bus caught my eye.
Goodness this was an easy Sunday evening meal. I had the vegetables all prepped from the day before – I simply sliced them, placed them in a pan, drizzled the marinade on the top, covered, and placed in the fridge until I was ready to roast.
Spicy Roasted Vegetables
1. Quarter and then halve: 1 small or ½ of a medium head of red cabbage. Cut into wedges: 1 small onion. Halve and then cut into 2-inch segments: 2 large carrots. Arrange all vegetables on rimmed baking sheet.
2. For the marinade: spray vegetables with olive oil until well-coated. Sprinkle lemon juice, lime juice, and chipotle hot sauce. Toss until evenly coated.
3. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
She then turned it over a few times, watching carefully as the glitter slid around inside.
Then she shook it violently, stopping every now and then to watch how the glitter settled.
After a very long and tiring work week, I stopped by Goodwill before picking up Greta on Friday. I went in with the express purpose of finding her a few items in 2T. I know, where has my baby gone? I only wanted a few things to tide us over so that when she finally does bump up a size we are not left trying to be those parents squeezing her into something too short and tall small. Not that it has stopped me in the past – especially with the really cute outfits. I got this whole stack for her (and yes, not a thing for me). You can check out a previous post on thrift shopping here for tips and suggestions.
I know some people for whatever reason are against Goodwill, I am sure there are reasons. However, for me, I love to seek out the oddball finds, the this-is-brand-new-with-tags finds, and the it-was-how-much-new?! is my favorite find. I figure when you work with permanent materials as often as I do and send a child to daycare to be messy, cheap clothing isn’t all that bad.
Plus it is a lot easier to own more clothing when you have paid less for it. 🙂
These first two outfits are two of Greta’s favorite things – dogs and cats. The cat one is just hilarious since she likes to almost smash the cats. Both are from Crazy 8 and were anywhere from $8 – $13 new. The purple pants are generic and we will say, conservatively, $7 – $10 new. Ok, so if we total the top end of those estimates, we are at a total of $36 so far. Let’s keep going!
Janie and Jack jeans – super cute dark wash and a San Francisco label. You know that means the $$ signs! These are anywhere from $30 – $40 new. So now we are at a total of $76.
Since summer will be here before I know it, and Greta tends to stick with sizes for an extended time, I couldn’t pass up the shorts and tee shirt. The two tops are also Crazy 8, so again, $8 – $13 new. The Guess velour pants are $25 – $30 new and the Puma shorts are about $20 new. So now we are at a total of $152.
Sure enough, $70 – $100 new. Sigh, if only it would fit me. Ah well, it could always become doll clothing later on. Or maybe some family members or friends of ours will inherit it someday. Ok so the Jacadi dress brings us to a total of $272 new. But how much did I really pay?
$19. That’s right, $19 versus the $272 I could have paid for these 11 pieces of clothing. I could have paid a teensy bit less, but I let them round up the price to an even dollar as a donation.
What keeps you from shopping at thrift stores OR what has been your best thrift store find? Leave me a comment below!
More Valentine’s Day cards are rolling out this week. This year I decided to combine my love of collage and sewing and go for the sewn paper technique. I have been loving it – the quickness of stitching the paper allows for a faster pace than my typical glue or glue stick method. More of these to come later on.
Lots of yard work going on due to the extra daylight. I love coming home to the prospect of working outside, walking, or playing with Greta for an hour or two after work. We found this little guy in the front garden bed. He was moving pretty slowly though so we placed him near the house. I don’t think he made it – I found a crumpled little snake on the sidewalk a couple days later.
Greta is a bookworm. She loves to bring her books, blanket, and Winky (her stuffed pink lamb) into her tent and read. Usually she demands that mom or dad climb in with her – the quarters are a little cramped then. This little bed/tent is fantastic – it zips from the outside, has an inflatable air mattress, and is perfect for travel because it folds flat into a nice little disc.
Good breakfast’s galore. We have had some tasty breakfasts lately. This one was my most recent favorite – cinnamon raisin french toast with cottage cheese and apricot jam on the top. You have to try this!
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