Thursday, February 12, 2009

Oh this blogging thing...

Obviously there will be no schedule for this! I can't say there is much to report about all the time, it's just not all that interesting! And I'm often too tired to get too creative. In addition, the weather here for the last few days was wonderful and we were outside riding bikes and taking walks and the like. Today, it's at least 20 degrees cooler however, super windy and I'm feeling it in my bones!

Nevertheless, the homestead continues. Last week I made my first loaves of Sourdough bread from my own starter. It tasted fantastic, at least to Derek and me. Too sour for the girls, I think. The picture of them do not do them justice, but the taste made up for how they looked. I used a whole wheat flour in the starter though, and it made for a very dense, somewhat chewy bread, I think. The crust was not so crusty, so I'll see if I can switch over to some white flour in the starter and see if that makes a difference. I just may make some sourdough pancakes for breakfast tomorrow as well. Sour dough loaves

I did get some knitted items finished, one thing was the baby booties for my neighbor's baby, whom we've yet to meet. Just can't schedule it right! But they turned out so cute! I love the set.
Hat and bootie set

And then it was my grandma's birthday and she wanted a coffee carafe cozy to help keep her coffee hotter, so I whipped up a plain little one with some measurements that my aunt had given me. I thought it was going on a different shaped one that I knew she had, but she bought a different one. That's ok though, this worked out fine and she was very pleased. Grandma's Coffee Carafe Cozy

We didn't get too crafty this past week either. We went to Hobby Lobby to choose some items for the dollhouse that my grandparents made for me when I was a little girl. :) Now, my girls get to play with it. That makes me very happy. While they did that, I went through every storage tote we have in the basement, condensed, sorted, organized and moved them all against one wall. I pulled out things for our garage sale that our neighborhood has in May. I found things we can use now. I made more room for the girls to play in that little room and so that Derek can once again, hopefully, start to finish off the basement. It will be so incredibly awesome when that is done-another bathroom, another family room, and eventually an office/bedroom. I hope he starts to feel motivated about that! I'm clearing out the "family room" area so that it's clear for him to start up again.

I cleaned the floors down there and later that night, the cat re-christened them. Dang cat. We moved the coffee table back to the living room since the girls are older now and can get themselves unstuck from under it. Now I just worry about them running into it and my little one coated it with something gooey this morning. I think she was milk painting. Thank you honey.

This morning we ran to the library, then Target for more pull-ups. She just won't decide to use the potty. She's completely capable. In fact, she stayed dry the whole time we were out. Let's hope she makes up her mind soon!

Other than that, I have 2 recipes for you. Old standby favorites. No pictures though, sorry!
This first one is from a grade-school friend's mom. Thanks Mrs. Kehoe, I use this one all the time:

Lemon Chicken

6 boneless chicken breast halves
3 Tbls. flour
1 Tbls. butter
1/4 c. teriyaki sauce
3 Tbls. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. sugar

(I cube the chicken up, often using less than 6 halves) Roll chicken in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Spray 10"skillet with cooking spray. Lightly brown chicken 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove. Stir in teriyaki, lemon juice, garlic and sugar. Add butter to melt, then add chicken back to sauce. Simmer 5 minutes (until tender), turning often. Serve over rice/noodles.

I have done this with soy sauce and brown sugar, have added ginger and green onions at the end as well. I like it with more sauce sometimes as well.

"Yellow" Cauliflower--ya know, because it's yellow...

1 head cauliflower
ground cumin
garam masala
olive oil

(optional: garlic powder, ground ginger, cinnamon)

Chop cauliflower into small florets. Put on cookie sheet or 13x9" pan in one layer. Drizzle with olive oil, just to coat. Sprinkle with seasonings to taste. (Go lightly with the turmeric! It adds a great flavor and color, but can be bitter). Adjust seasonings as needed.

Roast in oven at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes or until tender, stirring once.


  1. Love the baby hat and Mary Janes!!! Pattern link for the shoes???

  2. Ooops, sorry, bad blogger-those are Saartje's bootees.

    Thank you!

  3. Bethany you are just so productive these days!!!
    Love the baby set, I want to try that bootie pattern. I have a coworker who will have her first grandbaby this summer, would like to make something for her.
    And lemon chicken, yum, LOVE anything lemony, will definitely try that recipe.