Our New Place – 2

Dear Sis,

This post is prompted by Miss Patty, who asked for pictures of the new house:)

Our Living Room

Living Room I

Living Room II

Our XL Kitchen

Kitchen

Island

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

No more laundromat for me!!!

Bath

Bath

Hall

hall

Our Room

Our Room

Our Room II

Hall Storage

Hall Storage

Spare Room

Spare Room

This is the boys’ room when they stay with us.

Love,

b

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A Good Book & Pretty Flowers

Dear Sis,

I finished another wonderful Agatha Christie novel late yesterday. Although it was a Miss Marple Mystery, Jane Marple was not the persona from which the story was delivered and was only a minor character during the last quarter of the story. This is my favorite Agatha Christie work so far! I put the clues together all wrong myself and was quite surprised in the end.

moving-finger

What I really like about Agatha Christie novels… other than the fantastic suspense is the tact and grace with which she presents murder, romance, and the many faces of humanity. It is like a ballet made of words:)

Magnolia

Iris

Love,

b

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Biscuit Success!

Dear Sis,

I’ve been battling a sinus infection for the better part of a week, but I’ve been so busy with the Littles… I didn’t get to make soup until now! Nothing says comfort food like one of Mom’s old recipes:)

V8 Stew

V-8 Stew
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (48 oz. bottle) Original V-8 juice
  2. 3 dozen turkey meatballs
  3. 4 carrots, coined
  4. 2 stalks celery, diced
  5. 2 bay leaves
  6. 1 (lb. bag) frozen corn
  7. 1 (lb. bag) frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Combine juice, meatballs, carrots, celery, and bay in a stockpot over med heat. Simmer 45 minutes, or until vegetables reach desired tenderness.
  2. Stir in frozen vegetables. Heat through. Remove from heat.
Notes
  1. Serve with marched potatoes or biscuits.
Adapted from Mom's recipe
Adapted from Mom's recipe
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Biscuits

Perfect Biscuits
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c flour
  2. 3 T sugar
  3. 4 t baking powder
  4. 1/2 t salt
  5. 3/4 c unsalted butter, cold
  6. 1 egg
  7. 3/4 milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Work in egg and milk just until combined.
  3. Press out dough on a floured surface. Cut with a large floured biscuit cutter. Arrange on a baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes.
Adapted from Mom on Time Out
Adapted from Mom on Time Out
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Love,

b

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Pancake Test in the Improved Kitchen

Dear Sis,

Little wants to try Strawberry Pancakes this weekend, so today I tested out the recipe to see what changes are necessary. Here is the new and improved version:)

Strawberry Pancakes

Strawberry Pancakes
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c strawberries, diced
  2. 3 - 4 T sugar
  3. 1 1/4 c flour
  4. 2 t baking powder
  5. 1/2 t salt
  6. 1 t vanilla
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 c milk
Instructions
  1. Toss strawberries with sugar to taste; set aside.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Beat in vanilla, egg, and milk. Fold in strawberries.
  3. Panfry in butter or ghee. Serve with butter, syrup, and fresh strawberries
Adapted from Sugar & Spice by Celeste
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 Our new kitchen is so nice a big. Oddly it doesn’t have any wall cabinetry and there was a huge open space in the middle. We decided to add more cabinet space and another counter top with a kitchen cart. Josh just finished building it for me!!! It cut my work triangle in half:)

Island

Kitchen

Love,

b

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King of the Grill

Dear Sis,

Our yard is so cool, it has had Josh and I dreaming of grilling for weeks! We finally picked up a grill Wednesday!

grill

Josh made lunch to break in the new grill:) It is the yummiest steak I’ve ever had!!!

steak & potatoes

Oh… and here is a picture of the lovely roses in our backyard:)

Roses

Love,

b

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A Weekend with the Littles

Dear Sis,

This past weekend, was my first full weekend with the Littles. We kept very busy!

Saturday, April 18th

We went to Children’s Day in the Park. We got our faces painted, spent lots of time in the jumping house, played kiddie carnival games, painted rocks, played in the park with school friends we met along the way, and made several visits to the animal petting pen.

Imagine Josh teaching two little boys to squawk at chickens. It was hilarious! The guy who brought the animals and I were sharing a good laugh, as we watched the trio add choreography to their boisterous squawking and bocking.

To the boys dismay, Children’s Day ended around three, and we headed back to the house. The rest of the day, the boys took it easy with more sedentary games and toys. We took breaks from our play to make our dinner and dessert. They are getting better and better in the kitchen.


Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Preheat oven to 350. Crease and flour a loaf pan.

Beat together 1 1/4 c chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), 1/2 c flour, and 2 eggs. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 25 – 30 minutes. Serves 8.

Source Recipe: Nutella Brownies | Kirbie’s Cravings

Pizza Rolls

Pizza Rolls

Preheat oven to 375.

Arrange pepperoni and cheese on Crescent Roll dough. Roll up and pinch ends to seal. Arrange on baking sheet. Bake 20 – 25 min. Serve with sauce for dipping.


Sunday, April 19th

Josh and I took the Littles into Austin for the day. We found a bouncing house. The boys jumped for hours, until hunger called them away. We stopped in the park to eat the snacks I packed before driving home. Our quick stop, turned into another hour and a half of climbing on jungle-gyms, before our lack of a proper nap-time became horribly evident and we went fussily back to the car.

After stopping for an early supper, the boys fell asleep on the hour car ride back. The spent the evening at our house, helping Josh sort through the new Kitchen Cart we bought that is about halfway assembled now, playing Mario Kart, and enjoying a bubble bath before we headed back the their house for bed time.


Monday, April 20th 

Before school we made…

Orange Pancakes

Orange Pancakes

Beat 2/3 c orange juice and 2 eggs into a mixture of 1 c flour, 2 T sugar, 2 t baking powder, and 1/2 t salt. Panfry in ghee. Serve with syrup or honey. Makes 1 dozen.


Josh’s help made a huge difference in the boys behavior!  Even when he wasn’t they were more attentive and cooperative listeners:)

Love,

b

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Double Trouble Bridal Shower

Dear Sis,

Today Krystal and Channy are celebrating their upcoming marriages with a bridal shower. I sent them matching gifts bundles. Hopefully they like puns and fresh baked goods:)

Love Muffin Mix

Apple Raisin Pecan Love Muffin Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 1 quart jar, lid, & band
  2. 1 c sugar
  3. 1/2 c raisins
  4. 1/2 c pecans, crushed
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1/4 t salt
  2. 1/2 t nutmeg
  3. 1 t baking soda
  4. 1 t cinnamon
  5. 2 c flour
Instructions
  1. Layer sugar, raisins, and pecans in the jar.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Pour into jar.
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a dozen muffin cups with parchment liners.
  2. Beat together 1 (1/2 pint jar) applesauce, 1/2 c unsalted butter, and an egg. Stir in muffin mix.
  3. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups. Bake 20 - 25 minutes.
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See the finished muffins here

Krystal

Channy

Printable Love Muffin Labels PDF

 Love,

b

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