Saturday, July 30, 2011

Salad Day 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, and 122

Sunday we made fish tacos from the fish our neighbor brought us.  I made mine into fish taco salad.  This was not my favorite taco salad... but it will do.  It included lettuce, radishes from my garden, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, fish, and a few tortilla chips.

Monday I had fresh spinach, radishes from my garden, jicama, and honey mustard dressing.

Monday, I also had a tuna salad with spinach, tomatoes, green onions, my home canned tuna, and a little mayo.

Tuesday and Wednesday I had potato salad... store bought, but it still counts as salad.

Thursday I had a Cobb salad with salad greens, avocado, corn, diced hard boiled eggs, diced cooked chicken, bacon bits, tomatoes and honey mustard dressing.

Thursday was National Chili Dog Day.  I made mine into a Bratwurst salad... fresh spinach, avocado, tomatoes, bratwurst, and honey mustard dressing.

Friday I enjoyed spinach with Mediterranean salad dressing with my wheat free and dairy free lasagna.

National Lasagna Day

Yesterday we Celebrated National Lasagna Day.  I love Lasagna, but haven't been able to enjoy it for 2 years now, due to my allergy to wheat and to pasteurised milk products.  But I have succeeded in finding my way around that!

Dessert Lasagna

OK.  Use your imagination.  Admit it.  It looks a little like Lasagna.

I started with:

Having my daughter make a vanilla cake for the family.  Yeah.  I know.  She should have used the mixed.  Hands? That is what I get for not paying attention to the kitchen.  A least I don't have to eat that one.

And for me...

a gluten free pound cake from the health food store, homemade strawberry jam, banana, vanilla pudding made with coconut milk, coconut, and non-dairy whipped topping.  I sliced the cakes length wise...

Then spread the strawberry jam...

... layered on the pudding and the banana ...

... and repeated...

after the last layer we spread the whipped topping...

Then we sprinkled it with coconut (for the cheese) and a little green coconut (for the parsley).

It was a hit!

Now you can't have Lasagna Day without real Lasagna.  Now I have to admit... I bought a Stouffer's Lasagna for the family.  What?  I was making two cakes and a wheat free dairy free lasagna... and I had to really think on that.  This is what I came up with:

Ok... It doesn't look that good, but it was so yummy!  I layered rice lasagna noodles, spaghetti sauce, turkey sausage, an other layer of noodles, spaghetti sauce, fresh spinach, sliced zucchini, mushrooms, and 3 beaten eggs mixed with feta.  The top layer was noodles spaghetti sauce and a little raw Swiss cheese for flavor.

Ray, John, and Kimber said it was better then the store bought lasagna.  Now that I know what to do, I will definitely make this again!

A week of Cheap Summer Fun

This week I need to include that Hannah and McKay went on the Stake Pioneer trek.  All of their belongings fit into a 5-gallon bucket and a dry bag.  It rained a bit the first day, but cleared up and was sunny the next.  Although I think they had some fun, they also claim they won't be doing that again.  Poor Hannah limped most of the way down the mountain.  I'm a little worried about how she is doing.  She has limped for an entire week now.

Summer fun included turning the apricots I got at the Saturday Market into apricot jam.  I love apricot jam.  It reminds me of when I was a kid.  I just have trouble finding apricots in the valley.  The jam turned out so YUMMY!  and I love the COLOR.  Absolutely divine!

The week also included my garden.  You should see it now!  I successfully pulled all the weeds and John bought the bark dust he has promised for the past 4 years.  It is so nice to sit out and enjoy the flowers now.  You can actually see them!

My roses are my favorite.  I need to learn how to care for them better.  However, I am blessed that they just keep plugging along.

Earlier this week I was trolling the blogs I like to read and found a list of "National... Day"s.  I thought the idea was so fun that I incorporated a few into our week.  Thursday we celebrated National Chili Dog day and National Chocolate Milk Day.  The kids thought I was crazy, but they didn't argue over what was for lunch.  They dove in.  Lillian also got to go swimming at a friend's house.  Seriously.  I'm such a fun mom, I don't know how I'm going to be more fun next year.  LOL.

Friday was National Lasagna Day.  I made a Lasagna Cake and a Lasagna I could eat.  It was all so yummy!  It's been 2 years since I've had Lasagna... all that cheese and wheat... but I found a way.  I'll explain in the next blog.  You've got to try it!

Today is National Cheese Cake Day.  We will have to make one for the missionaries.  We still have plenty of Lasagna Cake left.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fowl Play

Instinctively dogs, will sometimes kill chickens. Usually, it starts out as play, and in an unguarded instant you may have a chicken killer on your hands.

Kirby has put his luck to the test. He “played” with Nibblers, our family pet Banty chicken

Sunday was a particularly rough day for #2 child… the boy she is interested in was returning her texts… she dropped her cell phone in a bucket of water… she thought she ruined a friend’s piece of expensive equipment… and the day was topped by the discovery of a chicken playing dead on my bedroom floor and a guilt ridden puppy slinking in the background.

At first glance, I thought the chicken was dead. She was laid out, spread eagle on her back on the bedroom floor. All the girls were screeching.

I touched Nibblers foot. No movement.

I carefully turned her over. Sudden movement in her wings. She’s alive!

I cautiously picked her up and began to examine her legs, wings and body. I found bite marks around her ear and neck. I really couldn’t understand how I wasn’t holding a dead chicken.

Nibblers held very still and only fluttered her eyes every once in a while.

As I put her in a box in the bathtub for the night I was thinking of how I was going to handle the morning when I had to tell #5 child that her favorite pet had died during the night.

The next day the chicken was up and around. We kept her in the bathtub for the rest of the day, just in case. By the evening, Nibblers had joined the flock in the chicken coop.

Now we deal with the dog.

He is still a puppy… and a slow learner. We just can’t force him to understand that bothering the chickens in any way, is a big "No."

He does want to please me. He just has a short memory. The problem is that he is overly excited, much like a toddler when he/she first discovers a new toy. Chickens are so fun! Like the teddy bears he “kills” on a daily basis.

The chickens don’t see the “fun.” They fear getting eaten by the dog (no matter how small).

The real problem is “supervision.” John had let the chickens out to scratch in the yard AND had left the door open for the dogs roam in the back yard.

Lesson for the day… NEVER let a dog, especially a pup -- play with a chicken, chase poultry, or charge at poultry. Sooner or later, you'll end up with a chicken killer if you do.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Salad Day 116 and 117

Yesterday I made a salad with baby greens, cucumbers, radishes, and jicama.  It was yummy.

Today I ate a large variety of veggies and fruit.  I ate raspberries, tayberries, marianberries, snap peas, fresh broccoli, spinach, etc.  Our neighbor gave us some fresh fish.  My husband like fish tacos, so decided to use the fish in tacos.  I made mine into a salad.  I used mixed greens, radishes, jicama, cucumbers, salsa, guacamole, cilantro, the fish, and tortilla chips.  It's yummy!

Friday, July 22, 2011

An Other Trip to Enchanted Forest

We got an other chance to play at Enchanted Forest.  This time Ray and Kimber came to play with Case and Lillian while worked with the cast of the children show there.

Lillian, though excited that she could go through the Log Ride by herself, didn't want to go unless Ray went with. While they waited in line, Case and Kimber waited on the observation deck for them. Case must have been hungry because he was licking and chewing on the metal fence that keeps people from crossing into the ride area. That's a 2 year old for ya. He really wanted to go with Ray and Lillian on this ride as well. But he is too little. Luckily, Ray and Lillian did have fun getting wet though.

Ray even took Lillian on the bumper cars.  Never too early to learn how to drive I guess.

And he took her "shooting"  I think the gun looks bigger than she is.  The fun was hard for her to hold. Ray made every shot. While they did that Case and Kimber went through "Mc-Something's Saloon." It's a hallway with a floor made of pieces of plywood on (Ray says shocks) Shocks that made you wabble as you walk. Kimber thought it was a hoot.

This is Alice's Rabbit hole at the Enchanted Forest. Kimber tried to get Case to go in, but it got smaller and smaller as you went through, plus it was dark. And it didn't help that Ray was making scary noises at the other end. Kimber even crawled half way through to see if he would follow Lillian. But he squeezed past her and ran down the pathway

Lillian loved giving Ray and Kimber the whole tour.... including the creepy witch head slide thing... LOL.  That's what Kimber named it.

Case, of course, loved the train.  I think he could stay all day on that silly little train.

Even Kimber would go on that ride.  Guess it's slow enough.

Case also loved the water bumper boats...

So did Lillian.  Sher sure takes some silly pictures.

At the end of the day Case was all tuckered out.  He fell asleep on Ray's lap while Lillian got in one last ride.

EFY - Enthusiastic Fun YahHoos

So... part of the summer of fun really does have to include the teens.  This year we sent #2 to her final EFY and #3 to what looks like his last EFY.  I wish he'd give the spirit more of a chance.  I can only do what I can do.  Right?  Still.  If you ask me, the pictures indicate that everyone had a great time!

The Boy's of Chad's group

McKay's group

Played games...

made new friends...

tons of them...

Even performed in a talent show...

Get Out of my Bed!

This morning I decided to research how to get my 16 year old son to sleep in his OWN BED! Help!

Seriously!  This is how he sleeps!  Nearly every night... if you can call it that.  Besides him not really getting any sleep, he is seriously cramping my style on the treadmill!

I am willing to admit this whole issue may be my own fault. After all, I allowed him to crawl into my bed whenever he couldn’t sleep since the day he was born. By the time he was 7 or 8 he didn’t get into my bed so much during the night… he would make a “nest” of blankets on the floor next to me. Now he is an ornery 16 year old… and he WON’T sleep in his bed.

You may wish to mock, in the privacy of our mind please, those parents who are chained to their kids' beds, chained to an endless nightly routine of lying down with the kid, lying down in silence and stillness, hardly daring to breathe, sometimes for hours until said kid finally fell asleep, sometimes not until the wee hours of the night. Or you may be tempted to tease the parent who chooses the “family bed” option just to get some sleep because they are so tired!

You may even be thinking, "How do parents become such suckers?"

Let me tell you: Sometimes You Do What You Have To Do.

End of story.

I have FIVE kids, by the way, and it wasn't until #3 that I became the mom whose kid demands/insists I lie down with him. Because otherwise he won't sleep. Otherwise there is crying.

I am paying for that now. He won’t sleep… in his bed or at all. I can’t get him to go to bed. He stays up all night and sleeps all day. Even now, as I type this at 1:00 pm, he is sawing logs in MY BED, after he transferred himself from the family room chair.

Trust me. I’ve tried everything I can think of… bribing… threats… melatonin… I even talked to the doctor who said this was normal teen boy behavior.

I don’t think so!

Gah. Anybody have any easier, sure-fire methods of getting my kid to sleep in HIS bed? Tonight?

Restocking Nemo

This week’s summer adventure included restocking the two fish tanks that take up space at my house.

Sometimes I wonder at my own thinking. Seriously! Do you know how many fishies have swum through our house? But I cave… and children are happy.

This time, however, I was determined to make the experience of owning fish a more educational, and even, productive. I looked on the internet to see what I could help the kids do or learn out the new fish.

Jackpot of fun! I found the video of “How to Train Your Goldfish”

BWAHHHHH! Train your goldfish. I trained my goldfish to flush himself down the toilet once.

Never saw him again. BWAHAHAHAH!

I just can’t see how it can be accomplished. I Mean, goldfish have a 3-second memory. I don’t see how you could train one. But… hey! If, perhaps, a single goldfish has a 3-second memory, then three goldfish together have 3*3*3=27 second memory. That such increase our odds of success. Don’t you think?

I won't be koi. Those fish carp diem, and I mean swimmingly.

When we get our fish to do summersaults and synchronized swimming I’ll be sure to post something.


Salad Day 113, 114, 115

Tuesday was a simple salad of greens and tomatoes.  A bit boring, but it did the job.

Wednesday I spiced up the greens and tomatoes with a little tropical trail mix.  This is becoming my favorite salad additive!

Thursday, I was running late to rehearsal so I stopped at Subway for a tuna salad.  I added avocado for the extra $1  So yummy.  I wonder where I can get that honey mustard.