Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Delicious But Not So Nutritious

A few weeks ago, S was making his usual lunch, a PB&J (peach preserves, to be exact). As he reached for the bread he asked, "Since when do we eat white bread?" I replied, "Since it was on sale at the grocery store for 50 cents a loaf."

I realize that white bread isn't all that nutritious and I've honestly gotten used to whole grain breads even though a PB&J still doesn't taste quite right. But I really couldn't pass up a loaf of bread for 50 cents. I bought a couple of loaves and put them in the freezer.

So this morning when I made cinnamon toast for breakfast, K exclaimed, "Yea! We get white bread! It's so yummy!" I figure a few sandwiches made with white bread isn't going to kill the kids. Plus it's a good thing they consider it to be a treat!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

If I Had a Sledgehammer...

...I'd use it on my washing machine. I'm so tired of that thing always being off balance. When we bought it, we had very little money and bought the most expensive one we could afford. Not bottom-of-the-line but pretty close. And it has served me well for many years. It still serves me well as long as there are clothes in there. But if there are sheets or towels in it, it throws it off balance. I used my trusty level and there's nothing uneven about it. It lines up nice and neat.

I'm so done with this thing it's not even funny.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dinner For Two

Last night, S and I had the pleasure of dining at home sans children. We dropped the kids off at Gran and Granddad's where they spent the night. While we could have gone out, we opted to stay in and cook some wonderful food. On the menu:

Mixed greens salad with warm goat cheese, balsamic reduction and olive oil

Peppercorn encrusted beef tenderloin with a mushroom cognac cream sauce, served with a side of steamed asparagus


It's a good thing we didn't have anything planned for dessert!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

H + Quiet= Trouble

Whilst writing that last post, this is what H was up to:
No it didn't snow on my kitchen table. I guess he thought we had too much sodium in our diets and we need to cut back. He's thoughtful that way.

Tom Becker Strikes Again

On Saturday, Tom Becker struck again and this time brought L her very own bike. That Tom, he sure is thoughtful. Only this one didn't have training wheels so Granddad had to put some on there for L. The girls spent most of Saturday riding around on the back porch. I'm thinking a trip to a large parking lot and/or a bike trail is in order.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Taking Pictures

I've decided that I need to be better about taking pictures of my children, of cool things I see around the house and, well, just about anything. I have a fantastic camera (Nikon D40x, not the highest end of the camera spectrum but still just as good) and it takes beautiful pictures. I wish I knew how to do more with it but that requires sitting down and actually reading the manual, something I don't really have time to do.
I'm not a collector of anything really but I found this camera at a flea market in Virginia about 7 years ago. According to a little research I did, I found that the Kodak Duaflex IV was manufactured by Kodak from 1947-1960. It takes 620 film (which isn't easy to come by) and is a fixed focus camera. That means that you'd better know what you're doing or your picture won't be clear. My grandfather had an old camera that I got when he died and this one, somehow, reminds me of him even though it's not the one he had.H's newest passion is books. What a great passion! He loves to bring me books and we read them and then look back through all the pictures. K loves to read and I think she's being a wonderful role model. At least she's teaching him something positive!

This has been a lazy morning, cold and quiet so I've enjoyed playing with H, savoring every minute of his toddler-hood. It won't last long.