Sunday, September 27, 2015

What-What?! Week of September 27th

This week's post is going to be photos, 'cuz I just found a ton I haven't put up on my phone.

After reading the instructions in the Lego Jr magazine, they all demanded to be ninjas.  This necessitated taking off their shirts (except Saffron, who's shirt didn't work.  We had to get out a new one for her).  It took a surprisingly long time before the boys started hurting each other. :P

Then they decided to be pirates, with eye patches.
...And hooks for hands.
Saffron is wearing four different patterned pieces of clothing in this picture.  Kid likes to give OKGo a run for their money.
We did school.  Don't worry, my table is always this messy.

I made an apple pie, with fresh, local apples.  It is delicious.

And we had the puffiest clouds yesterday.

But the biggest news is that we moved Osric's bed to the kid's room.  This is the first night in FOUR years that the husband and I haven't had a kid's bed in our room.  This is the first step of getting him used to sleeping elsewhere.  Eventually, Saffron will get her own bed in the other bedroom, Corey will get the top bunk, and Oz will be in the bottom bunk.  And then it will be like we don't have babies anymore or something.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Art Thursday -- September 24th

Drawn by Corey, looks like it has a scary face. D:  I think the black thing might be a cannon ball?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

What-What?! Week of September 20th

ARRR!  Yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  YAR.

We didn't do too much, though.  We had pirate ship sandwiches, which we ate too fast to take pictures of (oops).
Peach pie.  YUM!
This past week, I actually did some cooking.  I made the grossest vegetarian chili, which the husband says wasn't too bad, but I was thoroughly disgusted by.  It had good bones, but I have to do some research before trying again.

We picked up a lot of apples, which we're eating, and will turn into applesauce or other things.  I made a caramel cream cheese dip yesterday that turned out really delicious with these apples.  I bet graham crackers would be fantastic, too.

The kids did some craft stuff.  I printed out some coloring pages, then put them into sheet protectors.  Then the kids could add decorations using playdough.  Surprisingly, the one who was most into it was Corwin.  Saffron tends to be more art-oriented, but this just caught Corey's imagination.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Art Thursday -- September 17th

Oz is now starting to draw things that look like things, rather than blobs or scribbles.  These are cats, and they are differentiated from people because they have kitty ears.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

What-What?! Week of September 13th

This week, I set out to do three things.

I'm not done with one of them yet, and haven't even started the other two.

One of my favorite of Murphy's Laws of Combat is "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy".  Probably one of the most applicable to everyday life, as well.

Anyway, what adventures have we had this week?

I found out that the odd little plant with red berries that's coming over the back fence (tagging along with the blackberry bushes) is a bittersweet nightshade.  It is poisonous.  This is bad.  So I (carefully) dispatched it.

There's another berry bush around on the side of the house that is a common snowberry.  It is also poisonous.  This is bad.  I am dispatching it today.

I suddenly feel the need to look up every other plant in our backyard now.

I also made a pizza.
The big kids decided to joust.  Surprisingly, no one was hurt.

Movie Review: Song of the Sea

This is a recent addition to Amazon Prime, and made by the same studio and director that did the Secret of Kells.  The story follows two somewhat-disagreeable siblings who free the fairy people and ultimately save the spirit world.  It is classic hand animation, and quite beautiful to look at -- like watching a children's book come alive.  I liked the story of this film much more than the Secret of Kells, simply because it felt way less depressing.  There's a lot of great mythology to it, and it felt like the story took place in a complete world; it wasn't just a little make-believe corner or something.  It all fit together believably.  The innocence of the main characters and how they get swept up into the adventure reminded me strongly of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and other Miyazaki films.

The children and I all thoroughly enjoyed watching Song of the Sea, and would highly recommend it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Art Thursday -- September 10th

"A Map to Somewhere"
This is pretty representative of Corwin's art.  Skeleton dudes threaten you next to the spooky spiders and crossed bones.  If you make it through, there just might be treasure!  I like the palmtrees that resemble fireworks.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

What-What?! Week of September 6th

Last weekend I didn't post, because we were without power from 11am Saturday morning, until about midnight Sunday, for a total of over 36 hours.  There was a giant windstorm, and greatest point, there were 170,000 people without power.  Entire trees were being pushed over.  We had gone out to McDonald's to eat, and there was a tree right by the parking lot that had been cut in half, with the entire top of the tree lying on the ground!  It was a demonstration of the awesomeness of wind power.
The husband and I played Descent in the dark.  It's a dungeon crawl game.  Our lighting sucked.
For us, we had part of our fence line knocked over, and a large branch fell from our tree.  A few days ago, I realized that another large branch had fallen off the tree as well, but is now caught up on a few other branches.  So we're probably going to work it out of the tree today, 'cause I don't feel good about how well it's up there.
Pile o' sticks.  Children for perspective.  Not that you know how big my children are. :P
The kids and I were out on Friday, picking up all the sticks we could.  There are still tons and tons of little bits all over the yard, but they are difficult to round up.

Not Alton Brown's Gumbo

I did make some kickin' gumbo this past week, though.  Inspired by Alton Brown's recipe, though honestly, I tend to look at Alton Brown's and Cook's Illustrated recipes, and say to myself "Whelp, not doing that".  Because I am not putting the roux in the oven for an hour and a half, nor am I buying fresh shrimp and making a seafood broth.  I just don't have the time or energy for that stuff.  So this is what came about...

  • 1 pound of Sausage (Andouille would be the most authentic, but I used Kielbasa)
  • 1 tin of Sardines (mine were packed in water, but oil or tomato juice would be fine)
  • 1 can Chicken broth (or two cups homemade chicken broth)
  • 1 can Diced Tomatos, drained
  • 3 or 4 stalks of Celery
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Carrots (or not -- these aren't very authentic, but my kids will eat carrots, so in they go)
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Flour
  • 4 tablespoons Oil (I used peanut, but veggie oil or even butter will work fine)
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
Cut up sausage and vegetables.  Brown the sausage over medium heat in a large pot.  Add oil and flour, and let cook for about 2 minutes.  Add vegetables, and let cook until the onion is translucent.  Add chicken broth and stir until thick.  Open the can of sardines and smash them up with a fork, then add the contents of the can to the pot.  Add tomatoes to the pot, and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.  Add spices and salt to taste -- TASTE before you put in the salt.  I barely had to add any, since both the sausage and the sardines are quite salty by themselves.  Serve over rice.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Art Thursday -- September 3rd

"Cabin in the Woods"
While this picture bears a strong resemblance to Disney's Sleeping Beauty, I think it's also inspired by other stories, like Annie and the Wild Animals, which similarly feature a girl living in the forest.
Last weekend, I didn't post because we had no power nearly the entire weekend.  More about that on Sunday.