Monday, June 26, 2006

Recipe Monday

Raspberry Ice Cream

Dissolve 1 small package of raspberry jello inot 1 cup of boiling water.
Add 3 cups of sugar and stir.
Add 2 packages of frozen raspberries, thawed.
Pour into ice cream maker canister
Add 1 quart of half and half, 1 pint of whipping cream, 1 can of evaported milk, and enough regular mlik to fill 2 inches from the top of a 5 quart freezer
Then freeze according to the directions for you ice cream maker

Side note, this works for strawberry and peach too, you would just get that flavor or jello and frozen fruit.

Happy summer!

Surprise! Well not really

Well Friday was my b-day and the hubby tried to throw me a surprise party, which I appreciate the effort! First mistake, he went into my email accounts and email my contact one of which is a family list, which I'm included on. So I got a message from him with the subject of Erin's surprise party. I asked him if I should read it and he said no, so I was good and deleted it. So I knew something was coming, but not when or where. So Friday night we were eating dinner and then my neighbor was going to watch my kids so we could go b-day shopping. Well the doorbell rang and the hubby was eating but I was done and said I would get it, but he wouldn't let me! Well I saw who was there, and realized that after dinner was my party at my friends house who was going to watch the kids. So we weren't really going to go look for a present for my birthday, it was just the story to get me over there. Needless to say I wasn't surprised and hubby I'm sorry! I would've been if it weren't for the person ringing our doorbell. He put so much work into, and I just want to say thank you even though it didn't work out the way you wanted.

Your Birthdate: June 23

You're not good at any one thing, and that's the problem.
You're good at so much - you never know what to do.
Change is in your blood, and you don't stick to much for long.
You are destined for a life of travel and fun.

Your strength: Your likeability

Your weakness: You never feel satisfied

Your power color: Bright yellow

Your power symbol: Asterisk

Your power month: May

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I'm so smart!

Well this past week I finally broke down and accepted my fate of being here in Utah (more because I HAD to). I've put off getting a Utah drivers license, with the hope we'd move back home to Seattle. Well tomorrow is my birthday (happy birthday to me!) and my WA license expires! I had to got get my license, so I could drive and do it before it expired so I didn't have to take ALL of the tests. I tried to go last Friday, I brought eveything I needed, but turns out I needed to take a written test (are you kidding me!?!) I showed up at 4, since on the phone they said to show up at least an hour before they close, which I did. There was over an hour late, so they sent me home with a wonderful book to refresh my memory with and learn Utah laws. So I spent my weekend reading this book when I could find some time and underlining the major points. The test was open book, but I was still nervous, I don't know why (I guess tests have always done that to me, even though I did well in High School with out even really trying and did pretty well in college with one trying a little). I got through 2/3 of the book and went on my way Monday morning to face my fate in becoming more of a Utahan (if that's how you spell it). My number was called and I went up and gave the guy all my info and he checked my eyes. I was at the station right next to the one where all the testers got their tests and their test scores. Lets just say that made me more nervous because the 5 or so people that got their results before I got my test, were barely passing, while 1 didn't. How could this be? It was open book all the answers were before you, what was going on? And it shocked me when they gave me the test, a notebook with the questions and a scantron sheet. What was this high school? When I took my written test in WA over 10 years ago, I took it on a computer. What kind of state was I living in and how long am I going to have to be here? Someone help me. How old fashion can you be? Well I took the test, and of course I looked up every answer (thank goodness for an indext) to be on the safe side, I didn't want to fail and I didn't want to just barely pass. Although there were 2 or 3 questions I couldn't find in the book anywhere, even in the parts I didn't read, so I had to guess, which any person with normal intelligence could get rid of 2 of the anwers and be left with two. Well needless to say I passed, I got 100%. Hooray for me!!! Also weird thing, they give you temporary licenses, just pieces of paper, and send your real one in 2-3 weeks. Yet again what's up with this place. When I got my permit and my license and renewed it each time I got my license right then and there, well after waiting 10 plus minutes. So here I am just waiting for my real license to come, just like I'm waiting for life to change and to go home and be in the place and with the people that really make me happy.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I hate cookies!

I'll start this off by saying, I feel pretty confident my cooking abilites and have been told I'm a pretty good cook. This weekend on the other hand begs to differ.
A week ago several ladies at church were asked to make 12 - 5 inch chocolate chip cookies for all the men for Father's Day on sunday. I graciously volunteered, since from experience I've learned there is a lack of willingness to do so. I thought no big deal I make them Friday and drop them off at a friend's house, who was also making some cookies. We were to drop them off Saturday, but there was a big extended family reunion Saturday and I wouldn't be around. I decided to start bright and early about 8 AM with my baking adventures, and that's what it ended up being. I started off trying to make huge 5 inch cookies that ended up having to bake FOREVER, but still didn't turn out, so I thought I'd try my normal size cookies, and I'd just put two in package together. After about 6 hours of baking and 3 different recipes, I barely had the amount I needed. Things were going drastically wrong. When I called and told the hubby that I had thrown away so many cookies, he told me to save some for the guys at work. I'm usually pretty particular about stuff that I make that I give to people so he thought this was one of them, but when he came home he threw away all my cookies!!! What had happened to my cooking skills? Was I doing something wrong? I thought it was the recipe but then I made two more different ones. I probably should have stuck with recipes I had made before. I thought maybe it was my baking soda and it was working, since all my cookies ended up really flat, so i put some in the bowl of vinegar and it bubbled away, so I thought it must be fine. Who know, maybe I am a bad cook. Although I've been wondering for the last several months if my oven temperature is incorrect, because when I bake banana bread, I have to bake it longer and it still has a spot right in the middle top that is still a little gooey and the bottom still gets over done. Needless to say I was REALLY frustarted at the end of the day and questioned my skills in the kitchen. I think it will be a long time before I make cookies again, at least chocolate chip.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Happy Early Father's Day to my babies daddy

Two for Togetherness

Two things you compliment your husband on while in his presence:
1. How smart he is. The man can read something once, understand it, and remember it for the rest of his life.
2. How I lucked out in the husband department and have it better than my other friends.

Two compliments you make about your spouse to your friends:
1. He has only missed one doctor's appointment between my two pregnancies, and both of the kids, and that is because it was an unplanned appointment and he had a meeting already scheduled.
2. He is more than willing to cook, he does the dishes on a regular basis, and I have never cleaned a bathroom since we have been married!

Two traits you married him/her for:
1. His unconditional love for me
2. His spirituality

Two days you cherished the most with your husband being together:
1. The day we got married
2. The days our children were born

Two material things you could give your husband if you just inherited a fortune:
1. A new mountain bike
2. an expensive digital slr camera with tons of lenses

Two things you would miss the most if she/he left for two weeks:
1. my sanity
2. his company

Two thoughts that crossed your mind when you first met/saw your spouse:
since i really don't remember when we first met, we'll do what I thought when I do remember meeting him ;)
1. it's about time there is a boy that knows how to do some kind of dance besides bouncing to the music
2. I can't believe he opens doors for all girls!

Two favorite dates:
1. grand opening concert at the EMP (in Seattle)
2. anytime we get to go out without the kids

Two funny odd things you love:
1. the outfits he picks out sometimes for himself or the kids (makes me laugh, between being a guy and color blind he gets some interesting combos sometimes)
2. watching him play with the kids

Two places you have lived with your spouse:
we have only ever lived two places
1. Provo, UT
2. our current residence

Two favorite vacations:
1. Oregon Coast
2. Our honeymoon, Park City, UT

Monday, June 12, 2006

Recipe Monday

This is for all you moms out there or people who are just young at heart.

1 gallon distilled water (minus 1 cup)
1/2 cup concentrated dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn)
1/4 cup glycerin (I had to get this at the pharmacy)

Mix together gently as not to form too many suds. The longer it sits the stronger the bubbles get. Have fun!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

For the ladies

Just a warning if you are guy you probably want to stop reading now, if you don't and get uncomfortable don't say I didn't warn you and it's your own flaut.
I just recently started my second "time of the month" since the birth of Boo 10 months ago. I'm still nursing, and was hoping that would wait until I stopped, like it did with Stir Fry. Well I had to go to the store yesterday and make some purchases of femine hygiene products. I haven't done this since before Stir Fry was born, so for about 4 years. I had enough stuff to cover me between pregnancy and post partum, but now was the time to restock since the lovely "friend" seems to be coming back on a some what regular basis. What an experience!!!! I had both the kids with me, which made it even funner. I felt like I was buying the stuff for the first time ever. It had been 4 years, packaging is different, new things are out, etc. I was there for probably about 30 minutes just looking and thinking what do I do, do I just go with the cheapest, do I go with the prettiest, do I go with the brand I went with before (which wasn't consistant), the questions were endless. Women came and went, got their supplies and left, with me still with and empty cart. I had no idea what do to. They are just going to be ruined anyway, so why not go with the cheapest, but then what if they don't "perform" as well? I was so confused, in ways I wish I had my mom there or an experienced friend to give me some advice to help me make such and "important" decision. Why must there be so many choices? Stir Fry had fun pushing all the boxes of the product as far back as they would go, which then made it harder for me to see my option (both good at bad, good I had fewer choice, bad because I might be missing out on the "best" stuff). Why must "they" make it so hard to be a girl?

Friday, June 02, 2006

I'd like your feedback!

I came up with this idea about a year ago, and with my husband’s help have been able to make it a reality.

The idea came about shortly after Hurricane Katrina. I was devastated watching the news and seeing what had happened, and how many people were missing. I felt so helpless and heartbroken and I wish I could do something. I started to notice while looking at the missing loved ones info, that most of the time the pictures were out of date that is if there was one. I started to think, “Why was that?” We hope to never be in that situation to have someone go missing, but if we do we would like to think that would have current information and pictures. We never think, what if I loose my house where I keep all that information, or what if I’m out of town when it happens and don’t have access to that? That is when the idea came that would hopefully help my family and others to be prepared.

I wanted to provide a place online where people can store their loved ones pictures and vital information, so no matter where they are they have access to it. We also wanted to provide links to places that would better inform all of us how to keep our kids safe and what to do if someone goes missing. We wanted one place for everything you needed in case of an emergency. I know for myself, if something were to happen to my kids I wouldn’t be able to think straight, and to know I had a place where all there information was located that I would need it could be a life saver. I’m blessed with a husband that has the talents to be able to make this idea become a reality and have more drive and determination about this project them me sometimes.

We did some research and so far have found one website who offers part of what we offer, but at a price per kid. We aren’t in this for the money! It’s a place to provide us with peace of mind that we are prepared for the worst. Once the site is up and running we would like donations, so we can cover the cost of up keep, hosting fees, servers, and development.

One of the hubby's biggest concerns, since there are going to be pictures on the site of children is keeping all the data secure. There are a lot of sexual preditors out there and wouldn't want the information on this site to get into anyones hands but yours. It is your information for you and you alone. Being a web developer he thought long and hard on how to keep it secrure besides just having user name and passwords. If people want specifics on that and understand code mumble gumble, I'll have him post a comment.

I would really like your opinions and input to possibly help us improve this idea so we know what to do next. If only my family or close friends use it I’m happy with that, but if a lot of people are going to use it, we would like to start a non-profit corporation, so I need help knowing what actions I need to take. If you think this is a good idea please send this on to other people you know, because I would like their opinion and ideas too, the more the better.

To leave a comment on the blog, you don’t have to have one. Here’s how you do it…Type your comment in the leave your comment box, at the end of you comment type your name, since I am interested in who responds and what each of you have to say, then click “anonymous” and type the letters you see in the word verification box and then click on publish your comment. If you have a website you can click on “other” instead of “anonymous” and type in your name and web page. I look forward to hear what you have to say.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Out of the mouths of babes

Stir Fry has said some comical things lately.
He likes to prolong bed time as long as possible. Sometimes he'll ask where a specific toy is that he wants to take to bed with us, knowing exactly where it is but pretending he doesn't, so we have to go on a search for it. That usually last a few minutes and then he'll walk to the exactly location pretending to be surprised that he found it. The other night to do so, he said he wanted a toy out of his toy box. He probably wasn't sure which one, but new if he was able to go through it would get a coulple extra minutes, but the hubby said no. The hubby is the one that usually puts him to bed at night and helps him with his routine of going to the bathroom, brushing his teeth, saying his prayers, etc. So they were up in his room and time for prayer time, he still needs help saying it for the most part. This time he wanted to do it himself, in the prayer he said "please bless that I get my toy out of the toy box". Well his prayer came true and after him saying that in the prayer the hubby couldn't resist letting him get it.
The hubby often grows out his facial hair since it grows so fast. He had a little over a weeks worth a growth and this morning Stir Fry told him to "take it off".
Also this morning while I was gone walking with some friends, Boo was getting her diaper changed by daddy and Stir Fry asked if Boo had a penis, the hubby said no, then he asked if Big Bird had a penis, to which he responded he needed to ask mommy.