Friday, October 5, 2012

Making Whoopie (Pies, that is)

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I love baking and don't do it nearly as much as I'd like. My new oven is electric and I prefer gas, so I'm still getting used to baking in it. I recently tried out a new recipe for whoopie pies. The boys had never had them and I had never made them, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The hubby loves red velvet cake, so I opted for that flavor. Recipe found here. It was pretty simple and looked great, but I'm not sure it was flavorful enough for me. In my opinion, red velvet cake isn't the most flavorful to begin with. It's a southern staple and great comfort dessert with a moist and fluffy texture, but not really robust. Maybe next time I'll try chocolate variety.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Around the House

I love seasonal decorating! It kicks off in fall. I always spruce up the front door with plants and something on the door.
This year I added an upcycled sign that the previous homeowners left to the upcycled (aka found on curb on trash day) table that sits on my front porch.
Check out the pumpkins that I got for the yard. I picked them out at a local nursery They have beautiful, unique varieties.

I Saw the Light (Switch)

 This is the kind of stuff that will totally tick me off!  Talk about going from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds.  What is it?  A grimy, disgusting light switch.  I must admit, before moving and having a baby things like this were on my weekly list of maintenance cleaning.  Nowadays, I get to it when I notice it.  It just so happened the day that I noticed it, I also walked through the "war zone" that is the boys' bedrooms and bathroom.  I won't even get into details of those areas.  Let's just say I needed to sit down before my pressure entered the stroke zone.
I love all three of my children dearly, but God really tapped into his sense of humor when he blessed me with two boys.  You see growing up, I was the girl that rinsed out the watercolor tray when the colors got all mixed up.  Forget about sharing watercolors.  Fah-get about it!  When I had play dates at my house, I put away all valuables for fear that they would get broken:  you know, valuables like chalk for playing school and special dolls...pretty much everything. As a tween/teen I probably showered three times a day.  Thank goodness we lived on a farm and had our own well for water.  I'm sure my parents appreciated that it was free and God always provided plenty of it for my cleansing rituals.  In school I color coded my folders and notebooks, designating one for each subject.  I'm just anal retentive that way.
So, when I get the opportunity to parent two very rambunctious boys I see a glimpse of living on the wild side.  Boys are very different!  Their idea of clean involves licking and wiping (on themselves).  Anything that doesn't involve animation, bodily fluids or sounds, or full on physical contact is just plain old boring.  I know exactly what lessons I'm supposed to learn from this journey:  relax, take things in stride, have fun, yada, yada....   I've gotten much better, but some days they work my nerves!

Side note:  I was going to write a mushy post about getting paid in hugs, but when I uploaded the picture and thought about it again I wasn't feeling mushy.
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