Tuesday, September 30, 2008

C is for Canning

When I was little C was for Cookie. I loved the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. I loved that furry blue monster, and how he would say in his deep voice Cookie Cookie Cookie. Well, I still love cookies, but lately I have been busy canning. I wanted to can not just because it would produce yummy food but I wanted to teach my children how food is made. I also want to teach them that they can do something to make a difference. This Saturday, the boys will be selling our canned goods at our lemonade sale. The profits from the items will be used to purchase fabric to make blankets for babies born with Congenital Heart Disease. Our goal is to make 300 blankets by Valentines Day. These blankets though small will give families a little hope, and comfort as they come to grips with the fact that their child will need anywhere from just being monitored on a yearly basis to having 1 or more surgeries before their child reaches adulthood. Some of these babies will not make it. Did you know that 1/100 babies are born with heart disease, and that most miscarriages are a result of heart disease or chromosomal disorders. I didn't know anything about heart disease until our third child was born with a heart defect. If you want to learn more about Congenital Heart Disease you can go to Roman's TOF story located on the left under we support. There you will find a video that is very informative. Also, if you would like to contribute to our blanket project you can contact me and I can tell you how you can help us reach our goal. We would love your support in making this miracle happen.

Monday, September 29, 2008

M is for Messy

Not only is M for Monday, but it is also for Messy. Isn't he adorable? I think so! Even with Nutella all over his face.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a little secret to making the best chocolate cookies. These cookies will never fail you, unless you leave them in the oven too long, and I have done that. The first secret is to use White Knight flour if you can find it. It is so silky, and it translates into a tender cookie that is almost melts in your mouth. Don't believe me try it, and you will make the switch too. The second secret is increasing the amount of flour and sugar and you will get a cookie that is fluffy, and dense all in one. These will not spread out giving you those crunchy, and in my book disgusting cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 eggs
2 sticks of softened butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl
then add
3 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips
combine and then drop on a cookie sheet using a small ice cream scoop.
bake at 350 degree for 8-11 minutes.
Advice, if you find that these are getting too dark but are still too soft in the middle then just drop the temp to 325 degrees. Start watching around the 9 minute mark. Every oven is different. Also, for best results take out just a little underdone. They will continue cooking on the cookie sheet. This will give you a moist cookie. Enjoy! Got milk!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Officially, I am not celebrating birthdays, but I am not opposed to cake and gifts. This is the cake the boys picked for me. Last year it was Spiderman and this year I got a Batman cake. Who knows next it might be GI Joe. What is a girl to do when she is surrounded by boys? The boys got me flowers and an ipod nano.

Happy Birthday to me!

Monday, September 15, 2008

A matter of time

I always knew that someday I would get that phone call where it begins with Mrs.---- this is the school nurse, and we have "insert name here". We need him to be picked up. I knew that being a mother of three boys it was just a matter of time that someone was going to need stitches, or break their arm. How we managed to make it 9 1/2 years is a miracle though today was the day. I got that very phone call. So when I am not jet setting off to some fabulous destination, I am spending my time in the doctor's office. It wasn't bad enough that I had spent an hour at the dentist this morning. Which by the way was the third time in a week and a half because my six year old would not sit still; therefore, compromising his filling and needing it to be replaced. Only to be told that I might want to bring him to a Pediodontist because he wiggles too much. Thank goodness for bribes. It was just after recess when I got the call. I rushed over to the school, and drove straight to the Pediatrician. I figured if she couldn't see him she would send me in the right direction. Sure enough we needed and x-ray. He has a double fracture. Then we were sent to an orthopedist in Atlanta. After 5 hours, we are back home.

Boston Thank you Very Much!

My dad and I would like to thank everyone for such a wonderful weekend. Peggy and Bob treated us to a very yummy Italian dinner in the North End. Yum isn't enough words. The North End in Boston is the home to the famous North Church and the ride of Paul Revere. It is also the home to the best Italian food in America. Well, I am sure New York would be it's rival. It's crazy because every time I go back it seems just like it was when I was a little girl. Houses squished together, noisy, the best lobster and clams, the land of no R's and where people say pak the ca translated "park the car" or Stap mean stop. It never takes me too long to slip back into the lingo. If it weren't for that dang snow, I would live there in a heart beat. Thank you Mary for opening up your home to us all. I will miss you guys.

Morris Family Reunion

This weekend, I had the opportunity to go back to Massachusetts to visit my family. It was wonderful to be able to catch up on every ones lifes. It had been two years since I had been back home. What is so wonderful about family is there is no need to impress, but you can be yourself. You are what you are, and everyone loves you just the same. We celebrated my fathers 68th birthday, and my upcoming birthday. Unfortunately, my Aunt Peg the matriarch and soul survivor of the Morris clan couldn't be there due to her declining health.

Morris Family Reunion

It was so fun watching my son play with his cousin Priscilla. Priscilla's dad and I played together when we were little. We were double trouble. In a few weeks we will have another addition to our clan. Shawn's wife is pregnant with their second child-another girl. It is wonderful to see the family grow.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cheddar Meatloaf

Cheddar Meatloaf
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tsp. salt
1 lb ground beef or turkey
(I use a 1 1/2 lb)
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
Beat egg and milk-stir in cheese, oats, and salt
add meat and mix well, put in greased pan
combine: ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and
spoon over the top. Bake at 350 for 1 hour 15min.
Serve with yummy mashpotatoes and your favorite veggie.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Catching Up

It has been a week since we have been home. I am so happy. I love Georgia. I love the sun and the 90 degree weather. I love when it is still in the 70's at 9p at night. I love the red dirt, my swimming pool, and blooming flowering trees. I have been so busy this week trying to catch up. This week I unpacked and put away 8 suitcases, signed two children up for school, went to parents night at the school, got my hair done, my nails done, went to the cardiologist, went to the pediatrician, picked up a prescription for antibiotics for Roman's skin infection, took Winston to the dentist, went to Sam's Club, Publics, Costco, gone to lunch twice, watched three movies, cleaned my house, did homework with the children, helped repair a toilet with my mom, went to dinner with my husband. It has been a crazy week, and now I am getting ready to leave for Boston on Thursday for a family reunion. Whew! I am glad to be home none the less. On Saturday night, we went to Stone Mountain to see the firework show. We go every summer and we never get tired of going. We also came home to a gas shortage. We have to be careful not to run out of gas because you just don't know where you are going to find gas. Stations have had to close on some days due to the shortage of gas. The prices are crazy $4.21 a gallon, but I guess after being in Switzerland this is nothing.