Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Change "Cornerview"


Change is inevitable.  Every day things change.  Sometimes it is a subtle  and sometimes it is drastic.  Some people fear change and others embrace change.  I see change as a miracle.  I am one of those people who invites change.  I am not scared to change my hairstyle or try a new dish.  I love when one season changes into another, and I certainly don't believe in the clique that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  People can change.   Tonight as a fun family activity we watched a liquid change into a solid in the making of ice cream.  You don't need to have an ice cream maker to make ice cream.  All you need is some ice, rock salt, Ziploc bags, and your food ingredients. 

Shake Shake Shake Ice Cream
A large gallon Ziploc bag for each person making the ice cream
2 small sandwich bags per person
lots of ice and I mean a lot of ice
1/2 cup of rock salt per person

In a bowl mix together a 1/2 cup of half and half per person along with 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla per person. Then pour mixture in the small sandwich bag and then bag it again in small sandwich bag.  Place in large gallon Ziploc and fill with ice and salt.  Shake for 15 to 20 minutes. If you want just a milk shake just shake for less time.  Bonus is that this is a great way to get some energy out of children.  Should look like soft serve ice cream when finished.  Eat plain or top with your favorite toppings. 

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Roman Chicken and Other Happenings!

Thank goodness it is Friday! It has been a long week. Mostly just busy.  One child got 6 stitches last weekend, but I am not allowed to say which child because he made me promise that I wouldn't post any pictures on the blog or say his name.  He gets them out in the morning.  This week I tried a new recipe for chicken called Roman Chicken. It was so good. The kids didn't like it so much, but at least I tried.   Was able to clean out some of the basement this week by giving away the clothes from the boys.  It was a little bit bittersweet because the clothes have so many good memories, but at the same time it feels good that someone else can get good use out of them.   I was also able to catch up on all the thank you notes for gifts that have been given to us from Addy.  It has been so much fun getting packages in the mail.  It's like Christmas! 

2 month appointment with the Pediatrician
Addy weighs 7 pounds 11 ounces
20 1/2 inches long
Smiled for the first time on Thursday
Love that we now live in the country.
I see these horses just about every day.
Too tired to make dinner, so I threw some fruit in the blender and made smoothies for the kiddos.
It was the best I have made.   I think it was the 1/2 jar of freezer jam that I added to the mixture.  I was too tired to cut strawberries, so I used some of the freezer jam that was in the fridge.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Passion "Cornerview"

Photo borrowed from Google Images/Linson Photos

I can't really recall when I caught the Travel Bug.
It seems like I have been traveling all my life.
My first big trip was to Boston when I was 2!
Then we moved from California to Alaska when I was 10!  We drove the whole way.
When I was 17 my mom took me to Europe for 10  weeks. 
We went to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Yugoslavia, and Greece.
Then I moved to South Africa for three months.
When I was 18 I had a crush on an Australian and spent 5 weeks living with his parents.  Kind of stupid of me, but I guess it was a learning experience and I got to visit Australia.  The traveling just continued from there. 

This next year will bring us to: Seattle, Washington ( 40th Birthday celebration), Orlando, Florida for Thanksgiving, Salt Lake City, Utah in December, Mannheim, Germany this summer and possibly Sicily, Italy if all things work out.  Maybe, this post should really be titled Obsession because I think I am obsessed with traveling.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

2 months tiny "Cornerview" and "InstaFriday"

My friend Simona gave me these beautiful Antique roses when she came to visit me last week.

The last couple of weeks have been crazy!Two seperate friends came to visit me from the city.  Simona and her children came for lunch, and then on a different day Marijan came to visit me with her daughter Sophia.  Then Harris went with the youth of our church to go to to go boating on Lake Lanier and Winston went with his friend D to Lake Lanier Islands to go to the water park.  Both had a blast.  The boys started school last week on Thursday.  Then last Saturday, we went to a coming of age party for our friends son Arrigo who turned 12.  It was really special to share such a special event with his family.  It seems like yesterday that Harris and Arrigo were 4 years old, and in preschool.  School was in full swing this week and Harris had his first book report.  Frank was gone this past week in San Antonio, Texas and we are all so happy to have him home.  Thankfully, Nana came to help us out, or I am not sure the children would have made it to school.  Most nights I am only getting about 4-5 hours of sleep.  I went and saw two movies.  The first was The Help.  Loved this movies!  They did a great job of staying true to the book.  Then I saw One Day which was totally sad.  You better bring a box of tissues if you are going to go see this movie.  I also tried out a new recipe for cinnamon bread using a recipe from Giada Delarentis cook Book Giada at Home.  You can find the recipe at Food Network.  It was so good and easy to make.  I think I am getting a hang on this bread making thing.  Tiny is the word we here just about every where we go.  Children say, "mommy look how tiny that baby is."  Moms say she is so tiny compared to my babies.  Addy is tiny in comparison to my other children who were 8 pounds 15 ounces, 7 pounds 12 ounces, and 8 pounds 6 ounces.  I love it when grown men inquire how big Addy.  No joke!  Just last week a man in his late 60's stopped me in Costco to ask me how old Addy is, and then remarked at how tiny she is. Then an African American guy, who must have been about 6 and 1/2 feet tall, turned around after seeing her to take a look at her and tell me congratulations.  I love how babies seem to bring smiles to just about every ones face. She is now 7 and 1/2 pounds.   Addy turns two months old today.  How is that possible?  The boys have spoiled her by not letting her make a peep.  They are constantly holding her.  They even will change her diaper if I am busy and they do this without me even asking them too.  It makes me so happy to see how much they love her.  Hope you have a Happy Weekend!

Biking with the Guys!

Free time is a precious commodity around our house.  It is is even more precious for Frank who has for the last 15 years worked 6 days a week.  I am lucky in that generally when my husband has free time he spends it with his family.  He watches movies with the boys, goes for bike rides, and plays chess with them.  Frank not only craves physical activity he needs it.  It is hard to keep him in the house, but who would blame him when his work requires him to sit at a desk.  While he has always enjoyed running and swimming just recently he has discovered biking.  Two weeks ago, he went with a group of guys from church on a 16 mile bike ride in northern Georgia on a trail called Bull Mountain.   16 miles doesn't seem much when it is on the street, but I guess it is a whole different story when you are mountain biking.  He had a great time!  Afterwards, the guys went to Five Guys for Burgers and Fries.  Not very healthy, but I guess one of the guys had one of those bands that measures the amount of calories burned on their ride and it said they had burnt up to 4,000 calories.  I guess they earned their lunches. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have to share!

I wouldn't be a good friend or fellow blogger if I didn't share with you my mother's homemade recipe for enchilada sauce. It is fantastic! Once you try this recipe you will not go back to the stuff in the can. We also use t on top of enchiritos. Your children will like this because you control the spice level. In a sauce pan whisk together 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 2 Tablespoon flour once these are well incorporated add 1 8oz can of tomato sauce, 1 Table spoon chili powder or more if you like it spicy, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon cumin and two cups of broth of your choice. Bring to a simmer and once the sauce has thickened remove from the heat.  No go try this recipe.  I promise you will love it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

First Day of School

Even silly boys go to school.

Today was a sucess, everyone had a good first day.

There was no dressing this  boy like his brothers.

We have had a fun summer, but now it is time to go back to school.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Last Hurrah!

Winston and Jason on the Chattahoochee

Roman had a blast too!
The water was cold, but that didn't stop the children from going in the river.

It's back to school this week!
Time for one last hurrah!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Carolins final days in Georgia -Homeplace "Cornerview"

Home is where the heart lies and for many years I considered my home to be Alaska or to be more exact Anchorage where I grew up. We moved to Anchorage the summer between 5th and 6th grade. I was almost eleven. My step-father had visions of a Grisly Adams life in his head and my mom was so in love with him that she followed with me in tow. Moving to Alaska was actually a good thing for our family as higher salaries awaited and a better education system too. Our previous home was California where I was born. Even many years after moving away from Alaska I considered it home, but now after living here in Georgia for 8 years I consider this home. My eyes swell when I hear the song Georgia and I feel a sense of pride that I get to live in such an amazing place. If you would have asked me when my husband and I first got married what I thought of living in Georgia would be like I couldn't imagine it. I had no idea of what life might be like in Georgia. I love it here. The weather is fantastic and there is always something to do. Carolin went home on Sunday after being with us this past month. She didn't leave though without getting to see this fantastic state. I hope she had a great time. Some consider home a place and others consider it where your family is, as for me it is both. I don't know if we will live here the rest of our lives, but one thing I know is that Georgia will "Always be on my Mind."

Never a dull moment when you live in Georgia.  A visit to Six Flags, the Capitol building, or Martin Luther Kings home is just around the corner.

Roman, Winston, and I waiting for the Laser Show to begin
Carolin and the boys at Stone Mountain

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Bucket List!

This week we checked off a couple more items on our summer bucket list. I have always wanted to take the boys fishing. Shouldn't every little boy go fishing once. We are lucky that we have one of those fish farms not to far away from our home. They provide the pole, the bait, and will even clean the fish for you when you are done. Can't get any better than that plus everyone goes away happy. When we got there the attendant asked Winston if he wanted corn or worms. Winston being pretty smart asked which was better. The guy told him that is didn'r really matter because the fish liked both. Winston choose worms. The funny part to this story is that he didn't want to hook the worms on the hook. Harris saved the day and hooked all the worms on for everyone. An hour later we had 5 fish packed in ice ready to go home and be cooked. What I love is that no tears were shed. Today we had the fish for dinner. They were delicious! Do you make summer bucket list? If so what kind of things do you put on your list.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. It seems like yesterday that we met on Whitby Island. Now we have 4 children. Unfortunately, my husband had a big deadline yesterday for a project he was working on, so we were not able to go out to dinner. Plus it isn't that easy to go out with a newborn. By the time I prepare everything to go out I am exhausted.  Happy Anniversary darling!  I love you more with each day!  Changing topics, I have been looking for a bread recipe for years. I have tried many, but it seems like the bread is always dry the next day. Not this new recipe I found, it is fantastic! Simple too!

Honey Wheat Bread!
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 package of yeast
1 tablespoon sugar to feed yeast
combine these together in a bowl and after the yeast is activated add
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt
5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 1/2 cups of flour in addition to the first 6 cups. You can do this in a Kitchenaid, but I did it by hand. Knead dough for about 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic like. Then place in two greased bread pans to rise in a warm oven for one hour. Then bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.    Seriously, it is that simple.  If you manage to have any bread the next day, it will still be soft and just as tasty as it was when you took it out the oven.