Monday, April 27, 2009

This is Tyler's last week of classes for the semester. Yippee! He has to finish a couple finals this Saturday and then he will have two weeks off before his class starts for the summer. After his summer class he will graduate. We can hardly wait to start doing stuff together again. On Saturday Tyler finished his work in the afternoon and he took the kids to the park for an hour. Then we went to Walmart for some hamburger supplies and a kite. We got this really cool Macaw shaped kite but we couldn't fly it. Does anyone know how to fly a kite? Are we just incompetent outdoor activity people? It was certainly windy enough, but the bird just kept on crashing down. Will started to freak out because he wanted to be the one to hold the string, so our attempts to spend some time outside together ended in tears. We went home and Tyler made his delicious burgers and we put the kids to bed and watched a movie. We are pretty good at watching a movie. The last two nights the kids have slept wonderfully, therefore I have slept wonderfully, too. Will slept for a full 12 hours Saturday night, went to bed on SUnday around 8:45 and slept all through the night again and woke up at 6:30 this morning. No accidents, either! Maggie even slept through the night last night, but she went to bed at 9:15 and woke up around 6:30, too. I am always amazed at how much happier I am when I get a good night's rest. I wish it would happen every night.

Monday, April 20, 2009

I wonder what I have been doing the past couple weeks. No major projects, only a few books, a few movies. Who knows where the time has gone? We did have Easter at the Ellis house, an Easter egg hunt, another Easter egg hunt with Yammy and Grandpa. Will loves searching for his toys and candy. M&M's at 75% off at Target! I stocked up, of course. Can't resist the 75% clearances. Peanut butter ones, too! Bonus! My favorite toy Will got is the bug vacuum, but Will is afraid of bugs, so he freaks out when I try to show him the bug I have sucked up. I have sucked up a spider and an ant so far. I have also been trying to combat a nasty case of cradle crap on Maggie's head and I can't seem to get her hair from looking oily. I think I will need to douse her head a few more times before it's gone.

I planted a row of mesclun mix salad seeds last week. THey were seeds left over from last year so I don't know if they will grow. I was feeling kind of bad that I hadn't visited my garden plot yet, but only one other gardener had planted a row of what looked like broccoli, so I didn't feel so bad. I started some basil seeds inside and I think some of them will make it. I left the clear plastic lid on during one of the really hot days and about half of them got scorched.

I went with my parents to Architectural Antiques in Indy this weekend. A junk collector's dream! They had some really neat stuff that's been salvaged from old houses.

THe kids are both crying, so I must cut my posting short.

Monday, April 6, 2009

We stocked up on black beans during our last canning session. We love them! Here is a great recipe. Just use a couple cups of cooked beans for the can of beans here.

Cornmeal-Crusted Black Bean Cakes
1 (16 oz.) can black beans, drained (not rinsed)
4 green onions, finely chopped
½ cup diced red bell pepper
½ cup corn flakes, crushed or unseasoned dry bread crumbs
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp Ancho chile powder or chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
1-3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Combine all ingredients except cornmeal and oil in medium bowl; refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Place cornmeal in large shallow bowl. Shape bean mixture into 6 (3-inch) patties, using 1/3 cup per patty. Gently press each patty in cornmeal to coat.
3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Gently cook patties in batches 6-8 minutes or until slightly browned, turning once.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

spring cleaning

This past week has been a pretty busy one. I have cleaned the pantry, basement and entire house. Is it the spring weather prompting me to spring-clean? Is it some hormonal abberation? Are the stars and planets aligned in such a way that is inspiring me to clean? Or is it the presence of Martha Stewart in our home? I got her new book, the Encyclopedia of Crafts from the library on Wednesday. All of a sudden I feel like I need to be surrounded by order and beauty. I have great respect for MS. I have always liked her clean, simple style and am amazed by her business empire and how she maintained her popularity even after prison.

I have been wanting to learn how to bead, but I lack the motivation and creativity needed to do any kind of craft. But I did like the beading projects in The Encyclopedia enough to try a simple flower. I am quite impressed that I was able to do it. I want to try making the bath fizzers, but have no idea where to find citric acid. Any ideas?
Have any of you tried Mr. Cleans Magic Erasers? My mom recommended them to me to clean up shoe scuffs on our floors (grrr) and I love them. I tried them on our bathtub to get the soap scum off and it worked wonders where nothing else would. It also cleaned up the tile in our bathroom beautifully. They are truly magic!

Friday, April 3, 2009