Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mz. Fix-It


"Mom!  The toilet won't flush!"

Before I had even made it into the bathroom, the girls had the lid off the back of the toilet and had diagnosed the problem.  Aliah quickly surmised that the chain and fallen off the flapper.


After re-attaching said flapper, they determined that the flapper was broken and we needed to replace it.  A trip down to the Haigh Hardware Store in our basement (which is why we need a large storage room in the basement) turned up a new flapper. 


New flapper was installed and determined to be too small for our toilet. 


Trip to the local hardware store to find a larger flapper:

Finding a larger flapper:


Which resulted in a fully-functioning toilet.


No plumber was called.  

No one even waited for Daddy to get home from work.  

Two determined girls who weren't afraid to figure things out for themselves made one Mama very happy.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tortillas!

The girls got their "passports" stamped as they crossed the boarder to study Mexico.  Our Spanish tutor, Senorita Maria helped us learn a little culture by instructing the girls on how to make tortillas. 
First mix the masa with hot water, roll up into balls, put a divot in each:

Smash the with the tortilla maker:

Peal off the flattened tortilla and cook on the skillet.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

One Tooth Less!


 Just in time for Halloween, Annabelle is sporting the Jack-o-lantern look.

And for your viewing pleasure, Ricky always comes through with the interesting photo angles.  Just to prove Annabelle really does have a hole in her head. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sundaes for Dinner


Last Sunday evening we celebrated Aliah's mastery of her math facts with ice cream sundaes for dinner.
 Aunt Caylyn and Uncle Chad came out for the occasion.

 Chad was not put off by the idea of ice cream for dinner in the least.
 Complete with whip cream and a cherry.  
Way to go Aliah, we are proud of you!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Family Camp


We recently spent the weekend at Family Camp at Rock Springs 4-H Camp.   This is the camp where I went as a young 4-H'er.
 

There were lots of kids for the Punkettes to play with, including my good friend Kim's children.



Activities included:  canoeing:
feeding fish:
horseback riding (Aliah was old enough to go on the longer trail ride this year):
and lots of "shooting things":



Top it off with a couple campfires, rousing camp songs and ticks.  Fun was had by all.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Dip



 Get your dip on with this high protein pumpkin pie dip.  I am giddy thinking of all of the ways to use my new pumpkin butter I made the other day.  After mixing the above ingredients together, I decided it needed a little bit of honey to take the tang out of the Greek yogurt:



Pumpkin Pie Dip:

1 cup pumpkin butter
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
1 t. vanilla
1 c. light whipped cream
2 T. honey

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pumpkin Butter

The house smells wonderful and this is why:

Pumpkin Butter!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)

Directions:

Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 - 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Whirl Wind Chicago

BelleBelle and I had a memorable Mommy/daughter train trip to Chicago a couple weeks ago. 
 
 Our hosts:  Uncle Troy and Aunt Deidra, who live in the hip neighborhood of Lincoln Park.
 with my Cutie Patootie niece Charolotte Jean

We did some of the touristy stuff, like the incredible Shedd Aquarium,
  
but mostly, we just hung out and enjoyed spending time together with our family.  

I have to say, Annabelle was pretty smitten over the big city, but even more so over her Aunt and Uncle.