Friday, January 29, 2010
Well mine doesn't exactly look like this one, but I love the green, cute pic anyways :) haha. While mine is old and white and not as cool as mom and Nicole's new ones, it is still by far my favorite kitchen appliance (well, except for the coffee maker but that falls more under the survival appliances).
Mine was given to me a few years ago (for once I've started a family trend, not Nicole) and I was wondering if it was even worth the space to store such a monstrosity, boy was I wrong! It's practically saved my baking life!
The best part is that Drew can use it and loves it (mostly because its a machine and has buttons), he has baked with me ever since he could stand up and can now successfully make a cake mix or brownie mix all on his own, so cute!
I've recently discovered that it was a wheat-grinding attachment, rad! Not that walking over to Aunt Mary's is such a big deal, but if I ever move away....
Some of my favorite recipes to make with my kitchen aid include but are not limited to the following: Cinnamon Rolls, Sugar Cookies, Pizza Crust, ohhhhh, and my new fav, Nora's biscotti:
3 1/3 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 t. salt
beat on med speed--
1/4 c canola oil
1 1/4 c sugar
3 lg eggs
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
--add flour to wet ingredients.
Shape dough into two flat logs
Bake for 25 min at 375.
Let cool. Slice. Rebake at 20 minutes, turning once. Or what I do is bake them lower temp for 20 min, then let them "cool" in the oven overnight.
Happy Baking to all Kitchen Aid lovers,
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
When Abraham Lincoln first met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he said to her, "So this is the little lady who made this big war." This book has it all: history, drama, love, anguish and a bittersweet ending. It's not the most amazing writing I've ever read, but it is definitely still my favorite fiction book. It is also one of the best Christ-like characters I know of in fiction. I hope they never make a movie out of it because they would never ever get Uncle Tom correct. It is one of those books that you have to read in your lifetime, right up there with Old Yeller and The Chronicles of Narnia. Read it, you won't be sorry. Can't wait to read it out loud to my girls!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
PS the book's cover page is far to ridiculous to put on the blog... wouldn't you agree? makes me laugh though :)
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I think I love it since its about sisters, and because its about nothing significant. Just silly stories that come about when you have three girls who love being together and drive each other nuts all at the same time.
Can't wait to read it to Bella....
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Ah, a week in AZ to visit the fam. Super fun. Tons of work. Couldn't have done it without my amazing friend Jenna who spent the whole week helping me with the girls. (Jonathan was out of town, so I was flying solo...kinda) It was so nice to be back today at my job of caring for these kids and this home. Grains are soaking, smells like bleach, picked up my food from the co-op, made a Trader Joe's run. (I know mom, I need to start some laundry...I'll get there.)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Stay at home more then less: There were maybe 5 or 6 days last year that I stayed at home the entire day (most of them due to the lack of air conditioning in my car, haha). It was absolutely amazing all that I got done. Things just get done when you don't leave the house (I know mom, you've been telling me this for years) :).
Play with my kids: I'm with them a lot but I'm busy doing chores, cooking, etc. We don't actually play very often but they love it when I do take a few minutes. I remember when mom would play barbies with me, it was a highlight for sure. These days its getting dirty in the sandbox or the fort with my monkeys.
Become better friends with Matt: Oh we love each other, have a great marriage, super romantic, blah blah but Matt loves it when I do things that he likes and lately I've been enjoying just hanging out with him. He's a pretty cool guy (if you haven't noticed). This week its watching his current fav show together: Dirty Jobs. Next week he wants me to go spelunking with him (blah! I hate caves!) Who knows? Next week I'll be out smoking a pipe with him :).
Pursue this eating naturally thing: Where to start, where to relax, where to be a freak, who knows? I feel like I'm swimming in information, desiring to do everything different and constantly being pushed under by the budget and time limitations. Someday I'll be a freak, for now I'm sticking to one thing at a time. Last month: Raw milk and fresh eggs. This month: Kerrygold Irish butter and locally picked oranges. Next month: buy and slaughter my own cow. Jk :)
Start a garden: I know I know! Many failed attempts. I think the "staying at home more" might help this area a little. Plus, Matt is super into gardening so I basically just have to help. So my backyard won't look like Mom's paradise by next year but maybe, just maybe I can sustain life for most of the year :).
Last years goals went pretty well (except the hair). I read, I cleaned my car, I became an olympic swimmer (well I attend the Olympic development class). The Lord has been kind to allow me to grow as a wife, mom, person. I'm truly grateful that I'm not the same girl I was last year. I have some spiritual goals too but I think I'll save those fore care group not the web :)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Full of change! When I look back to LAST December, I was thinking about getting married, stoked I had gotten into Nursing School so quickly, and my closest friends were all single! So much changes in just a year! This week is a good reflection as I changed my room around – because I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, hung out with Heather and Tori – both of which are married and in their own apartments learning the joys of caring for a husband and home, and planned a classy Singles CG party – because the more parties you do with the same people the more creative you have to get! College, is so big and seems so long when you begin, but now that I’m a year away from graduating I, all of a sudden am struck with ‘then what am I going to do?’
Life is always interesting and I truly enjoy the craziness of it all! I love that I have a new job or job offer every 6 months – coaching at Trinity has been so much fun, I love it and the golf course wants me back as of yesterday… so I might take on Saturdays! I love that God brings into my life new friendships each season of life – believers and unbelievers! I love that God continues to grow passions He’s placed in my life – for church planting, love for the people in Mexico, and also stirs new ones as time goes on – like my excitement about being in medicine and the opportunities he has ordained for me in this career field!!!
Life isn’t always fun, isn’t always easy, but is always good!!!
And I’m so glad I can honestly say that!! ~Timarie
I know the bed isn’t made… but I just wanted to show you how I re-arranged, and yes those are my knew snowboarding sheets!! I know they are boy sheets but I really like them
The rest of the changes are just little and everything is simplified and clean!!!
Its a little scary going up, an amazing moment at the top where it doesn’t seem like things could be better, and no big deal on the way back down, you’re ready to do it again.
It seems like the days are crazy, weather its pulling apart a sibling fight, running to preschool, planning a meal, encouraging a husband, running off to work, doing my hair, all the while thinking about whats right and wrong with all of the big and little decisions in life. Sometimes I feel like I just want to come up for air. I can’t remember why I’m holding my rubber spatula and I’m a little scared that I might be doing everything wrong – I’m on the way up.
But then, your 60 lb baby boy tells you your so beautiful and he wants to marry you when he grows up, you’re bratty little girl falls asleep while you are rocking her, your husband surprises you with the twelve days of Christmas gifts or you just have one of THOSE days. Days that make it seem…well…easy, fun, amazing, want to cry cause its so whimsical – you’re at the top, you can’t understand why God has given you so much more then you could ask for, much less deserve.
Those moments and days are like the scent of my Christmas candle that’s still making my home smell sweet a week later. They last all the way down the ferris wheel till you get off and forget the scary part on the way up.
One of my favorite verses that I’ve been thinking about lately…
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Or a Thrift Store, or Norstrom Rack. Whatever your store like that is. But you know whenever you hear someone say, I’m looking for a cute pink shirt. I’m going to check Ross. I mean you know they’re going to be disappointed. Anyone who goes into Ross looking for something is going to be disappointed. On the other hand, if you just go to Ross just to shop for whatever, you usually end up with some super cute shirt for a super amazing deal. That’s just how Ross/Savers/The Rack works. Everyone knows this…right?
Well, that’s how my life is. If I start off the day saying, “I’m going to get my floors clean,” it’s basically a recipe for disaster. You know and I know that’s not going to happen. Or it might actually happen, but then Georgie will spit up on it, or Lyla will bring me her latest handful of dirt mixed with water from the toilet (what is it with toddlers and toilets?) and smear it on the floors. But if I start off the day saying, “I’m going to get whatever comes my way clean,” then I end up with a surprise. Something I hadn’t expected gets clean. Actually, usually a several things get clean.
It’s basically like my husband says: what’s the point of planning? Well, actually, it’s more like God says,
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Oh thank you Lord for two kids to keep me humble and to remind me that your purpose will stand whether or not my floors are clean. And thank you for a husband who reminds me of this in a real and godly way through his lifestyle of trusting in your plans above his own.