Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are two awesome recipes. The Pumpkin Chiffon Pie recipe is from Robert's side of the family and it is his ultimate favorite. It is a lighter, fluffier version of the normal pumpkin pie. The other one is from my neighbor Myrt Gardner and it is so easy and fool proof. Try these you will love them.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie -- Makes 3 pies
2 envelopes Knox Gelatin
1 C. Milk
1/2 C. Cold Water
2 1/2 C. Canned Pumpkin
1 t. ginger
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 C. White Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
6 eggs

Slightly beat egg yolks, add pumpkin, br. sugar, milk and spices and cook in double boiler until consistency of custard. Add dissolved gelatin and let it stand until thick. Beat egg white until stiff, fold in sugar and pour into pie shells.

Feather-Light Overnight Rolls---- Makes 3-4 Dozen
1 C Water
1 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
2 t salt
1 C Cold Water
2 (.25 ounce) package Yeast (SAF Yeast)
1/2 C Warm Water
4 Eggs, Beaten
7 1/2 C. Flour
Butter for spreading on dough

In a 6 quart pan bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add the butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat. Add the 1 C cold water. Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 C warm water (not hot). When first mixture is luke-warm, add yeast mixture and beaten eggs. Stir briefly. Add flour and stir together. Cover pan with lid and refrigerate overnight. When ready to roll out, divide dough in thirds. Lightly flour surface of bread board. Roll each third out in a large circle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread dough lightly with butter. Cut dough into wedge and roll into a crescent shape. Place on 3 greased baking sheets ( about 12 rolls per sheet). Let rise about 4 hours. Bake a 400 degrees F for about 12 minutes.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I was reflecting

So I was thinking that sometimes I don't show or express how much I am thankful for my life here on the earth. I believe I take for granted a lot of my blessings that I have here like: my family, my home, my health, my talents etc. I find myself always getting caught up in a moment of anger or complete frustration. I catch myself focusing on the negative things that my kids are doing instead of focusing on the good. Now, don't get me wrong I love my family so much and I know I am better off now than I was a few years ago. I am a person that suffers from post partum depression after having children., but it's very different this time around after having Kanon. I have no symptoms and I feel great. Now the difference is I believe is I feel I talk to myself more. If there is a time I feel stressed out with my house being cluttered or things just aren't going the way I want I start feeling some major anxiety. So what I do is walk around taking deep breaths and tell myself 'ok, it's not that big of a deal, let it go, it's not worth getting all stressed out about'. Also I believe I take more time out to know myself more. I guess I do have to be thankful for that as well because Heavenly Father knows that I suffer from this and that is why he sent me Kanon. He is such a great natured baby and smiles all the time and every time I look at him I am reminded how much my Heavenly Father loves me. He wants me to be able to enjoy my beautiful children. I love Karalee for her sweet, loving, caring, strong willed heart and she reminds me everyday that she loves me and says I am the best mom ever (she makes me want to live up to that). I love Leon for teaching me patience, unconditional love and forgiveness. He reminds me that no matter how many times we butt heads we can still love each other. (I don't know know if this was such a good idea now that I am crying and can't type very well) Last, but not least I love my husband, Robert, and I am thankful that he has shown me hard work, to have fun, when to be serious and when not to be, has given me knowledge and challenges me everyday to be a better person. He also has shown me patience and unconditional love (those just come with the territory of being married though)

So this is my proposal, I want all of you who read this to really reflect on your life and realize that there are so many blessings that you receive and don't realize that you are blessed. If you feel the need please share, it is like a testimony and it can help others. Also for those who do suffer from post partum depression- talk about it, don't keep it in because it will just make it worse and always remember that even though you have those type of feelings you are not a bad person.
I love you and thank you all for sharing your life with me and my family!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My little boy is not so little

Today Kanon is 4 months old and I took him in for his check up. We found out that he is 17 lbs 13 oz and is in the 93rd percentile and his length is 16 3/4 inches and is in the 86th percentile. When he was born he was only 6 lbs 12 oz, which means that in 4 months he has gained 11 lbs and 1 oz. He is such a cute baby and who'd a thought that one of my children would be in the 86th percentile for his height.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Cookie Fun

My kids and I had been looking forward to our long weekend together and they couldn't wait to make Halloween cookies. They had a ton of fun and really got into decorated their cookies. By the time they were done their tummies hurt from eating cookie dough. No sooner than an hour past and they were back in the kitchen asking for one of the cookies the decorated.

Around 500 Million Years Ago These Existed??

Robert and Karalee had some extra days off because of Harvest Break, which is really 'Deer Hunt Weekend' around here in Delta. So we decided to go out west to a mountain called Swazey to get some pinenuts, but when we got there we found out that we were about a month late and the only pinenuts we found were the ones that were eaten by bugs- Yum. Robert said that there was something else we could do since we went all the way out there and that was to look for Trilobite fossils. Well, since we do have a 4 month old I stayed behind and played with Kanon in our truck and Robert, Karalee and Leon hiked up the mountain. They were gone for about 2 hours and came back with some really neat fossils. Karalee and Leon thought they were so awesome. Robert was way excited too because these were his first fossils that he had ever found and for being a Biology Teacher that is pretty cool. We had a ton of fun and we were all excited to be able to enjoy some quality time together, especially since the kids had fun on the rollercoaster road on the way home. They put their arms in the air and said 'weeeeee' like they were riding a real rollercoaster. How much fun are they?? Sometimes I wish I could be a kid again.
We invite all those who are interested in fossils to join us next time. It was fun, educational and physical.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bows, Bows and More Bows

I had a little fun this last weekend with Karalee. Her and I made some bows for her hair. I guess I would have to thank my good friend Karen for inspiring me. I never had made bows in my life and Karalee and I thought they turned out way cute. By the end of the weekend I realized that we had made 17 bows. Here's a picture of Karalee showing off her proudly made bows. I only had wished that my Mom, Grandma and sister Krishelle could have been here to join in the fun.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

School Scarecrow Contest

Karalee's school holds a Harvest Hoorah! every October where you can participate in a scarecrow contest and come and listen to some readers. This is our first year participating and we decided to do our family as The DeWyze Family Scarecrow Babies. All we did was stuff newborn baby clothes and orange paper bags and tie them to flower fencing. We also put foam butterflies, bees, dragonflies and fruit on pipe cleaners and decorated it as if they were in a garden. It turned out way cute and we had fun making it. Karalee was so excited to enter the contest and we were all very happy when we found out that we got 2nd Place. Her prize was a bag full of books. It was so much fun that we might make it a tradition to do one every year.

My Mom and I's Nightmare

Alright, our family lives in a house that was built in 1918, it is in great shape for how old it is, but it does need some upgrading. For some reason there is the generation of people that think it was awesome to carpet everything in a house even the bathrooms and patios. Well, before we had Kanon we got our bathroom downstairs floor redone, ok no problem. Our patio/ sunroom was a different story. They put down indoor, green, from the 60's carpet and under that was 70's different shades of green out door carpet. My mom came to visit and said she would be happy to help because it was really bugging me. I mean if we didn't have kids or a dog that sheds all the time and lived in a state that didn't have rain or snow then I might be alright with it, NOT!!!! We pulled up that carpet and it was soooooo extremely heavy that we used every muscles in our bodies even the ones that we didn't think we had to get it out of there. Some of it that we pulled out stunk so bad we had to leave for a minute because we couldn't breathe. When we finally did get it out and into the back of the truck to take to the dump we were so exhausted. After we took a brief break we thought we would tackle the outdoor carpet, but after realizing that EVERY INCH was GLUED DOWN we decided to leave it. Now, I was okay with this because at least it would be easier to clean than the other carpet. Oh, but when Robert got home from work he absolutely did not like the out door carpet. So what we did was try and pull the carpet up away from the padding, but that was extremely difficult. After encouragement from my mom Robert went and got his parents four wheeler, tied a rope to the and to the four wheeler and pulled it out. And what was left is what you see in the pictures, padding. Now how in the world are we getting that up. Well, weeks before doing this project I researched online and people said that adhesive remover will bring up the padding and glue. I poured on a gallon and a half, let it sit for about two hours and a few hundred brain cells later nothing happened, still stuck to the floor. I called Ace and told them and they were nice to give me my money back. We found out from my dad that the best way to get it up would be a floor sander and maybe I could rent one. Well, since I do live in a small town no one had one, so we used Robert's hand sander that years ago gave him a scare on his chest because you can loose control of it. Of course my mom was being protective of me and did not want me using the grinder, so she did it. She is wonderful in so many ways. Thanks Mom, we finally woke up from our nightmare.

The Wonderful World of Bike Riding

Our kids and their bikes. Karalee and Leon love their bikes in two totally different ways. Karalee just learned a few weeks ago how to ride her bike without training wheels. She learned so fast that I was so shocked and impressed that she learned in one evening. She did figure out that she can't go as fast and crazy as she used to when she had training wheels, but she is so happy and proud of herself that she doesn't think about that anymore.

Now for Leon, he's kind of the main reason why Karalee learned how to ride without training wheels. Well, this little boy loves demolition derby's more than his dad. He loves his trike and loves to pretend that it is a derby car. He has also mastered the skill of going in reverse and is quite an expert at that. He will ram into everything even Karalee when she is on her bike. Well, one day when Karalee was at school he rammed into her bike so hard it stripped out one of her training wheels. He did feel really bad and when Karalee found out she was a little upset, but then I told her "well, I guess that means it is time to learn how to ride without training wheels" and she was ok with that. The one thing is that I ended up not taking off the other training wheel until the night she learned how to ride without any of them. So before that night she rode her bike with just one training wheel and became a pro at it. I feel that just that the one training wheel she had helped her to learn how to balance her bike. They are so awesome!!