Thursday, January 28, 2010

Community Garden

A few citizens of my home town are trying to start a community garden...and I get to help. I have put together a basic blog and an email address. I am excited for the opportunity to learn more about gardening. I don't know if many people really read my blog, other than a few fabulous family members....

Any who, if anyone is interested in helping with the community garden (and you live in Hurricane), check out this site.

You can find out when our first official meeting to start planting/working is. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sprouting--Wheat grass

I have been making my own sprouts for a while. I started with wheat, which--in my opinion--is the easiest thing to sprout. From what I understand, sprouted wheat is the most nutritious and nutrient rich way to consume wheat. I eat wheat sprouts in salads or ground up in bread, muffins, or some other baked concoction. I have always just used a cookie sheet and some paper towels for sprouting.
Last summer I decided to bite the bullet and invest about 15 dollars in a "Master Sprouter". I have since taken on sprouting beans, seeds, and other grains. It is sometimes an adventure. I think broccoli sprouts are rather strong smelling and must be kept WELL DRAINED.
The picture below is some wheat grass I grew in a cookie sheet. I was inspired to try it when my family and I stopped at a Jamba Juice during our holiday travels and I saw that people charge almost three dollars for a small shot of wheat grass juice. I feel I had success growing it, but I don't have a juicer. I blended the wheat grass in a smoothie and it was a waste of a perfectly good blueberry banana smoothie. :( The smoothie was yummy, but the wheat grass...blah!

The process for growing is easy. You need a pan with shallow sides (this makes it easy for draining). Some paper towels, a couple cups of wheat and a vegetable sprayer or water bottle is a plus.
Line the pan with a layer of paper towels. Rinse wheat thoroughly, then spread wheat berries onto paper towel. Cover with another layer of paper towels. Moisten towels. Keep them moist for a couple of days.
After a couple of days you will have wheat sprouts. Once sprouts grow little green grass starts, remove the top paper towel. Now just rinse and thoroughly drain the little seedlings every morning and night. Once it grows fairly tall, you can trim it for use. If you keep it well drained and trimmed it will last for several clippings.

If anyone has a great way to consume wheat grass or its juice, please, do share!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


For Christmas last month I made two gingerbread houses. I now have a much greater appreciation for people who make gingerbread houses. It was a lot of work, but loads of fun too!

I have a few tips for myself to remember for next year; Don't be afraid to use plenty of flour when rolling out the dough, this way it will be easier to transfer the dough to a cookie sheet. I made my own template from the measurements given in the recipe. The best way to cut out the house is to roll out the dough, cut out the house panels, then transfer them to the cookie sheets. Bake. Right after pulling the gingerbread out of the oven place template back on gingerbread and re-cut panels. This is also the time to add windows and doors. Once all desired cuts are made, let gingerbread cool. If you want "glass windows", caramelize some sugar and carefully pour the liquid sugar into the window areas.

Here are a couple of pictures of one of the gingerbread houses I made. If you look closely, you can see the star windows...

The roof is made of an assortment of Chex.

The amazing fire was made by my talented little brother. He used orange Tootsie Rolls. Yes, he is rather brilliant!

The quickest way to assemble the house is through using caramelized sugar, but you have to work fast because the sugar will cool and harden quickly.

I had leftover dough when I was done making houses, so I made little gingerbread cookies and my little ones LOVED them!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Flouride Fun


Guess what my darling three year old did last night?!? I think I should begin this story about one week ago...
I took my son to the dentist for the very first time. They counted and brushed his teeth. Then, they gave him a toothbrush and a little prize. The hygienist gave me a prescription for 0.5 mg of fluoride to give to my son each night after he brushes his teeth.
For the last week he has been enjoying his little Fluoride tablet before he goes to bed. I knew he was enjoying the tablets, so I decided to keep them on a the highest shelf in our highest cupboard of our bathroom. Okay, so while I was washing the dinner dishes last night, he went in the bathroom, climbed up, and got the fluoride tablets. Then, he managed to open the "child-proof" container. He consumed about 60 tablets before I caught him. That is a total of 30 mg of fluoride. Yikes!

I called and consulted with my cousin-in-law, who happens to be a pharmacist. I gave him some milk, then I ended up calling the Poison Control, just to be safe. Anyway, I watched him for an hour and he did not throw up but his tummy was a little gurgley all night long--anyway, everything turned out okay--thankfully! I was quite nervous that I would have to make a mad dash to the Emergency Room for some stomach pumping, but I didn't.

Monday, January 11, 2010

First Birthdays

My baby turned one a couple of weeks ago. On his birthday his big brother climbed on a chair and got into all the Christmas candy that was on top of the fridge. Yep, there was a trail of chocolate goo from the front of the fridge through the kitchen and into the entry way. I was out of the room for maybe three minutes. I found my baby covered in chocolate with a lollipop in each hand and a big smile on his face. My oldest was hiding under the kitchen table happily and secretly consuming a candy stick. I tried to scold them, but it took so long for me to control my laughter that I gave up. I just put my oldest on a chair for a few minutes while I washed my baby's hands. It was great fun!
I am not sure the picture does it justice:

He seemed to enjoy his birthday cake too!

He didn't mind the clean up either. He LOVES splashing in water!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


There is a fabulous giveaway for a gorgeous candy-apple red kitchen aid mixer at this website! Anyone who is interested in some fun recipes and creations for all year, check out this site! It is great, and like I said before, they are having a fabulous giveaway! Here is their web address:

Good luck to all you culinary geniuses out there! May the most lucky cook win!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Halloween Catch Up

For Halloween I took the kids to a nursing home to go visit some elderly people and to show off their costumes. I think all the kids had lots of fun playing games and parading around in their costumes.

My oldest son was a...fighter named "Santos", his uncle brought back the mask/cape for him from Mexico. The muscle suit is a costume saved from my husband's childhood. I thought he was cute and he definitely had fun dressing up as a fighter. In this picture he has on some red underwear. Yeah, I forgot to have him wear some to the nursing home (so he was more of a nude fighter for a little while--thank goodness we fixed that). Don't worry the residents of the nursing home did not notice, and when it was time to actually dress up on Halloween, his costume was G-rated.

My little one was a spider, he was cute as a bug. ;)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

First real skinned knee!

My oldest son is a very active little guy! He loves to wrestle and tackle...well...about everyone he comes in contact with, if given the opportunity. I think it would be safe to refer to him as a mass of happy energy. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we were playing outside. He loves to play tag and be chased, so, I was chasing him. He ran onto a cement pad and ate it really hard. He ripped a hole in both knees of his pants and skinned his knee. He was startled until I pulled out the camera, then he was super excited to take a picture of his new little battle wound.

Friday, January 1, 2010

I finally started a blog!

I finally decided to start a blog in 2010, so here I go. I was really good at consistently keeping a journal when I was in high school. Sadly, my sweet journal keeping skills have dwindled, I am hoping to reinstate them. So, hello blogging world and hello new year.