Archive for May, 2008

The Propellerheads

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 26, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

The Propellerheads… I like these guys!


A lesson in symmetry

Posted in Art, Homeschooling, Uncategorized, useless knowledge with tags , on May 26, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

My sister finds the coolest sites.

The kids and I love this one.  You can make your own mandala or kaleidescope picture.  We keep ending up here… ah- let the maids clean the house!  HA!

Check it out and leave a comment… or post your creation so we can see it too!

Soup’s on!

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , on May 26, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

I love soup especially cream soups.

Here’s Potato and Mushroom cream soup… my very own recipe!
3 cups organic chicken broth
3 cups skim milk
1 giant heaping tablespoon sour cream
5 large baking potatoes
5 radish
8 oz mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 a purple onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
s&p to taste
3 tsp Italian seasoning (at least)

Bake potatoes in microwave. Get out the crock pot. Cut potatoes into bite chunks. Put everything in Crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Serve in bowls with cheese on top and crusty bread for sopping! Mmm Mmm Mmm! SO DELICIOUS!

Very Basic Bread 2

Posted in Recipes with tags on May 19, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Here’s the way it went down…

4 cups all purpose flour

1 dash salt

1pkg yeast

1 and 2/3 cup warm water

2 tbs honey

In measuring cup put yeast in warm water to foam.  In large bowl put flour and salt.  Stir.  Make DEEP well.  Sqeeze or spoon honey into well.  Slowly pour foamy water/yeast in.  Stir then turn out and kneed on floured surface for 10 minutes or so.

*at this point I was wondering how this was going to work out… the dough didn’t want to stick together*

Place dough ball into greased bowl and cover with towel.  Let rise for an hour.

*that hour turned into all night!!!! I fell asleep ~oops!~ 9 hours later*

Remove dough ball (that smells like delicious sourdough) from bowl: punch down and kneed a few times.  Shape as you like and place on greased cookie sheet.  Place in cold oven.  Set oven temp to 425 degrees F.  Set timer for 40 minutes.

Remove and let cool on a wire rack (HA!)

*nearly burn fingers trying to tear off just a tiny piece and scorch mouth while trying to eat and take pictures… then wait till it (your mouth, that is) cools and go back for seconds*

So overall the bread is good.  The crust is crusty and the inside’s full of air.  It is reminiscent of sour dough… with that lingering flavor … maybe because of it’s overnight rise time.  The kids and I like it well, enough.

We are in agreement, however, that the crust is harder than we’d like it too be.  We’ll try again another day: maybe honey glaze the crust, or a little less flour, or less initial rise time, or two rising periods, or some more honey…. or some something!

Very Basic Bread

Posted in Recipes with tags on May 18, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Nature’s Own make a delicious sugar free bread.  It is included on the Nature’s Own website if you’d like to see the ingredients.  What is so wonderful is that they use no artificial sweeteners.

But they still use “natural flavors” which could be anything… and other undesirables.  So with purity at heart I googled “basic bread” and found another blog where someone had posted this comment…

Sunny says:

Aspen Mills Bakery out of Ogden, UT makes a bread that has no sugar out of five ingredients: Whole wheat flour, water, yeast, honey and salt. I really want to figure out the recipe and so far am disappointed, but I may try fudging with those ingredients to see if I can make it happen. If I can I may try to put the recipe on paper, but no guarantees.”

So inspired; I too will venture on this simple road!  Healthful shortcuts are of course a bonus so if anyone has any idea as to  how much of what ingredient I should try please let me know!

I will be posting more this evening… when we see if my first attempt is a success or something quite different!

The Vatican on Aliens

Posted in Art, Uncategorized, useless knowledge with tags on May 15, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

Day before yesterday my Mother in law called me and said, “I’ve got to tell you this! Just so you know I’m not seeing things! The banner across CNN says the Vatican just released a statement that says it’s ok to believe in Aliens! Can you believe it?” The kids got very excited when they overheard news of aliens from Grandma… they picture Monster Inc… or at the worst Men In Black.

An hour later I got online. Lo and behold the news was everywhere! I read more than one report and came to the conclusion that this is nothing new. UFOs and Aliens have been documented since long before the Vatican existed.

They could be representations of ghosts… instead of aliens. The could be masks or some other decoration… instead of space helmets. They could be a long forgotten invention… instead of spacecraft. So many people are sure of opposite explanations and the rest are firmly undecided.

My question is… what prompted the Vatican to make a statement regarding aliens and ufos in the first place? Well, what do you think?

Born on a Blue Day

Posted in social disorders with tags on May 13, 2008 by Pendant & Ring

I’m reading a book, Born on a Blue Day, by Daniel Tammet, an aspy savant.

This book is amazing.  I’ve not completed the book yet so this is not a review; rather, an introduction.

My friend lent me the book when I was describing, to her, the way I see words in general conversation.

I ascribe snapshots to words.   When I listen to someone talk I get a mental image of each word they say.  For example:  “How many cups of oatmeal does the recipe call for?”  ‘How many’ is registered as one word in which I see a classroom full of small children playing with math blocks.  ‘Cups’ calls forward a field of multicolored glass cups being filled by rainwater.  ‘of’ draws up no image. ‘Oatmeal’ is like a hot spring full of oatmeal… and so on.  I have always been drawn to people who speak a mile a minute.  Probably because I don’t have to participate too awful much in conversation and to me, it’s like going to the movies!

Until very recently I have believed everyone perceived the world this way.  My world is defined in images.  When I was 14 or so I learned that my Grandmother’s dreams were in black and white.  I was shocked and so was she.  I dream in vivid color not only at night but when I hear someone talking my mind produces vivid images.  It’s the same when I read a book.  I can see the characters and surroundings in great detail.  Watching a movie after I’ve read the book is very frustrating because I have a set image in my mind of how everything should be.  When my image and the directors images vary I get hung up on these details and lose all enjoyment for the show. Ah well, that’s another reason why books are better!

More about this book when I’ve completed it…