Friday, August 26, 2011

Stupid Cookies

Years ago, when Mr. Twingle and I started dating I was introduced to his mom's fabulous baking skills!  She always has fresh breads, pies and/or cookies in the house.

One of my favourite cookies are Oat Delights.  These are probably what some would call a macaroon; but, that we, my inlaws and I, refer to as STUPID cookies!

Why?

Well, you see, you can't eat just one.  And as you pop another cookie in your mouth you are forced to mutter "stupid cookies".  They're just so good you can't help but to eat them!

As I type this, I have a batch of these stupid cookies chilling in the fridge.

For those of you that would like to try these awesomely stupid cookies, here's the recipe:

Oat Delights - originally printed in 5 Roses


2 cups white sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margerine
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3 cups instant oats

Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan, mix together and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients.
Drop by teaspoonful onto waxpaper lined cookie sheets.
Chill.

Precious Items

It's been a while since I've written the topic suggested by Bloggy Moms, blog dare.

Today's prompt asks to write about a cherished item carried with you since childhood.

I'm the first to admit I'm a sentimental person.  I like to hang onto things because they have special meaning to me.  And it seems fitting, with back-to-school just around the corner, that the item I carried with me since childhood comes from my school-aged days.

When I started Kindergarten a new school was in the process of being built.  It wasn't quite finished yet, so I was bussed to another school.  But by late-fall the new school, Terry Fox PS, opened its doors and welcomed us.

Of course, we were taught about Terry Fox and why he was important to Canadian and Cancer history.  At only five years old, I didn't really understand the significance that I now appreciate.

We had an assembly to honour Terry and each student was given a bronze medallion with Terry's photo,  and date of the school's opening.  We had also learned a song dedicated to Terry; but, I couldn't remember if I tried.

I still have that medallion, almost 30 years later.  It rests in a box, between fluffy cotton sheets.  Someday, I will include it in my school-days scrapbook (I have to finish, or at least get up-to-date, the family album first).

I'm a proud Canadian and proud of Terry Fox and his efforts to cure cancer.  He was truly a remarkable man and human being and that's why I will cherish that medallion and be proud that I attended a school in his name.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Best Part of Summer

It isn't the hot weather, beaches and endless activities to do with the kids.  It's the fact that we can grow our own fruit and veggies in our back yard.

Just last week, I pulled this out from the garden!  

Left to Right: El Jefe peppers, golden tomatoes, yellow hot peppers,
chili pepper, orange tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers
I have to tell you it's not that hard to have your own harvest just like mine.  I don't have a green thumb at all, though I try.  You can find easy how-to instructions in books you can borrow from the library or purchase online.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Proud Mama Moment

Isn't great when your kids do something, unprompted, that lets you know all your parenting efforts haven't been in vain?

I just had one of those moments!  Walking through our upstairs hallway, Pickle, wasn't paying attention and bumped into Pretty.  Completely unprompted she uttered "sowwy Kaka".  First of all, how many one year olds do you know that will say sorry; and how many of them will do it without you asking them to do so?  I know many adults that don't have the good manners to say sorry when they bump into someone.

It's moments like these that make me feel that I'm not an utter failure as a mother and that there is hope!

That.Is.All

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Party Planning Continued...The Sorting Ceremony

Once the kids finish getting their school supplies and arrive at Hogwarts, they will be sorted into houses.

I'm going to make each child a t-shirt with their house logo on it.  I'll buy iron-on transfers, print the logos off, then iron them onto the shirts.

I have a "Sorting Hat" that I bought for Hallowe'en many years ago.  It's just a pointy hat with a face printed on it; but, it will work.

I'm also going to see if Mr. Twingle can extract the sound portion from the movie(s) of the hat sorting.  If not, I'll have him record his voice with the house designations.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How Do I Clone Myself?

As I take a brief break from the endless laundry, housework and daily chores of a SAHM, I ask myself "how on earth do those families that work full-time away from home stay on top of these mundane tasks?".

I mean really?

Even if I designate a day to do each task, Mondays: sweep and mop main floor, Tuesdays: bathrooms, Wednesday: kids' laundry, etc... there is not enough time to simply get it all done.  And where do I fit in quality time with the kids, hubby and meals?

What I need is to clone myself.   I can do the fun things like play with the kids, have meaningful conversations with my husband, cook delicious meals and more.  The clone can do all the housework and laundry!

Sigh, if only it were that easy.

So how do you stay on top of things?  Care to share your secrets?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Is Summer Over Yet?

I don't know about the rest of the world; but, it has been hotter than heck in Southern Ontario for the past month.  Forecasters say that August will be hot and dry just like July.  Temps have soared, breaking new records across the province.

But that's not the only reason I'm ready for Fall...

...The kids are driving me NUCKING FUTS!

School cannot start soon enough.  The constant fighting and bickering.  The power struggles and testing boundaries...it's just too much.  I can't handle it.

I need a break.

For the record, Pickle is not the guilty party.  It's the twins.  They are 6 going on 16.  If their attitudes and behaviour now are any indication of what's ahead in the teenage years, I am seriously screwed.

GAH!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Party Planning Continued...Activities, part 1

...the next course of action in my party planning is "class" activities and menu.


As stated in the invitation, seen here, the students (guests) will be attending Transfiguration, Divination and Potions classes.


As the guests arrive they will be greeted by the other "students" and led to Diagon Alley.  I'm going to set up rooms on the upper level to look like stores.  Or maybe it will just be one room with different sections.  It will depend on how much cleaning I get done beforehand ☺


In Diagon Alley, the students will get their school supplies which will, eventually make up the contents of their loot bag!  On the list: a cauldron, a quill, a notebook, a glass jar/plastic bottle for potions, a copy of the textbook: Potions, Charms and Spells, and a wand.  Of course, I will have pre-purchased and/or made these and they will be set up around the room(s) for the students to buy (with knuts and galleons of course!)


Once shopping is complete the children will the be led back to Platform 9 ¾ where they will need to run through the brick wall to enter the platform.  I'm going to purchase a shower curtain and sponge-paint it to look like a brick wall.  I'll then hang it up for the kids to run through.  We'll take a brief tour around the outside of the house for our train trek (weather permitting) and enter Hogwarts!


What is the first thing new students to Hogwarts do?  They have a Sorting Ceremony of course...and so will we!  Stay tuned for more details!