half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins. 0

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins.

I made some kind of unholy goodness for supper tonight. Pork chops covered in cream sauce with veggies. Even Tyler ate it, which is saying something.  I didn’t use a recipe, I just mixed together some stuff we had.  I took about two tablespoons of butter, plus a tiny bit extra, and melted it in my cast iron pot until it was bubbling.  Then I threw in chopped carrots, celery, and onion.  (You could also add garlic, but Tyler doesn’t like it.)  I simmered the vegetables until...

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens. 0

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens.

I get questions from people all the time about keeping chickens in my back yard. My favorite statement comes from my in-laws. “Our eggs come from Kroger’s. Why would we want to waste time and money by growing a garden and taking care of chickens when we could get eggs for $1 a dozen from the grocery?” The answer to that question can be long and in depth, but for simplicities sake I’ll just say I enjoy gardening and tending to...

Welcoming Baby Ada. 0

Welcoming Baby Ada.

The first part to this, along with her birth video, is in the previous entry. For those who asked, Ada is pronounced like the letter A at the beginning. A-duh. Or Aid-ah, if you’d rather… Everything is going so smoothly this time, in comparison to the horrible time I had after Rosie’s birth. Baby Ada knows how to nurse so well! She latched on shortly after birth and didn’t stop nursing voluntarily for almost the entire first 24 hours. My milk...

Baby Ada’s Birth Day. 12

Baby Ada’s Birth Day.

I feel as if I am completely in awe. Did any of this actually happen? It’s all so unbelievable, the entire pregnancy I’ve felt a since of disbelief. After my miscarriage I was afraid to trust that I could have a real live baby. I didn’t want my heart broken again. Even after three healthy ultrasounds I still couldn’t wrap my mind around the image of a healthy baby. Once you realize that it can all change in an instant, it’s...

I think I poked the baby in the head. 5

I think I poked the baby in the head.

I’m having a mini-crisis. I think…my baby might be…REAL. As in, there is a real live baby in there. I can feel her moving all the time, but that’s so abstract. I still can’t convince myself she’s going to be a real child, like Rosie. Except today I think I might have poked her head. Like, I have a real baby who has a real bowling ball of a head jammed into my crotch. And I touched her head. In my...

Frosty Treasures. 0

Frosty Treasures.

The weather man says it will snow tonight. So far, it’s raining. Nasty, cold, drizzling rain. Rosie is beside herself with excitement over snow coming. She desperately wants to make a snow angel and a snowman. I hope it actually does snow overnight, enough to for her to make a snowman for the first time! It seems like snow here is hit or miss. We either get a lot of snow or none at all. Rosie is also extremely excited about...

Frosty Treasures Recipe (aka Puppy Chow…) 0

Frosty Treasures Recipe (aka Puppy Chow…)

Unhealthy, delicious recipe of the day: FROSTY TREASURES 1 pkg. (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate morsels 1/4 c. vegetable oil 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter 6 c. Kellogg’s Crispix cereal 2 c. confectioners’ sugar 1. In small bowl, combine chocolate morsels and oil. Microwave on HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate melts. Stir in peanut butter. Pour mixture over Kellogg’s Crispix cereal.2. Place confectioners’ sugar into gallon-size storage bag. Add coated cereal and close bag tightly. Shake bag gently until cereal...

Simple, Delicious Berry Muffins. 0

Simple, Delicious Berry Muffins.

These muffins are light and fluffy and delicious. They aren’t even very sweet, they’re just right. I’ve discovered the secret to making muffins is to not over mix them. You can’t use the electric mixer, just use a fork. Not a spoon, a fork. They take less than 10 minutes to mix up! Here is the recipe: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the following: 2 cups of flour 3/4 cup of sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons baking...

Bread. 0

Bread.

One of Rosie’s favorite frequent activities is to bake bread with me. Lately we’ve been making the bread from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook. It’s so simple and delicious! It’s so easy, actually, that I am thinking of just getting rid of my bread machine. Absolutely all you have to do to make bread that looks exactly like what is on the cover of the book is to mix yeast, salt, and hot water for a second,...