Thursday, November 19, 2009

Definitely His Father's Son



Today Dillon's class had pajama day.  They are learning the letter P so they got to wear pajamas and bring pillows - highlight of the year for a lttle 5 year old.  Dillon decided on some footy pajamas, a pillow Michael made in Home Ec and a stuffed pig.  To top it all off, he wore his boots with his footies!  It was so cute.  Something that once again proves that Michael is the father of all of these kids despite what he claims!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fried Pie Recipe

If you don't want to use apricot, I have also used cherry, blueberry, apple and lemon pie fillngs.  I have even tried chocolate pudding, just use the pie recipe when you mix it so it is thicker.  Also don't store in plastic, it will make the crust soggy.  Just keep them covered with paper towels and a light towel.

Apricot Filling:

1 pound dried apricots
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
dash of salt
1/4 c butter
2 tsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp conrstarch, if needed

Soak apricots over nigt in enough warm water to cover.  Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer the apricots, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally, mashing the fruit with a wooden spoon.  (I use a handheld drink mixer to puree the fruit a little)  Add the sugar, nutmeg, salt, butter and lemon juice.  If the mixture seems thin, combine the cornstarch with 2 Tbsp cold water and stir into the apricots.  Continue to cook 2 or 3 minutes until mixture thickens.  Aloow to cool while preparing the dough for the pies.

Crust:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 c chilled vegetable shortening
1/3 c. chilled butter (can use 1 c. butter flavored shortening instead of shortening and butter)
1 egg

Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl.  Using a pastry blender or forks, cut the shortening and butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Lightly beat the egg in a 3/4 c measuring cup.  Add cold water to fill measuring cup to top and add to flour mixture.  Stir with fork until the dough comes together.  Gather dough into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Assembly of Pies:

Divide dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter.  Roll out a ball between sheets of waxed paper into a 5 inch circle.  Don't let the dough get too thin or it will fall apart when you try to move and cook it.  Spoon 1 to 2 Tbsp of the filling onto half of the circle, leaving a 1 inch border at the edge.  Moisten the edge of the pastry with water.  Fold the dough over the filling to form a turnover and press the moistened edges together(I usually try to fold the bottom edge over the top to help it stay together even better).  Using the tines of a fork dipped in flour, crimp the edges of the pie to seal.  DON'T SKIP THAT PART!!  It makes a huge difference in the way the pies turn out.  Repeat the process for all the dough and filling.  Chill the pies while the oil is heating.

In a heavy skillet, heat oil to 375.  Oil should be about 1 1/2 inches deep or use a deep fryer.  Add the pies in batches and fry for 2 minutes on each side or until a golden brown. Remove pies with a slotted spoon or spatula.  Drain on a bed of crumpled paper towels.  Cover with additional paper towels and a clean towel to keep pies warm and keep them from collecting moisture.

Don't try to make the pies and cook them at the same time.  Make all the pies and then do the frying - trust me, I know:)

Kenna's Birthday weekend



We spent all weekend celebrating Kenna's 8th birthday.  Friday she got to wear a new birthday outfit to school and we made cupcakes to take to her class. Saturday we went to Hendricks and spent the day with the Olsens.  It was so much fun!  The kids played and I got to spend the time talking with Pam.  There was no fighting or arguing or crying.  It was great!  We ate pizza and then had cupcakes and ice cream.  Then then Maddi, Makenna and I got to open presents. There was a lot of sadness when we had to leave but we get to go back this weekend so we are looking forward to that:)  Sunday Makenna opened presents before church.  Olivia was a BIG help!  We had our primary program in church that day.  The kids did a great job.  That afternoon Makenna got to talk to lots of people on the phone and we had macaroni and cheese for supper followed by more cupcakes and ice cream.  She had her interview with the Bishop and now we get to set a date for her baptism.  She is really exited for that.  Makenna has proved to be a challenge over the years, but despite the difficulties we have also been able to see her develop a kind heart full of tenderness and love.  Her capabilities to love are huge and we hope that she continues to develop in that way.  She is very smart and loves to learn.  We are so proud of her in so many ways. I hope that she can listen to the prompting of the spirit and follow her heart so she can have her life filled with happiness and contentment.  She has so much to offer.  I hope she finds confidence in herself so she can live life to its fullest.  We love her so much and can't imagine life without her!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Halloween




Here are a few pictures from Halloween.  The kids had a lot of fun.  We did some tic-or-treating on our own then we met up with our neighbors and went with them for a while.  I think we ended up with about 19lbs of candy.  Way too much, but it sure got the kids excited!  They get a piece each day after school and one after supper. We are also using it as bribery to help potty train Olivia. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fun Crafts



Yesterday at our play group the mom that was in charge showed us how to make these cute crafts. She has a cricket (I am very jealous) and she cut out the vinyl letters with that. We made the one that says joy.  It was so easy to make that I decided to make my own tonight.  I got pre-punched out letters and they worked just fine.  Tomorrow the kids want to make one. We will try it with stamping the letters on.  Anyways, all you do is cut out some 2x4's into different lengths and paint them what ever color you want.  Then you pick out different kinds of scrapbook paper and cut them to size.  After the paint dries, use modge podge and stick the paper to the wood.  Let it dry a little and then modge podge over the top to make it shiny.  If you are using vinyl letters wait until it dries to put them on.  If you are using paper letters , put them on as soon as you put on the top coat.  Then put another coat just on top of the letter. If you are stamping letters, put them on before you put the paper on the wood. Simple.  Easy.  Cute.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In Memory of Poopoo

After 9 1/2 years, my mom's cat, Poopoo, had to be put to sleep Monday.  She was very sad.  They had become buddies over the years.  She would always greet my mom at the door and roll over for a tummy rub.  Whenever my mom sat down, Poopoo would always jump up in her lap and rub against her.  In the mornings when the alarm went off she would jump up in bed with my mom.  She was always humming whenever she was with my mom.  She hated most people, but my mom, she loved.  Now, I really have no understanding of this.  I personally don't like cats - especially this one (I was on her hate list).  I have never had an animal of any type that I was attached too, so these kinds of emotions throw me for a loop.  However, in honor of Poopoo, I wrote a little something and I thought I would share it with all of you.  Hopefully it will bring a smile to your face:)

One day I lost my Poopoo. I was sad as sad could be. I looked and looked but with no luck. Oh where could Poopoo be?


I went into the kitchen where Mommy was cleaning and making lunch. I asked if she'd seen my Poopoo. Under the table was her hunch.

I looked but saw no Poopoo only crayons and some glue. Without my little Poopoo what was I to do?

I went in to the family room to ask my Dad the same question. "You might look under the couch for your Poopoo," was his only suggestion.

Under the couch was empty, except for a paper and a hat. I started to get upset. Where was my Poopoo at?
Next I went down the hall to my brother's room and asked him about my Poopoo. He said the last time he saw my Poopoo was in the closet by the shoes.

I looked in the closet next to the shoes but my Poopoo was nowhere to be found. I slowly walked out of the room with my feet dragging the ground.

Maybe my sister would know where my Poopoo was. I went outside and found her playing on the slide. She had not seen my Poopoo for quite a little while. She told me to look under the tree where maybe my Poopoo would hide.

I ran to the tree and fell to my knees hoping to find my Poopoo there, but only some needles and pine cones were lying under there.

I started to cry and ran to the house. Could my Poopoo be gone forever? I went to my room and opened my door and guess what I discovered?

There on my pillow in a nice big heap was my Poopoo laying fast asleep!