Monday, February 5, 2018

Goodbye Veganuary; Hello Ongoing Vegetarianism?

Veganuary is over. I do think we'll make permanent diet changes, for varying reasons. I remember when Chris suggested both trying vegetarianism and veganism I thought it was going to be such a pain to think of all these new recipes. Really, neither time was all that challenging and now having cooked vegan for the past month, I feel like cooking vegan/vegetarian is actually easier than cooking with meat. How many times have I forgotten to pull meat from the freezer, or forgotten to marinade the meat, and now it's dinner time and there's no entree, screw it we're getting a pizza? At least weekly. But with vegan or vegetarian cooking? It ultimately boils down to buying lots and lots of vegetables, varying kinds of grains, different types of legumes, and cooking them different ways. The variety is so fun, too - lots of Middle Eastern or Indian food dishes. Loved it. 

Partly for my own future reference, I am going to break my recipes down into three categories: 1) Will Make Again, 2) It Was Just Okay, and 3) No. Just No. 

1) Will Make Again: 
  • Sticky Sesame Cauliflower
  • Quinoa Falafel Bowl
  • Winter Bliss Bowls
  • Black Bean Sweet Potato Bowls
  • Lentil Stew (Fakes)
  • Vegan Jambalaya
  • Tofu Stir Fry
  • Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa
  • Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli
  • Moroccan Chickpea Stew
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Potato Curry
  • Slow Cooker Butter Chickpeas
  • Baingan Bharta
  • Lentil Shepherd's Pie
  • Hummus Bowl with Tabouli
  • One Pan Mexican Quinoa
  • Sofritas
  • Aloo Gobi
  • Vegan Thai Coconut Vegetable Curry
2) It Was Just Okay
  • Roasted Chickpea Gyros
  • Meatless Chili (I think the probably here was I added vegan cheese to mine; ick. That does not have an enjoyable flavor). 
  • Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas (again, felt like they needed the cheese)
  • Black Bean Burgers (needs the egg; Pioneer Woman has a fabulous recipe for these)
  • General Tso's Tofu
  • Hummus Pizza (prefer BBQ sauce or red sauce, and missed the mozzarella)
  • Orange Ginger Tofu
3) No. Just No. 
  • Gnocchi (sorry vegans: gnocchi has to have eggs. It did not cook properly without; though, my kids liked it)
  • Black Bean Teriyaki Tacos (my personal taste; I don't like fruit in the entree, the pineapple was a little too much for me)


Ultimately, all said and done, having only two recipes out of basically a whole month of new and very different recipes that I won't make again really isn't that bad. The whole month went pretty well and I loved having the shopping list prepared ahead of time. I am going to make it a new goal to start cooking and shopping this way; it was so much simpler. As I said, I don't think our diets will change much, though we have added dairy back in (half 'n' half for coffee, cheese, sour cream, yogurt). Otherwise, I haven't bought meat and will likely continue to cook these recipes this way. I loved expanding the horizons and trying new things. Most of them we're complex either - taking less than an hour to prepare (and many around 30 minutes). 

There were some exciting things this week. Chris won some tickets at work for Super Bowl Week Opening Night - basically, it was an event at the XCel Center (Hockey Rink) where they had press conferences with the players and coaches. You could listen to the various interviews. We were in the FedEx box with a few of Chris' coworkers. As much as I have/had feelings of neutrality towards the Super Bowl this year, it was neat that it was so close and that we got to have a small part in it. We did get some small radios that were used to listen to the interviews and my smart Sophia figured out how to hack them (not making this up) to play regular radio stations. We had her keep it on 98.5 KTIS and she loved listening to her own little personal music device (while the battery lasted).

On Tuesday we went to Chris' soccer game for the first time. I really enjoyed watching them play; while the team is new and not the Top Dogs, they are holding their own and improving. It's cool to see! However, two games ago Chris got kicked pretty strongly in the shin and the leg is still tender to the touch - we're starting to worry he may have bruised bone or possibly a fracture; he is going to go in today and see what they say. 

We spent some time this week preparing for our cruise. It is hard to believe that after planning this a year and a half in advance, I think we started talking about it before Bethany was even born, and certainly while Heidi was still in diapers, we are leaving on Saturday! A mere five days away! I can't wait to see all of my family. I have been doing laundry and sorting through summer clothes and looking for swimming suits and dresses and generally trying to get everything prepared. 

Brenda and I delivered all of the donations we received to the young Mom; it was such an honor to be able to bring everything by for her. I will be praying that God uses our church family to speak truth and love into her life, and that she may come to know Christ as her only hope. For her, and her sweet baby. Ben ended up watching my three girls and his two girls, and when I picked them up he commented that he could tell what I meant when I said Bethany was active. Poor guy! All five girls! And I'm sure Bethany took full advantage of him being distracted!

We had a bit of a slow second half of the week. The girls stayed with the VerWay's because the Carpenter family was out at the Wisconsin Dells. We are going to get back into a little routine this week and then we will be gone for our cruise. We are leaving on Saturday, staying overnight in Orlando Saturday night, and then Sunday our ship takes off from Port Canaveral. Yay! Here we come, sunshine and warmth!

We had a big praise with our house stuff this week, something which I will blog about in detail later, but I also managed to find all of the volumes of the Chronicles of Narnia in a boxed set for $5. So that was a good score. :) 

Listening to her own radio she hacked 
Chris is on the far right, breaking into a run. 
Pastor got the wrong hat on...

Copper kisses
Sweet, sweet face

Monday, January 29, 2018

What Baby-Proofing Really Means

My dear, sweet, beautiful, spunky Bethany Grace is that kid. You know the one I'm talking about. The one that if they had been born first they would have been an only child. The one that makes an exercise routine redundant and excessive. The one that makes me question everything I ever thought I knew about baby proofing.

Maybe it's the red hair. We are certainly quick to blame that. Maybe it's a little "third child" syndrome. Maybe it's that I have another child who is as spunky as Heidi, but now my two eyes are divided more directions and can't follow her as closely. Who knows.

But last night, last night was one of those nights where I just cried. To myself. To God. And God answered my prayer. But, oh boy, am I sometimes at the ragged, tired edge of "I can't clean another mess before I reach the level of diagnosable insanity."

Heidi had woken in the middle of the night on Friday night. Or maybe Saturday night. But I think it was Friday night. She had to pee. I heard her kind of whimpering - she had stood up out of bed but couldn't make it to the bathroom in time. Most of the pee was all over the blanket on her floor; some of it on the carpet. Because I value sleep above cleanliness at this particular stage in parenthood, I took her blanket and pee-jammies/undies, removed them with the dirty clothes basket into the hallway, and tucked Heidi back into bed. I planned to get to the carpet another time.

Saturday was not that time. Saturday morning was a church work day, and I spent the other part of the day going around town looking for some baby items for a young mom connected with our church who had a surprise pregnancy (found out at 8 months along)! While we were there, Bethany did her magic vanishing act again. I was helping clean in the deacons' area, or dusting the cross, or something, and I realized Bethany had disappeared. I went to look for her, and to my horror the men's bathroom door was propped open. Bethany is drawn to bathrooms (probably because I tell her "no"). Sure enough, she had a cup and was playing with the toilet water. Her pajamas were soaking; the floor was soaking. I was horrified, mortified, beyond description. So, it was a hectic day. So, on Sunday, I was determined to shampoo their carpet. It was past being necessary.

I had cleaned up the dinner table (three times, because each time I stepped away from the table, Bethany got into someone else's plate, which, by the way, were still at the table because Sophia and Heidi were "STILL EATING" even though they were nowhere in sight), and had moved into the girls room to clean up their carpet so I could run Alfred (the vacuum) before shampooing. I had also cleaned up Bethany's applesauce art. She had taken the bowl with applesauce from her tray, stuck her feet and hands in it, and was walking and drawing applesauce all over the dining room table and chairs.

I started cleaning up the room and came up for air after about 5 minutes. Bethany, dear, sweet Bethany, had taken the salt shaker and poured all of the salt out onto the table and was drawing pictures in it.

I'm not sure you're aware of this, but apparently salt shakers hold 4 million pounds of salt. I had thought it was just a few tablespoons. Based on the amount of salt on my table, my thinking was inaccurate.

I just saw the mess, said "...whhaaa..??!???!??" and sighed. A very deep and exhausted sigh.

So, in the last about 10 days, she has emptied Rice Krispie cereal all over the kitchen (TWICE). The second time she did this, I had thought the second box was brand new and closed. Maybe it was. I don't know. But she also dumped powdered pancake mix all over the kitchen floor as well. She has also dumped out a significant amount of white rice, made some art with applesauce, and moved on to emptying the salt shaker as well. And helped "clean" the men's bathroom.

She has accumulated a LIFETIME of messy child stories in less than two weeks. Lord, give me strength.

And, really, that was my prayer last night. I know she wasn't disobedient; she was being childish. But that doesn't mean my temper stays in check where it should. I know I am prone to be snippy if I am tired. I prayed to God that I wouldn't be snapping at my family. I'm not sure I was perfect at it (Chris might know) but I do know that before bed, I sat and read to my sweet Bethany for 20-30 minutes. We just sat and read a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Boynton books together, laughing, kissing, smiling. When I laid her down to sleep, she was making kissing noises ("MWWAAAAHH") to me for the next 20 minutes, even when I wasn't in the room. I could hear them because I was in my bedroom folding the amount of laundry that could probably clothe a small army. Including 40 pairs of underwear and socks between my two girls; in one week of laundry, why so much underwear and socks???

Heidi and I also experienced a moment of growth and understanding this week. Heidi has a schoolbook with a teddy bear on it. It is her very own school book from abeka. She loves it, and she loves to pick her worksheet out of it. One of the days this week she requested that I take out a page with a bird nest on it. I pulled out that page, and she sat there and sulked at me. I asked her what was wrong and she said, in an angry tone, "I wanted a different one!" Heidi, I pulled out the paper that you asked for. You complete it, and we can talk about another one, but you do not raise your voice at Mommy, especially when I did what you asked. Well, Heidi was having none of this. In her own silent protest, she marked "X"s all over the paper (see below) and then quietly went into her bedroom. I got Sophia and Elli set up with some school work and then went to check on Heidi. She had crawled into her little cave in her bed and was in a bit of a moody mood. Heidi, let's talk. Do you understand how it is confusing when you tell me you want something, and then get mad when I do it? "Yes." Well, honey, you told Mommy you wanted this worksheet. Were you right to get mad when I got it for you? "No. I was mad so I put Xs on everything." I saw that. How do you think we should respond differently in the future? What is a way we can honor our Mother and Father, and so show love to mommy and to God?  Needless to say, this exchange shocked me a bit. She was just so calm, so aware, so intentional with her writing, and instead of getting angry she just handled it with her own silent protest.

The other big thing this week was with Sophia. This weekend, for the first time ever, Sophia attended an event at Camp Chetek without family nearby. I didn't think too much of it; she had been so excited to go that weeks ago she told me, "Mom! I can go to Camp Chetek!" I asked more about it (two days before they left) and there was space for her to go. As the day approached, it suddenly hit me that she was going to be traveling in a van, with people from church, hours away from home, for an entire day. What? She's not ready for this! Or, maybe more accurately, I'm not ready for this! And my mom brain jumps to all the things that can go wrong, and she'll be surrounded by strangers, and what if she wanders off or falls through ice or someone kidnaps her or something terrible happens?! Ahhh!! And poor Thad, he had said he was going to go to a coffee shop in the afternoon when they had the Bible time and I must have given him a "Mama Bear" look because he said he would stay around for Sophia.. (Ok. I also might have said to him, "and is there another adult from First Calvary there?!) Sophia had an absolute blast. "Mom! I got to eat my cookie BEFORE my hambooger!! AND I got a whole bag of chips to myself!"  I am, apparently, a mean mom. She enjoyed her time and it sounds like they went snowmobiling. Step one in learning to let your child spread their wings! It was a lot harder for me, no doubt.

And this sweet girl. We went to my in-laws for lunch on Sunday before Bob had to fly out again, and when we got home she started doing the dishes for me. I didn't know she was doing them because I had to run a couple of errands out of the house, but when I got home she had finished a whole sink full of dishes. Without being asked. It took her over an hour!

We have also started doing Pizza Hut's Book It! program for Sophia. They let Homeschoolers do it! How cool is that?  Homeschool enrollment is closed for this school year so we will officially do it for next school year. We have just been printing out the calendar anyway and if she reads to us for 20 min a day, 3 times a week for a month we will get her her own special pizza. She is excited. And so far, has been doing great with her reading.

Love this hair standing right up

"Blaster" battle - with lights from their bed
Beth was amused too
Bundled for snow
Over 12"!

Bethany's first snow play experience















My hairstylist
Took me several minutes to get it all out!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

(Bonus) Week 5: Vegan Thai Coconut Vegetable Curry

Ingredients:
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 green onions (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1-2 c cauliflower (chopped)
1-2 c carrots (chopped)
1-2 c mushrooms (chopped). ALSO: optional. I am not adding these.
3 TBSP red curry paste
1 15-oz can chickpeas (drained, rinsed)
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1-2 c frozen peas
1 15-oz can coconut milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 c fresh kale (chopped)
Cilantro, lime (optional garnish)
1 c rice (basmati or jasmine), cook in 2 c water.

Directions:
Heat oil over medium heat under simmering. Add onions, garlic cauliflower, carrots (and optional mushrooms); sauté until vegetables are slightly soft (about 4 minutes).
Clear a space in the center and add curry paste; allow it to sauté for a minute before stirring into vegetables.
Add chickpeas, tomatoes, peas, coconut milk, and salt. Increase heat until boiling. Boil for a minute or two, stirring, and then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes (uncovered). Add kale and simmer about 2 minutes.
Serve over rice, adding cilantro and lime for garnish if desired.

Week 5: Orange Ginger Tofu

Another simple recipe from It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken.

Ingredients:

Tofu:
1 block extra firm tofu, drained, pressed, cubed
1/3 c cornstarch
2 TBSP oil

Sauce:
1 c orange juice
2 TBSP cornstarch
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch fresh grated ginger
1 TBSP orange zest
1 tsp sesame oil
(NOTE: this seemed overly sweet to me. I would balance it out, maybe with a little more soy sauce or rice vinegar, or perhaps decrease the orange juice)

Other:
1 c rice cooked in 2 c water (serving)
Green onions, sliced (garnish)
Sesame seeds (garnish)

Directions:
Bring 2 c water to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed.
Toss tofu in cornstarch. Shake off extra and set aside. Heat oil in pan and fry tofu until all sides are golden brown.
Whisk together ingredients for sauce (to make sure cornstarch is not lumpy, I shake it together in a blender bottle). Add to small saucepan over medium high heat until it thickens, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, toss in tofu, and serve over rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

Week 5: Hummus Pizzas

I love to do homemade pizza crust. I have the absolute worst luck with yeast but this recipe seems to always turn out for me. I am sure you can do it! 

Pizza Crust
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 TBSP oil
3 to 3 1/2 c flour

Dissolve yeast in water. Once dissolved, combine in everything except flour. Then ut in 2 c flour, beat until smooth. Add flour until easy to handle with a spoon. Knead dough on floured surface. about 5 minutes. Grease bowl and add dough. Cover let rise 45 min.

Sauce (if not using hummus)
1 6oz can tomato paste
1/2 c water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper

Pizza Toppings:
Hummus
Mushrooms
Spinach
Black Olives
Artichoke hearts in oil, roughly chopped
Cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced
Dried oregano
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400. Once the dough is finished, divide it into two balls. On a floured surface, roll it out with a rolling pin. Spread the pizzas with hummus (or pizza sauce) and add any toppings you desire. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or longer for crispier crust.

Week 5: Black Bean Vegan Enchiladas

Ingredients:
1 TBSP oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 TBSP chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 15 oz can black beans
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 c cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, rinsed, and diced
8 oz vegan cheese
8-12 corn tortillas

Directions:
Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until onion is translucent. Add chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook another two minutes. Add black beans and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, mash beans, simmer 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Strain mixture, saving sauce. Transfer black beans to bowl and add cilantro, jalapeno, and 4 oz of cheese.

Spread half of saved sauce in bottom of 9x13 baking pan.  Place some of bean mixture in tortillas and roll it up. Brush some sauce on end of tortilla when rolling it up.

Placed rolled tortilla in baking dish on the sauce. Pour remaining sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Week 5: Aloo Gobi

Ingredients:

2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
1 onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 inch grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp amchur (dry mango powder)
1/4 tsp Indian chili powder (this is REALLY SPICY so don't overdo it here)
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
pinch of salt
3-4 tsp oil
2 TBSP chopped cilantro
1 c Basmati rice, cooked in 2 c water (serving)
Naan (serving)

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add cauliflower, saute 2-3 minutes, then add potatoes. Saute 7-8 minutes until potatoes have some brown. Set aside.

While potato and cauliflower are sauteing, bring 2 c water to a boil and add in 1 c basmati rice. Reduce heat and cook until water is absorbed.

In same pan heat oil over medium head. Add cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and ginger, saute 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cook a few minutes until soft. Add turmeric, amchur, coriander, chili powder. Cover and let it cook 2-3 minutes, then add in potatoes and cauliflower. Add garam masala. Cook over medium low heat 5-6 minutes, then add a pinch of salt to the pan. Cover and cook an additional 6-7 minutes, until potato and cauliflower are tender (not soggy). Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice and naan.

Veganuary, Week 5

Here is the final week of Veganuary. If you have stuck with me, thanks! I hope that you enjoyed it and the recipes. They are generally pretty simple, and hopefully some will become a staple of your diet.

Here's the recipes for the short week:
  1. Aloo Gobi
  2. Vegan Black Bean Enchiladas
  3. Hummus Pizzas
  4. Orange Ginger Tofu
  5. (Bonus): Thai Coconut Vegetable Curry
Nothing too crazy!

Shopping List:
  1. 2 medium potatoes
  2. 2 cauliflower heads
  3. 2 onions
  4. 2 tomatoes
  5. Carrots
  6. Fresh ginger
  7. 1 bulb garlic
  8. 1 orange
  9. Cilantro
  10. Kale
  11. Mushrooms (I don't like mushrooms so none for me)
  12. Spinach
  13. Artichoke hearts in oil
  14. Cherry tomatoes
  15. Red onion
  16. 1 package extra firm tofu
  17.  Green onion
  18.  Orange juice
  19. Soy sauce
  20. 1 can black beans
  21. 1 can chickpeas
  22. White rice
  23. 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  24. 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  25. 1 15 oz can coconut milk
  26. 1 can tomato paste
  27. Flour
  28. Hummus 
  29. Sesame oil
  30. Vegan cheese
  31. Cumin seeds
  32. Indian chili powder
  33. Garam masala
  34. Chili powder
  35. Cumin powder
  36. Red curry paste
  37. Mango powder ("amchur," if you can find it; try an Indian market)
  38. Sesame seeds
  39. Corn tortillas

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Week of Messes and Big Question, Little Girl

Bethany Grace was on a roll this week. I think she is definitely in some sort of exploratory stage, what ever you want to call it. She is learning so quickly, figuring out words, can "neigh" and "quack" and "meow" like animals.

She has also discovered that she is capable of getting her own food out of the cupboard. For example, I brought home fishy crackers (Goldfish) from the grocery store. While I was in the kitchen Bethany opened the cupboard, pulled out the box, set it in the floor, looked up at me and signed "eat, please."

But there is more than just food in the food cupboards, and this is where the problems arise. It only takes her about 5 seconds to get into all of this too. One night after bath, I had already dressed Bethany in her pajamas and then I went into the big girls' room to help them. I was dressing Heidi when I looked across the hallway into the kitchen and saw Bethany on the ground "swimming" and Copper circling her like a shark. "What is going on?" I thought to myself. Then, just in case it was interesting, I took out my video camera on my phone. Turns out, Bethany had discovered a bag of Rice Krispies cereal and had taken said bag, removed the clip, and dumped it all over the floor. Then she swam in it, as done naturally does in these types of occasions. Copper was so excited. It was actually not horribly painful to clean up, outside of the sticky on the floor, because Copper was assisting me the whole time.

What WAS painful to clean up was white rice. About two days later, while I was downstairs with Chris in his office asking him a quick question, Bethany got into the food pantry, grabbed a bag of white rice with about two pounds left in it, and spread the rice all over the place. When I came back upstairs and I noticed Bethany had something on her face. When I pulled it off, and saw that it was rice, I only thought to myself, "uh oh." Then sweet Bethany directed me over to the area where she had spilled the rice, and pointed it out to me herself. At least she has a sense of humor. I am still cleaning up rice, and that happened three days ago.

One more tidbit from the weekend: the Vikings curse lives on. They had a great first drive in their playoff game, scored a touchdown within the first few minutes, and then did not score again for the rest of the game while the Eagles went on to put 30 or 40 points on the board. I honestly don't remember how many they scored; I stopped watching the game because it was painful for the Vikings. There's always next year (something I regularly say as an Arsenal fan). And, speaking of which, Alexis Sanchez left our team in a disappointing manner and is dead to me as a fan. I regret all those times I sang, "Alexis Sanchez, Baby!" Oh sports. A distraction from the heavy truth of life. 

Yesterday I woke up the girls to go to Sherri's as we do almost every Monday morning.  Winter is especially tough. I have a hard time remembering that it takes me an extra 10-15 minutes to get everybody out of the door by the time we find all of the winter gear, get loaded up, etc.  I have been working at getting us out of the door a little bit earlier. I was especially keen to do this yesterday because we were supposed to be getting the snowstorm of the century and it was supposed to start right over the morning commute. I packed all their school stuff and snow gear and away we drove.

On the drive, Sophia asked me, "Mom, how does someone know if they are saved?" Wow. That is an amazing question. I explained to her that salvation comes when we trust in Christ's work on the cross; we know we are sinners and can't save ourselves, and we trust that Jesus died on the cross in place for us, dying because we sin. And when we have faith in Jesus, he gives us a peace about our salvation so we know that we are saved. Her response? "I trust in Jesus!" Melt my heart, bring tears to my eyes. My dear girl, I want nothing more from you in life than to have those words be the truth that you live by.

Then, she proselytized her sister. "Heidi, do you want to go to hell and believe in false gods or are you going to believe in the true God and go to Heaven? That's what I'm doing. I'm going to Heaven." Heidi, of course, responded with "I want to go to Heaven!" because it seems to obvious choice. But it really was such a sweet and tender moment. Sophia has a heart and a desire for Jesus that I pray only intensifies.

Turns out, it did snow. And snow. And snow. I discovered that I have little patience for people who intentionally drive out in the snow unnecessarily, making traffic worse and requiring places to stay open which might otherwise be able to close. I ended up working later than I had hoped and driving home very slowly. We haven't had a snowstorm like this for a couple of years. All said and done we got over a foot. Copper just went outside to go to the bathroom and is walking through snow that is up to his chest. Sophia's school was canceled for the morning, so we are going to have a snow day. I think I'll even dig out Bethany's snow gear and have us all play outside for a bit today.

The Rice Krispies...


She is eating them off the floor. Sigh.
Spirit! She will "Neigh" and cluck her tongue when she's riding her stick pony


Patch for Heidi's jeans
Powdered sugar donut
She kept going back to the table to get more
It was even in her hair.
Heidi's favorite
Napoleon Heidi-mite
And the rice. See that little finger admitting to the mess?

The dog didn't help with this one
Picture of all four grandparents by her bed

Matching!
Snowfall - went for a few more hours after this.