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Testing. Iphone

Just seeing if this blog is still alive and how easy it is to update from my iPhone. If it’s easy, MAYBE I can get back at this thing.




For awhile there, I thought that our kids were all hip and cool with their nalgene sippy cups.  UNTIL….it was announced that the plastics used to make these cups and so many other cups, baby bottles, etc. are the worst kind of plastic for leaching the chemical  BPA, (a synthetic sex hormone that mimics estrogen) which can cause fertility problems, cancer, etc.

95% of all baby bottles and cups on the market are made with BPA, at levels which can disrupt their development.  

If you want to read about it, this is a good article

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered some of these

(this is not my kid)**

I’m excited to get them in the mail soon!  And let’s hope they come out with some more alternatives for parents needing alternatives.  argh.

A few other little randoms:
The doll I made for Hosanna May for Christmas. 
Her name is Sylvia, and she’s already looking a little ratty…hair especially.  🙂


This is the daffodil plant my momma bought me as an attempt to help me rise out of my pit of winter blues-dom.  It helped for sure.  The flowers are gone now, but there will be more (I hope).  I love flowers.


Hosanna’s newest favourite thing to do is play dress up with all the hats, scarves and mitts.  She’s a peach.  I like her. 


**mystery kid photo credit:  the reusable bags website


hmm…ok, so i am apparently a creative and worldly man-child.  which disturbs me a little, i have to say…just slightly.
gosh, and how’d they know about the hard drugs? 
all you other lost fans out there…give it a try….i know you’re dying to know!


I have got a SERIOUS case of cabin fever these days.  ARGH!
The weather here is SO C-C-C-C-Cold, it would be not right for me to take the kids outside.  Besides, why would i want to freeze my dang knickers off?!?!?!
So, here i am hunkering down, but BOY am i bored.  sure, there are a hundred things i could be doing.  but i don’t wanna. *whiney voice*  i wanna go and play outside.  i wanna walk in flip flops and a tank top to the park and push the kids on the swings.  i want to get the hoe out and start getting the garden ready for planting.  i want to walk down the street and look in the windows of the shops. 



*pulls hair out* 

here’s where the fun begins…


why is jeremy wearing these hot-looking, sweet-action galoshes?

is it because the spring rains have begun to spread their love, with promises of sunshiney days and blossoms up ahead?!? 

is it because we are attending another ball for the boot-wearing jazz-lovers?

nope! and nope!
no, dear readers….uh-uh.

in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. 
spring is nowhere to be seen, and we have no such fun parties to attend in the near future….

what we have here is a veritable basement flooding.   the sump-pump decided it had done enough work for the year and took a vay-cay.  alas…water everywhere.   

so, jeremy donned his fancy footwear and got to work. 
shortly thereafter i quietly tiptoed down the stairs to let him gently know that the hot water heater wasn’t working….the pilot light went out.  (this happens when it gets windy outside….weird…  i guess we should get this igloo insulated afterall.  hmmm.  who knew?)  oh and here’s a little post-it note about jeremy…he did all of this with a wicked, seething sinus infection, which he has been battling for 4 days now…terribly painful….when i get a sinus headache, i am out.of.commission.  fully.  can we say woos-bag?  but jer…well, he’s a trooper. 

i then went upstairs to get the kids some dessert.  and, the yogurt container promptly fell out of the fridge upside-down all over the floor.  joshijah got to work and started licking it clean.  i can always count on joshijah to help out in my hour of need.  🙂

here’s me, just showing you the zit i woke up with this morning.  yesssss…sweeeeeet:


and a much more poised picture of me showing you my chapped winter lips:  
mmm.  check those crazy-woman eyes.   

yikes, it actually frightens me a little to look at this picture.  eww. 
how is everyone else doing?  🙂

banana pancakes.

The night before last, I made banana pancakes for dinner….and can I just say…. mmmmm…LOVELY.

I got the recipe out of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything.  Basically you make the pancakes, and then slice banana on top after they are in the pan, but before they have cooked.   Oh.So.Good!!

The bananas I used were very ripe and on their way to the freezer, which of course meant they had a strong flavour, which I typically don’t like when eating a banana alone, but in this case, the strong flavour permeated the whole pancake, making it taste heavenly.

Oh, and today I popped a couple of the leftovers into the toaster oven to warm them up (we don’t have a microwave)…and they are even better today than yesterday.

Perfect for weather such as we are having.  We have SO much snow, more than I’ve seen in YEARS!!!   (see pics below)

Here’s the recipe, in case ya’ll wanna give it a whirl.  🙂

Basic Pancakes:
How to Cook Everything
Mark Bittman

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 or 2 eggs (i doubled the recipe, so i used 3.)
1 1/2 to 2 cups milk (i used soy milk….tasted fine)
2 tablespoons melted and cooled butter (optional),
plus unmelted butter for cooking, or use oil.

**Preheat the griddle or a large skillet over medium-low heat while you make the batter. (I made mine an hour in advance and kept refrigerated).

**Mix together the dry ingredients.  Beat the egg(s) into 1 1/2 cups of the milk, then stir in the 2 tablespoons melted butter (if using).  Gently stir this into the dry ingredients, mixing only enough to moisten the flour; don’t worry about a few lumps.  If the batter seems thick, add a little more milk. 

**If your skillet or griddle is non-stick, you can cook the pancakes without any butter.  Otherwise, use a teaspoon or two of butter or oil each time you add batter.  When the butter foam subsides or the oil shimmers, ladle batter onto the griddle or skillet, making any size pancakes you like.  (at this point, add slices banana rounds….press them lightly into the batter.  turn more carefully than you would a regular pancake.)  Adjust the heat as necessary; usually, the first batch will require higher heat than subsequent batches.  The idea is to brown the bottom in 2-4 minutes, without burning it.  Flip when pancakes are cooked on the bottom;  They won’t hold together well until they’re ready.  

**Cook until the second side is lightly browned and serve, or hold on an ovenproof plate in a 200 degree F oven for up to 15 minutes. 

oh yum!

perfect for days like this:

our poor little birdhouse is so heavy-laden…

hard to believe we were sitting out here grilling just a few months ago!

the barbeque is under there somewhere…..

big, fun, fluffy snow.  I almost lost him in it!

he’s a rocker, through and through.


so joshijah’s latest interest is playing the guitar and writing songs.  seriously.
he’s 2 1/2 and he’s strumming while singing (his own lyrics, AND already-made songs).

ok,ok. this is likely fairly normal, but just let me believe that my son is a child prodigy.

**BREAKING NEWS**  while i was writing this, joshijah just totally went poop on the toilet all on his own.  i thought he was just kidding…but he did it!!!! THIS, FOLKS IS A FIRST!!!!!!    

what did i tell you?….

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