Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I told you that I loved cook books! This is my latest acquisition. I made the Little Stars with Butter and Parmesan for Sammy yesterday. This is really just pasta with parmesan and butter, but I know there are more exciting pasta dishes to try in this book.
Tomorrow is our official last day of school and we are ready to move into a more relaxed mode. Tomorrow, we plan to go to the Denver Botanic Gardens to enjoy the beauty of God's creation.
We've had some adventures lately, but I haven't downloaded the pictures yet. Look for pictures from both The Cheyenne Moutain Zoo and the Littleton Historical Museum soon.
For now, it's time to clear off Luke's desk and put away all the books. He's listening to The Hobbit on CD right now and he hopes to finish it up by the end of the week. I like tying up all the loose ends and I'm definitely looking forward to clearing away all the school stuff for the summer. It's time to slow down and savor the joys of summer. I have a real love of summer here in Colorado. I think I have mentioned that I used to take Summer for granted when I lived in California. The weather was always beautiful there, but especially after this past winter here, I've been looking forward to Spring and Summer more than I ever have. I realy enjoyed California winters where it rained, but did not snow. At this moment, I'm a little less enchanted with snow. It's time for summer storms and sunny days! Anyway, I've gotten a little off-track here. For now, it is time to clear away the school books and get organized. Now, learning never ends and we do have some plans for this summer which includes a lot of bird-watching, nature study and of course lots of trips to the library!!
Have a blessed day!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
You're Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!
by Mark Twain
With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black
and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less
it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time
understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your
adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Hmmm...I'm not really sure about this one, but you know, it's fun taking these little internet quizzes and no, I do not speak with an accent!
Here's what she says, "...she had us wash dishes, vacuum, tidy, take out the garbage, clean the bathroom- but never peel potatoes, slice carrots, or knead dough...Wherever I go now, I am surrounded by women like me who did not learn the household arts. It may have been a feminist act by our mothers to save us from a life of drudgery..." Now, I don't think my mother did not teach me to cook because of some feminist rebellion. My sister and I just did the household work. I have certainly no gaps in my education when it comes to a clean house. Maybe my mom just preferred being in the kitchen alone. I really don't know. Sometimes, she would say that we needed to learn to cook, but it was always half-hearted and we never really took her that seriously. At least I didn't. I had more important things to accomplish. Somehow, I had gotten the idea that cooking skills were just not a priority. It wasn't political, but, I do live in a post-feminist world where pretty much any other skill is more praise-worthy than being a good cook, but I think the tide is slowly starting to change.
I do believe that there is something of a revival of the home arts today. Why would Martha Stewart be so popular? Why have the Food Network chefs become celebrities? Well, for one thing, they portray cooking as exciting and not as drudgery.
By the way, the orange cake was delicious!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
In college, I ate dorm food, but the year my roommate and I moved into an apartment, we really struggled in the kitchen. Our two other roommates were constantly making lasagna, cookies, bread (They had a bread maker), salads, casseroles, etc. It's hard to imagine how I managed to survive that year. My non-cooking roommate and I microwaved a lot of potatoes, ate canned soup, toast and probably cold cereal. I once tried to broil hamburgers, but forgot to put the pan underneath to catch the grease. My roommate still reminds me that she had to "drop and roll" out of the kitchen.
Today, I own a lot of cookbooks and I love looking at them. I can't go to the bookstore without checking out what's new in cooking and food. I love planning meals even those I don't actually make. I don't have to think so hard when I'm cooking anymore. I've learned to feel more at ease in the kitchen. So, tonight, I enjoyed the process of making the orange cake with the butter cream filling. Sometimes, it is surprisingly relaxing to cook. I've learned that life is meals and I better be planning for the next one. I've learned that cooking is so much more than making a meal. It's putting a little plate of love on the table.
So, no, I'm not going to be getting my own show on the Food Network any time soon and if I were, it would be a comedy, but it's nice to reflect on where I've been and nice to know that I won't be serving cold cereal or a microwaved potato with canned chili on top.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I didn't really expect anything and that's why it was so exciting. He had never put two words together before today. So, it's wonderful to hear that he does in fact "love mama".