I found this post in my drafts from several weeks ago. I somehow missed posting it:
We have a Thanksgiving tradition that mom has done since I was a kid. We make butter. Impressive, huh? Picture me standing over a butter churn working hard w/ my apron on. NOT! It's very easy and with enough "movers and shakers", it doesn't take all that long. Besides, homemade butter is soooooo yummy!
Just start with heavy whipping cream and about a tsp. of salt. Mom's butter-making mason jar went MIA so we had to improvise. Mom just may kill me for showing the Glad ware with pink duct tape on it!
Then you shake what your momma gave you!
Shake the butter until it separates and leaves skim milk and butter. Be careful that it is actually butter and skim milk and not whip cream!
Be sure to take a picture with Grammy to remember the memory.
Then knead the butter in some ice water, but don't over knead it.
You end up with butter that you can form into molds or just put into little circular butter dishes like my mom does. She's fancy like that. Just look at her table. Pretty, huh?
So what are your Thanksgiving traditions?
(Deana, thanks for your encouraging comment. I always love hearing from you!)
We have a new blogger in the family. Allyson decided she wanted one so we sat down together and got her set up. I'm wondering how long her interest will hold. Depending how it works out, it will be a good creative writing project for her and maybe a place to put all those stories that she writes. Her blog is : Ally's Awesome Life I was a little leery at first as she doesn't have a FB acct and is limited on her internet use for safety reasons. But we will certainly give it a try. I put comment moderation on so I see everything that is posted to her blog before it's published and she isn't allowed to publish without me checking the content. Let's just say, she is sick of me reviewing the internet safety rules!
He's happiest when he's with this guy!
My three musketeers. I told Ally she could wear jeans with a nice top. She wore a t-shirt, black sneaks with neon laces, and an old sweatshirt. At least she got the jeans part right.
This guy: Smart, Funny, Crazy dancer, Good looking, Everyone's friend, and he learned how to scrub my difficult pans last night. Yup! I can hear the ladies calling now!
While getting out of the tub and getting ready for bed, Jake said: "Mom, you like me be here?"
You have no idea, Jake!
Jake likes to have his hair spiked. It's a big deal. A really, really big deal! It always cracks me up to hear him say, "Don't TOUCH! You will mess my hair down!"
Jake: "Why I four and I get a Daddy?"
I'm not sure if I've blogged this before, but Jake has said this several times in different ways. He is certain in his mind that he got a Daddy because he turned four. Now, I know Eric is the favorite, but it does sting a bit that he doesn't ever mention me! HA! Seriously, though, he remembers his birthday cake (his first one) for his fourth birthday while in China. I guess he associates that with getting a new family. He also told the lady in the orthodontist office that he is Chinese and that when he turns five he will see his Chinese mommy again. Wish I had a camera for the woman's facial expression! I've explained how we are a forever family to him in different ways. He just has no concept of permanency at all. I am sure he'll get it......eventually.
Jake decided to "repair" his Buzz Lightyear doll that talks and "shoots" lasers. He thought it may need some of the batteries that he -I mean "we"- purchased the other day. Evidently he is VERY good with a screwdriver because he took it all apart and Buzz is now in three pieces and a blue wire is hanging out! Told you he was good with a screwdriver! Anyway, when I asked him about this little issue, he tried to pin it all on me and said, "I try fix him, but I can't because you won't let me use the monkey glue!".
He was referring to the "Gorilla Glue" brand! Oh my, I think he will be a mechanic, but we better get him some good training!
Having fun in Disney but having trouble uploading photos to blogger. Jake has asked Buzz if he can press his buttons and shoot his lazer and has given his stickers away to the characters. he is loving it and is quite the thrill seeker raising his hands up on the roller coasters! grant has reached the point where the fast rides are more fun than seeing the characters....sniff,sniff! For Allyson, it is ALL about the thrill rides! Can't wait to post pictures! Oh, we saw Pooh Bear today and Jake thought his name was Pooh Pooh. Guess he was wondering why we would name a cute bear after "la shoog na"!