Thursday, March 31, 2011

Post-A-Day in March Ends With A Giveaway!

Tell me who the HE is in this quote and win a goody!

"Oh yes, yes yes indeedy HE does the dishes and helps with the laundry, you betcha!"

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Post as Long as the Beach We Visited

We are big fans of the Long Beach Penninsula and decided to end our spring break there this year. We stayed in a little house built in 1898 in Seaview. We really loved it for it's charm and comfort.
There are so many cute historic homes near it, too. This was one of my faves.
Julia and I took a walk in the neighborhood and she told me what her life would be like when she was an adult. There was lots of bread baking and dress making to look forward to. I loved hearing about it.
Avery was happy to pull out the house's games one at a time and play with the peices. The perfect gift for Avery would be a stack of games from Goodwill that she could just HAVE AT, co-mingling peices and using at her whim. All the better if the game had play money.
Despite the rain, we got down to the beach quite a bit. We actually drove most of the length of the beach, ON the beach, something that really thrills my husband. This "lighthouse" that we spotted near the northern tip of the peninsula was actually someone's home. Wow.
Avery made an obstacle course on the sand. Julia wrote big words.
We played at Funland. I usually catch Skeeball Fever here. My high score was 300,000. I just can't stop playing once I start. Avery followed suit.
We also spotted many a monkey tree around town.
My husband and I used to try to be first to spot monekey trees and shout but now Avery is usually the one shouting, "Monkey Puzzle Tree!"
We took the girls to the Lewis and Clark Museum at Cape Disappointment, too. They did scavenger hunts and earned badges. I always chuckle at the way they spelled back in 1804.
The Long Beach Peninsula is our go-to getaway when we want to unplug. No t.v. (They did have one on which the girls watched The Fox and the Child Saturday night but no cable). No computer. Just relaxation, time together, a change of pace and scene. This visit in particular was a really good one. It ended our spring break fabulously.
I don't know when, but we'll be back.....

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"When we say things like, 'People don't change,' it drives scientists crazy, because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy, matter, it's always changing, morphing, merging, growing.

It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural, the way we cling to what things were instaed of letting them be what they are, the way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones, the way we insist on believing, despite every scientific indication, that anything in this lifetime is permanent.

Change is constant.

How we experience change, that is up to us. It can feel like death, or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adreneline, like at any moment we can have another chance at life, like at any moment we can be born all over again."

-Grey's Anatomy

Monday, March 28, 2011

Keepin' It Real Monday

This debris was unearthed this weekend from between the back seats of my car.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Flowering Quince

in March,
their twiggy clusters
thrust sweet blossoms out
to remind us of spring

and each time our delighted eyes
see their salmon centers
bursting somewhere,
it's a new excitement

like contest winners
we shout
"Flowering Quince!"
the sighting,
our reward.
-Me

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Three Hour Tour

This week during spring break we had a Gilligan's Island marathon accompanied by homemade coconut cream pie.

The kids LOVE this show and it was so fun to see old episodes that I'd completely forgotten about. I have several favorites from season two that we watched, like when the camera equipment lands on the island and they film a "picture," or when there's a ghost on the island.

Today Avery was standing hip out, batting her eyes and said, "Do I look like Ginger? Sometimes when she's in a beauty trance she goes like this."

They mention coconut cream pie so much during that show that I thought it was a fitting treat to enjoy while watching. This recipe, from the Joy of Cooking is so. Good. It's the pie my dad made me for my eighteenth (?) birthday. Definitely worth trying sometime, Gilligan's Island episodes or not.

Coconut Cream Pie

Crust: 1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 T. butter
2 T. water

Filling: 2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk (I used nonfat milk and the pie did not thicken as it might with a milk that had a higher fat content)*
3 egg yolks
2 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

Sift flour and salt together. Cut shortening and butter into flour and once incorporated add water. Blend with a fork. When dough can be handled into a ball it's ready to be rolled out. Place in pie pan and prick holes then bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Let cool before adding filling.

On top of double boiler combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk and cook for ten minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Beat egg yolks. Stirring well pour 1/2 of hot mixture into eggs. When smooth return eggs to rest of hot mixture and put back on double boiler until thickened. Remove and add butter and vanilla and coconut. Cool before putting in pie shell.

Pour into pie shell when cool. You can cover with a meringue or whipped cream and 1/4 cup toasted or flaked coconut.
ENJOY! We sure did!

*"Be cautious about substituting skim milk in pudding, custard and sauce recipes. These recipes rely on the dairy fat for added texture and flavor."
-Diana's Desserts Ingredient Substitutions

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Fun!

Need inspiration for a final spring break project? I was paging through Family Fun at a recent stop to Yogurt Munch and there were some very fun ideas in there. Like the above cardboard dollhouse with egg carton furniture.Lovely.

How fun would it be to make this hula hoop rug?

This hanging trading card sleeve planter is fun, too.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Alice in Roseburg

We went and saw the Eugene Ballet perform Alice in Wonderland with my mom down in Roseburg last weekend. It was a wonderful show. The girls loved it but Avery especially loved it being a blossoming young ballerina herself.
It was the first time we'd dressed up for a night out in a long time. I even curled their hair. Thanks Grandma! It was a great show!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Slappycakes

Yesterday the girls and I finally went to Slappycakes. I'd been wanting to take them forever and a free day over spring break seemed like as good a time as any, especially when Yogi Bear was also playing at the theater down the street and they'd both really been wanting to see it.
Slappycakes is like the breakfast version of a Mongolian grill. Most tables are built with a hot griddle in its' center. When ordering, you can pick any number of gourmet breakfast selections including pancakes cooked by them, OR the batter to make pancakes yourself at your table. There are several batter options, from gluten free to sweet potato. You can also choose things you might like to drop into the cooking batter (we picked chocolate chips) as well as what to put on top of them once they're cooked.

Worth a visit, indeed! It makes for a fun and creative eating experience.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just Be Nice to Slugs

Julia is a slug lover. She picks them up. She names them. Their slime is the furthest thing from her mind.

One day we were talking about this slug love of hers and I told her we should make t-shirts to celebrate this misunderstood mollusk. So this weekend when we visited my mom in Roseburg, we took a little fabric paint, some freezer paper, and made stencils of slugs and "slugans" (slogans). Pictured here are the results of our labor.
Avery's:
Mine (slug by Julia)
Julia's
My mom's
Sluggish, we are not. Or are we?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

We Like Frogs

These pictures from last summer remind me how crazy we got about frogs. The bullfrog tadpoles were just thick in the lake and the kids were so into catching them. I was the same way back in the day. And the circle, it goes round and round.....

Fast forward to now, and our most recent trip to the cabin on a weekend in March. On one of our hikes, my mom spotted a huge bullfrog just sitting in the middle of the trail. He was so immobile we were able to stop and check him out without him jumping. When the dog ran right by and the frog didn't even try to move we knew something was really wrong. Each of us had a turn holding it and investigating it. It seemed to have a break in the skin under its' jaw. My mom thought maybe it had broken its' back. When we tried to put it back in the water it sat there long enough that the dog made another pass by and snatched it up.

Well you can imagine how much this FREAKED two frog-lovers out. Julia was furious. Avery started crying. Of course the dog was not about to drop the frog, so off she ran, one rigid flipper sticking out the side of her mouth. She dropped it several times, and each time the frog gave a huge effort at jumping away until she picked it back up again and took off. Finally, after chasing her really fast I found her without the frog and picked it up and tossed it to safety in the lake. It seemed to muscle under the water, surprisingly. We were all so relieved that the dog wasn't going to be the one to finish it off but the frog probably sunk to its demise anyway.

I doubt the girls will ever forget that experience. It will be imprinted on our frog-loving minds until the summer when we can do some more frog hunting.
The factoid of the day: bullfrogs live as tadpoles for two years before maturation into full- fledged frog. They can live 8-10 years.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Art Class

This week the girls finished a five week Portfolio class at My Masterpeice. For your viewing pleasure, I would love to reveal to you their masterpeices...
Behold...clay bunnies:
Bottle sketches in charcol
Chalk on Cloth birds:
Mixed Media Chairs
Painted Poppies
What a great assortment of creation. They were very proud!

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's Geologic

My mom collects heart shaped rocks, fitting for such a loving person. It's amazing how many there are out there. These were a few we found on the banks of the Smith River last summer.
Love is everywhere, if you look for it.