Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stepping Word Stones

If I was a little forest elf crossing a dangerous river by jumping from stone to stone, these are what the stones would say for the last 12 months:

blazing
growling
fighting
grasping
shattered
severed
stomping
summiting
grieving
praying
healing
aching
loving
tethered
cherished
held

I'm across that river now and on solid ground. Oh my, what a wonderful enchanted forest I've happened upon.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Choclate Chip Cookies and Beef Stew

I had a pancake disaster two weeks ago and my best mate has been super sick. We went for a couple weeks with out much delicious cooking or eating here on planet fun. But my cooking adventures have now started back up.

First. I've tinkered with this chocolate chip cookie recipe over the past few months and it has now evolved into a recipe that produces perfectly moist and delicious cookies every time.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cream:
2 cubes butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1.5 tsp vanilla
Add:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 (a little heaping) tsp salt
1 (a little heaping) tsp baking powder
a whole bag of chocolate chips. (I like the miniature ones these days)

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes


Second. I made a hearty and delicious beef stew today. I'm going to put it into a beef pot pie for dinner tomorrow. I don't want to forget what I did to get today's stew so nice, so before I forget, here's how I made it:

Beef Stew
Caramelize half of a chopped onion in olive oil.
Add a package of cubed beef and also add one chicken bullion cube
After the beef has browned, add water, parsley, and 2 bay leaves and let it all simmer for 90 minutes.
Add 5 chopped potatoes and 5 chopped carrots, boil for 30 more minutes
Add a can of sweet corn and a packet of brown gravy, turn down heat for last ten minutes.

Hrm. Was that all I did? Yeh. I think so. I'm looking forward to the pot pie tomorrow.

I want to have about 12 main dish recipes and 6 dessert recipes that reliably turn out well. That's my goal.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

a little poet

One of my petite fifth grade girls regularly gifts me these incredibly sophisticated poems written in pencil on blue-lined paper. Yesterday I asked her if she was going to write me one of her masterpieces for Valentine's Day. She gasped with joyful anticipation. And this morning she handed me a poem that switches points of view, from a fierce but lonely dragon to a shy but generous elf.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

pink and red and shades of green

I hate February. It's a month that is very gray and drab. But so far this has been a good month. School often starts to feel like it's really draggggggging around now, but this year I have an energetic student teacher in charge most the day. Most of my students seem to be making decent progress. They might be itching for spring, and, trust me, so am I, but it isn't affecting any of us so much that we can't enjoy learning each day. I'm looking forward to the three months I'll have back with my class starting in mid-March.

Other reasons this particular February feels us overflowing with lovely colors: Zumba dance classes are now offered at the Bountiful Rec Center. Almost every day! There have been a few days of warm-ish weather and bright sun. My siblings all bought me some way cool hiking boots that I've been breaking in. My best mate slash best friend is very good to me and very funny. Two of my daughters enjoy hanging out with me. And I'm making reasonable progress on my lifetime dream of becoming a real writer.

And this: