BFF

Driving home from preschool Friday Dorothy tells me she has a ‘BFF’. I asked who and did she know what that meant. In a very superior voice she tells me its best friends forever and G is her best friend, duh.
(thats 2 new things: BFF and duh. great, just great)
Anyway we continue to talk about her school day, what was the project and who did she sit with to do said project, books read what was talked about etc. Then as she is telling me about the playground she said the teacher had said something about how nice it was and the next sentence was and I quot: “and me and my bff where just standing there and” (at this moment I bust out laughing.) this annoyed her so much! I interrupted her and it wasn’t funny apparently because it was a serious kind of story. I couldn’t help it, shes 4 going on 14 and it was just to funny. Then she goes “mom, it wasn’t funny Mrs.M was serious” (about how nice the weather was).

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“ugly” blueberry scones

This is the name my grandfather has dubbed my blueberry scones. They are a kind of gray-blue color, and lumpy looking. But OH SO GOOD! I love how he said it to me “They are tasty, but man are they ugly!”
and I agreed!
Meanwhile ugly or not, the 2 dozen I made on christmas morning for my whole large family disappeared before I even had a chance to get one. these are easy to make though, and so I make them often. Even my husband, who does not like blueberries fresh eats these up! they kind of taste like a blueberry pancake.

So here is the recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp salted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) -( i use frozen, after trying both frozen and fresh the scones are more moist and have a better flavor with the frozen. I was shocked!)

Preheat oven to 400(F). In a bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together. Cut butter into pieces. Add butter pieces to dry mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate butter pieces until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.(i use my fingers its easier)
In a separate bowl combine egg, 2/3 cup buttermilk and vanilla. Add blueberries to dry mixture. Carefully coat blueberries with dry mixture. This will also prevent blue “bleed.” Create a well in the center of mixture. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to the well. Carefully combine, just until moistened. (mine “bleed” but that’s what makes them ‘ugly’ and taste good too)

Here is where I divert from the recipe: I spray the tinfoil covered cookie sheet with PAM and then I use a 1/4 measuring cup and spoon out the batter on to a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil. If you forget to spray it its nota big deal. Sometimes I sprinkle sugar on the tops of the scones but thats about it. I didn’t notice a difference between brushing buttermilk on top of the scones or not, so I usually skip that.

The blog that posted the originals has pictures, which is helpful! again here is the recipe: http://www.averagebetty.com/recipes/buttermilk-blueberry-scones-recipe/

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ugly and yummy

Holiday Highlights

Its been a while, but these are too good not to share:

Eleanor: She came running into the kitchen with her 6th night of Hanukkah present unwrapped on the afternoon of the 4th night. I KNEW it had been quite!! She came in running and yelling “Mouse Mouse! Mom! MOuse!” The toy in her hand was a mickey mouse toy. (Matt did warn me that easy access to wrapped presents might not have been a great idea, he was right. really I am surprised it only happened once)

On Christmas at her Grandparents, she had no time to unwrap gifts. She rips open the paper enough to rip open the side of a clothing box. she reaches in and pulls out a Minnie Mouse tshirt and sweatshirt set. She was very pleased!

Dorothy: she moved all the Hanukkah presents over so Santa could come through our fire place. All the Hanukkah presents are on the hearth of our fireplace and each night we open the gift designated for that night. this year since Christmas and Hanukkah coincided, we had everything out at once. Dorothy was getting ready for Santa Christmas eve and we where talking about where he would come in to the house and where to leave him his snack… and she said if Santa came through the fire place he would walk on the presents. So she moved them over out of his way…

Winter Wonderment, Still

The other day Dorothy exclaimed “Its snowing!” with so much enthusiasm that I had to laugh. Its the middle of march, there is several feet of snow on the ground. Just before she excitedly announced the snow I had thought, “ugh not more snow, when will winter end??!” with more then a bit of frustration.

On the way to preschool we talked about how the snow was fluffy. Her word. She has the ability to be so descriptive now. She was excited by the snow still which is kind of sweet. Back in December when the first snow fell it was exciting for all of us, and she has maintained that sensation of excitement and  enthusiasm for the falling snow. Its a good reminder. But still I really want spring to arrive and warm us up.

1 Year

At Eleanor’s first birthday party this weekend I commented to Matt “this is our last 1st Birthday Party” he laughed and nodded. Obviously with that comment we have decided not to have any more children.
It’s an odd moment, for the last 3+ years my life revolved around babies, having them, raising them. Now with my youngest child moving away from babyhood so will my life.

There are things I am going to miss about not having a baby, but my life will also start to get easier. Ellie is able to have whole milk, so there is an end in sight to pumping and eventually nursing. I am really looking forward to the end of pumping each day. As Ellie gets bigger it will be easier to go places do things, like seeing my friends who aren’t local, or going shopping.

I can really feel my life changing. I am going to suppose it’s for the better. Either way my girls are really amazing.

Been awhile… again

My life has been so busy!! I have been student teaching  (and loving almost every second of it!) and raising my 2 wonderful, beautiful girls.

There has been craziness… and drama (ugh! how I hate the drama!!) and fantastic events and moments over the last few months. To catch up we have had a roller coaster of a fall and winter.

Both the girls are getting so big it amazes me. Ellie is about to walk and Dorothy is 3 going on 13!! Ellie now picks up the phone and says hello into it, its so cute. she goes “hello, hello” and hands the phone to me so i can do it. and we play that way for quite a while. sometimes Matt and Dorothy join it, and its the whole family taking turns, lol. her newest thing is petting the cat, and she will follow the poor cat all over and reach for it, the cat just wants to be left alone.

And finally, the fall started out rough Ellie did not adjust well to being away from me for a long time, which was exaggerated by the bad situation we had with the babysitter. It was a disaster, she wasn’t taking good care of my girls and so just before Thanksgiving I took them out of her care. Unfortunately it turned out that she reacted very badly. Not only did she flip out and curse at me, accusing my mother of jeopardizing her “job”, and threatening us with legal action (although there was no contract and she was paid on a weekly basis) she spoke very badly about me and my children to all of our mutual acquaintances. Her child is in Dorothy’s pre school class and he now tells other children how Dorothy is bad and he doesn’t like her.(I feel bad for her poor children, being taught at such a young age to hate others)

I was unhappy that it did not work out, but as a mother my most important thing is making sure my children are well cared for when they are not with me. I have found wonderful care now for them (both girls are very happy with the new baby sitter) Ellie and Dorothy have had much better behavior and attitudes since the change in their care which indicates that I made the right choice…