It's a new year. I don't do New Year Resolutions because inevitably I break them... and I have enough to worry about besides guilting myself with broken "promises". However, a general resolution I have built into my lifestyle (though I admit it is ALWAYS a work in progress)... is to try to do more healthy things for my family. Giving our girls a healthy building block from the start has been important in our roles as parents. Eloise's
(and now Audra's) food allergies have played a major role in that
decision... but in general, we just want our kids to be healthy and learn healthy habits. Of course we don't always do *the very best*. It's expensive and time consuming. Living on one income with 5 people is limiting in some respects. Cory always tells me when it comes to health and food, we will spare no expense - within reason, of course - haha! So I try to do my best to make things from scratch when I can. One thing that really bothers me is canned soup. Why is it that you can CAN your own soup at home with minimal ingredients, but what you buy at the store has more on the label than you can count on TWO hands? Not to mention the crazy names of things that are hard to pronounce - or even know what exactly it is or does. So, in an effort to cut back on canned soup - though we DO still buy some, mostly organic - I came across this CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP recipe over at the Heavenly Homemaker Site.
It has been my go-to recipe when I need a "cream of [insert whatever here] soup". I wanted to pass along the link so that you can give it a shot! It's SUPER easy to make. I usually make it while I'm standing at the stove doing other things and can keep my eye on it and whisk as needed. It can easily be frozen and thawed for a casserole or whatever your recipes may call for. Each batch makes approximately 3 "cans" of soup. You should check it out! While you're at the site, check out some of her other recipes, too!
Our Dinah Girl turned 3!
We had Homemade Birthday Ice Cream instead of cake!
Our homemade ice cream consists of milk, maple syrup, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Cory is always the one who whips it up and I don't know where he keeps the recipe (maybe in his head?). If anyone would like the measurements, I will pick his brain and gladly email them to you! :) It is simple and delicious! Great for anyone with an egg allergy!
Yesterday, while Audra and Dinah were taking a nice afternoon nap, Eloise and I
finished up her schooling and decided to surprise everyone by making
homemade graham crackers. She was at the mixer and I turned and stepped
a couple of feet away to grab the last ingredient to pour in... we were
chatting and apparently she'd turned to talk to me. When I looked up,
her eyes got HUGE!
Her little curly ponytail had caught in the mixer
and was winding around and around! I bolted to turn the mixer off (it's
amazing how easily you forget which side the on/off switch is on when
you're in a panic!). I could feel myself start shaking as I looked at
her precious, wild hair wound up in the mixer. I didn't want to call
and concern Cory (who would, without a doubt, panic worse than me)... so
I did what any daughter does if she is able... well, first, I took a
picture (of course)... then I called my mom. She got a little chuckle
in and then asked if I'd tried taking the beater off. (*FACE PALM!*)
Thank the Good Lord above... it worked! Very little hair was lost in
the process... Eloise was very upset and didn't want to continue or get
anywhere near the mixer. I hugged her, put her hair up in a bun and
assured her that it wouldn't happen again (I hope!) and we decided that
we'd go ahead and finish making the graham crackers. And while rolling
them out we only found one hair! Haha!! (Thanks Mom!!!)
Eloise is still pretty traumatized by it! She keeps apologizing! I
tell her that it was just an accident. I didn't give it a thought to
step away to the other part of the counter for 5 seconds since she knows
better than to stick her fingers in the mixer! Never did I think in a
million years that her pony tail would get caught! Lesson learned! And if you have daughters with long hair... take note!!!