Monday, March 30, 2009

Birthdays and Legos and Anniversaries oh my!

March was a busy month. Nomy turned one, Michael turned 6, and Joe and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. I cannot believe we have been married 7 years and together for 10! I have been planning our garden and enjoying the sunny weather when it comes. April is coming which in our family means birthday season. There are at least 7 April birthdays I can count off the top of my head!

We had Uncle Terry over for birthday cake and dinner on Michael's birthday.

The chickens are all laying now. We regularly get 8 eggs a day and come July will be getting even more once the others start laying. We have started selling eggs and have someone coming weekly to pick up. Aren't they so pretty!

Michael recieved a bunch of Lego's for his birthday and this is a Mars Mission umm alien thingy. He was very proud to finally get it all put together! Look at his face, such excitement!

Nomy is now walking more than crawling. It is really cute to see her toddling all over the house.
Michael had a birthday party and invited some of his friends. He only wanted to invite C, G, and N but I told him their sisters would most likely come too. lol
One night after dinner (an early 5 o'clock dinner at that) I was loading the dishwasher while Nomy finished eating only to look over and see this. lol

Bread Recipe

I keep getting comments and emails to share my bread recipe. First I will say it is not my recipe. :) I found it on someone elses blog (drawing a blank on who???) and tried it out. Now I just want to say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. It is so easy. It requires no kneading and it keeps in the fridge for a few weeks, that is if it lasts that long. We have yet to make it three days with a batch of this bread. I love that I can make so many different things with this one recipe by just adding different ingredients. I have made Naan, dinner rolls, sandwich buns, loaves, cinnamon rolls, and even made it in a loaf pan for white sandwich bread. I also use the whole wheat recipe, which is several pages in to the article. I make at least 2 or 3 batches of ww dough a week and we use it for toast, sandwiches, everything. I do find that I get less loaves per batch but I make them really big. :) So no more from me here is the recipe:

Okay just a little more from me. The article suggests reading the whole article/recipe before you start. Take their advice. lol There are lots of tips in there on how to handle this gooey, sticky mass of runny wet dough. It took me several batches before I understood how to shape the loaf. The ww dough is even wetter! Each recipe has a different technique on how to do it, well the artisan loaf and the ww anyway. I have not made the other recipes just made variations of my own. So go enjoy some fresh bread!

Today's loaves of ww sandwich bread baking in the oven

Tonight's sandwich rolls rising for Salmon sandwiches.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Michael!!

Happy Birthday Michael! I cannot believe you are 6. You have grown into such a wonderful person. You are everything boy and love to run, jump, build, and play rough. You are also very kind and gentle when you need to be.

One day old

Yes thats you in your sisters pink pajamas at about 6 months old.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Birthday girl, chicks, and baking day

Small update for March. We had to build a second fenced area for the chickens. They used to come out and free range all over the yard but the poop was just too much. We realized Naomi cannot even crawl around the backyard this spring unless we somehow get rid of the poop. So fence it was. We will figure out how to move this every so often or split it in two so that they can have a fresh area all the time.

The coop, run, and new fence.

Chicken bottoms. Don't try to take their picture when you just threw them a bunch of scratch. lol

Baking day. This is a no knead 5 minute artisan loaf. You can refridgerate it for up to 3 weeks and we get about 3 loaves in the batch. It says 6 but we make large loaves I guess. It takes about 5 minutes to mix and then you let it rise and then in the fridge it goes. I have also made Naan, rolls, and cinnamon rolls out of this dough. Yummy!

Pancakes for the freezer.

A busy baker making cookies.

The pancake flipper.

The painter

Nomy's first birthday. We had dinner and cake. Look mom I'm one! Really its look at this sugary slimy stuff, should I eat it?

Her first cake, carrot with cream cheese frosting.

The baby chickens getting out while I cleaned the brooder.

This is Michael playing the drum set he created the other day.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Naomi

I cannot believe she is already one year old. This year has flown by! Her first year went so much quicker than any of the other kids it seems.

Naomi we thought you were a boy and I was so excited and surprised when you came out and your big sister announced you were a girl! You are so little (the smallest of all the kids we think) and have no fear. I am constantly finding you inside or on top of things. You can climb on and off the beds, the couch, and yesterday I found you in a stock pot in the kitchen. You say mama and dada but don't really have a need for other words. You sisters and brothers talk so much for you. You have gone from rolling, to crawling, to standing, to yesterday walking about 9 steps across the room. Soon you will be running wild and I will be exhausted from chasing you. I am so blessed that God gave you to us and cannot wait to see what year two brings us.

Happy Birthday Naomi (aka Nomy)

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