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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Cleaning!

I am so tired of winter and wishing that spring would come early this year. A few years back I would not have made that wish. I always enjoyed winter, cold and snow. Well, I decided to give spring a big push and do some spring cleaning. 
All this week we will be cleaning our closets, cupboards and storage shed.
I made one rule we will follow this week. If it has not seen the light of day in the last year it's out of here! The only exceptions I will make is for books, jewelry, my wedding dress and perhaps my husbands tools. I hope we will have lots of closet and storage space when I am finished.

Our grandson visited this week. Here are some photos.
Grandma, I need to fix something!
 My magazine rack must have needed fixing! 

What have you been up to this week? Are you ready for spring?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Growing A Lemon Tree

Just an up date on Growing a lemon tree from seeds. It has been about a month and I wanted to share with you how well the seedlings are doing.

Mid January
You can read the post about starting a lemon tree from seeds here.

One month later. February 25th.

Over the weekend I spent some time with my grandson Little Bug at the Build and Grow Clinic. We put together a monster truck. 

It was a fun learning experience for both of us. Have you ever been to a Build and Grow Clinic? 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Paleo Cut Out (Sugar) Cookies

As promised I am sharing my new Paleo cookie recipe I have been working on. It took a few practice batches for me to get the cookies the right texture and taste. They are not as sweet as regular sugar cookies. The almond flour gives these cookies a semi sweet nutty taste.
Paleo Cut Out Cookies

2 Cups Almond Meal Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/8 Cup Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
1/8 Cup Coconut Sugar ( or other sweetener such as honey or mayple syrup)
1 Egg
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
1/4 Tsp Vanilla
Arrowroot Flour as needed.

Preheat oven to 350F. Warm honey and coconut oil in a double boiler. In a medium bowl add the melted honey, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla, mix well. In a separate bowl mix together almond flour, baking soda and sea salt  Combine the dry and wet ingredients together mixing well. If the dough is very wet add a little arrowroot flour until the dough forms a wet ball. The dough will be wet and a little sticky. This is the character of almond meal. It does not absorb moister as well as wheat flour. Wrap the dough in cling wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 min. Once the dough has become firm it will roll easily. Roll the dough between two sheets of cling wrap or parchment paper. Then cut with desired cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 min. until edges are lightly browned.  I used small cookie cutters and got 20 cookies. 

This is a batch I made in my crock pot. You can read about Crock Pot Cookies here. Have you whipped up any special or healthy recipes lately?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Crock Pot Cookies

As promised here is the second half of our busy weekend post. Sunday's main event went down a lot quicker than our long Saturday. 
We were expecting our grandson Little Bug to visit on Sunday afternoon. When ever Little Bug stops over to visit he likes to have a treat or two from grandma and grandpa. I usually make him cookies or buttermilk biscuits. Both are his favorite. I do plan to share these two recipes with you all soon. They are very unique recipes as they are gluten free and paleo based. I made up the cookie dough and set it in the refrigerator to chill. Then I put dinner in the oven to bake. I decided to mix up a batch of biscuits to go with our dinner. 
Just as I turned to set the biscuit dough on the stove top to rise a loud bang came from inside the oven. A big puff of smoke came out the back of the oven. The control panel on the stove top went blank. 
Not sure what happened at this point my husband turned off the breaker to the stove and set about lighting the grill out on our deck. While my husband finished making dinner on the grill. I fretted over not having a treat in our house that Little Bug would be allowed to eat. Then I remembered seeing a recipe some where about baking a cake in a crock pot. If someone could bake a cake in a crock pot I figured I cold bake cookies in my crock pot. 
This is what I did. First I turned the crock pot on high(with the lid on). I found a 7 inch cake pan that fit nicely inside. I rolled out and cut the dough. I fit cookies in the pan. Then I laid three spoons in the bottom of the crock pot to keep the pan off the bottom and allow air to circulate under the pan. I put the pan in the crock pot trying to keep it in the center with a little space on the sides. I first set a timer for 20 minutes and checked often. After 45 minutes the cookies were done.  
Our visit with Little Bug went over perfectly. He had his special treats and I learned a new cooking skill. My oven is not working until now. We are waiting on a part that had to be ordered. Next time I buy a new stove I will not be buying one with a digital control panel. I will get an old fashioned gas stove! Lesson learned modern is not always great. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our Weekend Comes To An End!

I was so happy to see Monday come around.  Although we had a fun weekend planned it turned out to be not so fun. Sometime on Friday I realized we had a pipe leaking in our laundry room. I shut off the valve to our water line and figured the hubby could fix it Saturday morning.
Early Saturday morning Hubby got all ready to go into the crawl space and find that pipe. Now, I have been under the crawl space a few time my self and it's not pretty or easy. I am standing in the laundry room so I can hear my hubby below. I hear lots of muttering and banging going on. As we both knew he had to remove the plastic overlay from the floor boards and release the water that was caught in in the plastic and insulation. We had two layers of insulation put under the house. (Saves a fortune on the heating bill.)
Then I hear hubby getting very frustrated. He found lots of water, wet insulation and no broken pipes. At this point I do not like what I am thinking. Not in the wall! Please not in the wall. I send up a few prayers.
Then my dearest returns muddy, wet and wanting a shower. I can't hardly blame him. He tells me we have to take the wall out behind the washer. We move the washer into the kitchen. Then I cringe as he takes out the wall. I want to praise my hubby for his neat work. He was careful to keep the opening as small and uniform as possible. Now, there were three pipes in that wall! Not one of those pipes looked bad. I could see where the pipes go into a hole in the floor wedged between to very large and thick beams. While my husband checked the pipes he had me turn on the water. The water sprayed out from the hole in the floor that was between the two beams. The pipe had a hole a little bigger than a pin hole
I could see fixing that leak was not going to be easy. The leak in the pipe is lined up right in the middle of the floor. Not below or above just in that three or four inch thickness. That hole did not have much room. My hubby could barely get one finger in there to see where the leak was.
We devised a plan of sorts. I stayed up top and wrapped the pipe with my two pointer fingers. I used red plumbing tape. Now, hubby was under the house again. He put a clamp on the pipe and slide it up on to the red tape. While he held the clamp with his one finger I screwed the clamp while almost standing on my head. You see screw drivers do not bend and there was no space in that hole to hold it sideways. I think that clamp had a mind of its own. Just slipping, sliding and turning every which way. I stood my ground though bloody fingers and all. It's fixed temporarily until we get in to town and buy some pipe. It all turned out OK and hubby got his hot shower.

I have got another story to tell that happened on Sunday. It's not quite as exciting as Saturday but it is worthy of its own merit.
Can you guess what's going on in the photo below?

I am sure you know they are cookies but that is all I am going to say for now. I will share the rest of Sundays story next time. I hope you had a great weekend. Was it as exciting as ours was?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Busy Weekend Planned

We are going to be very busy this weekend. I will not be online much.  I have some new pictures of the grands to share.

Little Bug

Hmm, I think this is a rocket ship. 
 Please help me color my rocket ship.
 We are ready to go. Grandma can you push my rocket ship?

Brotherly love with Pooh Bear and Little Roo!
Sorry the photos are a little dark. They are still cute.

The girls love to dress up.
Sweet Pea and Pumpkin.
 Bat Girl
Zombie Girl

I do hope you all have a great weekend.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Grandchildren Are Growing Up Too Fast

Over the last few months we have traveled back and fourth  to see our grand children. You know I like visiting my grandchildren at any opportunity. From Thanksgiving until New Years we made two trips south to see our granddaughters and two trips west to see our grandsons. In between we visited with Little Bug who lives near us. I just thought I would share with you a few pictures of the grands and our travel photos. They sure are growing up so fast.

Out Christmas shopping with my granddaughters. We had to sit and take a break.
Sweet Pea and Pumpkin

Little Bug on Christmas Eve.

Pooh Bear and Little Roo out shopping with Grandma.

Morning Fog in the Appalachian Mountains.

High speed drive by barns.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Have you traveled any where lately?