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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Bit of What Our Life Looks Like

The other day I walked into the girls room to find Charissa reading a book to Gillian.  She wasn't actually reading this book, but she was quoting it - and adding some great inflections.  

This look on Gillian's face is what caused me to dub her Senorita Suspiciousa when she first started spending her days with us.  She would furrow her brow and look at your like you were crazy all the time.  Such a funny baby!

And what was Verity doing while the other two were being so precious?  She was sitting in the living room crying because she couldn't get her size 8 foot into her size 6 pair of shoes.  To be fair, they were the most adorable pair of shoes she ever owned.  But they are WAAAAY too small now.  Poor little girl.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Making Your Dolls Modest

I ran across this blog entry Modest is Always Hottest and thought it was so great!  I never would have thought to draw on a modest bathing suit on the girls' dolls.  I know it might seem silly, but it bugs me a bit when I see these tiny naked dolls laying all over our house.  No one else gets to run around naked so I don't see why they get to.

If any of you are irritated by nude dolls as well, get out your sharpies and get to work!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Think I'm Turning Into Suzy Homemaker

I made bagels today.  That's right - made from scratch, cooked at home, bagels!  And they were delicious!  Beyond delicious.  It was a battle to eat just one.  I thought I loved bagels before, but man - it's a new kind of love.  Usually when I make something from scratch I find it to be comparable with the store version - but not bagels.  I think we'll be a homemade bagel family from now on.  Which suits us fine since some certain little girls think the morning is incomplete without bagels and at $4 for 6 bagels, their mornings are often incomplete.

Here's the recipe for bagels so that you too can enjoy the delicious aroma wafting throughout your house, and delight in biting into a fresh, hot bagel. You'll thank me later. (And honestly the hardest part was trying to get them all uniform in shape and size.)

Boiled Bagels


  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar


  1. In large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour and yeast. Mix water, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt together, and add to the dry ingredients. Beat with a mixer for half a minute at a low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl clean. Beat at a higher speed for 3 minutes. Then, by hand, mix in enough flour to make a moderately stiff dough.
  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes). Cover, let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut into 12 portions, shape into smooth balls. Poke a hole in the center with your finger, and gently enlarge the hole while working the bagel into a uniform shape. Cover, let rise 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, start a gallon of water boiling. Put 1 tablespoon of sugar in it, mix it around a bit. Reduce to simmering.
  5. When the bagels are ready, put 4 or 5 bagels into the water, and cook 7 minutes, turning once. Drain them. Place on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven, eat hot or cold.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

I Really Could Have Used This A Lot Earlier

I mean really - how confusing is all that?  True, most of us weren't tested on the Commonwealth Realm or British Overseas Territories, but there are still to remember.  If you want to see another example, I really like this one:

So much clearer than what I remember being taught.