Wednesday, August 31, 2011

two years ago...

Doesn’t sound like very long – 2 years – but it was 2 years ago this week that Jamie & I got married. A lot has happened since then, and we sure are thankful to God for blessing us with each other and we are enjoying life together!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mommy's little helper

Thad is turning into quite a helper! He loves to get the broom and carry it around--though it's a little big for him to control.

He likes to stand on the kitchen stool and watch whatever is going on. Here he is making sure Daddy got all the dishes really clean!

If he can get his hand on some neat kitchen tool, that will entertain for quite a while.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

visit to aviation hangar

A couple of weekends ago, Thad and I joined Jamie on a trip out to the aviation hangar where he works. It’s a 5-10 minute drive from where we live on the Centre. Thad was really getting pretty good at walking, and enjoyed walking around the wide open space, and pointing at all of the new things that he saw.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Thad has now decided that walking is fun, and so I've started to try to take him out on walks in the early afternoon...tire him out before nap time! He has quite a fascination with my keys, so I let him hold them as we walked down the road on our way home. I hadn't thought about it, but in the past when he has played with my keys, he switches them back and forth from hand to hand, examining them from all angles. Well, I was holding one of his hands as we were walking down the road, so he only had one hand free to look at the every 5-8 steps he would drop them on the ground so he could pick them up again with a different hand hold. He did this over and over (until I got tired of it and just picked him up and carried him...and then he could look at the keys with both hands). I thought either he likes bending over and picking them up, or he just wants to look and touch the keys from all angles, and that's the only way he could, since I was holding his other hand! Funny thing!

Thad...tasting the keys

He loves touching the camera!

big smile!


Thad eating his breakfast sandwich with a fork!

"I'm so glad I have a husband who doesn't mind being in the kitchen," I told Jamie the other day, "otherwise we'd see a lot less of eachother! Feels like we spend a lot of our time cooking."

We've done a bit of creative cooking over the last couple of weeks. Two weekends ago (July 23) was Remembrance Day (sorta like Memorial Day) so we had a 3-day weekend. I decided to do something special for breakfast, so we make breakfast sandwiches which came out quite well! Jamie made up the fluffy buttermilk biscuits, and cooked us up some egg in little round pans we found in our cupboard. I made some little sausage patties from pork mince and spices, which we topped with a slice of cheese and combined with the egg on the biscuit. Thad ate his with a fork, because it was too tall for him to bite!

Jamie likes to make plate-sized pancakes...and I'm glad to eat them!

This past Saturday we had our regular pancake breakfast, but with a few substitutions. We can't get buttermilk (and use powdered milk), so we normally "make" buttermilk by adding vinegar to the milk--our normal substitution. This week we had a couple more on top of that. Our store was out of eggs, so we tried an egg substitution recommended in a recipe book (baking powder, water, & oil). They seemed a bit more crumbly than normal, and not quite so fluffy, but still came out pretty yummy...for not having any egg.

We usuallly make our own "maple" syrup by bringing equal parts brown sugar, white sugar, and water and then adding some maple flavoring. Well, our stock of brown sugar is getting rather low, and I thought the price in the store was a little high to use it for just regular cooking--so we tried another substitution. We mixed white sugar with treacle (which I understand to be like molasses) to make our "brown sugar", before we used our brown sugar to make syrup.

None of these were too wild and crazy, but we felt like we were having a lot in one meal!

"maple" syrup made with sugar and treacle...and a little maple flavoring