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Once upon a time, there was a cute, sweet little pepper. It was so cute and small and adorable that when the brown thumb gardener saw it smiling on its little branch in its little pot in an aisle at Lowe’s, she couldn’t help but to take it home. The gardener promised herself that this time, things would be different. She’d nurse and care for this plant until the pepper was ready to be picked and … uh … eaten. (She didn’t tell the pepper about that part.)

At first, things seemed to be going well. The pepper was as small as a marble, but it loved its Miracle Gro soil, its bright, warm sunshine, and its cool, clear water. Soon it began to grow. The gardener checked on it daily and was thrilled to watch it thrive. The pepper looked forward to the gardener’s visits each day.

After a while, the changes in the little pepper’s growth became less noticeable. The brown thumb gardener became a bit bored with gardening, and she didn’t check on the little pepper so often. Then the gardener and her husband started to build a giant playground for their little gardeners. The giant playground blocked most of the little pepper’s sunlight.

The little pepper felt sad and a little miffed. She wasn’t sure why the brown thumb gardener was ignoring her, or why she didn’t feel so strong and healthy anymore. One day she noticed that the stalk on which she was perched was sagging a little. Before long, the little pepper was resting on the ground – just a bit.

The pepper sighed and thought, “Well, at least this bit of ground is cool. It is SO very hot out here, and it seems I never get any water to refresh me anymore.” So she rested on the ground.

The little pepper did her best to continue to grow. She drew up as much energy from her little stalk as she could. But there wasn’t much energy to be had. And after a while, she noticed that the part of her that touched the ground was a bit mushy. She tried to ignore it, but the mushy spot grew and spread. The pepper figured she’d mention it to the gardener on her next visit. She resolved to wait patiently.

Many weeks passed before the gardener came to visit again. The little pepper tried to perk up and look her best, but it was no use. She could see the gardener’s look of disgust at the sight of her rotted flesh. Before the little pepper knew what was happening, the gardener snapped her off the stalk and tossed her in the trash.

The End.

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These are in no particular order.

  • Do major spring–er, summer cleaning. Clean and declutter entire house, especially closets and garage. Daydream about how nice it would be to park in the garage again.
  • Decide on the main purpose of each living space/room in the house, and have hubby arrange furniture accordingly. Change mind several times, and have hubby rearrange furniture accordingly.
  • Set up and organize school area for upcoming school year. Review curriculum and prep for first week of study, which will probably be here before I can finish typing this blog entry.
  • Start family on super healthy eating plan. Grow all vegetables organically in back yard. Stop eating sugar, starch, caffeine, wheat, gluten, dairy, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, pork, red meat, high fructose corn syrup, msg, and red dye #40. Munch on organic celery stalk and try to convince self that life is still worth living.
  • Pick one of the 15 or so books I’m in the middle of, and resolve to finish it before starting any new books. Try not to feel discouraged upon realizing that I’ve forgotten everything I read so far, and therefore must start back at the beginning.
  • Feel sick at the enormity of to-do list. Tear up to-do list, pack a basket of goodies, and take kids to park for a picnic.

I was inspired to make these delicious Valentine’s Day treats. The kids had a wonderful time, and they turned out to be quite tasty! Guess I should have brought out the camera while we worked, oh well.

This is how much laundry I have to fold today. Plus what’s in the dryer.

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The baby doesn’t want me to fold any of it, she just wants me to spend my day holding her and playing with her and feeding her and cuddling her. I am going to try to reason with her and reach some kind of compromise, but I have a good feeling she’s going to win. She always wins.

Uh-oh, I’ve angered her. I better go before she finds out I’m on the computer. Please don’t tell her I was here!

UPDATE: The baby won. I did not fold one single piece of laundry today. But I did play “peek-a-boo” and “bang the spoon” and “bounce the baby.” I marveled at her chubby baby legs and tickled her till she almost threw up from laughing so hard. I gave her her first blow-up-ducky-tub bath (will have to post a picture later). I watched Logan run around the house as “Quick Guy,” using his super speed. I sang silly songs and cuddled with him in the recliner. I tried my best to fill Carrie’s insatiable hunger for hugs… and snacks. I refereed arguments, witnessed a couple of touching sibling moments (“Mom, I made a loving choice!”), and I didn’t lose my temper all day. And I fixed the computer.

I think it’s been a good day, and the laundry can surely wait until tomorrow. 🙂

When I bought the kids their Wacky Zingoz plush toys, I never dreamed that Wacky and Wacky #2 would become their all-time favorite toys. Here they are, back when they were plush and fresh and clean and new.

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So, a few days ago, Logan decided that Wacky’s birthday was coming up. This past Friday was the big day! We celebrated by wishing him a very happy birthday, then we baked him a cake. Here it is right before it went into the oven.

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Later, when Dad came home and Grandpa stopped by, we sang Happy Birthday to Wacky. Here are a few pictures froom the celebration. Notice how Wacky doesn’t look so plush and clean anymore. He’s had the fur loved right off him these past few months.

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Wow, I just can’t believe he’s two years old already. My, how the time flies! 😉  Happy birthday, Wacky!

Here’s the recipe for the chocolate cake we made. It was very simple and was extremely moist and chocolatey. I recommend that you make some NOW!!! 😉

Double Chocolate Snack Cake

1 2/3 C. flour
1 C. packed brown sugar or granulated sugar (I used half and half)
1/4 C. baking cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 C. water
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 t. vinegar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 C. chocolate chips
powdered sugar

Heat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients with a fork in an ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Stir in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and powdered sugar. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter. Bake 35-40 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

From Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook, 1996.

YUM!!!

A while back, Logan used some of his birthday money to buy an Easy Bake Oven. The box says they’re for ages 8 and up, but I decided I’d just supervise like crazy. And supervise, I do. I’m embarrassed to admit that sometimes my “supervision” borders on “taking over” the project. I’m trying to work on that, I promise. “Hello, my name is Erin, and I’m a perfectionist and a control freak.” So far, he doesn’t seem to mind. He’s the kind of kid who doesn’t like to do anything until he knows he can do it perfectly. If he thinks he can’t, he wants me to do it for him. And sometimes I’m a bit too eager to comply. We’re both working on that.

But anyway, I digress. Logan had a packet of sugar cookie mix and also a leftover packet of chocolate frosting that was supposed to go with a yellow cake. We decided to make the cookies and frost them! I find the recipes quite amusing: “Add 3/4 teaspoon water to the mix and stir.” 3/4 teaspoon, really? Well. There goes my water bill… “Form dough into six small balls and flatten.” SMALL doesn’t even begin to describe it. Still, it was lots of fun and they actually turned out quite tasty, if a bit crunchy (i.e., overcooked – man, that is one powerful light bulb!).

Look how proud of his creation he looks! Yes, I made him wear the apron. 😉

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I have many, many things for which I thank God this Thanksgiving. In particular, I am grateful for all of my family and friends, my warm and cozy house, my kitchen that’s always full of good foods, my good health and the good health of my loved ones; and a lifetime of memories of happy, warm Thanksgivings.

God has blessed our family abundantly; I hope as my children grow, they will recognize His love and always remember those less fortunate.

I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. That means I have to make the whole meal by MYSELF.* How exciting! Want to know what we’re having? Of course you do, that’s why you’re still reading!

Appetizers:
Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Bagel Chips
Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Crackers

Main Course:
Turkey
Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Broccoli Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Red Cabbage
Corn Pudding
Raspberry Jello
Dinner Rolls

Dessert:
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie

This is pretty much the classic menu for my family. The broccoli casserole gets a little bit bigger each year, but it’s still never enough. My mouth is watering at the thought of all this food!

* Okay, not by myself. My mom will be here, cooking right along with me. In fact, she’ll probably do most of the work. And David always cores, peels, and slices the apples for the pie. But other than that, it’s all me.

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