Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday while walking my laps at the YMCA I was checking out the local facebook classified ads and found a deal on a Ford Ranger Pick up truck.  I took a screen shot of the information and sent it to Phil.  He called the guy about it and set up a time to check it out.  We picked it up today after Phil got done at work. This is Phil's absolute dream truck so he's pleased with the purchase.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Crazy Cake

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 TBL Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup Zing baking blend sugar substitute)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBL applesauce
2 TBL oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Add in the wet ingredients and mix until just smooth, don't over do it because it will turn out flat once baked.  Bake in a greased 8x8 glass pan or 12 cupcakes.  Bake for 35 minutes for a cake and 18-20 for cupcakes or until knife comes out clean.



This is my go to cake for Nora with her egg allergies and I've switched it to be a bit healthier and it turned out extra moist and delicious with the changes. I don't feel too guilty eating it or giving it to the kids either!

4.5 weight watcher smart points

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Warm Weather in January

Today it did not feel like January in Northern Indiana.  According to our minivan it got up to 51 degrees, I'm not complaining about it too much, though I would actually like to get some snow this year. This morning Phil helped a family from church cut wood to heat their home and this afternoon he installed new lights on the front of the house and above the driveway.  We had some but they didn't go with the house very well and were dim.  We got some that were better suited for the house and got LED bulbs including flood lights.  It is amazing how much brighter it is! Phil has become quite the whiz with the electrical stuff in the house lately, his specialty being replacing light fixtures.  He switched out the kitchen and dining room fixtures that have been driving me nuts since we bought the house. As a result of all of his manual labor today, Phil has been snoozing with Nora in the recliner in her room since he was "putting" her to bed around 8pm.  I did try to get him up but I wasn't very successful in the attempt and let me sleep on.

The kids loved the warmer weather and took full advantage of it to play on the tricycles, playset, with shovels and balls.  Nora even got to really enjoy the playset for the first time today. That little punk even learned how to climb the ladder all on her own!
Getting ready for the first time down the slide!

Pete's turn!

Pete was dying to play baseball.  He kept asking me how to hold the bat correctly.  Sorry kid, baseball is not my sport about all I managed in gym class was a bunt

She made it to the top all on her own!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Box of Fun!

Pete loves playing with boxes.  Mostly he builds and cuts them, personally my hand ache thinking about cutting a thick cardboard box with nothing but safety scissors but he somehow does it, and rarely complains.  He currently has a race car (hot buttered lightning) a space ship and now his transformer suit.  
Nora also got involved in the fun and tried it out as well.  She wasn't so sure about it, but because Pete was having so much fun, she kept thinking she would enjoy it more.  I love that these two can have so much fun with the most basic of things!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pete's Alphabet...so far

The main focus for Pete's preschool this year has been on the alphabet.  Pretty much every week they have a new letter they are working on, this week it is O.  Pete thinks it is great fun and most of the activities go along with the letter, even the snack.  We were in charge of snack for the letter N week, we brought Navels and Fig Newtons.  Pete has had a blast this year and loves his "new" teacher, she has been there for most of the year now.


C hasn't been located yet.  But I'm still digging through the box to see if I can find it.