Showing posts from November, 2007

Molasses Cookies

Grandma Phyllis' recipe. Yum! But don't eat more than four because the molasses has a laxative effect.
1-½ cups sugar
¾ cups shortening
3 eggs
¾ cup light molasses
4-½ tsp baking soda
1-½ tsp ginger
1-½ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp ground cloves
¾ tsp salt
5¼ cups flour
*Mix well and chill. Roll into balls and smoosh with glass. Bake at 350˚ for 10 minutes. Frost while warm.

1 stick butter
¼ cup Crisco
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
*Beat together adding 2-4 tsp milk until desired consistency.

Coming to Terms with My Addiction

Look what I accidently ran over with my car. Maybe God is trying to tell me something.


One of the nice things about scaling down for Christmas is that I have very few gifts to buy. Allan is the only one who will be buying me a gift this year but since my birthday is December 30th I like to put together a nice list so he'll have lots of specific ideas. If only he'd reciprocate before December 24th at noon!

Retail Exile Days 2, 3 and 4

I had to fight the urge to go to Target yesterday. Last week I was looking for a barstool and I had to go to three different Targets in 2 days. I didn't find the other barstool but I did manage to spend at least $35 per trip. It's the Target tax. I drop at least $30 when I walk through the door.

And as for Christmas shopping, I stopped at a Hess gas station and picked up toy trucks for my nephews for Christmas. That doesn't count as retail, does it? As long as I'm not pushed, shoved or poked by another shopper I think not.


Shopping with someone else's money is so much fun! Here's what Grandpa & Grandma are getting the boys for Christmas.

He Walks

Check Check Check

Grandpa and Grandma taught Alex to tie his shoes. He can even do double knots.
David started walking officially today. Before church he took at least 10 steps on 3 separate occasions. And just now he walked down the entire length of our upstairs hallway.
AND! Since I have the day off Allan is painting the bathroom and will hopefully have time to reinstall the toilet and sink and put together our hall closet. No more toilet on the porch.

Retail Exile Days 1 and 2

No complaints so far. We went to Plimoth Plantation on Friday and I only stepped into a gift shop to warm up. I didn't buy anything. Today I worked. I may get cancelled tomorrow and I have to stop by Costco to pick up a cake so we'll see if I can avoid buying anything there.

Happy Thanksgiving


Patient Returns Demonstration



David's surgery went well. The only bad part was that he was pretty upset when he woke up from the anesthesia. He just kept crying and crying. Which is common. But a nurse pushed us out the door, claiming he'd be much better out of the hospital environment. We almost bought her explanation until just before the door swung shut Allan heard her announce, "Thank God!" to our backs. I'll be putting that in the patient satisfaction survey!


Me (to Allan): Don't let me forget to not give anything to David tomorrow morning (before his eye surgery). He has to be NPO.
Alex: He has to be empty oh!?

Happy Birthday, Gage!

He's 4 going on 14.


Roast Turkey
Cornbread Stuffing
Mashed Potatoes
Giblet Gravy (Maybe. I've always been afraid of the giblets)
Crusty French Rolls
Cranberry Sauce
Butternut Squash Puree
Spanish Green Beans
Pumpkin Pie
Cherry Pie


I just picked up 12 Bath and Body Works hand creams for my coworkers for Christmas for $40. They currently have their signature collection on sale 5/$25. Put six of the selected products in your cart. Use the code FROSTY to get all six for $20 plus free shipping. I did that twice. Pretty damn sneaky. Allan is getting irresistable apple in his stocking.

Tis the Season

I had my first gingerbread latte of the season today. Here we go!


*We got the title to the Pilot in the mail. For the first time in our married lives we own both vehicles. Let's see how long it lasts.
*David pooped in the tub for the first time. On Allan's night. Way to go, David!


I'm done with my Christmas shopping! I picked up stocking stuffers today. The boys are getting what I posted below plus a gift from Allan and a gift from eachother. And now I can avoid all retail outlets (except the grocery store and CVS) until boxing day. Oh, I will need to return some things to the Container store and get a burrito at the place next door while my mom is here. And take her to Costco for $1.50 hot dog and coke. But that's it! Hooray!

All Smiles On the Last Day of Music Class


Chuck E Cheese

Yesterday we met our friends at Chuck E Cheese. Here's David cheating at skee ball and Alex feeding his hard won tickets into the ticket counter.


Could you come here and teach Alex to tie his shoes, David to walk, Nugget to ring bells to go outside (like Stella), catch me up on my laundry nightmare and then take me to Legal seafood for dinner? Because I only ask for things that I really need.


I hate a cluttered sink area. I have this but we don't use lotion at the sink so I was looking for something smaller.

I was so pleased with myself when I found this online. I bookmarked the site and waited until the kitchen was almost done. When the time came I spent $25 and had it shipped. But when I set in on the sink it looked terrible. The white ceramic clashed with our cream cabinets and the shiny metal clashed with the brushed metal of our sink and faucet.
I found this at Bed Bath & Beyond and it seemed great, you pump the pump for hand soap and for dish soap you turn the base to open the hole and squeeze. Except the remaining drop of dish soap wouldn't come out until hours later, right onto the counter top or if you sprayed water up it's butt to clear it before setting it down the water would leak all over.

So now I'm going with this look unless you are like me and have way too much time on your hands even though you have at least 15 loads of laundr…


I hate it when I click on the text below a picture that says 'click for larger image' and it opens a larger window with the same size picture. Grrr!

November Ninth (Or, Why We're not Having Chicken & Crackers for Dinner)

So the flame on the stove was very powerful. It was blackening the sides of our pots. We had the salesman come out. Turns out we need a propane conversion kit and in the meantime it's not safe to use. So we wait.

Fortunately the oven is electric. So while we won't be having Allan's favorite birthday dinner we will be having Aunt Elda's Chocolate Cake afterwards.

Happy Birthday, Dear.

From David's Baby Book


Christmas Shopping: David


Christmas Shopping: Alex


Channeling My Dad

Today I took a reluctant David to the Lowell National Historical Park. We toured the visitor's center and then the Boott Mill. The curator warned us that the operating mill room was very loud and if the little one didn't like it I could view it from above. David loved the mill room. He imitated the sounds and rocked back and forth in my arms. I feel relieved to have been there after living nearby for so long.

There is no way my Dad would have lived near a museum or historical site for over six years and not have toured it in depth. In fact, while travelling, if we were within 500 miles of anything even remotely interesting (to him) he considered it close enough not to miss. After I moved away when he would visit he would take Allan and I exploring in our new home. I wonder if he's discovered all that heaven has to offer.

Flunked out on Day 6

Sorry. We are staying in a hotel while our floor dries with it's final coat. I intended to post something last night using Allan's laptop but Alex was trying to sleep and David was trying to sleep and even reading my book was disturbing them. So I'm stealing a few minutes from the library while David plays with the doll house.

We ended up in a different hotel because the nice, new one we were in last time was full. The current one is old and the advertised swimming pool is an outdoor pool. And the breakfast is quite possibly the lamest continental breakfast I've ever seen. Nasty fruit cups, plain oatmeal only, hardboiled eggs and cereal cups. Tomorrow David and I are going to Ihop after we drop Alex off at school.

Gotta run, story time is about to begin!


Alex went to the dentist this morning. I expressed concern about the 'serration' of his permanent teeth and I was told they are called mammalons and that they are normal but should wear down on their own. I remember Dr. Fishpaw filing mine smooth.

And, it looks like he will need braces. I'd better start saving my money. All that thumbsucking is coming back to haunt him.

Scissorbill out.


In: 0658
Out: 1938

That Extra Hour

I always spend my extra daylight savings hour at least three times. Today I left work late, in no particular rush to get home to my family. Then I gave Alex his bath since he and I were both too tired last night. I usually let Allan handle the boy bedding on the weekends because I'm too tired. Now I'm going to put a few things away in the kitchen and then of course expect to get some extra sleep tonight which probably means I'll have to hit snooze and be late to work tomorrow!


Poor Allan. I made a tiramisu on Wednesday. He's very sensitive to caffeine. The recipe has 1-2 ounces of espresso. He couldn't eat it Wednesday evening. He doesn't like dessert for breakfast* and he forgot to take it to work with him yesterday. Last night he was a very sad man. I'm going to eat the rest now. Sorry.

*Not even pumpkin pie for breakfast on black Friday. Crazy.

Casi Casa

Here are the latest kitchen pictures. Per Allan's request don't look if you'll be here for the holidays. We're getting close enough to 'done' and he wants to see your reaction in person. We have the tile backsplash, hanging pendant lights, glass and shelves in the pantry, barstools, curtains, paint and the final coat of urethane on the floor left.


I'm participating in National Blog Posting Month. That's right folks, a post every single day during the month of November. Suddenly I feel like I have nothing to say.