Saturday, January 31, 2009
I am watching the children while Mom and Magdalyn are in town at the End of the Line for a girl's night out with the neighbors. I decided to take it easy and play an Odyssey on the surround system and set the four Rubbermaid tubs of Lego's out for the children. They're content to stay in the same room and all is calm and quiet.
This morning I had a chance to go to a Pampered Chef party near Karlstad. My main objective was to get out of the house (nice to do in January) and socialize, my other purpose was to purchase some rubber spatula's. The previous one's we owned mysteriously got scraped and chopped up, like it was jammed into the blender. Which is quite strange, since I am the only Pankratz in this household the uses sharp tools, other than Mom, whom I know would handle them properly.
I look forward to this Sunday with Potluck at church and a Revelation study later that evening.
I have realized how valued eating out of the house is, when your the main cook in the household.
The dishes may still need washing, but they are not so abhorring in another sink. :)
Getting together and reaping great conversations around a table with different people is pleasant, no matter how short.
God has BLESSED our food stock! On our monthly trip to Roseau, the local grocery store had chocolate milk expiring the next day, therefore making the price of the milk plummet to $1 a gallon! My mother purchased enough for us to have some in the fridge and a small(?) stock in the freezer. To have the chocolate milk, it is a voluptuous blessing indeed! We never make this beverage with the price of milk being extraordinary.
I have never had an interest to scan over recipes to just look, BEFORE.
Now, I am cooking and I LOVE to try new, good tasting meal ideas in recipes.
Is anyone out there reading this post have ideas that their family LOVES and is willing to share them? I would really appreciate anything!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
For my car I like to make something that will speaks a message. This one turned out really good. I saved four dollars on the car and used my old 'Larry mobile' ; took the wheels off, turned it over, sand papered it and made it into a bathtub! The edges, and faucet are made out of sculpey clay (found at craft stores). The clay that I owned was white and brown so with my left over brown clay I made gourmet looking chocolate. Yes, the chocolates are made out of clay!
Dad brought six of the boys sledding at Thief River Falls this afternoon. When they came back they showered Mom with early Valentine gifts. The most precious one that will be kept for many years was a love note. Almost 12 year old Rolaun wrote Mom a note telling her that he loved her and is SO glad that she is his mom. This is so touching and valuable coming from a boy who has had a tough beginning.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
We are so close to Grand Forks that it is already planned ahead of time to do our MAJOR shopping.
Think of it this way, what is your major shopping? Most likely you can double that (maybe even triple?), to get an idea of the sight our shopping carts looked like!
(Yum, I just had my favorite candy while typing this)
When we got home LATE last night, we were pretty tired, but with the tempeture SO cold most of our stuff could not stay in the van. So we shook up as much adrenaline as we could and put most of it away.
Long story short; this morning everyone put the rest of the stuff away. And Reuben just found my empty box of Turtles.
Due to the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act, I will not be able to offer children's clothing starting February 10th, 2009. In order to continue sewing for children, I would have to send each and every child's outfit to one of twelve approved laboratories in the US to be tested for traces of lead, costing hundreds of dollars per item. I am deeply disappointed about this and hope I will have the chance to sew for little girls again someday.