Thursday, April 30, 2009

cream of asparagus soup

A couple of years ago my Mom made cream of asparagus soup and I thought ewww. But then I tried it and love it. Since asparagus is coming into season I had an itch to make some. My Mom didn't really have a recipe so I winged it. Here is my recipe for homemade cream of asparagus soup.

1 1/2 to 2 lb of fresh asparagus
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 Tablespoons of butter
salt & pepper to taste

Wash asparagus and cut off bottom 2 inches. Boil the ends in 3 cups of water until tender. Put them in an ice cold bath and then puree in food processor. Then put them through a food grinder, I used the baby food grinder, then mash through fine mesh strainer. Its worth it to get all the other stuff out.

Peal remaining asparagus and steam until tender. Put then in an ice cold bath and then puree is food processor and then through fine mesh strainer. Again its worth it to get the final taste.

Melt butter over medium heat and then add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and bring to a boil. Add asparagus puree and salt & pepper to taste.

Its not a super quick soup but I love it and its very good with some crispy bread or croutons.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dust bunnies

"Song for a fifth child" by. Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep.

This was on my Mom's wall growing up. It was a cross stitch that she made while she was pregnant with me. I love the poem and quote it often. Just thought I would share it with all of you.

But what I didn't know is that there is more to the poem.

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat- a- cake, darling and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard and there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


So, I had a full scale ultrasound on Friday and was able to look at all my insides. I saw my bicornuate uterus and both ovaries, although one was hiding so I didn't get a good look. When we were looking at my right ovary,(me and the tech) we tried to determine if we saw any possible follicles or eggs about to pop out and make a run for it. I thought I saw some, but who knows if there is an egg inside the little bubbles we saw. She was so sweet, truthfully it all looked like those ink blots that psychiatrist use, but moving. I hope there was something there, I'm praying there was something there that could be ours. I know God is faithful and so that is where my hopes are.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Much better

Feeling so much better today! The baked potato I had was really good and I haven't had any ill effects from it.

Went to Reagan's t-ball game today and was able to sit, watch, and just enjoy watching little kids be little kids. The other team's coach was a little over the top, with an actual warm up suit and a whistle. He coached an all boys team and wow you can tell the difference between little girls playing t-ball and little boys playing t-ball. The girls are picking flowers for their Daddies or talking to the boys when they got on base, or just twirling around...its so comical. Next time I will take the video camera and see about uploading it.

Today I'm off to the laundromat, because our washing machine won't be fixed until after May 21. I'm going to call the repair company and see if they have a machine that we can rent until ours gets fixed, its a long shot but it never hurts to ask.
I could go on and on about our washing machine and Maytag but truthfully I don't want to talk about it because I get all negative and I don't need that today. So, I choose to look at the beauty today and enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Er trip

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Morphine is good stuff. I had such intense stomach pain they thought it was my appendix, I had a fever, super pale, was extremely exhausted. They now think it was a viral GI something. They did x-rays and didn't find anything. Sent me home with vicodin and phenergen but I haven't taken vicodin.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Blast from the past

Today I was looking for some papers in my parents garage in an old filing cabinet and stumbled upon this here beauty. I was 9 years old and it was my first year in public school. I had a broken arm that you can't see, and was in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder hence the braids.

On the first day of school it was Stacey's birthday, a girl who would become one of my closest friends. I was sitting in the back of the class and her Mom was there getting ready to pass out the cupcakes when we started chatting. I was invited to Stacey's birthday party and it turned out she lived just down the street from me. I knew from that day on I would be okay.

My Mom is somewhat of a saver of papers and also in the filing cabinet were all the letters my friends wrote me when I broke my arm and from when I was Super Kid of the week. I'm glad my Mom saved those papers even if it does drive my Dad a little nuts.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

homemade dry powder laundry soap

I have shared with you all how cheap and easy it is to make your own homemade liquid laundry soap. Well, I have found something much better, easier, and takes up less space.
Its a powder laundry soap.

1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1 cup oxy-clean
1/2 bar of fels naptha soap
1/3 bar of Irish spring bar of soap (we have a ton that Tim doesn't use anymore so I tried it add a nice smell.

You can either grate the bar of soap by hand or as I recommend, put it in the food processor. Combine all ingredients in a left over can, like hot chocolate or a formula can (of course washing and dried.)

1 to 2 tablespoons per load.

I can't tell you enough how much I love the dry better than the there is a difference.

This is my friend Trudie's recipe, her recipe will last 6 months to a year depending on how many loads of laundry you do.

(1) 4 lb 12 oz box of Borax.
(1) 3 lb 7 oz box of Super Washing Soda.
(1) 4 lb box of Baking Soda (or 4 1lb boxes. I couldn't find the 4 lb box).
3 bars Fels-Naptha Soap.
3-3.5 lbs Oxyclean. I think the small containers are close to 1.75 lbs. I bought the 5 pounder and used 3 lbs out of it.
All items I bought at Walmart.
You have to grate the soap with a cheese grater (I use the grater blade on my food processor) and then I grind it up in my food processor.
Then just mix it together in a 5 gallon bucket. Use 1 to 2 TBS per load. I use 2.

Side effect

Well, I'm now taking the most clomid I've ever taken, 150mg. When I went to go pick it up from our friend Chuck the pharmacist he said, you know the "side effects" of this drug right? I said, you mean besides mood swings, hot flashes, and biting Tim's head off? Multiple babies, he said. I said really that's a "side effect" as if I didn't already know that. I told him we were hoping for just one more. As I drove off I instantly thought of Kate from Jon & Kate + 8, that is what she said right before she got pregnant with her 6 babies.
So, now I have on my mind that we could be having more than one baby. If we did get pregnant with more than one baby, it wouldn't change what we would do, but it would change our lives just as a baby would.
Right now it feels like my ovaries are going to explode...or its just gas. The hard part for me as I'm sure it is for a lot of infertile women is, you think if we get pregnant this time then the baby would be due ___. And pretty soon you try not to think that way....but secretly you do and its just to painful to admit it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dry spell

Dinner around here lately has been pretty dry. I'm not making my normal good dinners, with bread, and veggies. I have been busy with other things.

I've been busy with these little guys and making sure that they make it. So far we have, peas, gourmet salad greens, onions, basil, oregano, cilantro and rosemary. Next to be planted are cucumbers, tomatoes, chives and pumpkins.

I have also been busy on the military baby girl quilts. I don't need to quilt the boy one, which is a relief and now I can focus on the girls and making them especially girlie.

And this is where our normal dinners take place and as you can see it is being consumed by fabric, sewing and our baby garden.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter -- updated with picture's

Happy Easter everyone!

Baskets have been opened, Ditka even got one. Candy and cinnamon rolls have been eaten. Now we are getting all dressed up for Church and then off to brunch at my in-laws. I will post a picture afterwords, some of us are still getting ready.

Reagan took this picture of Tim and I, which is fun, because there aren't that many picture's of us together, but now that Reagan can take picture's hopefully there will be more.

What a wonderful day!

I will leave you with what Reagan said to us without prompting and without me informing her of this, "Mom, Easter isn't about the baskets and candy." Me, "its not?" Reagan, "Nope, its about Jesus dieing on the cross for our sins, so we can go to Heaven." Pretty profound for a 5 year old.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Reagan and her phone

Reagan wanted me to take picture's of her in her room, I think for posterity reasons. I won't post all of them because you would be bored to death. But here are a couple of my favorite.

This is Reagan at her little desk that use to be her cousin Meghan's. Notice her pink phone that really works, my Mom bought it for her from Pottery Barn kids, and it is a real working mini phone....just her size.

Pretending to dial & talk to someone. She knows how to dial both her Nana's and has a list of cell phone numbers of family she can call and boy does she call them. She often leaves very sweet messages that are priceless.

Lincoln had to get in on the action too, so these last picture's are of the two of them being kids.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

William the 9th

Here is William the 9th, my brother is William the 8th no joke. He was born around 1:30am after a long labor, a c-section was in order due to his large head (it runs in the family, Bill has a large head and both my kids had slightly larger than normal heads....I think its an Irish thing). Danielle is resting comfortably and they are all catching up on some much needed sleep. He is so beautiful, can't wait to meet him next month.

This is a picture Danielle took and sent to her family, my brother grew the mustache just for some picture's because our Dad had a stache just like that and so did Danielle's Dad.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Good Morning

I'm barely here. I have a sinus infection along with 2 ear infections and an upper respiratory infection. I'm on a really strong antibiotic and some cough syrup with some very nice codeine. My real problem is that I can't stop coughing, which is actually good because it is getting the gunk out, it just hurts to cough.

Today the kids wanted pancakes and I've realized that they aren't that hard to make. However, I ran into a little bit of a problem.....all out of maple syrup. I remember as a kid my Mom making homemade syrup for us, but for the most part we always had real Vermont maple syrup. I have a great Uncle who lives in Vermont on a small farm and he would occasionally send us syrup, but honestly.....once you have tried real maple syrup how could you go back? So, the only problem I have is that we use to buy our maple syrup from Costco and it was the Kirkland brand, so it was a nice large bottle......sadly they don't sell it anymore.....just a different brand in a smaller package that is more expensive.

I have a solution that I thought of just this morning, and I even tested it out this morning. I made homemade syrup for the kids and will save the good stuff for me and Tim.
Here is the recipe for homemade syrup for pancakes & waffles.

1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of water
3/4 cup of light corn syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of maple flavor (optional)

Combine all ingredients except vanilla & maple flavor in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for 7 minutes or until its slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla and maple flavor. Let cool for 15 minutes. Makes 3 cups and can be stored in the cupboard.

I wasn't sure if Reagan would like it, but to my relief she loves it. I even had some since we are out of the real stuff and it actually is pretty good.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

type, type, ding

My Grammy is downsizing to a smaller apartment and was going to donate her typewriter. Luckily for me my Dad asked if I wanted it and I quickly said yes. Isn't she a beauty? It even comes with a hard case for storage. In case you were wondering its a Smith-Corona, Classic 12, and its manual.

Reagan loves to type her name and Lincoln loves to pretend.

When you come to the end of page it even makes the classic ding sound, I love it!!