Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles

This is my Mom's recipe and it is sooooo good.

FYI--This is not a quick recipe, it could be if you already had the stock frozen or used store bought chicken stock, but truthfully nothing tastes as good as homemade.

Homemade chicken noodle soup:

  • Boil whole thawed chicken, add some onions, and carrots(you don't have to) also add some chicken bouillon cubes....boil until it falls off the bone....could take a couple of hours.  If you don't have bouillon cubes, don't worry about.
  • Strain and/or separate the stock from the chicken once it has cooled.
  • Next take out all the bones by hand....takes a while, this will also shred the chicken into smaller bite size pieces.
  • Add meat, 1 cup of carrots & celery give or take, 1 medium onion, and some garlic to the stock, salt and pepper if you want, maybe some basil, just taste it and see if you like how it tastes.  (sorry Kari I don't have the measurements ;) )
  • Cook on low heat for several hours.
Homemade noodles:  Click here to see picture's of what it looks like to make noodles when the kids help.
  • 4-5 eggs
  • about 2 cups of whole wheat flour or all purpose flour.
  • In my family we use a lot of flour so there is no sticking and we don't dry the noodles either.
  • kneed and then roll out and turning until the dough is thin.
  • If you have a pasta machine, use it.  It is way easier, just make sure you use LOST OF FLOUR.
  • If you don't have one you can roll the dough like a jellyroll and cut them into thin slices.  Again use LOTS OF FLOUR.
  • Since we use a lot of flour we give them a little bath in boiling water and then add them to the soup. My Grandma says its because she likes a thinner broth and it rinses the extra flour off.
  • Cut thinly but not spaghetti thin, more like fettuccine thin, because they will get bigger once you cook them.
Add the noodles to the soup 20 minutes before you are going to serve.

If you don't have time for noodles, just add wild rice, seriously its still very good!

Enjoy!!! Serves A lot!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Retriever iPhone app

I'm going to put this out here only because if someone else has to organize or inventory their child's classroom library as a project, this might help you. 

I spent the first few weeks of school gluing hundreds library card pockets into the backs of books and then filling out hundreds library card for Reagan's 3rd grade classroom.

When I asked the teacher if the system was working she informed me that all the pockets were falling out and that I needed to re-glued them.   

It was that evening after the kids went to bed and after I organized a stack of books, that it hit me.  Almost all these books have bar codes.  I bet someone already did this and there is an app or program out there that we could use.

After a little searching I found the Book Retriever app.  It only cost .99 cents so I thought I would give it a try.

I love this app!!

Using the camera on your iPhone/iPad2 it scans the bar code on the book, you can also find the bar code on the inside cover or on the back of the book. It finds the book in the database and presto. You can add students and they can check out the books and return them by scanning the bar code.

If the book does not exist, you can add the book manually.  Make sure that the ISBN number on the form is the same number on the bar code of the book.  Sometimes it only scans part of the bar code and only a few numbers show up, in that case you just might need to try scanning again.  If you enter the book under the partial bar code scan it won't later recognize that book and you will have to do it all over again.  When I have to enter them in manually I use my iPad2 with the keyboard because it is a whole lot faster and easier, especially if I mess up ;)

You can print bar codes as well.  The only problem I have is air print prints it at a high quality and it scans better with the iPhone when its printed on draft or a lower quality setting. Air print doesn't allow you to adjust the printer setting.

 Not all books have bar codes but they do have an ISBN #.

This book does not have a bar code but does have an ISBN #

This is my work around until apple adds a quality printer setting or Book Retriever changes the app.

This website has the EAN 13 bar codes that are needed to scan. Just type in the ISBN number and BANG, there it is.  Make sure that under the description it matches your book, like paperback, hard copy, etc...

 So I copied the bar code image by right clicking and selected copy image and put it in a word document that I set up to print 5160 address labels.  I print when I'm done with a stack of books, keeping them in order and scanning as I apply them to the matching book.

Screen shot of the word document set up with 5160 labels
The bar code on the inside cover.  Not pictured is it covered with clear packing tape to protect it from water damage.

Its a fairly new APP so you might have to enter in a lot of older books manually along with Scholastic books.  Scholastic books are somehow different and a lot of them have to be entered in manually.

Reagan's tiny private school doesn't have a school wide library, just classroom libraries.
I have been emailing and talked on the phone with Stephen from the Classroom Library Company, Inc. trying to resolves these issues. He has been very helpful and was rather impressed with my work around.  He might even have me do a write up similar to this one for their blog they are developing for troubleshooting and frequently asked questions.

Stephen was very nice on the phone and encouraged me to call if I had any other problems and I encourage you to call too.  I didn't get paid to do this or get the app for free.  Just a Mom who volunteers in her daughters classroom.

Hope this was helpful to at least someone :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trust and Obey

Last spring I was at the kids' annual Christian school track meet when I asked the PE teacher about returning kids in Reagan's class.  She shared with me about one of Reagan's friends who wanted to come back but they were still looking for some type of before school daycare.  I will be the first to say that I am not into doing daycare in our home just because I'm a stay at home Mom.  I know my own limits, and in my mind this wasn't daycare, it was just a couple hours before school starts care ;)  
It really was tugging at my heart, so I asked Tim what he thought and if he would pray about it with me?  After a few days, I asked Tim what he thought.  He said that I should do it and I felt the same way.  Her friends Mom is a single Mom and this was the only thing from holding her back from returning.  I felt God telling me that I should do this, but it was a quiet nudging at my heart.  If I wasn't really listening or paying attention I would have missed it completely.  But at the same time I heard God clearly at a busy track meet with hundreds of elementary kids running around and parents talking.  I could have easily dismissed it and thought no way, not my problem, or said I already have 3 kids, how could I add another one into the morning madness?
The following week I saw the Mom after school and came up to her and we started talking.  What took place next blew me away.  I said, I had heard that they were looking for before school care and she shared with me all the different options she had and her frustration of not knowing what to do.  I then told her about what happened at the track meet and how Tim and I had been praying about it all weekend.  She began to cry because she knew what I was going to say.  I told her that God told me to do this and that I wanted to do this.  I naively said think about it and pray, and without missing a beat said that she had been praying that someone in Reagan's class would be able to take her daughter before school.  She said she couldn't pay me and I said that is not why I am doing this.  But it works out for her to bring the kids home and truthfully I think that has been a bigger blessing for me.  I don't have wake McKinley from her nap, which when that happens she spirals into the meanest toddler who screams and cries at the slightest thing that upsets her.
God has brought us both to this place and I know that if difficulties arise He has already laid out the plan to resolve them.  I'm so glad that I obeyed God last spring, He knew how much we would needed each other.  Next time you hear God quietly nudging you to do something I urge you to obey, because God has already worked out the details you haven't even thought about, He just needs you to make that phone call or start that conversation or send that text.

"Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You." (Psalm 84:11-12)

Christy :)

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Zoe Vera

I have a new niece who was born a month ago. My brother and his beautiful family flew in to visit and show her off. Her name is Zoe Vera, Zoe is not pronounced with the "y" sound at the end.
We are all in love with her. Her big brother Liam has been having a great time playing with his cousins. Today we are headed to the pumpkin patch for some fun and then Bill (my brother) and Tim are headed to the sold out Beavers game in Corvallis. Happy weekend everyone!!