Friday, February 7, 2014

a little bit of life lately

this week is bone chilling FREEZING. 
freezing as in when i look at my phone and it says 7 degrees i'm like "hey! look how warm it is!"

but last week there was a day that reached somewhere in the 30's i think with no wind in sight.
maxson and i went out and played and it was just so fun.
i miss just playing outside freely like that.
(his facial expression was the same in 99% of the pictures i took this day, ha)
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look at those lashes in the second picture, oh my baby
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i say "here, hold my hand" a lot because man oh man this boy is HEAVY!
now he reaches for my hand all the time
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but then this week we got a big huge fun snow storm finally!
with that snow storm brought the oh so freezing weather though, it's so cold you don't even want to go play in the snow :(
first we brought the snow in to play with for a little bit.
then we ventured out!
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do you see casey's trash bag to cover up his boot?
ha, i was laughing so hard at that.
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our friends joined us during the storm too!
we have the tiniest and shortest of hills on one side of our building and used that to go down with the sled!
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i made some delicious orange rolls last week with this recipe
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and we're still making lots of pretzels these days!
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Soft Pretzel Recipe
1 cup water
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 T sugar
2 T oil
1 package yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)

put all the above ingredients in a bread machine in that order.
once complete, divide dough into 8 pieces.
roll out each piece long and skinny, about 16-18 inches maybe.
(i use only the smallest amount of flour when rolling these out, they don't really need it)
twist like the following:
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dip top of pretzel in a small bowl of 1/2 cup water + 1/2 T baking soda.
season with coarse salt, let rise 20 min.
bake at 450 or 425 for 7-8 min (different temperatures almost give different types of pretzels).
onc they come out of the oven, take a cold stick of butter and "paint" the top of each pretzel.
enjoy with whatever pretzel dippings you like.

the more i've made them the easier they've gotten for sure!

ps- a friend shared this article on Facebook about reconsidering sleepovers.
what do you think about sleepovers for kids?
my thoughts and views on sleepovers has changed a lot within the last year.


Brooke said...

Too bad you don't have your boot right now too... then you and Casey could be boot twins!! Miss you!

Cody and Camille said...

I must make those pretzels... like today! They are so yummy! p.s. The trash bagged boot kills me. p.p.s. I love that you all have matchy snow hats.... so cute!

Blair said...

Yay! Thank you for the recipe! I just bought a bread machine at goodwill for four bucks! I'm totally going to try it.

Lara Graham said...

Hey! What kind of bread machine do you have? I've been thinking of getting one because I just don't have the time to make bread from scratch week to week, but I'd love to.

Melissa Phillips said...

I saw that article on facebook too. I think, I went to sleep overs, I wasn't a member, we did lots of "naughty" things late at night but in the end it didn't kill me. However, now with a child of my own, of course you don't want them to experience those "naughty" things but that's all a part of growing up. Learning right from wrong. Having feelings of guilt or pleasure when you make the right decision. Agency. We teach them what we know and help them make good choices and try not to shelter too much. We can also choose who they are allowed to sleep over with so I think there is still some control. Those stories in the article were pretty extreme cases. Never thought about it fully until I Just typed it out wicked fast, hope it makes sense and I really agree with what I just wrote :)