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2008 January 7 » Philoxenos

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And it all went downhill from there…

7th January 2008

And it all went downhill from there…

Dinner started off early this afternoon with the making of a loaf of bread in the breadmaker. About 90 minutes into the cycle I had a peek in the little window at the top and realised that it hadn’t risen. At all. It was sitting there like, well, like a lump of dough. No happy bubbles and barely even a yeast smell. I can almost guarantee it’s because I didn’t warm the water enough.

So, I threw it into the rubbish. By this time it was too late to make another batch of bread, since it takes three hours and it was already after 3. I threw together the ingredients for my fool-proof Bread Machine Rolls instead, knowing we’d still have bread in time for dinner.

The children spent most of the three hours from 2:30 to 5:30 crying. I have no idea why.

Handsome was coming home about 5:30 so about 5:00 I got the bread rolls ready to rise in the pan. No problems.

I was standing in the kitchen, mentally reviewing the ingredients for my pumpkin soup when I realised I was missing a key ingredient.

You thought I was going to say the pumpkin, huh? No, I’m not that lame. Pretty close, but not quite.

I was completely out of chicken stock powder. It is on my grocery list, which we tried to do yesterday with the three kids in tow, but we cut our losses about ten minutes into the shopping when the girls couldn’t stop fighting in the little car they were driving.

Chicken stock powder is an important ingredient of my soup and I knew that beef stock powder just wouldn’t cut it. So I’m standing there trying to figure out what to make. Anyone who knows me for a long time knows that I rarely have this problem. I’ve got oodles of ideas and normally have a menu posted on the fridge for the week and enough food to eat for a week without a problem. Folks, those days are over. It’s like America has caused some kind of short circuit in my menu-planning brain. And don’t even get me started on the supermarkets. I get lost and it takes me two hours to find my way out again.

I decided on this Stove Top/Chicken thing that I’ve made before and we all liked. Just meant dinner was going to be another 30 minutes away, rather than 15. And we were having carbohydrates with a side of protein. A very small side.

I got the bread rolls out, took the first one out of the pan. No problems. Took the second one out and the dough was still raw on the inside!! What’s up with that?? These are my fool-proof rolls, delicious every time. Except tonight of course.  I stuck them back in the oven after taking out a couple from the corners so I could give them to the kids before they started knawing on the table legs.

A few minutes later I pulled out the casserole dish. BURNT! It was burnt! At this point I wanted to throw the dish out the window and go get drunk to wipe out my memory of the evening. A few problems with that of course: 1) we rent our apartment and I’m sure our insurance wouldn’t cover replacing a broken window, 2) I don’t drink, and 3)even if I did drink, I’m just too cheap to waste money on an evening that I wouldn’t remember.

I looked at Handsome and said “Please go to Taco Bell and order me a Grilled Stuffed Burrito and a Pepsi. A REALLY big one. So as I type I’m drowning my sorrows with a Pepsi. And it’s not even diet!

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7th January 2008

First Day of Kindergarten

I wanted to commemorate Precious’s first day of homeschool kindergarten with a picture on my blog. I took a photo for our family’s memories which included a sign with her real name, but I can’t figure out how to blur her real name, so I’m going to include a picture I took of a craft/snack that we made.

We are using Five In A Row as our curriculum. This is a literature based unit study programme, which I’m finding very easy to use. The idea is that we read the same book for five days in a row, picking out different aspects each day. Because Precious is only four and a few months, we’re starting pretty slow, so from now until June we’ll do one book every two weeks, but we’ll only school three days a week, so I’m planning six days of schooling every fortnight.

Our book for the first fortnight is Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton. To go along with the snow theme, we’re going to study winter-related things, like snow and hibernation and ice. We’re even taking a field trip to the snow in a couple of weeks!

So for our snack/craft today I got out the large marshmallows, some raisins and pretzel sticks and the girls made snowmen. dsc00325.JPG

And we went ice skating! Cut out a couple pieces of wax paper and ’skate’ on the carpet. It was great fun and I could even twirl around. But once the waxy stuff started wearing off it wasn’t as easy.

After Cutie went down for a nap we worked on handwriting and math. Precious has been writing her name for several months but she uses only uppercase letters. She taught herself essentially so I wasn’t fussed about it. But today I started teaching her the lower case letters of her name so she can write her name properly.

And then of course we had to do a bit of M&M math as a reward for a job well done today.

And now Mom needs a nap, so I’ll sign off!

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