Thursday, March 31, 2011
RAVEN is one of Alaska's homeschool programs that are state funded. Their local branch is kind enough to occasionally invite us "independent homeschoolers" to activities, and I took them up on it.
Here they are getting their "pre-game briefing."
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This week's "Carnival of Homeschooling" is being hosted at Consent of the Governed.
The hostess was so very kind, and highlighted my daughter's graduation at the start of the carnival. Thank you so very much!
Stop on by and meet lots of homeschoolers -->> Carnival of Homeschooling - The Homeschool Journey Edition
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
What you couldn't really see from the pictures, was that it was of a giant peacock. You can NOT miss this shop when you drive down the street. I have seen it a few times, and after utilizing their mural for my own use, decided to go inside.....
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I spent a great deal of time going back and forth in my mind if this was a switch I wanted to actually go through with. My neighbor "Mrs. Q" had gone and bought her own Pro 600, and I borrowed it to make my bread and see if it did an acceptable job. I thought that it did, so I went ahead and jumped in with both feet.
One night I put my Bosch on ebay with a "Buy it now" price that I thought would be awesome if I could reach. Then I went to bed.
It sold before midnight at the "Buy now" price. Gulp.
So I packed it up and shipped it to its new owner...hoping I hadn't made a mistake. The Bosch served me well, but I felt I couldn't justify having two mixers and with our soon-coming move to Alaska, I was worried about even a single extra pound of household goods weight.
Then I went and bought this.
Oh, and by the way, gobs of bloggers will be giving away gobs of prizes....so if you love give-aways, you would love it as well.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
These are incredibly easy, and the recipe would be very familiar. It is identical to my Mini-Orange Cream Scones.
The only difference, is instead of using 1 orange, you would use 2 lemons. They taste like someone turned a glass of lemonade into a bread. Mmmm!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Well, last year, when we moved to Alaska, they moved to Germany. Shortly after they arrived there, they mailed us a package of goodies from Deutchland.
Well, they done did it again!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This was the first time my kids did both.
The big kids had fun too.
Monday, March 21, 2011
In that I almost had to call Roadside Assistance out. Well, actually I DID call them, but things were taken care of before my insurance company could even figure out what to do, or how to list it.
Apparently Alaska isn't just a state far away from the other states, but a foreign country....or maybe another planet.
Stop by and show your support for this "MilSpouse!"
Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.
For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays
Who might next week's Military Spouse be? Might it be YOU?
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Mocha Cream Pie
This uses all sorts of goodies.
First, before you make this dessert, you want to set your mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for an hour or more. You want them VERY COLD because you will be whipping cream and lots more.
To begin, line a spring form cake pan with parchment or waxed paper. I think the easiest way to do this, is take off the rim, lay on the paper, and press the side back down onto it and close it. Then trim off the excess paper.
Now, you want some crunchy chocolate cookies. You can really use any kind, store bought or home-made, as long as they are crunchy and not soft cookies. You could even use oreos if that's your thing. You are going to pulverize these in a food processor. How many you need, will be up to your cookies. You will want around 1 1/4 cups of cookie crumbs. If there are some chunks left, that is okay.
***Note: If you don't have a food processor, stick the cookies in a heavy/freezer zip lock bag, and beat them with a rolling pin.
Now, spread some of the crumbs into the pan. You want to evenly cover the bottom of the pan, and have about 1/3 cup of crumbs left over.
Now, in your cold mixing bowl, combine 1 pint of heavy whipping cream...
1 cup of Mascarpone cheese...
1/2 cup sugar...
2 generous tablespoons baking cocoa...
1 teaspoon vanilla...
and a generous tablespoon of instant coffee granules. (NOT coffee grinds.) Crush them with the back of a spoon, or if you have a mortar and pestle, take it to the granules. You want these to be tiny, so they will dissolve.
The last thing to go in the bowl, is 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur. This is one of the most well-known brands.
***A Note here....if you are set against using alcohol in a recipe, in particular because this is not cooked, or, if you live in a dry area where you can't get this, don't fret. Simpy increase the coffee granule measurement to 2 or 3 tablespoons, and that should give you satisfactory results.
Turn your mixer on low, just to combine everything, then crank it up and whip it good! Be sure to scrape the bowl a couple times.
After a couple minutes, you will have a thick, rich filling. You want very stiff peaks here, or the consistency of a heavy shaving cream.
Gently spoon about 1/3 of the filling all over the cookie crumbs, in little piles.
Then gently spread the filling out, pressing down as you go.
Now sprinkle on about tablespoon or two of crumbs.
Repeat with another third of the filling, crumbs, and final third of filling...and then a final sprinkling of crumbs.
To finish this off, shave some dark chocolate over the top.
Now, you are going to cover the whole thing with plastic wrap or foil, and stick it in the fridge. Or if you live in Alaska, and it is Fall, Winter, or Spring, you could set it in your entry way or garage.
Let this chill for 8 or more hours.
After it has properly chilled, you will pull it out along with a sharp knife.
Run the knife around the sides, and then remove the side piece of the pan.
Cut yourself a wedge...this may not be perfect, because this is a soft dessert, but looks don't matter anyways.
Printable Version: Mocha Cream Pie
ALTERNATE PRINTING METHODS: HERE
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
So, I have been playing around with it...I went and bought 2 books all about my camera, so I could learn the ins and outs...because the manual was tiny, and less than helpful! And it is VERY different from my old camera.
These are simply some random pictures....
Very first photos with my new camera, straight out of the box.
My son grabbed the camera and took a pic. I hate candid shots...I didn't even comb my hair!
Pine cones in the bowl on the table.
I think I hear it calling me in the kitchen.....