Beach Day!

This was a great weekend!!  We took one of the days and got a way for a few hours to the beach.  We were able to convince the older two that they could take a break for homework and come with us!!  SCORE!

Playing frisbee - we picked up a friend to play.

Playing frisbee – we picked up a friend to play.

Kate loves the beach too!

Kate loves the beach too!

Gotta go in the ocean no matter how cold.

Gotta go in the ocean no matter how cold.

And stay there...

And stay there…

And stay there...

And stay there…

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More frisbee

More frisbee

One tired pup!

One tired pup!

Surf fun!

Surf fun!

We stayed way longer than we had planned, it was almost dark by the time we started home, but what a great time!  The older kids seemed tired, but ready to finish their homework once we got home – such a win.

Meet Gavin

Our newest addition to the family…a ball python!

Gavin

Gavin

I never thought that I was a reptile person, but after Baby Dino joined our household, it turns out that they aren’t so bad.  And when the 13 year old asked for a pet, then decided on this one, it was really ok.

Fancy Ice Cubes

My 13yo daughter still very much enjoys her American Girl Doll and we still subscribe to the magazine.  Well… in one of the magazines there was a “recipe” on how to make these fancy ice cubes.  We just had to give it a try.

Adding the fruit.

Adding the fruit.

First we cut up the fruit into little pieces and put them into an ice cube tray.

7up.

7up.

Then we added 7up to the tray and put them into the freezer.  After they were frozen, we put them into a cup of apple juice.  YUMMY!!

Cricket Keeper?

It appears that if you bring an alligator lizard into your home, and he is thriving, that he will eat and eat and eat.  In order that the proud parent of said lizard not have to go to the pet store every other day to buy more crickets, a “Cricket Keeper” was in store for us.

The Cricket Keeper

The Cricket Keeper

A Cricket Keeper is just a little plastic cage with dark tubes for the crickets to hide.

Gel like water.

Gel like water.

Of course if one is going to keep crickets as pets, one must feed and water them.  We learned that crickets will drown if given a bowl of water to drink, so they have to be given these little gel like things and that is how they get their liquid.  We also now have cricket food.

Looking for more food.

Looking for more food.

In addition to crickets, our lizard eats meal worms.  We place the worms in this little cup and he eats them at his leisure. Usually two minutes after they have been added to the cage!  Here he is looking for more food.  Never mind he just ate five meal worms – one right after the other! – a few minutes ago.

Oh, and now he has a name, Baby Dino.  How cute is that?!

He is growing!

He is growing!

This was super interesting.  It took him a few days to shed, but it came off all in one piece.  That brought about quite a bit of excitement in this household, I can tell you that!!

Baking Bread

One thing I love to do is bake bread.  And my family loves to eat home baked bread.

My very favorite bread making book.

My very favorite bread making book.

I bought this book several years ago and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Dough from The Master Recipe

Dough from The Master Recipe

There is no arduous kneading of the dough.  You just put the ingredients all together into the mixer, mix them up and set the bowl aside to let the dough rise.

Filling for Olive Bread.

Filling for Olive Bread.

Once the dough is roughly twice in size, a filling can be added (or not) and the dough can be shaped.

Olive Bread rising.

Olive Bread rising.

Peasant Bread and Olive Bread waiting to go into the oven.

Peasant Bread and Olive Bread waiting to go into the oven.

Cut and ready to be eaten for dinner.

Cut and ready to be eaten for dinner.

EEEK!!  It was all gone before dinner was over!

EEEK!! It was all gone before dinner was over!

For our family, those two loaves only last for one meal.  Guess I’d better get back to baking!