Archive | February, 2012

Snow Storm and a Wolf

28 Feb

A while ago we had a young family event out at our house.  We had about ten families come on a Saturday morning for brunch, fellowship and skating.  It was snowing which made for a gorgeous day.

While all the parents and kids were out on the rink we saw about 8 wolves head out to the left of our house and quite a way out onto the ice.  How do I know they were wolves?  you might ask-

Well, they were the size of deer but looked liked dogs.

When I ran inside to grab my camera there was only one wolf left, darn it.  Ah well at least I got a picture of one of them.  Unfortunately it was snowing pretty hard at the time.  I will just have to keep my  camera close at all times.  =)

Fabric Printing

26 Feb

It was one of those mornings where the kids NEEDED some structure since they were set on annoying the crap out of one another.  Okay kiddos- how about a craft-

I found this piece of fabric in my stash and saw that we had a few old apples.  Add some paint and we had ourselves a project to keep them busy for at least ten minutes.

Do you notice anything in the background?

Even the deer wanted in on the action.

I think it would be cool to make this into a valance on one of their bedroom windows.  Who knows if that will happen anytime soon.  What I do know is the kids had fun and didn’t end up throwing the cat over the balcony for entertainment value.  Success!

What to do with All that Venison

24 Feb


We live in deer country, and thus one of the most accessible, local, and natural meats around is venison.  Neither Caitlyn nor I currently hunt, but through our network of relationships, (i.e. the local wild game butcher who happens to be a good friend), we have been able to obtain a plethora of venison that continues to last us through the winter.  Admittedly, the abundance of venison in our diet can lead to a sense of food monotony, thus we continually look for new ways to prepare and serve venison.  Our latest idea:  Venison Fajitas.

I defrosted a few venison steaks and then let them marinade in a homemade brine consisting of hot pepper juices, garlic, salt, pepper, habanero sauce, and whatever else I felt like splashing together.  The spicy, acidic marinade added quite a zing to the gamy flavor of venison. 

Once my steaks had adequately bathed (after about a day and a half) I was ready to throw together the fajitas.  I chopped my green peppers and onions, minced a little garlic, and halved some grape tomatoes.

I let the green peppers, onion, and garlic cook for a while before adding the tomatoes so as not to turn the tomatoes to mush.  Meanwhile, I cut the steaks into strips and then added them to the skillet with the veggies.   As the meat cooked, I stirred in a fajita spice mixture to coat the veggies and meat.  Mine came out of a packet but in the past we have made our own with basic spices like paprika, chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and cumin.  Delicious.








Once the meat cooks to the desired level, simply plate the contents of the skillet into warm corn tortillas and gobble them up.  It really warms the innards.




Chocolate Mousse and Messy Kids

21 Feb

Place a half cup of milk on the stove until it just starts to boil. Set aside.

Place a whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then 30 seconds again.  It will be almost melted.

Pour the milk into the chocolate chips to completely melt the rest of the chocolate.

Set in the fridge to let cool, until it starts to harden a bit on the sides.

Whip a pint of heavy whipping cream until it is whipped =)

Make sure the chocolate is cooled enough and then fold the chocolate into the whipped cream.


This dessert takes about a half hour and is delicious.  Hope you give it a try.

Your kids will love it but you will probably have to give them a bath afterwards.

Memory Shirt and Bear

19 Feb

At the end of January, Jared’s uncle Brian suddenly passed away.  I wanted to make something for Jared’s ten year old cousin out of his uncle Brian’s shirts.  They gave me two of his shirts.

I made the first shirt into an outfit for a little bear.  Brian was a huge Chicago cubs fan =)

The second shirt I made into a nightgown for her to sleep in at night.  I cut off the sleeves and finished them off and also took in the sides so it would fit her better.

I hope these items help her remember how much her dad loved her and when she gets sad she can give the bear a little hug.


17 Feb

Here are some happy flowers to brighten up your day.

Jared got all his girls one beautiful rose for Valentines Day.

And he got me a kindle, isn’t he a great guy?

Unfortunately he just started reading the Hunger Games trilogy, so it might be at least a week or so until I REALLY get to enjoy the Kindle =)

Flower Girl Dress

15 Feb

My older sister, Courtney, was a flower girl for my Uncle Brad and Aunt Kathy’s wedding

and my little sister, Caroline, was a flower girl for my Uncle Bill and Aunt Karen’s wedding

We tried the dresses on the girls and thought it might be fun if they wear the dresses for Caroline’s upcoming wedding in June.

Sophi was in the one Courtney wore and Aleah was in the dress Caroline wore.

I will definitely have to make some major changes to Aleah’s dress because it is too big for her.

I am not certain if the girls will be wearing these dresses for the big day but they sure had fun feeling like little princesses.