Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here are some of the videos that I took & one that Raven took. We were out for about 45 minutes and picked up our friend Matt along the way. He went on some of the Kite buggy rides over the summer & fall behind the FJ and I seem to remember him getting hurt on those trips as well. All in good fun! Enjoy and have a good laugh on us!
well - here's one of the videos for now . .. . need to try another upload method . . . . keep posted
Luke's last run. Faces were freezing, toes & fingers were getting numb. Good times.
Luke was very proud of his & dad's work on the cars. They learned a lot for next years derby. Everyone was impressed with the Wii remote and liked the idea and story of the Cheese Wagon.
I think that is the wheel lubricant powder on his face? who knows.
The selection of cars that the Pack entered were cool.
Here's Luke at the moment of no-return. Once he handed over the car to race, that's it. After the trial runs and the Wii remote not finishing a time or 2, the choice to enter "Cheese Wagon" was clear. Many folks thought that the reasoning for the cheese was some relation to liking the Packers, which really couldn't be further from true. Really it refers to a bus, you know "the Cheese Wagon" :)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
If you will notice, the rope from the top of the tower, around the leaning pole to JB belaying me. We decided it was a good thing I didn't take a fall. Not sure how that all would have worked out.
Also, the long shadow of the beer can may be testament of the judgment that the manner of the rigging of the ropes was a good idea. Who knows. Nonetheless, it all worked out good. The tower is fun for everyone. The girls (Raven & Delia) like the lookout aspect of it.
Looks like Delia got to add her artistic touch to the tower one nice day last week. It's a great addition, in my opinion :)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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OK. No Problem. So I made Tender Pepper biscuits to go with the comfort food deluxe dinner at hand.
Papa took to teaching Raven the finer points of flouring, milk-bathing, dipping and frying the chicken. The following is what I picked up while Papa coached Raven.
Vegetable oil to cover fryer pan about 3/4"
2 cups or so milk
2 cups of AP flour
with fork, stir in the following spices:
Kosher salt & ground black pepper to taste and a hand full of "special spices" that Papa finds in the spice rack. While eavesdropping, I think I heard poultry seasoning, cumin, paprika, garlic salt or powder and a little of this and little of that (we'll have to see if we can get those from Raven or Papa)
dip in milk
back into flour for a good dredge
into hot oil
- now, here's a good tip: strain and keep some of your frying oil from one cooking session to the next. It's best to put it into a Mason jar and keep in the fridge. Mark it as suchor someone kindly cleaning out your fridge may toss it. Also, if cooling it in a mug, please inform anyone else in the kitchen with you what the contents of the mug are, for they should not drink or toss out. (speaking from personal experience on this one. I didn't drink, but did toss one batch ONCE at Meme & Papa's house)
Frying time ~
Serve with mashed potatoes & green veggie of choice (we prefer broccoli or green beans) and biscuits.
Mind you that this meal is only to be consumed upon occasion that you are prepared to work it off. There is no lack of caloric intake here :) but it sure is Yummy!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It was a fun night & good game.
Here's tip-off. We had really good seats. The kids never made it on the jumbo-tron, but that didn't damper their trying! And bonus - the Thunder won!
Here's the link to the rest of the pictures: Thunder Pics 1.14.09
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I don't like to make resolutions. It seems to me that when your “to do” list is called "resolutions" the significance seems to get lost in the expectation that they will soon be forgotten or broken - whichever the case may be.
I rather like to set goals. While working with my Brownie Troop on setting SMART goals for themselves and for cookie sells this year, I have been thinking quite a bit about the goals I want for my family and myself.
So here are some of my thoughts - I have been jotting them down on scrap paper for about 2 weeks now and need to consolidate before they get lost and fall into the resolution trap!
- Do No Harm
- Reduce the impact that our life has on Earth (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - sounds trite, I know, but we are really focusing and involving the whole family in the process)
- Know where our food comes from
- incorporate more healthful foods into my families diet (if they know it or not)
- Enrich our kids with the means of self-sustainability - in the kitchen, outdoors, wherever and whenever possible.
- gather all of the supplies and learn how to make cheese - good cheese
- begin the process of getting our own chickens for eggs
- set more SMART goals
- do something healthy everyday - for self, family and earth
Now that they are in writing out in the ether - all who know can hold me accountable. That's a good thing.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
For the Akins we are working on moving in a positive direction - in all areas of our lives. Getting healthier all the way around. I have a list of goals to post - but not today. Happy 1st Sunday of 2009!
We managed to all make it up with out any injuries or severe tumbles.
This made a nice spot for the kids to take a quick rest.
Here's a view from the top (well almost the top - the dad's didn't feel it necessary to trek us wives and kids the rest of the way) I can't remember which this summit is called - maybe JB or Ben can help me out on this one.
After the hike we hit The Old Plantation for a late lunch. We were all really happy with our meals. Felicia & I are big fried pickle (otherwise known as "Pickle O's") fans - we split an order of wonderful fried pickles. They had a bit of spice in the batter. Lovely.
JB and I both had Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and fried sweet potatoes - YUMMY! The sweet potatoes were crinkle cut and perfectly fried. The spicy of the sandwich and the sweet of the fries. I was a very happy girl! Everyone else liked their lunches too. It was a good day.