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Everyday dose of Reality

There are times that you have to dare to be different or in my case wake my family up when they raid the fridge.  I went to bake something the other day and my eggs were all gone, so I took matters into my own hands.  Funny how a Sharpie marker can change a person’s life and egg count.

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Projects & Recipes

This year before school started I decided I would make a ton of breakfast burritos for the kids to grab out of the freezer.  Last year, we made a ton of breakfast hot pockets and we ran into a few issues.  The main issue was our 12 year old eating them all before anyone else could have one.  This year I cooked everything up so we could make roughly 100 breakfast burritos.  Here is what we did to make mornings simple for us.

The possibilities of what can go in a breakfast burrito are endless. I scrambled up some eggs with peppers, cooked bacon & drained, then diced, hash browns seasoned with red chili's & onions. After cooking, dump everything together into a large pan or bowl, mix up totally. While mixing I added shredded cheese.

The possibilities of what can go in a breakfast burrito are endless. I scrambled up some eggs with peppers, cooked bacon & drained, then diced, hash browns seasoned with red chili’s & onions. After cooking, dump everything together into a large pan or bowl, mix up totally. While mixing I added shredded cheese.

Lay out your tortilla shells and fill, then roll closed. Put on a platter or tray, it goes into the freezer for an hour or so. Transfer into a sealed bag or container to store in the freezer. When needed heat in microwave for 2 minutes and 3 minutes for 2 at a time.

Lay out your tortilla shells and fill, then roll closed. Put on a platter or tray, it goes into the freezer for an hour or so. Transfer into a sealed bag or container to store in the freezer. When needed heat in microwave for 2 minutes and 3 minutes for 2 at a time.

 

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Projects & recipes

Over the last few days the kids & I stenciled our sidewalk that leads up to the front door.  We already know between snow & shoveling there is no paint that will stay and that is ok with us.  We used a cheap stencil and 2 colors of spray paint.  Once it was dry I went back over the designs with glow in the dark paint.  Get creative with your walkway.  We are stuck with concrete that won’t take stain, so the next best thing is an easy design painted on.

First you get a crew together.

First you get a crew together.

Next make sure you clean out the seams.

Next make sure you clean out the seams.

The kids wanted the seams darker, so we painted them black.

The kids wanted the seams darker, so we painted them black.

Lay down your stencil and pounce or use spray paint to get the desired color and effect you want.

Lay down your stencil and pounce or use spray paint to get the desired color and effect you want.

Try to keep smallish people and pets off the designs until they are dry. Good luck with that. To use the glow in the dark paint, you really need to apply it over a light color. Our colors were powder blue and white. Once it was set I outlined the design with a brush and glow paint. At night it looks cool to see the outlines glowing but alas, my camera is to old to capture it for you.

Try to keep smallish people and pets off the designs until they are dry. Good luck with that. To use the glow in the dark paint, you really need to apply it over a light color. Our colors were powder blue and white. Once it was set I outlined the design with a brush and glow paint. At night it looks cool to see the outlines glowing but alas, my camera is too old to capture it for you.

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Everyday dose of Reality

Sometimes the things you see as a parent are strange and scary.  We have a boat load of kids so rest assured I have seen more nakedness than any strip club in the world.  There are times that not only what children say makes you shake your head, but what you see forces you to do a double take.  The other day I was standing out in the kitchen doing dishes and walked out into the dining room to get a forgotten cup on the table.  Amethyst, our deranged fairy came into the living room playing with her remote control car.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a "moment".  I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

The deranged fairy loves her remote control car and plays with it a lot. Once again I had a “moment”. I never thought to question the contents of the car and after all these years, I should have.

Look real close at the car.  Can you see what doesn't belong?

Look real close at the car. Can you see what doesn’t belong?

Yeah, it's not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day :)

Yeah, it’s not every day you see a toad drive by in a neon pink & yellow car in a living room is it? I can only hope our daughter will get to expeirence the joy of toads driving in her house one day 🙂

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Adventures of Orthos

The new chick on the block is not a chick, she’s a dog and we don’t live on a block.  We actually live out in the country, woods or better known as the sticks.  Ok, anyway, the new female dog that came to live with us, her name was Jett.  What kind of name is Jett for a dog?  I have heard the kids I live with talk about a Jett before, and they pointed up in the sky.  The new dog does not live in the sky, she lives here with me in the house.  Well, and the cats who by the way have been helping to bring this little girl out of her shell.  Or should that be fur?  Back to Jett.  Her name is now Jez.  Mom gave her a new name to go with her new life, at least that’s the way she put it to me when she told me not to eat her.  Why does everyone think I’m going to eat her?

Jez is my age and I have to say she is teeny-weeny for a 3 year old.  Now, I have never seen another dog like me, I think mom calls it the German Shepherd breed.  I have no clue what this “breed” means or is.  Anyway, she does not look like me, HA HA HA, no sir-E.  When we stand next to each other it looks like a bull next to a lamb.  And can I just say, for the first 3 or 4 days she was a timid little thing.  The very first day she was here and stayed, that girl tried to bite me. I don’t know who she thought she was messing with but my mom has taught me manners and this chick needed to learn some.  I’m sure she used to run her old house, but this is my place.  I am accountable for every thing and living person or creature who lives here!  I told her that if she is staying here and running with me, she is going to be running (cause mom has a LOT of kids)and working.  She gave me attitude!  She gave Mr. Tom attitude!  And we put her in her place!!  After a few days I started her training and when she is wrong, I headbutt her.  Jez gets raight back on track and follows.  I know it is going to take some time for her to get it and fall in line with our job, but we have to start somewhere.  She is smart and learns quick, just still a little shy.  Each day she gets better and more outgoing, which is what she needs to be around here.

She is pretty, but she came with this cage. I have only seen birds in cages.

She is pretty, but she came with this cage. I have only seen birds in cages.

Look at that goofball face. I told her we are protection dogs, we are babysitters for the kids and farm animal protectors. How the heck is she gonna do that from a bird cage? Needless to say from the moment her cage was set up, she has not been in it. Dad needs to take it down now.

Look at that goofball face. I told her we are protection dogs, we are babysitters for the kids and farm animal protectors. How the heck is she gonna do that from a bird-cage? Needless to say from the moment her cage was set up, she has not been in it. Dad needs to take it down now.

Jez has been here for a week now and she only has a few flaws that I have found so far, other than that, she is moldable.  She loves water, loves to swim, but her choice of what water leaves a lot to be desired.  Mom took us on a walk down to the lake and Jez jumped off into the marsh.  The stinky, swampy, gross marsh and then she rolled around in it splashing! I barked at her once and walked back to the house growling about how she was going to get my house all smelly.  She came  in the backyard with leaves and twig stuck to her back, girl has no shame when it comes to water.  And holy cats (no offense Mr. Tom & LuLu) she smelled to high doggy heaven!  Now when she goes to the lake, if she marsh jumps, she swims in open water before she is done so she doesn’t smell as bad.  See she is teachable 🙂

Yesterday mom and dad were tired of walking Jez on her leash to go to the bathroom and were hoping it has been long enough to try to train her without the leash.  The goal is for her to stay in the yard, not like we don’t have more than enough yard or woods to run in you know.  Jez did well, but dad made me stay inside while he trained her.  Once again, worried I’ll eat her.  I bet she is gamey tasting, cause she is smaller and bony.  When she first came the lady that brought her said “she doesn’t eat much”, boy was that lady WRONG.  Turns out Jez doesn’t just nibble, this girl will eat the entire bowl of food and the flooring.  I have high hopes she will fill out like me.  Jez will work out just fine here with me, and she thinks I’m sexy, which is always a good thing.  This morning mom and dad took us out together in the backyard for a run.  Boy she sure can run!  Not as fast as me, but it is nice to have a friend to play with and RUN!!!!

Me and dad.

Me and dad.

Jez on the left, look how small she is compared to me HA HA HA

Jez on the left, look how small she is compared to me HA HA HA

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Running freeeeeeee

Running freeeeeeee

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Someone said smore's right?

Someone said smore’s right?

Time to get my smore on, bring out the kids!

Time to get my smore on, bring out the kids!

Now that Jez has loosened up, time to teach her how to partol the yard & woods.  She is doing pretty good in the house with it, but we have a lot of yard to check.

Now that Jez has loosened up, time to teach her how to patrol the yard & woods. She is doing pretty good in the house with it, but we have a lot of yard to check.

 

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Everyday dose of Reality

I opened an in-house candy store yesterday.  Trying to teach little kids to save or how to spend their money wisely is extremely hard with older kids.  The other day at the grocery store I notice how the kids flocked to the candy machines at the front of the store, before we even shopped.  An idea came to mind!  I bought a bunch of different kinds of candy in bags for the house.  Once I got home I pulled out this cabinet thing I had in one of the rooms.  I filled it with different candies and put it in my office along with my change tin I keep.

I rotate candy or add new stuff, you know to make it exciting for them.

I rotate candy or add new stuff, you know to make it exciting for them.

I was tired of giving them an allowance for their chores and the money just being wasted or flat-out gone.  So the idea is that now they can buy a gumball for a penny or a sucker for a nickel at home.  The money collected from the candy store goes into the tin and is reused for their next allowance … or into their bank accounts split evenly among the kids.  I am hoping that by doing this, when we go to the store they are dulled to items there.  I have noticed over the past few days of running the store, they think more about what they want to buy.  Next trip to the grocery store I will let them pick out the types of candy to put in our home store.  Maybe that will also help, we will see.  So far it has changed them and how they look at money.  You just never know when I might put 2 chocolate bars in the store and they will have to save fifty cents up for one.  At least they are being a bit more strategic and there had been more sharing happening.  This is a good thing 🙂

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Adventures of Orthos

The other day my mom and dad had some friends over for a cookout, that is what they called it anyway.  Dad wheeled this big silver thing from the back patio to the front yard, because it is closer to the kitchen.  I love the kitchen, all the yummy stuff is kept there like all my Orthos treats.

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This is the big silver thing dad drug to the front yard.  It has a HUGE mouth on it!  Also, the thing crackles and sizzles, but doesn’t smell too bad.  OK so I was drooling.  Here’s the thing though … dad opened its mouth and there was this meat inside of it.  I ran around the yard looking for Buck.  The way I figure it is the meat had to come from somewhere, right?  After I found Buck, I counted all the kids and none were missing.  All the ducks were accounted for as well as mom.  If you notice, this thing has legs and wheels.  I’m guessing that big silver sucker can move pretty darn fast if it was hungry.  It is still in the front yard and near the door my parents take me outside to do my business.  They open the door and I stop to eyeball its closed mouth, it appears to be sleeping.  I just know that when it wakes back up, it’s going to be super hungry.  Granted I am a fierce, big but oh so handsome puppy boy, I am not about to be its next snack.  So, I creep around it.  Sniff the ground a few feet away, and nothing.  It just sits there.  That’s right, the thing is messing with my mind with its evil games.

This morning my dad took me out the front door and there was the silver thing, just standing there.  I should also tell you that about four feet away from it is our dog kennel.  Yeah, we have one of those fenced things too, thanks to BUCK!!!  All brawn and not a single pea sized spec of a brain I tell you.  So, out the door I went and backed myself up to the kennel, more to brace or fend off the silver thing should it attack.  I slinked along the fencing, sniffing the ground near its legs.  Had my butt up in the air and nose to the ground and then dad jumped to scare me.  I about jumped out of my fur coat!  Now I should tell you that since I am such a very handsome puppy boy, I am also very attached to my fur coat.  I almost knocked the entire kennel over and I took off across the yard, I just knew the silver thing was trying to eat me.  So if you drive by my house and see the silver thing smoking and my tail hanging out the side, please stop and help me cause my fur will singe right off.  You wouldn’t want me walking around smelling like BBQ sauce with singed hair would you?

Mr. Tom the firece hunter my tail!

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