Sunday, April 22, 2012

China Baby

My sister and brother-in-law are back in China getting a sweet little boy named Henry. This will be their third adoption from China. Watching this journey unfold in the past has been quite remarkable. If you'd like to follow along, visit their blog. They meet him for the first time tonight!

 China Baby Blog

Friday, April 13, 2012

Easter a little Late

Yes. I made my kids get dressed up again because I forgot to take an Easter picture on Sunday. I had two harp performances and Easter Dinner to help with (Matt made flank steak fajitas in adobo sauce with strawberry mango salsa.) It was a busy day.

I had made Madeline an Easter Dress the week before but it turned out to be 2 sizes too big. I didn't have the heart or time to pick out all of the stitches so we went with plan B: a second hand skirt I had bought months ago for $3 that was too big. I just took in the waist, added a ruffly shirt from target and voila! Charlie's little suit was $5 at the same second hand store. Gotta love that. My friend, sydney, pointed me to a darling boy tie tutorial HERE.

Aside from the candy and clothes, we had a beautiful, happy day. I am so grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He Lives.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Another item to take off the grocery list.

Homemade Bagels. My sister, Cassi, told me she was making bagels a while ago. I'm sad it took me this long to try them. They were really easy and SO good. Madeline helped me make them and we've both had two and want more. Definitely addicting. I don't think 12 will be enough...

You can find the recipe on my sister's blog.

Oh and homemade yogurt- I've made more batches and have a tip to share. When you strain off the whey, I've found if you let the yogurt sit (on cheesecloth or towel) for longer, like 30 minutes, more of the whey drips out and you get a much thicker yogurt.

Also, a friend asked if you could use something other than whole milk. I'm not sure. I've only tried it with whole. I've tried several different kinds of yogurt for starters and all have worked as long as they have the live culture.

I'm liking these successful cooking adventures, especially when they help with the food budget!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Charlie's Turn

Charlie is a hilarious, expressive boy who hardly says any real words. :) He also loves music like his sister. He has decided that we can't sing any song besides "I'm so Glad When Daddy Comes Home." We get a kick out of him. He thinks he's funny and he thinks Madeline is even funnier: