"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. but do it in private
and wash your hands afterwards." --Robert Heinlein.

We've moved!

For the next two years (Summer 2014-Summer 2016) I'll be blogging our family's adventures in China at www.chinesemileposts.wordpress.com

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Cookie Monster takes a bite of a COOOOKKKIE

Pippi Longstocking and Mr. Nilson

Army Guy

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I'm one of those people that has to have a blanket when I sleep, even when it's 110 outside.  Except, when it's 110 outside, I can't handle a blanket.  It's too hot.  So I sleep with just a sheet.  Or nothing.  And I sleep horribly because it just isn't comfortable.  I didn't realize how uncomfortable I was all summer until we put our blanket and down comforter back on the bed a couple weeks ago.  My bed is so squishy and comfortable and soft and warm (in a good way) now.  I don't ever want to get out.  Not that I didn't want to stay in bed during the summer and sleep the day away, but now it's just so wonderful.  And I'm sleeping so much better being able to burrow in and have all the blankets tucked in around me.  I love you bed with all your blankets.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Treats

All of these apples are seriously cutting into my pumpkin/Halloween treat time.

I have a ton of recipes that I *need* to be baking but I can't neglect the apples I have left.  Here's what's in the pumpkin line up:

I bought all of the stuff to make these Funfetti Cookies, but Halloweened up.

I have all the ingredients to make our pudding ghosts we make each year.

And I promised Princess Sparkley we'd pull out the frosting tips my mom gave us, and make my mom's pumpkin cookies with fancy frosting decorations in addition to candy.

Not to mention all of the recipes from my "If I was going to throw a Halloween Party" post

Monday, October 25, 2010

Candy Corn Bunting

I finally made my own candy corn bunting!

It wasn't as easy as it looks and since I'm not the world's best seamstress, I needed way more step by step instructions than the how to link gave me.  The ones on the book shelf were the first ones I cut after making some adjustments to the pattern/directions.  They turned out just perfect, except only four of them.  Then for some reason, the next batch turned out smaller and the stripes not as equal.  I separated them and put them all with their matchers on two strings of pennants.  And I finished them before Halloween!  Will I ever attempt a bunting again?  Not sure.  Not a striped one, that's for sure.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Apple Fritters

I just tried these... yummy.  I substituted apples for the pears called for, and left out the currants. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I've added some comments to the apple recipes I had marked to try now that I've tried them here.

And here's my book pile update:
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet*  -  Loved it! Great father/son story.  Great historical story.  Great unrequited love story.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy   - a little slow at times, but I ended up really enjoying it.  Really great story about a boy standing up for what he believes and knows is right when his new town wants to throw the former slaves off their island so the town can turn to tourism for money. 

Tallgrass*  - Loved it!  Great example of a family raising their kids right.  Plus this story has it all: history, farming, WWII, soldiers, internment camps, murder, illness, family tragedy, etc.

Slam -  Really liked it.  It's the story of a teenage boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant.  So, lots of swearing, but actually pretty mild on the sex other than of course that it's happening. 

The Wednesday Wars - Loved it!  A 7th grade boy learns about family and who he is with the coaching of a teacher who he's pretty sure hates him.  This is set during the early 70s and the Vietnam War, a period of history with which I discovered I'm not super familiar.

I still have two more in that stack to read.  I'll start The Lonely Hearts Club tonight or tomorrow, and then on to Hemingway.  Maybe I should read so much teen fiction before jumping on to Hemingway.  : |

*Interesting side note, I didn't know either of these books were about Japanese Internment camps during WWII until I started reading them and then read them almost right in a row.

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