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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Scenes from the Kitchen

The gumball machine (and the cherry apron in the background!)
My little kitchen chicken
Love the vintage feel.
You would think I cooked more than I do.....
A dualit toaster like this is sitting in the Victoria and Albert. This is my husband's baby...another ebay find!
Found this in an antique store. Beauty in vintage chrome and vinyl!
The Dishwasher.......
Dear Mom and Dad, I'm sorry for every time I was .... less than enthusiastic..... about emptying or loading the dishwasher!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Skirts

My Easter skirt:
Amy Butler fabric
Pattern drafted by me from Sew What! Skirts
(this was the first one I've drafted and it was surprisingly easy!)


I'm pairing it with a sweater from Target and great shoes from Anne Taylor Loft

Another springy skirt I made:
Fabric: Random Joanns
Pattern: Favorite Things - Cute Skirt

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Waffles!


I looooove waffles, especially before church on Sunday mornings. This is the best waffle maker. It is fast, beeps at you when the waffles are done, and pops out waffle perfection every time.

My new obsession is NUTELLA! Nutella and waffles are a dangerous combination for the waistline. Spread a little nutella on a warm waffle. Go ahead, have some for dinner!

Monday, March 17, 2008

My first...


Today was my first St. Patrick's Day as an Irishwoman. I do Irish stepdancing, my first name is Irish, and my maiden name was a river in Ireland, but I was not Irish. This year, I'm Irish by marriage and that's good enough for me!

A very kind and gracious woman at our church crocheted this for us when we got married. We don't even know her that well, but her ministry is to do this for all newly married couples. I guess the gifts we don't expect or deserve are often the sweetest!

Erin Go Bragh!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Creamy bliss



Another favorite tool is our cream whipper. You add fresh cream, sugar, and vanilla and it does all the work for you. You can also do mousse and other things, but we are so in love with the fresh whipped cream that we couldn't part with it long enough to try!

Josh found this one for a steal on ebay.

Go ahead! Have a cup of hot cocoa - winter is almost over!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Magnificent

When the question of important craft, cooking or work tools arose at Heather's blog, I tried to think of whether I had important tools at work teaching fourth-grade. Bribery aside, one of my favorite work tools is a magnifying glass! When I did my teaching in college, we taught a class of fifth-graders about the American Revolution. When it came time to discuss the Declaration of Independence, the printouts we had were so tiny that we needed to give the students magnifying glasses out of complete necessity. John Hancock had great foresight!

The unexpected result was that the students were toooootally into it. They saw themselves as historical detectives and were devouring the document that might have otherwise been unimportant to them.

So... teachers, parents, home schoolers, grandparents, caregivers...... if you want your child to be really interested in a topic, give them a magnifying glass! As with anything, don't overuse this tool and make it commonplace. Here are some applications for magnifying glasses:
  • Scientific observations (insects, etc.)
  • A closer look at paintings and pictures (in books, prints)
  • Dust detectives (send them out with a magnifying glass and a dust rag!)
  • Word detectives in spelling or reading books (find this word we just talked about)
  • Pin collectors (find all mom's pins on the floor before we step on them!)
  • Reading something unfamiliar
  • Noticing differences in things
  • Finding things on the floor or carpet that need vacuuming
  • Drawing teeny tiny drawings, holding the magnifying glass as you draw!
So, when in the course of human events it comes time to motivate children to do something you want them to do, magnify it!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Marching with my Tools


I volunteered to play "March of the Tools" to showcase tools that are important to me. First I wanted to show the girliest tool bench ever. It's part of my craft room. It's so handy to have so much right at my fingertips.
I'd say scissors are pretty important to me. My husband even has his own pair of "Big Boy Scissors" that I got him for Christmas two years ago. They are spring loaded titanium nitride .... argh argh argh! They would be very manly if they weren't hanging on pink pegboard....

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