As always we take family photos.
Always a Mom and Daughters shot.
LOTs of dead Jellys. ( its a good thing...many memories of jelly stings here)
We drove right on by! Oh saddness! The kids were not really feeling a stop here ....it use to be the highlight of the day. This is Currituck Light.
We drove right on by because this was our final destination! We are driving on the beach toward Corova. We had hoped to catch a glimpse of the Banker Ponies. I think the wind kept them on the other side of the dunes.
http://www.ncbeaches.com/Features/Wildlife/WildHorsesNorthCarolina/ I believe the Ponies are no longer able to access Backbay.
Catching these shore birds on film is challenging! Can you see them? Fast little things. ( Plovers)
All in all it was a lovely day. Bringing to mind many memories of our day trips over the years.
So the rest of the week will be done by day on this post. This is my relaxed week...not so much on the calendar thus I have time to write. Time to dig in and finish stuff.
Each day starts with me getting up way before the family. I use this time to do prayer, devotions, feed all the critters and clean up after them and get the kitchen ready for breakfast. I enjoy the quiet time. I am currently in the book of Acts and will be finishing the Through the Bible in a Year for the second time by December.
Monday found us working diligently on our studies, cleaning the house, baking and barbecuing. The bread machine messed up a loaf ( I must not have inserted the paddle correctly). Anyway not wanting to waist the miss formed not quite mixed correctly blob, Emily and I turned it into yummy croutons. They were fabulous!!! It was the first day of the new quarter. I presented the kids with their schedules and plans. We have a total of nine days off this quarter...gonna be a challenge to stay on track. Oh holidays you undo our sensible schedules! I worked on my crocheting and am nearly done! We enjoyed grilled steak for dinner.
Tuesday was a day of cooking.I made yeast rolls ( enough for the week), Artisan Cheese Bread Batter ( to be baked on Wednesday), Fabulous Cheesy Meatballs, Pumpkin Muffins and a loaf of regular bread. The gals spent the morning at their enrichment classes and finished up school at home. Our neighbor and friend came by to help us fix our metal roof. During the last storm one of the corners lifted and was flapping and making all kinds of noise. Grateful for skillful friends with really tall ladders. Dinner was meatballs with sauce and noodles. Our evening was filled by Tuesday Church Outreach. ( dinner, praise and worship, bible story and craft with the kids who live in a very poor neighborhood)
1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 cup milk. 8 oz hamburger, 8oz ground pork, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 2 large eggs, 2 cloves of garlic, minced
Soak bread crumbs in milk to soften. Mix all the ingredients together just enough to combine. Hands really do work the best! Chill for an hour. Line jelly roll pan with foil and oil the foil really well. Form mixture into 2 inch balls.
Cook at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes about 24 meatballs
note: I will be using the other 1/2 pork and hamburger either in chili or sloppy joes.
Artisian No Knead Bread
( this is a no knead so easy peasy recipe!. Sure to become a family favorite)
This week I wanted an Italian flavor and some cheese. This recipe is flexible.
3 cups bread flour, 1/4 teaspoon yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ( or less to your family's taste) 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning of your choice, 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese. 1 1/2 cups warm water. Combine all ingredients until just blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit out on the counter for at least 12 hours and no longer than 20 hours.
Use a wet spatula to get the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Fold the dough a few times to shape into a ball . I use my hands. Keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Cover the dough for 2 hours with a towel that has been dusted with flour.
Preheat the pan ( I use a cast iron dutch oven) 450 degrees.
Using the towel turn the dough over into the hot preheated pot. Shake the pan to even it out. Cover and bake 30 minutes . Uncover and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.
Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
( great for a last minute WOW dessert)
1 box spice cake mix
15 oz canned pumpkin
Mix the pumpkin and the spice cake mix together with the mixer.
Spoon into lined muffin tins 2/3 full
Smooth out the tops.
Bake at 350 for 18 to 22 minutes
Wednesday proved to be foggy hot and humid. I just got out our winter stuff...weather please make up your mind! It was in the 70s! It was homework/school as usual for the youngest, work for the oldest two and what seems like lots of time on my hands for me. In this new season ( we are no longer working the food pantry which took up a ton of our time each week) I need to be a good steward of my time. Made a list of unfinished projects and hope to tackle them one by one. I surely need to get out of the kitchen and stop baking or I will be looking for a new wardrobe! I did bake more rolls today. I should know that one large batch is not going to make it through the week. I also needed hamburger sized rolls for tonight's dinner. Sloppy Joes. I also made Pumpkin Pie Spice. Easy to do and quicker than running to the store for it. I found a wonderful recipe site. http://www.justapinch.com/ I like the daily emails with new ideas. I am always looking for fabulous new to me ideas in the kitchen.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix all ingredients together very well and store in an air tight container.
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon all spice, large pinch of mace
Here is a fabulous spur of the moment lesson on the dollar bill. Check it out! http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id734-a-primer-to-help-you-unravel-the-true-meaning-of-a-dollar.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LenPenzo+%28Len+Penzo+dot+Com%29 Did you know there is a spider on the dollar bill!? ( or maybe something else?)
Youngest daughter and I went to our favorite thrift store with a five dollar coupon in hand and hopes of helping her decide just how to get/make 8 Christmas gifts with her budget. She did very well! 3 gifts down and 5 to go! Of course I will have to share her creativity after the holidays.
Thursday dawned yet again foggy, humid and close to 70 degrees. The gals spent the morning at their enrichment classes and the afternoon finishing up school at home. Hubby and I took a short drive to view the changing fall color. So pretty this year. I made banana bread ( new recipe!), worked on crochet and ventured into the closet under the stairs to find craft supplies for gift making.
Banana Nut Bread
This amazing bread is like a buttery rich pound cake!
Makes 2 regular 4 by 8 loaves. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until center comes out clean.
3/4 c butter, softened ( use real butter...it taste soooo much better)8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 c sugar
2 lg eggs
1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c chopped pecans,
Be sure to oil the baking pans. Cool before removing from pans.
I am thankful I can make homemade breads and sweets and skip preservatives, additives and food colors in some of my families diet. Google L-cysteine sometime and learn just where it comes from. It can be found in all commercial bread products and some dairy products. Here are a few more...Mono & Di-glycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (SSL), and Diacetyl Esters of Tartaric Acid , Mono & Di-glycerides, Azodicarbonamide, Ammonium sulfate and Monocalcium phosphate.
Dinner was created from leftovers: Chinese Steak and Rice/Veggies.
Friday. I worked friday morning while oldest dd was at work and youngest finished up her school for the day. In the afternoon yougest dd and I finished up her Christmas shopping ( yes she did and all on a very tight budget). We still have to finish a few homemade gifts but all will be done by Thanksgiving. ( I wish it were me as well but what can I say...I only have one gift done) I spent the afternoon teaching myself crochet stitches with videos. I really want to learn something besides the basics. http://www.nexstitch.com/index.html
Dinner was leftovers. YUM. Went to a girl friends for a couple of hours to help her plan menus and share recipes.
Found on line video help for oldest dd with her math! Great examples and a real help.http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/hcpsalgebra2/modules.htmlThat about sums up our week. School gets finished up on the weekend due to work schedules. I do not know if I can do a day by day each week. But I do know I can do a post a week.
Goals for this coming week are to finish up two gifts for Christmas, organize the Christmas boxes in the attic, ( too much stuff), and get a box together for the thrift store.