Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crepes for breakfast

I got a recipe for crepes that is super easy off the Parents website.  I've made it a couple of times and the kids have really liked it.  A couple of weeks ago I made it again and thought I'd post about it.  First here is the recipe.

1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg and oil; slowly whisk flour, beating until well combined.

Coat a 6-inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray.  Heat over medium heat; remove from heat and spoon 2 tablespoons batter into skillet, tilting skillet to spread batter evenly.  Return to heat; brown on one side only (1-2 minutes).  Invert pan over paper towels; remove crepe from pan.  Repeat with remaining batter.  Fill with whatever you want.

Here is my batter, I had to add a little extra milk to make it the right consistency.
Cooking it in a non-stick pan
Finished crepes, ready to be eaten
Stuffed with various things
The kids enjoying the crepes
Our filling choices:  honey, homemade strawberry preserves, peanut butter, nutella and cream cheese.

X insisted that he needed three things in his so he had cream cheese, nutella and peanut butter. His other one had peanut butter, honey and nutella.  O stuck with the basics, peanut butter and strawberry preserves.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another new series

I really should NOT start reading any new series of books.  I mean I have tons and tons of books on my book list that I should really read before I start any new series.  If only I didn't work and I could spend all day reading then I could get through at least half of the books I want to read.  But unfortunately the only time I spend reading is on my lunch break and if I can squeeze it in after the kids go to bed and on weekends.  But I do still manage to read at least one book a week.  The new series that I started reading is actually one that's been on my list for a while, it's The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward.  It is about a brotherhood of vampires that fight soulless creatures named Lessers.  Lessers are humans that have sold their souls and their job is to kill other vampires and eventually wipe them out.  The brotherhood is composed of very strong vampires, almost a different race from regular vampires.  Each book focuses on a different brother and tells their story along with the main story that is going on with all the brothers.  So far I have read the first book and cannot wait to read the rest.  I know they look like romance novels, which is what they are categorized as but they have a story.  I normally don't read romance novels.  Here they are in order:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Book Trilogy

I started reading a book series that I really enjoy.  It's a trilogy by Suzanne Collins called The Hunger Games.  So far I've only read the first book and it has left me wanting more.  Unfortunately I am on a waiting list at the library for the second one, Catching Fire and also the third one Mockinjay, which will be release on August 24, 2010.  I'm excited to read the next two.

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what's worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss's family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins's groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tooth Fairy visit

No The Tooth Fairy has not visited our house yet but we are getting close.  X's two bottom teeth are really loose so I'm hoping it will be soon.  Tomorrow I am planning to make little pouches for the tooth fairy.  I'm planning to make 2, one for the tooth that will be under the pillow and the other for the money that the tooth fairy will leave under the pillow.  The only thing is I'm not sure what the going rate is.  My sister-in-law gives my niece $1 per tooth and then I talked to my friend last night and she said she did $1 for the first tooth and then 50cents for each additional tooth.  Not sure if I should do 50 cents or $1.  We give $1 a week for his allowance which requires him to earn it by swiffering the whole house.  It's something that needs to be done weekly since I vacuum weekly.  I guess I have to decide soon what the rate per tooth will be.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Kids at the park

We go to the park quite a bit with the kids even though we have a swing set and playground in our backyard and big yard.  Somehow going to the park is much more exciting than playing in our own backyard.  Here are some pictures of the kids enjoying various parks.

X & O at the park near great-grandpa's assisted living home:

Here they are at the park near grandma & grandpa's house:

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I went last night to see Eclipse.  I thought it was better than the first two.  I had just finished the book about a week ago and so it was fresh in my mind.  They left out some things and changed others but I think they were necessary changes.  They left things in that I thought were great.  The vampires looked better than in the first two movies and their hair much better.  Especially Rosalie's hair looked better.  Jasper's hair although still bad grew on me.  He did not have such a crazed look on his face as in previous movies.  I'm very excited to see Breaking Dawn next year.  Also they showed a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows preview and I'm very excited to go see that in November.

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