Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Refrigerator Muffins

Today I'm participating in the Works for me Wednesday Blog Carnival. Check out other posts by clicking on the graphic above.

Last Saturday I was out of milk. This is not good because Sunday morning's breakfast is usually cereal as we dash out the door to church. So I decided to try a recipe for refrigerator muffins.

Refrigerator muffins are basically a muffin batter that you mix up ahead of time and then store in your refrigerator. You can usually store the batter for 5 days. So anytime during that five days you can bake as many or as few muffins as you like depending on the amount of batter you have.

The first recipe I tried was for Refrigerator Bran Muffins. There are LOADS of these recipes on the internet. I, and you, have probably seen them hundreds of times. The recipe I used called for any type of bran flake cereal and then you could use (or not) any type of dried fruit. What I really liked about this recipe was that it called for oatmeal which is so healthy. I made mine with Fiber One flake cereal and dried blueberries. We had 12 on Sunday and then I made the kids some more on Monday. Today I had a little hunger pang in the mid morning and had the intense joy of popping one scoop of muffin batter in a sprayed glass cup and then microwaving for 45 seconds. Tasty little muffin with tea in no time!!! I like this!!

So, I decided to see what other types of refrigerator muffin recipes are out there. Here are a few links that I haven't tried yet, but plan to:

Refrigerator Sweet Muffins - several variations in this recipe

Pumpkin Bran Muffins - this one can be kept in the refrigerator for two weeks!

Molasses Muffins - this one can be stored for three weeks and makes a spice type muffin

Refrigerator Bran Muffin - this muffin takes the prize because it can be stored for six weeks.
If you have a good refrigerator muffin please let me know in the comments!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day

Recently I posted on the No-Knead bread I made. I've really enjoyed that recipe but wanted to learn to do more with it. Then I heard about Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day which is the same concept except you make a very large batch of dough and keep it in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. I finally got it from the library so I could try it out.

I made the Master recipe one afternoon in certainly no more than 10 minutes. It really was quick to put together. That night I made two EXCELLENT pizzas from the dough. Then I made a batch of orange rolls and a batch of cinnamon rolls for Sunday School the next morning. I felt the rolls needed a softer dough but they were tasty. My husband said the cinnamon "rocked" but didn't feel the orange went with the style of bread dough I used.

One week later there was still some dough in the refrigerator. I made some doughnuts with it. I had hot oil from fixing supper and so I scooped about a teaspoon of dough into the hot oil and cooked until golden brown and then dropped into cinnamon sugar. The taste was not quite what I think of when I have a doughnut but tasty. I'll try it again with the brioche recipe in the book.

With what's left I'm going to make...bread!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Paperdolls and things

You may have noticed if you read my blog regularly that I really enjoy paper crafts. I'm enamored with Ephemera in general, but especially paper toys. So just for a little fun I thought I'd give you some links to a few of my current favorites.

For some reason some of the best places for this kind of thing seem to be french. Oh well, you won't have to speak french to enjoy them. I will warn you that if you choose to look around on their blogs be aware that you might see some nudes not appropriate for children. So beware.

There were some very sweet girls on Grenouille Plus, a blog where you can find lots of fun paper crafts. You can find them here That link will take you to the flickr of Agence Eureka another blogger with some fantastic paper crafts like this fun set of articulated animals and some fantastic toys in her Paper Craft set here There are so many goodies like a cowboy set, a little cottage, French Chateau's and people and furniture! You'll have a lot of fun looking through that set if you are as interested in paper toys as I am.

There are also many items on Agence Eureka's site that can be used to study history. There are Roman soldiers, American Indians, and a Louis XIII Musketeer to name a few. But there is so much more, I hope you'll take a look around this site.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Science for You - Sound

At a used curriculum fair this weekend I found a fun book from the 1950's that I'll be sharing with you later. Inside that book I found several items cut from a newspaper. Apparently, this "Science For You" was a column in this newspaper in the 1960's. Fun little experiments for an afternoon!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Homeschool Hi-Lights: Trial and Triumph

Ellen from Fun Learning invited me to be a part of a Homeschooling meme every Monday called Homeschool Hi-Lights. The idea is to write about something that was a highlight of your previous week in homeschooling. You can go to her blog to read the highlights of other home educator's week too.

One of the highlights of my week was having my son say, "Mom, don't forget to finish reading us that story." The story he was speaking of was a chapter from Trial and Triumph on Pope Gregory. When your child tells you to remember to read him something then you know he must like it!

Trial and Triumph is a book by Richard Hannula and recommended by the Ambleside Online curriculum. It's one of the few things from their curriculum that I had to buy but it was quite inexpensive on Trail and Triumph tells the story of Christian church history from the early church, just after the death of Christ until 2001. The stories are mostly about important figures in church history. A list of books for further reading is included in the back of the book.

The author wrote the stories for his own children and the writing is palpable for young children (my son is 7). The stories include quotations directly from the subjects speeches and writings and he has made an effort to find the most reliable sources for background events and actions.

If you would like to teach your children about church history I recommend this book. In addition to learning about the history of their faith, they will also learn more about their faith, not to mention providing examples for them of godly men and women. I urge you to check it out.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Random Things

I've been tagged by Donna (whose blog I really like by the way)! So here goes:

The Rules -
1. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog.

Seven random facts about me:

1. I'll be 43 in June. My husband and I call ourselves "old parents of young children."

2. I taught Theatre in public school before having my children.

3. In college I played Stella in Streetcar Named Desire.

4. One of my favorite activities is "curbside shopping."

5. I became a Christian at age 35.

6. I am a big fan of Bluegrass music.

7. My honeymoon was a 4,000 mile meandering roadtrip from Kansas City to Las Vegas via the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma!

And now I tag the following people. And as a bonus, these are some of my very closest friends:

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mother's and Daughter's At Home!

My friend Dee Ann alerted us and Rachel has posted about it and now I'm joining in! Graceful Girlhood has set up something I'm really excited about. Mother's and Daughter's at Home is a special time for Mother's and their daughters to spend time together doing things they enjoy. It's the first Friday of every month.

I decided to participate because my daughter and I really don't spend much time together alone now. She will be ten in June and I'm starting to feel that my time with her is slipping away! I really want her to have memories of us doing things together. And I hope that there will be things that we enjoy doing together all our lives! I know that when I am with my own mother it is as if I'm with my perfect friend. We like the same things and we enjoy just sitting and talking together. Many times we will plan to watch movies only to spend the evening just chatting. I hope that some day my own daughter feels the same way about me.

The Author of the Graceful Girlhood blog says, "The most important thing is that relationships between mothers and their daughters are being strengthened. " And I feel that this alone is reason enough to committ to this challenge. But I am excited that afterwards, the participants will be posting about what they did with their daughters. Sounds like a great way to get some ideas for Mother/daughter times.

My daughter is nine and she and I enjoy cooking together. We also enjoy looking at magazines, or old buttons, or doing crafts together. We like shopping together or having tea and some wonderful dessert. So we may on our first night spend time cooking something my daughter wants to try and eating it! Or perhaps I'll ask her what she would like to do. Whatever it is I'll let you know!