Archive for October, 2008

Photo Story Friday

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Well, here I am, one day late for PhotoStory Friday. My internet connection is to blame; it’s been on-again, off-again, and very slow during the rare times when it’s been on. However, I’m able to read my mail just now, so I’m going to attempt a blog post.

The following photo was taken only eleven years ago. These are the three youngest children in our family, posing with three of the puppies Lassie mothered in her young-doggie-hood days. You see the young man on the right? He is now approaching six feet tall, plays football, and enjoys composing love song lyrics. The two young ladies are now 16 and 15 years old, hard-working girls at home and at school.

Where did the time go?

That’s my story. Or advice. Enjoy your children now, because “now” is going to fly by so quickly, you’ll just wonder where the little people days went.

Here’s a photo taken this summer. Older sister Kayla is included in this picture as well.

I found a new group in which to include this post:

You’re Gonna Miss This Moment

Major Computer Overhaul

Friday, October 17th, 2008

We are a six-computer household. This isn’t as surprising as you might think, since we were (before some of the children grew up ALL OF A SUDDEN) an eleven-person household.

Up until just recently, one of the computers was the Server computer. We each had our own profiles, which we could open on any computer in the house. We could store all photos in one location, and all of us could access them. Only the Administrator of the Server (meaning one of the uber-computer-savvy members of the family) could make major changes to the system. I became accustomed to this system, and knew how to use it.

About two months ago, the Server computer died of old age. Alas, the motherboard went bad. Since then, my husband has been doing “lots of things” to my laptop, to his computer, etc. He says we will now have Workgroups rather than a Domain, and no more floating profiles. Someday we will be able to share files again.

This weekend, our oldest son, who is generous with his computer-savvy-ness, is coming home to put the finishing touches on the new system. For example, I want to be able to publish from Word again. I know that I use a WordPress template, but we have our own “space” rented from Dreamhost. I just don’t know enough to provide the proper info to set it up again. Sigh. I must be patient. I’ll try to watch my son very carefully, maybe even take notes, so that I increase my computer-savvyness quotient.

My husband succeeded in making my pictures (just the ones stored on this laptop, not all the old photos) accessible again, so I hope to do a PhotoStory Friday post later today.

Did I mention that we no longer have our little digital camera? It died a wet death when a sailboat on which it was riding went belly-up. My daughter has a nice camera, though, so I’ll borrow her pictures once in a while for the old blog.

Thanks for your patience with fewer posts, due to technical difficulties. Soon all systems should be GO!

The Need to Knead Bread Recipe Round Up

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

My friends Tamy at 3 Sides of Crazy
and Joy at Joy of Desserts are the hostesses for this event. It would be great if you would participate, too!


Edna Ruth Byler’s Potato Dough Baked Goods

(This recipe is from my old More With Less Cook Book. I think it was published in 1987.)

Makes 100 doughnuts or rolls


    3 pkg. dry yeast in

    1 cup lukewarm water

Mix in large bowl:

    1 quart scalded milk

    2 cups mashed potatoes (no milk added)

    1 cup butter

    1 cup sugar

Let cool to lukewarm, then add:

    Yeast mixture

    6 cups flour

Let stand until mixture foams up (about 20 minutes)


    2 eggs, beaten

    1 Tablespoon salt

    11 to 12 cups additional flour

A little more flour may be needed, but dough should be soft. Turn out on floured board and knead until satiny. Let raise in warm place until doubled in bulk.

Roll out dough, cut doughnuts, place on trays and let raise until not quite double. Fry in hot shortening (375 degrees). When drained and while still hot dip in glaze mixture. Insert a stick through holes and let a number of doughnuts drain over glaze bowl until next ones are ready to do.



    1 pound powdered sugar

    1 Tablespoon butter

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Dash of mace

    Enough rich milk to make thin icing

Cinnamon buns:
Prepare a mixture of sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Roll a piece of dough to about 18″x9″. Spread dough with butter and sprinkle over some of the sugar mixture. Roll up the dough as for jelly roll. Cut 1 ½” chunks and place in greased pans, pressing down lightly on each chunk. Cover and let rise in warm place until nearly double. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. These may be iced with doughnut glaze as soon as they are taken from the oven.

Sticky buns:
Handle dough same as for cinnamon buns, except make a mixture of brown and white sugar, cinnamon, and a little white corn syrup and water. Spread in bottom of heavily greased pans with nuts, if desired, before putting in rolls. Immediately after baking, invert pans over trays and let syrup run down before removing pans.

To freeze:
Let baked goods cool. Wrap or place in large plastic bags and freeze the same day.

Note: This recipe is also quite good using part freshly ground whole wheat flour in place of some of the white flour.

Ten on Tuesday – Favorite Bands from the Past

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Would you like to play Ten on Tuesday?

10 Bands/Artists That Remind Me of High School:

  • The Beatles (when they were young!)
  • The Moody Blues
  • The Mamas and the Papas
  • Carole King
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Joan Baez
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Glenn Campbell (Think “Gentle On My Mind”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and “Wichita Lineman”.)
  • The Beach Boys

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Hosted by Peggy

For Today October 13, 2008

Outside my Window…

It’s been a dark day, with a dense cloud cover. Rain is pouring straight down on the yellow and brown leaves carpeting the lush, green grass. A gentle breeze ruffles the remaining leaves on the trees this cool-ish day.

I am thinking…

Of my daughter who is at soccer practice, and my son who is at football practice, even in all this rain. Hardly any weather condition calls for cancellation of those two sports. I imagine warm showers and cozy sweats will be in order this evening.

From the learning rooms…

We are still working on our Fall Assessments of Student Learning for our students who have Individualized Learning Plans. These tests results give the Special Education teacher the information she needs to customize instruction for these students.

I am thankful for…

Our warm, cozy home. Our woodstove is heating the house this damp day. We have plenty of firewood, and enough propane to fuel the boiler as well.

From the kitchen…

I’m preparing New England Pot Roast and Baked Potatoes for dinner. I’m also baking Honey Whole Wheat Bread. If I have enough energy, I’ll bake some Pumpkin Yum, too. Search for the bread and dessert recipes on my blog, if you’re interested.

I am wearing…

A white cotton blouse, variegated blue tone over-sweater, and black skirt.

I am reading…

When Life Stinks: How to Deal with Your Bad Moods, Blues, and Depression by Michel Piquemal. This book is aimed at Middle School/High School readers.

I am hoping…

Daughter Lydia feels better soon. She suffered a concussion during a soccer game over a week ago. The doctor said no P.E., and no soccer practice or games until she has gone one week without any symptoms (such as headache and dizziness).

I am creating…

Lots of delicious aromas in the house with all this cooking and baking!

I am hearing…

My grandson’s chatter as he rides his inchworm scooter through the house.

Around the house…

Things are looking good. The pool is down for the winter, and a dump run has been made. My husband recently mowed the grass as well. It will be another month before mowing can stop, I think.

One of my favorite things…

Preparing a really delicious dinner for my family. Cooking has been a hobby since I was young. I started collecting recipes in good earnest during my high school years.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…

This Thursday I’m participating in an advisory committee meeting at Whatcom Community College. I’m one of the para educators on the committee, giving input to those responsible for training para educators (teacher’s helpers) for the schools. A delicious catered dinner precedes the meeting. Yum!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Listen to the music

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

I’m sneaking in a quick little post after taking the doggie for a walk, and before continuing with laundry, cleaning, and preparing lasagna for dinner.

Here’s a cute photo of our youngest son Seth with our grandson Diederick. As you can see, Diederick is enjoying the tunes on Seth’s ipod. Anything that Seth does is greatly admired by Deeder, who wants to copy what “Kunkel” is doing.

Puppy Love

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Our dog Lassie is eleven years old. She spends most of her days snoozing in or near my husband’s office while he works. Up until recently, the high point of her day has been going on her evening walk, and greeting our family members as they come home from school and sports activities.

About a month ago, our daughter and son-in-law and their two children came to stay for us for a while. Lassie has found a new meaning in life. It’s true that the old doggie is still quiet, but she is quiet by our 4-month old granddaughter, Carly. It’s puppy love for sure, since Lassie seems to feel responsible for Carly, and is never far from her.

Thursday 13 – Chicken Curry with 13 ingredients

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

For this week’s Thursday 13, I’m presenting you with a recipe from one of my favorite cook books, The Warehouse Gourmet by Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik. This excellent cook book is available at


1 tray (about 6 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken half-breasts

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

2 cups (2 medium) chopped onion

¼ cup curry powder

2 Tablespoons minced ginger

2 Tablespoons minced garlic

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

1 Tablespoon salt

1 cup flour

4 cups water

4 cups milk

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 one-gallon freezer bags, labeled

Rinse and trim chicken breasts as desired. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and cook in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Remove from heat and cool. Divide cooled chicken evenly among freezer bags.

Meanwhile, in a separate large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion in the butter until it is soft. Add curry powder, minced ginger, minced garlic, sugar, chicken bouillon granules and salt; cook and stir for two minutes. Add flour; cook and stir two minutes more. Mixture will be like a paste. Gradually add the water and milk; cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened. Whisk to make a smooth sauce. Add lemon juice only after sauce has thickened. Cool sauce.

Divide cooled sauce evenly over the chicken. Seal and freeze.

Makes 3 entrees, 4 to 6 servings each.

To cook one entrée:

Completely thaw one entrée in the refrigerator. In a large skillet over medium heat, bring the chicken and curry sauce to a simmer. Do not boil.

The cook book authors recommend that you serve this curry over rice, and provide toppings to sprinkle over the curry, such as toasted almonds, fresh apple pieces, pineapple tidbits, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped green onion, chutney and/or sweet chili sauce.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, October 6th, 2008


For Today, Oct. 6, 2008:

Outside my Window… I see our kitty, Bonnie Boy, perched on the front porch railing, smiling a contented kitty smile. Beyond, I see leaves, some still green, trembling in the breeze. It’s only 50 degrees outside. Ten years ago it was 75 degrees on this date. We’re enjoying a cool, gray autumn day here.

I am thinking… it’s about time to get back to household duties.

From the learning rooms… Two students with whom I work at the middle school made good progress today in revising their personal memoirs.

I am thankful for… God’s providence, in continually caring for our family, day after day.

From the kitchen… I’m making Beef Stroganoff and baked potatoes for dinner tonight. Hmmm . . . Coleslaw would be good with that.

I am wearing… School clothes: Multi-shades of blue sweater over a brown-edged top and a black mid-calf gored skirt.

I am reading… The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley.

I am hoping… to find comfortable shoes for my elderly mom.

I am creating…this blog post before I get started on the stroganoff.

I am hearing…the chatter of grandson, Diederick. He has decided to call my husband “Poppa,” and keeps wandering by Rick’s office, saying, “Hi, Poppa! Hi, Poppa!”

Around the house… When I got home from the middle school I came into Rick’s office to greet him. He was working on drawing plans at his computer, balancing 4-month old granddaughter Carly on his lap. ‘Twas a sight to warm the cockles of me heart, I tell ya!

One of my favorite things… Kissing Carly over and over on the top of her head, and blowing kisses on Diederick’s neck.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Attend Seth’s 7th grade football game, and Rebecca and Lydia’s high school soccer games. They have two games this week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

Check out the graphics at Snapshots of Joy, one of my favorite sites for Christian graphics! This one looks like “autumn” to me. 🙂

Five Things I Will Be Intentional About This Week

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Five Things I Will Be Intentional About This Week (Give Me Five Monday

  • Even if I’m occupied doing something, I’ve been making a deliberate effort to STOP, turn and make eye contact when someone speaks to me.
  • I’m putting time with my children and husband ABOVE relaxation time at the computer. Yes; the children are teenagers, occupied with their own interests, but I want them to know, in a tangible way, that I’m interested in them.
  • I’ve been making a real effort to serve interesting, nutritious meals even during the busy school year. I intend to do that this week also.
  • Rebecca and Lydia have two home soccer games this week. I intend to attend their Thursday game, since I can’t make the Tuesday game.
  • I intend to attend Seth’s 7th grade football game Tuesday evening. Really, attending the children’s after-school games takes lots of intending, because it interferes with the yummy meal intention. Oh, well. I’m putting the games first this week.

Would you like to join in also? Here are the instructions from Becca, the hostess of Give Me Five Monday:
The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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