Here's the recipe:
8 c. popped popcorn (we used 11 c. since the popcorn was especially fluffy)
1/4 c. butter (margarine)
3 T. light corn syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. (small) Jello gelatin, any flavor
Place popcorn in a large bowl. Heat butter and syrup in small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar and gelatin; bring to a boil over med. heat. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 5 min. Pour syrup immediately over popcorn, tossing to coat well.
Spread popcorn on foil lined cookie sheet, spreading evenly. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 10 min. Cool. Remove from pan and break into small pieces.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
One thing I truly love about my family is that, no matter where we are, we find a way to keep our family traditions...such as the annual TREE HUNT. Granted, going to a tree farm in 67 degree weather (with ferocious wind) was slightly different than the quiet forest, traipsing through snow up to our knees and the gentle falling snow. (See Tree Hunt 2007) But still...it was fun.
So here we are...looking for the "perfect" tree.
Is this one it?
But I think Paityn spotted one...
Here it is
and, upon the wisdom I gained from my grandpa, we "put rocks in our pockets" to keep from blowing away. :)
Here's the SAWMASTER, hard at work, cutting down THE TREE.
and taking it to the shaking machine
AND...they wrap it up and tie it onto your car...now THAT'S service you don't get in ANY forest! :)
Monday, December 1, 2008
For now, she got the next best thing. He arranged with my aunt for Paityn to ride her horse on Saturday. I'd say she had a good Thanksgiving. :)
Getting ready to ride
Tony the horse
This is the BIG TIME
Paityn, Tony, PaPa, Dusty
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I'll share some from today, but I'll hold off on sharing the Christmas card photo...I'll share that later.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
If you've never had a Meersburger (yes...that's meant to be one word), you're missing out. North of Lawton, OK, nestled in the Wichita Mountains, is a place called Meers. I guess it's a town...I'm not sure. There's really nothing there except Meersburgers. As you can see, the place looks like a shack. The tables sit at a slant, and there's writing all over the walls. It makes you wonder how it could possibly pass any kind of building inspection. Yet, it's been featured on The Food Network, and it was voted one of the top 3 burgers in America in 2007 by Bon Appetit magazine.
We ordered two 1-lb burgers. They come with mustard as "mayo is for sissies" and "ketchup is for yankees". As you can see, the meat was hanging off the 7-inch bun, and it was covered with cheese, jalepenos, pickles, lettuce, bacon, and tomatoes. The girls each finished their 1/2 lb., and Chris and I both finished ours.
If you're ever even CLOSE to Meers, you have to go! But don't go on a Tues....the owner will be spending time with his cows.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
You know my 10-yr-old...the one who sews purses, designs her own doll clothes, etc...yeah...that's the one. I brought home some fall silk flowers and a pretty vase yesterday, and when I'd finished putting away my groceries, I turned around to find that this is what she'd done.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The beginning of the new school year has given me a sudden desire to become Martha Stewart. And let me tell ya...my family is NOT complaining.
Last week I found a great recipe for homemade GRANOLA BARS. They were a huge hit for breakfast, backpacks, and briefcases. In fact, it was requested that I make them again this week, which I did.
This week, I've decided to make homemade SANDWICH BREAD (and a few rolls to boot). They've been tested and highly approved, and I was asked to "please make it all the time". So I suppose that's something I'll be doing on a regular basis now. Oh my! The house does smell good while it's baking!
Homemade yogurt is a common occurrence around here too. And I guess it's not really a desire to become Martha. It's not like I even watch her show. (although I happened to today, and they were making Goat Cheese...hmmmmmm) Seriously though...I'm starting to think about all the junk in the stuff we get at the store, and I'm kind of not liking it. Besides...it's kind of nice to get a little praise from the family! :)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It seems like I've got a little catching up to do.
I have been the recipient of the ARTE Y PICO Award! The honor was bestowed upon me by Clara of Mimi Kattini! Thank you Clara, and I'm sorry it took me so long to post this. Where did this award first originate you ask? Well, you can read about it here...however, it is in Spanish. These are the rules:
1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogger community, no matter of language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award-winner, has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y pico"blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.
AND, so now the winners are...
Laurie of Blowin Bubble
Jennifer of Sweet Sunshine Boutique
Holly of Peyton's Place
Janae of Eldredge Family Blog
Tracy of Creme de la Gems
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. From the time we went "home" for harvest until now, things have been a little crazy. Crazier than usual even. We've always know we wanted our girls to grow up near family. Even though we're far away, we probably spend more time going "home" than the average family who lives near their family. Oklahoma has always had ahold of us.
Chris was offered a position that, not only is a wonderful career opportunity for him, but also takes us close to family. We've taken the long way around, but we're finally going "home".
As I sit under the tree in the backyard, bootlegging internet from the neighbors (thank you neighbors, whoever you are), watching the movers go back and forth loading everything we own onto a Mayflower truck, there's little for me to do but reflect on the last two years we've spent in Wyoming. Some people refer to us as "gypsies". While it's true we've moved quite a bit, we don't regret any of those moves, and we've always believed we were following where we were led. Each new place has given us opportunities and experiences I wouldn't have missed for the world.
So, as excited as I am to begin this new adventure in our lives, right now I'm thinking of the time we spent here, and the things we will most certainly miss...the memories we will carry with us.
The mountains...they give me a high I can't even put into words. They bring tears to my eyes while making me smile with the excitement of just being near them.
The patiently awaited first blooms of spring (although it's really more like summer since spring doesn't actually exist in Wyoming).
The thrills (just do what I do and pretend this is me):
The snow (in Nov-Feb...not so much in April, May, June...):
The beautiful fall weather:
And one of my very favorite things...going on our Christmas Tree hunt:
We will miss you, Wyoming, but we'd like to think we made the most of what you had to offer.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Every June we spend about 10 days helping with harvest. Over the last 20 years, my city-boy husband has become quite the farmer. He looks forward to it, and I THINK they actually count on him. It's a family event, and although my girls have been many places, and experienced many different things, I think this might just be the most wholesome wonderful thing out of them all.
Every kid should get to experience country life...at least for a moment.
There's nothing like some good old-fashioned dirt-diggin' kind of fun!
Remember "Parachute Men"? They make for some cheap and great entertainment. :)
I love that my kids can get a small taste of how I grew up. I come from a hard-working family with good strong values, and, although there were times during my teenage years that I didn't want any part of it, I'm very proud that those are my roots. I can only hope that I can be the kind of example to my children that I was shown throughout my life...that of my family.