Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our St. Patty's Day

Here's a recap of our St. Patty's day celebrating!

We headed down to the parade in our town which is like every other parade here...

 just in different colors! 

We were late, as usual, but still were able to enjoy the parade!

 Especially the Roller Derby Gals (hah! pleeease don't google them... just take my word for it that they are as trashy as they sound.)No pics of that as we forgot the camera in the car. Doh!

Here we are enjoying some bagels and smoothies at a local shop afterwards.

Yes.. we were in green. Even though you are supposed to be in orange if you are Protestant.(But no one ever gets that.) Although we always stand out... with five kids! 

Logan didn't want to sit, but run around outside. Can't say I blame him. It was gorgeous!

Weston trying to avoid a picture.. I LOVE this one though!

Elliott trying everything he can to BE in the picture!


William was enjoying his first bagel and cream cheese, as he has all of his first food experiences!

Attempt at a smile for me

Nick rocking his new shaggy do

Shoving his face... again.

Julia was here with us, of course, just no pics that turned out. She was as adorable as usual. 

Happy late St. Patty's Day to you!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Maple Syrup Alternative

I have been trying to be creative with stretching my expensive natural maple syrup amongst our growing family. 
Besides being a syrup Nazi (i.e. "WHOAH! THAT'S ENOUGH!)
Uh hem...

One of the ways I have discovered (that my children actually like) is making a simple berry sauce to have on our pancakes and wafflesMy 7 year old even makes it for us now. 

We use whatever frozen berries we have on hand. So far it's been blueberries, strawberries, and triple berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)

Natalie's Berry Sauce

1 1/2 cups frozen berries
1/2 - 1 cup of water
1-2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch (dissolved in 2 Tab. of cold water)
1/4 cup sweetener of choice- agave, honey, rapadura etc. (use more if using a tarter berry such as strawberries)

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until desired thickness is reached. You may adjust the  consistency by increasing the arrowroot/ cornstarch powder or decreasing/increasing the amount of water. You can blend it with  a hand blender if you prefer a smoother texture or even strain through a sieve to make a true syrup. Enjoy!

Linking up with the  Pennywise Platter at the Nourishing Gourmet

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Wow! I am the mother to a six year old boy!
It was weird enough when Julia turned 6. You know- school age. 
But now having a boy here is even weirder. 
I guess because I didn't grow up with brothers.
Although all of my friends were boys until I was like 9.

This is him as a "pilot"

A real ice crown from a bowl of frozen water.

He and his best bud and cousin. All the hubs could say when he say this pic was 
"Those two are going to get in so much trouble." 
Let's pray for a good cause!

This is his new obsession- chess. 
He is now the proud owner of a real wooden full size set from his G.Ma.

This picture truly represents him.
He is a delightfully sweet, happy, desirous to please and help little.. uh hem... BIG boy!

He is our joy and a true blessing! Our prayer for Him is that God would be pleased to use us to equip him for the advancement of His kingdom.

Happy Birthday, our sweet boy, Elliott!