Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ramble Ramble Ramble

It is late at night (after 11), my house is quite with the exception of the washer and dryer in the distance and the dishwasher in the much less distance.   Don't you love the sound of work being done for you??  For all my whining about having to do so much laundry and dishes, machines really do most the work.  They really are wonderful  machines.  (That and the vacuum.  I love the vacuum.  All I have to do is flip a switch add all those pieces of popcorn, cracker crumbs, and cheerios disappear into a magical unseen world leaving my carpet all fluffy ready for another day of destruction.)
Tonight as I was enjoying the soft sound of the dish washer and making play dough cookie dough for our camping trip tomorrow, I was thinking a lot about my home.  It started with me thinking about the boy's shark room.  I painted it at Alan boy's request before he came home from the hospital after his accident.   But lately the boys and I have been thinking about turning away from the shark theme and going more vintage super heroes.  When I mentioned this to my husband he said "Don't even think about it.  You just did that room."  and I am thinking "yeah like almost 2 years ago."  Plus what good is it to have your own house if you can just change the paint whenever you want.  It's just paint.  My poor husband.  It takes him a little bit of time to adjust to changes in his environment and I think that just about the time he gets used to something I have done, that's about the time I decide I need to change it. (like the family room that I am in the middle of redoing and my want to redo Emma's room)  I think he is just glad I am not trying to make us move again.  We have been married for 8 years and in those 8 years we have moved 9 times.  I blame that on to main reasons.  First of all during the first 6 years of our marriage my husband was in school so we always lived in the nicest cheapest-crappiest place we could get.  But then every time a new baby came along we needed to find a bigger nicest cheapest crappiest place to live (just to give you an idea the place we lived in before moving into our house was 1000 sq ft and I was pregnant with baby #4).  The other reason we moved so much is that I think I had wander lust.  You know, like I always wanted to try being somewhere new.  Since I couldn't paint our crappy apartments and do whatever I wanted to them I felt this need to move on to something new.  But with this house I have SO MANY projects that need to be done I may never want to leave.
Thinking about all that reminded me of back when I didn't have a dish washer and I have to carry the laundry and baby Emma up and down 3 flights of stairs and across the parking lot to do the laundry.   Which really makes me grateful for the sound of work being done for me.

You may have heard me mention the words play dough cookies in there.  And you may be thinking, "Hey I want to make play dough cookies."  So here is the recipe.  This cookies are great.  They are a favorite of my children and usually I make up the dough and let my kids create their own cookies (it is a great time to have a lesson with your kids about mixing colors and how the thickness of the dough will be affected by heat.  ie if you make you cookie too thin you may not like how it comes out.).  Although for tonight I am just making them up for the kids so each one will have some yummy cookies to munch on out in the woods.  After all isn't that the best part of camping for a kid... eating junk and you mom not caring how dirty you get?

This time I made the dough into 4 colors.  One for each kid.  Do your kids have colors?  You know like if you were to pull out 4 otter pops and there is only one green one there is this understanding among the kids that if Alan wants to green one he gets it.  Green is his color.  Or if you are at the store picking out shirts for the boys and they come in a variety of colors, then you know to grab the yellow one for Logan.  I am not sure when they kids all got their colors.  It is totally something they did themselves.  Kids are silly.  I'm just saying.  Well as the title warned you about I am done rambling.  SO here is that recipe and thanks for listening.  I am glad we could have this little chat.

Play Dough Cookies

3/4 cup soft butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
food coloring

Cream together butter, sour cream, and sugar.  Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract.  in a separate bowl mix together flour and backing powder, then slowly mix it into the creamed mixture.  Well it is still soft, separate the dough for how many colors you are doing and add in the food coloring.  Wrap it up and put it in the fridge for at least a half hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  You can roll out the dough and use cookie cutters, or just shape it by hand.  I like to make lollipop cookies with this dough.


  1. Have you heard of Jello Cookies? Or otherwise labeled "Crisp Pastel Cookies"? I've only made the strawberry-flavor, but now I wonder if I could make 2 or more flavors(colors) and mix them with the kids. (Like Strawberry and Banana) Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  2. Apparently I'm your new stalker. I am freakin in love with your blog and you make me laugh. My poor husband keeps asking with a sigh, "when will you be done?" with this or that room or project.For a while I felt guilty, like I should be "finished" at some point, but then I had a revelation. I decided that this house is my canvas and I express myself through painting, crafting, decorating, redecorating....the list goes on and on. But it's ok, especially because I am super thrifty and reuse much of what we already have. So I am with ya! Embrace that artist inside and go with it!