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February 24, 2007

Jethro's Deep Thought of the Day

It's easier to eat cake with a spoon than it is to eat ice cream with a fork.

February 23, 2007

It was one year ago today...

Can you believe it? One year ago today my sweet little baby girl made her grand entrance into the world...


February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

Noah and Emily just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!

Noah shows off the cupcakes he helped decorate.

Someone's been in the napkins... :-)

February 13, 2007

Walking and Teething

Emily is officially walking...

Em walking to her Papa... :-)

Miss Em has gone from a few steps to full blown walking in a hurry. She still moves pretty slow, but she is gaining confidence every day. She can walk all the way from her room, down the hall, and into the kitchen with out ever touching a wall.

My favorite part about her walking is that she likes to walk towards me with arms (and mouth) wide open and give me a big hug. It makes up for all the late nights I've been staying up with her while she's teething.

February 10, 2007

Fast & Easy Pizza Crust

When I was a kid, I always loved my mom's homemade pizza. But for some reason, we can never make her recipe turn out anywhere near as good as she does -- that's just the way some things are, I guess.

We did, however; find another pretty easy pizza crust recipe in one of the Best of Bridge cookbooks that Sandy gave me for Christmas a few years back. Most of you in the states are probably wondering, "What is Best of Bridge?". Well, all I really know is that it's a Canadian thing (maybe one of the Canadian readers can comment and fill us in... *hint* *hint*). Or, you can just click on the 'Our Story' link on their website.

The other day I decided to enter Best of Bridge into google... and guess what? They have all of their recipes online. So, I give you the Fast & Easy Pizza Crust recipe.

The recipe is not only easy, but it makes a delicious crust as well. We like to use half whole wheat flour to make it a little healthier -- and it gives it a little bit of texture. For a tomato-based pizza sauce, we usually just buy Boboli pizza sauce in serving sized packets... that way we don't have half a jar growing mold in the refrigerator.

So whether you like pan, thin crust, American toppings or Mediterranean toppings; give this pizza crust a try... I'll be surprised if you don't like it.

February 5, 2007

How Things Are Made

Noah wants to know how things are made, and he wants to know every detail.

Every night before he goes to bed, he tells me, "I want to know how they make [fill in the blank]" -- and I am supposed know the entire manufacturing process for whatever item he comes up with -- whether it be curtain rods, door knobs, pillows, clocks, toy cars, or trains. Usually I can come up with a reasonable explanation, but sometimes I just have to an answer that sounds plausible -- hoping that it is somewhat accurate.

I once asked him why he didn't want to know how boxes were made, and he replied, "I already know how boxes are made" -- you see, he loves going out in the shop here at work and intently watching the workers making boxes.

This past fall when we toured Tony's Horse Cookie factory, Noah was very interested in how they were made... and Uncle Tony made his day by giving us a quick demonstration. Noah's favorite machine was the one where the finished wafers traversed a series of hoppers, elevators, and belts; and finally ended up getting dumped into plastic bags.


Since sometime last summer, Noah's favorite book has been "What Do People Do All Day?" by Richard Scarry. For several months, it seemed like we had it on permanent loan from the library -- until Grandma Sandy gave him his very own copy for Christmas. The book does an excellent job of illustrating how a variety of items are made... with Noah's favorites being roads, houses, wood and bread. The book provides a lot of good information for young expanding minds, and it is done in a way that only Richard Scarry could do.

Noah also loves to watch things being made on shows like Mr. Rogers, This Old House (and Ask This Old House) and Unwrapped (Food Network - which we don't get). He also loves to watch cooking shows, with Caprial & John's Kitchen being his favorite.

While the TV shows may require less imagination to visualize how things are made, I think Noah and I both prefer the old fashioned way -- learning from a book. I love our bedtime tradition of discussing how things are made... and I hope he never runs out of questions. Of course, if he starts demanding better answers, I may have to get a laptop and wireless internet so I can just google for the answer from his bed... :-)