Monthly Archives: February 2011

Icicles

I don’t remember having icicles in previous years, but this year our house is covered in them. The biggest is outside my office window (it is double the length you can see in the picture). I watch it grow a little longer every day (and have to keep fighting Wade not to knock it down).

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  • kristaMarch 1, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    hmm… my parents had icicles really bad (and HUGE) a couple years ago. they didn’t knock them down either, but when spring came there were lots of problems. they had to fix some leaks in their roof and replace lots of their rain gutters. i hope you don’t have the same problems. 🙂

  • HollyMarch 1, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    Did Wade pay you to post that? Just kidding. You have a good point – especially about the gutters. Maybe I’ll finally let him knock it down.

All Done

I’m not sure where Alex learned this (probably from me), but he has a new signal for all done. Now he sticks his tongue out and moves it back and forth. We both think it’s hilarious so of course it continues.

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Boys Will Play

What a fun playdate we had today! Alex, Abram, and Riley played really well together and Nicki, Amber, and I got to sit and talk. The funniest play I observed was Alex and Abram learning to wrestle. (I only encouraged it a little.)

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Shop Shoes

Alex loves to spend time with Wade in the woodshop. He would run around downstairs in his sock feet and then come back upstairs tracking sawdust (see a picture here). I got tired of cleaning up behind him and decided Alex needed “shop shoes”. They stay at the bottom of the stairs and Alex knows…

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Library And Time-Out

Alex and I have been slugs lately so a trip to the library with the Strouds sounded fun. Alex is a true bookworm and eventually ended up on the couch with a book. Then Abram showed him how to play a game on Amber’s new iPhone. Thank goodness Alex hasn’t figured out mine will do…

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Who Knew?

I was relaxing with my Cooking Light magazine when I got to the article entitled, “30 Common Cooking Mistakes“. Out of the thirty, I found one really interesting. It suggested cooking bacon in the oven for an even, crisp look. I tried it and was astounded at how well it worked. I followed their instructions…

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  • Amy StokesFebruary 23, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    I learned this from Ina Garten, and her extra trick is really great. About halfway through, brush on a bit maple syrup- delicious!

  • HollyFebruary 23, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    That sounds extra yummy! I’m going to try it tomorrow morning!

  • WadeFebruary 23, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    That is blasphemy! Bacon was designed by a higher power to be cooked in a skillet. Otherwise what good is a skillet anyway? I demand this baked bacon malarkey cease at once.

  • HollyFebruary 23, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    Wade – just wait till you taste it. It is REALLY good bacon. Especially for those of us who haven’t quite mastered cooking it in a skillet.

  • CarolFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:41 am

    I read the same article in my CL magazine when it came in the mail – haven’t tried it yet – but I’m so happy to hear that it works really well from a trusted source!!! Thanks for sharing, Holly!

Unexpected Snow Play

Last week we had warmer temperatures (high 30s) and most of our snow melted. I was beginning to get the idea of spring into my head when we got a decent snowfall (6 inches or so). Abram and Alex were happy to bundle up and play. (The lawn mower is their “snow blower”.)

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