December 31, 2007
December 28, 2007
So here's a song that I heard all the time as a little girl. My Grama Boo would sing this to me. And even today, Grama Boo tells me "You are my sunshine". I'll tell ya, there is nothing like the love of a grandmother. Enjoy!
Puffy (1971 - 1989)
December 27, 2007
Thought I better put up one more blog entry before 2007 ends. Here's a bit of catch-up on the family! Ryann is home for a couple of weeks before she goes back the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities to finish up her junior year. Exciting news is that Ryann will be traveling to West Africa in May for a couple months to work on a research project with one of her African Studies Professors. She plans to do research in either Senegal or Guinea. This depending on whether civil war breaks out in Guinea or not. (You can imagine how excited this makes me....) Update: 1/4/08: Ryann reports a straight 4.0 GPA for the semester....Yeah!
Raine got her dream present this year - a PlayStation 3 with the game Rock Band. - All I can say is that it is loud. Really loud. Tried playing the drums last night while Raine sang. Pretty hilarious.
On Saturday night (Dec. 22)- we braved the heavy rain and drove to Paul's Winter Solstice party. This is a great Wisconsin friendly event- complete with hand-made cheese, beer and wine made by guests along with a complete smorgasbord of food. Every year Paul brings out his homemade beers for friends. We even were able to keep a solstice fire burning during the deluge. It finally changed over to ice just as we pulled into home driveway at about 1:30 am.
Had a great Christmas at Uncle Bear's house on X-mas Eve with my family. On X-mas day MK and the kids were over for Christmas Spaghetti dinner.
Todd and I are going to go test drive a Toyota Camry Hybrid. Todd wants to trade in his car while there is still good value on it. Anyone interested in a very fast Infinity G35?
New Years will be celebrated with friends here in Madison - our friends, Ankur and Ashwini will be hosting a BYOB and DJ Music party . They have rented a really cool little east side coffee shop for the event.
So that's where we are this final week of 2007. I wish everyone a happy new year and to my dutch friends - Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar!!!!!
December 18, 2007
So my man is sick, really miserable. And anyone who lives with a man - knows that level of sickness! The world will end shortly. What do you do? You make chicken soup!
And, this is what I personally want when I'm feeling under the weather - so everyone under my care gets the same treatment.
The steam of the soup with thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage will cure your sick loved one no matter what in about 1 week. And guess what? This cost is about $10 to make a whole pan of loving cure with extra healthy leftovers. That and about 5 days of basic misery.
Or go to a doctor and pay $205 for the office visit for the doc to say take it easy and stick to liquids.....Want a U.S. medical cure?
I left work at 5:45, went to the 2 stores - to get groceries and jaegermeister, picked up Raine, got home, prepared everything, and had a cosmo, (because you know, you have to take care of yourself!) and managed to make a homemade dinner by 7:30 pm. Here's my recipe! - (Okay, this looks complicated, the timing's not quite right, but its not, really difficult, trust me!)
Rylee's sure cure for the Common Cold - Chicken Soup
- 1 Whole Chicken (buy on sale or use parts which is ever cheaper!)
- 1 whole onion (chopped)
- 2 Carrots (chopped)
- 1/4 Head celery (the more greens the better!!!!!)
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic
- Fresh or dried herbs of your choice - garlic, (white pepper, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, bay leaf, savory, pepper and salt) - This is the HEALTH magic!- come make it with ME to learn the measurements!)
- 2-4 cups of chicken stock or bouillon (or whatever poultry stock you have on hand - I used duck stock because that was what was in the freezer.)
- Salt and pepper to taste - depending on the amount you need. (personally, I let my eaters decide their own sodium. so I don't put much in the cooking!)
- Various seasonings (your personal cure: savory, chile, garlic - whatever is your magical ingredient! - that's the LOVE and ENERGY that cures your loved one!)
- 1 bag (10 oz) dried extra wide egg noodles.
- In a 5 qt Dutch Oven, pan sear your whole chicken in about 1 tbs of olive oil. Turned regularly. About 10 minutes
- Remove whole chicken from pan
- In same pan, sautee all fresh ingredients (onion, carrots, celery, garlic) for about 5 minutes
- Add 1/4 cup of water or white wine to deglaze the pan which brings up the fond (the good stuff on the bottom of the pan). Scrape bottom of pan.
- Add whole chicken back in pan -
- Add 4 cups of chicken boullion - cook for 20 minutes - on high simmer.
- Remove whole chicken, cool. - 10 minutes or until cool to the hands. Chop and set aside.
- Add fresh herbs and extra LOVE or ENERGY spices to soup stock. Cook on a high simmer for 30 minutes.
- Start water boiling for noodles. (10 minutes) - same timing as herbs in soup. Bring to boil. Cook to noodle directions.
- Turn off Stock when you add noodles to boiling water.
- Add chopped chicken to soup stock -
- Let noodles finish, drain, let stock stew for a few more minutes.
- Put noodles in bowl, add soup mix to bowl to individual request. Let each season to desire.
December 12, 2007
But all this snow means that ski season has arrived as well. Last night, Raine and Todd headed up to Cascade mt. for the first ski run of the winter. It was Raine's hella lucky day, as she got her christmas present early - new ski boots and a helmet.
Soon they will be heading to Mt. Bohemia in the UP for some serious extreme skiing. I'll take a nice green/blue path any day with a chalet where I can get hot chocolate after each piste run.....
December 7, 2007
I was really hoping for venison since we had one package of steak left in the freezer. So I told everyone "good luck" and to bring me back some deer. Well after the hunting weekend, nothing. Todd missed a buck, my father wasn't having any luck - so it looked like 2008 was going to be a long year without venison.
But...towards the end of the 10-day hunting season, Todd gets a call from Al to get his butt up to Stevens Point to process some deer. And my dad calls with news that he got a buck and doe. HooHoo! The next think I know, i've got about 125lbs of venison packed in my freezer! Yeah. Basically we don't have to buy meat for the next several months.
Here's a link to a blog entry about venison steak that I wrote in July 2007
After doing the downtown - we headed over to the Brookfield Zoo for a couple of hours. Last year we never got to the wolves, so this year that was where we headed first. A bit anti-climatic if you ask me....the wolves were looking a little too well fed and lethargic. Criminy, Teiko looks like a better wolf than these guys.....
To warm up we went into the South American Aquarium Building - Raine got a cool shot of some type of shining grouper'ish fish through the glass as it zoomed by. I took the shot of the star fish on the glass.
December 1, 2007
Christmas Lights: Thankfully, Raine and I got all the Xmas lights up on the house last weekend before the snowstorm. Today will be the official lighting of the house... As Raine says, the holiday season doesn't start until December 1. So no xmas lights until that date. This year we've converted to all LED lights. Not sure yet if I like the blue-tinge of the white lights, but we'll see....
New Flooring: We are getting rid of the horrid white carpeting in the downstairs this weekend. In its place we are putting down a "wood" floor. The flooring is called adura and it looks like wood and comes in planks. However it's made of vinyl and is waterproof - a good thing to have in a house that sits along a marsh.
Update 12/07: It's done! Here's a photo of Todd laying the flooring on Saturday night. It took about 32 hours of labor to rip out the old carpet, prep the concrete and lay the new floor - Todd is a rock star! And the floor looks absolutely awesome!
November 30, 2007
The first big snow storm of the season is predicted to hit southern Wisconsin starting around noon on Saturday. The meterologists are
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October 25, 2007
Then we met up with our good friends from college - David and Tracy who have been living in Albuquerque for 17 years (which I still can't believe...) and travelled north to Sante Fe with them. We tried to get to Ojo Calientes mineral water spa and arrived 20 minutes before closing. And bless their hearts, they let us in to soak how ever briefly and it felt wonderful.
For a couple of days, Todd and I spent the time exploring the natural beauty of northern New Mexico. We hiked around the Rio Grande Gorge, visited ancient peublos, drove through the mountains, and even bought a little turquoise. The trip ended to soon and we were back in Madison before we knew it.
Below are about 40 pictures of New Mexico. If you want to look at the whole gallery just double click on the black screen - you'll be taken to my picasa gallery where you can view individual images.
October 19, 2007
Yesterday, Tracy took us to the Acoma Pueblo. This pueblo is built on top of a sandstone mesa and has been inhabited for several hundred years. They do not allow photos to be taken unless a permit is purchased. Suffice it to say, it was amazing. We took a guided tour of the pueblo with a Acamo named Gary. We saw some beautiful pottery and met some very nice people. Will report more later.
October 12, 2007
Above are photos we took when we visited Reims in 1998 or so. I can't believe how young the girls are in the photo. If you'd like to see more photos from France and when we lived in Europe visit the first website I ever built in 1999. This website chronicles our life living in holland from 1998-2001. The site still functions nicely and holds up well after 8 years -
October 5, 2007
September 18, 2007
This is what we created: Trust me, we analyzed this to death. The end observation: the pan was too big for the contents. We should have bake this in smaller pans. The taste was all right - but we all know the big fluffly presentation is what it's all about....We will try again!
September 17, 2007
Also found her a bed and desk as well as loaded her up with groceries. Went out to dinner on Saturday night with the usual suspects, Ryann, Margo, Ryan Dean and Raine. We ate at a new little restaurant called Kilimanjaro - Saturday's special was goat stew. The stew was fantastic with great seasonings. You dont' find goat at Copps. I can tell you that.
September 6, 2007
Here's a little slide show of our our weekend. You can either watch it here or click on the images to see bigger versions and captions. (Still working with the picasa webalbum features....)
August 27, 2007
Life is lived in the moment, today! Grab it, embrace and learn from it. And make sure your people that matter to you know it!
August 25, 2007
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