So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Thursday, March 19, 2015

On the Job

Rugrat could definitely have a future working for Liberty Tax or Little Caesar's if she so chose. For now, maybe her spirit and cuteness will combine to sell all our cookies. :)


Monday, March 16, 2015

Hope This Works

At some point during the winter, the cat decided that I brought my plants inside for her. I have caught her multiple times digging in them.

It wasn't much of a stretch to realize what her next logical step was. After all, cats like to dig for a specific reason.

Yep! She decided it was her lazy bathroom. You know -- for when she didn't want to walk to her box.


To avoid killing her, I decided to give this a try first.

So far it is working. She doesn't know quite what to think of the balloons.

It only has to work until I can be sure that overnight temperatures won't drop below 55 degrees at night. Then I can set them safely outside. Hopefully, that won't be too long.

I did inform Hubby that she will get spanked next time. I'm done being nice about it.

The night I did this, she sat, beforehand, and watched me walk out of the room then jumped into the planter. As soon as I ran back into the room, she jumped down and made a run for it. So I know she knows it's not allowed.

I might try getting one of those motion detecting toys that yells and moves first. That only occurred to me later.

Hubby thinks I'm a big meanie for any kind of animal discipline so I'm willing to try one more thing. But he's been forewarned.

Hopefully, this will work though.

Blasted cat! I have informed her multiple times that I am a DOG person. I don't really care for cats. So you would think she wouldn't want to tick me off.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Our first Girl Scout cookie booth selling

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Doll Hair Detangle

Here's a good one to keep in mind.

Recently, with some of her birthday and Christmas money, Rugrat gave Big Doll a sister (another knockoff American Girl doll) who came complete with a carrying trunk and several ballet outfits like leotards and tights, etc.

But playing with them resulted in some pretty tangled up hair for the new one. That was okay, I guess, since they definitely looked like they were in the same family then. But Rugrat made a comment the other day that suggested she wished they had braids.

Side note: she has decided that braids like Ana's from Frozen

is the perfect hairstyle. She thinks she is IT when I put her hair in two braids like that and wanted her dolls to have the same opportunity.

Well, I knew that wasn't happening with the tangled mess on their heads. So I asked good friend Google what to do. There is apparently a solution.

It is called the Downy Dunk by doll collectors. Most of the recipes I saw said to mix two tablespoons of fabric softener (it doesn't have to be Downy -- I don't use it so I bought a bottle of Dollar Tree's) with water in a small spray bottle. I did see a couple of recipes that said 50/50 of each.

I tried the two tablespoons first and figured I would up it if I needed to. You are supposed to soak the hair and use a wide toothed comb to gently work out all the tangles. Then you let it dry and should be good to go.

Well, guess what! It works!

I tackled her new doll first. It was the easiest and I barely pulled out any hair doing it. Like I almost couldn't see it to pick up where I laid it on the couch. And her hair was tangle free pretty quickly too.

Big Doll the first was a little tougher. I had brushed her out a couple of times without using anything and so, I think, she lost quite a bit more hair because I had already been pretty rough before plus she had gotten more tangled. But I soldiered on and she is still sporting her Ana braids in her shiny soft mane.

Did I mention it also makes the doll hair soft and shiny?

After they dried on the counter all night, their hair felt like it had been doing exactly that. I only had to give it a dry brush through and it was good to go and soft.

Apparently, the best thing to do is use this trick as soon as the hair gets tangled. There is less likelihood that the doll will lose a lot of hair that way and it gets a lot more play too.

Rugrat was rather tickled to have her dolls looking so chic and has been keeping them busy with all sorts of play since.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday's Menu

I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring. I was craving anything lemon this past week and I think that is why. I want some warm weather and lemons seem like a piece of sunshine.

So, I decided to make some lemonade. I've found my new favorite recipe on Little House Living. My old recipe was good but this tastes so much better.

I think you could easily substitute other fruit juices (unsweetened and preferably fresh squeezed) for the lemon juice in this recipe because it is a simple syrup diluted with juice and water. I haven't ever tried it though. Other than water, lemonade is about my favorite drink.

Let me know what you think.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (or bottled if you must)
4 cups water

Make a simple syrup by mixing water and sugar together in a pan and heating until completely dissolved. Pour into pitcher. Add lemon juice and water. Cool and refrigerate. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

School Snapshots

Rugrat's completed book report project -- a mobile with all kinds of things about Freddy the Detective.

We "planted" a bean in a bag with a wet paper towel. Who didn't ever do that in school? Well, her bean was some kind of crazy. I had to open a spot in the zip so it could poke it's head out. Currently, it is quite a bit taller (about 4 inches above the zip) with two full spread out leaves.

Still in the baggie. Still hanging in the window. We plan to plant it in a pot if we can manage to do it soon before it dies. I never had one do quite that well.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday's Menu

In December, Rugrat went to a "Girlfriends in God" event at our church building. For part of their snack, they made hot chocolate.

And she fell in love.

She has since mentioned hot chocolate frequently and is regularly pretending to be having some or making some in her play kitchen.

Yesterday, she harassed me all day to go out the falling snow and when she finally did that afternoon, I decided a cup of hot chocolate might be in order when she came in. So I mixed up a small amount of this one.

She loves her Curious George mug we found in a thrift store somewhere.

She cracks me up when she sits like this -- my little grownup. :)

Hot chocolate is very simple to make. I'm not sure why they put so many nasty things in the packets in the store but it isn't necessary. Two ingredients are all you need plus a little milk. And since the ingredients are very basic, it's simple to use organic ingredients (or whatever dietary restriction) as well.

Which is what I did.

The one note I would make is to mix in the cocoa mix while heating the milk so that it incorporates better.

You can make up the mixture and keep it in the pantry until you need it if you like. Or just mix up a little when you need it.

I got this recipe from here. Keep it on hand and enjoy it when you need a warm little pick me up.

Hot Cocoa Mix

1 cup sugar (organic or conventional cane, rapadura, coconut sugar or granulated honey)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (conventional or organic)

Combine in a jar or container. To use: Warm 6 oz. milk and 2 Tablespoons cocoa mix. Do not boil. Pour into mug. Add marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.