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Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for March, 2011

Giant Egg

Thu ,31/03/2011

Our chickens are funny, one of the fatties has laid a double yolk egg almost once a week since the beginning of February. Here’s a picture of one of the big eggs next to a normal sized egg.

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Bagels

Wed ,30/03/2011

There was a huge snowstorm here at the beginning of February and both mine and Jordan’s works got cancelled, so we decided we would make the most of the day by making new recipes. We made some english muffins and bagels as well as some other foods. We didn’t take pictures of the english muffins, but we did take them of the second batch of bagels. The first batch looked better, I tried to make them bigger the second time, and it didn’t work as well.

This is from one of our bread books:

Ingredients

3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 tsp. molasses
1 1/8 c Lukewarm water
1 egg
2 Tbs. canola oil
1/3 c. dried blueberries
1/3 c. fresh/frozen blueberries pureed

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, place half the water, molasses, and yeast, stir until dispersed. Pour the mixture into the large bowl with flour, add the egg, the rest of the water, and the oil. Mix together and knead until very smooth.

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Turn the dough out and place in a greased bowl and let rise for 1 1/2 hours. After the dough is risen, divide the dough into 12 equal parts (this is best done by dividing it in half, then half again (4 parts) then dividing that into thirds. Again, do not try and make them bigger, it makes the rest of the process more difficult.Roll these into balls and let rest for 5 minutes.

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Flatten the balls and using your pointer finger to make a hole in the center roll the flattened ball into a bagel shape. Make the hole big, because it shrinks when they rise and you cook them. Set these aside for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 T molasses, and gently drop each bagel in the boiling water 2-3 at a time for 30 seconds on each side.

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Drain well and place on baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

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Next recipe: Jordan’s homemade cream cheese!

Haircuts and the Flowbee

Mon ,28/03/2011

I got a haircut last week when Jordan was out of town. It wasn’t really what I was expecting or what I had asked for, but I’m getting used to it (it helps that Jordan likes it).

Haircuts always remind of me my Dad and:

Now, if you haven’t heard of a Flowbee before, it is basically clippers that you connect to a vacuum so there is no clean up when you’re done cutting hair.  There are a series of plastic spaces you add to cut it longer or to cut at an angle. Sounds simple enough, right?

Yes, my dad bought one of these at the As Seen on TV Store somewhere between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on our way to DollyWood when we lived inTennessee. We stopped at a huge As Seen on TV store that had things like The Perfect Pancake and Epil Stop n Spray. I can’t find the video, but you might remember it. It was this spray stuff that you spray on hair and it “magically” wipes off and doesn’t grow for a long time. There is one scene in the infomerical where there is a guy with a really, really hairy back (we’re talking like man/bear combo), and they spray this stuff on his back and there’s a bald spot.

I can remember him convincing my mom that it would work and that it would save so much money on haircuts for my dad and brothers. Keep in mind this is not the first time he tried to buy it, but this time his convincing worked and we bought it. So we went to Dollywood, then we went home and Dad was so excited to used the new Flowbee.

Our house in Tennessee had a central vacuum (the kind that has ductwork built into the house with the canister located in a central location, in our case the garage). So my dad cut my brothers’ hair first ( I can’t remember which one was first), and both my brothers hated it, but the Flowbee lived up to it’s name.My brothers would go quite a long time in between haircuts because of how much they said they didn’t like it. I think at one point he tried to convince Ashley that she could cut her hair and bangs with it. I’m pretty sure that didn’t work. I’m positive that emptying the canister on the vacuum wasn’t that much fun either. My dad continued cut his hair and their hair with it until they moved to Utah. Even now, when you ask my brother Jared about the Flowbee he’ll make this shuddering noise and say he’s glad he doesn’t have to have his hair cut like that anymore.

I bet that if my dad had a flowbee still he’d be cutting his hair, and maybe the dog’s because they have a dog attachment now. :)

Room Makeover in Progress

Thu ,17/03/2011

We’re so excited for our baby, so we bought furniture in early January. I said that before we set up the furniture we had to paint the room. Here’s how we paint things in our house. I pick out paint chips and then I put them on the wall and Jordan pick one of the colors (or narrows it down to two). Then we buy sample paint and paint a square on the wall and leave it for a couple of days. I really like blue and brown together and figured that both colors were appropriate for a boy or girl.

I got my favorite paint Behr Premium Plus Ultra in the shade Jordan decided on and painted it. Don’t worry it’s not done yet. We’re still deciding on other decorations for the rest of the room. Now the furniture is in the room and once everything is done we’ll post some pictures. Until then, here are some pictures of the room in progress:

Before:

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During:

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It’s a…

Wed ,16/03/2011

We mentioned in our Christmas post that we told our families that we are having a baby. We waited until we knew what it was before we told people at church. We found out on February 24 what our baby is, it was an awesome birthday present for me.

See if you can figure it out:

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I’ve been measuring small, and on an earlier ultrasound they changed our due date from July 4th to July 11th, but we’re (I’m) hoping for sooner rather than later. We stopped at Culver’s on the way back to Jordan’s work to celebrate.

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Also, here’s a picture of me at about 22 weeks. I look like a dork, and Jordan got tired of taking pictures, so here goes:

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Floating down the Eleven Point River

Mon ,14/03/2011

Wow, this one is even worse that we having blogged on.  Way way back on Aug 14, 2010, Ryan Budd and I and the Armstrongs and the Bishop and his wife went floating down the Eleven point river from the Greer Crossing access to Whitten access.  It was about 12 miles.  Emily and Heidi were preparing for and having Heidi’s baby shower.  It was another float trip.  We moved fairly slowly due to having the Bishop with us since he likes to stop all the time and fish.  We made fun of him for it but really it was pretty fun.  I don’t mind moving slow. The pictures pretty much tell the story.  I like Missouri for it’s rivers; it may not have any natural lakes, but it abounds in natural very pretty rivers.

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Floating the North Fork River

Sun ,13/03/2011

I can’t believe that we haven’t written on this yet.  Way back on September 18th, 2010, Emily and I and the Armstrong’s floated down a section of the North Fork River.  It was a lot of fun.  We started at the North Fork Recreation Area and got out at the Patrick Bridge Access Area.  It was about 14 miles total.  The river was pretty and deep enough I don’t remember having to get out at all to drag the boats along.  We might have though a little.  It was pretty cool, there was a spring right in the middle of the river.  We have some pictures of it.  The river was pretty chilly if I remember right but it felt good because it was pretty warm outside.  As usual when we float rivers with the Armstrongs, we got out a ton for swimming, etc. which is great because I like taking my time sometimes. We’ll for sure be floating down this river again.  14 miles was a good length too; we’ve done longer and it was alright as well but 14 was a good day especially since we started fairly late in the day.

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Backpacking Swan Creek with Mike Jan 2011

Fri ,11/03/2011

So Mike Armstrong and I had been planning a good backpacking trip for a couple of weeks.  I was going to take a half day off work so we could do some long backpacking trip.  However, I had a work meeting planned in the afternoon so I ended up not being able to take the half day so we just were going to go to Hercules Glade Wilderness Area instead.  Well, on the way to Hercules, I drove off the road and did some damage to my car (1000$ to be exact, which we’ll post on later).  So we drove all the way home, got Emily’s car, and we ended up going to Swan Creek Area instead since it’s closer.  We still had a lot of fun.  We ended up hiking 13.2 miles.  You can check out the trails we hiked on on my backpacking site, www.backpackingmissouri.com (although give me a bit to put it on there).  It was so cold at night but we stayed warm enough.  I’m glad we went despite the traumatizing car accident on the way :)

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Youth New Years Party

Thu ,10/03/2011

The Church had a New Years Party for the youth. Our ward was in charge of decorating, it was a lot of fun, except a lot of the youth left before midnight. They had a lot of stuff for the youth to do. They had a wii, an xbox with a kinect, old arcade games, and an all you can eat breakfast food menu (Brother Cane from the 5th ward was the short order cook).

We started to get tired near the end of the night, we played one game of the bean game, and started taking down the decorations right as midnight hit.

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Panini Grill

Wed ,09/03/2011

Jordan got me a panini grill for Christmas. It is seriously one of the coolest kitchen gadgets ever.

We use it all the time. We make breakfast sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, wraps, pretty much anything. We even made a peanut butter and jelly panini :). Also, I hate cooking bacon, and it works great, no grease splattering, and all the grease drains onto the tray. It is awesome!

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