Monthly Archives: November 2006

Turn on my Lights

Peter: Tell him to “Turn on your lights.”
Phillip: Turn on my lights.
Peter: No, tell him to turn on his lights.
Phillip: Turn on his lights.
Peter: No, not my lights. Say “Turn on your lights.”
Phillip: Turn on my lights.
Peter: No, his lights.
Phillip (in disgust and triumph): Turn on the lights!

It Works!!!

I have read that dish detergent takes out stains, and now that I have tried it, I am convinced!! The other day I got a grease stain (veggie oil) on a favorite shirt and was very disappointed because I have never been successful at getting grease stains out of clothing. I remembered reading about using dish detergent, so I put dawn on the spots and tossed the shirt in the laundry to wash later. When it came time to wash it, I re-treated the stains with Shout stain remover and washed it in cold water. The stains came out completely!! I don’t know if the Shout was necessary, but I was excited so I shouted!! 🙂 Seriously, though, I put the Shout on just in case. Maybe when it isn’t a favorite shirt, I”ll take a risk and try it without it! 🙂 Meanwhile, I am glad to say that I have been successful at removing grease stains!! Now I shall wait for the next challenge that crosses my way!! Don’t worry, it probably won’t be a long wait!

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Apple & Oatmeal Cobbler

Well, I have returned to my allergy diet after taking almost a month long break. (Hey, I deserved it after going several months without a single intentional cheat!). I was craving sweets, so I searched online for a wheat free sugar free sweet recipe(sounds like an oxymoron, huh?) and found this site

Here’s my version of their recipe:

    Apple Mixture:

    • 4 large Baking Apples
    • 2 oz. raisins
    Lemon Spice Mixture:

    • 2 T Lemon Juice
    • 1 c Apple Juice
    • 1/2 c Maple Syrup
    • Large pinch Ground Cloves
    • 1/8 t Ground Cinnamon
    Oatmeal Mixture:

    • 1 c ground oatmeal (I ground it in a blender)
    • 1/2 c apple juice
    • 1/8 t Ground Cinnamon
    • 1 pinch Ground Cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Slice the apples and place them in rectangular baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the raisins over the apples and stir.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine lemon and apple juice with the spices and maple syrup and mix well.
  5. Pour lemon spice mixture over the apple mixture and bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes, basting frequently.
  6. Add the oatmeal mixture and stir well.
  7. Serve hot.

For those of you wondering how I made a sugar free recipe containing maple syrup, I used the all natural 100% syrup – no added sugar. This was a delicious recipe! Luke said it was better than ice cream!!! We will be making this again!!

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Growing up!!

Anna Marie took her first unsupervised shower today! She even brushed her own hair!! My little girl is growing up before my very eyes! It is exciting and sad at the same time! It is sad because she is not the little girl she used to be, but it is exciting because growing up is a necessary step in life!

She is able to help me with the younger kids and is actually old enough to be helpful around the house instead of me pretending she is helping. I no longer have to refrain from redoing the tasks I give her. She actually does them well most of the time! A lot of the teaching is done, and she is excited to help!

I am still getting used to the sight of Anna Marie holding Bethany and am amazed at her ability to motivate the boys, sometimes with more success than me!! Maybe I should take lessons from her! She is also learning to use the computer and loves math!! She is quickly excelling in her reading, and is excited to learn new things. It is interesting to watch her learn and wonder what she will end up doing with her life. But let’s not rush things. I want to enjoy her as my little girl for a little while longer!!

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Wacky Ears

After bathing Peter this evening, he complained of having water in his ears. He wrapped his towel around his finger and went to dry his ears. Then he excitedly exclaimed, “Mom, I think I feel a wack!!” I said, “A wack?! What’s a….” Then I burst out in laughter to the sound of now both Phillip and Peter excitedly telling me about the wacks in their ears! Anyone else figure out what he was talking about?

Burning Incense

Since moving up north where temperatures are a little lower than we are used to, we have made it part of our routine to drink hot tea every evening. Last night, I put the water on to boil and sat down to talk to Luke. After a few minutes, Luke’s eyes got really big as he looked at the stove, and he said, “Get it!” I looked over to see smoke streaming up where a bottle of cinnamon was too close to the burner, and the plastic container was melting. I grabbed the cinnamon container a little too quickly, and spilled cinnamon on the burner, which caught on fire (just a small fire :). We caught it before it did anything harmful, and thinking back on it, it was quite humorous.

We were told before we moved into this apartment that if the smoke alarm went off, the fire department would get an immediate signal to come. There wasn’t much smoke at all, but we didn’t want to risk it. So we were scurrying around opening windows and turning on the fan over the stove. We ended up needing the tea even more than we thought, since we got to drink it with a breeze blowing through the house. We also got to drink it while enjoying the smell of cinnamon incense. It smelled absolutely delicious.

Let me give you a tip, though. If you want to enjoy the experience of burning incense while sitting down to a nice cup of hot tea, don’t try it the way we did, OK?