Friday, August 31, 2007

Day five - whew!

Well, nothing interesting to report this morning, except that Allie (14) made her volleyball team. Woo hoo! Will see if she feels good enough to play next week, but at least we have the long weekend to help her ankle get better.

Even more importantly, Annie (6) DID NOT CRY ONE TEAR.

Allie and Neal (12) had to be at school at the crack of dawn (6:45 a.m.!) - he to allow for getting into all the football gear (everyone makes the team in 7th grade), and she because we weren't about to make two trips (she needed to be there at 7:00 - and there were a few tears over that one!).

It was cute to see all 80 seventh grade football players, outside in long rows, some as big as grown men, and others no bigger than our fourth grader, Libby. Funny how that whole puberty thing appears so random at this age. Neal's almost as tall as I am and weighs as much as I do. It won't be long.

After all the big kids got to school, I took Ruthie (3) to a product testing place. We'd signed her up this summer, and they called to invite her to test a cigarette lighter. She and another little boy sat for five minutes and made cars out of their lighters (no fluid in them), airplanes, exchanged grins and stories of their siblings ("My big thithter Annie'th in thchool right now." She feels the need to explain her lack of company, I think). They did just about everything except make the lighter "click," which is a good thing for all of us, and they still paid $20 to "test." Here's to product safety!

The rest of the afternoon I worked on details for our church's Revolve Tour group. Allie and I had such a good time last year, we are taking a whole group this year. We've just about sold all our tickets, so we are extremely pumped!

And just to let you know, my pot of beans turned out so good I thought I'd share my "recipe":
Katherine's Really Good, Really Big Pot of Beans

2 lbs. dry beans (Black or pinto. I made pinto last night)
Water to cover by 2" or so
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2-4 T. chicken bouillon (or to taste)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 fresh serrano or jalapeno peppers, seeded, and minced (don't touch your eyes!)
Salt to taste
2-4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Fresh lime juice, to taste

Soak beans overnight (or if you're like me, do the quick soak on bean package). Put in 1T baking soda to reduce gas (so they say...). Pour off soak water, rinse beans, and add water to cover by 2". Add all ingredients except cilantro and lime, and bring to boil. Boil on low heat for 3-4 hours until beans are tender. Add cilantro and lime juice (just a squeeze) during last 30 min. to one hour.

Enjoy with rice and cornbread (okay, and tortilla chips, a bit of sour cream, some salsa, and heaps of grated cheese), then freeze the rest, because unless you are having company, there's no way you can eat this much. You can also put the beans in the blender or food processor for Really Good Refried Beans, too.

Have a great weekend!


Jen said...

Sounds like a quiet day too a long week. Guess what it starts over Tuesday and will be just as hard. Since we have a holiday thrown in there.....I hope you have a great weekend...come see where I will be tonight!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Really neat end to one crazy week! Have a great weekend! Oh yes, product testing? How does that work?

Julie@HighFive! said...

That sounds like a great'll be on my stove tomorrow morning while we're at church! Thanks!!

Qtpies7 said...

School doesn't start here until Tuesday, and I am not looking forward to the chaos, but I am looking forward to the quiet mornings! Ok, 3 quiet mornings a week. My little ones sleep in until after 10am. But on Thursday and Friday I have to go to babysit at 6am and bring three boys home with me when they are awake.

I am in some product testing groups, but I have never actually gone, the one that I qualified for was on a day I had to bring my kids to the airport. I do secret shopping, and that is fun most of the time.

Ladybug said...

I think I will try that this weekend! Thanks!

Dana said...

Dear Katherine,

I just googled the phrase "raising homemakers" and found your blog! :-) It has been lots of fun reading about you and your family!

We have 5 girls and 1 boy and we home educate. Our boy is second to the last and is 3 years old. I laughed so hard as you quoted Ruthie with her little lisp...our little guy speaks the same way. It's so entertaining, although, I have to say, I don't desire for him to speak that way forever. Our oldest girl is almost 17, and the youngest is 18 months old. It's a great life! What a blessing!

Looking forward to future posts!

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Yay for no tears! Might need to try those beans. We are having some rainy days around here so those would be perfect.


Mindy said...

Yeah Allie!!

Beck said...

I am copying down that bean recipe - yum!
I remember this one guy in high school and he was TINY - child sized! Then in grade 13 (which no longer exists!) he had this massive growth spurt and was the tallest guy in our group. Crazy!

Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I'm so glad that a routine (or as much as one can be in a house of five kiddos) is starting to develop for you all and that everyone is adjusting to school. I'm definitely going to have try that recipe sometime this winter.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

That recipe looks yummy.

I never know how else to cook my boring beans!

(check out my latest post, some exciting news)

Julie said...

Congrats to your daughter. That is great.

The bean recipe looks yummy. Reminds me of a recipe my Dad used to make. Maybe I will make these for him and see what he thinks.

Have a great week. My older kids went back to school today. Yeah!