Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Gingham Sweater is Finished

I finally finished the Gingham sweater for Deborah.

I've been stalling adding the button as I'm a bit sad to be finishing it.

It has been such a fun project to work on and I can't find another challenging project that appeals to me as much as this one did. Hmmm... sounds like I need to spend more time in a knitting shop. Well, not just in any knitting shop, but in The Woolie Ewe in Dallas. :)

We have mating ... and pregnant ... sea monkeys. Oh, boy.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thanks for the new t-shirts, Grandma and Grandpa!

Your silly grandkids loved them!

Isn't this a cute picture of Deborah and Jacob?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jessica made this mask for her Theater Arts class.
It was a remake of a famous mask.

Another Drawing by Jessica

Jessica drew this for one of her school friends, Morgan.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

David's Simple Apple Lab

For school this week, David had to do a Science lab. The purpose of the lab was to see if a solution of lemon juice and water would slow the chemical process that causes apples to brown when exposed to oxygen.

If you know David, then you know that he has a very intelligent, curious mind. The first attempt at this lab consisted of slicing up an apple and covering each individual slice with a variety of things: lemon juice, water, crushed vitamin C, orange juice, and spit. (Yes, spit. His spit. Ew.) Then he found out that his teacher wanted the lab limited to just water and a lemon juice & water solution. But, we learned from this experiment that lemon juice works best followed closely by orange juice. Spit ... not at all.

So, he cut an apple in half and soaked one side in water and the other side in the lemon juice/water solution. "Doesn't the chemical change require oxygen?" I asked several hours into the experiment. Ugh. But we learned from this experiment that apples when soaked in a lemon/water solution starts to become apple mush in just a few short hours.

He started all over. By this point he had used my cheap apples and so he moved on to my deliciously sweet and crisp Honey Crisp Apples. $2.99 a pound apples. He cut the apple in half. Dipped one side in water. Dipped the other side in a lemon juice & water solution. Waited for 6 hours. Guess what we learned? Honey Crisp Apples don't really brown.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Crockpot Heaven

For a while now, I have been trying to use my crockpot/slow cooker more frequently. A good friend even gave me her recipe booklet and we've learned lots of new tricks from it.

Tonight my friend, Kelli, showed me a great website that I just had to share:

And, from there, you may also want to check out Slow Cooking Thursday:

If you make any of the recipes, let me know what you think of them. Maybe I'll try it ... or avoid it ... based on your recommendation.