Monday, October 26, 2009

so thankful


Thanksgiving isn't for another month buuut I've been thinking today about a few things I'm thankful for and thought I'd share...
-the overall health of my family
-some of the moms in my MOPS group have husbands that are soldiers overseas, so I am thankful for our soldiers and also that my husband is here with me
-Muffin (the person not the food although now that I think about it I am thankful for the food too)
-for Jesus, who I can run to when I am sad, happy, worried, excited, or anything else and He never lets me down
-and last but not least- my new lambie robe!! It is the softest and warmest robe ever, and I'm pretty sure I won't be getting out of it until next spring. A big thanks to Julie for spoiling me with this gift two months early :)! I will post a pic but it doesn't do it justice plus Natalie didn't know how to get my whole body.

pumpkin fest


Benjamin was so excited to be a horse for farm day/pumpkin fest at school!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

cinnamon rolls

For some reason I am drawn to all recipes where you roll up some sort of dough filled with yummy goodness. Maybe it's that I like to see how the filling is all swirled up inside the round treat. I don't know, but I'm fascinated. So of course I love to make cinnamon rolls. I found two great recipes on allrecipes.com. I like the 90 minute rolls better because instant yeast is so easy to use, but both recipes are good. The only difference I make is that I use half whole wheat flour and I haven't tried the glaze for the overnight cinnamon rolls but it didn't look good to me.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ninety-Minute-Cinnamon-Rolls/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Overnight-Cinnamon-Rolls-I/Detail.aspx

bean dip

Michael and I have been loving this white bean dip lately. I found the fresh pico de gallo at Walmart next to the lettuce. We like to pair it with Joseph's oat bran, flax, and whole wheat pitas I found at Walmart by the deli. You could also serve with tortilla chips, veggies, or crackers.

1 can great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 carton fresh pico de gallo (or 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes (diced), 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup green peppers)
1 tablespoon lime juice

Mix everything in blender. It's ready to serve but we like to chill it for an hour first.

fallin' for fall



The weather has been so perfect these past few weeks! We have had our neighbor friends over (the kids anyway) almost every day running around our yard, playing hide and seek, swinging, etc. Natalie and Erin (the little girl next door) begged me all summer to let them have a cupcake stand, and we finally got around to it last week. Some sweet neighbors stopped by, and they got some good business. They made a little over ten dollars (that they split in half), and they were thrilled with that. We LOVE our park that we can walk to through a trail in our neighborhood. There was a party this weekend at that park, and my kids dressed up as a cowgirl and cowboy. Erin was dressed as something a little scarier, so she had to keep a safe distance from Ben.

Friday, October 23, 2009

pumpkin patch with Benjamin


Despite what it looks like he was really excited to be at the pumpkin patch. Every time we passed it this week he begged to go, and since he's better today was the day. We couldn't really find an angle where the sun didn't bother him (he said the day was too shiny).

investiture ceremony




Last night we had our annual investiture ceremony with our Girl Scout troup where the girls invest (if they are new) or re-invest into the Girl Scouts. The top pic is our troop 09-10, second our friendship circle, and then Natalie investing.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

haiku

The kids and I were learning about haikus today and they decided to write their own:
A noisy bird chirps
in birdbath
full of rain.
Benjamin

Delicate flower
blows in gentle breeze
softly.
Natalie

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

girl scouts


Natalie's troop (08-09) at day camp

tennis lessons



So cute to watch!

Monday, October 19, 2009

kids fall pics


Arizona





Well, it's true you usually don't appreciate something, and in this case it's heat, until it's gone. Our heat went out yesterday so last night we all had a "camp out" in the guest room since it has it's own separate heating and air. Last night was the coldest night we've had this fall, so I am so very happy the nice heating man came this morning and fixed it. Ironically this afternoon is supposed to be the hottest we've had in weeks. Go figure. With all this thought about heat I am reminded of my summer trip to AZ with my sister and thought I would post some pics. I learned many things on this trip- for example: never forget your bathing suit when going to spa and if you do the white leotards they let you borrow will be see through when wet, the cheese plate at a spa restaurant is not the sort of cheese plate you would have at your normal party, and a hot air balloon ride is a lot more relaxing and a lot less scary than I thought it would be. I was also reminded how good it feels to laugh so hard you can't breathe. Thanks for the trip Bitsy!

our very favorite muffins

Banana Chip Muffins
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup melted butter
3 medium mashed bananas
3/4 cups chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips)

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, butter, and bananas. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chips. Fill greased muffin cups 3/4s full. Bake at 375 for 18-22 mins. Makes one dozen (note: the recipe says 375 but I like the just barely done and bake at 350)

my first post

I have been reading other people's blogs for the past few years when I had a few minutes of free time here and there. These blogs (all by other moms) have been both fun for me to read and informative and even sometimes inspiring. While I'm not sure if I'm all that entertaining, informative or inspiring (smile) I thought this could be a way to tell anyone interested what is going on in the Hagood house and pass on any good recipes, ideas or info. that I come across. This is in no way a substitute for calling or e-mailing my friends and family as I normally do. :) Well, here goes...