Archive for January, 2010

Experiments in food

In my 34 years I have never eaten liver. The idea intrigued me so what the heck, why not try it?

The package looks like it holds a giant blood clot. Interesting.

I pulled up a liver recipe with rave reviews and managed to turn this…

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…into this:

Doused in butter, bacon and sprinkled with lemon juice and zest.

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Plated with green beans.

We all ate it, dipped in BBQ sauce. If it was the liver or starve, I’d eat it and say it was damn delicious. But it’s not the liver or starve and it’s obvious the cover up ingredients were not enough.

We can all say we tried liver now and I think I may live out the rest of my life on that single taste.

Xander’s new hat

Friend Rachele made this adorable hat for Xander’s birthday. Looks like a little yard gnome, eh? I love it.

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coooooookies

Feeling the Valentine spirit early. hearts and apples.

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Xander is sick today but couldn’t pass on cookie decorations.

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Yep….more legos and actual people this time.

Friends Lisa and kids came over today. Yay! Check out Lisa’s awesome new braids. Very hip!

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I love how our kids always bring company into our bed to flip through the Netflix watch now stuff. They look so cozy. hehe

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…and yes, more Legos.

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The roof is complete on the Lego house! Jason definitely has a brain wired for this stuff. The kids were asking me all day, while jason was working, if I could help them build a roof and I had no clue where to begin. The book I laid on top didn’t seem to satisfy them. 😉

Jason finished work and came up with this great roof design, complete with skylight.

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Even more Legos

Jason built a Lego house and the kids are ecstatic!

Complete with windows, door, bathroom, furniture…

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Check out that hinged design for more playing options…

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The kids are inspired! Xander is figuring out a roof design and Isaac a family car. All the the minifigs have been moved in and the kids are busy in play. I just can’t believe how many useful pieces came in our random 12 pounds of legos we bought off Ebay. no kit, no instructions…just raw imagination.

Xander just ran in to tell me the Spongebob minifig is watching his favorite show and eating a pizza in the new house. Ha!

legos again

Xander and Simon wanted me to retake the photos with their newest alterations…

Simon added a hat to his guy…

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Xander completely overhauled his ship…

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I’m certain they are already completely different now…but hey, I did what was asked of me:D

lego mania again

The kids are really into building ships with the Legos lately. Isaac was also wondering if Lego Transformers would be possible and got to work creating his own Lego Transformer that transformed with minimal piece…shall I say “transplants” or “swapping”?

I missed snapping photos of the Transformer but here are a few ships…

Xander build (for Isaac)…

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Simon build…

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Xander build (for himself)…I like the guy sweeping off the deck.

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A.C Gilbert’s house children’s museum

A much needed outing today. The kid’s and I drove down to Salem to check out the A.C. Gilbert’s House. It was unbelievably cool! Closing time seemed to creep up on us way too fast so we’ll be making another trip soon.

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Microscopic look at bug wings.

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We needed Jason for this dinosaur build. It was a bit complicated for us!

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Checking out Chinese money.

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Isaac

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Xander is six

We had a little food, a little cake and a little friend time to celebrate Xander’s sixth birthday.

Xander is walking on cloud 9 with all of his Bionicles and Lego Ben 10 stuff. The kids wasted no time assembling them.

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If you’ve followed past birthdays you know how awesome my cake making skills are. This bad boy was three layers high and leaning enough to make me check the fridge several times before its debut. I was sure it was going to fall over and be plastered to the milk jug…but it did manage to stay upright.

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The kids played the heck out of the Moonsand…

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Did some bead design…

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It was a very nice, relaxing evening. I don’t mean to brag but we do have the best family and friends:P