I am finding that staying up to date is much more difficult than I thought. My original goal when starting this blog was to post at least 1 time each week. I did not think that would be too difficult since some of the blogs I follow have daily or several posts throughout the week. Well, I had a wake up call in January. I lost some pictures due to computer problems than things got very busy with Erik’s basketball and Jim’s birthday party, and of course work and other activities. Stay tuned and I hope to get caught up and try again for my weekly posts. I also changed the theme of the blog to give me some energy as I am ready for spring instead of the cold and dreary days of winter.
In 2010 a few things that we are familiar with will turn 50. Some of these include the copying machine, Redken products, bubble wrap, Little Debbie Snacks, “The Twist”, Mr. Potato Head, and our own Jim. Jim’s birthday is January 23. On Friday night we went to Exploration Place in Wichita to see an exhibit with Mr. Potato Head.
Erik and his potato head creation.
A princess potato for our princess.
On Saturday, we had a “surprise” party for Jim. Erik and Elizabeth helped with the guest list, food ideas, and the cake. Jim had a idea that we were doing something for him, but wasn’t quite sure what or who were involved. Elizabeth and I spent the afternoon cooking and getting things ready. Someday in the future, I may enjoy cooking and planning parties, of course I would need the help of Elizabeth.
Chili Cook-Off Champion
The youth hosted a chili cook off for all members of the church on January 31. Erik wanted to fix chili for the event. He looked through my cookbooks to find a recipe. He found one called Grandma’s Chili. The ingredients were purchased and with a little bit of dad’s help the chili was prepared and put into the crockpot.
This is what Erik’s crockpot looked like at the end of lunch.
The younget cook gets 1st Place!
Here is the recipe if you would like to try the award winning Grandma’s Chili.
1 large onion(Erik used minced.)
2 pounds ground beef
28 oz can stewed tomatoes
16 oz can dark kidney beans, undrained
15 oz can chili with beans (Erik used campbell’s brand)
103/4 oz can tomato soup
1tsp BBQ sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. chili powder
pinch of sugar
Brown onion and beef in skillet, leaving meat in larger chunks. Place in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Stir. Cover. Cook on High 4 hours. Serve with crackers, rolls, butter, and apple crisp with whipped topping.
We did double this recipe, but did not double the amount of meat used.
Erik is truly a boy who loves every sport and gives it his everything. During January and February he played b-ball on a rec. center team. Some of the boys on his team attend school at Slate Creek others do not. The coach is the dad of his best friend.
Tomorrow is the start of spring soccer. Erik and the boys on his team which are all 8/9 year olds will practice two times a week and then start having games on the weekends the middle to end of March. I surely hope it warms up by then.
Valentine’s Day is so different depending on your age. It has been fun to watch the kids at their Valentine’s Parties over the years. When Elizabeth was in 1st and 2nd grade she wanted me to always be the room mom at the party. As Erik has grown, it hasn’t been that big of a deal for me to me there. This year he had a very specific theme for his Valentine’s. If you remember Halloween, you will know that his favorite character at the present time is Harry Potter. He wanted to work on Valentine’s by himself.
As they grew less time was spent looking at the Valentine Cards on the days that followed, however this year Erik’s bag is still around with some favorite pieces of candy.
Flowers from my guy and kids on Valentine’s Day remind me how much I love them and they love me!