Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Swedish Pancakes




6 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla.


Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Bring round skillet to medium heat & spray lightly with a no-stick spray. Pour 1/4 -1/2 c. batter (depending on how large your skillet is) and immediately remove from burner. Tilt the skillet in circular motions to bring the batter out to the (bottom) edge of the skillet & continue this motion until the batter is no longer moving. Place back on burner and watch until your pancake starts to bubble up from underneath & edges come away from the skillet easily. You might be able to peel it up enough to see that the underside is getting a nice golden brown in the middle. Flip. Second side does not cook as long (1 min. at most).
Remove pancake from skillet.
Heat up a package of pre-sliced frozen strawberries (or any other kind of fruit that doesn't necessarily have to be frozen- canned pie filling works great too!) w/ sugar & put a few spoonfuls of these on your pancake and roll it up. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream. Or just spread a little butter around on it and roll it up and eat it plain.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Tin Lizzie"

Noel E. Bullock in his Model T that coined the term "Tin Lizzie"

Henry Ford sold his Model T from 1908 until 1927.

Many also may know the Model T by its nickname, the “Tin Lizzie.” But how did the Model T get its nickname? In the early 1900s, car dealers would try to create publicity for their new automobiles by hosting car races.

In 1922, a championship race was held in Pikes Peak, Colorado. Entered as one of the contestants was Noel Bullock and his Model T, named “Old Liz.”

Since Old Liz looked the worse for wear (it was unpainted and lacked a hood), many spectators compared Old Liz to a tin can. By the start of the race, the car had the new nickname of “Tin Lizzie.” To everyone’s surprise, Tin Lizzie won the race. Having beaten even the most expensive other cars available at the time, Tin Lizzie proved both the durability and speed of the Model T. The surprise win of Tin Lizzie was reported in newspapers across the country, leading to the use of the nickname “Tin Lizzie” for all Model T cars. ~Jennifer Rosenberg

Noel E. Bullock of North Platte, Nebraska, began building his racer in 1916 from a junked Model T truck frame, radiator and hood. Bullock won 74 dirt track races in Nebraska with “Old Liz,” but was unknown in big-time racing. To prepare for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, he purchased a Rajo motor block for $50.00 and four new Firestone cord tires mounted on Dayton wire wheels “because I knew I couldn’t get anywhere in auto racing unless the wheels stood up. The wheels and tires cost me more than the rest of the machine.

The ambitious 22-year-old Bullock drove “Old Liz” 250 miles to Colorado Springs. At the posh Broadmoor Hotel where racing enthusiasts and drivers gathered, an onlooker said “Maybe in its own class but a ‘Tin Lizzie’ has no chance against the power of a Packard or a Mercer.

A Ford writer reported that underdog Bullock drove “the wildest and most reckless race in the history of the Pikes Peak climb…. On one curve a rear wheel skidded over the edge…but luckily his right wheel held the ground and pulled him out.” Averaging 38 miles per hour the home-built Model T clocked 19:50:9 for the best time of the day to win the Penrose Trophy and $500.00.

Four days after the Peak victory, Bullock broke the state half-mile record at a race in Longmont, Colorado. The now famous “Old Liz” was displayed at Denver area Western Auto Stores. But Bullock was barred from the 1923 Pikes Peak Hill Climb because he and King Rhiley (1921 PPHC winner) competed in a dirt track race not sanctioned by the American Automobile Association.

Bullock never raced on the Peak again, and a Model T never won another Pikes Peak Hill Climb. After 150 auto racing victories Bullock turned to aviation and tragically died in a plane crash in 1934.

Noel Bullock's "Old Liz" sits on display

at the El Pomar Carriage House Museum in Colorado Springs.

My husband (Brett) & great-nephew to Noel is in the photo below.

Noel had 2 brothers- Ward & Wayne.

Wayne was the only one who had a son.

His son is Noel's namesake

& my father-in-law.

Brett is one of two sons

and we have one son.

So the Bullock name shall live on..........

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dear Santa,

Over the course of the last 10 years I have learned this- if I am to remember what exactly it is I want for Christmas 'round about the time people start asking me what I want for Christmas- I must start making my list well in advance. Last year I started keeping this list on my blackberry. This Summer I dropped my blackberry in the lake.
So now, in an attempt to get all of our wishlist items in one easy-to-access format- I will blog it.

Kyler's List
Under Armour shirt size YMD (added to list by Yours Truly)

Kristen's List
An American Doll gift certificate
Juggling Balls beach color (she needs 3 and these ones are sold individually)

Kaila's List
black & white panda anything- as she seems to be really into pandas lately
any of these 12-Book Libraries (preferably in English)
Ok, I'm hitting a wall here- gonna hafta work on this and come back to it later. Shoot me any great ideas you might have for a 3 1/2 year old little girl! :)

Brett's List
Still working on this one too...

Suzi's List
$ for matting & framing photos
microfiber/terry bathrobe
"Such Things" tee from Wild Olive (style: classic, size xxl)
The Perfect Brownie Pan (on sale @ Shopko starting 12/2)

and of course ...

Peace on Earth & good will towards men!

Now I think I'll go put the tree up ....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How I Make a Pie Crust

If the title of this post wasn't explanatory enough, through a short series of videos I will demonstrate how I make pie crust.

And because I'm an amateur at making videos and I'm positive that the sound is terrible, I'll help you out in text form as well!

So to begin with here's my recipe:

2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup + 2 TBS butter Crisco
1/4 cup ice cold water (plus 1 TBS if needed)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir together. Add Crisco and using a pastry cuttter, cut ingredients together until well blended and crumbly. Put in the refrigerator overnight or if lacking time you can stick it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.

After removing from the fridge you will add 1/4 cup of ice cold water. Add slowly, stirring constantly with a fork. Your crumbles start sticking together and getting bigger. You might need an extra tablespoon of water. Form a ball with your dough and pat until it is nice and tight. Cut in half. Pat smooth again and you are ready to start rolling it out.

Liberally sprinkle flour on your rolling surface. Place your first ball of dough on the floured surface and sprinkle more flour on the dough. Flour your rolling pin and begin rolling it out. It helps to go at it from all angles to keep it evenly round. Roll it out until it is about 1/8" thick.
Being mindful that it isn't too sticky, roll it up in a loose log form. This will make transferring it to your pie plate easier. Once it is rolled up place it on one side of your pie plate with the edge hanging over quite a bit. When it is in place you can take a pair of kitchen shears and trim around the edges, leaving enough overhang for pinching. Using your thumbs and your forefingers go around the edge pinching the dough in a decorative way. When this is done you are ready to add your pie filling. Make sure to cover the outside edges of your crust with tinfoil or a special protective cover before you put it in the oven... this will prevent it from burning!

Congratulations on making a pie crust!

ETA: I just found this other video that is lots better than mine! :) Happy Pie Making!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November Sunrise

Unlike the Proverbs 31 woman,
I am not a morning person.

But being the mother of school-age children
and living in the sticks
makes getting up while it is yet dark a requirement.

On the bright side- sometimes I catch a really great sunrise!

And then I ship the kids out the door and go back to bed!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Daughters of The King

Our local fitness center has brought these sweet Jr. High girls in for the last several weeks for a yoga class. They have focused on how to have a healthy self image by appreciating their natural GOD-GIVEN beauty! I was honored to be asked to come in and photograph each one of these BEAUTIFUL Daughters of The King!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Must Be Over My Head

I'm TRYING to understand how to use "actions" in Elements.... I downloaded some new ones from Paint the Moon Photography and I am soooooo LOST!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Little Sweeties

Kaila - 3

Kristen - 7

Kyler - 8

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Love my Wild Olive tees and Women of Faith!

My Wild Olive tees are my absolute favorite t-shirts to wear!

I LOVE Women of Faith!! This year I took a group of almost 50 women to the Imagine conference in Denver! What a blessed time!

And now they have come together!

Visit Wild Olive's Blog to read about their spectacular Women of Faith giveaway!
They will be giving away 2 Women of Faith tickets to their Over the Top event in Hartford, CT on November 19th and 20th.

In addition to that they are also giving away some tees!

So head on over and check it out!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Please Pray for Trey & his family!

I don't have a lot of information, but this little boy (Trey) was diagnosed with leukemia today. He is 5 years old. His mommy is a friend of a friend. I will post more info as I receive it.
Please just lift him up in prayer!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Little Artist - in the Easter mood!

Kristen is my artist & I thought I'd share some of her recent "work" with you:
ETA- these are her own original ideas, not assigned at school or anything. Just stuff she comes up with in her spare time at home.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


It was love at first sight, really.

Several weeks ago I was driving down our dirt road and noticed this handsome fellow. Actually, I thought he was cute. Even adorable ... as I later told my husband. I asked him what kind of "cow" he thought it might be as I related that it was white-ish and had curly hair. He knew what group of cattle I was talking about and the first thing he informed me was that it was likely not a cow... but rather a bull. OK, so we're talking boy-cow here (which, for the record, there is no such thing- since a cow is specifically referring to an adult female bovine that has had a calf).

"Anyways" , I said, "He's CUTE! Is that ok? Can I call a boy-cow cute???"

"Call him whatever you want, but remember he's a bull and he's probably not safe.
So don't go trying to pet him or anything."

Oh, and he also guessed my new admir-ee to be a Charolais.

So I've admired from a distance whenever I drive by.

But today I had my camera in tow.

I pulled off to the side of the road and started clicking away.

He must have thought I was going to do something to his advantage
because he got up and took a few steps in my direction.

"Man, he's cute!", I thought... searching the ground for any treats I could give him.
I wondered if he would come eat out of my hand.
I remembered there was an ear of corn in the door of my Suburban
(we're farmers, this is normal).
I approached the fence (single line of electric wire) with the ear of corn and held it out to him. "Here, cute bully-bull ~ come get some corn! You know you want to!"

He did not come. I tossed it out for him and he took it.

I named him "Buddy".


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

$867 later .......

We have visited the Dentist 4 times in the last month. Yesterday was hopefully the last time for a while!

The first visit was due to Kyler having pain in a filling. Turns out the filling had come loose and had to be re-done.

TWO days later- Kyler informs me that a different filling on the other side of his mouth fell out completely! That would constitute our second trip.

Third trip was actually a scheduled routine cleaning for all of us. At which time it was determined that we would need to come back for more fillings and a minor procedure for Kyler's gap.

Fourth trip was yesterday. Kristen had 2 fillings, Kyler had 1 filling and his "frenum" (sp?) clipped. He was pretty nervous about getting it done, but was a real trooper & didn't even shed a tear! It was not at all what I thought it was going to be. I had in my mind that he was going to clip the actual gum between Kyler's 2 front teeth. Rather, it was a stretch of skin that came down
from the lip that attaches to the gum. And furthermore, it may not even cause the gap to come together. Which is totally why I had it done in the first place! sigh.

So at some point in the near future I am going to visit this blog & do some reading up on gaps and frenum-clipping. I sure hope it was worth what I paid for it!

Of course it's probably nothing compared to what my in-laws spent on hubby's pearly whites - if only we all could have teeth this beautiful!!!