Sunday, February 22, 2009

3 Months of Food Storage

David and I did not bring any of our food storage with us to Boston. After being here for awhile, we changed our mind and decided that it would be wise to at least have a small amount of food storage on hand here in the apartment. So, we ordered 18 of the 1-month food supply boxes from church distribution so that we would have a 3-month supply. When it showed up David had to wheel it up here on the cart!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

David's Birthday

David turned 33! A couple of days before David's birthday, he was complaining that "getting old sucks". That gave me a great idea! I arranged to meet David for lunch and brought him this bouquet!

We all went out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and then headed back to our apartment to have lemon bars and birthday cake and open presents!

Calligraphy Set~

Season 3 and Season 4 of The Office~

Seed Sprouting Kit and Indoor Herb Garden Kit~

David also got a pasta maker and recipe book, 2 pair of cords, a tortilla press and cast iron pan!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I Made Butter!

The girls and I got interested in learning to make our own butter when we took a colonial cooking class last week. They want to make their own butter soon, but I don't like to teach something I haven't done myself yet, so I made my own butter tonight. Here is a link on how to make butter -

Once you have shaken the cream into butter, you have to rinse the butter in ice-cold water.

Finished butter in the new little dish I bought just for home-made butter!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day in NYC!

I spent Valentine's Day in New York City with Paula and Natalie. We had a blast!!! We toured Time's Square.

We took a bus tour of New York City.

They are still working on constructing new buildings in ground zero.

We went to the top of Rockefeller Center - "Top of the Rock". The views were amazing!

Because it was Valentine's Day, they lit the Empire State Building up with red, pink and white lights. It was amazing to see!

We went to the Starlight Diner for dinner. The food was good, but the entertainment was great! The waiters and waitresses sing Broadway show tunes!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Our Colonial Cooking Adventure

Every once in a while we participate in different activities with some of the local homeschooling groups. Today the girls and I went to Concord, MA to the Concord Museum and participated in a Colonial Cooking class. It was a blast!

We got to sit around an open fire while our teacher talked about life in colonial times and specifically about how they used to cook their meals. The room is set up as a colonial home with a real colonial style kitchen!

Our teacher then divided the kids into groups of 4 and we all got to make different parts of our snack. All of the food that we cooked was traditional food from the colonial era. We even got to use real recipees dating from that era. Spelling had not been standardized yet, so it was funny to read how they spelled a lot of the words! Most of the food that we cooked, would have been snack food, not every day food. Marissa and Brynn were in the group that made rose water wafers and home-made butter. The other groups made apple sauce, apple cider, and ginger bread.

While our food was cooking over the fire, we got to learn about herbs that the colonialists grew and how they made satchels. Then the girls got to make their own lavender satchels.

When the food was all done cooking, we all got to sit down and try some of the food we had made. It was all delicious! We got the recipe for the rose water wafers and we also plan to make some of our own butter and applesauce. This was such a fun day!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

We have made a lot of Valentine's cards this year! Usually we don't make very many, we just buy the ones from the store and slap a little bag of candy with it for the kids to hand out in their classes. The girls don't have a physical class this year to give and receive Valentine's with, so we signed up to participate with some home-school kids from all over the county. We have about 40 Valentine's to send out and the girls will each receive about that many.

The boys even got into the swing of things and made cards for their grandparents!

This is the pile of cards that the girls made for the other home-school kids!

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Escalator at Porter Square

If you have been reading my blog for long, you know that we use public transportation almost exclusively in Boston. Basically it's just easier! The pedestrians can typically walk faster than you can drive in the city!

We have been going to Blockbuster about once every week or so, because it is too cold to do much outside right now. Usually David and I go, or the boys go, but we had never had the girls go with us for some reason... So, I kept telling the girls that the "longest" escalator I had ever seen was at the Porter Square T stop.

This picture was taken after about 10 seconds of riding already. There are 2 escalators this same length, just to get to the surface of the earth! Wow - we were really far underground!