Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back To School

Whenever I was a kid, teenager.. my mom ALWAYS sang the song... School Day's, School Day's, Dear Old Golden Rule Days. It always chimed through our house when it was nearing the end of summer holidays. Of course we groaned, but now, I know exactly why she was singing :) Back to School Really IS the Most WONDERFUL time of the year! So, we'll think of back to school shopping as a celebration. Back to routine. With 4 kids, going into Grade 9,10, and 11 this year (I can't even believe that)... I am definitely ready for them to go back. And so are they! Or, a couple of them at least :) Walmart has these rad little carboard busses, full of supplies.
Glue is essential. Isn't it? I'm not sure if this was on the list, Sherman thought it looked like fun. Sherman measures 9.25 inches, if you include his ears!

Sherman's favorite color is Green, and he calls dibs.

Of course a few new outfits help too, who doesn't like getting new clothes? I have heard.. make monster accessories, a few times now. I even had one Gran make her grandson a cape and eyemask for his monster, CUTE!

Back to School Shopping is DONE. Yahoo! Not always the cheapest process, but done. And, in 13 more sleep, off they go!

Sherman.. obviously still needs a major bath, he will be hitting the washer tonight.

Monday, August 8, 2011

This. Is. Gary

Hi ;) Wanted to introduce you to the newest member in our family, Gary. Gary, is a super cute, Calgary Stampeders fan. He really belongs to my husband. He LOVES Gary. Seriously. They have not missed a game yet this season. He also enjoys twizzlers, watching Storage Wars, and really likes red gum balls. Only red. If Gary could, he would have porkchops with applesauce everyday for lunch! Watch for Gary & Sherman Posts! They are BFF's!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mmmm Mocha ;)

A week or so ago, maybe 2...errr.. 3, I had mentioned Sherman and an infamous Mocha Cake. I got this recipe from a friend quite some time ago, and it's seriously good. Like, really really good.

Now, you can make just a regular chocolate cake mix, because I'm told that the obsession is with the icing. I made the batter from scratch (this Martha recipe is good), enough to make 3 - 8" round pans. About 1 1/2 times the recipe. Grease pans REALLY well. Bake, Cool, and start the icing :)
In a bowl, whip up 1 cup of Butter (not margarine). To that add 1/4 Cup of Cocoa, 1 tsp Vanilla, and 2 cups of Icing Sugar. In a small dish, mix 1/4 cup hot water, and 1 tsp instant coffee. Add to icing mixture, and then add up to another 2 cups of icing sugar. Depending on desired sweetness and consistency. Increase to high, and blend 5 minutes.
I wanted to try a "pretty" icing technique, so I you-tubed "Ruffle Icing". Dirty ice your cake, which means apply a think layer of icing all, and then pipe away with a "petal tip".
Row by Row, starting at the bottom and working your way to the top. And then I just did the same thing across the top, working from one side to another.
This. Cake. Is. So. Good.

Sherman definitely needed a bath afterwards!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August

Hello! We have been vacationing for the last week, and I have been MIA from my computer. Our vaca this year was a little garage building ;) Sherman was a good foreman, and make sure the nails and staples were plentiful.

I'll be back to blogging this week :)