Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Snow Dog, Snow Frog, Nails & Hacky Sacks

We woke up to snow and fat, fluffy flakes continued all day long. It was a good day to stay inside....Yuuki agrees. Our snow dog likes to camp out on the heated floor in the entry way.

The kids aren't quite as "smart" as Yuuki and me. 

I can safely say this is the first Snow Frog of the season. 

Irony! Just last night Bre mentioned she thought I was an extrovert with introvert for me... ::snort:: In any event there was a moment today when I realized that everyone was outside! Michael was back at work and I was gloriously, completely and totally alone in my house....I prepared a cuppa tea and planned to sit and watch snow flakes....and just at that moment Arielle came in and asked if she could have some of the neighborhood girls come in. 

They had planned a nail party! 

They had a lot of fun with Arielle's new nail stamps...

Unfortunately, the fumes have given me my first raging headache since July....I should have just had a grilled cheese sandwich while they did their nails if I was going to have a headache anyway. ::snort::

Tonight's Clue.....

This stumped us. I thought it might be eggs in an egg carton. Turns out it was in Toyota Ace....the little ones ran out and couldn't find it early in the we assumed it wasn't out there...but it was. Nolan found the gift....He came inside and said, "Found it," as is our practice. We told him to go back out and bring it in - too cold to worry about each of us finding it. LOL

Hackey Sacks 

I was planning an early bedtime tonight - but realized the conference call I thought was tomorrow night is tonight at midnight - 01:30.  I'm worried the alarm won't wake me up if I take a nap.....and so ends the 9th Day of Christmas and begins the 10th Day of Christmas. 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Gram's Salad Dressing

Grams would drizzle this over lettuce boats and salads. She never blended it. I do. I also add spices. 

1 C oil of choice
1/2 C vinegar
1 C sugar (I use Agave Nectar start at 1/2 C and go to taste)
1 T prepared mustard
1 tsp celery seed
big onion, chopped (I start with 1/2 and taste)
seasoned pepper to taste
1 tsp Italian spices
1/2 tsp fennel

Combine all and mix well (blend). 

Vegan Option: 
1 C cashews
1/2 C Vinegar
1/2 - 1 C Agave Nectar
1 T prepared mustard
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp Italian spice
1 tsp fennel seed
Onion - chopped (start with 1/2 and adjust to taste)

Put vinegar and Agave nectar or Honey in blender. Add cashews and blend until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients. If it's too thick add a bit of water.

*I've begun adding some liquid smoke to this. Tastes like one I bought at Sprouts.  Start with 1/4 tsp and adjust to your taste.

This still  has fat (nuts) but WAY less fat than an oil based dressing with the added benefits of the nuts.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...