Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Glass Blowing in Deadwood

We were up in the hills today and stopped for lunch at the Pump House at Mind Blown Studio in Deadwood. The kids loved watching the glass blowing and didn't bore of sitting and watching. I had to tear them away after the piece was finished. It was a very peaceful lunch for this mama!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Visiting the Dentist

My little boy is growing up. Pieter had his first visit to the dentist today and didn't need any hand holding at all. He went with Ben yesterday to watch Ben's visit and annual cleaning and read the Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist book, so he was prepped and ready. It was such a surprise, though, to see him to walk off with the hygienist and not want me along. Oh, well. The good news is no cavities. The bad news is that after viewing the x-rays of his adult teeth, we were advised to start saving up for orthodontics!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Close Up

Love this boy!

And will it ever stop? What happened to spring???
Right now I am busy packing up the house, room by room. Here are my little helpers on the guest bed!

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Another long day... I think we all feel this way as we are packing up for our move to Puerto Rico. Only another week and a half. The countdown is on.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

One Last Rodeo

Last night we went to our first and last rodeo in South Dakota. It was a college level rodeo at Black Hills State University and included colleges from Wisconsin to western South Dakota. The kids were very excited about it and Pieter wanted to wear his explorers hat, thinking it was a cowboy hat. Half way through they did a game for kids and Juliana jumped right in without any fear. They had to take off one shoe, leave it on the one size of the arena and then race to find it, put it on and run back. She did great!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

~William Wordsworth

Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrating Easter in the Sun

We celebrated Easter in the sun, yesterday. Finally, a beautiful sunny day with spring bulbs flowering!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

In this never ending winter, my friend Tonia came up with the idea to have a second Christmas to make the time go by faster to Easter. She thought it called for making Julia Child's Christmas Pudding. I've always thought about making a Christmas pudding, but never had given in a try. So, back on March 1, I put together this very rich mixture and steamed it on a very snowy weekend before Lent began. The pudding then sat in the fridge, getting better and better, all through Lent. I broke it out for Easter dinner at a friends' house. We did flame it, but since it was so bright and sunny (unlike a Christmas day) the flame wasn't visible. 

Julia Child’s Glorious Christmas Pudding Recipe

3 cups white bread crumbs, lightly packed (about a 1/2 lb. loaf, crust on)
1 cup black raisins
1 cup yellow raisins
1 cup currants, chopped
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mace
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, melted
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
few drops of almond extract
1/2 cup bitter orange marmalade

For flaming:
1/2 cup rum or whiskey

Toss the bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl with the raisins, sugar and spices. Then toss with the melted butter, and finally with the rest of the ingredients.

To steam, you must use a container with a very tight lid which will stay sealed throughout the cooking, about 6 hours.

Pack the pudding mixture into the container; cover with a round of wax paper and the lid. Set the container on the steamer in the pot, and add enough water to come a third of the way up the sides of the container. Cover the pot tightly, bring to a simmer, and steam about 6 hours. Check occasionally to make sure the water hasn’t boiled off.

The pudding is done when it is a dark walnut-brown color and fairly firm to the touch. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or months.

To serve, resteam for two hours and unmold onto a platter. Pour hot rum or whiskey around the pudding. Flame at the table.

Yield: Makes 6 cups baked in an 8-cup mold, serving 12 or more.

Source: “The Way to Cook,” by Julia Child

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