Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mayonaise Drop Biscuits...

A friend linked this recipe from All Recipes on Facebook, and I had to try it. I'd never had mayo drop biscuits before. I was soooo missing out! These are great! Simple, light, fluffy, and very easy to pull together with soup or breakfast for dinner. I've been making bags of the dry stuff and storing it in the pantry. All I have to do is add the mayo and milk, stir, give it a minute to puff up a bit, and then drop on a cookie sheet. I usually get about 9 biscuits from this recipe, so that's less than a T. of mayo per biscuit. That's healthy enough, right? :) I've even added flax seed to the recipe to make myself feel a little better about it, and you really can't tell....

Mayo Drop Biscuits

2 c. self rising flour (or measure out regular flour and take out 4 t. and add in 3 t. baking powder and 1 t. salt)
1 c. milk
6 T. mayonaise (I'm a Southern girl, and we use Dukes in this house.)

Mix together and let sit a minute to activate the rise. Spoon onto a greased baking sheet (or a sheet of tin foil on a top of a baking sheet if you're lazy like me) and bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes. Slather with butter, honey, or the strawberry preserves your Mee Maw put up in her kitchen last summer....

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Good things...

"I took down that blue marker, yo. Yes, yes, I did."

- Crazy male family members who like to take walks with umbrellas in the freezing rain.... though they may not be so thrilled about changing their pants when they return. =) 

- Finding the perfect spider science experiments to go with our spiders unit study for next week. Throwing cotton ball "bugs" at a giant web made in the playroom doorway with painter's tape? Yes, please!

- That now seems like a good time to pull out "Charlotte's Web" for our next read aloud.

- The gorgeous quiche lorraine that my mother left in my fridge for my birthday. I can eat on that bad boy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

- That a little vacuuming and clean sheets is enough to make me feel like the house is "clean." =) 

- The baby who runs away from me like a cheerful, tiny drunk when I catch him with something he isn't supposed to have. 

- Playing Uno with my big 6-year-old... who finally wants to add in the extra cards instead of just using the numbered ones.

- Finally learning how to make good beef stew without a recipe...

- "The Reason for God" by Tim Keller, and a great adult Sunday School class to explore it with...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


... random picture I took of my nursing mother's Bible study small group from last year. Loved that group. Sniff. 

David and I got away for a much cherished birthday present weekend over President's Day. We actually went skiing for the first time in 7 years. And now I'm really sore. The end. =) Just kidding. It was awesome to have the time together to talk and hang out and sleep in, and we're grateful to David's parents. They got a taste of Life with Ben... and they have the smeared lotion all over their living room to prove it. =) 

We got back into town, and after dinner and bedtime and the library book pick up, I dragged my exhausted booty over to a friend's house to hang out on her couch in my sweatpants and eat popcorn. Her hubby was out of town, and so we had the quiet house to ourselves. 

And I was thinking today about how blessed I am to have solid girlfriends. There are at least 4 women that I know right now that I would think nothing of going over to their house in sweats, no makeup, not having showered in 2 days, and probably with something nasty wiped on my shirt. 

I don't take this for granted. Friendships where you can truly let yourself be known with all your tiredness and failings and frustrations out there for inspection are nothing less than a gift from God.... 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

You know you're a homeschooling mom when...

.... you have a borrowed samovar sitting in your van, and you can't wait to figure out how to use it.

.... you were so excited about the water beads that you bought for Science that you told the 18-year-old male cashier at Walmart all about it.

.... you arrange the books you used for your recent unit study and take a picture of them so you'll have a copy of the titles for later.

.... you're wondering how many Youtube videos on sugar refining are overkill.

.... you put big stars by the items on your grocery list that you're buying for your Russian tea party so you won't forget.

... you ask the chatty, kind, Mexican guy repairing your ceiling to tell your son a little about his immigration to America because you're doing a unit study on immigration. (Don't worry. He volunteered a lot of information without being asked. I was on high alert to notice offensiveness.) You consider taking a picture of him to add to your school book and decide that that might be going too far.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013


I had some half and half in the fridge. So I thought I'd make some coffee to go with it. =) Which led to sitting in front of the computer with coffee. Which led to the thought that I could type up a blog post. If you give a mom some coffee, she's going to want a blog post to go with it.... =)

Ben is pushing an old Fisher Price walker around the circle that is the first floor of our house. He bangs into chairs, pulls it back, redirects his path, and he keeps going. Occasionally there is an indignant shriek when he gets stuck, but its going well. That walker has seen a lot of miles.

Seth is playing with pop beads. I found some non girly ones to give him that have different creature heads. At first, he thought he had to just make the ones in the pictures of the book that came with the beads. So we had a talk about creativity and about how I almost didn't give him the book because I was afraid he'd limit himself to those. And now he's making all kinds of dog/octopus/caterpillar monsters. Win. =)

Back to the half and half. I bought it because I decided to host a women's fellowship for my Sunday School class (Life class) lo, these many moons ago. We joined this class when I was about 7 months pregnant with Ben. Sooo for all this time, I sat back and listened to others plan the social events and thought, "I am pregnant/have a new baby/am totally exhausted with my 3 young children, etc. so I'll let somebody else take this one." But it was time. He's 17 months old now, and I just decided that things weren't ever going to get any easier anytime soon.

I've done this kind of event once before for my MOPs group. I call it "Snowflakes and S'mores." Basically, I put out a bunch of paper and scissors and pull up some paper snowflake tutorials on the computer. David builds me a nice, big fire in the fireplace, and I pull out the marshmallow coat hangers and put s'mores fixins on a platter. And then I make a giant bowl of popcorn on the stovetop... with plenty of oil. The coffeepot gets pulled out, washed, and filled with decaf.

My clean laundry was sitting in piles in the hallway off the kitchen. Ben had been fussing and clingy all day, so the sink was full of dirty dishes. There are little piles of stuff everywhere- on top of the computer printer, on the edge of the counter. I put a few random things on top of the washer and dryer to hide them. =)

But God just asks us to show hospitality. This is a hard one for me sometimes. I think I have to show hospitality perfectly to show hospitality, or that I have to show it exactly how my friends who are really good at it show hospitality. It's especially hard for me to show hospitality to others that I'm afraid might judge me and my house because they don't have children yet or their children are much older and make far less mess.

But I don't think anyone was thinking about all my insecurities last night. They sat on my living room floor and laughed and ate popcorn and made some really bad snowflakes and some really good snowflakes. And when everyone left, I think that they felt like I wanted to know them and love them and try harder to relate to them than they did before I opened my faded and scratched front door to them.

Ok. Gotta go. School time soon....

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Educational paradigm shift...

I still haven't figured out how to download Picasa to this computer because I'm a wussy when it comes to learning computer thingies, and we've been running ourselves ragged lately. More pictures will have to wait for later.

However, I did come across this cool video via Conversion Diary, and I thought I'd repost. Let's see if I can do that without Windows Live Writer... I can. Hooray!

So, what do you think of this? Any thoughts, friends?