Sunday, April 3, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Monday, February 7, 2011
Monday, December 27, 2010
This Christmas we...
...counted down to Christmas on this cute magnetic advent calendar from Hallmark,
attempted to make a snowglobe,
found a tree that would fit in our trailer,
and another one that glitters and sparkles from Target,
hung homemade ornaments on the tree,
decorated giant gingerbread men from Trader Joe's,
that tasted quite disgusting (oh well!),
decorated a gingerbread village,
ate birthday cupcakes,
chatted with Santa,
opened gifts on Christmas Eve,
hung out in the kitchen with good food and good company,
wore matching sweater dresses,
and admired the beautiful dessert table! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Posted by The 6-S Ranch at 4:33 PM
Martha Stewart is right: these are good things!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
1-2 onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2-3 cloves of pressed garlic
sprigs of fresh thyme
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread butternut squash and onions on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a good olive oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and pressed garlic; use hands to toss together until combined. Add springs of fresh thyme and bake for 35 minutes (or until tender), stirring every so often. Serve immediately.
*NOTE* Peeled and cubed butternut squash is usually available at Trader Joe's, making this dish even easier to make!
Posted by The 6-S Ranch at 3:48 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Run, don't walk to your kitchen, and make this cake NOW!!! It's THAT good.
***Apple Spice Cake***
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (3 cups)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 12-cup Bundt pan; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.
4. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add in dry ingredients until just incorporated.
5. Add apples to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.
7. Remove from oven, and cool slightly on a wire rack.
8. Invert cake onto rack; turn cake right-side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.
1 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I've started another blog that I'm really excited about! It's based on the premise that 10 of us gals separately post on the same topic each week from our different perspectives. To see what we all have to say or share about one subject, just click on any of the topics under "Labels." It's a fun way to garner different ideas! If you're interested in contributing, let me know, and I'll add you on! And please visit our new blog at:
Posted by The 6-S Ranch at 9:47 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Saturday, August 1, 2009
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
When mixture resembles coarse crumbs, make a well in the center and add:
Stir until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Quickly knead dough by gently folding and pressing dough 10 to 12 strokes or until nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.
Meanwhile make this:
(Yes, it has to be this brand because it is the very best!)
Remove biscuits from baking sheet, split open, and serve with hot gravy. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Last week, my 30 year-old dryer kicked the bucket (it was a GE, in case you're wondering.) So, in the meantime, I've been drying laundry the old-fashioned way and I've discovered that there's something extremely satisfying about hanging your laundry on a clothesline. I'm not sure what it is, but I think it just feels good not to be reliant on a machine or electricity. Or, it could just be that I am of the rare breed that actually likes to do housework. Whatever the case may be, I will be glad to have a working dryer again, but I think I'll continue using the clothesline until the weather no longer permits. Give it a try...you might like it too!
Posted by The 6-S Ranch at 10:42 AM
Saturday, July 25, 2009
A few weeks ago, while I was on the phone, I noticed that The Buckaroos were playing a newly invented game of theirs.
The Foreman would lay on the ground and roll away from the couch and then towards the couch.
And then away from the couch and then towards the couch again and again.
While the girls tried to jump "over" him.
And I say "over" because they were really trying to jump...
It didn't take them long to figure out that the possibility of inflicting pain on a sibling makes the game MUCH more entertaining than just simply jumping over them. (And, sickly, I have to agree!)
I'm sure many a caveman child played this very same game back before the invention of Atari and all those other new-fangled video game machines that children play today.
Posted by The 6-S Ranch at 10:32 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I just heard The Foreman say that he wasn't ready to go to bed yet because he didn't get a chance to clean his room...
...'cause hearing a phrase like THAT gets me excited like few things can!
Guess who gets to stay up late?
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Summer break is almost here (God help us all), and I would like to share some of my kids' favorite books for those of you looking to impress the kid(s) in your life.
Let's start with these. The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series is an easy read that is in no way challenging, but is very funny. They are guaranteed to get your kid(s) interested in reading in a way that very few books can. My kids have had many a hysterical laughing fit over these. And, okay, I have too.
Then there's this little gem. A follow-up to the series where your kid(s) can create their own funny scenarios. It's like a directive journal if you will.
On this page, the author suggests that the reader make a greeting card. This is The Foreman's greeting to his sister:
(Front:) I'm so sorry Ivy...
(Inside:) ...that you're poisonous, bad tempered, and a bad sport.
Can you feel the love? I can too.
The next book is a grade level activity book that my youngest likes.
I like it too and am thinking about implementing it in my "military homeschool" curriculum this summer.
Gotta keep the kids stimulated.
Another favorite book of ours in this fun coin-collecting album. I originally saw it on the Martha Stewart Show a while back and it really is a "good thing!"
Here is a page for placing pennies in chronological order by the year that they were struck.
A page for all coins made in the year 2000. (It's getting harder to find those!)
And a page for all of the oldest coins that you possess.
This is the state coin section. The best part about this book is that it doesn't really require you to go out and spend a fortune on coins. All of these were coins that we already had, pulled straight out of our piggy banks. It really makes beginning coin-collecting fun and accessible to all kids, and they like learning about the money that they have.
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