Thursday, February 3, 2011

Been busy...most of the time

While my mom was here visiting she tried to make bread for me because I have real trouble most of the time getting it to raise. Well it's not just me apparently. Mom said it was because my kitchen was too cold. But even with warming up all the liquid ingredients and warming the oven, it still didn't turn out very well. The first batch she made ended up being scones. The second batch was kind of a mess up on my part. I put the two loafs in the oven, but somehow managed to dump one of the pans out on the oven door. That loaf became rolls after I scraped it off the door. The other loaf that safely made it in the oven fell because I had the door open so long trying to clean up the mess I made. Another obstacle was having to grind more wheat - thinking I ran out when I really had 2 5 gallon buckets full - and then the grinder motor started smoking. I'm not sure if it was because I made it work too hard or what. Maybe I just can't grind very much at a time. Who knows!

She made me a skirt, and she helped me make 7 bibs for Gideon - out of supplies I bought 4 years ago to make some for Zenock but never did. I altered 2 more skirts - fixing a waistband on one and shortening another, and I put a more sturdy hem in another. One project I didn't get too while she was here was making some tee shirts, that I wear in the winter under my sweaters, into nursing ones so that I don't have to mess with 2 layers. I think I might tackle that either this weekend or next week sometime. I'm still thinking about the best way to do it though. I guess if I mess up it's okay since they will always be covered by another sweater anyway.

I loved spending time with my mom. I really wish we still lived close by, but I really appreciate spending time with my family since it is a rare opportunity now. I am really looking forward to my sister coming to visit from North Idaho in a few weeks, and the rest of my family too, for Gideon's baby blessing. We are doing it on President's Day weekend because it is easier for my family to travel when they have a day off of school. I think they are all looking forward to warmer weather for a few days too! When they are here I am having one of my sisters take a family picture so Gideon can be included. I hope the weather cooperates for that since I want to do it on the temple grounds.

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