Fun Weekend

I started this Sunday night . . . . . 

Man you don’t relieze how tired you can get from having a 5 year old, 2 3 years olds, and a 1 year old around until it happens and not getting much sleep the night before everyone arrived.

My mother-in-law came to visit this weekend and brought our neices with her.  Tyler loved having his cousins here to visit.  We met them at Twisted Wrap & Skeins,  a yarn shop about 30 minutes from our house.   My mother-in-law and I both enjoy knitting and feed each other with ideas, so that stop was totally for us. You can tell that they are used to having kids come into that shop and the 3 older kids behaived very well.  William was also very good.  I got some yarn to work on Christmas projects and my mother-in-law and I both got some yarn to start leaning to knit socks.  They also gave me a pattern to start leaning with.

After we got home and ate dinner I started my fist pair of socks.  I am less than  an Start of Sock 1inch from starting to turn the heel.  I have finished the first sock, and started  the second one.  It is an awesome pattern, especially for a beginner.  These are going to be great slipper socks since I used “kitchen cotton.”  I am looking forward to starting socks using “sock yarn.”

Saturday, I made chocolate muffins for breakfast.  The kids just ate those up.  I was glad that it was nice day outside since we put the coats on the older 3 and let them go outside to play.   We watched the 1st half of the Michigan State football game, then after getting the 2 3 year olds down for a nap, my mother in law and I headed back out for more yarn stores, this time in town.

First we went to Material Mart.  I was not impressed at all.  They seemed  a little stuffy to me.  Weren’t that much help.  We did find that they had some nice knitting needles so my mother in law bought me a pair of size 1, 16″ cable and 24″ cable.  They had a decent selection of yarn. I might go back and look over their yarn again, though it is not my first choice of stores to go to.

Since we were unimpressed at Material Mart, we headed over to Granny Square Yarn.  That was a little bit more fun. They are going out of business :(, so they had their knitting stuff 40% off.  I ended up with enough yarn for another pair of socks.  They were very nice in there.  I wish they weren’t going out, I would shop their more.

We took 2 of the kids with us on that shopping trip.  They both were very good.  William had fun finding the toys and things he could play with while we were shoping.  (On the left is my stash from the shopping trips.)

When we got back, the nappers woke up, Michigan State won (now are bowl eligible), so we moved all the car seats into the trailblazer and went to the mall for more play time.  They had fun playing at the play area.  Came home and everyone went to bed much ealier than the night before.

Sunday, I made a yumy blueberry coffee cake. Note to self make again, make again.  It smelled so good while it was baking.  We made it to church on time considering getting 4 kids and 3 adults ready for church and putting the roast in the oven for dinner.

After dinner they headed home.  All the adults agreeed that it was time to go home.  I am looking forward to having them come again.  We leaned alot about how to get everyone fed and kept happy and got a lot of crafting time in.

Baking bug

I don’t know why but I have been bit by the baking bug.  Maybe it is because we have been very, very low on funds and I have been trying to think of ways to save some money and feed my family.  Saturday I made cookies from a mix that has been sitting on my counter or cupboard for probably close to a year.  The butterscotch chips had gotten melted (I don’t remember how, just that it was shortly after we got the mix), so I had to chop up the melted together chips.  I liked them at way, since I am not a big fan of butterscotch anyway.  I really like this recipe because it had coconut, rice crispies, and nuts in it as well.  I would love to find a chocolate chip recipe the coconut and rice crispies.

Monday with dinner Russ wanted rolls, so I dragged out the bread machine and cookbook and found a good recipe f or rolls.  I think they would also make yummy hamburger buns.

We are down to our last 2 slices of bread, so I knew we either had to buy some or make our own, since we really can’t live without bread at this house.  Today before I went to work I put a whole wheat, oatmeal, & honey bread in the bread machine and set it so Russ and the boys would have hot bread with dinner.  I was a little jealous because he got to smell it baking and a roast in the crock-pot while I was a work.

Tomorrow (or should I say today) is playgroup.  One of the mom’s is avoiding dairy since her son is sensitive to it so I have been trying to think of things to take to playgroup that she can eat.  Every recipe I have thought of had some form of dairy — butter or cheese.  I finally settled on plan old french bread.  It still should be good, since the usual fair at playgroup is cheese, deli meat, fruit and veggies.   The best part I can smell this one baking since I will be home.  I set the delay timer on the machine so it should be ready about 11am, right before playgroup starts at 11:30.

Well I should head to bed so I will want to get up in the morning and William is getting very heavy sleeping on my arm making it hard to type.