Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chopping Wood

I had no idea what a magnet an ax can be to boys!  My uncle brought a bunch of his own logs so he could keep a fire going practically 'round the clock without a lot of scavenging.  But the logs needed to be split, and the boys were only to glad to help!  Especially, his oldest college-aged son.  Quite the pro!  I'm guessing he's had a lot of practice over the years.  Even when they weren't chopping wood, they were chopping branches for fun.

The Food

I'm always impressed with their setup and grateful that my uncle loves to cook breakfast!  We prepared one dinner and our own lunches, but they did the rest.  Breakfast was huckleberry pancakes one morning and eggs, bacon, and toast the next.  Their dinners were chili dogs and tacos.  We made the same dinner as last year, an oriental noodle and chicken dish.

Camping 2014

When we went camping with my uncle's family at Priest Lake last summer, we decided to make it an annual event.  They stay a week, while we only stay two nights . . . but we cram a lot of fun into that short time!

This year, we actually arrived early enough to put tents up before dark, or at least start on them before dark (unlike last year).

Monday, September 1, 2014


The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

~John Updike

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sermon We Listened to Today

The Most Misunderstood Word in America Part 1 and Part 2.  :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Triple Play Day

Greg's company sponsored a day of fun at Triple Play on Saturday.  Kylen would like to go back sometime to bowl, play miniature golf, and drive go-karts again.  I was hoping he and Greg would take advantage of their water park, but Kylen has never been big into those.  They also have a climbing wall, arcade, bumper boats, and laser tag.

In the first run, Kylen started out in front and held the lead to the end.

Second Run

Miniature Golf: Greg Won!

Ice Cream

Climbing Wall

Both times we bowled they had the lasers and black lights going.  Super cool!

I threw the ball I'm holding once, and I was done!  Too hard with arthritis!  But I really enjoyed watching Greg and Kylen.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Homemade Corn Dogs

We decided to try making homemade corn dogs.  It was easier than expected, and Greg and Kylen loved them!  They were even good cold, straight out of the fridge, the next day.  When the batter got low, we cut the last few into thirds, completely submerged them, and made mini corn dogs.  If you don't want to mess with the sticks, you could do that with all of them.

Homemade Corn Dogs
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
2 16-oz packages beef hot dogs
16 flat wooden sticks (found at craft store)

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Stir in eggs and milk.  Chill in fridge.  Chilled batter will stick to the dogs better.

Dry hot dogs.  Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Insert wooden sticks into dogs. Pour batter into a tall glass.  Dip hot dogs into batter so they are well coated.  Allow some of the excess batter to fall off.

Fry a few corn dogs at a time until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels.

Refrigerate leftovers.  We didn't freeze any, but a reviewer said you can place them on a baking sheet and freeze after they've cooled to room temp.  Once fully frozen, put them into freezer bags.  Reheat at 400° in the oven about 20 minutes or microwave individually, covered with a paper towel: 50 seconds, flip, 30 seconds.