Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Note: This wasn't a "planned" craft day. It was just an improptu thing I did for my kids and then people just kept showing up... as they tend to do. It was a great activity, because I hardly had to do anything- infact I got a lot of work done on my own painting for... *gasp* my next art show!
Monday, July 28, 2008
I sure do love making concoctions. One day I want to publish a cookbook called “The Creative Concoctions Cookbook” by Naomi the Concocter. My husband is very unsupportive of my pursuit of concoctions. Usually when I describe to him one of my newest concoction ideas, he says “you WOULD think of that”. What he doesn’t know is that I can see right through him, and while I am devouring my delicious concoction, he is secretly coveting it and thinking “oh boy, I wish I could ask for a bite.” Here is a list of some of my best concoctions:
· Beandip, guacamole and frito hotdog
· Maple rum milk for sipping
· Brownie batter and soft butter pudding
· Hershey syrup and rice crispy banana sandwich
Sometimes my concoctions don’t turn out so well (like the rice pudding and chicken casserole). But I always learn something, and I won’t put any recipes in my cookbook that I haven’t personally tested out.
One of the chapters in my cookbook will be called “Camping Concoctions”. This last weekend, I went camping with my in-laws, and I came up with two great concoctions for this chapter of my cookbook. I will share them with you now:
American Honey Campfire Banana
For this recipe I sliced a banana length wise and then cut some slits into the banana pulp (leaving it in its skin). Then I poured American Honey Liqueur into the banana and then closed it back up again and let it sit for a couple hours to marinate. Then, after the kids went to bed, I opened it back up and added a couple marshmallows to the liqueur-infused banana, then closed it back up and wrapped it up in foil. Then I sat it over the fire for about 10 minutes to bake. When it was good and hot, I opened it up and ate it out of the skin with a spoon. MMMmmmm… it was mushy and scrumptious! I also had another shot of American Honey on the side, which was perfect for my sore body that had earlier been thrown from an ATV and then steamrolled by it.
Ghost town cheese-it buttercup goodies
This recipe I invented after a bumpy ATV ride up an old trail to the top of a mountain where we discovered an old abandoned mining village made up of crumbling log cabins. We had packed a few snacks along with us, so we stopped in the ghost town to have a picnic. This recipe is pretty simple. Remove the top of a miniature peanut butter cup, and then sandwich the remainder of it between two cheese-it crackers. If I had any extra peanut butter on hand, I would have used to it paste the sandwich together and then display them creatively on a platter to serve. This was crunchy chocolaty peanut buttery goodness!
If you want a recipe for a great camping trip (this won’t be in the cookbook), one ingredient you don’t want to forget is Tim (my brother-in-law). Tim makes a camping trip great for a couple reasons. 1. He brings the ATVs. 2. He brings the liqueur (I wouldn’t have come up with my banana creation without him!) And 3. he is usually willing to try out my concoctions, something my husband isn’t willing to do, BUT, we sure do make one cute couple anyways, don’t we?!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
By Rocket (age 6)
By Cullen (age 6)
**Handy Dandy Crafting Tip From Naomi!!!**
My most hand dandy crafting supply is my polyurethane. I put it on almost anything to give it a shiny glass-like finish. I have found that even if kids do a bad job on their craft (as they usually will do), if you make it shiny with polyurethane at the end, they will be super proud of it!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Uncle Gary, Pops, and Rocket point towards the score board as they read Matt Hollidays stunning performance statistics. Notice that everyone except Uncle Gary is wearing their rally caps. Apparently, the caps did their job, and rallied the Rockies on to a victorious win after being down one point in overtime. The triumph was followed by an incredible fireworks show.
We also saw some DAM paintings.
DAM is what the Denver Art Museum is referred to.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
In this picture, Roxanne waits patiently outside of a Breckenridge store while Grandma shops. Roxanne would often pick the flowers outside of stores and give them to me to put in my hair (even though we've told her not to). Ok... sometimes I get lucky... but not often.The kids spent hundreds of hours in the pool. I couldn't be in the water that long, so one day, I painted this picture of Roxanne from the pool deck. She happens to be one of the best swimsuit (and hippo tube) models I have ever seen.
One day we went on a five mile hike (we were pushing our luck). Amazingly, the kids completed the hike with few emotional breakdowns- which means Matt and I were both lucky. I enjoyed the hike because it was like walking through a gigantic tree sculpture gallery. There were endless trees that had been uprooted leaving them in curiously disfigured positions that resembled artwork to me. The roots seemed to twist and convolute up into the sky, each one having individual undulating (one of my favorite words) nuances (another favorite). They seemed to have been stretched and twirled around a sculpting finger (possibly God's I suppose), kindof the same way Rocket holds gum between his front teeth and then stretches it out away from his face with one finger and then begins to wrap it around his finger again and again and again. Except this wood wasn't stretchy at all (and it didn't get smeared all over the van seats or stuck in anyones hair either)- it was as dry as bones. We collected our favorite knotty branches to use as hiking sticks. Then we brought them home, with enough extras for just about every kid in the neighborhood. Yesterday the gang came over and we sanded them and painted them so that next time we go hiking, we will hike in style.
This is a picture of the sticks that the kids painted yesterday. To the right is a picture of chloe in the process of painting her hiking stick.