Monday, May 3, 2010

Your Questions - Round 3

Did you ever find your missing kitty?
Yes, we did find Buddy...but you do not want to know where we found him, or the condition that we found him in.

Let's just say, Buddy was too gentle a soul to live the wild, unruly farmlife.

(Don't you wish you hadn't asked??)

I will say this - We were happy to know for sure that he had left the here-and-now. The not knowing was the hardest part. Calvin suffered only one emotional break-down and I was happy to have my animal-loving Mama on speed dial for such an occasion.

Buddy Martin

What is your favorite flavor cupcake?
Lemon or Coconut, depending on whichever is bigger.

Do you have any easy recipes for picky kids.
I really don't. I have a low tolerance for pickiness. It's not something I'm proud of and I'm not sure how I acquired this trait. And I married a man who will only eat potatoes in french-fry form.

But back to the littles - I'm just going to put this out there, for all the world to see. There's no use hiding it any more. We force our kids to try everything. And by force, I mean...we force them. "We can do this the hard way or we can do this the easy way". You know what I'm saying... Thankfully, it doesn't come to this very often, as they have learned to just roll with it. And if they don't like it after the first bite, we say "Thank you for at least trying it!" More often than not, they do like it. Experience has shown me that kids will refuse to eat a multitude of fantastic things, if left to their own devices. Also, I'm not into the idea of catering to 5 different palates.

Another rule we used when the kids were younger is that if they did not like the meal I made, they could have milk, butter bread and applesauce. So sue me. It worked. And Calvin now views butter bread as one of the top-tier delicacies of life, which was never my intent, but whatever.

Do you watch Yo Gabba Gabba? If so, do you love the song/rap Bugs?
A rap called "Bugs" sounds like something right up my kiddos' alley, but alas, our cartoons are limited to PBS fare.

What is your favorite online shopping site? and...favorite etsy store?
I do not shop online very often anymore and while Etsy is premier eye-candy, I have only purchased a handful of items over the years. Having said that, one of my prized possessions came from this site. This girl is my friend, and if you've ever lived right next door to someone for a year and tromped the same ground for four and never shared a single conversation, only to find out eons later that you adore her, you will perfectly understand our friendship. She oozes style and poetry and her fantabulous Etsy site is helping to fund a much-anticipated adoption.

Why did Silas not make it home till 18 mo.?
Siley-Pie certainly came home later than most babies adopted from Korea. (Calvin was not quite 5 months old when he came home.) There are many reasons for the delay which include, but are not limited to: lost paperwork, errors on Korean immigration forms (twice), and general "who knows?"-ness. Also, while he is 100% healthy as a lark, there were some unknowns concerning the health history of his birth parents, which unfortunately, some people find as prohibitive. From our perspective, no child comes with guaranteed good-health, so why should we be concerned? Mostly, I'm happy that he waited for us, because he was our son and no one else's.

Here's my question....why are you so stinkin' awesome? Oh, and when I come to visit, can I stay for a month? Or two?
Uh-oh... it seems I have a stalker.

And yes, all guests are actually required to stay for one-month, minimum. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

And just fyi, there's no door on the upstairs bathroom. And upon arrival, I give you a list of chores and we eat baloney boats every night for dinner.

Did you make the tissue paper pom-poms? If yes, was it easy, tutorial, pls. If not, where can they be purchased?
I bought the Martha Stewart kit at Michael's for Rubester's birthday with my trusty 40% off coupon. They took forevah to fluff, but I still think they're so dreamy. Since then, I have found the MS kits at Odd Lots and TJ Maxx for beans. I'm pretty sure that craftier gals have figured out how to make them sans-kit, but I'm not your girl for that.

Will you share that recipe for the sweet little biscuits?
Surely! The recipe I use came on the box of generic Bisquick-esque Baking Mix, but I'm sure the real Bisquick or any comparable Bisquick wannabe would work as a suitable replacement.

2 1/4 cups baking mix
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp. melted butta

Preheat oven to 425. Combine baking mix and sugar. Add milk and butta. Stir to form soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 8-10 times. (This part is so much fun! Fa Rilz. Can you tell I'm new to kneading? Do you wish I would just get on with the program?) Pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut with heart or flower-shaped cookie cutters. (Yep - it really did say that...maybe.) Place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (I just watched them until they were almost done. I always like to slightly underbake my bakings. I'm revolutionary like that.)

These cakes are divine! So much better than those perpetually-stale, pre-packaged rounds. I sliced my strawberries and mixed in 1 T of sugar, then let them sit while I made dinner, so they had time to get nice and juicy. We served up the whole mess with a generous dollop of generic low-fat Cool Whip.

Guess what? You made it to the end of Questions! What a milestone. Youn's are troopers.

Here - have some cake, on me.


  1. Oh dear - you know that last comment I made, where I said you needed a nanny? And I said I'd come and stay with you, and carry Cory's camera, etc. etc. Um, well, gee - I'm not gonna be able to make it now. The doorless bathroom isn't an issue, the baloney boats sound good - but will you force a woman older than yourself to 'at least try something'? You know I have issues with food. Shrimp is Fear Factor food. Please don't make me try it Shanny. I just made your little Strawberry cake thingys last night for Glencoe's birthday. Yes. I added an E. I'm sorry about your kitty, and I'm happy to find out that you love coconut. I have no idea why that makes me happy, but it does.

  2. Alright, I have a question for one of your questions... at what age did you start "forcing" your kiddos to try things? My 20 month old guy hands me anything green and shakes his head like "Silly momma... this stuff belongs outside and not on my plate." He is crazy about all fruit though... it is just the veggies.

  3. Sorry to hear about your kitty...

    Favorite online store...Amazon. I buy everything from there.

  4. I am soo fortunate to be related to you my foxy celeb cous! You have the fame, fortune and good looks baby. Lots of love.

  5. So sorry about your kitty. It was hard living in the country. When I was growing up I don't remember how many critters we lost in one way or another.

    I'm the same way with my kiddos. They eat what we do OR they don't eat. Isn't that mean?? Your generous with the buttered bread and applesauce. My little chick would be eating that every night with a big big smile on her face. Little rascal:)

  6. Don't feel too bad about Buddy. Orange kitties are notorious for getting into trouble wherever they live - city or country. I can't tell you how man scrapes I got my orange cat out of before he got hit by a car. The sad part is that orange ones make the best pets in the world. And, forget trying to keep them in the house, they will tear your house apart trying to get out. When I come for my month, I might have to organize a strike with the kiddos with the eating thing...just kidding, I wish I had had enough spine when mine were little - my son was so picky and still is.

  7. Interesting. I never knew the Hotel California had a barn and a really cool hatless silo. And surprise roses. The doorless bathroom doesn't surprise me though. Seriously, was that song just one big drug trip or what.
    You didn't answer the first part of my question though. I guess I'll have to wait for my visit to find that out!

  8. Sorry about Buddy. That's a beautiful picture of him.

    I love that you make your kids try everything. We're starting that with WeeMan already - but it's hard b/c he's still so little and he has to eat and man can he be stubborn.

    I'm thinking I might have to whip up your strawberry shortcakes this weekend. That's how my mom used to do them and somewhere along the way it just got easier to buy the stale spongy ones. Those look delish - now if I could just find a good u pick place around here I'd be set.

  9. u r the best! even better than pioneer woman. Please pray yur heart out for us. we r in a matching conference this wed at 2:00 for two children we want to adopt. their ages 6 & 3.I think yur blog is the best and I grew up near N. Manchester indiana and my bil works in wakarusa trailer factory. God Bless

  10. So sorry about buddy. Losing a pet can make a grown man cry(it did in our home) It is always difficult.
    Loved this Q &A time it is always fun to get to know fellow bloggers better.
    Have a blessed week!

  11. Poor kitty, sorry.
    You are too funny.
    My Grammy made those biscuits and so do I, yummy.
    My grandaughters are so picky. Mom is a vegan and dad has celiac. That makes it hard. They eat about 5 things and that's it....Ages 4 and 7. No kidding. They don't eat meat, bread, or even pizza.

  12. Love the no nonsense attitude on picky eating. I share your intolerance for it. My eldest is picky and it has taken me 12 years to break him of it but gosh darn it I would make an eater out of him yet. We have a rule in our house similar to yours that one must eat at least one bite of everything but if one should cry out, "I don't like that" before trying it they must eat it all. It's cruel really but works like a charm :)

  13. "I like bugs. I like Bugs! I like bugs! I LIKE BUGS! What's that? It's another one! What's that? It's another one...."
    Yes. We love yo gabba gabba. It's crazy. If you ever get bored, goggle the episode where Jack Black guest stars. I know the words to all the songs on that one. Rock and ROoooollll!!!
    We sing, "Try it, you'll like it" and "There's a Party in My Tummy (So Yummy! So Yummy)", but our son still throws up when he eats potatoes in non french fry form. The first time he did it we thought he had the flu buuuutttt, turns out he has a flair for the dramatic and an overdeveloped gag reflex.

  14. I love your picky eater philosophy!

  15. would have been SO much easier, had I chosen your picky eater wise you are, for one so young. Heh heh...

    And for the kitty, yes, I'm sad but the lessons animals can teach us: in life and in death. Someday your kids will be glad for those lessons and they have started to learn young and I think it's for the best to learn young. I'm a country girl and I am glad you do not shelter your kids from the realities of life (and death) in the farmyard.

    So nice of you to satisfy all of your questioners...what a trouper!

  16. Bwahahah, cute:)
    Love the comment to visitors--a list of chores. Totally with ya there. ;)

  17. mmm. that cake looks wonderful. and yummo. :)

    Be thankful you don't watch Yo Gabba Gabba. I actually blogged about how much I hate it. lol

  18. Just adore the buddy pic! Ginger cats are notorious adventure seekers, which means they live their little lives to the darn fullest - even if it means and earlier end than us mommies would have liked :-(

    LADIES ive just started a new blog to go with our new home - its all a mess so I thought a lil accountability to you ladies (hopefully with some tips, and help with decisions along the way?) would be great. Will be posting stacks of recipes, rooms in progess and mommy news along the way. Hope some of you drop by? Its a little sparse for now but lots of pics and yummy food sure to follow soon.

    check me out on iblinkthereforeiam

    Much love Dani

  19. I just love your style. Your kids are going to grow up so genuine, so real. I teach first grade and I sooooo wish you were the mama of the kids in my class. You have your littles best interest at heart but you don't let them rule the roost. All kids need that kind of parenting. They can make their own decisions later on in life...say, about 20 years from now. Until then, keep them on PBS and good food. Thanks for reminding me there are moms like you out there.


  20. Poor little kitty :(
    all things chocolate for me...
    picky kids starve at my house! but bread and butta:) Nummm
    Dinasaur Train!
    Ahh! Love her Etsy site and what a cute blog!
    he was waiting for you ...
    (::sniff:: makes me cry...)
    Stalkers Welcome (you should make a sign -that'd be funny)
    I looove those tissue paper pom poms. So happy :)
    ahhh... and I was wondering about those little cake hearts :) Thanks for the recipe!!

    Happy Day,
    The Lady of the House

  21. Don't worry. I had to eat everything growing up as well, and I think I turned out just fine in the food department. Now I'm broadening my hubby's horizons and he seems to be enjoying it alot. *hugs*

  22. Oh the poor cat! We have that same story, but our Carl "lives in the trees". We lie to our kids around here! Aubrie's still certain that Carl will be back! She's onto a fish now though so it's ok :) I also found your etsy friend through you! Her necklaces are fab & so are her aprons & her little stuffed dolls - love them all!

  23. Pure awesomeness. You're not alone - I am a food forcer myself. My son has tried everything on the planet, and if he chooses not to eat what I have fixed for dinner, well, his next meal will be at breakfast. It's never quite resorted to that, and as a result of trying so many different foods because that is what is expected, my kid is a happy eat-anything-and-everything type o' guy. Yay for non-picky eaters! (Of course, I draw the line at brussel sprouts and beets. Too many nightmares from my own childhood due to those nasty foods. Ha.)