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.