Monday, July 28, 2008

A lesson in food coloring

I generally don't think too hard about food coloring in marshmallows. Marshmallows are hardly natural these days, so why should I expect their colors to be natural?

I bought, on a whim, a package of "swirled chocolate and vanilla" marshmallows for my family. My husband was happy for an excuse to fire up the ol' fire pit. After roasting beer brats over the open flames, we turned to the marshmallows.

Raw, the marshmallows are a nice cocoa brown, kind of like powdered cocoa. Pretty, soft, pinkish. After a few minutes over the coals, the marshmallows began to take on the classic golden brown of all marshmallows over a campfire. Unfortunately, the nice golden brown on top of the pretty, pinkish undertones combined into a very unappealing shade of baby poop mustard.

We also learned that these cocoa mallows are much tastier toasted only until they begin to warm up, NOT until they crisp up.

Friday, July 18, 2008

So, we've entered that phase where the camera is a great toy for the little diva. It's nearly impossible to get a nice picture these days. If I ask her to smile, this is what I get:






If I just let her be herself and then take a picture when it looks like a good time, this is what I get:








And if I try to get her attention and then quickly snap a picture, this is what I get:



Sometimes, though, I can sneak in a decent one:



Yay! Finally! A picture of the toddler that doesn't look too goofy! Now, if only we can overlook the fat lip from the argument she had with the rails on the changing table yesterday...

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Potty

Keeping us on our toes

Back to It!

Okay, so it's been MONTHS since I last blogged. I can only claim that life got ahold of me and put me through the wringer. Pregnancy-brain at its best is the best way to describe it. I have not only been incredibly busy chasing after the toddler, but trying to keep down food despite my morning sickness, trying to stay away despite the first trimester sleepies, and just plain working has made it nearly impossible to find time for other activities!

BUT I did this week finally find some time to be a little bit creative. I shortened 18 infant prefolds to newborn length and I also managed to sew a fitted diaper in size Small. Now I can feel like I did something for the new baby! I'd love to do a ton more, and will have to before the next 6.5 months are over, but it's at least a start.

Back at the ranch, we're dealing with potty training, transitioning to the toddler bed, switching dacyares (AGAIN) and getting the lawn mowed on a regular enough basis so that we don't look like the white trash we sometimes feel like. I think we're keeping up with the worst of it... at least, the neighbors don't complain too loudly about our jungle out back.