going green

Not too much exciting happening this week, which is a good thing! I thank God for ordinary days! A few  highlights of our week :

  • It was my sorting day in my sister's produce co-op.
  • Seeing my nephew at sunrise was a special treat! 
  •  Loving a fridge full of the freshest veggies. (my husband frowns at that word)
  • Driving with my son... more frightening than imagined.
  • My Work... in full swing.
  • The time change... it's brutal! Our trusty iPad alarm did not sound Tuesday morning... kids were 30 minutes late to school. Anna Katherine was mortified, left in tears.
  • My girl, experienced a 'mean girl'. Why do kids say mean things? For absolutely no reason. Especially to a sweet girl. And, especially at church. 
  • Organizing my heart out! My main goal... the mountain of outgrown clothes! They have to GO.
  • St. Patrick's day... we love it. I ejoyed tuning all the food green. 
Martha Stuart's White Green Cake 
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk

8 large egg whites

1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.
4. In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not over beat. Gently fold a third of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture.
5. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.

(I used my small hand mixer,  I was in a hurry. Notice the bend in the blade. Evidence of an accident involving Mary Claire finger.)
  • Never imagined dachshunds loved sauerkraut. Well  ~they are German.
  • Loving... absolutely loving this weather! Returning from a run covered in sweat is exhilarating!
  • Getting used to Jeff's new company car... with gas prices sky high, we drive it as much as possible! This one is smaller for sure!
  • Snapped a few super quick St. Pat's pictures before school... 
  • Anna Katherine loving her green cheese grits. Since green ketchup,  my son has an aversion to anything green... that wasn't intended to be green.
  • Kids fought for the shamrock glasses. 
  • Bennett won... he wore them all day.
  • Mary Claire's class treats. She insisted on bringing one for Coach O'Hare.
Pretty uneventful week, which is a good thing. We are getting ready for the Smoakettes. They will be spending part of the weekend with us... while their parents celebrate their anniversary!
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