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Archive for July, 2012

The Musical Extravoganza of Dreaming Hats Farm

We enjoyed spending a lot of time reading this summer. As a result we spent a lot of time at the library. My kids all signed up for the Summer Reading Program “Dream Big — Read!” All my kiddos read the required amount(20 books)and exceeded the goal at 26 books for my DD and 44 for my 3DS. The library as a prize brought in Thad Beach, a talented musician, who has a way with kids. The songs were warm and inviting for the kids and really shook the shyness out the door. I would recommend seeing any of his shows if you are in Kansas and see him on the marquee. (I apologize for the pics cell phone photography at its best.)

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Summertime Blues

Well these last few weeks of summer are going to be killer. I LOVE my kids but I can’t wait for school to start(guilty conscience kicking in.) This summer has been horrible! Its too hot and too dry! My DH has been working long hours due to a work force that is missing a few bodies. You know kind of like a puzzle missing a few pieces, you can still put it together it just has a few holes. It really makes me wonder how those courageous single parents do it. There have been so many summer plans that could not be fulfilled due to the heat. My kids all have cabin fever. Is that even possible? No dancing in the rain or playing in mud puddles. No picnics, no spending time at the park, no reading outside, nothing! Its too hot. So here we are huddled around the ac registers getting on each others nerves just like winter. How are you beating the heat this year?

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Guest Crunch

This week will be a busy one for me. We are getting ready for some of the busiest weeks of the year. Summer visits from friends and family and school starting.

I love having guests but I really hate the days of stress beforehand. Getting my children to help me seems impossible, yet as I look around I see a marked improvement in the cleanliness of our home. Well anyway off to chase dd with the furniture polish. Hope she takes the hint.

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Sunday Morning Breakfast

I made some of the best pancakes ever! If you like zucchini and banana breads you’ll love this.

Zucchini Banana Pancakes
1 cup flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tbsp oil
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup mashed banana

Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the liquid ingredients. Stir together then fold in zucchini and banana. Cook in skillet on med/high heat. Enjoy with syrup or your favorite pancake toppings. Makes 4 lg pancakes * I triple this recipe *

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Teaching Dreaming

I read a blog post today about raising kids and raising dreams.

As typically happens when you start talking about moms having lives outside of the family it brought up the “Mommy Debate”. Some readers felt they needed to explain why they stay at home and others why they work. The blog author wasn’t talking about this. Why do women feel the need to define ourselves by our jobs and families?
I am a mom of 5 and I am a wife. These are two important factors of my personality and life, but its not all I am. I have dreams that don’t involve my children or my husband. I want to write a novel; I love weather and I am a storm spotter; I read all the time; I want to run a small business, not to provide for my family, because I want the challenge; and I want to travel. Now, if I told you that without the mention of family it would be okay with most people. When I tell people these things after they know I am a mom and wife they judge me.” These things take time and money what about your kids?” I’ve heard that before. “Storm chasing is dangerous, you need to be careful you have kids.” Heard that before too. My kids ages 9, 6, 4, 2, and 6 months, probably have more knowledge of atmospheric science and proper english grammar than most high schoolers. My 4 year old could tell you what convection is. My 9 year old could tell you the life cycle of a super cell thunderstorm and what factors need to be present for tornado formation. My 6 year old knows comma rules better than me! My 2 year old likes “mamus” (mammantus) clouds. They learn from me. I want to show them a healthy lifestyle of self satisfaction.

I am a devoted, loving mom and wife. I give my all to my family. I also find time to feed myself emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Why is that so bad? Is it bad for a parent to dream for them self?

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No Rain Woes

A drive through the country is a very sad thing this year. It is very difficult to see corn crops burning up even under irrigation. The heat and dryness really messed up pollination and now farmers have corn that only has 40 or so kernels of corn per ear.

I had high hopes this spring as severe weather rolled through regularly. Most people will read that and think I’m crazy. In this area much of our summer moisture comes from thunderstorms. We really don’t get nice showers. We get wind, lightning, and hail, along with our rain. For us it is a fact of life. So here’s to you that live in the city, remember every time you get your outdoor plans rained out that very same rain is saving a farmer’s lively-hood.

As a storm spotter I have also been very bored. In most ways that is a good thing, but when the only weather you have to report is wind blowing the crops away and heat killing plants and animals its sad. So anyone know a good rain dance?

Zucchini Takes Over

Its official zucchini has taken over my fridge. I have no room for produce and started losing my shelves this morning. I have gotten to the point where everything I cook has zucchini in it or as a side dish. I guess its time to freeze some for this winter. Some ideas for its uses would be welcome. I already bake and fry it instead of potatoes. I add it to my pancakes and waffles with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. I add it to spaghetti sauce and meatballs. I shred it and put it in hamburgers and meatloaf. I even shredded it and used it with flour for the breading on fried chicken. We also never run out of zucchini bread. Soon I will be doing the same thing with tomatoes. Summer is so great!