Monday, November 28, 2011
As of 7:30pm the M&M jar was completely full (if you don't count the 3 (or maybe it was more like 4) M&M's that I took for comfort's sake.) So, that meant no success, yet. :o( While one of our older kiddos was showering they brought the potty out to the living room so they could have a few private minutes without having a little brother coming in constantly to "try." Callie saw the potty, took off her diaper, and......went pee pee! Can you believe it!? Not exactly the result we were hoping for! (Callie is 18 months, and I decided I'm just not ready for her to be potty trained!) Patrick and I looked at each other and thought, "Oh no! Poor Silas has been "trying" all day!" We quietly gave Callie her earned M&M hoping Silas wouldn't notice. No such luck, the poor thing was bewildered! Then, not to be outdone, he finally went pee! Yipee!! Okay, so it was just a tablespoonful, but it was there! We cheered and clapped and he enjoyed his candy! Then, sat back down again and went another teeny bit....we cheered, dished out candy, then he went again....we cheered, dished out candy...This happened 13 times! Now, we realize we should have went with a sticker chart! Wow! We'll be able to say our kid is potty trained, but all teeth are rotten! They say no two children are alike. That's definitely true! It figures my Silas, lover of anything with sugar, would figure out how to get the most chocolate out of this situation! The good news is that on #14 time (this all happened within 10 minutes) he also went poo! Double yipee! and double M&Ms unfortunately. We'll see how tomorrow goes! I have to run to the store for more candy!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter
2 tablespoons shortening
3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup flaked coconut
In a food processor, combine the flour, salt and ginger; cover and
pulse to blend. Add butter and shortening; cover and pulse until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
While processing, gradually add water just until moist crumbs form.
Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30
minutes or until easy to handle.
Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Transfer pastry
to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute
edges or decorate with pastry cutouts as desired. Line unpricked
pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Fill with dried
beans, uncooked rice or pie weights.
Bake at 425° for 8 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake 5
minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.
For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, brown
sugar and cream cheese. Cook and stir until smooth. Transfer to a
large bowl; cool 5 minutes. Whisk in the sweet potatoes, eggs, lemon
juice, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Pour into crust.
Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the
center comes out clean. Cover edges with foil during the last 15
minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary.
For meringue, in a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on
medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1
tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and
sugar is dissolved.
Place marshmallow creme in a separate large bowl; fold in a third of
the egg white mixture, then fold in the remaining mixture. Spread
evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with
marshmallows and coconut.
Bake 12-15 minutes longer or until top is golden brown. Cool on a
wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before
serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Yield: 8 servings.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Beware: Lots of cousins photos ahead!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
He said the process usually takes about 10 days for France to approve a Long-Term Visa, but he wrote down that I needed it in 6 days. So, we shall see when it will come in!
After my appointment, Mom and I went out to a great Mexican restaurant, then did some Christmas Shopping before heading back to Fort Myers for church that night. It was a great day!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It was great to be able to travel with my parents and we had a great boat ride over to St. Martin! Silas loved pointing out all of the fish and birds to my Dad. I think he talked almost the whole time!
Marc (Patrick's brother) decided he would head back to the states on the same boat, and plane, as us. Mariane and Romea (Patrick's aunts) decided to come along on the boat to see Marc off. They enjoyed playing with Callie and she talked on Romea's phone most of the time.
It was a gorgeous day!
Callie loves her Uncle Marc and is sure going to miss him once we head back!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Of course, Dad bought donuts for his grandchildren...it's a tradition! Although they were a little different than Dunkin Donuts!
What a wonderful Grandpa my Dad is. Silas had to show him his train set and Dad just plopped on the floor with him and played.
We were excited to have my parents there for our services on Sunday. Here we are singing the BIBLE. We always have "American Sunday School" before I start picking up our ladies for church.
We bought some ribs in St. Martin to have special while Mom and Dad were there. Patrick makes excellent ribs!!
Touring the island. This picture is taken from Colombier.
Tea party time with Grandma (another tradition) As I loaded these pictures I told Mom I am so sorry there isn't all that many pictures with her in it! She was usually the photographer behind the camera. I think it's also the life of a mother and grandmother. But, my Mom is a thoughtful and fun Grandmother. My kiddos absolutely adore her!
Mom and Dad had a really great time, although I know it was a little different for them. It was the longest they'd ever gone without driving a car, reading a newspaper, watching the TV (especially the news!), checking emails and internet, and using the phone freely....oh and having real milk, too!
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for coming. You spoiled us all week long. You played with the kids, you talked and laughed with me and Patrick, and most of all you were truly interested and excited to see everything about the place that the Lord has called us to. That meant so much to us! We love you both and can't wait until the next visit!