So week thirty started out in the Huntington Lake Campground (where we hope to stay again) and ended at home with a total of six-children in our house!
We had a fantastic Cub-Scout camp at Huntington Lake where the boys earned a couple badges and worked on a hiking requirement. My oldest also earned his credit for “making a fire.”
From Cub Scout camp, my husband and my oldest headed over to Yosemite Bible Camp (YBC) in Oakhurst, and I proceeded to take my two youngest home to drop off clothes and bedding. I ended up being completely exhausted (of course) but felt like eating a good cheat-meal, so I took them to John’s Incredible Pizza. Yes, this also means I was all by myself during the week taking care of my two little ones.
Before leaving the house, I made a small game plan of what I would prepare for dinner for myself. My husband is the chef in the family so I use recipes from the internet, usually pinned ones from Pinterest because I can’t just throw things together to save my life.
I made a recipe from my Healthy Eats Board, called Avocado, Chicken and Walnut Salad from Kayotic Kitchen. I didn’t buy the parsley, but other than that, the recipe was a TOTAL SUCCESS! Definitely a Pinterest win.
I think one of the best accomplishments of the week was completing the Instructable for my Darth Vader Purse. I ended up finishing the purse in one night during the week and wanted to enter the Fandom Contest over at Instructables. (Shameless plug: If you’re a member and have a minute, please vote for me!)
I made bacon in the oven for the first time. I couldn’t believe that I had never made it that way before, even though I heard about it.
I almost feel sheepish about writing it on the blog, because I know many people have always cooked bacon that way, but hey, this is reality and I just learned to do it this week. You better bet I will only cook it this way from now on. I got my recipe from Pinterest (of course) from the site: Today’s Mama.
I made watermelon jam (it looked more like jelly to me) this week to use up my frozen watermelon juice. I got the recipe from Blondie’s Cakes. It only took four ingredients and I’m all about simple jelly’s or jams. I’ll be making it again, basically because I love things that are both tangy and sweet and this watermelon jelly has a hard-to-describe flavor.
I learned that there are auctions on Instagram where you can bid on things so people can raise money for certain causes. I bid on one such auction a couple weeks ago and opened up one of my packages from Kiwi and Hope. The owner, Kiah, is one of my internet-friends that I met in a mutual group of bloggers & hustlers that get things done. If you have time, stop on over at her shop to see some of her latest purses and clutches, as she donates a portion of her sales to orphan care and adoption causes. I won this adorable pineapple purse and key-fob, as well as a delicious organic chocolate, that I confess I ate the entire bar in one evening. Thank you for allowing me to give you some internet love Kiah!
Lastly, and keeping in mind that I was by myself on Friday and half of Saturday, I took on the task of helping my brother and sister-in-love out by taking their triplets for a few days for them to get away with their friends.
On Friday we had nachos as shown here, which no-one, including my own children, really enjoyed. They all wanted chips with no sauce. Ugh.
We had them all the way through Sunday, and I was very glad when my brother and sister-in-law came to get them. I love these children more than anything, but it’s a great reminder of how blessed I really was to be given three souls to take care of!
I leave you with a picture of my daughter’s pumpkin plant. Of all the things I’ve grown in gardens in my relatively short lifetime, I’ve never tried to grow pumpkins. Here’s to the amazing world, and I pray this pumpkin grows big for her. She’s worth it!