Thursday, July 28, 2011

We Love Yellow

We love yellow dresses.

Yellow shirts and yellow walls. Yellow teeth, not so much.

My youngest grandbrats are taking Jiu Jitsu lessons and loving it!
Check out the concentration. Just like when we talk to 'em at home. Yeah, right!

"Hold on, I have an itch."
(Are you still lookin' at the kids, ladies?:)

"Oh, yeah! Girls rule!"

Although white is nice...

They loved their yellow surprise!
After six months of lessons, they each got a yellow belt. SCORE!!

A very happy girl.

Giving a sweet, girly thank-you hug.

Now it's his turn.

While his sister looks on proudly.

A boy hug, complete with the pat-pat on the back.
Do they learn this at birth, or what?!

A bit of applause for a job well done.

A very proud six and eight year old.
Brushing through that hair afterwards wasn't fun for either one of us. Trust me.

Let's hear it for the master! Thank you!!

These two keep us laughing!

Last year she came into my room while I was watching CNN, as they were wheeling Michael Jackson into an ambulance. She saw the body bag he was in and asked, "When people die, are they in a 'bush bag', or a cute little sparkly bag?" (The girl does love her bling.)

The other day he came into my bedroom, slammed himself face-down on the bed,
really mad about something.
He said, "I'm gonna sleep FOREVER! Only wake me for food and my birthday!"

My older grandkids are a funny pair too, but that's a story for another day. ~

For more grandbrats;

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I Love To Read

And so does this one. A lot!

She's my eight year old granddaughter.
These pictures were taken last year, right after I gave her a little book-light.

I didn't think she'd ever go to sleep! (Something I really wanted to do.)

She also likes doing a bit of reading at the doctor's office.

And at the dentist's office, to her proud Dad.

But there's nothing better than a bedtime story.

Especially if you read it yourself...

And people are waiting for you to go to sleep.

At last!
Sweet dreams, precious girl. ~

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kefir And The The Mad Scientist -

Little ol' me.

My little buddy, Melanie, sent me my first batch of Kefir Grains.
We call them, "her offspring". Which makes me feel really bad, when even just one of them goes down the drain! I'm sooorrryyy!!

I'd never heard of them before Melanie told me about them.
They're weird little things.

They're not soft, or hard. Kind of in-between. Put them in a clean glass jar and rinse them with Spring Water, only. And never touch them with anything metal!

These are the supplies you'll need, if you ever decide to make Kefir Water.
(Which is supposed to be really good for us!!)
You'll need four of the jars. Wash them really well, but without soap/detergent.

Put 1/4 cup of the Organic Whole Cane Sugar into the bottom of the glass jars.
Try to make two batches at a time.

Then add about 1/4 cup of the Kefir babies on top of that.

I feel like such a mad scientist at this stage, because I know they'll multiply like crazy!

Fill the jars to within an inch from the top, with Spring Water.

Put on the little coffee filter 'bonnet' and secure it with a rubber band to keep out any gnats,
flies, or whatever.

Set them somewhere warm to help with the fermentation.

I sat them on the window sill, but ended up moving them, because that window gets the full afternoon sun, and that's not good for them. It'll do 'em in. Oh, the guilt!!

After forty-eight hours, the drink is usually done.

It's fun to see the outcome after that time, because they've eaten all the sugar
and seriously multiplied! Very cool.

Strain the Kefir Water into a clean jar and put the Kefirs back into the jar they came from.

It hardly has any taste, so add a few slices of dried fruit to give it some flavor. I chose apples.

Put a clean bonnet on it and stick it in the refrigerator for twenty-four hours.

Pour the Kefirs back into the jar and rinse them with the Spring Water.

See how they've multiplied?! Crazy!!

Add enough water to cover them and put them in the refrigerator, unless you're making more right away. If you're making more, just follow the same directions as the first batch.

If you're waiting between batches, put the bonnet on first and then the lid.
(Because you can't use any metal.)

After twenty-four hours, the Kefir Water you put in the refrigerator is ready.
Remove the apple slices, or they'll get mushy and messy...

And enjoy!

This is a great article about Kefir; it's health benefits, in-depth directions on how to make it, where to order it, and fun stuff like that.

Let me know if you make some!

For another healthy drink, you may also want to try, Rejuvelac.

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