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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Ice Cream Sundae Sunday!

The kids love it when they ask "what's for supper?" and my response is "Ice Cream Sundaes!"  (Aubri...have you converted Phil to accepting this for a Sunday evening meal yet?...we think of him EVERY time we have Sundaes for dinner!)

Tonight I went all out and made homemade hot fudge sauce.  I'll never go back to store bought fudge sauce...this stuff is so yummy and very easy to make!

Hot Fudge Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 t. salt (I often omit this)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 t. vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt in saucepan.  Add milk, water and butter.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until boiling.  Cook for 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Stir in vanilla.  Serve over ice cream.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Welcome to our family

Lily and Lucy! 

Ethan's hamster Nippy died an untimely death shortly before Christmas.   (Ron found him in the middle of the kitchen floor early one morning, and an EXTREMELY guilty looking yellow lab sitting not too far away...sad but true!)  Ethan asked for hamsters for Christmas, so he got a gift certificate to PetSmart, with enough on it to cover the cost of two hamsters.

He and I traveled to PetSmart a couple of weeks ago so he could pick out his new friends.  He had so much fun looking at the hamsters and studying them and learning the difference between the different breeds of hamsters.  He'd at first wanted dwarf hamsters, but after learning that they are SMALL and REALLY fast, he decided to go with "Winter White Hammys"

Enter Lily and Lucy.  They are SOOO cute and active.  They love to stand on their hind legs and peek out at us from their cages!  Ethan is working hard to get them used to his scent so he can hold them without them biting him.  It is getting better, but he still gets bit once in a while.  It hurts, but he's being a tough guy about it.  He's been putting a bit of food in his hands and they are both willing to crawl into his hand to eat it.  Today, for the first time, Lily crawled into his hand without food in there first!  Progress!

Here are some pictures of these cute little creatures!  (Grandma K--you don't have to look at the pictures if it will freak you out...they are a little "mousy"



Oh, my gosh...isn't she just so CUTE???? Lily (sorry Phil and Aubri...Ethan did NOT name her after your least...I'm pretty sure he didn't, LOL)

We watched her work and work to crack that sunflower seed open to get to the meat inside.  Her little paws just hold so tightly to's fun to watch her work!

IMG_8145 Lucy.  She's not quite as tame as Lily just yet, but she's getting there!  This is the one that bites Ethan the most.  He tries hard to be "manly" about it and not cry, but dang...that does HURT!  She's made him bleed a couple of times!


This is Lily again...we (well...Ethan) can tell them apart 'cause Lily has a little part of her right ear that is damaged. 


Lily and Lucy in their home. 

We hope you ladies are happy here.  We'll work REALLY hard to keep you away from KT!