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From My Desk

The words I can see around me right now:
Down Time (title of a scrapbook page)
Pursue the dream
Quotes by Plato, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Vince Lombardi, and Abraham Lincoln (if I turn my head, I can see more quotes from other wise individuals)
SCBWI
Summer reading challenge

What I can hear:
The kids watching Arthur
“Bookmark” from the library leaving a message about materials waiting to be picked up

Stuff I’ve read so far:
emails
2 news articles
John 15:1-4
A page from Oswald Chambers’ book My Utmost for His Highest

Things I’ve written so far:
blurb
emails
reference letter

Things I still have to do:
critiques
lunch for kids
get kids outside
2 blog posts and newsletter drafts
secret project #2

Possibility of completion of everything on to-do list: less than 100%, but it’s OK :)

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Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

This article first appeared on KeepingtheCastle.com. I’m rediscovering old posts I wrote for previous blogging jobs, some of which are now offline. I have retained the right to repost these (after the required period of time), so I’ll continue digging through my archives and see what else I can find.

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This is a newly discovered favorite treat at our house. I don’t know why I never made this before, it’s so good. :) I got the recipe right out of a package of Campfire Marshmallows.

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Rice Krispie Treats

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 10 oz bag Marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal

Melt margarine or butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add crisp rice cereal and stir until well coated. Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly into a greased 13″ x 9″ pan. Cut into squares when cool.

Microwave directions: In microwave-safe bowl, microwave margarine or butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir to combine. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute longer; stir until smooth. Add cereal and stir until well coated. Continue as directed above.

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I used soy margarine to make this milk-free. Kelloggs’ Rice Krispie cereal is also milk-free. I can’t say the same about other brands, so you’ll just have to check those. You can also adjust the amount of rice cereal you use. I like mine not so sweet, so I added more.

These treats are great to make ahead, to enjoy as a sweet treat during a picnic. They should be placed in an airtight container to retain their crispiness.

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Mossy Hints of Spring

Who knew that a layer of moss on a rotting log could create such excitement? You’d be happy too, if it’s the first sighting of something green and growing you’ve seen in months.

spring-hints

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Royal Weddings and a Hint of Spring

My congratulatory post on the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton is late in coming. But I’m as thrilled as any royal watcher. When the announcement came last year, I was absolutely thrilled, and not at all surprised. These two are perfect for each other.

I still miss my old royal blog, and I’m a bit bummed that the royal couple has apparently forgotten to send my invitation! ;) I guess I’ll just have to get my fix of the wedding through their official site.

On a different topic… Yesterday, I went with one of my kids on a field trip to a nature center. There was a demonstration of how maple syrup is made. Check out how much sap is flowing from a tiny hole in the tree trunk:

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I love this time of year!

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2010: Year-End Thoughts

Ah, it’s year-end before I dare to show my face around here. It’s embarrassing really, how long I’ve been away. How quickly time has passed. Of course, I had good intentions of updating regularly, but something or other has come up and here we are.

Right now, the family’s just waiting for the new year. The kids and their cousins are in the basement (hopefully asleep). The rest of the family’s watching football. The dishes are done, and so I have a few minutes to myself before we break out the noisemakers to welcome 2011.

2010 has been an eventful year.

When I look back, I’m amazed at the changes that have taken place. Taken together, it’s been a good year. Nah, scratch that. It’s been a great year!

I’m thankful for a lot of things. Though I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t meet all my goals for 2010, I don’t have any regrets. I moved forward on those goals that I didn’t accomplish. I learned so much. I’m very satisfied with where I am right now.

Read

One of my goals was to read more books than I did last year. That was quite easy to do, since I only read 26 books in 2009. This year, I managed to read 30 books, the last two of them just this week. My hubby gave me a nook e-reader for Christmas (best gift ever!), and I’ve already loaded about 100 books into it.

Next year, my goal is to read even more books.

Exercise

Fail. ‘Nuff said.

Simplify

My goal was to continue to discard things and keep only those that I love and use often. I’m happy that I’ve stayed on top of organizing things in my house. This is a continuing goal, so that it will eventually, hopefully, become second nature.

Blog

I intended to build up the couple or so blogs that I own. This goal has not been fully met, but I made a few changes and bought a couple more domains. What I need to do next year is to be clear about my purpose for each blog, make my expectations realistic and manage my time in order to devote attention to those projects that I want to keep.

While not entirely blogging-related, I am happy to report that I have a couple of waiting-in-the-wings projects that were made possible by my previous blogging job. That’s all I’m going to say about these for now. When I know more, I’ll have something to blog about (maybe).

Scrapbook

Me and my million hobbies. I really want to scrapbook more. But somehow, over the course of the year, I dabbled in crochet and got distracted. I really really really have to get back to scrapbooking. It’s more fun. Besides, what am I going to do with the bazillions of supplies that I have?

As we say around here, that’s all it!

See you in 2011! Here’s to more good things to come in the new year!