Monday, November 30, 2009

Posting Pause

So we've got a ton of stuff to accomplish before Maggie arrives in the not too distant future, and I have many, many pages of finals to write before the end of the semester. So no more posts before both of those items are accomplished.

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

homemade applesauce recipe

So I used:

- Granny Smith apples, 7 big ones that were just over 4 lbs total, cored and peeled
- about 4 strips of fresh lemon peel, (avoid the white part, it's bitter)
- 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup water

Add all ingredients to a big pot, cover it and boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel, and mash it all up with a potato masher to desired consistency. Add sugar/cinnamon to desired taste - then it's ready to serve!

I'd like to try it again with Fuji or Golden Delicious apples because they are not as tart. One recipe I looked at called for Gravenstien apples, but i've not ever heard of them and couldn't find them.

Other suggestions? Let's hear about it in the comments!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I've tried to keep my political opinions to myself with this blog, but I feel that there are some exceptions. I don't have cable television, so don't get to watch these shows, but if I did, I probably wouldn't watch much MSNBC or FOX News.

After reading about an interview on the Rachel Maddow program, I feel encouraged to share it with you. Here's the link.

The very real and very dangerous atmosphere of paranoia and distrust that is brewing in America is frightening to say the least. But when Maddow's guest, former right-wing Christian Evangelical leader Frank Schaeffer suggests that there is a segment of extreme fundamental evangelicalism that seemingly supports and encourages acts of violence in the vein of Timothy McVeigh, I get a little jumpy - and pissed.

I've read about and seen with my own eyes, these bumper stickers suggesting that President Obama be essentially assassinated in the will of God. What kind of America are we living in, that it would be acceptable to make these kind of outright, blatant and legitimate threats to the president? Is this the "real America" that Palin was referring to?

It's no wonder that so many people are turning away from Christianity when they hear these kinds of things. If I didn't believe differently, I'd run screaming from the Church too.

Instead, I'm empowered to speak against these attitudes of violence and threats of real terror. I do not want my children growing up in a country where their political leaders are being assassinated by the de facto leaders of the dominant faith. Is it a stretch to say that religious fanatics are turning up the heat on the fringe militant groups? Schaeffer doesn't think so:

I think the situation that I find genuinely frightening right now is that you have a ramping up of biblical language... And what it‘s coalescing into is branding Obama as Hitler, as they‘ve already called him...

But now, it turns out, that he joins the ranks of the unjust kings of ancient Israel, unjust rulers, to which all these biblical illusions are directed who should be slaughtered, if not by God, then by just men.

My fear is that we as a nation are moving away from ethical democracy - government by people participating in shared power systems for the benefit of all persons - and toward a governing system that looks a lot like an oppressive ideological dictatorship - where the "dictator" is not a single person, but a narrowed ideological view embodied in the powerful, yet shallow-minded few. Wasn't it a system of oppressive ideology that some adventurous settlers were trying to escape, that lead to the birth of this nation? Have we learned nothing from history?

I understand that every president in modern times has faced real and dangerous threats. I remember watching the news when Reagan was shot. But I also do not remember anytime in my life there being this level of negativity, on such a broad scope nationally. And hear that this perspective of mine is not coming from a pro-Obama position. Yes I voted for him because I thought he was the better candidate. I'm disappointed that he has not re-enacted the assault weapons ban that Bush let expire in the waning days of his administration.

But if people cannot speak against the attitude and expression of fundamentalist violence in America, then at least on that level we as a nation are no better than what we despise in places like Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and the like.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sick Day

I've been home all day sick with some kind of stomach bug. On top of feeling like poo all morning, Kate (the black lab) decided it was a good idea to get sick on the kitchen floor as her way of making me feel better. FAIL.

so now the house smells like Lysol and Clorox Green Works.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lady Falcon Basketball Post-Tourney UPDATE

Monroney Middle School 6th Grade Tournament Wrap-up
The '09-'10 Del Crest 6th grade Lady Falcons arrived at the tournament with two things in mind: control the ball on offense, and out-perform on rebounds. And on the whole, that is what they achieved during their three game 2009 season debut. Coach Beck had another goal in mind.
"We want to go out and get a win. That would be a great way to start off the season, and really give these girls some confidence in their natural abilities."
And it would help the confidence of a second-year head coach and her newbie assistant.
For Beck, success on the court means success during practice. Her approach is on fundamentals of the game.
"We're teaching the very basics of basketball to inner-city girls, [who] have limited access to resources like the local YMCA and private sports leagues. Sometimes it's a challenge - I'm not going to sugar-coat it."
And success is what the Lady Falcons found in their Round 1 game against the Crutcho Tigers Early in the game it became evident that the Falcon 3/4 court press was too much for the Tigers to handle.
"The press is something we picked up from last year. We got beat by it nearly every game. I wasn't going to let that happen this season." Beck said. Del Crest beat Crutcho 18-2 to advance to the second round where they faced the Oakdale Rockets.
Oakdale is an Edmond-area district. Edmond-area kids, like those in Choctaw are encouraged to play in YMCA leagues and other private club associations. While the Rockets may have had the upper hand in experience, practice and nearly every other basketball fundamental, they didn't soar to the heights their name implies. The Lady Falcons easily dominated on rebounds, which helped keep the score close. The Rockets beat the Falcons 21-15.
The loss to the Rockets put Del Crest in the "B" Pool, where they faced cross-town rival Carl Albert Middle School. The Titans were thought to be highly talented this season, but with a loss in round 2 play, they faced the Lady Falcons for a third-place match. Once again Del Crest's height proved advantageous, as the Lady Titans were held to only 12 points on the game. Coach Beck's Lady Falcons weren't able to capitalize on that success however, losing to Carl Albert by seven points.
On the successes and challenges of the Monroney Tournament, Coach Beck said "We really got a picture of our major strengths as well as the things we need to work on."
Look for improved offense and shooting from the Lady Falcon team tomorrow, when Del Crest visits Jarman Middle School for the first game of conference play.

super star blog in the works

The local newspaper is closing its doors. So when I went to do a little research on a recent basketball tournament for this blog, I typed "2009 Monroney Middle School basketball tournament" into a Google search, and guess what the #2 entry is:

That's pretty legit for a lame blog with 4 followers. Google must really like me. Or I'm the only one blogging about Mid-Del 6th grade girls basketball. I'm going with Google liking me.

10 Things (2)

After a month long break from blogging, here's a "10 Things I learned" from the past few weekends, which included a long weekend trip to MO.

1) It takes longer getting to the vacation than it does getting home.

2) MO is prettier than OK this time of year [mid-Oct.]. We saw some great color in the trees!

3) The chances of winning anything worthwhile with McDonald's Monopoly isn't really worth eating there 5 times in 4 days. Although those little game pieces sure are fun to peel off!

4) Always leave room in the trunk of the car for all the extra stuff that comes home. We bought 4 big pumpkins at the Shirks family market. It's a Mennonite farm west of Jefferson City.

5) Pumpkins sold by Missouri Mennonites are way better looking and way cheaper than pumpkins sold by grocery stores in OK.

6) People will protest anything, including the Women of Faith Conference in OKC. While I may not completely agree with the idea of huge corporate-religious conferences, I don't think that they lead to "hell", which is what some protesters thought.

7) Oklahomans like to mix up OU Football season with Fall holidays. One house had a giant inflatable OU Linebacker in the yard, next to a giant inflatable Homer Simpson jack-o-lantern. Then in after Halloween, the Homer-o-lantern was replaced by a giant inflatable pilgrim turkey. I can only assume that come Nov. 27th the turkey will be replaced by a Homer Santa stuck in a chimney with a fading and tiresome OU Linebacker looking on in disgust.

8) When there is a 30% chance of .5 inches of snow in the panhandle, the local OKC news stations interview Oklahoma County Highway department officials about what they are doing to prepare for the upcoming "ice storm".

9) I can't wait for the huge weather forecast FAIL.

10) Noah refers to the channel 5 weather man as "goggles". Not a clue why, he only said, "that man name is goggles". Okay.

Punkum Patch

Noah's big into pumpkins, ever since going to MO and getting a special "Spookley" present from his Granny.

And here we are at a local pumpkin patch & corn maze. Look what we found there!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Findings

It's Friday Findings, published on Monday.

We've had lots of weather in the 70's lately, but next week it's supposed to be in the 50's which means that it might finally feel like fall around here. But more importantly - we're raking leaves! So not to be out done by Adrian's pics, here are some cute ones of Noah in the leaves: