Epic Fortage

20 06 2012

Despite the title of this post, I realize the picture is less than awe-inspiring.

What can I say? It’s better in person.

It’s also still up.

The kids have been sleeping in it for the past several days.

Tonight, however, is the fort’s last night. Zack’s last day of school is today (FINALLY), and so we’ll sleep in it as the final hurrah. I might even join them, although I make no promises. I’m pretty protective of my sleep.

As for tomorrow, I wish you all happy sheet washing and happy SUMMER VACATION!

Rhubarb Crunch

19 06 2012

Inasmuch as I feel rhubarb is a very underutilized fruit (vegetable?), I am posting this delicious rhubarb crunch recipe for the enjoyment of all. (Thanks, Grandma!)

Rhubarb Crunch

1 c. flour

3/4 c. oatmeal

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. butter, melted

1 tsp. cinnamon

4 c. diced rhubarb

1 c. water

2 Tbsp. corn starch

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla


Mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon. Reserve 2/3 cup of mixture for topping. Pat remaining mixture into a greased 9×9 inch pan. Cover with diced rhubarb.

Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Pour sauce over rhubarb and cover with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350° for 45 to 60 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

(To make this recipe gluten-free, switch out the flour with your favorite gluten-free blend, and add 1/2 tsp. of xantham gum. Also, make sure you use gluten-free oats.)


Bonus points for anyone who knows (without having to look it up) if rhubarb is a fruit or a vegetable.

Hip Hop Mixed with Bebop

17 06 2012

For her school’s spirit day “Back in the Day” Day, Eden wanted me to make her a poodle skirt.

She got her own accessories. I thought about telling her the sparkly newsboy cap wasn’t exactly what they were wearing in the fifties, but she didn’t really care about authenticity–she cared about cuteness.

Because that’s how we roll around here.

What are YOU doing tonight?

15 06 2012

Rainbow knows that I’m forgetful, so she makes sure I write down the important stuff when we’re having Mom Talk Time. This note has been sitting by my clock radio for several days. It’s going to take up the entire. living. room.


Transformation! Transformation!

10 06 2012

(Does anyone else have random Pixar quotes pop into their heads on any given occasion? Oh, okay. Nevermind, then.)

I got this little gem of a dining set about, oh, nine months ago. One table, four chairs.

I think it was originally $90, then it was marked down to $60. I was feeling like maybe I could do $60. So I went down to St. Vincent De Paul to look at it one more time, and do you know what those dear Catholics did? They marked all furniture down 50% that day. I love Catholics.

Naturally, I took it as a sign that it definitely was the table and chairs I had been looking for. After spending nine months in my garage, I spent $35 on a gallon of glossy paint, $20 on two yards of oil cloth, and about 20 hours of labor on Memorial Day weekend. (Should I have waited for Labor Day?)

But seeing them in the garage just doesn’t do them justice.

Behold, the table and chairs! Out of the garage and into the music room!

Don’t you just love that I-finally-finished-a-project feeling? Only 17 major projects left!

Um, yahoo?