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Today was a Big Day! February 17, 2011

Filed under: Anderson,Books,Family,Firsts,God,homeschool,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 12:53 am

Item #1: A.J. found the perfect slingshot stick today at the museum walking paths.  We have been researching how to make the perfect sling shot with daddy.  We’ll keep you posted 🙂

Item #2: Selah is so stinkin’ cute. Okay, I guess that’s not really “Big Day” material because she always has been, but I didn’t want her feeling left out.

Item #3: Maddie read a sentence for the first time! (The real purpose of this post 😉 )Actually, it was a title to a book she brought over to me today.  She wanted to know what it was called.  We hadn’t read this book in a really long time, but I wanted to see if maybe she could figure out some of the words by sounding them out.  And she did!  It took quite a bit of time and I realized I never explained what it meant to “blend” sounds together, so I had to quickly try to explain it to her, and she got it!  It was quite a moment of success for both Mommy and Maddie! So very proud of my little girly!  Tonight again before bedtime A.J. asked if we could read the book together (he was proud of Maddie but I think also feeling a bit left-out) and I told Maddie to chime in whenever she wanted to sound out a word.  She did a great job!  By the end she recognized/read  “Jack” ,”Jill”, “and”, “big”, “dog”, “up”, and “Bill”! And not to be outdone, A.J. chimed in too, though I think he just has a great memory and wasn’t really reading. 😉

It felt like such a privilege to witness this “first” with my girly!  At times I don’t take advantage of those “ordinary” moments with my kids as I would like to, so I’m grateful God helped me to slow down and spend that “teachable moment” with my little girl.  And I think it made both of us even more excited for what’s to come!!

 

Merry Christmas from the Ross Family! December 22, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Family,God,Holidays,Hubby,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Seasons,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 5:52 pm

For many reasons, we have decided not to do a formal Christmas card this year.  So, here is our cyber-greeting 🙂 No, its not the most personal, but know our hearts and minds are thinking of you all, our dear friends and family, this special season.  Have a wonderful Christmas, full of love for the Savior, who came as a baby to save His people.  Merry Christmas!

 

Happy 1st Birthday Selah! May 22, 2010

Filed under: Firsts,Mommy-ing,Seasons,Selah,Uncategorized — adayinthelifeofaross @ 8:51 pm

Today is our sweet Selah bean’s birthday!  We are overjoyed to celebrate this special day with her!

Selah, what a blessing you are to your mommy and daddy, and brother and sister!  We love you very much!  It is a joy to watch you grow and learn, laugh and explore, smile and talk.  We pray for you every day and look forward to all the ways God will continue to work in your life.

Happy happy birthday!!!

(Pictures to follow…her big celebration is tomorrow!)

 

Our Easter and Selah’s Adoption Day! April 9, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Anderson,Family,Firsts,Friends,God,Holidays,Hubby,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Seasons,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 5:33 pm

Easter 2010:

We had a great Easter this year.  Maddie and AJ are finally at the age when they are really starting to understand the meaning of Easter.  Maddie especially was able to have some really sweet conversations with us in regards to Jesus life, death, and resurrection.  The past few years we used Noel Piper’s Easter ideas found in her book Treasuring God in Our Traditions. (Which is an excellent book!)  The Resurrection Tree and the re-enactment of the Easter story was a lot of fun with the kids this year…and they seemed to remember what a lot of the Easter symbols mean.  We also dyed Easter Eggs and each year gets less and less messy–whew!  I can imagine a day where there is no spilled dye.  🙂  The Easter Sunday meal was once again at our place and we enjoyed the company of our dear family.  God has been so good to us.

Selah’s Adoption Day:

Oh happy day! We had a most wonderful and meaningful day yesterday as we celebrated the finalization of our adoption of Selah!  This was a day long in coming for us but was worth every moment of waiting!  It was as though our girly knew exactly what the day was about–she was happy and laughing and clapping and smiling the ENTIRE day–even without a nap! I think our Selah loves being the center of attention 🙂  She was also very affectionate and loving towards all of her family and friends yesterday–randomly giving kisses and smiles to her honored guests!  We couldn’t have imagined a better day–God indeed exceeded every expectation.  Here are some pictures of our day.  I wish I would have remembered to take more pictures!  Thank you to everyone who prayed on our behalf, thought of us, encouraged us, and celebrated with us and with our sweet girly.  Hurray for Selah Marie Louisa Ross!

 

March 20, 2010

Filed under: Anderson,Family,Firsts,God,homeschool,Madelyn,Mommy-ing,Selah — adayinthelifeofaross @ 6:16 pm

P is for Potty Training, Puking, and Peek a Boo!

A few weeks ago Maddie learned about the letter P…a few weeks later we still haven’t made it to Q. Apparently, there is a lot of ‘p’ stuff going around our house!

We started “P” Week like we start most of our preschool weeks, discovering what words begin with that letter and sound. AJ right away chimed in…”Pee Pee!” “Poopy!” “Potty!” Ah, the mind of a 3 year old boy! 🙂 But I decided to use it to my advantage. “AJ, wouldn’t it be great to learn how to use the potty like a big boy during our P week???” “YES!,” he exclaimed. And he did. The end.

Amazing!? We were totally shocked! That was all it took! Like a friend of mine said, if I knew it would have been that easy we would have had “P” Week months ago! I guess it just clicked for the guy! Night time has been a bit harder for him, though–he is such a sound sleeper. But we’re so very proud of our big boy!

Then our next week took a turn for the worst and along came “P”uking. Puking is something I wasn’t planning on teaching during “P” Week. However, it became the official theme of “P” Weeks #2 and #3. It all started with dear Maddie. Then she passed it to Selah. We took a few days off and it hit Mommy, then poor Granny got it and came back around to Daddy, who is currently recovering. Amazingly AJ missed out on the Puking lesson…hopefully. We are not going to make physical contact with any families for the next few days to be sure. It was terrible. But in the midst of it God definitely reminded me of His grace and how his plans, though different than mine, are better. In spite of the obvious grossness of it all, we all have been enjoying getting a lot of rest and it has been nice to not run so many errands. And Daddy has been around a lot more…though sadly its involved puke.

A bright and shining moment in our “P” Weeks though has been Selah learning to play Peek-a-boo! She actually has been doing it for a little while now but only recently is removing her hands in a more timely manner 🙂 She would hold her hands up over her face for a LOOOONG time and not until we’d all sort of get tired and give up would she reveal herself. But this week she has been a lot of fun with Peek-a-Boo…using her bibs now too to cover herself up. And she usually is the one to initiate it now, which is really fun. Oh we love our girlie! Tomorrow she will be 10 months old, so be sure to check out our post for her soon. We have some exciting news!

 

February 10, 2010

Filed under: Mommy-ing,Recipes,Seasons — adayinthelifeofaross @ 8:37 pm

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake…
Success! Well, sorta, kinda…
You know how I said the fun part of these winter wonderland adventures are how you have to be creative with your ingredients? That was my downfall this time. Thankfully it was only for the chocoloate whip cream topping. The closest thing I had to heavy cream was fat free milk and fat free half and half. I knew it probably wasn’t going to work, seeing as my dairy products had no fat in them. It didn’t. But, the result was a real creamy chocolaty sauce on top that made it delish!
The cake took longer than the recipe said but it was soooo good. And really easy. I would make this again, this time with the whip cream. I think I’d even make this for company sometime. Yum.

Here’s the recipe:

“Hot Fudge Sundae Cake” by Beth Hensperger found in Rachel Ray magazine
This old fashioned pudding cake separates during baking into a gooey, spongy cake layer on top and a rich fudge sauce on the bottom. (Yes, it did, and it was sooo good!)

cooking spray
1 c. flour
1/2 c. plus 1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. plus 5 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 T. mild olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. espresso powder ( I didn’t have this so I omitted it)
1 1/2 c. boiling water (I just used really hot steamy water from the tap)
1 c. heavy cream, chilled (don’t use fat free half and half!)

1. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1/2 c. sugar, 2 T. cocoa, the baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, oil, and vanilla. Scrape the batter into the slow cooker and smooth top. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, 1/4 c. cocoa poder and the espresso powder. Whisk in the boiling water. Pour the mixture over the batter.

2. Cover and cook on high until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. (Okay, this took like 1 1/2 hr. for me) Turn off the slow cooker, remove the lid and let the cake cool, 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/3 c. sugar and 3 T. cocoa. Whisk in the heavy cream. Cover and refrigerate for 30 min. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the mixture until soft peaks form.

4. Scoop the warm cake and its sauce into bowls. Dollop the cocoa whipped cream on top.

 

Filed under: Mommy-ing,Recipes,Seasons — adayinthelifeofaross @ 6:33 pm

Cooking Up a Snowstorm

Like most people in the northeast, we are totally snowed in. For some reason snow storms always get me in the mood for some real comfort food and chocolate goodness. And not the South Beach kind…

Last week we made a half a batch of Chocolate Chip cookies. Only a half batch because we were trying to behave and enjoy in moderation. 🙂 And this time around, we were all craving Spaghetti and Meat Sauce and Chocolate Cake. One of the fun adventures for me during Snow Storm Baking and Cooking is to be resourceful–goodness, I can’t go out to any stores right now! So, when I discovered I had no spaghetti sauce I hit the pantry and cookbooks. First of all, none of my cookbooks had a recipe for homemade meat sauce! Crazy! So, I found an oldie I had inherited somewhere along the line, Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cookbook. I know nothing about Amy Vanderbilt, but I am determined now to find out because she gave to me the best meat sauce Ben and I have ever had. And it used so few ingredients and was so very easy to make, so, on behalf of Amy and I, enjoy…

“Meat Sauce for Spaghetti”
1 (4 oz.) can of sliced mushrooms (I didn’t have these so I omitted it)
3 T. butter or margerine
1/4 lb. ground beef (I used a turkey and lean beef mixture)
1 T. chopped peeled onion
1 slice peeled garlic (I used approx. 2 T of minced garlic–we love garlic here)
2 T. flour
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. basil ( I used a bit more than this)
1/8 pepper
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1/2 tsp. salt

Drain and chop mushrooms. Save liquor. Melt 2 T. butter or margarine in large heavy saucepan. Add meat, mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, over moderate heat until meat is browned and onion is tender. Add remaining butter. (Oops, I added it all in the beginning, oh well!) Stir in flour smoothly. Pour in milk, stirring vigorously. Add basil. Cook and stir until thickened. Add pepper and tomato paste. Cook and stir continually. Add salt if needed. (It is) If sauce is too thick, thin with mushroom liquid. Makes 2 cups sauce.

Serve over hot spaghetti, macaroni, and other pasta. Sprinkle (or ‘pour’ if you are A.J.) top with grated parmesan.

While I type this our Chocolate Cake is cooking in the crock pot. Yes, CROCK POT. I have never attempted this before so I will not post the recipe yet. If it totally bombs and then you try it and bombs, I would feel bad. We’ll see how it turns out, but the title is “Hot Fudge Sundae Cake.” Doesn’t that sound delicious? It’s a recipe from the Rachel Ray magazine. I’ll keep you posted.

I really hope we stop getting these snow storms, if for no other reason, I probably shouldn’t be eating so much chocolate 🙂