Monday, May 28, 2007

picnic cookies

Emmett's school picnic was fun. The weather was fabulous, and the kids played for ages in the sun. Everyone seemed to want the recipe for the cookies I brought. These lemonade cookies are yummy and have a taste reminiscent of lemon squares. (recipe below)

Lemonade cookies

Lemonade Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cups powdered sweetened lemonade (ie: Country Time or similar)
an additional 1/4 - 1/2 cup lemonade mix to roll the dough balls
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and 3/4 cup lemonade mix until fluffy.
Beat in the egg, vanilla, and grated lemon rind.
In a seperate bowl, stir together the flour and the baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the batter, beating until thoroughly combined.
Pour about 1/4 + cup of lemonade mix in a shallow dish.
Form the dough into 1-inch balls (I use a measuring teaspoon to scoop) and roll them in the lemonade mix, then place them 2 inches apart on a foil lined cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies until the edges just begin to brown, about 10-12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes on the foil before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen + cookies

emmett and friends

he dumped water on his head, then spiked his hair as much as he could, and loved it!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

neighbor's henna

my neighbor came over yesterday for some henna on her foot. I think it came out great! She had tattoos and was not even remotely hesitant to have me paint on her. I started on her foot, then added more on her ankle and just kind of had fun painting!

She stopped by today to show me how it looks today, and it seems pretty good and dark. I think by tomorrow it will look great.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


I bought myself Bocce the other day. Been wanting it for years, as I much prefer it to croquet. But then we couldn't play it since the grass was so long. So I pulled out the old reel mower. I love using it for several reasons... including good exercise, easy, quieter than the power one, and earth friendly not using up resources.

I started to use it, then Emmett took over, and soon we were doing lawn mowing, not bocce. But we did get around to playing, and it was great. quick games, and easy, and I took turns playing with each of the boys. Glad I got the bocce. It is far simpler than croquet, and we will have to find something to make it more challenging for Eli than how we did it so far.
and glad to be mowing with a reel/real mower!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

sunny riding

Went riding yesterday with my friend Olivia. It was sunny and beautiful. We rode on a trail over to a huge pasture and worked the horses there.

I was riding a 4 y.o. horse named Choctaw. He is good, but falls on his forehand alot. It has been so long since I have really ridden though, on a consistent basis. Frustrating. I felt like I was able to settle in a bit after 20 minutes of riding, to where I could start to pay attention to my position, and what exactly I should be doing to get the horse to do what I wanted him to do. I did get some nice transitions out of him, and it was just a really nice afternoon ride.

Now, if only she lived about 1/2 hour closer to me...... Damn. I'd ride every day. She has 3 horses she needs worked, and I need to ride! We are a good combo. It would be fabulous if she didn't live an hour away. but at least I get to go every now and then, and it is heaven for my head!

henna on a horse

Need to figure out more about this....
if I had remembered to bring some henna with me, Olivia would have been up for having me try some on one of her horses. I have tried to hunt stuff down about it on the internet to no avail. What I am wondering is: how long does it last on the horse? Since it is dying the hair, maybe it lasts longer (?). wish I knew and wish I could find someone who has done it. I welcome people who are hunting this or who have done it to please leave a comment about it. Thanks!

Friday, May 11, 2007

first baby belly henna

I had the opportunity to henna my friend's belly yesterday. Gina is 6 months pregnant and was willing to be my first 'baby belly' henna.
I was very proud of how it came out, and she seemed happy with it too. It made me happy to see her glowing.
My camera has a light leak in it though, so the photos came out kind of streaked. bummer. I guess I am off to get a new camera! my Canon Powershot has been great. Think I will get another.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

summer already!

It has been hot all of a sudden! Emmett has been dying to use his kickboard and go to the lake, despite me telling him that the water is still so cold. But... since it was about 85° yesterday, we went down the road to our little beach*.
He waded in with his Spongebob kickboard in tow, and kept pleading, "c'mon Mommy, come in the water. it's nice." So I waded in a few inches next to him, but.... damn! It was cold! I didn't venture past my ankles, but Emmett was persistant, and was soon in up to his knees. He told me it was not so cold when you stood in it for a few minutes.
Then he eagerly lay down on his kickboard. The water flooded around his little body, and the chill hit him quickly. He stood back up, and announced, "it's kind of cold. I think it will be better tomorrow." and that was that.

He then got busy digging and creating a sand castle. He was loving being at the edge of the water and digging in the sand.

*this is 75% of our little beach:

Sunday, May 06, 2007

good book....

This book is coming out in 8 days.... yeah. can't wait to see it. Hers is one of my favorite blogs to read. it was one of the first I got hooked on reading, and I still love it. I am looking forward to picking up a copy. I recommend it. She writes so well, and the photos on her site are exquisite. She is inspiring in many ways.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

henna on my hair

henna on my hair
Originally uploaded by lindseystarr.

I colored my hair with henna a few weeks ago. I am done with having chemicals sit on my scalp for 30 minutes at a time. After having cancer 9 years ago, I don't feel like I want to have all the chemicals seeping into my skin that way.
So, since I do plenty of henna now, I figured it was worth a try. My natural haircolor is a brown with lots of red in it. I read tons on the hennapage about it, and gave it a shot. I mixed up a batch of henna with indigo mixed in, globbed it on my head, left it for a few hours, and then spent ages rinsing it out. It immediately looked so much better. It is so healthy and shiny now too. A bit more reddish than I thought, but I kind of like it. No greys either! :)