Monday, July 23, 2007

new digs for Eli

Eli in his cabin

Eli is now at camp for the next 3 weeks. We helped him settle in yesterday, and left him on the porch playing fussball with a boy from his unit who was there last year.

We can see photos of camp on a website, but can't talk to him until visiting day in 2 weeks! They take photos and post them every day or 2, and he might be in one or two of them. We can send him emails which get handed out at mail call. He needs to write home twice a week to be able to get a candy bar on Mondays and Thursdays, so we might get mail a few times :)

in the car on the way there... my view looking back..... lots of orange!

his cabin... each cabin is named after a castle in England
....the same cabin Adam was in for his first summer at camp!

the waterfront that Eli gets to enjoy for the next 3 weeks. lucky boy.

this is how we left him....
happily playing fussball with another boy from his unit.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

fabulous coffee cookies

These cookies are great for something that is just a little different. They are scrumptious!

I just made a batch to bring up to Maine with us. We will be having supper tomorrow night with friends after we drop off Eli at camp. I offered to bring something and when they said chocolate chip cookies, I suggested these. I was glad they said yes, as I haven't made them in a while, and they really are good.

Coffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This recipe is from an old Yankee magazine “book”- although I tweaked it a little bit. They are really good, even though kids aren't so crazy about them.
When I make these, I usually try to save at least a few spoonfuls worth, scoop them into balls, and freeze them, to be able to have just a few another time.

1/4 c. instant coffee powder
2 T boiling water
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 t baking soda
3/4 c ( 1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 pkg (11oz) semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1 1/2 c chopped hazelnuts (optional but good)

preheat oven to 350*
1. Mix coffee with boiling water, let stand 15 minutes.
2. Mix flour and baking soda, set aside.
3. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in coffee, egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until well blended. Add chocolate and nuts. Stir until evenly distributed.
4. Chill.
5. Drop large spoonfuls (very mounded Tablespoons) 2” apart onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Smoosh each mound, then bake at 350° for 16 minutes*.

makes 2 dozen large cookies

*340° for 12 minutes for freshly made (not chilled, but room temp)
*340° for 16 minutes for cold from the fridge

packing Eli

okay, so I am totally into being prepared and organized when it comes to packing and going away. some people seem to think I am over the top about things, but I also know that once there, it becomes so much easier to function, and have things easily available.

so, as I am getting Eli ready to go away to 3 weeks of overnight camp, I am really into making it easy for him to function while there. He has a trunk, as all kids do. (and yes, he chose bright orange)

So... I created a new system for the trunk to use otherwise wasted space: the lid.
I used pockets that are made for 3 ring binders, attached velcro to the backs, and mounted them inside the lid. I also used one bigger file folder, so that he has a place to stash mail that he receives while at camp. I think it is pretty cool, and will help him be able to store stuff and find things easier too.

I had ordered the organizer thing that is supposed to go with it, but it isn't so great. It is supposed to kind of line the inside of the bottom part of the trunk by going around it and making little pockets. BUT..... if you have plenty of big clothes in the bottom, like pants, sweatshirts, etc. the 'pockets' all become squished against the sides and you can't really use them.
I like my new system, and Eli said he does too. I made enough for him to keep some stuff in them, and an empty one too, so he can use it however he wants at camp. who knows what he will need to stash!

Friday, July 06, 2007

fireworks on the lake

We all went over to Nino's across the street, and had fun lighting off fireworks beside the lake. There was a small crowd of neighbors and friends there, and a bonfire. We used my henna tent on the deck to keep the rain off. There was a 45 minute break in the rainstorms, and we lit off plenty of fireworks during that time. Then the pool club across the lake started lighting off theirs, which were fun to watch from our side of the lake. The night ended with s'mores made on the bonfire.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

flower henna

did this one on Megan's back for a bridal shower she was going to. She had a pretty floral dress
to wear, and these flowers are within the pattern of the dress. I thought it would look nice to have them growing up her back.

Monday, July 02, 2007


fabulous red sunflowers on my deck (bought at Trader Joes) made me happy.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

organic blue eggs

just started eating these fabulous eggs. they look so cool too... since there are eggs from different kinds of chickens including the arauncana ones which are blue!
I am lucky enough to have made a connection with a woman in the next town who has free range chickens and pasteurizes the eggs. She even delivers them (!) to my house on Tuesdays. and to boot, she only charges $2 a dozen!

They are much lower in cholesterol, and have significantly more Omega 3 's and vitamin A. They have all sorts of things that are good for you, and are so healthy. Not going back to the other kind if I can help it.

This wonderful woman even hooked me up with someone who organizes orders for grass fed organic beef and free range organic chickens too! I may be able to eat meat again from a source I trust. I did just get my cholesterol checked again to have a baseline to check against after I start eating all of these things again.

When I first got the eggs, I had just gotten home, and was so hungry. I whipped up this fabulous omelet:

Cheese and Tomato Omelet

1 free range egg
sea salt
4-5 cherry tomatoes, cut up a bit
fresh basil, chopped just a bit
goat cheese (I use herbed from Trader Joe's) or Fontina

Use a fork to scramble the egg, add the sea salt, then put it in a small pan and let it cook for a few minutes until almost set.
add the other things on top and fold one side of the egg over the other.
Let it sit for a minute in the pan to meld it all together.