Jul 24, 2014

Boys and Play

The aftermath of the assault on Dredd and his army of drones...boys and their imagination! 

Jul 16, 2014


I am not a big shoe person. I normally get by with one pair of boots, one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of black heels. However, I saw these shoes at Target the other day and my estrogen must has been in high gear because I just had to have them. And they are comfortable too! 

Jul 15, 2014

Homemade No Cook Kool Aid Play-Doh

So I took the plunge last week and Hotrod and I made play-doh. Now I am not a crafty, homemade kind of mom, however, I search Pinterest high and low to find a simple, fun play-doh recipe for us to try on those days it was too hot or rainy to go outside. I found this neat recipe over at Suzis Crafts blog (click the link to find the reciepe) and knew it was the one, why, because I can't stand the smell of store bought play-doh!

This recipe used Kool Aid as the coloring agent and it was great. I will say we followed the recipe closely except after the first batch we decided to add 2 packages of Kool aid to make the colors brighter. 

In the end we had a fun time making the doh! And I was happy because I was able to incorporate several lessons into one activity from money (buying the ingredients), reading the receipe, and measurements. Also I am not a professional photographer, the photos you see are taken from my iPhone from whatever angle I could get while helping out.

The Ingredients


More measuring

Mixing up the dry ingredients

What it looked like after mom mixed in the boiling water

Kneading the doh (his favorite part)

Our second batch kneading

The finished product cooling

Jul 14, 2014

Lucky Monday

I love it when I get an unexpected deal while shopping. Today I had a list of about 5 stores to hit while Hotrod was at Museum School and even though he has gotten better while we run errands, sometimes it is just quicker by myself. So I went to my first stop, Albertsons, 

and when checking out I recieved a high value coupon for JoAnn's which was on my list 3 stores down! 

I'll have a post about my JoAnn trip later and my next attempt at being crafty!

Jul 12, 2014

Local Produce

I am blessed to have my Godparents still in my life and living close. And this week Hotrod and I went to their house, along with Nanny and Pa to have a fun time swimming. One of the fringe benefits was that I left with some glorious squash, zucchini, and potatoes. And tonight that is what's for supper!

3 crook neck squash
1 large zucchini 
8-9 small -medium potatoes
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cut up the veggies, coat with desired amount of olive oil (I used garlic infused) salt and pepper to taste. 
Bake at 400 for 1 hour and yum yum and delish! 

Jul 11, 2014

New Perspective

When I started this blog I wasn't sure what I was doing. I had a friend who had a blog and I read blogs and thought it would be a fun thing to do. Plus, I was a new stay at home mom with a little one who took good naps and I was going a little stir crazy after 14 years of working outside the home. 

But the more I got into it the more daunting it became. I put pressure on myself to write. I set unrealistic goals and expectations based on what I saw in others blogs (I do that in other areas too like Instagram). I thought I had to write paragraph upon paragraph and be witty or was poetically about my life and that's just not me. I like short, sweet to the point conversations and that is how I write. Also my brain works faster than my thumbs or fingers, which ever apparatus in typing on at the moment, and I quickly lost my train of thought and gave up.  So slowly but surely I stopped posting. But as my son gets older and I have a little bit more time I want to start up again. 

I know the "experts" say pick something you are passionate about and write about that topic but they are interested in money making on their blogs, I'm not (though I'm not opposed to it either in the future). This blog is about just whatever pops into my head, just like the title Jennifer's Ramblings. I might post often or I might not just depends on my life at the moment. It also depends in how accessible my laptop is because most of these post will be made on the go from my phone or tablet and the Blogger app is not that user friendly. Many things I post will be links to other interesting things I have found because I don't believe in reinventing the wheel or beating a dead horse by writing about something someone else has already done a good job on (better than me usually). I will also post things to my new Facebook page I created so I won't clog up my friends newsfeed with my ramblings, because let's be honest FB is more user friendly when sharing via mobile apps! 

So look past the misspellings or other grammatical issues you will find, my proofreading is perfect after I hit publish. And for whom ever is reading this thanks!  

These two images might give you perspective on my thought process! 

Jul 9, 2014

Random thought

Is there a correlation between the rise in identification/labeling of children with AD(H)D and the introduction of mandatory state educational assessments, and does that correlation increase as the grade levels that are mandated to take and pass the test becomes younger? 

Jul 3, 2014

What's For Supper

So I wanted something quick and easy tonight with minimal prep and clean up, here is what I came up with. 

I had wonderful local crooked neck squash and zucchini from my Aunt Vicki's garden, an onion left over from my last Jazbac Farm delivery, potatoes I purchased on sale at Aldi's and pork chops. I cut up the potatoes, onions, squash and zucchini into 1/2 in disc placed them on an individual sheet of foil. Then I drizzled each with flavored olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then topped with a pork chop and a pat of butter for good measure wrapped them up and cooked on a cookie sheet at 400 for an hour. 

Yum, yum plenty of flavor and easy clean up! Here is how one looked before I wrapped it up. And clean up was a breeze! I think I am going to try using the crock pot next time. 

For 4 people I used: 

3-medium russet potatoes
3-small crooked neck squash
1-large white onion
1-medium zucchini 
4-pork chops
4-pats of butter 
Seasoning to taste

Divided evenly onto 4 sheets of foil, wrap up the top then the sides and cook on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 1 hour. 

Getting Our Reading On

Reading is one of my 7 year old's least favorite summer activity, next to writing! He is good with doing math, science and music but getting him to read is not always the easiest thing to do. So I have had to come with creative ways to get our reading in most days. 

Today I tapped into his love of being the center of attention. I pulled out his stuffed animals and made him the "teacher" to read and teach his "students" about his current favorite subject Star Wars.

It was amazing, what normally is a fight to read one chapter ended up being a two chapter and a 15 minute lesson on all of the Lego Star Wars characters. 

Jul 1, 2014

Finding the Beauty

I was pulling weeds and sticker (grass burrs if you prefer) this morning and looked down and saw this pretty. 
It was only about the size of a quarter. Luckily it didn't fly away till I took a picture. Sometimes it's finding beauty in the little things that make the day!