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Monday, September 24, 2012

'Til the real grown ups arrive...

(Who's kid is that eating a donut for dinner!?! Where is his Parent!?'s me.. taking the picture :D )

When you live in a small house (1000 square feet), with three kids, and a husband- things are, um, cozy. ALOT.  We spend nearly every waking moment in the same room together. It is this close proximity, on which, I blame some of my behavior. :)

I often read other "Mom"  and  "Homemaking" blogs and feel like I am faking it. You know what I mean?  All these others mothers are real grown ups, real moms, and me, I am just pretending until someone finds me out!  I picture it- "Hey- you- you aren't a real adult...what are you doing pretending...!? " I run, movie style, like a fugitive- "oh no! the real grown ups have found me out!"

I read blogs about other mothers who seem to have it all figured out. They are real adults. They have six kids, under five years old, and post photos of them lovingly making homemade cheese together.  Mean while, I hide in my bedroom closet so I can talk on the phone to my mother.  (It is the only place the kids can't find me.)  I read other posts from mothers homeschooling their 8 children while turning out fabulous blogs daily.  I, on the other hand, sneak through my house like a Navy SEAL in the mornings. Trying desperatley not to wake up the children, so that I can have just 5 minutes alone with my coffee and my husband. (Inevitably they always hear me, I need more tactical Navy SEAL training). I sometimes call my mother just to thank her for not smothering me in my sleep when I was a teenager. (If you have a teenager at home, you will understand this. If you don't, then you won't.) I cannot possibly be a real adult, or be a real mother.

Then I had an epiphany. I recently found myself child and husband free for about 3 hours. For one reason or another, all of my little people, and the Hubs were otherwise engaged...on a Friday night no less. Oh Glory Be! A Friday night all to myself!!! Would you like to know how I spent that time?  Wine night with the girls?, but nice guess.  Fabulous spa treatment?...sadly not.
 Drum roll..........I went to the grocery store. ALONE. It was FABULOUS!  Woohoo! Mothers of the world rejoice!
Then I think to myself....When did this become a fabluous Friday night for me? Anyone?

That is when I realized it, I am a real adult. Only a real adult and real mom would be thrilled by a Friday night alone at the grocery store buying goldfish and spagetti o's. I guess it is official.

I still feel like I am pretending at this whole "grown up" thing most of the time. But then I wonder to myself...."I bet my parents were just pretending too!"

Here's to pretending to be grown ups until the real ones show up and expose us all.

Happy Monday.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Baking Bread from Scratch!

So I recently started baking my own bread at home for my family.  I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated at first.  I wasn't sure what type of yeast to buy, and wasn't familiar with kneading, for the most part.  But, I am a brave girl in the kitchen, so I gave it a go. I browsed one of my favorite recipe sights: Tammy's Recipes.  I opted for a whole wheat, homemade bread recipe that wasn't too scary! 

My first attempt at making the bread was....ok.  The bread wasn't as fluffy or light as I had hoped for. It was dense and a banana bread type thing.  My loving husband ate it joyfully, but I still wanted to master this homemade bread thing. I am a bit of a perfectionist, and well, I just couldn't leave it at that.

Not willing to give up, I researched the internet as to why my bread didn't come out as fluffy as I had hoped for. Turned out... it was the kneading. mean the part I kinda didn't really follow the first I should have listened to Tammy when she said knead for 15 minutes.....oops. Lesson learned, actually do what the recipe tells you. Duh.

So attempt number two...

(I find that measuring out all of my ingredients ahead of time is super helpful, and I can pretend I am on a cooking show in my head ;) )

I kneaded the bread for the full 15 minutes this time.  I floured up my table, and worked up a full on sweat! Also note, if you have a 5 year old at home, that a floured table is the most amazing thing in the world, and MUST be touched and blown at.

 But, this time...out of the oven came a beautiful, fluffy, mile high loaf of bread...thanks Tammy.

My tips for baking bread for your family:

1. Don't be afraid, it really isn't that hard, just follow the, like I didn't do...:)
2. Knead that dough for the full time listed! Work up a sweat! (I pretend it is my exercise for the day ;)
3. Buy active dry yeast- quick rise  (I didn't like the instant)
4. Have fun trying something new. If you don't succeed, well, maybe you have a sweet husband, like I do, who doesn't mind eating your kitchen blunders :)

Happy Friday and Happy Homemaking!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One of my favorite Resources

I follow Kelly over at The Year of Less for tips on decluttering our home, and living a more intentional, purposeful life.  Read and be inspired!

About Me

I am so glad you stopped by! Please allow me to introduce myself...My name is Miranda and I am the Country Chick in the Hen House. I am passionate about keeping a home for my family, living a simple and wholesome life, baking, sewing, and raising backyard chickens. Throw in a dash of sarcasm and humor, and some good strong coffee, and you have me! I am married to a real Texas cowboy, who is the love of my life, and the most amazing man I have ever met.  Check out his blog here! God has blessed our lives in so many amazing ways, and we are so thankful for all that we have! Come by and visit my Hen House posts for some tips on keeping house, cooking, baking, sewing, simplifying, and adventures in parenting!