Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Popcorn

Happy Thanksgiving! Today with all the cooking that I have to do, I am trying to keep the kids occupied so that they don't totally destroy the house! So, projects it is!! Two months ago we were given from our CSA share, three ears of corn that needed to dry, so eventually it could become popcorn. If you would like to learn more about the growing and harvesting of the corn, visit here From Seed to Snack.

What you will need:
  • Dried corn, specifically for popcorn
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Lots of strong hands
Since it's just Caleb, Savannah and I, we only really needed one big bowl to share. We each had an ear of corn and just started peeling the corn back against the grain and it really just falls off.

 It took us maybe 15 minutes to get it all done. 

After removing all the seeds removed, all you have left to do is to transfer to a jar or container to store until use!

The kids really had a great time and it was just enough time between basting the turkey!

I hope you all enjoy your popcorn as much as we did!

Happy Thanksgiving,
The Websters

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Whittle and Wool Collective

So, it's been a few months since we have started a collective, but we really haven't publicized it very much, mainly due to lack of time... and maybe a little fear. We have had two craft shows where we had the opportunity to sell and promote our products. One was a total bust, it was outside and it was cold and rainy and windy...just yuck! The second, we did amazing! We almost sold out on all our products!!! I have to say, we are super excited to finally have a little seed money and expand on our products.
We will have another show on December 7th and I honestly cannot wait!
Here is the link to our Collective page, just in case you want to stop by and take a look at what we offer. Also, add our collective page to your list of regular blogs you follow and check back often to see whats new!

Whittle and Wool Collective

Monday, November 25, 2013

First Colds of the Season

Well, it was inevitable, the temperature has dropped here in New York, and winter is in full swing it seems! Which in a household of kids, and a husband who goes to college, germs are everywhere! We regularly do not do the flu shot, as will be the same this year, for a number of reasons which I will not get into today. 
Yesterday was a not so busy day, but we did run a few errands. As soon as we got home savannah cuddled up on daddies lap and fell asleep, that was around 7pm, so we figured she would be out for the night.... NOPE! She woke up around 830 and with a fever of 101.5. Not super high, but high enough for me to have to take some extra precautions. She drank water constantly, and I rubbed peppermint oil on her feet. I didn't want to break the fever, I just wanted to control it. She slept with me and around 4 am she was up and happy as could be, didn't feel hot anymore at all. We ran a few errands throughout the next day, not a lot but we were gone a few hours, and when we got home she felt hot again, but it now also followed with a horrible cough and congestion. It was my fault really, I should have kept her in bed and called it quits with running anywhere. So, when we got home it was hot tea, spoonfuls of honey, and homemade honey and ginger lemon drops which are to help suppress cough and heal any soreness in her throat... Plus they taste great! I tried plugging in her humidifier but long story short... It's broken. So I rubbed eucalyptus oil on her chest and feet, and Vicks on her chest as well. Let's see what tomorrow brings! Just praying over her, and believing that god can heal even if it's just a cold!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Time In the Kitchen

Lately, I have spent a lot, and I mean a lot of time in the kitchen. 
It may be an area where I can cook; it has a sink, a fridge, a stove and an oven.....sure, but it's more than that. It's a space where I can create, not only food for my family, but memories WITH my family.  
 We have a table in our kitchen where Caleb can do his school work, and savannah can create new projects or color. Today her project of choice was salt dough with cookie cutters!
 For me, it isn't a chore to cook, or to create projects to keep the kids busy, or to even homeschool. I find joy in taking the time out for my family to make sure their needs are met. My kitchen really gives me the opportunity to be able to watch my children, help them to learn and to expand their creativity, all while I make delicious meals!