Homemade Pretzels

 Made soft pretels. They are our new favorite thing to eat!

And I mastered yeast. Turns out the temperature is on the packet! 🙂


I’m not sure how Brian got clearance to make one, but his is the one the bottom right. We named it Chubbers.



They looked really bad, but that didn’t take away from the taste!



Chubbers is on top right. He was a little chubby, but still good!


We were eating them as fast as they were coming out of the oven. Then Brian started just eating the “nubs” (cause we needed to save some for the napping kids!)


I craved them for a week and made them again. This time I got better! I skipped the pretzel shape and went for sticks.


IMG_0411Yep, he still liked them!



I made half salt and half cinnamon/sugar. They were both equally as good!



1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/2 tsp.)

2 TBS brown sugar

1 1/8 tsp sat

1 1/2 cups warm water

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup bread flour

2 cups warm water (110 degrees)

2 TBS. baking soda

5 TBS melted butter

2 TBS coarse kosher salt

parchment paper (use this. The first time I made them I didn’t and I regretted it as I scraped)


I used my kitchenaid mixer for this part:

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast, brown sugar and salt in a 1 1/2 cups warm water.  Stir in flour, and knead dough (on a floured surface or in your mixer using kneading paddle) for about 8 minutes.  Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the surface.  Cover, and let rise for one hour.

Combine 2 cups warm water and baking soda in an 8″ square pan.

After dough has risen, cut into 12 pieces.  Roll each piece into a 3 foot rope, pencil thin or thinner.  Twist into a pretzel shape (or twists) and dip into the baking soda solution pan.  Place on parchment covered cookie sheets, and let rise for 20 minutes.

Bake at 450 for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Brush (I dipped top surface into a bowl of melted butter) and sprinkle with coarse salt, garlic salt or cinnamon sugar.

Toasted Ravioli

DSCN0993Toasted Ravioli (This blog is really great for recipes!)

2 TBS whole milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
25 oz. package frozen cheese ravioli, thawed
3 cups of vegetable oil for frying
2 TBS parmesan cheese
1 jar of spaghetti sauce, for dipping
Thaw raviolis.
Combine milk and egg in a small bowl.  Place breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.  Dip ravioli in milk mixture, and coat with breadcrumbs.
Heat sauce in a small pan for later.
In a large heavy frying pan, pour oil to depth of 2 inches.  Heat oil over medium heat until a small amount of breading sizzles and turns brown. Fry ravioli, a few at a time, until each side is golden.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve with heated sauce for dipping.
(These are very hot and take awhile to cool after frying.  Beware!)



This week in pictures

 We’ve set up our own tennis courts.

It’s actually really perfect cause since we use a balloon, the big kids can play each other too! DSCN0919

Brian was watching tennis and Becks got hooked too. He asked lots of question and now he’s quite knowledgable about tennis. When we play, we take breaks and each sit on our own sides of the net, but we have to sit on the same side of the court, per the rules of course.

I’m not sure what drew them all to the same couch, but they sure looked cute!


Everyone else had ice cream in their bowls. Berkley got an Oreo. But still in an ice cream bowl.

Poor girl.


Baby Sadie Piper, not so “Baby” anymore




She goes to “school” now!! She’s been waiting two years to be old enough to go to “Beckham’s old school” (aka, Kids Day Out, once a week!) and when the day came, we were a little nervous school would call her bluff and she would not be excited to stay. Well, she wasn’t bluffing, she walked right in and made herself at home!




And when I left you can see she was sad to see me go…


And then there was one.




Girls are so very different that boys…when I would pick Becks up he couldn’t remember anything about his day, didn’t remember any names or what he learned (or at least we couldn’t get him to talk about any of it!). When I walked in to get SP, she looked at and said, “Mom, can Caitlyn come over for a play date?” She bounced to the car and and answered every one of my “mom” questions! She knew her teachers name, the assistant’s name, her friends’ names, her Bible lesson, her letter, what she played on at recess…

Her and Caitlyn:





The night we were reminded we are merely mists

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

Sadie Piper got up to go the bathroom one evening and while she was in the bathroom, also got into the allergy medicine. When I walked in she was using the little cup to drink it. It was a Costco-size one and when I grabbed it from her, o how I prayed it was almost full.

It wasn’t.

It was almost empty. After two parents both panicked, I remembered Lara sent me the poison control number (that her mom sent her and told her to post on her fridge, thanks Janie!). Unfortunately, neither of us actually posted it on our fridges, but it did remind me what to do first.

Brian Googled it and here’s what comes up right away:

Thank you Google for doing that. And please, please learn from our mistakes and put this in your phone!! A lot of time could have been wasted if we had had to turn on a computer and wait, praise God we didn’t (and thank God for Macs! 🙂 )!

Poison control said to give her lots of water to dilute it and watch her closely all night. SP saw the fear in us and heard the pleading in our voices as we prayed for her and she was very compliant.

God was merciful to Sadie Piper that night, above and beyond the mercy He extends to her daily. If she had taken as much of any other allergy medicine it would have shut her body down…quickly. If I had not walked past the bathroom, she would have quietly gone back to bed and we would not have known she had it in her system.

He was merciful to us to let us keep her…for as long as He ordains we do.

We were reminded that we are invincible until God decides otherwise.

We pray we hold our children loosely before God. They are HIS. He created them and did NOT turn over ownership. We are merely stewards.

“You saw me before I was born.
      Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
   Every moment was laid out
      before a single day had passed.”

Psalm 139:16


We were also reminded that “you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14

Practically, we also learned to ALWAYS make sure the lid is closed AND locked. This was completely my fault, I just didn’t close it all the way.

We assumed they knew better than to get into medicine, but that’s not a wise assumption at all. (SP has since had VERY serious “medicine not given to you by Mommy or Daddy will kill you” talks. They worked cause she’s scared to even touch them now!)

We are sinful and inadequate parents. We are thankful for a God who is not either of those.


A little knocked around…

 Just how DID those teeth fall out so early??

IMG_0284It’s ok, it’s just his baby teeth.


Glove is literally bigger than her head…IMG_0281
Becks never saw that hook coming…

(I did have to google that term so as to not look ignorant. Bend your elbow a little more Brian for better form and more power)

Pink boxing gloves is kind of ironic. Cute. But still ironic.

This is how girls pose with boxing gloves:IMG_0295

This is how boys do it:IMG_0285


We should invest in a mouth guard.IMG_0298


(Oh yeah, the Little One didn’t want to be left out…)IMG_0307