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A little fitness, My love of books, motherhood, and life in general. Sometimes its easy, sometimes its hard, but we all have to get through and try to enjoy it along the way........

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cookie Monster

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (my Great Aunt Shirley's Recipe)



Ingredients;
1 c Crisco
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon hot water with 1 tsp baking soda (mix together)
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 package choc. chips
(I added M&M's to mine because that's how I roll)


Cream Crisco and sugars, add eggs, mix together well, add soda/water/vanilla and mix.  Than add your flour/oatmeal/salt.  Mix everything well.  I add one cup at a time between mixing.  Stir in Chocolate chips and M&M's.  Refrigerate for a couple of hours before baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on oven.




These next shots were of Noah eating Shirley's Cookies in 2009!!!!
He loved every minute of it!!!!
 Love,Peace, & Happiness



April D. Schultz Djibonon

Monday, September 6, 2010

MOMMY CONFESSIONS

MOMMY CONFESSIONS



  • My son is a biter, pincher. and hair puller.
  • My house is not baby proofed very well! (I rent..there is not enough room, spaces, high areas, locks that don't ruin stuff to stop my son from finding it. I do have the poisonous stuff way up high)
  •  When I am home I am constantly picking up after my son and husband, neither is trained very well.
  • I can't seem to get "time-out" to work...my son laughs at me, he is 19 months.
  •  When my son stayed with Grandma and Auntie for 2 weeks, I had a super relaxing and adventurous vacation at home with my husband. (we went out for drinks, movies at the theatre, I read 4 books, and actually went out to a couple very nice "adult" restaurants)
  • My son motivates me to exercise and eat right
  • I worry about everything, from medicine, food, and socialization pertaining to my son.
  • I haven't taken away the nook yet, because I am not ready for the fight.
  • My son sleeps with me every night. ( In my defense, my husband works overnights)
  • Sometimes I have to put my arm "gently" around my son so that he lays down and goes to sleep.
  •  I don't know if I am up for another child because I don't want to gain the weight.
  • My son just started to have temper tantrums and I can't seem to ignore him during this time. (my husband hates me for this)
  • Sometimes when he cries, I cry.
  • At times I work out just to get some time to myself.
  • In the morning when I give him breakfast in his highchair, I turn on the cartoon channel and go and take a shower so I can get ready for work.
  •  My son does everything with me including washing the floors, toilets, cooking, and exercising most of the time.
  • I have a very hard time making plans with friends because I don't want to not have my son with me after I have been at work all day.
  • When grocery shopping, I bribe my child with food so that he will stay in the shopping cart.
  • My son is addicted to Apple Juice
  • I constantly worry about doing things "right" especially in front of other mothers.
  • I don't think anyone can really relate to a "mother" until you have been one. (I sure didn't until I was one)
I love my son very much, sometimes trying to be a good mommy is very hard.  I admire mother's out there whether they have 1 child or 10 children.  It is one of the hardest and most rewarding and sometimes not so rewarding things in this world.  I never realized the strength, yes strength I had until I was pregnant, and now just getting through the day sometimes.  I love my son so very much and cannot imagine a day without him.  He definitely makes me a better person and I hope that I am able to instill in him Love, Peace and Happiness most of the time.



I am sleepy.........Have a good night,



Love, Peace, & Happiness



April D. Schultz Djibonon

Monday, August 23, 2010

I LOVE MY BUNS!!!!

When I visited my mom and dad's up North, we made Grandma Viv's Buns!  They are very easy but very time consuming to make and time management is needed in a big way.  I needed my mother's support before I could attempt these babies on my own.  They are overnight buns and you have to let the buns rise overnight and bake them in the morning.  
I actually don't really remember my grandmother making these because she always did it in the morning, I just remember the buns.  However I do remember my great Aunt Opal, my grandmother's sister, making them for us before we went to school in the morning.  Opal lived across the street from us when I was young, she was an artist and I was always fascinated with her.  She would make me dresses that were beautiful and she always had her paintings out in her dining room area. I really thought she was a neat person, and remember her not only being my mother's aunt but a good friend as well.  Opal would make buns in the morning and have us come and eat them at her house before we would go to school.  She wouldn't cut them, but she would make a hole through the bun with a knife and stick butter in it right out of the oven and that is how we would eat them.  YUM....

Grandma Viv's Overnight buns: (my aunt Molly provided me with these directions)

You begin the overnight bun process the day before you actually want the buns. (this is where time management comes in handy)
Day before: NOON
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1cup shortening
Boil the water and sugar for about 5 minutes and add the shortening.  Cool to lukewarm.

2:00 pm
Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet of yeast dissolved in 1/4 c. water
  • 8 cups flour
  • 4 beaten eggs
Add salt and yeast dissolved in water to the above mixture, than 4 cups flour and eggs.  You will add more flour to make the dough soft (up to 8 cups flour)  Your will need to shape the dough into a big loaf or ball into a bowl and spread some shortening on top to keep it soft.  Let the dough rise in a warm area for 3-4 hours.  You will then knead down the dough and let rise for another 3-4 hours.  You will than form into buns. (this was the tricky part)  I thought this dough was a little sticky so make sure you butter up your hands. Shape them with your fingers and pinch the bottom.  After a few, I felt like a STAR!!!  My mom is a super teacher though. Once you have shaped them and put 12 to a pan, you will let them rise overnight and bake them in the morning.  Bake buns at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes give or take based on the oven.  This recipe makes about 6 dozen buns and they freeze beautifully! 

The smell of buns in the morning makes me smile, it lets my body know that I am home, and reminds me of many fond childhood memories.  I hope I can help create similar memories for my son as he is growing up. I think we started some fun memories this summer.................. 








Love,Peace, and Happiness




April D. Schultz Djibonon

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In Memory of Vivian and Marvin Beck (Carmel Rolls)





I decided to try my hand at my Grandmother and Grandfather's Carmel Rolls on Saturday.  They turned out unbelievably well and I couldn't believe it.  They were so good and fattening...WOW!! 

The story is that my Grandmother would get up really early in the morning and make Carmel rolls or homemade buns. My grandfather,Marvin, would go around the neighborhood and deliver them. He loved to visit with people and drink Coffee, BLACK.
The door was always open at my grandparents house to almost anyone.  I loved to be at my grandmother's growing up.  We would bake together quite often and my grandmother gave the best hugs.  She was the most huggable and warm person that I have ever known.  She was one of those people that other people liked to just be around.  She never apologised for the way she was and she always just seemed to be who she was all the time.  She loved to sew, bake, shop, and visit with coffee. In fact my cousin Angie reminds me a lot of my grandmother. (I wish I lived closer...so she could teach me to sew)  I am getting off the subject, but anyways below is what baking Carmel rolls "April"  style looked like! :)
My mom and dad gave me this mixer.  I call her big Bertha,  isn't she a beauty?

2 Cups warm water, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 yeast, 1 tbsp salt, 2 cups flour, Beat for 2 minutes

Add: 2 eggs, 1/3 cup melted shortening, and beat for 1 minute.
Stir in 4 cups flour and let rest 20 minutes.
Put on a floured board and knead until smooth.  Roll up in a ball and put it in a bowl in a warm spot and let it rise twice. (it took an hour per rise)  Punch the Dough down to get the air out at each rise.  
Take the Dough and flatten it to a rectangular shape. (this was hard-I didn't have a rolling pin)


Spread butter on top of the Dough, than add Brown Sugar, than Cinnamon. (I was quite generous with the Brown Sugar)
Roll the Dough into a Jello Roll (Pinch  the sides and the top fold)
Cut 12 rolls
Let rise 1 more hour in the pan.  I also put brown sugar and a stick of butter in the bottom of the pan in random spots.  This will produce the Carmel on top!          
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  When done, tip out of pan onto foil or wax paper.  
Aren't they PRETTY.  My aunt Molly and my mom Shari provided me with this recipe!!!   (Family is AWESOME)

They were gooey and yummy!  Tip: make sure they fit snug in the pan,  you want them to be buddies in the pan so they stick together a little.  Also a little brown sugar coating in the bottom of the pan goes along way, if you put tooo much in it can burn and also it is hard to get out of the pan. This recipe makes two pans...about 24 rolls.  If you use this recipe, let me know about your experience, and you need to call them, "Viv's Carmel Rolls"and share them with friends,Strong Coffee, and stories.

Ok...its time for YOGA!!!!  Signing OUT.......

April Djibonon