Babies and Chaos

Hello again

Me!
Me on mother’s day this year.

Hello friends! (I hope I can call you that, I think I can lol) I have decided that I should share some more about myself. My original about me section is kind of blah and depressing. I wrote that when depression was still a big part of my life. Well lately the monster has retreated into its cave. I still have the occasional iffy day but nowhere near as bad as they used to be. Depression is a part of my life but it is not my whole life.

So onto the real story, me! I am Chelsea, I am a breastfeeding, baby led weaning, cloth diapering, vaccinating, stay at home mom of Skyla. Skyla is 20 months old and took 2 years of trying to get here. She is stubborn right from her birth when she was forcibly evicted 9 days past her due date. I was on Pitocin for 32 hours and she wouldn’t come out so I had a c section and the stinker was sunny side up. Since that day she was be willful and strong, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

I know the site says babies and I only have one baby so I need to remedy that. I would like to have another baby soon. But being 20 months postpartum and still not having my period makes it kind of difficult. We are leaving it up to God at this point. Last time we went through fertility treatment and it was very, very stressful. Plus when we finally did get pregnant it took away the fun of surprising our family. They all knew when we would be able to test so it was impossible to hide it from them. I actually came up with the name one day when we were watching our niece and nephew, it was so difficult but so amazing.

My husband Phil and I have been together for 6 years now, and for 4 of those we have been married. Like most couples we have our problems, but we also have our love and understanding of each other. We support each other’s dreams and ambitions. We also fight like cats and dogs but he is my best friend. Other than my other best friend, Amy, who I’ve known for 22 years. Amy lives in my home town of Cottage Grove, MN. Phil and I live about 5 hours away in North Dakota. I miss my friend.

I love to do crafts, much to the dismay of my husband. “Why buy it made when I can spend twice as much and do it myself?!” is the running joke in our household. I also love to cook. I like to take random things we have in our cupboard and make a meal that tastes good. I am nowhere near being a chef but I still love to be in the kitchen. Except for dishes, dishes can burn in hell. I like to garden but I do not like pulling weeds. We have creeping Charlie in our garden and it is very annoying. I also like to garage sale, finding deals is a high for me. If I think something is cool or unique or can be repurposed and the price is right you bet your sweet ass I am bringing it home with me. O I also swear, if you haven’t figured that out yet. Sorry mom.

Let’s see, my favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. Favorite food categories are Mexican and Asian. If I could have both of those every day I would be a happy camper. Speaking of camping, I like to do it but I do not like bugs, or latrines. My pee mixing with another person’s pee freaks me out, and I always feel like something is going to bite my butt. My husband says I’m weird, I think I’m perfectly normal. Pffffttt ok I lied, I am not normal, but I’m not going to change so he can get over it. I prefer camping in a camper with a/c and a bathroom, and a lake I can swim in. Ok I like staying in lake cabins. I am not the biggest fan of camping. I do like fires though. Not like an arsonist. Campfires. With smores. I like food.

Well I feel like I have told you a sufficient amount about myself. Anything else you’d like to learn? I am happy to share. If you can’t tell by the long post. Anything you want to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments section below!

Damn You Costco

Have you ever walked into a Costco for one or two things and then walked back out an hour later having spent $200 and having various sample cups in your cart? It’s like those greeters hypnotize you! “Ooh look a 500 pack of Christmas cards! I don’t know what I will do with all of those but I need them!” I can’t be the only one to get sucked into the Costco madness, can I?

Today we went to Costco and managed to stay on budget!!! (cue the applause) I feel very accomplished. Next I just have to get through Target without visiting every single aisle (which we all know is pretty much impossible). I don’t know what it is about shopping but I love finding a good deal. Some people brag about how much they spend. I will forever brag about how little I spent. Now to find the balance between getting a good deal on things I actually need and skipping the deal however good on what I don’t need.

Speaking of, yesterday our local church had a Grandma’s attic sale. Basically what this means is that there are no set prices and you just pay what you can. I have to admit I found some great deals. I felt somewhat bad though as I only had $5.45 to give. The ladies who were working kept pointing me to more things. I kept telling them I don’t have very much to give but they said to take it and they didn’t want to pack it all up again. They actually started giving away everything at 1pm and I was still there so I didn’t feel too bad.

These are the types of shopping experiences that I absolutely love though. Who wouldn’t love to find unique items, especially antique items, for an affordable price. Now I just have to find placed to put everything that I found. Over the next few weeks I will show you what I do with my finds. I hope you are as excited as I am.

Beautiful Christmas Centerpieces
Look at these beautiful centerpieces!! These will be perfect at Christmas!
Antique oil lamp
This is an old oil (kerosene?) lamp, it needs a little sprucing up but I am a sucker for this stuff.
Beautiful pitcher
This pitcher is the perfect match to a serving bowl I got at a garage sale a few weeks back, love.
Pretty mirror on stand.
Once I get my basement set up the way I want, this is going behind the sectional. So pretty! Sorry the picture quality is low!

 

Grandma’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

My plan for today was to show you all the great activities I do outside with Sky when it is hot out. Well mother nature had other plans. Today was super windy and rainy so we stayed inside.  So instead of sharing those activities with you, I have decided to share with you my grandma’s recipe for Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies

These cookies are my absolute favorite to eat and make. The best part about making them (in my book) is that you don’t have to cream butter with sugar. I don’t know about you but I always forget to get the butter out to thaw and my cookies never turn out right. Like my Christmas sugar cookies. Those never work out well. Maybe I’ll show you that epic fail in December. But anywho onto the cookies I don’t mess up.

Grandma Jackie’s Soft Molasses Ginger cookies are amazing. They have a little bit of spice from the ginger and cloves but are still sweet. The best part is that they stay soft. I mean don’t get me wrong I like ginger snaps, but I absolutely love these. I like to add some candied ginger for a little extra spice but it is completely optional. They are so easy to make and they only take 10 minutes in the oven to bake. Here’s how it’s done.

First you want to get all your ingredients together. If you are like me then you have most, if not all, of these ingredients as staples in your kitchen. You will need:

2 ¼ cup flour

2tsp baking soda

1tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

1 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup cooking oil

¼ cup molasses

1 egg

¼ tsp salt

Optional: White sugar to roll cookies in, candied ginger

Then you need to mix up the dry ingredients. So the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. This is also where I mix in my candied ginger. FYI the candied ginger can be tough to cut up as it gets pretty sticky. I have found the best bet is to use a sharp knife and go slow. I am thinking next time I might stick it in the freezer first to see how that goes. The dry ingredients can go into a medium sized bowl, I prefer one with a spout to make it easier to combine with the wet ingredients later on.

Once you have the dry together it is time to get the wet together. I put these in my bigger mixing bowl. This dough gets super thick so I recommend using a stand mixer. For the wet ingredients, you will put in the brown sugar, cooking oil (this time I used coconut oil but I have used regular vegetable oil in the past), molasses, and the egg. If you measure out your oil and then use the same measuring cup for the molasses you will have a much easier time getting all that sticky molasses out of the cup.

Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. I like to do this in thirds and make sure the it is fully incorporated before adding more. Now the dough won’t look exactly pretty at this point. It is a very dark brown color but it should smell amazing. At this point you should start preheating your oven to 375.

Now comes the fun part. Rolling little one inch balls. Your idea of fun may be different than mine lol. You are going to end up with about 48 little balls. Maybe more, maybe less depending on how big you make them. If you want you can roll these little balls in white sugar. I mean I personally can’t see ever making them without the sugar but you do you boo.

Now just place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet and stick in the oven for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off take them out and put on a cooling rack and you are done!

You now have enough cookies to fill your cookie jar, or your belly. Whatever. I won’t judge.

I hope you love these cookies as much as I do. Let me know if you tried them out and what you think in the comments below! Come back every Tuesday and Thursday for new content. 🙂

Grandma Jackie’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

Ingredients:

·       2 ¼ cup flour

·       2 tsp baking soda

·       1 tsp ground ginger

·       1 tsp ground cinnamon

·       ½ tsp ground cloves

·       1 cup packed brown sugar

·       ¾ cup cooking oil

·       ¼ cup molasses

·       1 egg

·       ¼ tsp salt

·       White sugar (optional)

·       Small diced candied ginger (optional)

 

1.     Stir together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. (also add candied ginger if using)

2.     In separate bowl combine brown sugar, cooking oil, molasses, and egg. Beat well.

3.     Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients in thirds. Fully incorporate before adding more. (dough will get very thick). Preheat oven to 375.

4.     Shape into one inch balls.

5.     Roll in white sugar if you choose.

6.     Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

7.     Bake for 10 minutes.

8.     Cool on wire rack.

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Goodbye Grandpa

Today we buried my grandpa. I was planning on writing this great article on his life and accomplishments but now as I sit here I am having trouble thinking of what to write. All I can tell you is that he was a great man who had faults like all of us. But I loved him.

My grandma and myself many, many years ago.

The yound men who performed the military funeral.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to these young men for treating my grandpa with such respect today.

I can tell you that he was 84 years old. He was a veteran of the Korean war. My grandpa had 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He was married to my grandma for 62 years, and now when you look her in the eyes you can see that the spark is gone. The spark of love that he kindled in her heart has been dampened. I can tell you that I didn’t cry until they played taps and handed his folded flag to my grandma. I was fortunate enough to see my grandpa a week before he passed away. He was cracking jokes and was in good spirits. I will never ever take that time for granted.

My grandpa Donald Samuel King and my daughter.
The last time I saw my grandpa, this is him with my daughter.

I wish I could tell you more about him but I cannot find the words. How do I describe the feelings in my heart? There is pain, and love, and there is something else but I do not know the words. I am sorry if you wanted to know more about him. I just don’t know what to say. If you want to know something you can ask me and I will do my best to answer. Thank you for reading my babbling.

His obituary: http://www.schumacher-kish.com/index.cfm/public:obituaries/view/fh_id/14573/id/4243314/lud/3C52AA57B4292C8A630D3226BC6B3B3F

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