Friday, September 25, 2009

Seven Quick Takes Friday--Volume 52

I am still thinking with delight of the little geography bee we had on Australia last night after Rosary. The kids were so eager to show off their knowledge to their papa. They did amazingly well, and I am especially pleased with Una, who did a fine job of teaching the states, territories and major cities to the boys. I had to refer to my map to see if they were correct!

Baked Oatmeal for breakfast this morning:

1/3 cup butter, melted 1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs 1 cup milk plus 1 Tbsp. milk
3/4 cup brown sugar (I use a bit less) 1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3 cups regular or quick oats
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13x9" baking dish. In a bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and mix until there are no lumps. Stir in the milk, butter and oats, and raisins if desired. Spread in prepared dish and bake for 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight and bake for 35-40 minutes the next morning. Serve warm with milk or cream. It's like a big oatmeal cookie for breakfast!

I am itching to work on Una's sweater, but haven't had time since Sunday! And tomorrow looks like it will be taken up with the seasonal clothing change. I have to see if all the kids have coats that fit for this winter--the boys probably do, but Una most likely has outgrown hers from last year.

Gemma took decent naps yesterday and slept well last night. Oh, how good it feels to have more than six hours of sleep! I feel like a human being again...

Still feeling guilty about not doing anything really educational with the younger boys, other than doing letter collages with Adrian so that he can finally learn the sounds and names of the letters--something Una was doing at the age of 3. I am so busy with the older kids that I haven't much time for the younger ones. I need a plan for teaching numbers and letters and other things to them. Una would be willing to do it when she is done with her work, I am sure. Time to pour over the alphabet and number books we have...

Please read this article from Inside the Vatican magazine. Our poor Holy Father is being attacked from all sides. Certainly the Enemy is active and detests what Benedict is doing for the Church, and he hates holy priests and the vicar of Christ in particular. Pray, pray, pray for our dear Holy Father and for the Church.

I need to start perusing some of my bookmarked craft sites looking for easy gifts to make. The budget is tight this year, and we will be cutting back. Time is limited, too, so it will take a whole lot of ingenuity to make up for the lack of cash! Nothing like a slim wallet to foster creativity!

You can find many more Quick Takes over at Jennifer's Conversion Diary.


  1. i feel the same way about working with my little one. by the time i get all the other kids doing what they are supposed to be doing-esp. my highschooler-it seems like the whole day is gone. i just ordered a few books that will hopefully make things a little easier...he wants to learn to read so bad-and that alphabet path looks so awesome. but, really, where does the time go?
    we have black feet too.
    dirty wood floors.
    and i won't even go into the bathroom situation....
    hang in there!

  2. Thanks for the oatmeal recipe. I always like something warm and cinnamon-y in the morning!

  3. If you get a chance to post some of your favorite craft sites and ideas, I would love to see them. I need to think of some nice and affordable gift ideas soon.

  4. Well done on the Aussie Geo Bee:)


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