These emerald green days are hard to resist. I could, and maybe should be inside doing any number of things; cooking, cleaning, organizing, responding to emails, paying bills, etc. But the pull of fresh spring air and bright green grass is too tempting. So, here we are, outside hiking the hills above our little house. How lucky can I be?
My dad has been here for the past couple weeks, and it has been great. He helps out with the kiddos, and takes me out to dinner a lot. It's a real treat. He loves his grand dudes so much, and I'm very thankful for it.
I am standing by my DIY sentiment I mentioned in this post. I made bread in the bread maker my dad brought me! I also made granola bars. Both turned out fabulously. I have to say, the bread maker rocks. It isn't essential if you are an occasional bread maker. But, if you are looking to cut costs by making your bread instead of ever purchasing it, and you are a busy person like me, the bread maker rules. It's fast, easy, and can be left to do it's thing without you having to be present.
And the granola bars are really, really good. I got the recipe here. The good store bought kind are crazy expensive. So, I know I'm saving a lot of money by making my own. I'm hoping to get really technical soon, and actually calculate how much money it costs to make these things, as compared to buying them. Maybe I'll plan a trip with all the money we save. Or, buy a new toilet, which is what we really need. Uggh.
We have been doing a lot of fishing with Grandpa Eric. We went to Harper's Lake yesterday, which is a great lake for kids fishing. Although we did not catch anything, it was still pleasant. Apparently, they stock the lake with trout quite often, and if you call ahead and figure out the day that they stock it, it pretty much guarantees at least one successful catch. And, although this might seem like cheating, I'm inclined to do it. Asa was so hell bent on catching a fish, when we had to leave, he was uproariously upset. It sucked. I felt bad for him too.
I've been in serious production mode, because we are going to be in the Missoula Made Fair. It is going to require a lot time and energy, but I'm psyched to be doing it!