The Pontow Family Blog

The Pontow Family Blog

Monday, December 22, 2008

Is it a hug or wrestling??

This afternoon Jack and Meggan started hugging, but it brought on a conversation where Meg said they were hugging and Jack said they were wrestling. Oy Vey! These 2 are so much alike yet so different. :)

Sing Jack Sing!

Today we went Jack's Christmas show for Holy Spirit school. It was really a great little show that they put on. Jack sang his little heart out. It was really sweet to see. Especially since we have been asking him what are they singing for the show and he would say "I don't know.". Meggan was even doing some of the motions with them because her show is tomorrow and they have some same songs.

At one point Meggan waved to him. He did not wave back. Of course Meggan did not forget and asked him why he did not wave to her while he was singing. He said to her "Meggan, I had do the motions with the songs." TOO FUNNY! He even got to hold up a sign that said "Jesus loves you". They played instruments and recited a couple of poems. All in all, it was great.

Of course, toward the end of the show one of the kids started throwing up. Poor guy! But, I think all of us parents thought "Oh No! Don't touch anything." Hopefully he is okay, but it made for quite the ending to the show. :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Class Clown

Meggan asked Chad for a new hat today when they were shopping for Christmas presents. Instead of saying let's see what Santa brings he caved into her sweet princess abilities. HA

Of course this afternoon, the hat was used as a toy by our 2 class clowns, Jack and Ally. Meggan did not take part in these activities.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My baking buddies

Meggan and Ally "helped" me today with baking the gingerbread cookies. They had a lot of fun and I stressed a lot. You can imagine what Ally was doing. Flour everywhere and lots of attempts to break the dough I had just rolled out. But, it was cute that they wanted to help. Jack had helped me actually make the dough, but then he had to go to school. So, he did not get to do much with the rolling out of the dough. But, I am sure he will get in there and decorate the cookies with me tomorrow.

Gingerbread Cookies anyone???

So, the recipe of the day is Gingerbread cookies. This recipe came from my parent's neighbor, Joanne Kapps. When we got married Joanne had given me this recipe at our wedding shower. Along with the Raspberry Pecan bars (which I will put out here tomorrow). These are the best Gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted. I dare you to try them.

Gingerbread Cookies
1 cup of Butter
2/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
2/3 cup Honey
1 tsp. grated lemon rind (I don't always use this, just depends on if I have it on hand)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. clover
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Baking Soda
4 1/2 cup Sifted Flour

1) Cream butter and brown sugar together.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients except for the flour. Mix together
3) Gradually add the flour in. The dough should be soft.
4) Chill. Keep dough in refrigerator, remove 1/4 and roll to 1/8 inch thickness.
5) Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees
6) When they have cooled decorate with Royal Frosting.
7) In small mixing bowl put 1 1/2 cup Sifted Powder Sugar, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. vanilla. Use electric mixer and mix until stiff. Use food coloring if desired.
8) Be sure to keep the frosting covered because it dries out fast.

ENJOY from our home to yours!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What's that green bread???

Here is the recipe for my mom's all time best Pistachio Bread. So, easy to make and it is absolutely scrumptious!!!!

Pistachio Bread

1 Package of Yellow Cake Mix (with pudding in it)
1 packet of Pistachio Pudding Mix
8 oz. Sour Cream
1/4 cup of Water
1/4 cup of Oil
4 Eggs (no one said it was healthy)

Mix ingredients together. Spray pan with Pam and sprinkle a little Cinnamon/Sugar mixture on bottom. Fill the pan 1/3 of the way up. Sprinkle more Cinnamon/Sugar mixture. Fill the pan up another 1/3 of the way. Sprinkle more Cinnamon/Sugar on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

EAT THE CAKE!!! You will love it and never want to go back!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cookies Cookies and more Cookies

I am not sure why I do this to myself every year at this time. In my family it was a tradition that I think my mom started and maybe my Grandma Alice started it before her. Not sure on that one. But, my mom would spends days and hours baking up every cookie you could imagine for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations. We would have Lemon Bars, Butter Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Crescents, Reese's Peanut Butter Bars, 7 Layer bars, Banana Bread, Pistachio Bread and the list goes on. At some point I don't even remember when it happened the torch got passed to me to be the "Cookie lady".

I started my baking the week after Thanksgiving. And it seems like it has been non-stop since then. I have made: Lemon Bars, Reese's Peanut Butter Bars, 7 Layer Bars, Banana Bread, Pistachio Bread, Puppy Chow Chex Mix, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Butter Cookies, Peanut Brittle, White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Fudge and Caramel Corn. Making it all is pretty time consuming. But, what makes doing it so satisfying is watching my family and friends enjoy what I have made. So, I figured I would start posting some of the recipes out here. This Christmas season start a new tradition with your family. Bake goodies for someone you know will enjoy them!

Mom's Banana Bread
2/3 c. Margarine
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. buttermilk

1) Stir margarine to soften. Mix in dry ingredients except brown sugar.
2) Add brown sugar, bananas, 1/2 buttermilk. Mix until ingredients are moist.
3) Beat for 2 minutes. Add rest of buttermilk and eggs. Beat for another 2 minutes
4) Bake at 350 in greased/floured pans.
30-35 minutes for mini loaves or 55-60 minutes for larger loaves.

NOTE: You don't have to use Buttermilk. You can use Skim Milk and add a tablespoon or 2 of Lemon Juice to it. Then let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. It tastes the same as the original recipe.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Super Girl!

Tonight Chad put Ally in a pair of Jack's old PJs. I had to take pictures because she thought it was sooo funny wearing them. Plus, she kept wanting to look at the pictures of herself. Enjoy. And yes one of the pictures she is flexing her muscles. :) We did lots of climbing while wearing this. Now just for the record Ally has a lot of PJs, so why Chad picked these ones out who knows. But he laughed a lot over it.

And of course Jack then put his Superman PJs on to match her. :) Meggan of course could care less. She wore one of her princess nightgowns as usual.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shoe Queen

It seems that dear little Ally has taken after her Nama, Great Aunt Denny, Great Aunt Eileen, Great Aunt Kathleen and Great Grandma Alice with an addiction to shoes. How is it that a little girl not even 2 could love shoes soooo much!!

So, this pic is what she was wearing today and then all of a sudden she comes out in her Paten Leather shoes that she found. No matter where I put these shoes she finds them. It is ridiculous!! She puts them on with everything. Even when she has a one piece PJ with the feet in them. And yes the t-shirt says "My Sister Did It!". This was Jack's old t-shirt but we felt it was fitting given Meggan's personality. :)

Anyway, she also will take and put on all of our shoes and wear them around the house. She doesn't care if they are big. She knows it is funny! Just one of the many reason we love her!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Give Just 1 Day

Please check out this website for info on the Give Just 1 Day project. I thought this was something great and positive that we should all do!

Happy Birthday Aunt Meggan!

Today would have been my sister, Meggan's, 32nd birthday. The kids and I will be celebrating her life by making some cookies and probably Banana bread. Still hard to believe that she would have been 32 this year. I know she is watching over and laughing at how our little "jumping beans" can be very much like she was. I thank god that my kids have embraced her life and want to learn more about her. Mom and Dad we are thinking about you today!! Love ya!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jingle Bells!

Hello to all! We have dug ourselves out of the snow finally and are now wondering when the next snowfall will come. They say we will get hit with some snow tomorrow. So, we will see how that plays out. Today I was babysitting my neighbor and friend, Christie's, son John. We decided to put on a concert for Christie when she came home.

They practiced with musical instruments we had and really were so excited. They even hid so when she came over they jumped out and surprised her. We sang Jingle Bells, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and finally Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was quite fun. The chairs that they are standing on was their idea as a way to have a stage. Such imaginations!! Too funny!

Jack and Meggan call John their best friend. They really love to play and spend time with him. He is such a sweet kid. He goes along with all of Jack and Meggan's fighting. He even plays wedding with Meggan at times. Quite funny. Here is a pic of Meg and John before the show. And notice they are holding hands. OMG! Sorry Christie it was soo cute to see them do that. :)

Ally had so much fun and was not happy when the kids left. But, she got over it pretty quick because she fell asleep under the Christmas tree. She will fall asleep wherever her little head hits the ground. One minute she was looking at the tree and the next minute she is out.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Storm Watch 2008

Here I sit looking out the window to an all white picture. Yeah everything is white. It has been snowing thru the night. It did seem like around 5ish that it was not snowing, but it started up again. All the schools are closed because they take this stuff seriously. Which is very nice! BUT, the downside my kids are not in the mood to play in the snow. Somehow I need to get them out there so they can work off their energy. Otherwise they will be bouncing off the walls! Here are some pics from last night and then this morning of the difference. I will continue to keep you posted on our storm watch 2008. LOL
I have a feeling this is not the last storm watch we will be seeing. Everyone tells me that this year they have already gotten record snowfall. LUCKY ME!

Let's see if the presents under the tree in our front yard will be under snow by the end of this storm. What do you think??

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Elf Families

So, every year Office Max does this thing where they let you upload pics and turn it into an Elf dance. I think that this is one of the funniest things ever. So, I created ours this morning. Click here to enjoy and get a great laugh!

Stacy and Dan also did one that I thought was quite funny too. Click here to view theirs.

Aaron just sent me his family one too which I thought was great. His is to the Charleston music. Click here to view it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The eye of the tiger...

Well Jack's eye is all better. Or at least the stitches are off. He was quite the trooper did not even flinch when they removed the stitches. We went bright and early this morning to get them taken out. And there was no wait. Jack commented on why this time was so much faster to the nurse. She said because she was here. She showed him each of the stitches when she took them out. He was very interested in them. I am surprised he did not ask to take them home. HA He said they looked like spiders. Very cute how he always brings it back to some sort of boy thing. :)

Thanks for all the well wishes for him! He really appreciated every one's thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Am I going to lose my eyeball???

Well last night we thought we were going to have a low key night. We were going to read books after baths and showers and just relax. So, there were are getting Jack dried off and dressed. He went to put his arm out on the bed and at the same time Meg decided to push him and goof around. Well he missed the bed and hit his head on the bottom of our bed foot board. Which of course has a piece of decorative metal (that is smooth) that runs across. He pulled his head up and there we had a big opening over his eye.

We could not tell how big of a cut it was until the blood stopped. Once it stopped we attempted a butterfly band aid, but I thought it looked pretty deep. So, I had my friend Christie come over and she said Yeah he needs to go to the hospital. Sure enough we went to the hospital and they had to give him 4 stitches.

Jack had 2 concerns: 1) "Are they going to remove my eyeball?" and 2) "Don't let Meggan touch my other eye because I don't want her to hurt that one."

Monday, December 1, 2008

What has Papa taught you?

This face Ally made over the weekend with my folks. My dad makes a lot of funny faces. But, this face is one that Meggan also used to make as a baby. How do they make their lips do that???
Ally is definitely taking the role of class clown in the family. No matter how mad you are at her she does something that makes you laugh right away. Chad says he will break her of this silliness. We will see who will win!

O Gingerbread Tree!

My mom has a tradition that she started with her grandchildren many years ago. She goes out and gets a gingerbread house and then has each of the grandkids over to decorate them. She has a rule anything goes with the decorating of the houses. .And they put whatever they want on it. It really gives them a chance to show their true colors. :) She usually does not have the siblings do it together, because they tend to do what each other is doing. So, they end up doing it with their cousins. But, since we were in this weekend and won't be back until the 23rd we decided to have them do it this weekend

So, she looked for gingerbread houses and could not find them anywhere. She searched with them and couldn't find ones put together. Must be the economy and poor market as my neighbor, Nikki, said. :) I was able to find gingerbread trees instead. So, on Sunday morning I put the trees together so they could decorate them before our drive home.

Before Nama got home from church we put all the decoration items in bowls so they could see everything they had to work with. The kids were very excited and could not wait for Nama to get home. Ally was mad because I did not get one for her. But, she is so wild that she would have made more of a mess than Jack and Meggan did. And they made quite the mess. Jack's hands were green from the frosting. They definitely made their own creations! Lots of sprinkles, marshmallows, raisins, M&Ms, coconut and frosting!

We used green frosting since it was trees we were decorating. They did a great job. They even put some puppy droppings (made out of raisins) by the tree to symbolize Maverick's potty training. Ahh yes... How funny! I think they covered every possible square inch on the cardboard. They even put frosting on the cardboard and then sprinkled coconut on that for the grass with snow on it. So, cute!