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Saturday mornings were made for doughnuts

November 2, 2009 2 comments

On Saturday mornings I sometimes like to make a special treat for the kids. They really like biscuit doughnuts, which are made with a can of biscuits, hot grease and glazing (or cinnamon). Even I can’t mess those up. But we were out of biscuits.

So I got online and found a doughnut recipe at SecretDonutRecipe.com that looked easy and quick. (Note to self: This should be an early warning sign.)

I mixed up all the ingredients according to the website and the dough was way too sticky and runny. I had to add at least an additional cup of floor before the dough was kneed-able. I think instead of oil (I used Canola oil), shortening might have worked better. I got the dough ready and let the nuts sit for a while to rise. The recipe said 10 minutes, but mine weren’t rising (maybe the yeast I used?). I let them go another 10 minutes and very little if any rising occurred.

My grease was ready so I cooked a few then glazed a couple and cinnamonized a couple…

The kids hated them.
They were bland and too heavy.

Another failed experiment in the kitchen for yours truly.

Categories: Cooking, Family

A New Pet

October 26, 2009 2 comments

I took the oldest son out shopping with me on Saturday to go get some pasture grass seed (we bought a few acres of farm field next door). He wanted to go to Wal-mart at first to maybe get some new Legos, but then he mentioned that his friend had a hamster and he wanted one too. So I told him he could get one if he had enough money.

So after we ran around town for a while and stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch, we headed over to the Pet Shoppe to check out the hamsters.

We came away with one of these…
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A Russian Dwarf Hamster (glorified mouse)

Plus close to $40 in accessories. The picture isn’t his hamster but it looks a lot like him.
Lets hope he never escapes or my wife would have a heart attack..

Categories: Family

Can eating candy as a kid make you a bad person?

October 3, 2009 Comments off

First we learned that spanking makes your kids dumb.
Now researchers say that eating candy in childhood is linked to adult crime.

The research was led by Simon Moore, a senior lecturer in Violence and Society Research at Cardiff University in the U.K., who specializes in the study of vulnerable youngsters. Moore had been investigating the factors that lead children to commit serious crimes, when, during the course of his work, he discovered that “kids with the worst problems tend to be impulsive risk takers, and that these kids had terrible diets – breakfast was a Coke and a bag of chips,” he says.

What kind of parent gives their kid a Coke and chips for breakfast?

“The key message is that this study really raises more questions than answers,” says Moore. One of those questions is whether sweets themselves contain compounds that promote antisocial and aggressive behavior, or whether the excessive eating of sweets represents a lack of discipline in childhood that translates to poor impulse control in adulthood. Moore is leaning toward the latter. It’s possible that children who are given sweets too frequently never learn how to delay gratification

Hmm, you think?

Its not the sweets, its the lack of parenting. This is one of those “you don’t say?” studies. At least its the Brits wasting money on this one, not the U.S. Unfortunately Time magazine gives this a rotten spin with their headline.

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Spanking makes your kids dumb

September 26, 2009 1 comment

According to “research” anyway.

A good spanking may leave a mark on a child that’s worse than the red handprint. Spanking and other corporal punishments stunt children’s intelligence, new research shows.

“The practical side of this is that paediatricians and child psychologists need to start doing what none of them do now, and say, ‘Never spank under any circumstances,'” says Murray Straus, a sociologist…

I don’t like to spank my kids, but sometimes there is no alternative. I think I can see a real difference in my own kids between the ones we spanked more often and those we did not. The non-spanked are exceedingly good whiners and will whine incessantly until they get their way. The spanked know their place. I don’t say that to sound like a tyrant, but for goodness sake, they are the child and you are supposed to be the parent. Loving parents are supposed to know what is best for their child – not the other way around. Would you prefer your child become an unruly, spoiled, and lazy adult with a 5 point higher IQ, or an adult that can actually be a productive member of society?

I think we have way too many adults in this country who’s parents never spanked them.

He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Proverbs 13:24

Categories: Family

Help your kids with hand writing

September 21, 2009 Comments off

We have two young boys in the early writing stages (one really early stages, he’s 3) and my wife asked me to make up some writing practice sheets for them.

Here is a good font you can use to make worksheets so they can practice their names or any other words you can think of.

For Windows, extract the Trace__.TTF file to a folder on your hard drive, then copy the TTF file into your “C:\Windows\Fonts” folder and it will automagically install. Then you can open Word or Wordpad and choose the Trace font type and a large point size and start typing their practice words. The bigger the better for the young ones, plus they always learn capital letters first, so start the really young writers on something like 72 or 60 point size and all caps.

Categories: Family

Not your normal dating service

September 15, 2009 Comments off

A Scandalous Affair by Kathryn Jean Lopez on National Review Online

I have seen these commercials on Fox News, mainly during presidential speeches or late in the night. First time I saw one I think my jaw hit the floor.

Its a sad commentary on our culture and I agree with Kathryn Lopez 100%. Marriage is important – we should be protecting it at all costs.

Categories: Family, Politics