Tortilla Perfection

I LOVE me a good tortilla. I like them more than bread. I like them… a whole lot. I’ll spare you the analogies as long as you get the point…i love tortillas.

What i DON’T like is tortillas with aluminum in them.  Or hydrogenated oil. Or other stuff I don’t want to put in my body. So the quest began… to make them! So I tried. Several times. To no avail. Wait what does that even mean? There was avail, it just wasn’t edible. What is avail when used in that context? It sure doesn’t mean available… hmm. Anyways. Back to the point….

I did it. I DID IT! i finally made a delicious batch of tortillas from scratch! Armed with the ambition to NOT make the long voyage to town for the one acceptable variety of tortillas that DOES exist at our local grocer, I tried again this morning. and. I. did. it. (successfully.) woot!!!!!


Here it is, for anyone looking for some yummy…

2 cups flour (I used one cup wheat, one cup unbleached white)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil
2/3 + 1/4 c water

Mix the flour and salt over here, the water and oil over there (in your measuring cup, if you like =)), make a well in the dry mixture, slowly mix in the wet mixture, make a dough ball, let it sit for 45 minutes, divide into 12 equal portions (i flattened it a little and cut it into 12 pie pieces with my pizza cutter), roll those into balls and let them sit for 15 minutes, roll them all out in flour, cook for 45 seconds on each side on just above medium heat, bada bing bada boom, TORTILLA YUMMAGE!!!!!

Why is that all one long run on sentence, you ask? Is it because I have bad grammer? No! It’s to illustrate how easy it is…. yeah I know it got a little out of hand…. but I hope you’re excited about it anyway!

Anyhow… here’s the finished product:


12 Circles of heaven. Hey, don’t laugh… my circles will get better with practice, i’m sure. =)

Thanks for reading!


I’ve made the move!

I’m now on wordpress! I’m excited about this change, and with it I plan to blog more regularly!

It’s been absolutely gorgeous lately, Sunny and 70’s, which for northern Michigan in March is just… not normal. But very welcome! A little over a week ago we got almost 18 inches of snow…. a bit of which was left yesterday… but as of today it appears to be completely gone! I have so many projects I’ve been dying to work on, but I had my gallbladder out Monday so unfortunately have gotten nothing done in this week off of work. Except for the obvious… got my blog moved. =)

Well… I’ve got a screen door I’m working on, 2 different tables, and much to share… I hope to get a better idea at my follow-up appt on Tuesday as to when I’ll be back to normal. Until then…. what about you? Gorgeous weather in your parts? Any unfinished projects you’re dying to knock out?

Catching Chip "Chippy" Monk.

In case you hadn’t heard, yesterday morning a chipmunk pushed the screen out of a corner of our screen door and broke into the house as I was getting ready for work. After chasing him around, he hid so good I couldn’t find him. After standing on the living room table throwing remotes and anything else within reach at every piece of furniture, trying to get him to run out so I could throw my ice cream bucket on him, I finally had to leave for work and to take chloe to the babysitters. I hated to leave him in the house, but I should have allready left for work, so it was time to go. Fortunately, he was still there waiting when Jeremy got home. Jeremy chased him around for a while, but when I got home from work he had to leave to donate blood, so Chloe and I decided to set a trap….
First off, we found an old aquarium in the basement, and used the ole stick-rope deal. Chloe so kindly prepared a chipmunk feast of peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and even a dish of water.
Secondly, she tested the trap. It seemed to work.
She then stood, watching and waiting for ‘chippy’, as she had so affectionately nicknamed him, to come out of hiding and feast on her delicacies. That lasted…. About 30 seconds and she got bored. So I tied string to nearby doorknob and checped every few minutes for chippy.
Daddy got home, and decided that desperate times call for desperate measures, and flipped the couch, where he thought Chippy was hiding…
Sure enough, he ran out! Since his couch hiding place was no longer an option, chippy decided to travel through the baseboards.
Daddy set a ‘giraffe’ decoy to lure out chippy. Chloe threw a fit at the unappropriate use of mr giraffe. Daddy quickly flipped bucket onto chippy. currently, Chippy is under said bucket, and bucket is running around living room. (Please pay no attention to the filthy was-under-the-couch-til-it-got-exposed floor!)
Let me pause to explain what happened next, because unfortunately, no pictures were taken. Chippy was dumped into aquarium with a large heavy mirror placed on top. Marc removed mirror so Chippy could finish his photo shoot, and Chippy jumped out of aquarium and ran down hall to bathroom. We’ll now continue our saga….
Chippy took quite the bathroom tour
He tried to brush his teeth, but from what I heard from the other side of the door, (you know there’s no way I was being locked in the bathroom with the varmin, so photo credit goes to marc) chloe threw a fit over chippy touching her toothpaste, after he tried to chew it open.
He then caught a whiff of st. maarten as he enjoyed our seashell collection….
But due to chloe’s wails about him touching her seashells, I’m sure, he scaled the wall.
He realized he’d been very naughty and had gotten into lots of things and should at least wash up…
As he contemplated his next move…..
I really can’t say what went wrong at this point. Basically, Chippy escaped the bathroom, even with 3 people in there making sure he didn’t. He was quite clever, you see. He then proceeded to run into the craft room. Daddy and Marc quickly followed, with chloe not far behind. Marc used a paper bag as his weapon of choice, and someone valiantly scooped chippy out of a mid-air-hop right into the bag! We then took the bag outside, and chloe opened it and dumped him out. Here is chippy running/hopping like the wind…. I’M FREEEEEEEEEEEE he shouted! (Not really, but I imagine it’s what he was thinking!)
We sincerely hope he doesn’t visit again, but if he does……. It was certainly an adventure we won’t forget!!!

10 years ago

10 years ago, I was a bratty little 8th grader. The “I can be your friend” Veggie tales song comes to mind…. “Have you ever seen a boy with funny clothes, a girl with braces on her teeth or freckles on her nose? If they added something about hair in these ‘princess laia-esque’ big poofy pigtails, that woulda been me. I really thought I looked cool, for some reason, with the bottom half of my pants so big, my now-3-year-old would gladly have used them as the best hiding spot EVER. I seriously wish I had a picture to post right now but really….. remember jnco jeans people?!?! feather lined hoods on fleeces? not fur, feathers people! and pink ones at that! I had the BEST best friend ever, Jessica J, and some other amazing friends…. Amber, my roller skating buddy, Liz & Renee, my partners in crime….and then this guy. This guy that dated all the other girls, even asked my advice about them, who just called me his ‘best buddy’, and couldn’t see that I had the biggest crush in the WORLD on him…… ahhh the good ole’ days. =) Then, 10 years ago today, Jeremy asked me to be his girlfriend and my life changed forever.

Thank you. =)

He taught me to share, and what it was like to care for another person more than yourself, for the first time in my life. He challenged me constantly to be a better person, not to swear so much, not to argue with my parents. Every spare penny he earned he spent on me. I was at a really critical point in my life, in a stage where I was really rebelling after my parents moved our family from Michigan to Illinois. I quit doing my school work, unless it seemed like something interesting. I got bad grades, intentionally. I got detentions for being late to class all the time, and whenever a friend would get a detention for being late, we’d spread the word and a few of us would get detention so we didn’t have to go it alone. Never Jeremy though. He stood his ground and was always on time to class. Sometimes people say he changed after he met me, like it’s a good thing, but I don’t think people noticed so much exactly how much I changed for the better, just having him play such an important role in my life. Most importantly, he challenged my faith. He asked questions that made me think. Over the next several years I would grow spiritually because of him, and if I hadn’t met him, I really wonder where I’d be today…

Reminds me of another song, ‘I will never be, the same again. I can never return, I’ve closed the door.’ I’m so glad I walked out that door and into a life with you. =)

I love you baby!

What I’m here for

This morning I got a daily email from Proverbs 31 Ministries, I read them if I have time, and when I do they are such a blessing…. I finished this mornings, and started to pray, “Lord, make these problems go away”…. how quickly I had forgotten what I just read. My prayer almost immediately changed to, “Lord, thank you for this, I know it will grow me, may your will be done”. Thank you Lord, for a great reminder!