Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm So Proud!

I have some good news to share about Carrick's job! He has never been thrilled about the 'job' he has in the Marines, and is trying to change to a different one. I won't bore or confuse you with the military lingo, but basically to get this new job he had to improve some test scores and HE DID! I'm so proud of him and excited for this possible next step in his career. He still has some more steps to go through to see if he qualifies and gets accepted, so we'll just have to see how it plays out.....

Oh, and I leave tomorrow to Iowa! See some of you soon!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I love making bread... and eating it too :)

The recipe I use for white bread is really basic but good.


6 cups flour, more or less, divided 1 tablespoon sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 envelope active dry yeast 2 cups very warm water, about 120° 3 tablespoons softened butter


In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Beating at low speed, add the water and butter. Continue beating at high speed for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup flour and beat 4 minutes longer. Stir in 3 cups flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes,, or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour as necessary.Place dough in a large buttered bowl, turning to butter top. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for about 1 hour in a warm place, free of drafts. Punch dough down; knead until smooth. Cut dough in half, cover with the mixing bowl, and let stand for 15 minutes longer. Roll each half into a 12x9-inch rectangle. Starting with the narrow edge, roll up, turning ends under to make loaves to fit pans. Place rolls seam side down in greased loaf pans, 9x5x3-inches. Cover pans with clean towel and let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. Bake loaves at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped with fingers. Remove from pans to racks; brush with butter for a soft, more flavorful crust, if desired.

Makes 2 Loaves.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cereal Box Organizer

This is my first crafting post. I hope you enjoy it!

Because Okinawa is such a small island, recycling is mandatory and taken very seriously. I've always been an advocate of recycling and re-purposing items that would otherwise go in the trash. I was looking around my recycle box and wondered what I could do with the items instead of just setting them out on the curb. This gave me the idea for my cereal box organizers.

They're super easy to make! Just trace a paper organizer that you may already have, or do what I did and just eye-ball the first side with a ruler.

Once you cut out one side, lay that on the other side and trace where to cut. This way both sides are even.

Next cover the box in any scrap booking paper you like. I used scrap booking glue on one box, and hot glue on the other... both work well.

Fill with papers, notebooks, recipes, and enjoy!

Materials Needed:
Cereal Box
2 Sheets scrap booking paper, any kind of paper, wrapping paper, or even fabric would work
Glue stick / Hot glue
Pen / Pencil

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Update List

Needless to say, Carrick is not capable of taking a non-goofy picture :).

Wow! It's been a while since I've posted and a lot of things have happened around here. I think it will be easiest if I just make a list.

1. Yoshi got a much needed hair cut (see pics)

2. I've been busy with sewing projects. I've made my self an apron (see pics) and some other secret projects that I can't share yet :)

3. Carrick got me a new camera! I love it, but I haven't had much time to figure out how to use it yet.

4. I'm coming to Iowa!!!! I've booked a plane ticket for Aug 22 through Sept 5. I'll be bringing my friend Chris with me because he has island fever and needs to get away from Okinawa. He's a big outdoor buff and I think he'll love the scenery of North East Iowa. I'm SOOO excited to see everyone!

5. We almost had a typhoon! I was actually disappointed that it missed us. At work we had to clear the deck of everything and tie down tables, which practically took the whole day. You could tell all the Americans were taking precautions because the commissary shelves were looking bare. I was planning on going grocery shopping, then the typhoon condition was announced and I knew it would be crazy! Everything is fine though, we've just had some cool days, which have actually been a nice break from the heat, and some high winds.

6. I've been getting the crafting bug. I've always loved arts and crafts and if anyone saw my room growing up you could tell by all the random-ness I had taped to every surface. So, I've decided to start posting my projects on my blog. Some will follow in the next couple of days.

I guess that's it. I can't wait to see some of you soon!

Love Missy