Archive for July, 2009

July 31, 2009

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July 30, 2009

Should I be mad or glad?

Over the past couple days I’ve been speaking with the social worker who did our home study.  And ready for the shock of all shocks?  HE called US without a prompting voice mail/email/or nasty gram of any kind.   Apparently he was missing some information for our home study.  The home study that he wrote 3 months ago. That’s an entire season ago.  I mean, when we had our home study it was dreary, rainy April – and now its…well, its dreary, rainy July – but you get my point.

Why in the world didn’t they realize they were missing this info 2 1/2 months ago?!  Well my friends, its because my home study has been bouncing from desk to desk in these past few months. 

Here’s a little flow chart of the craziness we are dealing with:

Home study completed and written by a social worker who has been contracted by CA.FAP (remember them? They are the CT Asso.ciation of Fos.ter and Ad.optive Par.ents) →

Homestudy then gets turned into a supervisor at CA.FAP who reviews → 

It then gets bundled with the homestudies of our classmates and sent to D.CF (department of chil.dren and fa.milies – its CT’s version of C.PS) →

DC.F reviews homestudies and marks all with suggested changes/requests for additional info →

back to CA.FAP they go →

and finally back to the contracted social worker to make the changes → 

he’s spoken to us and will update our homestudy to be turned into CA.FAP by Friday →

then CA.FAP reviews (again) →

then its back to D.CF for review and approval (lets pray no more changes).

The initial review took 3 months – anyone want to place bets on how long this second review will take?

So now I’m left feeling unsure about whether I’m mad that it took them this long to ask us for some very basic  info (which by.the.way. was included in our application information AND first interview), or if I’m glad that someone is actually looking at our file and it hasn’t fallen into a black hole somewhere.

July 30, 2009

Going shopping in my basement

This has been sitting in my basement for years…left over from my college days when I believed that putting string lights on anything would make it pretty. ::shudder::

Well, when we picked up a climbing rose for the garden, I decided it now had a new purpose.  One can of spray paint and an hour spent wrestling off the shelves later, it looks like this:

House 195

Not bad considering it saved me from buying a real trellis.  And here is the as-promised other side of our garden re-do:

House 194

Forgive my weepy plants; it was a particularly hot day and they were definitely not looking their perkiest.

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking 048

 

Ingredients:
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted & cooled until warm
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:
-Heat oven to 325. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.
-Whisk dry ingredients together; set aside.
-With electric mixer, or by hand, cream butter & sugars.
-Beat in egg, yolk and vanilla until combined.
-Add dry ingredients & beat at low speed just until combined. Stir in chips.
-Drop by rounded tablespoons (or bigger) onto the cookie sheet.
-Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft & puffy (about 7-10 minutes in my oven).
-Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking and place on wire rack to cool.

This is literally the BEST cookie recipe I’ve ever come across. Print it out and put it in your recipe box for later – you’ll be glad to have it.  Not to mention, once you’ve got the base of this cookie down, you can play with it and jazz it up a million different ways.  For example, the pic up there is actually of a huge Reese’s peanut butter cup cookie made with this base and subbing chopped Reese’s for chocolate chips.  So good! Of course I just sent them off to work with Andrea this morning for an Alzheimer’s bake sale but I’m wishing I had saved one (more) for myself….mmmmm, it would go so well with my coffee this morning.

There’s just something extra fun about XL cookies

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July 27, 2009

Lest you think

that my life is nothing but babies, babies, babies, I did want to show off a project I’ve been working on the past couple weeks:

Before

During

After

And, what makes it extra special is that we did all of the work ourselves including getting that stupid stump out!  The other side of the steps has a similar garden bed but I’m still finishing up a couple things on that side so those pictures have to wait a bit.

July 25, 2009

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July 24, 2009

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July 23, 2009

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July 22, 2009

Foster Update

Well, actually, there isn’t one.  We still haven’t heard anything from anyone.  But, it had been two weeks from my last “update” so I figured I was due. 

Basically, today sucks.