Weekend, By The Numbers

by Stefani on 11-January-2010

1 – One  little chef who made one very wonderful cheesecake for Sunday dinner. One lovely afternoon spent cruising antique shops with my mom at the start of the weekend,  and then to end it, …. one call on Sunday evening to come pick up one very sick boy from his church club.

2 – the number of boys who are now sick and also, interestingly, the number of clean, unsoiled blankets that remain in this house after a very VERY long night.

3 – the number of minutes of sleep I got last night. Also the number of times during said night when I prayed, “Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far far away. ”

4 – Four dollars spent on an indulgence that I think I’ll make more often – pretty flowers for the table. They make me happy every time I see them. And that counts for a lot right now.

5 – Five cups of Constant Comment that were poured this weekend, five good to the last drop cups. You were right… it IS tasty! Of course I may have to resort to a caffeine drip for the time being, but I will be returning to the Constant Comment soon.

6 – The number of boys hanging out in my house on Sunday afternoon. I always hoped that we’d have “the hang out house” and it seems that we do. Of course now I’ll have to call all those boys’ mothers and tell them that their children were likely exposed to a stomach bug, which means that we may have just lost our hang out house status.

7- The likely number of loads of laundry yet to do after that aforementioned very VERY long night.

8 – new records added to our collection after my run on the antique and thrift shops. John Denver’s Greatest Hits (both volumes, thank you very much) Don McClean (American Pie), Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, Vivaldi, the Eagles, and An Introduction to the Music of the Orchestra which comes with a very sweet Golden book full of even sweeter illustrations.
Introduction to the Instruments of the Orchestra

9 – is “the coolest number in the world” says one poor sickie… because he just learned the finger multiplication trick and it’s keeping him company in his sick bed.

10 – The number of pounds I’m likely to gain because, considering the state of the stomachs in this house, so very much of that cheesecake is still in my refrigerator. It keeps whispering sweet words of escape and seduction in my ears. “Come… come and taste of my loveliness…” Stinking cheesecake!

I hope your week is off to a good start, folks. Be WELL and warm, and if you can, send up a little prayer for the Blue Yonder boys that have taken ill and also the one poor kid who hasn’t… needless to say, he isn’t much interested in falling to a similar fate!

Lindsey January 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Oh no! Two of my boys have a stomach bug, also. 🙁 Unlovely things coming out of both ends. Thankfully they are old enough to mostly take care of it themselves, but UGH! I have had my share of cleaning up one episode, which happened during dinner Saturday night, in the dining room for all to experience.

Now I just need to keep the other two well, try to school the oldest a LITTLE, and bake a great loaf of bread today (your recipe;) I’m on the second rise and it’s looking good! I had to add a ton more flour though–I don’t know what my deal is, and it’s not even humid here (like it usually is). Maybe because I mixed it in the Kitchenaid? I probably added what amounted to an additional 1/2 cup. It seemed like a ton b/c at first I was adding by the Tablespoon. Anyway, I think it’s going to work out!

Feel better, Blue Yonder boys! Take it easy, all of you!

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

If you used the oil, then yes, it will be a very wet dough. I add however much I need to be able to work it without it sticking to everything, but since I just through a little in at a time I couldn’t tell you how much that is.
How did it come out?

Lindsey January 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write to you to tell you about it!

The bread was LOVELY. I might have let it rise a little too much on the second rise–it was quite tall and a bit bulbous on top. But oh, the taste. The texture. It was super soft, and the crust was amazing. Crispy and light, not at all heavy. I did an egg wash on the top so it was a bit more crispy and browned, perhaps, than it would have otherwise been.

Have you been to the Czech Stop in West, Texas (north of Waco)? Your bread recipe reminded me very much of the sandwich bread that I’ve had from there when I bought the wrapped sandwiches on homemade bread. Sweet and soft.

My changes to the recipe were
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups all purpose flour (I ended up adding roughly another 1/2 cup on top of that)
1/2 cup canola oil (maybe next time I’ll try adding that in smaller increments as I’m mixing
I use instant yeast–comes in a 1 pound vacuum-packed brick (very economical!)–and it worked fine. I keep it in the freezer in a container and just measure out what I need for a recipe, and then let it come to room temp before I use it.

Now, do you double this recipe and bake 2 loaves? I think I read that but I’m not sure. I’ve doubled cookie and pancake recipes, but doubling bread dough sounds a little daunting to me! Perhaps easier now with the kitchenaid though, which I got last March. Before that, all my ventures in breadmaking were done completely by hand!

Debbie January 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Sorry to hear that your guys are sick. We have been through the same thing this weekend. We had a playdate all day on Saturday. Oh how we played only to find out EARLY sunday morning that we had a stomach bug too. Man the guilt you feel is terrible! I guess we should keep in mind…How could we have known?
Feel better soon…oh and I hope you and number three stay free of said bug, unlike myself.

Lindsey January 11, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Oh dear.

Just looked at that cheesecake recipe, and it looks DANGEROUS. Wow, YUM!

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

Oh it IS! And even more so on the second day when it’s really nice and cold. Oh! Make one at your own peril!

Heather January 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

You’re making me want to get a record player!

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

Oh I SO highly recommend it. It’s awfully fun to go record hunting and then to all sit around on the floor and spin a few tunes 🙂

LaughingFamily January 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I LOVE the finger trick! (I am horrible with math, and this is the only way I can remember my 9’s – even at this age) Well done on the John Denver…you need one of duet albums with the Muppets. Those were (are) my favorites.

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:42 am

Oh we DO need one of the Muppet duets! My Dad was a big fan of John Denver. It made me a little nuts as a child, but now I love it. Every song he sings is so earnest, you know?

Mad Woman January 11, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oh no. Sick kids never make for fun or sleep filled days for mom. Hope they’re feeling better soon…but in the meantime, enjoy the cheesecake!

Tammy January 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm

nice Forrest Gump reference…

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:43 am

;-P Thank you, thank you very much.
I haven’t seen that movie in a long time. I think I’d better dig it up and relive it!

Mousy Brown January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Oh poor little one waiting to get it – I always think its almost worse – you get all that anticipation and know whats coming – fingers crossed you two avoid it and the others recover quickly! In the mean time make the most of the cheesecake 🙂

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:44 am

Well so far he’s fine, but he keeps clutching his stomach and saying, “OH! Oh I think I feel something!”… of course it’s less out of fear of the worst than because he wants all the special treatment that the sickos have gotten 🙂

Mousy Brown January 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

That makes me smile so much! My little one is rather partial to the special cuddles and forehead stroking of being ill – I have to watch out because otherwise he gets me every time! Best wishes on quick recovery all round 😀

Kelly January 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I feel like I’m reading a different version of my life! Two of my three are sick too (really three of my four if you count my husband) with some sort of very unkind stomach bug. I’m so thankful it’s the oldest two (7.5 and almost 5) because they’ve made it to the bathroom all but once. I’ll pray for sleep and health for your home tonight!
(oh and by the way, Constant Comment does come in decaf. I always have both in my tea tin!)

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

Oh! Be well kiddos, and hang in there mama!

Amber January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I dread….dread the stomach flu – you poor thing – I feel so bad for you! Hope it’s a quick one and they are feeling better soon!

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

Thankfully it was very quick…. hideous and awful, but short-lived!

Julie Alvarez January 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Sadly, my little girl came down with something too. But in this case, we think that she got an insolation of sorts, mean summer here!
She is delicate from the stomach too. Sooo…….
(I can’t complain here, it’s not the right space, since you have three children and I have only one!! LOL.)
Lot’s of tea might help you now. Get some rest if you can, and I hope that the kiddos get better soon.

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh I feel for you! Summers can be so brutal. Hang in there, and be well little one!

frantically heidi January 12, 2010 at 2:09 am

Oh dear. I hope your little men get feeling better soon (and that you are able to get some rest).
When you get a minute, would you mind sending me the link to lesson 1 on multiplication.com? It looks like a great resource, and I’d like to be able to access all of the lessons, but navigating their site is a bit…tricky.
Thanks and stay well.

Stefani January 12, 2010 at 8:49 am

This is just an excerpt from their book. They don’t have all the lessons online. I did order their book and it wasn’t really our thing. It’s got a lot of great reviews, but it just wasn’t a match for my learners.

Jodi January 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Hope everyone is feeling better! Stomach bugs are the worst.

Don’t worry about the cheesecake, it gets even better after it sits for a few days.

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