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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Doctor or a Dinosaur

Michael and I watched this comedian video about a year ago. Our favorite part was one comedian talking about a conversation with his very young son. The son says, "Daddy, I want to be a doctor when I grow up..." At this point the comedian speaks of the pride welling up inside him... the feeling that he did something right and has such a remarkable son. And among the midst of the proud thoughts of the father the son completes his thought and says, "or a dinosaur...."  This is just so funny to me. As a parent, it is just so easy to be overwhelmed with pride for your children and the magnificant things they do and say and you forget the eye they see the world through. After laughing so hard at this comedian that line "a doctor....or a dinosaur" has become a phrase we drop often when one of our kids does something similarly.
One of those moments happened today. I was walking the kids around the park. Christian was sleeping and Elle and I were carrying on this highly sofisticated conversation. She was asking questions about why some people are black and some are white. I was explaining that people from different places have different colored skin... I even told her the story in the bible where God scatters the people and confuses their languages... In my head I am just thinking what an adult conversation this is and I'm impressed with how well Elle is following along. Elle begins asking quesitons, "Where are the black people from?" I say "Africa". "Where are the white people from?" I say, "Europe". And then Elle asks, "And where are the Cougars from?" (speaking of the large cat, not the football team). I am shaken back to the reality, that I am in fact having a conversation with a 4 year old, not an adult. =)

The many uses for Coffee filters

Now, I don't even drink coffee... I just never aquired the taste... YUK! (I know, stone me later...) But my grandpa sent this to me and I thought it was pretty cool. Considering how cheap coffee filters are, these are some great penny pinching ideas so I thought I would share it with all of you.)  I want to note that they are great on compost piles, so use them and then compost them! =)

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10 Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them.. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18 Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.

And of course for use in your coffee maker! =)