Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

This is how New Year's Eve will be spent at the Powers' home this year. Have a wonderful and exciting 2011!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

First Trip to the Dentist

It seems like Silas has inherited my teeth. There is one semi-negative factor with this and another very negative factor. The semi-negative factor is the size. While my teeth aren't the largest that I've ever seen, they are still purty BIG. Teething was awful for Silas (so sorry, buddy!!!). The very negative factor is the problem with our enamel. Both of us have a degenerative disorder with the enamel on our teeth. It forms but doesn't coat the entire tooth leaving areas susceptible to damage.

Silas chipped his front right tooth not long after his first birthday. I was so upset about it! The chip was a half moon shape but didn't seem sharp. Last week he hit his mouth on our coffee table and chipped his front left tooth! Not even 15 months old and already two chipped teeth!? Things are not starting off well for the dental health of this kid!

I called Dr. Fleck in Clarksville. He is an awesome pediatric dentist who I went to until I was 16 or so. They had us come in the very next morning. Despite feeling pretty lousy (head cold, etc), Silas was such a good boy as he sat with me in the waiting room. We didn't have too long before they called us back. The staff definitely know how to work with toddlers! They didn't waste one minute but got right to examining Silas' teeth. Dr. Fleck came in to take a look and confirmed that it was an enamel formation problem. He instructed me to brush/clean Silas' teeth after EVERY feeding and to come back in three months for a follow up. The assistant then applied a protective sealant on Si's teeth. He thought the taste was interesting to say the least. She gave him a little basketball and a fish squirt toy. He held onto both of them the whole way home!
Poor little guy didn't feel well!
All done and waiting for some toys!
Very happy to be home!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.
1 Samuel 1:27-28a

Today was Silas' baby dedication at church. Dan and I have made the commitment to raise Silas according to the Lord's ways but it was really meaningful to make a public confession of it and have the support of our families and the congregation. It is so important to give everything to the Lord and Silas is certainly no exception! I need to read this scripture on a daily basis as a reminder that the Lord is in control and that we can trust Him above anyone else.
"Ahhhhhchoo!" Almost dedication time!
Silas and Grammie.
All of the families.
Family prayer.

Cake! I didn't get a picture of it before people started digging in but it was still pretty! Mom organized a really great pitch-in lunch for all of the families that participated in the dedication. We are about ready to dig into the leftovers right now!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peaches from Dove Farm (and a recipe for spiced peach butter)

Our sweet little white peach tree in the backyard produced a bumper crop of fruit this year! Dan and I picked the peaches in two shifts. We left the fruit on the tree as long as we could until we began to fear for the fruit's lives. We have a family of squirrels that live in the tall maple right next to the little peach that tend to generously help themselves. The peaches spent their last couple ripening days in a large paper bag in the safety of the kitchen. My mom and Liz came over to help me begin canning one evening. I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of our canning night. We were busy little bees in the kitchen and covered in sticky peach juice up to our elbows. We canned two batches of peach jam that night. Mom and Liz also canned a batch of blackberry jam while I was feeding Silas. The next couple of days were spent blanching, peeling, pitting, chopping AND blanching AND peeling, pitting, chopping, etc... After it was all said and done I think I ended up with about 32 jars of peach jam and spiced butter. The kitchen smelled wonderful!
And spiced peach butter!
All of the pretty jars in a row on my mustard counter tops with my ketchup colored towels. Still a lovely sight to behold in spite of the condiment color scheme.

Here is my recipe for spiced peach butter. Recipe adapted from and

Yields approximately 8 cups

8 pounds fresh, ripe peaches
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of nutmeg
2 teaspoons of allspice

Peel and pit the peaches (it's super easy if you blanch them). Chop peaches. Place chopped peaches, sugar and spices in a crockpot and mix to combine. Turn the crockpot on low and cook overnight or 8-12 hours depending on your crockpot. Alternatively, you can cook the peaches on high for approximately 6 hours but you will want to stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so to ensure that it doesn't burn. Leave the lid slightly askew to allow steam to escape and the peaches to reduce. Puree the peaches with an immersion blender, regular blender or food processor until the desired consistency is reached. Can the butter while it is still piping hot!

Instructions for canning
Wash and sterilize your jars, lids and rings. Keep the jars in a pan of hot water, your dishwasher (on a drying cycle) or on a cookie sheet in your oven preheated to 200*. Keep the lids hot in a pan of simmering water (never boiling as this could damage the seal). The rings will be fine at room temperature. Working with one or two jars at a time, ladle the hot peach butter into the jars leaving 1/4" of head space. Wipe the rims clean, place lid on jar and tightly screw on ring. Once all jars are filled, place in canner or large pot filled with enough boiling water to cover the jars by 2". Boil for 10 minutes. Carefully lift the jars out and place in a spot where they won't be disturbed for 24 hours. Before too long you will begin to hear the jars seal! If for some reason a jar does not seal you will need to store it in the refrigerator. All sealed jars can be stored at room temperature. Cool basements are even better!
The great thing about fruit butter is that you can tweak the ingredients to fit your taste. Let me know if you try this recipe and what (if any) tweaks you make!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Ledger Clan

It isn't everyday that all of the Ledgers are together in one place. In fact, it only happens about once every 5 years now that my cousins are spread out all over the Eastern part of the country! After much schedule juggling, a trip was planned to visit Grandma in New Albany. Seeing us is just an added bonus! :) We thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend time with family that we rarely get to see. It was also really great to get the next generation together. A.J. is four and told me some of the greatest tall-tales during dinner.
Wait for me, A.J.!Grandma Faye and her two very squirmy great-grandsons.
Grandma and the granddaughters (me, Sydney, Grandma, Michelle and Megan). Grandma had four sons and no daughters. I'm sure everyone was surprised by the onslaught of females when the next generation arrived! Kevin is the youngest and the only grandson (and wasn't able to make it due to work).


Part of the "disappearing A.J." act.

Card mugs courtesy of Aunt Debbie.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Silas' FIRST Birthday!

Could it be true?! My sweet baby boy all grown up to a full year old?! It absolutely blows my mind to think of all that has taken place in a years time. From a helpless little 8 pound newborn to a 25 pound, WALKING, 8 toothed toddler... unbelievable. Silas has already been such an incredible blessing to us. He is my little sweetheart. We are so grateful to the Lord for choosing us to be his parents.
Silas' actual birthday was a fairly normal day. I made breakfast for us and then we let Silas open up his birthday gifts from us. We bought him a little red truck with pegs on top and a blue hammer to pop them down with (a little fist works well too), a play table and a ride-and-push lion. He wasn't as crazy about the lion at first but really loved the play table and all of the different songs that it played. The curly bows on his presents were the best. Dan worked hard to get Silas new swing up so he could try it out. We also took him for a ride in the car to see how he liked sitting FORWARD. Grammie came over for a bit that evening to see Silas open some of his gifts, sing happy birthday and to witness his first taste of ice cream. He is definitely a fan.
Good morning, birthday boy!

First time in a swing!

My sweet baby boy.
Birthday balloons!
Ice cream!!!

The next day we had the big birthday party. Even though we tried to keep things low key by having just the family and a few close friends, we still ended with about 25 people! You just can't avoid having a big group when you're a Powers. Since Silas loves dogs so much, I made little puppy invitations to send to everyone. We had lots of good food (hot dogs of course!) and great cupcakes with killer cream cheese icing. I made Silas his very own little cake to dig into. He was hesitant at first but then stuck his fingers alllll the way down in the cake. It was so much fun. He loved all of his presents too! Everyone knows how much Silas loves to play with our cell phones. For some months now, he will pick up almost any toy and hold it up to the side of his head like he's talking on the phone. Several people obviously had the same train of thought because Silas received 5 phones! He was in heaven.

Silas and Jack (not sure if this was before or after Silas punched Jack).



Silas wasn't too crazy about all of that sticky stuff on his hands.

Happy FIRST birthday, Silas!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Feeding Himself

Silas decided to forgo Mommy feeding him with a utensil of any sort a few months ago. Finger foods took the place of all things pureed during meal time. The pediatrician gave the go ahead for dairy products at Silas' nine month check up. Since spoons were no longer acceptable at the dinner table (according to Silas), this meant no yogurt for the baby boy. A couple of weeks ago, I was able to get a bite or two into his mouth with a spoon. He grabbed the spoon out of my hand and put it into his mouth. I told him that he needed a little more on his spoon and then helped him dip it into the bowl of yogurt. He was just so pleased with himself! He would jab the spoon down into the bowl and stick it back into his mouth. It was so cute and very messy.
"Now, how exactly is this done?"Look at all of those teeth!So proud!What a big boy! He is growing up so fast.

Friday, July 9, 2010

5th Anniversary

On June 18th, Dan and I celebrated our fifth anniversary. We have had such a wonderful five years together. We are truly blessed to have each other. We normally don't buy each other anniversary gifts but opt to go out somewhere nice for dinner and just spend time together. Since this was our first "milestone" anniversary, we decided that we wanted to buy each other something. Just for fun, I looked up the different anniversary meanings/gift guides or whatever you want to call it. Apparently, year five is traditionally wood. Uhhhhh, ok. I was determined to stick to it as closely as I could and tried to be creative. I ended up getting Dan a pocket knife with a wooden handle. Dan was thinking more along the lines of furniture and ended up with this entire set below! It wasn't wood but Dan said that he, "followed the spirit of the law but not the letter of it." :)
In addition to buying me an entire new set of patio furniture, he also got up early and made a trip to both Panera (for their awesome breakfast sandwiches) and Krispy Kreme. Silas was still snoozing away so we were able to enjoy breakfast just the two of us!

For dinner, we drove up to Scottsburg, Indiana to
Jeeves and Company. We could have gone somewhere closer but the 30 minute drive made it more of an "event".

The guestbook at Jeeves'.
Bruschetta appetizer. It was really good but completely cold (as in straight-from-the-refrigerator cold)! Bread and everything! Dan had their catch of the day and I had a blackened chicken dish with cheese ravioli, sauteed peppers and alfredo sauce. They served a cranberry and walnut bread with the meal that was fresh from the oven. The house salad was a green salad with blue cheese and fresh blackberries (from the owner's yard) with a blackberry vinaigrette. Oh my!
Home again with the baby boy.

A very happy five years it has been!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Dan (and America)!

We had an awesome time celebrating America's 234th birthday and Dan's 26th. Last year was pretty low key since I was less than two weeks away from Silas' due date. We just had it in our heads that Silas would be born on the 4th and daddy and son would share a birthday. Not the case! This year we HAD to do something to make up for last year. We planned a menu, weeded the jungle in our front yard (rediscovering our landscaping in the process), cleaned like crazy AND put our family room back together (before and after pictures to follow in a later blog post). Dan was in charge of shopping for the explosives until we heard that my brother, Kevin, had just spent a nice chunk of his paycheck on fireworks. One of the first rockets that he lit took a very wrong turn and exploded into one of our truck's back windows! It is completely shattered but hasn't fallen apart yet. Our brother-in-law, Kris, had a very close call with a wick-less rocket that he half buried in the ground and then lit. It basically blew up with him standing right there. He walked away with nothing more than a singed shirt. THANK GOD! We gave Kevin a big round of applause for the great fireworks display and ended the night with chocolate birthday cake and Modern Warfare.

I admit we're a little dorky but I did really love how Dan and Silas matched at church.

Up and away!
Most of the group including Angus the "jawa" dog.
Lana, Grace and Katelyn.

The morning after...