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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Soccer Photos!

Molly and Timothy received their soccer photos! Such cutie pies! 



We are so proud of the kiddos! 

Timothy is really, really diggin' it! He loves making goals, and, no lie, makes an average of 8-10 per game, haha....(they don't have goalies yet at this age) ;) He is all up and down that field, just really having a great time! 

Molly was super excited to make two goals in one game one time! Her team work is superb, and after every game she tells me, "That was fun! Did you see me!?" Totally saw you, Molly, great job!! 

We have one more game left, and then we're all done for the year! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Friday, October 13, 2017

Voice Lessons! (And Saxophone!)

After taking most of the summer off from voice lessons due to both our family, as well as Molly's voice coach, James, having a super busy summer, we are back into the swing of things! 

Molly continues to love going to voice lessons, and I continue to love listening to her! She makes progress every week, and I love that James varies up what she works on. By now she's worked on about 12 different songs. Some she's completely nailed and loved, others not so much. But that's ok, it's all about practicing different genres and techniques. She's also starting to learn about runs, harmony and scales. Fun! 

One of these days I'm going to ask her to perform some songs with me in the room so I can record them better! It's hard to hear and get a good quality recording from out in the hall....where she banishes me to! Haha 

Great work, little lady!


Three Little Birds



I Believe I Can Fly


We Are Going to be Friends


Home on the Range


Oh Shenandoah (Across the Wide Missouri)


An example of working with James on harmony and scales.



Anthony has also started lessons! Saxophone lessons! In middle school, you have to either take band or chorus. Anthony chose band, and more specifically, the saxophone. James, Molly's voice coach, is also a superb saxophone player. It totally made sense to have Anthony start taking saxophone lessons from James right after Molly takes her voice lessons! Everyone was pleased with this arrangement and he had his first lesson yesterday! 

Now, he is truly a beginner. Just started playing a month back, and only learning in band class. We are super excited to watch his growth! James is excited to teach him, and Anthony is very eager to learn and optimistic! He just started working on "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. 

Keep it up, Anth!! 


Money well spent! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Homemade Triple Berry Oatmeal Bars

These homemade triple berry oatmeal bars are a staple in our home. They are that good. I've made them so many times now, I could make them in my sleep. We eat them as a quick snack, added to the kids' lunches, or as an after dinner treat. You can make them with any variation of berries (as I have), but my favorite tends to be raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries....heavy on the raspberries! :) My latest batch had blackberries added into the mix, as well as two cut up plums. Yummy. 

You can use fresh or frozen berries (or a combination of both), making this a great way to use up berries that are past their prime, or fruit you have sitting around in the back of the freezer that you've forgotten about. 

These are also freezer friendly! I usually leave a few out for us to eat that day, then bag the rest up for the freezer. They are delicious fresh, thawed on the counter, zapped in the micro for a 20 seconds, or dare I say, still frozen and gnawed on! 


Triple Berry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients: 

2 1/4 cups quick oats
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups fresh, frozen (or mix of both) berries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp corn starch


Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350*, spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.

1. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. 
2. Melt butter and pour over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined with the butter. Mixture will look crumbly. 
3. Pour 2/3 of the oatmeal mixture into your pan (reserving the final 1/3). Firmly press into the pan (Seriously....the better pressed, the better the bar!). Set aside. 
4. Mix berries with sugar and cornstarch. Toss until coated. Pour berries into pan. 
5. Evenly sprinkle remainder of oatmeal mixture on top of berries (I go ahead and press more, just because.)
6. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes (I go 30-35) or until golden brown (I like to go until I just start to see/hear bubbles). 
7. Let completely cool. Cut into desired size bars. Freeze in an air tight container or a ziplock bag (I place on cookie sheet to freeze for an hour, then transfer them to ziplock bag). 


I've noticed sometimes my bars will be gooey or more wet when cutting, even when left to cool completely. This happens moreso when I use my frozen blackberries. If yours are more gooey, it really is no big deal. Either just be more careful cutting and getting them out (though my rule is if I break a bar, I have to eat it - haha!), or toss the whole pan in the freezer for a bit before cutting. They are delicious no matter what fruit combination, no matter gooey or not gooey. Mmmm. 



With love,
Mama Hauck