Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

See? I told you my new bread maker looks like R2D2



And sure enough… last night when I got up to get a drink of water, there was a light beam of Princess Leah streaming onto my kitchen counter, and she was giving step by step instructions on how to make cinnamon buns.


While I was getting baking tips from Leah, my sons were having quite a grand time camping (out back) with their favorite fishing buddy, young master Joshua.  They did not sleep AT ALL.  But they caught a lot of fish.  Check out this big guy



And look how pretty the pond looked this morning while they were sitting on the dock eating peanut butter sandwiches and drinking hot coacoa.  I’m telling you, I *love* everything about Fall.




In other news, I’m happy to report that vegetables promote artistic ambition.  My daughter Ryann says this art project was directly inspired from being served too many peas.  Lovely, no?  By the way, that’s teriaki chicken pushed up against the potato pea production.




And to wrap things up… earlier today I was telling Coie that I was ready for a road trip.  I don’t know about you, but after a while I’m ready for a cross country outing.  I told her that I must have gypsy in my blood, because I have always been ready to roam, and then she reminded me that while I’m always “ready to roam”, I’m always equally (or more so) anxious to get back to my cozy home after a few days of driving.  And thus, concluded she, I am not at all like a gypsy, but rather I’m more like a homing pigeon.  That girl sure knows how to ruin a good simile. Having pigeon in my blood is *way* less quixotic than having gypsy in my blood.  It seems a little unsanitary, too.


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  1. Tiany said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 8:46 pm

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    A road trip sounds great! Fall is definitely in the air and my boys sure would like to be out fishing with yours!!!

    Enjoy the season!!!



    P,S, And now im hungry for "peas"

  2. Jaynee said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    I have to agree:

    Your bread machine DOES look like R2D2!

    That was an amazing catch!

    Your pond is simply breathtaking!

    And I definately agree with Ryann- That was WAY to many peas… with my morning sick tummy, I almost couldn't look at them all!

    I think I'll just stick to my 7-up and saltine crackers for the next couple of months 🙂

  3. lynan said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

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    I'm nearly ready for a trip too. Especially after this week of baby and his double ear infection ;0) But like you, I'm a homing pigeon—never sleep as well away from home.

    I don't think we'll make the barn dance. I'm sorry. But you are welcome to make a road trip to visit me!

  4. skdenfeld said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    Me too!

    We have not gone anywhere in far too long, but we are going to borrow the in-laws vehicle this weekend (so we all can fit) and take a day trip. I have been pretty vocal about 'going' lately and I think hubby is trying to appease me before I start talking about all of us moving off to some foreign land again.

  5. my2kids4Him said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

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    Hmmm….I'll have to try the more vegetable approach….my kids need to be more artistic:)

    I've been wanting to take a camping trip since the nights have cooled off…but we can't seem to fit it in…..maybe soon. Hope you get your trip:)

  6. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 7:36 am

    ROFL – so much like me!!

    Are we sisters and don't know it.

    I come and read your blogs and sometimes it's like your reading my mind – minus me not having as many kids as you.LOL.

    My bread machine is the SAME exact one!!! Though I've never had Leah give me directions. Your's must be special :-).

    I too am a gypsy at heart – which isn't always a good thing. But I think God gave me a DH that has DEEP roots when it comes to wandering, so I never get very far. LOL.

    I'd take a road trip with ya… where do you want to go? 🙂

    Have a GREAT weekend.

    Oh by the way, are you all REAL fishermen and actually EAT your fish or are you the sissy kind and throw it back ;-).

    Love ya ( can you tell my coffee was strong this morning?)

  7. RedHeadRyann said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 8:10 am

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    You could have said that on the side there was the fish B/J caught. I bet everyone would have believed you.

  8. JenIG said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 8:21 am

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    Mikki… we are the sissy kind, although we HAVE fried up some of the catch. mostly we don't hook anything. when our guests come over, they always seem to catch a ton of fish and sometimes they take it home.

    And YES! i say lets plan big and go on a tour to Italy! I'll start packing, when can you get here?

  9. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 8:45 am

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    I love the food photo!

    I must be a little bit pigeon myself. I also get that strong urge for road-trips! Luckily, my DH usually indulges me somewhat, and takes me to the nearest city where we shop, go to zoos, etc….but what I'm REALLY longing for, and what I've been pestering him for for years (honestly, you can ask him on this one) is to visit YOUR neck of the woods! I want to see the Smokies, go to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. We briefly drove through that area once on our way to Atlanta, and ever since I have wanted to go back and see more!

    But…for now…I guess I'll settle for trips to Milwaukee, Madison or Green Bay…..;-)

    PS – I LOVE Fall, too!!!!


  10. His4life said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 10:03 am


    What a cool, spage agey looking bread machine!!! and WHAT a BIG!!!!!! FISH!!!!:):):) Fun, fun fun!! And… I may just have to serve potatoes and peas tonight just for the fun of artistic creativity!!

    Love you!:)

    P.S. I love fall, too!:)

  11. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 10:53 am

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    Wow, what a HUGE fish! So did ya fry it up like a good southern gal?

    As to the travelling, you and the rest of the Igarashi clan are always welcome at our house. I believe you can catch an interstate to Dallas and then take I-45 south to Houston. Or head south from where you are now and take I-10 west.

    I'll keep the light on for you!



  12. LindaI said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Great pictures!

    Lol at the pea art!

  13. jess4him said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 2:06 pm

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    aw.. how artistic a family i stem from. Ry makes me proud…

    your lake looks BEAUTIFUL! holy cow!

    peanut butter and hot cocoa? i'm hungy

  14. Ruth said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

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    I like the bread machine~it does look like R2D2~too funny.

    That is quite a catch~will you be having a fish fry?

    Your lake looks beautiful~it makes a lovely picture~I just want to hang it on my wall.

    I love everything about fall. It's been getting warm here the last couple days~I'm looking forward to cooler weather.

    A road trip sounds wonderful~where would we go? I love to take trips, but I do love to come home.


  15. CTdittmar said,

    on September 21st, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Funny girl…amazing fish, and Gorgeous pond!!

    Hilarious homing pidgeon remark. Isn't it annoying when are kids get too witty for their own good?

    And speaking of driving…come try it aloha-style here on Oahu… what sort of driver are you? Come read my post on "driving with aloha…" Christa

  16. wardssward said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 12:32 am

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    Wow! Wish we were closer! Our boys would love to be right down there with yours… eating PB&J sandwiches, drinking hot cocoa, & enjoying the outdoorsy things! How fun and what great memories for them!


  17. CrossView said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 7:17 am

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    I loved R2D2! Seeing that would make me smile.

    Now I didn't like C3PO so I'm glad it doesn't look like him! =P

  18. GiffordBabyJournal said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 9:02 am


    I agree with Ryann! That is far to large a portion of peas! Poor girl!

  19. bestsister said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    You missed a great pun or two!

    I can't believe that with that R2D2 in your kitchen you were not inspired to tell Ryann to "Use the *Forks* and may *Peas* be with you"….

    Maybe you need to road trip to our village so Kris' boys can teach you a thing or two about a thing or two 🙂

  20. byourlove1 said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 5:28 pm


    What a fish! Thats great, I bet he was so proud!


  21. Aligirl said,

    on September 22nd, 2007 at 10:50 pm

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    Nice pea art!

    That fish is huge! It looks like it would have really put up a fight.

    And bread makers…aren't they wonderful?? I love mine!


  22. deedeeuk said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 8:59 am

    I love R2D2!

    You were right it does look like him! Pop on over and collect an award for you over at my blog!

  23. Testimony said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 4:30 pm


    Just saying "hello" to my friends. My dad passed away this month. We have had family from England over so…

    I have been so busy. How are you? Love your pictures.


  24. Amanda625 said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 4:33 pm

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    I always love reading your blog, Jen! But as a Star Wars geek, I have to point out that it is Princess LEIA, not Princess Leah. Regardless of how you spell it, she would be the one to coach you on cinnamon buns, considering the hairdo she sported….

  25. ShayC said,

    on September 23rd, 2007 at 9:54 pm

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    Yes..I know…I'm not supposed to be "blogging" at this state in my life…but, I could NEVER stop checking up on you and your family!!!!!!!

    So…you're ready for a road trip??????? Come on down sista!!!!!! Bring the whole family!!!!!!!

    Love and Miss You!


  26. Momwtrmn said,

    on September 24th, 2007 at 1:53 am

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    Quixotic? Is that a word? Or is that another Igarism? (LOVE the Igarisms!)

    Homing pigeons make much better mothers than gypsies… just sayin'.

    R2-bread maker. Now all you need is the C3PO Crock Pot, the Millenium Falcon Food Processor, and the Death Star Salad Bowl.

    Love your entries! They always make me smile!

    Many blessings!


  27. UndertheSky said,

    on September 24th, 2007 at 3:24 pm


    "Roam if you want to! Roam around the world…"

    Now tell me who sang that, 80's girl. :+) ROAM your way to CA and I will be a happy gal.

    I miss you terribly and you NEVER CALLED ME BACK.

    Love you,


  28. Lyric said,

    on September 24th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

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    Is a pigeon really more unsanitary than a gypsy? I'm just sayin'…

    I wish Princess Leia would come give ME some baking tips, and I also wish I had an R2D2 bread machine. *envy*

  29. UndertheSky said,

    on September 26th, 2007 at 1:12 am


    "Help me, Jen Ig, you're my only hope…"



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