Thursday, July 31, 2008
Visit the Wildlife Watch website, download a "watch" list for your state, take a walk around your neighborhood or favorite outdoor spot, and see how many animals and plants you can find. Come back to share your sightings online. You can even add your special experiences to the Wildlife Watch message board and share your wildlife photos.
This is fun and easy and a great way to enjoy nature!
I'll have to be sure to share some of the pics that we took on our evening walks.
Check out my little creation using smilebox. I know that you have already seen these pictures, but I wanted to experiment.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Dinner was great. It was a rare opportunity for me to enjoy some soft shell crabs - a favorite from when I was a kid as my grandmother (and my cousin Robert) can attest to. Yum! My wonderful aunt loved my corn pudding which I cook to make it more like a moist corn bread. I know the finished product, from the previous post, looks like "a rat got into it" but it is actually quite good.
Our compliments to the grill master for her excellent "easy peasy" take on soft shell crabs.
Corn bread, edamames, salad, and crabs.
We played Wii Sports to work off our dinner. Lulu slept through most of it because she had a headache. I guess she's been partying like a rock star at her dad's house. :-)
Bro in his hat that he got from aunt Meeka.
Look at this wonderful strawberry shortcake.
Editor's note to all of Lulu's adoring fans: Poor Lulu has been partying like a rock star and was recuperating during this event. Her manager has released a statement saying that 'she is feeling fine now and will be featured again in future posts. She sends her loves and hopes to see you all soon!'
Monday, July 28, 2008
Ahhhh... had a great, fun, and busy weekend. We went to 2 birthday parties. The Saturday party was for the son of a friend of my hubby. Bro was one of (seemingly) 2 dozen babies there between the ages fo 6 - 18 months. A lady at the party made the cutest cupcake/cake that I will have to share with you in later post. Then, on Sunday we went to a pool party for a neighbor of ours. It rained when we first got there, but then we had lunch and opened presents the skies cleared and we were able to go in the pool!
On a side note, the pool in the above pic was NOT the pool that we swam in over the weekend, but it is the only pool that I could find in the clip art that would work with my collage.
Tonight, one of my most favorite people is coming to my house for dinner!!!!! She calls me Minderella. Get it? Like Cinderella! Love her!
Friday, July 25, 2008
He is sitting up on his own now. Check out his new skills.
Problem Solving 101: How do I get that ball? Hmmmmmmm...
Watch me eat my penguins.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Each of us selects a card and reads our card. Each of us gets to answer every question. Thus, we are discussing 3 topics each night.
Last night's question was: Who is your hero and what qualities do you like about them?
Here is how we answered.
Daddy-D: Dale Earnhardt Jr because he started from nothing and ended up being someone.
Mommy: Katie Couric (well, I was trying to think of a career mom who has it all together. She is the only career mom, who came to mind, that we all know.)
Lulu: My family because without them I wouldn't know everything that I know.
Dana: Albert Einstein because he was so smart and for his inventions.
Mommy: Benjamin Franklin for his inventions. (Note: I was already trying to think of an inventor BEFORE DH came up with his person.)
Lulu: I know who nobody has mentioned yet - Jesus - because he died on the cross for us!
Who is your hero and what do you like about that person? Leave a comment and let me know! If you share this table topic with your family tonight then let us know what THEY said too!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest 2006
Robin Janine Peterson of Peoria, Arizona
Are you a Food Network addict, as I am? They had the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest show on the other night. I went to their website to get a recipe that I saw on the show, but printed out this one from 2006 instead.
I am intimidated by making meringue and my one and only attempt, ever, to make it failed. I have not tried again.
Note: Please soften your cream cheese ahead of time like the directions say to. I did not and ended up with a lumpy (albeit tasty) topping.
Mock Lemon Meringue Bars
1 roll (16.5 oz.) Create N Bake refrigerated sugar cookies
1 cup lemon curd
3 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
1 container (6 oz.) Yoplait Original 99% fat free french vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen whipped topping thawed
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 inch pan with cookie spray. In pan, break up cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set. Cool 30 minutes.
3. Spread lemon curd over cooled crust. In large bowl, beat cream cheese (softened), marshmallow creme, and yogurt with wooden spoon until well blended. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over lemon curd, swirling to resemble meringue topping. Refrigerate at least one hour or until serving time.
4. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store in refrigerator.
Press cookie dough into pan.
Out of the oven and golden brown.
See my lumpy topping? Soften the cream cheese for a smooth topping!
By now, you have seen the commercial. Foam that is colorful and sticky (but NOT sticky) and fun to play with. The idea is that the miniscule foam pieces stay together and can be formed into different shapes - great for kids. But, they are sticky enough to stay together while NOT sticking to your child or the table etc. Right? Are you as skeptical as I am? CHeck out Lulu's face. She is giving Daddy-D a hard time. He is skeptical too!
Look! It's Whoville - from Horton Hears a Who!
See that speck of 'dust'?
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea????
Claims and Findings:
Foam pieces stick together, thus they will not fall on the ground and get eaten be a baby brother (or the dog). TRUE.
Will not dry out. TRUE (been sitting out for 3 days now).
Will stick together but not to anything else. TRUE (oddly enough).
Will cause an arguement between parents and child as parents vie for the best colors because they want to play with the child's new toy. True (sad to say).
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 can creamed corn
1 can of your favorite corn, drained
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup melted butter
Dump the ingredients into a shallow baking dish. I use a pie pan and then put the extras into another baking dish. Cook until it is slightly brown/golden on top and not wiggly in the middle.
Tip: When to eat this?
- Chili Cook-off - DH made this and took it to work for a chili cook-off. He heated the casserole up in the microwave, just prior to serving them, and cut them up into little brownie sizes and served them on a plate as a side. People put them in their bowls and dumped chili on top of the corn bites. They were the hit of the party! Picture corn bread but sweeter and not as dry. De-lic!
- Cinco De Mayo - going to a Cinco de Mayo party and need to bring a side dish? This will be perfect? Maybe add some small diced poblano peppers for a kick - yum!
- Anytime that you would eat corn with dinner. I serve this once a week. It goes well with any dish that goes well with corn.
- Thanksgiving - We frequently volunteer to bring rolls as our contribution to the family Thanksgiving. Bring this instead - kinda bready, kinda NOT, plus corn goes with Thanksgiving like cake goes with birthdays!
Here is what he packed today:
Oh, and he made me a cheese omelet for breakfast! Yum! Thank you sweetie!
Dinner tonight? Baked spaghetti! The recipe says to add cream of mushroom soup. Don't know if I'm that bold.
What did I do to deserve this?
Yes, this definitely calls for a new poll - see side bar! Or, leave a comment.
From accordians to walking safety and everything inbetween... this is the spot for you if you read children's books.
Here are the accordian books... who knew?
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Hector, the accordion-nosed dog by Stadler.
Music, Music for Everyone by Vera B. Williams
Something Special for Me by Vera B. Williams
They site 5 books with a female dragon slayer. Great!
Check it out!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
In the evenings, DH, Lulu, Bro, Dale, and I all go for a walk. Here are some pics from our most recent venture. Thanks Uncle K for the backpack!!!!! Note: Usually Lulu is with us, but she is away at summer camp this week. I'll update with some pics of Lulu when she gets back.
Great Blue Heron
Geese lining up to take off.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Directions for cake: Make cake using directions on box of cake mix.
"Escape provides an astonishing look behind the tightly drawn curtains of the FLDS Church, one of the most secretive religious groups in the United States. The story Carolyn Jessop tells is so weird and shocking that one hesitates to believe a sect like this, with 10,000 polygamous followers, could really exist in 21st-century America. But Jessop’s courageous, heart-wrenching account is absolutely factual. This riveting book reminds us that truth can indeed be much, much stranger than fiction."—Jon Krakauer, Author of Under the Banner of Heaven, Into Thin Air, and Into the Wild
In truth, I sometimes wonder if I could use an extra wife to help around the house. tee hee hee! It was a very interesting book and a unique glimpse into this particular sect. What a powerful woman! I can't imagine! I liked that Carolyn was honest in her accounts of what happened, but not gruesome or too graphic. Her story is astounding! If you read it then please tell me what you think.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Last night, DH decides that he is going to eat the aforementioned "cinnamon" cole slaw. He tells me that he added cinnamon apple sauce to the slaw and that it is rather tasty. I asked him if he read my blog. Note: because if he had read my blog then he would see links to other cinnamon apple sauce recipes. He said that he did NOT read my blog but that he thought that the apple sauce would sweeten the cole slaw! WHAT? So, I confessed that I actually found recipes online for cinnamon apple coleslaw. DH just grinned! Who would have thought of that? So, you might try it... or maybe, like me, you'll just stick to the regular cole slaw!
P.S. Bro has been waking up through the night the past few days. Why is that? Growth spurt? Teething? Mommy is sleepy!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Once you have all of that cooked up then you take a tortilla shell and fill it with the amount of chicken and peppers/onions that you want. Top the mixture with your fav cheese (we used shredded cheddar and mozz) and then fold the tortilla over to make a little pocket with the stuff inside. Cook this in a large frying pan (no need to use butter or oil) 'til it browns on both sides. Wa-la! Delicious! Fantastico! Top with sour cream and toppings as needed.
Picture Courtesy of Food Network