Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ding Dong - your online shopping spree is here!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE me some online shopping.  As soon as fall hits my clicker finger starts twitching getting ready for an onslaught of holiday sales via the internets.  Can I get an Amen???  So, here is what's got me excited this year.
Happy window shopping my friends!

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Fall is coming, I can smell it through the 93 degree heat

    I love fall, I love it like flies love bowls of food left unattended. I want to cover my front porch in pumpkins and sit out there with a cup of hot cider eating cinnamon donuts watching the leaves fall.  But...I live in Georgia, and sometimes it takes to darn long to get here.  September is on the horizon, which is what has my fall gears going but I have to remind myself that September is just another summer month down here.  While all my northern family and friends will are frolicking in the September fall-ness I'll be sweating in my front yard sipping cider in denial.  In the meantime, ignore my denial and check out some fall inspiration.

    Decor -

    Favorite Fall Food from the Food Network -

    I need apple pie now.

    Peace out.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    In the Works!

    Updating my Mighty List the other day inspired me to get another item on the list rolling, the "make my own set of dishes" one. However, I'm so far out of practice that I need to start over and find a beginner's class somewhere.  So, I did, and I shall.  My Wednesday nights will be spent at a wheel working on my pottery skilzzz from now until Thanksgiving.  Who knows,  I may be giving everyone distorted cereal bowls and two handled coffee mugs come Christmas.  You're welcome in advance.

    Mighty List (Updated)

    1. Go to Napa with Matt
    2. Take the girls to Disney
    3. Take the girls to see castles in England/Scotland
    4. Crochet a blanket
    5. Rent an RV and drive cross-country and visit National landmarks
    6. Rent a lake house in the fall for an impromptu weekend vacation
    7. Brew my own beer
    8. Take a pottery class and make my own set of dishes - Distorted mugs forthcoming!
    9. Go back to London/Edinburgh with Nicole & Alyssa
    10.  Retire in a lodge home on a lake, with a huge fireplace
    11. Plan St. Hellno's 2011!  - Checked off another one!
    Now let us ooh and ah at some purty pottery....

    Peace out.

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Mighty List Updated

    I realized that my recent trip to Disney counted towards my life list, so I had to cross it off and update!

    Mighty List (Updated)

    1. Go to Napa with Matt
    2. Take the girls to Disney
    3. Take the girls to see castles in England/Scotland
    4. Crochet a blanket
    5. Rent an RV and drive cross-country and visit National landmarks
    6. Rent a lake house in the fall for an impromptu weekend vacation
    7. Brew my own beer
    8. Take a pottery class and make my own set of dishes
    9. Go back to London/Edinburgh with Nicole & Alyssa
    10.  Retire in a lodge home on a lake, with a huge fireplace
    11. Plan St. Hellno's 2011!

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011


    Sorry for the delay...I've been having fun.  My parents came down to visit with my good friend and we've been eating, talking, eating, and eating.  I like to eat, have I mentioned that? My friend and I also went to see Crazy, Stupid, Love with Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and (pause for effect) Ryan Gosling. Yummers on the Gosling.  Here are my notes on all of it.

    I love my parents and cry every time they leave, and I get homesick all over again.  But it's totally worth it because I get to shop with my mom and my dad is always good for a smile. (see photo >>>)

    Papa is very helpful...he even helps with laundry.
    Smoked Pork Butt on the Big Green Egg is always good. We ate it, we ate it until we hurt

    We went to see a comedian in a comedy club the size of my living room.  He was pretty funny and it was great to have a night out with everyone.  We ate at the Highland Tap, a pub in Virginia Highlands prior to the show and my dad got Lobster Mac & Cheese - YUM!

    I lost my dad at Home Depot...then found him.

    Where's Waldo?
    My parents went home Saturday and my friend flew back last night.  So sadly, we return to normal.

    Peace out!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Don't freak out....

    No one panic, it is NOT the end of the world or anything....I just need to get down my blood sugar and cholesterol soooooo I got up at 5 AM to run on the treadmill.  And this is the THIRD.DAY.IN.A.ROW!!!  I am not a workout kind of girl.  I have never been coordinated.  In fact, my parents lovingly video taped me running in a track meet in Jr. High and I can still see that image of a duck like human fumbling around the track in my head.  The sting of that visual still keeps me from running in public, but I had no excuse not to use the perfectly good treadmill in my basement.

    Who knows, this could change everything. Maybe I'll learn to sew later, since crazy stuff is happening around here anyway...

    peace out

    And for your viewing pleasure, Phoebe running on Friends.  I can relate.

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Mowing the Lawn ranks right up there with going to the dentist...

    Dear Lawn,

    I love sitting in the yard, playing with the kids in the lush green grass....but here's the problem.  You are a pain in the butt.  Either you are dried up and crusty and making me fork out cash to water you, or you are a full blown jungle.  Take this morning for example, I tried to mow in the morning before it got to be one-hundred gazillion degrees outside but the moisture caused the push mower to clog and turn off every five feet.  20 minutes into this annoyingness I decided to speak to the green mowing machine using some sign language.  Don't worry, I was in the backyard - no one saw me emphatically flipping off an inanimate object.  I digress, lawn, I'm considering replacing you with astro-turf.  Yes, it will be strange to have a vibrant green lawn in the middle of January, but I don't care anymore.  My sanity, sweat glands, and back will thank me.  And lawnmower, you better bring me a cold glass of iced tea later or I swear I will throw you in the back of the minivan and drop you off at the dump!



    Peace out and Happy Mowing...

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    BLT Night! Can I get an Amen!

    I don't know if it's because I had a crazy ridiculous spring or if the heat down here has just shrivled up my little brain...but shoot! I have not yet made BLT's and it's July 13th.  For the love of all that is HOLY!! BLT's are a summertime necessity and I have brought shame upon my household by not frying up some bacon and stacking it atop some mayo slathered white toast with some fresh cold L & T! So tonight...I shall. 

    Now, I love me some google, and some bloggy blogs, so I can't go forth with any meal unless I search the internets for inspiration first.  Here's what we got:

    Peace out and happy bacon!

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Coffee and Donuts

    Do you think there is anything more satisfying than coffee and donuts in the morning? Me thinks not. This got me to thinking, does every culture have some combination of hot drink and sweet yumminess they serve in the mornings? Check this out...I think we should try some of these to mix it up a bit in the mornings.

    U.S. of A.
    Coffee & Donuts..or if you want to be all healthy you could have oatmeal with tea, frosted flakes & juice, bagel...oh my - I think I need to eat breakfast all day today.

    In Ghana they like to have a very sweet and dense bread called sugar bread and tea

    In Morocco they like to have Moroccan bread, local pastries, baguettes, and croissants with olive oil alongside green tea with mint, coffee or cafe au lait, or warm milk

    For the Hausa of northern Nigeria, a typical breakfast consists of kosai (cakes made from ground beans which are then fried) or funkaso (wheat flour soaked for a day then fried and served with sugar). Both of these cakes can be served with porridge and sugar known as koko. They often have English Tea or malta alongside it.

    A typical breakfast would be omelette or boiled eggs, cake or biscuits, buttered toast, rice with koft'a (meat) or sabzi (vegetable). Drinks include black tea, or qaimaaq chai (green tea with milk and rose essence or cardamom seeds).

    Breakfast in the country is called Nashta. The most common would typically consist of roti/chapati, aloo/shabji bhaji or aloo dam (dishes made primarily of potatoes and vegetables), chicken curry, daal (lentil curry), spicy egg omelet, and cha (tea). Sweet dishes like halwa, firni (similar to rice pudding), jarda (colourful, sweet rice-based dish), shemai (sweet vermicilli) and doi (thick yogurt) are popular during breakfast. Seasonal fruits, fresh or juiced, serve as a refreshing complement to a predominantly spicy breakfast.

    In Cambodia, rice congee (babaw) is widely eaten for breakfast. Plain congee is typically eaten with salted eggs, pickled vegetables, or dried fish. Caw (a pork or fish soup dish made with caramelized sugar) is also eaten with congee or rice for breakfast.

    Tea and milk are part of the daily breakfast routine, along with satu (powder of corn) or chiura (beaten rice) or some local cookies.

    Sri Lanka
    A typical everyday breakfast can simply consist of "brother bread" with dhal curry, sambol, butter and cheese or jam, plantain banana and tea.

    I'll have to look up more later, thanks wikipedia!

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    Dear World, I will crawl out of my cave soon

    Sooooooo....I've been so busy at work that I've neglected everything that isn't needed to sustain life.  I've typed so much I've got wicked carpal tunnel, my hand is swollen and I can't even pick up a coffee cup because it hurt so bad.  This week, we had breakfast for dinner twice, ordered pizza, and had leftover pizza and on Friday night I was so drained and done...we had date night.  And what a date night it was!  We invited the neighbors and hooked our kids up with a babysitter and some KFC and went out for steaks & drinks.  The neighbor's brother is Joshua John Russell of the Food Network who makes fancy yummy killer cakes and so we came home and devoured that with the kids.  Shortly thereafter the kids passed out from their night of partying and I too fell asleep, or rather passed out because I perhaps had a bit to drink.

    I promise to crawl out of my cave soon...until then I may just communicate with the outside world via blog and text messages...and maybe morse code.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Look! I'm a farmer now!

    I grew some onions in my pantry, it's a new farming method I'm working on.  I call it "Suburban Agriculture".

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Na Na Na Na Boooo Booooo

    Guess what northern family? It's hot & sunny down here!!! Just wanted to brag, and type something on my bloggy blog. 

    Tonight for dinner ~ Lasagna - made gluten free using brown rice noodles, and egg-free of course.  After dinner, swingset and $2 Buck Chuck :)

    Monday, April 4, 2011

    Bloggle the Tweeter

    To all my thousands of followers - my sister is about to bloggle the tweeter.  Follow her - Mapleview Farm Dexters

    **and by thousands of followers I mean you mom.  Love you.

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    My Kidisms

    Before I forget....Things my kids say, or have said wrong:
    • Pinkle Tar = Twinkle Star
    • Or the whole song..."Pinkle, Pinkle, Wittle Tar, How I wonder what you are. Upabubba World so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Pinkle, Pinkle Wittle Tar. Upabubba world so high."
    • Disgusking = Disgusting
    Or things said recently that I thought were cute:
    • (On the airplane) Fifi: "Whose footprints are those in the clouds mommy?"
      Me: "Probably God's"
      Fifi: "Yeah, those are God's"