Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Importance of Date Night

Everywhere we turn we hear about the importance of date night. Pastors and relationship gurus spout this knowledge all the time. I appreciate the sentiment however, what do you do if it is not something you can do on a regular basis due to cash flow? Sure, have the date at home and watch a movie, pop some popcorn..blah, blah, blah. Take a walk or go on a picnic in your neighborhood (in 93 degree heat and 100 percent humidity) or just go have coffee (we don't drink coffee) and talk. All are valid ideas and fun but we still have to find a babysitter.

We have friends that we trade with every once in awhile but everyone is busy. Everyone has demands that take up time. I mean, we hardly have time to spend with each other much less our friends and then to just hand off our kiddos is not easy.
Yes I can hire a babysitter. What is the going rate these days anyway? We try to pay $6 or $7 dollars an hour but I know many people pay at least $10. So, to go on a (nice) date with my husband for one evening here are a few scenarios:
Dinner: $30, Movies: $20 (no popcorn or snacks), babysitter: at the high rate $50.
Dinner: $45 (Amerigo), Concert at the arena: $60-$120, Babysitter: $50-$70 (or in our case the last time a t-shirt, $35) and another $20
Dinner: Cheap $20 (think Chickfila), Dance Lesson at the Wildhorse (I think those are free right?), Babysitter $50.
So a date for us with a babysitter (that we probably don't know all that well) is around $70-$150. It is no wonder we don't go out all that often.

Hmm, now that I think about it our families should move out here so we can let the kids hang out with the grandparents. :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's on your bookshelf?

My husband and I are pretty avid readers and I feel like we are passing that on to our kiddos. Munchkin is reading like crazy this summer (Harry Potter 1 and 2, The Indian in the Cupboard, Beezus and Ramona, Ramonas World, Bernstein Bears Chapter books, Puppy Place series, Cam Jansen and many more) and we are reading a lot to Little Man (his favorite at the moment is a book about stock cars).

At the moment I am reading a completely cheesy chick lit novel. I just finished Rooms and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Rise of the Dreadfuls. I have The Help, Same Kind of Different As Me, and Such a Pretty Fat on my hold list at the library. I am looking forward to getting each of those soon...if #76 of 138 holds is soon.

A few more from the summer list:
A completely inappropriate vampire series
Crazy Love
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
City of Bones, City of Glass, City of Ashes
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Keeping Faith
Christian Atheist
All have been good some better than others.
So my question for you is what is on your nightstand/kindle/nook.....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{TWD} Chewy, Chunky Blondies


It is Tuesday once again and people around the world are baking from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours. This week we baked Chewy, Chunky Blondies chosen by Nicole of Cookies on Friday. Make sure to check out her blog for the recipe and her lovely photos. Thanks Nicole for choosing this scrumptious recipe. :) Check out the Leave your Link post to see how the other bakers fared with this recipe.

I am glad I read the P's and Q's this week. Many people had issues with this not baking completely in the middle. I upped the oven temp to 350 from 325 and baked them for 30 minutes instead of 40. They were not quite done so I let them bake the rest of the time and a couple more minutes for good measure. They came out non-jiggly and quite tasty. I left out coconut and put in bittersweet chips, toffee pieces and walnuts (anyone who knows me should know that I despise nuts in my brownies, I mean why ruin something delicious with nuts? blech!). I chose to add the walnuts and leave out the coconut for my hubby and daughter. He would have liked the coconut but she would not have. I took 16 brownies with me to my class of 9 and came home with 1.
My students liked them a lot and they turned out to be good comfort food for the storm going on outside the window.
This is on the short list of recipes I will definitely make again. :)
Go make these now!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Crazy Tennessee Weather

I shot this tonight out of my 5th floor classroom window. We were a little worried about the tornado warning but figured since we could see the storm coming we would hit the stairwell when the time came. The storm stayed to the north of us so I had my students continue with their presentations as planned.

Menu Plan Monday

I follow a couple of blogs that do Menu Plan Monday. Suzanne and Jessie, I am looking at you. I haven't really attempted it before and I don't have links for my recipes but I thought this would be a good time to start....mostly because payday is Friday and I may have to get creative with what we have in the house.
So here goes...

Monday.. Fish sticks and Tater Tots (and maybe frozen veggies) I have a week 5 class tonight with a pot luck so that is for my hubby and our kiddos. I'm not heartless, I am just using what we have..

Tuesday: Chicken Tacos. We have tortillas, a block of cheese, a can of black beans, chicken and lettuce and a jar of salsa. We do not have tortilla chips but we do have 2 other bags of chips.

Wednesday: Grilled Tri-Tip, baby carrots and homemade rolls

Thursday: Cheddarwurst and Hot links with salad

Friday is payday so...Pizza! :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010 - Family

Today is our family reunion. It is going to be a full day of swimming and bouncies and hanging out with family. The kids are insistent that they will be in the pool all day. I am still crispy so I don't know if that will happen or not...we'll see. :)

Do you go to family reunions? How often do you have them?

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010 - Fun Friday

Things to do in Nashville this weekend:
FREE Classic Movie Night
All ages can enjoy a classic film shown outside. Lawnchair Theatre, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper’s Fork; 8 p.m.; 870-8870 or www.jailhouseindustrys.com.



Dive-In Movie
Families can watch a screening of Monsters vs. Aliens outside on the beach. Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Road, Hermitage; 8:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($21.99 - $26.99); 889-7050 or www.nashvilleshores.com.


Full Moon Pickin’ Party
Bluegrass pickers jam under the light of the moon while headliners take the stage. Warner Parks Equestrian Barn, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $15 in advance/$20 at the gate, $10 ages 7 - 15, free ages 6 and younger, $5 pickers with a bluegrass instrument; 370-8053 or www.friendsofwarnerparks.com.


FREE Fun Fridays: Final Fling
All ages can enjoy inflatables and water games. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 10 a.m.; 851-2218 or www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/parks.


Outlaws Baseball
Cheer for the Nashville Outlaws when they play the West Virginia Miners. Hawkins Field, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $8 advance, $9 game day; 866-1040 or www.nashvilleoutlaws.com.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010 - Happy birthday Megs!

Yesterday was my sisters birthday. She is a super fun girl who love coffee and Disney. :) I hope it was a happy one Megan!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 2010~ iPad and sunburn

It has been a really low key day in the house. Yesterday we went swimming at a friends house and had a fantastic time. I managed to sunscreen the kids and my face but forgot the rest of myself. We stayed in the pool during a torrential downpour, had lunch and swam some more. Today I am quite crispy. I am fairly certain I have not had a sunburn like this in years. To the store I go to get SPF 70.

Today has consisted of grading papers while the kids sang high school musical karaoke on the wii. Now we are watching minute to win it and will have a movie night in a little bit. While we watch tv I am posting from the iPad. I am just trying it out since it is hubsters for work. Fun stuff! Now on to mr. Fantastic fox movie night.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010 - Lots of Ways Banana Cake

First of all thank you to Kimberly from Only Creative Opportunities for choosing this weeks Tuesdays With Dorie Recipe. You can find the recipe on her site or you can buy the book: Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.
When Dorie has a recipe that says "Lots of Ways" she means it. You could add all kinds of different items, you could leave out ingredients from the main recipe and you could substitute ingredients.

I cut the recipe in half, left out rum and coconut and added mini chocolate chips. I used sour cream instead of coconut milk then melted a Hershey bar to drizzle on top. It's tasty. :) My monkey plate didn't make a great prop for my pictures but the bananas from my kids little kitchen worked nicely!

This is a recipe I know my husband will love as he is a bread eating machine. My kiddos were my testers and of course wanted more. Make sure to check out Kimberly's blog or you can check out the Leave your Link post to see how other bakers changed up this recipe this week.
Next week: Chewy Chunky Blondies

Monday, July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010 - A rather boring post

My list of things to do today:
Laundry
Grocery store
Laundry
Update agenda for class
Laundry
Episode of Dawsons Creek
Laundry
Break up fight between kids because one promised to go to the cellar and then broke said promise
Play with kiddos
Laundry
Make dinner
Teach week 4 of my class
Sleep

Sounds like fun yes?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 18, 2010 - Quelf

Have you played Quelf before? I am fairly certain this is a game invented by people who were drinking. We played while we were on vacation with my family and had some fun (we were not drinking). I had to call my mom (in love of course) the enemy of fun because she thought it was so stupid. It is a very very random game.
Munchkin loved Quelf so much that she bought it with her birthday money. We played a quick round today so I thought I would share a few examples of things we had to do. I had to sit on my hands unless it was my turn, Little Man was not allowed to bend his arms or legs unless it was his turn and my hubby had to say "I have you now" every time he made eye contact with anyone. Munchkin had to try to get someone to say farm equipment without saying a word and we each had to say the name of a hollywood hunk. Somehow the guys from Wipeout ended up on that list with Sharkboy and a Jonas brother. Little Man caught me not sitting on my hands so I really should have taken the penalty and moved my player back a space...but I cheat so I didn't. Just kidding I don't cheat but I did win. :) So, for those board game players out there this is a fun one to add to the collection. I will say there are a few questions not really appropriate for small kids like places you have been naked. We covered that one by saying any state where we had taken a shower or bath. Have fun and "Quelf in the land of the farm!"

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 17, 2010 - Fried

So, I know I am doing Nablopomo this month and I am trying to get posts up every day however, that may not be possible the next couple of days.
I went and played Bunco last night and won big. I got the most big buncos and the most wins so after putting the $5 back in my sons wallet that I "borrowed" I walked away with $55! :) As soon as I stuck the money in my pocket I got a text from my hubby letting me know that there was a lightening strike very close to our house. It fried our cable modem and the computer power supply. It also fried my phone charger, so my phone with the dead battery remains dead tonight.

To make things even better our jacuzzi tub motor was running when I went upstairs and the switch was off. My hubster managed to get it to stop by wiggling the switch to a mid position while throwing off a blue spark. So, I guess I need to call an electrician.

Anyway, forgive me if I am not around the next few days. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010 - Favorite TV Shows

I don't have much time to watch TV these days and when I do I am not terribly interested in what is on. Over the last few years...or 10....these are some of my favorite tv shows:

I just bought seasons 1 and 2. I forgot how very frank the dialogue is but I still like it.

Who doesn't love Grey's Anatomy. I will miss Izzy Stevens on the show though.

I have all of the seasons of Roswell  and watch them from time to time. Part of the reason I love it so much is because it was filmed in Covina, not far from where Bobby and I met. In a couple of the episodes you can see La Tazza where we went on our first date.

The Middle is hilarious! This was from the first episode I saw. I don't get to watch it often but when I do it never fails to make me laugh.


And, you can't go wrong with Wipeout...
What are some of your favorite TV shows?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010 - "It's Not Fair!"

This week my kiddos have been at VBS (Vacation Bible School) at a local church. Each day they have been excited to go and sing songs that they have learned and with a little coaxing tell me some of the things they have learned. The first day a friend of mine said Munchkin even got on stage and said the verse all by herself in front of 167 kids and all of the teachers. This all sounds great except her attitude when I pick her up is terrible! Today she was telling me that it wasn't fair that some kids got saddle bags. "They didn't have to do anything for them! They just got their names pulled out of a bucket!"
I tried to explain to her that that is how door prizes work. You don't have to do anything for them you just get your name or ticket pulled out of a bucket. The anticipation of seeing if you will win something is part of the fun.

I know I have said before she is a perfectionist and wants everything to be fair. She feels very slighted if she has worked hard and doesn't get recognition. She was really upset that she had memorized the verse and did not get a saddle bag and other kids did just by getting their names drawn. I am hoping this is not where entitlement begins....or does it start when everyone gets recognized even if they don't do as well on something (that may open a whole can of worms). I like that my Little Man got a special recognition award last year, especially because he had such a difficult year academically. He didn't get left out. But, does that mean eventually he will expect not to get left out even if he doesn't do well in school? (With the ACC school will be difficult for him but that does not mean we won't expect his best effort).

Anyway, this is a post where I have no idea what to do. How do you other moms and dads out there nip the "It's not fair!" monster in the bud? I want her to relax and understand that life is not always fair and just because you do your best does not mean you will be rewarded. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14, 2010 - Almost Wordless Wednesday

Taken on the Oregon Coast. I love that we have been married for 12 and a half years as of yesterday. :)
Taken at APU about 13 years ago.

Monday, July 12, 2010

{TWD} Brr-ownies and my 1000 post


I just realized this is my 1000th post. I should do something special...hmmm suggestions?  How fun for me that my 1000th post falls on my week to pick the Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Munchkin turned 8 on Saturday so when I realized my week fell on her birthday week I let her help pick the recipe.

Brr-ownies were on my short list and she really wanted brownies as well. I ask you, what could be better than the cool taste of peppermint in the middle of summer? Nothing! :) These were simple to make: one bowl, one cutting board, a knife, a spatula and a whisk. I didn't have to pull out the big equipment which is good since I destroyed my food processor. If you get a chance to make these please do (except for you Ang, I don't think you will like them). They are delicious.

Dorie created these for her son Joshua who keeps a stash of York Peppermint Patties in the Freezer.

Brrr-ownies (found on page 103 of Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan).
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 5 pieces
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup (6 ozs) York Peppermint Pattie Bites (or equal weight of patties) chopped into bits

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Butter the foil and place the pan on a baking sheet.

Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Put the butter in the bowl, top with chopped chocolates and stir occasionally until the ingredients are just melted - you don't want then to get so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan of water.

With a whisk, stir in the sugar. Don't be concerned when your smooth mixture turns grainy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and whisk vigorously to bring the batter together and give it a shine before gently stirring in the salt and flour; stir only until incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the peppermint pieces. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with the rubber spatula.








Bake the brownies for 30 to 33 minutes, or until the top is dull and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean. (The tip of the knife may be a touch streaky) Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.
When they are completely cool, turn out onto a rack, peel away the foil and invert onto a cutting board. Cut into 16 2 inch squares.






Did I mention I won a homemade pie baking contest with Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie?

July 12, 2010 - Teaching

I have been teaching for the last year at University of Phoenix. I really like it and I love the students that I have had in my classes. It gives me a good feeling to help those that may not have a chance elsewhere. The favorite moment is when I can see the light bulb come on.
I had a surprise evaluation done tonight. It went pretty well. Hopefully I will continue to improve and not become complacent.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

July 11, 2010 - Sunday Short Post

I am not sure what I want to post about today. I am tired and think I want to go to bed early. My husband's band Salient goes on at 8:30 at Exit/In downtown Nashville.

Munchkin's slumber party was fun. We had a short obstacle course that included hopping across the living room to some hula hoops, hula hooping, running to the kitchen to jump up and down 5 times, running to the stairs and running up to the landing 3 times and then running back across the living room to draw a portrait of the birthday girl. 
While I made spaghetti and garlic bread the kids played the Wii WipeOut game. We had cake, opened presents and then watched Shrek 1 and 2. Then the kiddos zonked out. I made crepes for breakfast and we played the Wii until the parents came to get everyone. The kids got to pick out costumes at the beginning of the evening and made up names for themselves. We had Dr. Dog the vet, Princess Hula Mama, The Banana, The Flash, Superhero Batman, Darth Vader and Pinkie all competing for silly bands. Fun stuff.

Now off to get my kiddos bathed and ready to start VBS tomorrow. :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010 - Happy Birthday Munchkin

Eight years ago right now I was rather grumpily eating a chicken pita from Jack in the Box. Not that I was ungrateful to those that got it for me. You see, at 9:26 PM I had just given birth and was famished after 3 days of not eating. You would think downtown would have better restaurants open than Jack in the Box.

All that to say happy birthday to my sweet little Munchkin. You are 8 today. You are headstrong and opinionated. You often don't think it is fair how much you have to help your brother but then you can be so very sweet to him. You are a voracious reader. In the last month alone you have read: Beezus and Ramona, the first Harry Potter book, about 10 Puppy place books, a couple of Cam Jansen books several others that I can see in my head but can't think of the titles at the moment, and you are in the midst of the Wizard of Oz.

At 8 you are ready for third grade but you are enjoying your summer break too. You love to ride your bike and always make sure you have your helmet, knee and elbow pads. You are my rule follower, my just coming into your real emotions sweet girl. You wanted to badly to see your friend get bap-it-ized and want to do it as well but aren't sure yet. 

You are still my cuddle up in my lap when you don't feel good, "Mommy, will you rub my back before bed", sweet sweet girl. I hope those don't ever change. You are sweet with your friends and love your little brother. You make a raspberry with your mouth when you hear a bad word on TV. You make your own secret white sauce for spaghetti and can now make an egg in a custard cup all by yourself. You are independent but still need help and I love being there to help you.

You pray every night and thank Jesus that your daddy's foot has gotten better quickly and that your cousin that was badly injured is also getting better quickly. 

My prayers for you this year, my sweet girl, are that you will grow closer to God, that you will continue to be independent but always know that daddy and I are there for you and that we love you so very much, that you will cherish your brother and make wise decisions in your choice of friends.

I love you my sweet girl and I am so glad that 8 years ago you came into this world and I got to see your sweet face for the first time.

Friday, July 09, 2010

July 9, 2010 - Slumber party

We are having Munchkins 1st ever slumber party tonight. I have been busy all day tidying the house and getting ready for the onslaught of kiddos. It works out that at the moment including Munchkin we have 7 guests. One more is coming later and one will go home in a couple of  hours (he's a boy and can't stay at a girls slumber party). Little Man does get to have the Big Kahuna stay though. He has missed him terribly since they moved. Anyway, the theme of the night is Wipeout and I made a Wipeout cake:

Ta Daaaa!!! It has the Big Red Ball, The Barrel Run and the Double Cross. On the finished product there is also a ninja falling from the Big Balls and a Pirate about to get knocked down by the sweeper arms. :) Fun stuff.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July 8, 2010 - Funny story

I swear, my kids come up with funny stuff. Munchkin got a new webkinz today at Toys R Us. (The kids had coupons and their own money) She named her little dog Carson. When I asked her how she came up with Carson she said "Well, at first it was going to be Caree because he's white with brown on top and he looks like snow that got run over by a car. But then I thought Carson would be good instead."

 Silly Girl!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

July 7, 2010 - Library cuts

It is amazing to me the things the state will cut from the budget when things get tough. We are big fans of the public library and the summer reading program. We have done it several years in a row and the kids have 2 commemorative pins attached to their library card lanyards. Each year the library has done an end of the summer program for the kids handing out certificates and the pins. That is not happening this year.

When we went in to the library yesterday the kids were handed a prize that is free admission to certain venues (this is given out each year) and a pair of goggles. Now the goggles are fun but they would have rather had the pin. So we talked to our librarian who said the pins had been cut out of the budget and a computer program for tracking reading had been purchased instead. She loves the pins and if she could would have them again, and the program seems to be nothing but trouble. However, she didn't seem hopeful because she said that once it is cut it is extremely difficult to get back.

Story hours for the summer have also been cut because our little library may have been only open half time or closed for the month of July. That it is still open with a full staff is a miracle. Please support your local libraries! This is such an amazing resource open to the public. Read a book! It will stimulate your mind. Don't tell me you are not a reader or hate to read. Find something you are interested in and read about it. The library has how to books on everything from cooking to car repair. Take your small children to story hours and let them listen. Kids that are read to and read do better in school. Give them the right start!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July 6, 2010 - {TWD} Tarte Noire

Simple, elegant, delicious. I used Lindt dark chocolate with orange and it made me think of Christmas and the Chocolate Oranges Santa sticks in my kids stocking. :) Thank you to dharmagirl from bliss:toward a delicious life for choosing this weeks recipe. She has been to France and has a lovely story. Go check out her blog!

A quick shout out to Susan from food.baby for Raisin Swirl bread. My husband said this was better than the giant cinnamon twist he gets at our favorite doughnut shop. :) I only got one picture as the loaf was devoured before I could whip out the camera. Of course I was still mourning the release of the magic blue smoke from my food processor from trying to knead dough in there.

I missed two recipes this month. Tender Shortcakes chosen by Cathy from Tortefeasor  and Dressy Loaf Cake chosen by Amy of Amy Ruth Bakes. Cathy is hilarious and makes me giggle every time I read her blog. Amy takes beautiful photos and this post was no exception! Both started TWD not too long before me...I think and it has been fun reading their baking adventures. Sorry ladies that I didn't get to make these this month. I am still planning on making them!

The last recipe of the month was Rum Drenched Vanilla Cakes chosen by Wendy of Pink Stripes. Again, just one picture.Bobby was out of town and I had a feeling this was a recipe he would really like. I liked it and my kids liked it. I made the orange version that did not include any rum...and I used extract instead of vanilla beans. It was one of those weeks that I could not justify spending $8 on 3 vanilla beans and didn't want to take my kids to the liquor store (because in Tennessee you cannot buy liquor at the grocery).

Sorry ladies that I was such a slacker about getting these up for June. I was out of town for 2 weeks and away from all of my baking gear. I did make the cover cake for a birthday in Oregon (with coconut milk for a relative with lactose intolerance) and I made the Cocoa Buttermilk Birthday Cake for Fathers Day.
This cake looks terrible but the marshmallow frosting turned out great and it was delicious! :)

I hope no one will hold it against me as next week is my choice! Check back for Brrrr-ownies!!! :)

Monday, July 05, 2010

July 5, 2010 - Drum Roll, Please

I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON I WON I WON!!!!!
 This morning was the grand opening of our church building and I was volunteering so we had to leave the house by 8:50 to get to church by 9:15. The series is At the Movies and was really great. The movie that was used was Walk the Line and one of the main points I took away was are you living in hurt or are you living in the hope given to you through Christ. That just struck a chord and stayed with me all day. After leaving church we made a quick stop at Which wich for sandwiches and headed for home. Before church I filled and decorated the pie and put it in the fridge in anticipation of baking after church.

When we got home I made the egg wash and baked the pie. In my last post I was a little nervous about how the pie turned out. It didn't seem to do what it was supposed to. Well, I dropped the pie off and the lady that looked at it said she loved blueberry pie and thought it was cute. I took a few pictures when the pies were all uncovered but didn't stick around to see the judging. I didn't know if I was supposed to be there or not. I did hear one guy say my pie looked great.

My sweet kiddos were chomping at the bit to go in the inflatables so we headed onto the ball field. Little Man climbed up one of those inflatable rock wall things. He has never done that and I was so proud! (Totally unrelated sidenote: He keeps telling me Cowboy Woody has ACC but he doesn't understand what it is yet.) They finished every inflatable out there and Munchkin took it upon herself to throw Little Mans shoes over the goal posts. Instead of letting her do that we thought we should head back over and see how the pie judging was going. I started to walk toward the table when the guy I overheard talking about my pie approached me. Apparently he owns the Feed Mill store and restaurant. He is restoring it and is planning on putting in a commercial grade kitchen so that local people can come bake and sell their pies. He was impressed with my Double Crusted Blueberry Pie and thought I would be interested. I gave him my number (I didn't feel weird about this because there were quite a few people around that seemed to know him and what he was doing) so he can call me when the kitchen is in. Cra-zy!

I gave Jeromy a piece of pie and the keyboard player from TheCO asked where he could get a piece. I told him I made it and he asked how much it was! I gave it to him for free. I didn't bring much home and my husband the cooked fruit hater even said it was better than he thought it would be. So Yeah! I win there too! ;)

After awhile it was time for the prizes to be awarded. I didn't even know if there was going to be prizes or not. They announced 3rd Place to the person with the White Chocolate Pistachio Pie. That person got a $30 gift card to the Feed Mill. 2nd Place went to the person with the Red, White, and Blueberry Pie. $40 to O'Charleys. At this point I had kind of resigned myself to not winning as they had just announced a blueberry pie and then they said "And First Place, for a Doubl............" and I knew I won!  They even pronounced our last name right! My stomach did flipflops, I sent out an update on facebook and my hands shook for half an hour I was so excited! A huge cheer went up from our little group on the side of the lawn. There were even a few people we didn't know that cheered. Munchkin came running over with a super excited look on her face and fell into my arms. When I went to pick up my prize ($50 to Stony River) the coordinator told me I got perfect marks on everything! 

So, part of this is a thank you to my TWD baking group as I would not have attempted a double crusted blueberry pie before and a thank you to Dorie Greenspan for an amazing recipe (I did add extra sugar and used sea salt. :) )

I don't think I have ever won a prize for something I made before. I did win a blue ribbon in a dog show when I was around 3. It was supposed to be for the dog but my mom says it's because I was so cute walking the dog around the ring. I wonder if I should take that as a compliment.....

Salient played at the festival last night and did amazing. You really should check them out, and I am not just saying that since I am married to the hott guitar player! ;) 

We loved the fireworks at the show as well. They were close and beautiful and the kids loved them too.
This whole blog post is because I am so excited to win something! Now...on to purchasing a new food processor...and I promise I will not try to knead bread dough in it!





Sunday, July 04, 2010

NaBloPoMo Day 4 - On a Whim

On a whim I decided to enter a pie contest. It is a double crusted blueberry pie that my baking group made before I joined. I am kind of nervous. I think the outside looks good but I am worried about the inside. The blueberries were sweet but they didn't bubble out like they were supposed to. Oh well. It is my first ever baking contest so the best that could happen is I win a prize the worst is that no one likes it.I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Saturday, July 03, 2010

NaBloPoMo Day 3 - Daddy, I Have Some Bad News!!

This phrase, with some good timing, was uttered by my daughter tonight as she launched into Party in the USA. This song causes an earworm for my husband who catches himself humming it and smacks himself in the forehead. Remember my post from a few days ago where I felt like such a dork? Well, I have heard this song no less than 30 times this week. I am not crying over it anymore but I do know every word and sing along happily. The funniest part to me is when my 6 year old son sings about the Jay-Z song was on....he has no idea who that is.
Bobby just got back from a week on the road with the band. They played at Lifestock tonight in our new building. It is a renovated movie theater and is a lot bigger than our little place we were meeting before. The kids and I volunteered to hand out free water to people as they passed by to find an optimum spot to watch the fireworks. Munchkin loved yelling "Get your free cereal!!" As we were also handing out mini boxes of Life (Clever, yes?) cereal with the church info attached. Every time Little Man was able to give away water or cereal he got so excited and jumped up and down screaming. I have a feeling that has a lot to do with him drinking most of my diet Dr. Pepper. I don't let me kids drink caffeine but he got a hold of it tonight and did some damage.
As we handed out water and cereal I watched people's responses. Some averted their eyes as they passed, some allowed their kids to take the cereal for a Fireworks snack and some stopped to ask questions about the building and the church. Many though just declined the free ice cold water we were handing out. Some brought their own snacks and some just looked uncomfortable.
It has been awhile since we have been really involved and serving in church. We were at a mega church (which I still think is a wonderful place) where we were very involved and were there every time the doors opened. Even though we were there all the time we were not connected in solid relationships with others...At the beginning we had a fantastic connect group but things change and while we are still friends with many of the people from that groups everyone kind of went their own way as the church grew and we all started serving in different capacities. We have not really let ourselves serve at our new church and I am not sure why. I know we will get to know more people while we are serving. We may actually spend some time with other families at church. I want to say we are in a LifeGroup but we have not been very good at going and being a part. Some of it is selfishness. When I was working 40 hours a week and teaching once a week I just wanted to spend the few hours I had at home with my family and that was it. I didn't feel like I had anything else to give to anyone. The time I spent at my 40 hour a week job led to a few friendships and I appreciate those as well. But, I haven't done anything to cultivate those friendships either.

I know the society we live in is fast. My friend in England can tweet what she is listening to and I know it. I can see on Facebook that I another friend is going to the movies. I see pictures of friends kids and see how they are growing up. It feels like I am connected to them and caught up with them and I realize I haven't seen them in months or years. I ran into a friend at the fountains the other day. The last time I saw here was at Mimi's Cafe before her class reunion. That was at least a year ago...maybe more.

Blah, I am just rambling. I want to have deep meaningful relationships with people and I keep getting in the way of that. How do I get out of that rut?