Tuesday, July 30, 2013
In September I am headed to IFBC (the International Food Blogger conference) in Seattle. Part of the draw for me is that Dorie Greenspan is the keynote speaker on the opening day. She is, of course, the author of the 3 cookbooks I have been baking through over the past few years. She was also my secret Christmas card buddy a few years ago and she sent me an autographed copy of her Paris Sweets cookbook. Talk about drool worthy! So, needless to say I am quite excited to meet her in person.
I have ourcrazyblessedife.com and was thinking that would be my photography site but may just include all aspects of my tag line over there. I know I am a mom blogger. One friend suggested Family Friendly Foodie. I am not sure how to categorize myself in the blog world. I started this blog way back in 2006 as kind of a journal and as something for our far away family to follow. As my kids get older and technology improves it is still fun to share what my kiddos are doing but I am feeling I need to pull them back a bit on the blog and maybe keep them for my private Facebook page with family.
Anyway, I met up with a friend that has a fairly successful blog and she told me, for the conference, I have to have an elevator speech so people will actually talk to me. If I have nothing to offer people will have something better to do. I have no idea what to say at this point. Apparently I also need to order business cards! I need a logo. I am kind of freaking out.
These two posts (from What About the Food and Eat the Love) have been very helpful though....note to self remember sharpies, extra bags for swag, comfortable shoes, dress business casual...not mom frump, make sure to have a sweater for the conference rooms, bring business cards, have an elevator speech, be prepared for questions about my camera and manual mode, take lots of pictures (duh, have you met me?), don't get overwhelmed.....
I am overwhelmed....
However, people on the Facebook page have been very helpful and are as excited as I am. So far I have 2 roommates for Friday and Saturday night. We have not met yet but it calms me a bit to know that they don't know anyone either. OK, I am feeling a little calmer now. I just have to book my plane ticket and start checking everything else off my to do list!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Today has been quite a day! Overall it has been super fun! There is a post coming about Munchkin's birthday party but that was yesterday. This is being typed on my phone so short and sweet:
*friends spent the night and kids stayed up all night
*kids played Chopped and made smoothies
*kids presented a play called Tangled 2
*friends went home
* we went to another friend's house and munchkin got to go kayaking for the first time ever, we ate lunch, kids played minecraft
*left friends house and we are now 5 innings into the sounds baseball game.
* kiddos have slept on and off all day
Next stop: bed!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Around My French Table, Dorie explains that it is traditional to leave the pits in the cherries so they keep their flavor. You do have to give a disclaimer though so no one breaks their teeth...or brackets on their braces. Let's just say getting the pits from mouths to the plate was not terribly graceful. At our table it very well could have turned into a pit spitting contest.
Munchkin said she would have liked it without the pits in the cherries. Little Man didn't eat the cherries. Mom and I both liked our pieces a lot!
LYL on French Fridays with Dorie.
Next week: Swordfish with frilly herb salad.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Musician's Corner. The kids got to see Gnash from the Predators, we listened to live music, and each got food from the food trucks. By far, the most popular food truck was The Grilled Cheeserie. Mom got her sandwich there and we both got peach ice tea from them. Bobby and Munchkin got wraps from Wrapper's Delight. Little Man got a slice of New York Pizza from Joey's House of Pizza, and I got chicken and waffles from The Waffle Boss. Everyone was satisfied with what they got.
Anytime there is live music there is always that one person that gives in to the music more than everyone else. They dance like no one is watching. :)
On another day we went to the Red Bicycle Coffee and Crepes for lunch followed by a trip to the Ryman. In all the years we have lived in Tennessee I had never been to this venue. I have considered getting tickets for different shows but it just hasn't happened yet. It was so fun to tour the venue and see the different displays they had posted around the building. They have one section of the old balcony where the paint has been stripped away so you can see some old stenciling that wasn't recorded in the history of the building. It was pretty nifty to stand on the stage where so many legends have stood before! :)
Saturday, July 06, 2013
We hadn't even bought any fireworks yet to set off with our kiddos. That was soon remedied though as we crossed county lines in search of our very own pyrotechnic stash. We dashed from our car through the monsoon to the striped tent that was beckoning to us from the side of the road. We spent a whole $25 on fireworks we thought our kiddos would enjoy. And enjoy they did! :)
We didn't even get sparklers last year because it was so dry we didn't want to take any chances.
If you were to go out and watch in the earlier evening when the comments start you would see families in large concrete parking lots. You would also see them cleaning up after themselves when they were done. You would see families creating memories and celebrating the freedom to do just that. I talk to my students often about personal responsibility and you can see the people who are teaching it to their children.
So on that note here are my rules for enjoying future Independence Days:
1. Ignore all neighborhood commentary from July 1st - 10th.
2. Continue to do all of the fun things that we do as a family to celebrate.
3. Continue to teach my children about safety and personal responsibility
4. Have fun. :)
I love Independence day (and so does my hubs)! The family time, the fireworks, the BBQ's, and teaching our kiddos why we celebrate with "bombs bursting in air". I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July!! :)
Friday, July 05, 2013
My next issue with this came in wondering where the heck I was going to get wheat berries. I googled and saw you could get them for about $10 a bag. I had a thought though and called Whole Foods. It is a drive to get there but I was able to get a pound of wheat berries for $1.99 in the bulk section!! I also picked up the cherries for next week's recipe as well. I have to say, Whole Foods is expensive but I am a fan of the bulk section!
informative article about wheat berries here) the most time consuming part of making this dish was slicing the avocado.
My sweet mother in law was here this week and she was game to try out any of the crazy things I was making. I even thought about making the swordfish recipe for later this month but she did say she wasn't a big fan of swordfish. I put that one on the back burner for another day. She likes avocados and tomatoes so I plated this salad for her. Mine was lacking tomatoes and my hubs was missing avocado. I put the wheatberries on a sandwich for Little Man and Munchkin had everything but tomatoes as well.
Doristas who made this recipe this week! :) Next week Whole Cherry Clafoutis.