Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Earlier this month we had the opportunity to go to a beach that we had never been to before. A family member has a little cottage there and so we were able to stay the weekend for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few pictures of that trip. The first two are of a lighthouse there. I love lighthouses. Do you see the difference between the first image and the next. I used my zoom and wow I was impressed on how close I could get. You can even see the people. The image does lose quality - but overall isn't that bad for how close I got for being so far away. It's not like I am going to blow it up and print it out. If I were it would be no good because there is a lot of "noise" or blurriness. The next are of the beach. Notice my brave two older boys climbing atop the gi-normous rocks. I was a little nervous because it was so windy. I kept having visions of the wind catching them just right and pushing them over. The others are of go cart racing that the boys did with Phillip. I stayed in the car and took what pictures I could because it was POURING down rain. Hence, the photo of Isaac's muddy face! -- Boys will be boys!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sometime ago I read an article in a magazine and found a recipe for Chocolate Croissants. I remembered waaay back when Starbuck's had chocolate croissants and I loved them! Then they did away with them. What are they? Flaky goodness with chocolate chunks in the middle. Well, when I found this I thought I would share with you my new found joy . . .
All you do is get the Pilsbury Dough crescent roll and seperate each triangle onto the countertop. Then put some chocolate pieces (I use the kind you use in baking cookies - and I like dark chocolate) down in the wider part of the triangle and roll up like normal. Then just follow the baking directions on the package! The result is yummy goodness with a cup of coffee. . I especially like them when they have cooled a bit and the chocolate is solid. Tastes soooo good. The kids LOVE them.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If anyone knows me at all - they know that I so enjoy gardening. Here are several pictures. There are a couple from our vegetable garden that shows some of the fence that Phillip got for my Mother's Day gift. Amanda and I edged the garden with crushed oyster shell for a nicer look to it. Oyster shell is a cheaper way to go than like gravel or decorative rock. Our garden is having a rough year. I have been fighting crows, deer, slugs, and weeds. A couple of weeks ago I built (more like Jerry-Rigged) a somewhat pathetic scarecrow. I put Phillip's overalls on him (he wasn't too happy) and a Kentucky wildcats hat my father n law gave one of the boys. Then I tied cds all over it to keep the crows away. I had to use some red ribbon to tie the cd's and to tie the scarecrow down because I have no rope - but being somewhat crafty, I have plenty of ribbon laying around. The result is a pathetic attempt at keeping the crows out - and I think it also serves as an embarrassment to my hubby. BUT . . . it WORKS! I have tomatoes, green beans, snap peas, pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers, rosemary, sweet basil, green onions, beets, and blueberries, radishes, and carrots. We just harvested beets the other day and they were soooo good. Beets out of the garden do not even compare to canned beets from the store. My kids love beets out of the garden. Well, until they go potty . . .
There is also Dinnerplate Dahlias in my garden (named that because they are ginormous - the size of Chloe's head).
This above picture is of the beets we harvested. Look at the size of the top one compared to the other one. It was HUGE!
This little pink flower is actually a Dahlia. It is so pretty and vivid. It has amazing color to it. The leaves are actually more blackish than this picture illustrates. So the contrast between the petals and foliage is very striking.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Here are some more photos from the trip to the falls. The first is of Amanda's son Jadon. So cute. Ellie saw that picture on my screen, and got so excited to see "her Jadon." The rest are of the different scenic pictures I took. Let me know what you think.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Yep. That's how I sum up these first two snapshots. WHAAAT were we thinking??!! Amanda and I going on a shopping adventure with SEVEN kidlets! -- BUNCH O' CRAZIES! Or as my good friend would say "A couple of Mo's." (I call everyone that now - thanks Amanda - Mo Manpants!) -- okay nevermind the rest of you . . .
By the way . . . for the record I don't make it a habit to wear blue bows for bracelets. This happens to be Chloe's headband she kept ripping off her head. I wrapped it around my wrist so I wouldn't lose it. Just so you know - I'm not a Fashion Mo.