Monday, October 29, 2007

Got "Boo-ed"?

When I came home tonight, I discovered that we've been "boo-ed" by one of our neighbors! This is what I found on our front door:

And, on our doormat:

Attached to the box was a poem with instructions to repeat the fun for two other neighbors. It is anonymous, but I have an idea of who "boo-ed" us! What a fun Halloween idea!

A First Birthday Celebration

This past weekend I was in Dallas at H and T's house to celebrate my youngest nephew's first birthday. A good time was had by all.

L and I carved a pumpkin. First, we scooped out all the goop from the inside. That is messy and really fun when you're almost five!

Then, he drew a face and I carved it. Our finished product:

We took it in the bathroom so we could see it glow.

H, the birthday boy, enjoyed his presents (well, mostly the ribbons) and some birthday cake.

This Post is Rated 'R' (for Rain)

Why did I take a picture of our ferns sitting on the sidewalk at night, you ask? Because it's our ferns sitting on the sidewalk at night IN THE RAIN! It finally rained in North Carolina! Woot Woot!! It was rainy off & on for THREE days! Here is a picture of our rain gauge; I think we ended up with about 5" total.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I don't cook...

but I do like to bake. (My sister always puts pictures of her fancy fixins on her blog, so in honor of going to visit at her house next weekend, I'll do the same.) This weekend I made Hawaiian bread. I had some disasterous results earlier this year trying to make a King cake for Mardi Gras. I finally (after 3 or 4 failed attempts) figured out that I had the water too hot and was actually killing the yeast, therefore my King cake was turning out more like King crackers. The Hawaiian bread is my first attempt at a yeast-requiring recipe since then, and even if I say so myself, it turned out well.

After the dough had risen for 2 hours, I punched it down and formed my loaf - and 8 rolls with the extra.
After it had risen again and doubled in size, I brushed an egg wash over the top and covered with granulated sugar.

Then it baked in the oven for 30 minutes. The resident food critic proclaimed it "slightly sweet with a hint of pineapple - very good". Here is the finished product:
Luckily for me, I have a husband who likes to cook. Tonight he did "Tangy Brisket" in the crock-pot. The meat cooks about 8 hours in a ketchup, terakyi sauce, ginger ale mixture. And he adds veggies - potatoes, carrots and onions - at some point in the process.

Served with a tossed green salad and "snowflake" rolls (not the same ones I made, I just buy these from the bakery). And, of course, a glass of sweet tea!

*Disclaimer: The recipe in the link is not the exact one I used, but it is very close. I got mine from a magazine and couldn't find it online.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Our Weekend - A Photo Essay

Good-bye, green stripes. (Hello, new color - hopefully coming soon.)
Granite sample that we liked from the Parade of Homes. We are wanting to put granite in our kitchen not bath, but both the cabinet color and paint color are similar to ours.
Big produce at the state fair.
New state record pumpkin- almost 1200 pounds. I asked if he was going to carve it for Halloween. He did not think I was very funny.
I've never seen a pineapple tree before!

Hey....did you know they judge hay?

The $25,000 cow. That's one expensive steak.

The real reason I go to the fair - a fried Milky Way candy bar.

Or, as I like to call it, a little chunk of deep-fried heaven.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I admit it...I'm a child of the 80's (and proud of it!)

Someone forwarded this list to me today. I've seen it before, but it always makes me smile. But, to be fair (and to prevent a mild "I'm-getting-so-old" panic attack), some of these happened in the 90's!

You Know You Grew Up In the 80's if:
1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word SIKE.
2. You can sing the rap to the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and can do 'the Carlton'.
3. You know that "WOAH!" comes from Joey on 'Blossom'.
4. You ever watched 'Fraggle Rock'.
5. You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
6. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
7. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.
8. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
9. You played the game MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House).
10. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
11. You know the profound meaning of "Wax On, Wax Off.".
12. You wanted to be a Goonie.
13. You ever wore fluorescent clothing.
14. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
15. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
16. You took lunch boxes to school and traded Garbage Pail Kids in the schoolyard.
17. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
18. You still get the urge to say "not!" after every sentence.
19. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
21. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes.
22. After you saw 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?".
23. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up".
24. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
25. You have ever played with a Skip-It.
26. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
27. You remember watching both 'Gremlins' movies.
28. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot. (author's note: Doogie's STILL hot, even if he did just come out of the closet!)
29. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
30. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as 'NKOTB'.
31. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on 'Saved By The Bell'...the ORIGINAL class.
32. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - 'Shot Through the Heart' - and you just sang those words to yourself.
34. You still sing 'We are the World'.
35. You tight rolled your jeans.
36. You owned a bannana clip.
37. You remember "Where's the Beef?".
38. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?" (author's note: I say this at least once a day!)
39. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head right now!