Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jammin' on my computer

Everyday I'm reminded just how JAMTASTIC life is!



The kids took this sticker out of a Mini Boden catalog a couple years ago and I think it just sums up our life so well and puts a smile on my face.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Alton Brown in Alabama

I won't show you the photo of yours truly meeting Mr. Brown to spare myself the embarrassment and lack of photogenic-ness to the world but He was fabulous and really nice, Lulu-Pea had a great time and our afternoon looked a bit like this:



 Okay this is a photo of her eating not so good spice/cold shrimp from another famous chef.

 And that's Lulu getting my cookbook signed to well to herself after she told Alton that her Mommy makes the best chocolate chip cookies because of him. (The Good Eats episode on cookies is a must see)


It was wonderful and yes Alton is pint sized now but still has a big heart. Thanks A.B. we had an awesome time hangin' and you Rock!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Food and friends

Can you believe what I found on my front step yesterday, gorgeous home grown greens and color basket of fruit  and thanks to one of my sweetest friends who gave me advice, brought me herbs and helped me start on my veggie garden, double thanks!


 Oh no! looks like we have a banana fingers around here.

 We made the best lettuce and spinach and I think some kale sandwiches for dinner unanimously approved with 5 thumbs up and followed by oranges for dessert. There's some happy and healthy tummies.

Now I'm off to meet Alton Brown at the Dauphin Island Gumbo cook-off this afternoon, how crazy of a foodie fan am I? We'll have to wait and see but I do consider him my chocolate chip cookie hero and who else can make people want to ferment cabbage under their kitchen and eat sauerkraut.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Food Fridays: Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake


I just thought it would be awesome for the Peas to wake up and to the smell of these.


It's a really simple and delicious breakfast treat all you'll need is:

One box of Krusteaz Fat Free Cranberry Orange Muffin Mix
1 cup of Water
1/4 cup of Craisins
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
2 TBS of Butter
1 tsp of Cinnamon
a handful of White Chocolate Chips (optional)

In a large bowl hand mix with a whisk 3/4 of the muffin mix, water, craisins and white choco chips pour into a square 8x8 pan. Then in a small bowl mix the rest of the muffin mix, brown sugar, softened butter,  cinnamon with your hand then sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and serve with coffee.


The kiddos had the biggest smile at breakfast .

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Fairy House…

All Fairies Welcome

 Lulu-pea has been talking and talking about build a fairy house for the garden fairies for practically her whole life and it was completed today!

 Stick walls with a moss roof, azalea flower chimney and camellia petal bed, it turned out just perfect, there should be a lot of happy little people Fairies tonight.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wacky Wednesday's Experiment

 All you'll need is to have vinegar in an old soda bottle, use a funnel to pour the baking soda and once it starts to bubble stretch a balloon over the bottle opening and ……


 watch as the chemical reaction fills up the balloon. The more vinegar  and baking soda you use the more pressure that will build up to inflate your balloon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Swing low, swing hi!


 This is sooooo much fun!!!!! Thanks Mommy!



 Should I bother to tell them that I still need to cut the out the wood, drill holes attach the seat for the swing or let them be they just seem to enjoy swinging on the rope a whole lot.



And it seems someone had a hard time taking turns sharing today. But isn't she cute.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

So happy together


This is my child smiling like she's the happiest girl in the world because she got to meet Gingy but actually that is the aren't you jealous of me smile to her sister who has this weird obsession with gingerbread people. Oh, sisterly love. We think Gingy might have eaten a person by the look of this photo.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Super Moon

Luckily I was driving home from Lulu Pea's poetry reading camera ready and caught this…

Isn't it fabulous!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dear Leprechun,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



 After following the tiny foot prints left in the powdered sugar suggested by my 6 year old to track his whereabouts, we found these!

Awesome mushroom necklaces and green candy!


Maybe next year we'll catch him and get that pot of gold.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Throw me some CABBAGE mister!


If you catch the cabbage it will bring you luck, does it still count if the cabbage bounces out of your hand and the guy behind you grabs it and takes it home? I really hope so because I'm in need of some favorable luck lately.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Voodoo Child

This is one cool shirt it's even better than a velvet Elvis painting, it's a velvet Jimi Hendrix tee!


 Then I ask him: Who has more hair you or Jimi?


Well nobody got you with those ocean blue eyes, not even Sinatra.
Love ya Buddy! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hangin'


Yep that's my boy, hanging with the frat boys during springbreak one day and starting kindergarten the next. I know in just a blink of an eye you'll be heading off to college, I love you and hope you're enjoying your first day at school with your new friends(that are much closer to your age than these guys).

Friday, March 11, 2011

Food Fridays: French Toast Bread Pudding

French Toast Bread Pudding with caramel ice cream.

Here it is with powdered sugar and maple syrup it is sooooo yummy!

Ingredients:
6 large whole eggs
3 cups rice milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
A loaf of fresh bakery bread ( I only used half a loaf)

First cut a fresh loaf of bakery bread 1/2 inch thick, I used fresh Pane Italiano.
Place it in a deep baking dish two layers thick. Whisk your eggs, honey, milk and salt together and pour over the bread. 

Place your baking dish inside of a roasting pan and pour 1 inch of hot water around the roasting pan then using tin foil make a tent leave a place to allow the steam to escape. Bake for 60-90 minutes at 365 degrees.

After the eggs mixture has set take off the tent and broil at 455 degrees fro 5-10 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


Cut and serve hot topped with maple syrup , powdered sugar and my kiddos favorite ICE CREAM!

                     It even seem to taste better on day to when we had it as leftovers for lunch.

Enjoy! This tops the list as one of our favorite.
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