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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walking around 4th

last night the hub and I made a deal, we would get up at 5:30 before he left for work and go for a walk. I roll over this morning at 6:23 a.m., as he is putting his shoes on, and realize that I had overslept. So, as tempting as it was just to roll over and go back to sleep, I drug my butt out of bed, gave the boy a kiss, put on my Nike's and went for a walk, by myself.

  As I was walking I snapped this shot with my phone.  I live in a historic carriage district in town and there are several houses that have these lights in their yards. I think they are so cool. Our next door neighbor even has one.  And even though we admire it during the daytime we curse it at night when the bright light is shinning through our upstairs bedroom window.

EXCITED! but for only a minute.  I finally put two and two together and realized that if you have this nifty sensor in your Nike shoes and you have an iPhone you can go to settings, Nike + iPod, sensor and a little voice tells you to walk around to activate your shoes and then you can sync your shoes with your workout and it will keep up with how many steps you take, miles you walk, etc. HOW COOL IS THAT!?! Well, OF COURSE mine doesn't work. I walked and walked and ran and walked and mine never did activate. What the heck? I feel like I got cheated. This, of course, will require further investigation and perhaps an email to Nike!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Black thumb update...

Back when I blogged, Green Thumb, Not I, I wasn't's an update. I would find success with just the production of one tomato. Still keeping my fingers crossed.
The tomato plant. Not looking so good. Getting worried.....

I'm still hopeful. Maybe there's a pepper in my future after all....

The dog.  Still terrorizing the neighborhood....


Friday, May 27, 2011

oopsy...don't try this at home.

i suggest never attempting to mix food coloring with almond bark. it doesn't work. you're creamy dipping deliciousness turns into a glob of stickiness.  trust me...i know.

back to the drawing board....


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Green Thumb, not I

if I plant something, it is going to die. That's a fact.  No matter what I do my flowers never seem to survive.  I wish I knew how much money I have spent on hanging plants in my lifetime, only to have them dry up, burn up, or die from too much moisture.  So, don't ask me why we decided to plant tomato and pepper plants this year, but we did....

Jalapeno and Banana Peppers
When we were making our purchases at Home Depot I told the cashier that this was my first "As seen On TV Purchase".  And actually, I was really excited about it, but also felt like we should be ordering it off of the infomercial so that we could get two for the price of one, plus a free chopper, slicer, a set of knives, storage containers and one can only imagine what else, all for $19.99 with separate S&H, of course.

So yes, without even having to think about it twice, we purchased a Topsy Turvy! Actually we purchased two, one for peppers and one for tomatoes.  I am thinking this is a sure way for us to plant some produce and them actually survive.  Surely they will survive.... Has anyone tried these and had any luck? 

Heirloom tomatoes
My biggest fear to our little cityfied farm is this guy right here.  There is a reason we call him the wonder mutt. If it is destroyable, he will destroy it. I don't even like to think about what he did to our hammock. Air Jordan has nothing on this dog.


I will keep you posted on the progress of our new plants and hopefully in about 70 days we will have 30+ pounds of tomatoes and more peppers than we can think about eating! Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Pilot's Wife

one day last summer, while at the public library with the kids, I picked up the book The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve.  In the foyer of our library is a large selection of books that, for any donation, is yours to take home and keep.  You never know what you are going to stumble upon and I find it quite fun looking through the diverse collection of books on the shelves.  This one had the Oprah's Book Club stamp on it, so I thought it would probably be a good read and well worth a donation to the library.

I recently spent two weeks in my hometown in KY, so when packing for my trip I grabbed this book off the shelf and threw it in my carry on bag to read on the plane.  I thought it might be a little more interesting, you know, reading the Pilot's wife while flying on a plane.  Little did I know that in the first two pages the author would reveal that the main character's husband, who is a commercial airline pilot, dies when his plane crashes. In all honesty, I felt a little uneasy for the rest of my flight after that.

Basically, this book is about a woman, Kathryn and her daughter Mattie who, at the beginning of the novel, learn the devastating news that Jack, their husband and father, respectively, has tragically died.  With the news that his plane has crashed off  the coast of Ireland, Kathryn and her daughter find themselves having to deal with the press, the airline and the public all while mourning the sudden loss of this man they loved.  With Jack being the pilot of the plane, all eyes are now on Kathryn, their home and their life as the airline tries to figure out what caused the plane to crash.  While putting pieces together herself, Kathryn learns things about her husband she never knew. Did she really even know this man at all? So many secrets.  So many lies.  He led a double life that she had no idea even existed.

I finished the book on my flight home from KY two weeks after I began. Well, I actually had about three pages left when my flight landed, so I read those in the car while leaving the airport, totally ignoring my husband and kids who had not seen me in two weeks.  It is not that often I get to actually read novels, let alone finish them.

I also recently learned that they made a film back in 2002 based on the book, so now that has been added to my bucket list of must see movies. 
Since picking up this book I have seen countless copies at thrift shops for only pennies.  So, my recommendation is to pick up a copy if you ever come across one.  I think you'll enjoy it and if not just throw it into your local charity or yard sale box.  Happy reading!

*photo from Oprah's Book Club


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Time For A Face Lift....

Obviously, I have totally been ignoring my blog.  Life has been crazy and blogging has been at the bottom of my to do list. However, things seem to be calming down (yeah, right) and I have found my way back to Mocha Mornings. I have been intensively working on my page as my little guy naps and I am actually quite pleased with its little face lift.

Next on today's agenda, feeding the kids lunch.  For some reason they get really cranky when you don't feed them....


Friday, May 20, 2011

Here's the Bruschetta....

Found the Julie & Julia Bruschetta recipe, tried it, and LOVED it! Even the five year old who doesn't eat tomatoes, ate this. It was buttery, salty, tomato(y), garlic(y) and just one of the most fabulous things I have ever eaten! I have the recipe blogged at Ridiculously Delicious. Trust me, this is one you will want to try!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Julie & Julia

I must admit I am currently a little obsessed with the movie Julie & Julia.  Honestly, I watch it practically every day.  I love to cook.  I love to eat.  I love to watch movies.  So, there you go.  The movie inspires me.  It makes me want to set goals for myself, which in turn makes me feel accomplished.  These past few months I have just felt over-whelmed.  I babysit three small children, plus have four kids of my own, plus I am a preschool teacher two days a week.  By the end of the day I have no desire to cook, which makes me very sad.  However, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Our last day of preschool was yesterday and in two weeks I will no longer have the extra munchkins that I babysit! No more snotty noses, dirty diapers, continuous screaming and crying or graham crackers crushed all over my house! So, the more I watch Julie & Julia, the more excited I get about the upcoming summer months which will consist of cooking, eating, reading and writing and just being able to enjoy my life!

So, tonight's menu consists of angel hair pasta and the tomato bruschetta from a scene in the movie. My mouth waters for this pan fried garlic bread and heirloom tomato dish every time I watch the movie. So tonight I will attempt to recreate the ridiculously delicious looking appetizer. Wish me luck!

So, for now the only thing left to say is.....

Bon Appetite!