Friday, August 7, 2009

Nite-Nite, Precious One



Peeking in before bed last night, this is what I saw ~ what could be sweeter?

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This dear little one has come to spend the week at
Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop's house.
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Are we in for some special moments!

Toni's Salad Dressing

Toni is my niece. She is bright, sweet, beautiful, fun, kind, thoughtful... well, you get the picture. Just an all-round really nice person ~ and I love her to pieces. She is becoming quite an accomplished cook as well. But then she's been inspired by the best ~ her mom (my sister).
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She shared a recipe with me for a delicious salad dressing. We enjoyed it this evening over a simple salad of romaine greens, sliced yellow squash, red onions, a few raspberries and addicting caramelized almonds. I would have added feta or goat cheese if I had some.
Aren't the colors beautiful?
Simmering the balsamic, sugar and garlic...
cooled and ready to serve
Wonderfully delicious nuts!
ummm... perfect served with crusty bread
The entree ~ Scallops Provencal served over pasta.
(I'm going to give this recipe another try using sea scallops instead of bay. I was a little disappointed and thought they tasted way too fishy. My husband, however, loved them.)

Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup cherry preserves

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup canola oil

kosher salt

black pepper to taste

In a small saucepan over medium heat combine balsamic vinegar, sugar and garlic and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar.

Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add the cherry preserves and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, then whisk in the red wine vinegar followed by the canola oil. season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, First Born!


She is passionate, creative,
Full of projects and dreams,
Most talented and messy,
Disorganized, it seems.
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She’ll come rolling in like thunder,
Is talkative and bold,
Commanding your attention,
With stories that unfold.
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She’s dynamic, energetic,
Pursuing something new,
A plate of over-flowing,
So much for her to do.
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She is sociable, outgoing,
An extrovert indeed,
Fun-loving, always active,
Oft moving at full speed.
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She can grill an awesome supper,
Make taste buds very thrilled.
Her cooking is outstanding,
Her baking not so skilled.
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She is sensitive and caring,
For the down, under-guy,
Will go the extra mile,
Thoughtful friend and ally.
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She is the one who brings balloons,
Festive decorations,
Ritz and glitz are her trademark,
For bright celebrations.
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She’s determined, independent,
A mind that’s all her own.
Can accomplish many skills,
While talking on her phone.
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She’s a talented beautician,
Transforming, becoming,
Captive to her own design,
She'll make you look stunning.
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She is generous and giving,
Bestows a lovely gift.
She’s thoughtful in selection,
That will please and up-lift.
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She can make you roar with laughter,
With such animation,
Hold you bound by her antics,
Amusing fixation.
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She’s filled our life with memories,
Some happy and some sad,
But couldn’t love her more,
A blessed mom and dad.
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She’s the first born in our family
The one to blaze the way,
We send our birthday wishes,
Lovingly this special day!

Much love to our "baby Girl"

How Does a Young Boy Spend His Summer Days?

This dear boy spends it by creating, designing and making a new board game. Here is the methodical process he used this past week working on this (his favorite) summer project.

* Come up with a interesting new game idea
* Work out the strategy, rules, playing pieces and characters
* Sketch out design for dice and game board
* Design and draw/color paper to be decoupaged onto small wooden cubes to be used as dice.
* Sketch out design for game board
* Measure and cut out wood for board. Spray paint, measure and draw in grid.
* Search graphics and design boarder of game board. Sketch in and add color to boarder.
* Cut (with Pop-Pop's help) a wooden dowel into 20 even pieces. Sand, paint, varnish, write-on and varnish again the playing pieces.
* Type instructions on a WORD document and print out.
* Play the game with Pop-Pop. Adjust the rules so Jared isn't the only winner :)
* Type a playing guide sheet describing characters and equip items.
* Play the game!

Strategy: To attack all opponents monsters and eliminate their thee heart points
~~~Still deciding on a name for this new game~~~

Various components of the game:
Movement crest. Dragon, Hydra, Special Effects Crest, Fire Sword, Ice-shield, Combined, Dragon-Raider, Ninja-Knight, Mythic Beast

Still tweaking the rules but how he enjoyed this project!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I Get By With a Little Help from My Friend

Don't use flash... natural light is best... we are told the best photo results are achieved by using natural light. So... I try to get a few decent pics of beanies that are heading to Maine.

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but a helper noses in, concerned that I am blocking his look-out post
excuse me, gotta check for uninvited pedestrians on their morning run or suspicious neighbors leaving for work or furry creatures that may threaten our peaceful abode.
This constant surveillance is tiring ~ think I'll just rest my chin here while you find another photo-shoot location.
completed, photographed (with flash), priced, tagged, packaged and shipped! Whew! That was a lot of work :) Thanks, my little friend!

(Now, If I can only get him to model my beanies like Harriet)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Butterfly Wishes






Butterfly Wishes

Yesterday a butterfly
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, "I'd love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven't wings, just these two arms.
I've been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.

He said, "What I'd love most to do
Is walk upon God's Earth with you,
To squish it's mud between my toes

Or touch my finger to my nose.

I'd love just once to walk around

With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven't arms, just these two wings."

And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we'd both seen God's precious gifts
Through someone else's eyes.

Author Unknown

(see... like I said, if you grow it they will come!)

Thank you, Joy (Good Morning Mary Sunshine) for identifying this butterfly as a Red Spotted Purple ~ limentis arthemis astyanxy. So kind of you to look this up for me!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Teaming Rain

The other day we had a storm that poured down drenching sheets of rain heavier that I remember having in years. A nearby town received 3.5 inches of rain in 24 minutes!


It brought to mind a song I learned as a child ~ one I'm sure you remember too!

1. The wise man built his house upon the Rock,
The wise man built his house upon the Rock,
The wise man built his house upon the Rock,
And the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
But the house on the Rock stood firm.
2. The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand fell flat.
3. So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ,
So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ,
So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ,
And the blessings will come down.
The blessings come down as your prayers go up,
The blessings come down as your prayers go up,
The blessings come down as your prayers go up,
So build your life on the Lord.

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