Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
And I had to go here, too. We were so close, and they have an American Girl store.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Yeah, that didn't work. Unblurry, they are even prettier... So, go visit her website today. Or tomorrow. I don't want to be pushy. Click here to go - there: JitterJewels
Different kinda bling for me...
This is Penzey's Spice Market. An awesome shop in St. Paul (although they have others scattered around the country. I didn't really want to leave, but we did have a toy plane to board a little later, and I really depleted my wallet at this store, so I guess it was necessary to go. You can also visit them online: Penzeys
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Of course, my mom and I didn't get anything - too hard to put in a carry-on, but I really wish they did this here! Talk about a great way to repurpose stuff! Great Earth Day idea!!
Here is a quick rundown of our Saturday - again - All FREE :
Macy's Flower Show, A total spur of the moment spontaneous Brunch with Gale Gand (of the restaurant Tru in Chicago and Food Network Fame - "Sweet Dreams"), and the Como Conservatory.
Yeah, cranberry champagne (sugar-rimmed glass) butlered appetizers, and samplings of all that Gale Gand made, not to mention the Macy's filled gift bag filled with goodies for us - it was perfect. Except for the sugar rim encircling my face as I tried to get ever last drop of the sugary goodness - oh well, you can dress me up but...
Anyway, tomorrow I'll share with you all about the artistic, creative and gifted woman jewelry maker I met while in Minnesota, and the AMAZING spice store I frequented in St.Paul.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Okay, so that is how my trip to Minnesota started.... thankfully, it was all uphill from there! We had a great time and once I get out from all the piles of laundry and dirty dishes my family greeted me with when I got back home, I'll share it all with you. One of the first things Emmy told me when I got home was, "Mom, you have to do laundry." Missed you too sweetie, missed you, too.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I don't like the idea of being separated from my family for 4 whole days, but I've so wanted to do this trip for soooo long. And I know that having some "me time" will help me to be a better mommy and wife. And I get to spend some one on one time with MY mommy. When does THAT happen? So, I know this is a good thing and I wish my emotions would just stop rollercoastering (yes, I'm making it a verb. I'm allowed. I'm emotional.) And it is awesome that God will be with me AND my family at the same time. Comforting.
I must mention that I will be missing Opening Day for Little League, which is THE biggest event of the year for our little town. Keith has informed me that he is NOT willing to blog the event for me here. Feels it's not what he was created for. I'm not sure it is wise to disagree with that.
Back on Tuesday!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Are there enough days in ones life to read all the books one wants to read? I mean, really? Aside from the Frommer's Travel Guide to -- anywhere, and 25 Quick Home Makeovers, and every recipe book (that's a whole other life time for me)kind of books? I'm talking all the fiction, great literature and non fictiony story books that are out there. Sigh.
Right now I have about 32 "must read this year" books on my list - and then I go to the library and the list triples - mentally. And that's WITH the kids with me. I can't even imagine what it would look like if I was actually at the library alone. It was very hard to decide what to get - although some books that I have wanted to check out for over a year, have been out by other people for over a year - so that makes it a little easier.
I finally settled on these two:
Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
I also wanted to get:
The Same Kind of Different as Me
Eat, Love, Pray
1000 Days in Tuscany
Three Cups of Tea
A Thousand Splendid Suns
But they were checked out by others. These are all very different then my "summer reads". I am current on all of the Sue Grafton "Kinsey Malone" Alphabet Mysteries, and Janet Evanavich's "Stephanie Plum" Number Mysteries, Laura Childs Tea Shop Mysteries, Diane Mott Davidson's Catering Mysteries and Joanne Fluke's Cookie Mysteries - all quick, easy light-hearted reads (although Sue Grafton's have been getting darker and a little harder for me to read), all mysteries, and many with recipes to boot! Love them. Perfect for the beach. But there is so much more out there to read throughout the rest of the year!
Can you only read certain kinds of books at certain times of year? Do you have a favorite? And please don't tell me Twilight. I have no desire to even start that series - for real. I know, I'm the only one. I like to be alone on some things. That's one of them. Now you know.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
And the reason we shred all the creamy flesh off the underside of each leaf is to get a taste of the treasure which is uncovered when the tenderest of leaves in the center have been finished:
The stuffing... it's heavenly. Which makes Easter a perfect time to eat it.
Perhaps I can post the recipe for you, but I'll have to check with the creator of the recipe first - My Dad.
I did promise the recipe for this though:
My Baked Triple Veggie Cheese Dip. So, here it is:
1 can asparagus spears (1 lb. 3 oz) drained and chopped
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 can (8.5 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 container (8 oz.) Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 c. Mayonnaise
1 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients except 1/4c. of the cheese. Spoon into 2 qt. baking dish and sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Easy Peasy. Yum!
And this is another sign that Spring is here. I LOVE tulips. And this is the first picture I've taken with my new camera that I'm actually happy with. (this being because my photography skills are minimal, and my ability to read directions -nonexistant)
Monday, April 13, 2009
I've always had a romantic notion that next year I'm going to go with all natural dyes - beet juice, flowers, clay, etc. - but in reality, I wind up at CVS about an hour before it's time to dye eggs praying they still have a PAAS kit left.
Sunday Morning: The Easter Bunny showed up again this year! She/He leaves Noah and Emmy clues that they can only open after finding a certain number of eggs around the house (another romantic notion - egg hunt OUTSIDE. But really? I don't know that it will ever be warm enough for me at Easter for the Bunny to subject us to that).
And what are the clues for, anyway? Leading us to the location of the hidden Easter Baskets, of course!