Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
As it turned out, in my fascinating life, I was at Walmart flying through the aisles with my oldest son at 3:00 p.m. And I did not hear the alarm over him repeatedly telling me we needed to hurry home (his sleepover guests were scheduled to arrive at 4:00). The photo above was taken in the parking lot at 3:33. The exact moment I checked my phone and realized not only had I missed the alarm, I had missed 3 phone calls as well.
Friday, October 23, 2009
- Corn is planted in a criss cross X pattern.
- Drawing of the maze is created on paper.
- The farm actually has a surveyor working on the property who is able to translate the drawing into the field of corn.
- GPS devices are used to map out the maze.
- The appropriate corn stalks are then removed from the desired paths. If done early enough in the season, this is an easy task. If they wait too long, an ax needs to be used to cut down the stalks. I got the impression the ax was used more often than not.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- Yoga. The day started off with the best yoga class ever. I mean ever. Made me remember why I need to continue to go. And why I need to go more often.
- Sunshine. The rain stopped, the sun came out, the air warmed up. It was wonderful.
- Candy corn. Officially cracked open bag number 4 today. I so love candy corn.
- Clean house. The house is clean. Until the boys came home from school, anyways.
- Chicken nuggets. All 3 boys are buying lunch tomorrow. Such a rare occasion to not pack a single lunch.
- Survivor and Grey's. Both new episodes.
- Short list. Totally tackled the to do list. Not completely, but crossed more off than I have in months.
- Soak. I love a good soak in a perfectly hot, bubble bath.
- Fresh. Freshly laundered sheets.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
- I learned that if you scratch a farm dog in exactly the right spot, he will pee all over an unsuspecting 6 year old. Can I mention how relieved I was this child wasn't riding home with me?
- Prickly burrs grow in pumpkin patches. Something I wish we had learned before we let loose a group of 1st graders into a field to find a pumpkin.
- Prickly burrs also grow in corn fields. Again, something I wish I knew before I spent 15 minutes removing the burrs from the pumpkin expedition.
- There is one strand of corn silk for each kernel on an ear of corn. Did not know that.
- If there is one cat and one person with cat allergies on a 100+ acre farm, the cat will indeed find and stalk that one person.
- This rule also applies to bees and children terrified of them.
- I learned that the inside of a green pumpkin is orange, the inside of a white pumpkin is white.
- Soybeans eaten directly out of the shell taste horrific. Trust me, they need to be roasted first.
- If you've watched or read "Children of the Corn", you'll find corn mazes a lot less charming and a lot more frightening. Stupid, scary movie.
- Speaking of children and corn, if you are responsible for 5 boys in a corn maze, chances are they will all choose different paths in the maze. Some will even make a path of their own (at which point the map becomes completely useless).
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I'll keep it short but sweet this week. Bought the wine because I was curious as to how I would get it open. Screwed off, by the way, and there was also a cork under that silver cap. Voga Italia is a very tasty Merlot in a cool, sleek, slightly curved bottle. Loved the wine, loved the modern design, loved the way the half empty bottle looked (the glass is clear instead of the usual tinted red). Most importantly, loved that it didn't make my face break out into a nasty rash (whew, not allergic to wine after all).
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says Amen! and Hallelujah!"
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
- Husband brings home new bottle of wine to try out. New wine causes the entire left side of my face to break out into a very red, very unattractive itchy rash. Thinking maybe it wasn't as bad as it looked to me, asked my husband if he could notice it. I believe his reaction was something like "Whoa--what happened to your face!"
- Bad reaction to wine leads to scrapping this week's "Cheap Wine with Pretty Labels" post.
- Itchy, inflamed face and rain much of the week lead me to remain housebound.
- Remaining housebound was boring.
- Boring led to a massive cleaning out of the laundry room and basement, many trips to recycle, trips to Goodwill and a lot of questions about why we own half of this stuff.
- Rain most of the week also led to the cancellation of both my weekly leaf photos and the hike I had hoped to take.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have to give credit to my niece for bringing Middle Sister Wines to my attention, she's always scoping out new labels for me. But, boy, I really had to search for this one--looked for weeks before finally finding it at Target of all places ($10.99 a bottle, by the way). It was definitely worth the search. And I know if you have a sister, you'll get a kick out of the website, the clever wording and awesome wine varieties (Rebel Red, Drama Queen and Mischief Maker to name a few).
I enjoyed the wine and I truly can't wait to try them all. Come to think of it, I ought to buy a bottle or two for our younger brother while I'm at it. Poor guy probably deserves it the most for putting up with the three of us his whole life.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
- Didn't really drink it this week, actually drank it awhile ago and saved the bottle.
- In fact, I drank it so long ago that I no longer remember what it tasted like. It must have been good. I would have remembered if I didn't like it (this is really not helping my fantasy of being a world famous wine reviewer).
- I did not choose this bottle, this one was my husband's choice. Frankly, I am a little afraid of this label.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was truly sad when I heard the news that Mary Travers passed away on Wednesday. Really, truly, sad in a way I don't usually feel about people I've never met. I'm also disappointed that I never was able to see them perform live. I never went to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I wish I had taken a pretty photo of the dip before we inhaled it. As it was, I gave myself a blistering burn on the roof of my mouth I was in such a hurry to try it fresh out of the oven. Totally worth it, by the way. So delicious.
- 1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 14 ounces can hearts of palm, drained and chopped
- 10 ounces package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
- 8 ounces block fat free cream cheese, softened
- 6 1/2 ounces tub light garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (such as Alouette Light)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- To prepare dip, combine mozzarella, 1/4 cup Asiago, sour cream, and remaining ingredients, stirring until well blended. Spoon spinach mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Asiago. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Serve warm with chips.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We can thank (or blame) my dad for creating and maintaining the pool. We can also thank (and again blame) him for making us change our names for the season. From September until Superbowl Sunday I am known as ShaNayNay around here. And no, I did not choose that name. I have to note that one person's identity has not been changed. Not sure how they got away with that.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I'll try to remember to do this with a leaf from the same trees every Wednesday. It will be interesting to see the progress from week to week. Wonder which ones will change the fastest, have the most red, or won't change at all.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Ménage À Trois by Folie À Deux has been on a long list of wines to review for my "Cheap Wine with a Pretty Label" series. So I was thrilled to see a guest bring it to the party. The label isn't all that interesting, but I still wish I had taken the picture earlier in the night (the caption under this image should read "hurry and take the photo before my hand catches on fire"). The name is catchy and led to dinner conversations about things I had no idea were happening in my neck of the woods.
The wine? Frankly, I was surprised by how much I liked it. Actually, everyone at the party mentioned how much they enjoyed it. Very, very good. And as my husband said, "wine always tastes better when you share it with a group of friends".