Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
All geared up and ready to go!
My gal pals tried to help Bebe and I use one of those carriers but Bebe cried and cried. We'll have to try it again next time. Maybe she's not a conformist!
My friends also have a toddler each... I think I'm exhausted and I just have the one!
(What a way to travel!) Sometimes I wish someone would carry me
around like that...
But then I guess each stage is neat. Like the curious phase!
I snapped this hand holding moment as we were walking back to our cars from the play area. Too cute!
Well, it was a lot of fun...we're so happy it is spring and there's lots of sunshine.
Stay tuned for more of our adventures!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I've loved the sights and sounds of trains since I was about 3 years old.
We lived next to a railroad crossing at the time and I would wave to the conductor late at night hoping he would see me and blast the horn. He always did and in my mind it was because I was waving....it was most likely because he was approaching a crossing.
This museum has a large collection of really old original trains. See how big they are next to my Dad?
He was really impressed with this one...it's one of the first trains to ever run between Philly and New York around 1835. This one is a replica and on loan from the Smithosonian.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This week I do hope to list some new arrivals to the Bella Rosa. website and I am still taking orders.
And of course, I'll still be taking care of Dear Bebe.
We'll be back soon!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am to open my photo folder on my computer, then:
*Open the 6th folder of photos
*Select the 6th picture
*post the picture on my blog with a description
*Invite 6 friends to join the challenge
*Link my 6 friends to my blog post
Well, here it is...the sixth photo in my sixth folder. The photo above of the lifeguard stand was taken in the summer of '07. We go to the beach every year with my Dear Hubby and my Stepchildren. This year it will be Dear Bebe's first visit to the beach! This also happens to be my favorite beach location...along the Jersey shore. I've been going there ever since I was a kid...through my teen years and then even after college I lived on the boardwalk for awhile. It was tons of fun. And now I get to share it with my sweetie sweets who will be almost a year old by the time we get there!
And now I am going to commit a blog no-no...I'm not going to link to the six other bloggers...I just don't have the time with Dear Bebe to take care of.
So, feel free to try this for yourself. Post your sixth picture in your sixth folder. Why these particular numbers...I don't know. But, it seemed like fun. I hope you enjoyed seeing what was lurking in there! I actually took the beach photos because we were re-decorating our downstairs bathroom and I was going to frame different shots I had snapped at the beach. I ended up ditching the idea...but the photos are still there.
Let me know if you post your photo! And have a great weekend. I'll be dreaming about the beach now...won't be long until we can get there.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Let's just say we didn't win the Martha Stewart award for dying. So, here in a nutshell, er, eggshell is how NOT to dye eggs:
* Do not buy cheapie version of a PAAS egg dying kit. It's just not worth it.
* When the directions say "DO NOT" use cold eggs, believe them.
* Do not dye eggs on good Easter tablecloth.
* Do not use cheapie plastic containers with big spoons.
Because then this is what happens to your nice tablecloth, the carpet, and your wee little one's foot.
While this cheapie plastic holder didn't cause any mishaps...we still missed the copper wire thing we used to get in the PAAS box back in the 70's!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
If you're not sure about Good Friday and what it is, I've included an excerpt from About.com:
Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day Christians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.
The biblical account of Jesus' death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Place your eggs in the bottom of your pan. Fill it with water so they are just covered.
Bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat. Do not remove the pan. Let them sit there for 14 - 17 minutes.
Empty hot water and cover with cold water. The eggs should chill there for about 10 - 20 minutes. They'll be much easier to peel. Some people crack them a little first to let the water get under the shell.
And VOILA....a perfect egg everytime. None of that dark edge on the yolk.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
But this weekend we had a night out. We went to see REO Speedwagon in concert.
I bought the tickets for my hubby because he was a huge fan of this band back in the 70's. He leaned over to me during the concert and said with a smile "I wish I had saved my 8 Tracks."
This brought a smile to my face because I then thought of Dear Hubs as a teenager riding around in his Gran Torino listening to "Take it on the Run" or "I Can't Fight this Feeling." The funny thing is, it was hard to fight the feeling of nostalgia. As soon as you hear the music of your youth the memories are so great. Almost like a drug. I also liked REO Speedwagon but I probably would not have gone to this concert if it hadn't been for him.
Here is the band back in the 70's. Not all of the original band members are still touring. The lead singer is the same and so is another member. The rest were added later...but they've all been playing together since the late 80's and early 90's. That's still a long time. And the years are starting to show.
When the band first came out to start the concert my first thought was "Oh my gosh, they are so old!" and "Got Geritol?" The lead singer looked like a thin, frail old man. But I have to hand it to to him. He started hopping around and singing like he was still in his twenties. Good for him, I say! By the end of the show he had a great many followers running up to the stage to grab his hand, take a photo, and sway to the music. I hope I have that much energy when I'm sixty.
That being said, I have to say the concert had me thinking. A lot. I looked around at all of the people. Many were older than me. I was in 7th grade when I first started listening to their songs so I must be on the tail end of their fan base. As I looked around I saw that the years had been hard on the fans. Some looked haggard, worn down, beaten down by time. But their youthful memories remained and for one evening, they weren't middle aged, they were back in their glory days reliving a time they once knew. And loved. But not forgotten.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
What a great day to thank and give praise to God. Hallelujah!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Yesterday I pulled a ziploc baggie out of our freezer with two big pieces of chicken in it. I stashed it in the fridge to thaw.
By today I realized I had to make something with it. Out came the trusty crockpot. As I've mentioned before, I love cooking in my crockpot. What did I do with the chicken? Most of the time I create the recipe on the spot. Tonight was no exception. I guess I enjoy the challenge.
There were two whole leg/thigh pieces and I tossed them in. I grabbed a bottle of barbecue sauce and threw that on top. (Not the bottle itself, just the sauce. LOL) I almost stopped there but decided it was too strong and needed something else. I decided honey would compliment the sauce and threw that in. Next I boiled a chicken bouillon cube in 1 cup of water and voila...I had chicken broth to toss into the mixture. Cooked it on low for about 4 hours. Well, I have to say...it was a delicious sauce and the chicken was so good it "melted in your mouth."
Another successful crockpot night and I wanted to share it with you.
Plus I've also already made my Ice Cream Potato Salad this year! I usually wait until Memorial Day to kick off "potato salad season," but this year I was so thrilled about the arrival of spring it couldn't wait.
I'd love to hear what you like to make for dinner during the week. Maybe I'll start a dinner post and have gals link to my blog. What could I call it? Something like "Dinner Dilemma Wednesday" or "Mouth Watering Monday?"
Let me know if you like the idea or have any thoughts on what to name it. I just might do it.