Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of two (soon to be three, coming December 2018!), a piano teacher and musician. I feel inspired to share with you stories of our family, especially our cute kids! I also want to include pedagogical thoughts, resources and theories about my piano teaching career. I hope you love the stories, enjoy the tips, and find some things useful.20171001_104215_hdr.jpg

 

A New Ride! Monday, November 12, 2018

A New Ride! Monday, November 12, 2018

It is official. Andrew and I have become typical and old! In the last six months we have become homeowners, bought a lawnmower, and now a family car has appeared on the scene. We have purchased a Chevy Acadia that has a third row, and capable of holding a soon to be family of five. We are all super excited about this new ride!! It is the nicest vehicle we have ever owned, by far! Our old cars are/were simply not large enough to put three car seats in, and we knew a new car was going to have to be purchased sometime before Samuel’s arrival.

After purchasing the car and driving it for awhile, we parked it carefully in our garage. Then Andrew and I both stood staring out the garage door window at it. We couldn’t stop looking at it! We are silly, proud and ridiculous! πŸ™‚ David loves it almost more than we do however. He already claimed the back seat before we even purchased it, and was so excited to sit back there by himself. He then had to tell everyone we came into contact with yesterday at church that we had a new car! It was funny and almost embarrassing! πŸ™‚

I have some recipe’s to share with you that I’ve tried in the last week! First, a roasted beef tenderloin recipe! It was so amazingly delicious and easy to fix!!! Great for a week night or even a fancy gathering! All you do is smother the meat in kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper with a couple other optional seasonings. Roast it on an oven safe rack at 475 for fifteen to twenty minutes or until the inserted thermometer reaches about 140 degrees. Here is the recipe forΒ Roasted Beef Tenderloin! Andrew had a butcher cut and trim us a tenderloin. Otherwise, they can be very expensive, plus you have to go to all the work to trim the fat off if the butcher doesn’t.

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I also fixed scalloped potatoes as a side dish with the tenderloin. Mine didn’t look exactly like the picture on the recipe and I’m not sure exactly why, but it still tasted amazing! I love anything that involves potatoes and cheese anyway! πŸ™‚ Here is the recipe forΒ Scalloped Potatoes.

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By the way, as I sit here and type the carpet is being laid in the nursery!!! I know, it’s about time! I can’t wait till they are finished, and I can get in there and put the finishing touches on it! Keep you posted!

Love,

PK

Sweet Moments! Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sweet Moments! Thursday, November 8, 2018

This has been a week that feels like fall, with the time change and the rainy weather. We have had to entertain ourselves indoors quite a lot this week. This makes for crazy, wild, and ornery children! (even more than usual! πŸ™‚ ) We have been having tea parties, pretend cooking sessions, dancing (I’m so tired of baby shark! πŸ™‚ Emma loves baby shark, and sings it all the time! It’s pretty cute though!), and all kinds of indoor fun!

We did managed to go outside a little bit earlier in the week. We have a couple small trees in our front yard, and David has discovered that he can climb on one of them. He now likes to go outside and climb the tree. I don’t really mind because it’s a small tree and not very high off the ground. He thinks he’s so big and cool! πŸ™‚20181105_090506~2

Yesterday was one of those days for David. He just could not behave or listen at all!!!! It didn’t matter what I said or did, he was just incapable of staying out of trouble. From the moment he came home from school until time to go to church for Wednesday night programs. However, he was perfect at church! He sat in the front pew with a few of the other children because he was assigned to help with communion. He was so excited and happy to be helping out with communion too. He sat so good during church, and went up to help with communion when it was time. He did an excellent job serving! Seeing him up there with Andrew made me teary eyed! It was so precious! My baby served me communion, sniffle sniffle! Then after church it was back to being his can’t stay out of trouble self!! I tried to take a deep breathe, and remember the communion moment! πŸ™‚

I am not sleeping well right now, and therefore Andrew is not sleeping well either. I feel so bad that I keep waking him up at night, but I guess it’s just good practice for when the baby actually arrives. We have one more month to go before we get to meet our precious Samuel!! I’m so excited, anxious, and ready, and not ready, and ….!

Since it is fall and I’m into fall things, like pumpkin, I decided to make pumpkin muffins! They are so moist and delicious! You can eat them for dessert or breakfast! The recipe calls for a cream cheese frosting, which I know would be wonderful with these muffins. I didn’t make the frosting however, because I wanted the kids to be able to eat them for breakfast. We only need so much sugar in the morning! πŸ˜‰

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Here is the recipe forΒ Pumpkin Spice Muffins! I just did one minor change to the recipe. I used about two teaspoons of a pumpkin pie spice I bought from Trader Joes. Instead of the Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg ingredients. It probably changed the taste slightly, but I wanted to try my pumpkin pie spice! πŸ™‚ Happy Fall!

Love,

PK

“Wonderfully and Carefully Made” Saturday, November 3, 2018

“Wonderfully and Carefully Made” Saturday, November 3, 2018

Treble Mama Logo_FINAL-01Look at that beautiful logo!!! I am so proud of it, and for special reason. My sister, Leah, who has her degree in graphic design did it for me!! Isn’t it great!! She is so talented!! It is wonderful having gifted family members who are willing to take the time to help you out! πŸ™‚ I love my sister and she is amazing! Leah is much more artsy, eclectic, beautiful and elegant than I! I sometimes marvel at how siblings can be born and raised in the same household, and yet be so completely different! Not only do I wonder how we can sometimes be from the same household, but there are times when I think we are from different planets! God makes us all unique!! I love my siblings, and we wouldn’t be us without our quirkiness!!!

Since I’m giving thanks for my siblings today, I just want to remind you about my Thanksgiving album I recently recorded! Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and we have so much to be thankful for! Here is the link to myΒ MediaΒ page!

Speaking of siblings, my own children are quite quirky and unique themselves!! Emma last night at dinner wanted her cookie that came with her meal. (Why do restaurants put the sweet treat right on the plate with the other food anyway?) She refused to eat her sandwich and we told her she had to eat more of her sandwich in order to get her cookie. This is the response we got! Head plopped on the table, and persistent “I want my cookie” ensued. Both our children come by their stubbornness honestly!

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There’s no reason for sharing this picture other than I love pictures of my two guys!! I HEART!! πŸ™‚ Andrew and David went to the Grizzlies game the other night, and Andrew sent me this picture. I can’t help myself!

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Halloween is over, and I have to say I’m actually glad. πŸ™‚ We have enough candy to last until next Halloween! Wednesday evening we went to church, and then after it started to rain so trick or treating was cut very short. We then ate dinner and watched a movie with the kids. It was actually calm and relaxing!

Here are some David Halloween funnies:

  • “What is a ghosts favorite dessert? Boo Berry Pie!” (imagine him saying it with the voice of a ghost)
  • Me in the other room, and I hear David say, “That’ll scare the pants right off ya!” I have no idea the context to this statement.
  • “What kind of a bat knows his ABC’s? The alphabat.”

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Love,

PK

 

Costumes, Birthdays, and Sweets! Oh My!!! Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Costumes, Birthdays, and Sweets! Oh My!!! Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I feel like we have been celebrating ever since Friday for one occasion or another! On Friday we took the kids to “boo at the zoo”. We met up with my brother and sister in law and their two boys. The kids had a spectacular time! I was worried that they might get scared and not want to stay, but it was super kid friendly. They loved seeing all the fun costumes, trick or treating, and walking through the zoo at night! David and Emma both love pumpkins and costumes! David wanted to dress up as a skeleton this year, and Emma was Curious George. I had saved David’s costume from when he was two years old, and so it fit Emma really well. She loves Curious George and was happy to be George!

 

Saturday we went to Chuck E. Cheese for our nephews birthday party. Our kids had never been to Chuck E. Cheese before, and were very seriously taking it all in when Chuck E. came out to do the birthday songs and etc. with the kids. They just sat there with very serious faces. It was so funny! They did have a blast playing all the games, celebrating with pizza and cake, and spending time with family though.

 

Sunday afternoon the church hosted a trunk or treat, and the kids again had fun playing games and getting candy. We have WAY more candy than any of us needs to eat. In fact I’m seriously considering re-gifting it back out tomorrow night to trick or treaters that come to our door! Is that wrong? I of course will save some for the kids, but I don’t really feel bad about giving most of it away!

Monday was Emma’s second birthday!! She was born around 2:30 in the morning. How can my baby girl be two already? She is so special and brings much happiness to our family! She is sweet and energetic, wants to keep up with David, has learned to use the potty and can even tell me when she needs to go, and her little personality and vocabulary are blossoming! We took the kids to a pumpkin patch farm on Monday, and spent the beautiful day enjoying the outdoors. The kids petted the animals, watched pig races, played on playgrounds, picked pumpkins, went on hay rides, through a corn maze, and more! It was a great place! Emma picked out her pumpkin almost immediately and was happy with it. David had to scour the field for the “perfect” pumpkin. Finally he decided on one that he thought was the biggest and best! πŸ™‚

We then took the kids to Steak and Shake to eat before going back home.

That evening I fixed Emma’s favorite dinner, Spaghetti! We then had cake, courtesy of Grand-mama! It was an Elmo cake! Emma loved it, and kept saying, “Elmo, Elmo…”! πŸ™‚ She had help blowing out her candle and opening her gifts from David, who was just as eager about it all as she was.

 

Happy Birthday Sweet Emma!

Love,

PK

Time is Ticking! October 24, 2018

Time is Ticking! October 24, 2018

I am definitely feeling the last trimester ups and downs! For the most part I feel pretty good and have enough energy. However, I am not sleeping well, I feel the need to get a whole list of things accomplished “like yesterday”, and there are just not enough hours in the day. I know I supposedly have until December 23rd, but I think because it is so close to Christmas I am worried about not getting everything done in time. I sure don’t want to disappoint these cute faces!

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Andrew took this photo the other night at dinner. It was truly a rare and precious moment! David is aware that soon there will be another baby in the house, and he has already been exhibiting signs of jealousy in various ways. Hopefully we can work through those feelings and he will get it out of his system. Emma of course has no clue really, and I’m afraid her green eyed monster will come to head once Samuel becomes visible. I could use some serious prayer in dealing with all these wild emotions around here! πŸ™‚ In an effort to help David feel important and included, I painted and updated his room this week. I wanted to do this before we moved in to this house and it didn’t happen, so now seemed like a good time. Hobby Lobby had a lot of dinosaur decor on sale that David and I picked out, and he said he wanted to paint his wall blue. I think it turned out pretty cute! πŸ™‚

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In my last blog I showed a picture of Emma’s room, and that we converted her crib to a toddler bed. She LOVED her room, and went straight to the bed and started saying, “Emma’s bed”. She was so cute! πŸ™‚ She has been doing well sleeping in her bed too.

Here are some cute picture moments from the week. We went to the park and David was having fun going down the slide in any position other than on his bottom. πŸ™‚ I took the picture of Emma reading the book because I love the giant hair bow. πŸ™‚ Today we went to visit daddy in his office, and Andrew let Emma have his “Methodist” bear. πŸ™‚ She was so proud of that bear!

Time is going by too fast! My babies are growing too quickly! Emma will be 2 on Monday, and before we know it Samuel will be here too! I’m reminding myself to enjoy all the moments because they are precious!

Love,

PK

Kid Free! Friday, October 19, 2018

Kid Free! Friday, October 19, 2018

I am sitting here listening to silence. It is peaceful, wonderful, dull and boring all at the same time. πŸ™‚ David had fall break from school this Thursday and Friday, and so we arranged to send the kids to G-pa and Grand-mama’s house for a couple days. It has been very nice to have some grown up time! I went shopping yesterday afternoon. I needed some new boots, and a few things to revamp Emma’s bedroom. I rarely post anything about clothes or fashion because I’m probably the last person you want to seek advice from in that area, but I am going to brag on these boots I bought! I love winter boots! They were having a sale at Target yesterday, and I bought two pairs. I had a pair almost identical to the brown boots, but I wore them so much the soles were coming unattached from the boot. You can never go wrong with these boots! I also bought the gray boots because I tried them on and wanted to wear them the rest of the day! (Also because it was buy one get one half off sale!) The gray boots were so comfy and warm! I am all about comfort over beauty when it comes to shoes!

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After shopping, I started to work on reorganizing Emma’s bedroom. We decided it’s time to remove the changing table and rocking chair from her room, and change her bed from crib to toddler bed. We moved an old chest of drawers into her room, and I bought her a new curtain and chair. It looks super cute! I hope she thinks so when she comes back home this evening.Β 20181018_154930

I always get a little nervous when they are no longer confined to their crib. You don’t know how they are going to react. Whether they will stay in their bed or not, what will they do when they wake up, etc.?Β  Emma has never even tried to climb out of her crib! However, since she is mostly potty trained, (I have still been putting a diaper on her at night because she is confined to her crib.) we decided to give the toddler bed a try.

Andrew and I enjoyed a date night last night too! We went to this amazing restaurant in Memphis. We had reservations for eight o’clock! That is late for us! We are usually making sure the kids are ready for and going to bed by that time. We felt like young people again! πŸ™‚ We also both dramatically over indulged! We then came home and watched TV until late! We have our shows we keep up with, and right now we are working our way back through the episodes of The Man in the High Castle. The newest season has started airing, but I wanted to re-watch the others before starting the new because it’s been like two years, and it is a pretty dense show.

In other news, I have been recording some songs the last few weeks! I decided to do a thanksgiving album, and so I chose some arrangements of songs that I love! You can go to myΒ MediaΒ page and check it out! When I first started recording I wasn’t happy with the sound that I was getting back. Since we moved into this new house I have not been satisfied with the sound. In our old house the floors were cement tile, and the sound would ring out clearly. I didn’t have any trouble with recording. In this house the bedrooms have carpet, and the sound is just muddled. I had to try something different. I did some research, and decided to buy a small microphone from amazon that attaches to my phones earbud jack. IT’S AMAZING! The sound is SO MUCH BETTER! I love this new microphone! I hope you can tell a difference in the sound too! I also hope you enjoy my choice of songs, and that it helps bring on an attitude of thanks. We have so much to be thankful for!

 

This was Emma the other day! She was in such a goofy mood! πŸ™‚ She was stacking her croutons like blocks on her lunch plate. She later decided to lay down on the stairs and take a “nap”. I love this kid! πŸ™‚ So sweet and funny!

πŸ™‚ Love

PK

Fall Is Here! October 15, 2018

Fall Is Here! October 15, 2018

The kids and I spent the weekend at my parents. We enjoyed so many things about this weekend! Most of all seeing Dad and Mom (also known as Papa and Nana πŸ™‚ ), and we also enjoyed fall weather and activities! The fall weather has definitely put us in the mood for scarves, sweaters, pumpkins, festivals, chili and soups, apple and pumpkin desserts, and… you get the idea!!

Friday afternoon when we arrived in Dexter (the name of my hometown) I took the kids to the park to burn off some energy! They had a blast and love playing at that park. I think the smile on Emma’s face says it all!

 

Saturday the town of Dexter was having a fall festival downtown main street. It was pretty cold outside so we should have worn gloves and scarves, but I didn’t exactly come prepared…, so we wore jackets. We still had a blast, even though by the end Emma was cold! There was all kinds of crafts and goodies, and activities for the kids. The kids rode on a little train and played in the bouncy houses. It was Emma’s first train ride by herself. I couldn’t tell by her face if she was happy or about to cry! πŸ™‚ They both loved the bouncy houses though!

 

After the festival we went back to my parents house and had a bonfire. We cooked hot dogs over the open flames. I don’t know why, but hot dogs taste so much better this way!! Maybe it’s the overall experience that adds to the taste. πŸ™‚ David and Papa enjoyed sitting out by the fire and eating their lunch. Us girls went back inside to eat after roasting our hot dogs. Emma was still recovering from being cold at the festival. πŸ™‚

 

Later that evening the kids carved a couple of pumpkins that Nana had bought for them. Or I should say, Dad and I carved pumpkins for the kids! πŸ™‚ David and Emma then painted their pumpkins. Green was the popular color. The pumpkins they picked out were baby pumpkins, so cute!!! They are both really proud of their pumpkins!

 

This is what the pumpkins look like after dark! πŸ™‚

 

As usual when going to my parents house, we ate and ate and ate and ate…. No complaints here, except for I probably gained another ten pounds! My mom wanted to make this apple tart dessert, and so we peeled and cut apples, rolled out pastry, and made caramel sauce. It was so delicious!

 

Because Emma’s birthday is at the end of this month, (WHAT? Already? Yikes! My baby is turning two in a couple weeks!) Nana and Papa wanted to celebrate her birthday early with some cake and a few presents Sunday afternoon. Emma had a candle on her cake, and she was looking at it like please remove this thing from my dessert! I tried to show her how to blow it out, and she got some good practice in for later this month. πŸ™‚ (We are just having a family birthday for her at home this year, but I will fill you in on that later.)

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We drove back home Sunday night, and today we have enjoyed the day here at home with Andrew! I worked on some routine cleaning projects, made out a menu/grocery list, and we went shopping. At the grocery store they had one of those signs that states for expectant/new mothers. I have never taken advantage of this before, mostly because I don’t really feel that I need it. Most stores don’t have them anyway. Today I told Andrew to park in that spot! πŸ™‚ I wanted to know what it felt like to park in front of that sign. I have to say, it was pretty cool! πŸ˜‰ It was one of those one time experience kind of things. It’s the little things in life. πŸ™‚20181015_124054

Here is our menu for this week.

Monday: Today I fixed pan fried pork chops, black eye peas and carrots for dinner.Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Pasta alfredo (leftover) Dinner, Steak, butternut squash, and asparagus.

Wednesday: Lunch, Tacos. Dinner, at church.Β 

Thursday: Out…Date day!

Friday: Lunch, Turkey Chili. Dinner: Pollo alla plancha (chicken, black beans and rice)

Saturday: Lunch, Polish Sausage and Beans. Dinner: Lasagna.Β 

Sunday: Lunch, Chicken Enchilada Soup. Dinner: Sandwiches and soup.Β 

Last week I made Shrimp Pasta alfredo! I love anything pasta alfredo! I also made caesar salad, another favorite! The best thing about pasta alfredo is it is so easy to make! Seriously, all you need is butter, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and fettuccine noodles!Β Here is the recipe!Β I took the liberty of adding some shrimp to my pasta sauce and letting it cook that way. I also made my own caesar salad dressing.Β Here is the recipe!Β I really like this dressing recipe. It does not use eggs, so you don’t have to worry about it going bad or anything like that.

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Tonight I made black eye peas to go along with our pork chops. Since I posted some side dish recipes in my last blog, I thought I would keep it up and post my black eye pea recipe. I cheat and use canned black eye peas. It takes less time that way. I start by chopping up a couple slices of bacon and about half an onion. Cook them both in a skillet until the bacon is pretty crispy. Drain and add the can of black eye peas to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cook until peas are heated through.

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Love,

PK

Ear Infection! Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ear Infection! Sunday, October 7, 2018

In my last blog I talked about how we went to the zoo on Thursday with David’s class, etc. What I didn’t fully know yet at the time I wrote that blog is that while I was a winner parent in one aspect, at the same time I was unknowingly NOT!Β  Β That morning before the zoo trip Emma was super cranky! She didn’t want to eat her breakfast, she cried when I was drying my hair, and it was nearly impossible to get out the door! I passed it off as she just didn’t sleep well, and was having a bad morning. We went to the zoo, she had a good time, but I noticed even at the zoo she wasn’t quite herself. Usually Emma tries to keep up with the big kids, but she was content to sit in her stroller for most of the time. Later that afternoon after nap time, the same kind of crankiness ensued. At this point I was beginning to really think something was wrong. I noticed during her snack time at which she was not eating, that she was tilting her head to one side a lot. It was then that the thought of ear infection entered my mind. Andrew came home because it was almost time for me to teach that afternoon, and I had him take her to the walk in clinic. Sure enough, she had double ear infections and a red looking throat thought to be due to the ear infections. Poor, sweet baby!!! Had to put up with my insensitivity and un-awareness. I felt like the worst parent ever Thursday evening!! The doctor gave her some antibiotic, and she seems to be feeling a little better today. I feel like the ear infection is probably due to the beach vacation last week, what with all the wind, sand, and water. IΒ  get super worried when Emma doesn’t eat! She’s in the top ninety percent in height, and bottom ten in weight according to the doctor’s charts. So she doesn’t have any extra pounds or ounces to lose! She has started to eat better the last few meals. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers the next few days. I do feel that she is on the mend though.

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I have been working on painting an old chest for Samuel’s room. I was painting some finishing touches to it yesterday afternoon, and Emma was watching me. (She had been painting with finger paints prior, and they were left out on the table.) She then went into the kitchen with her paint brush and proceeded to paint herself. πŸ™‚ Look at that sweet, not so innocent face! πŸ˜‰

The toy chest turned out pretty! It was tedious to paint, but I love the finished product! Here is what it looked like before and after.

 

I hand painted all the black metal pieces! I didn’t know I had that much artist in me! πŸ™‚

Speaking of Samuel, he seems to be doing great! He does all kinds of acrobats, and I sometimes wish he wouldn’t wait until I go to bed to start them! I’m definitely feeling like it’s the third trimester. Pregnancy hormones seem to be rampant. I’ve been boo-hooing over nonsense happenings, wanting to clean everything (which isn’t too unusual for me anyway), and I just feel BIG and SLOW! I still have a couple more months to go! A nursery to finish, and I feel like I’m no where as ready for number three as I was the other two. Perhaps that’s because I have the other two! πŸ™‚

Here is our menu for this week!

I am planning on visiting my parents next weekend, so our menu is a little short.

Monday: Lunch, Ramen stir fry with steak. Dinner, Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.Β Β 

Tuesday: Lunch, Polish sausage and Navy beans. Dinner, Shrimp Pasta Alfredo with caesar salad.

Wednesday: Lunch, Cheeseburgers and chips. Dinner, At church.

Thursday: Lunch, Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Dinner, Honey Soy Salmon, rice, and edamame.Β 

I usually blog about our main dishes, but decided to share a couple side recipes with you this time. Probably two of our most common sides are mashed potatoes and green beans. They go with a lot of main dishes really well. Andrew has the mashed potatoes down almost to a science, and so I just let him take over and make themΒ  while I’m finishing up whatever else we happen to be having.

 

First, peel and quarter the potatoes and put them in a pot of water to boil. Depending on the size of the potatoes, I usually peel and cut about six. We like using the golden potatoes for mashed potatoes because they seem to come out more creamy. Let them boil until fork tender. Drain the potatoes. Add one stick of butter, approx. one cup of heavy cream, and a heaping tablespoon of sour cream. You can mash them any old way you prefer, but Andrew likes using the immersion blender. Salt and Pepper generously to taste. You can also add some garlic powder if you want garlic mashed potatoes. These mashed potatoes are creamy and divine!

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We LOVE fresh green beans! I can’t remember the last time we actually bought a can of green beans. The taste is just not the same. If you haven’t tried buying fresh green beans at the store, give it a shot! I don’t believe you will be disappointed, perhaps slightly more expensive, but they are just as easy to cook.Β  First, cut the stems off the green beans. Put them in a pan with some water. Boil until fork tender. Drain off the excess water. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.Β  Saute for just a couple minutes. They are ready to serve!

Love,

PK

 

Waffles and Things. Thursday, October 4, 2018

Waffles and Things. Thursday, October 4, 2018

It has been a while since I posted anything foodie, so I decided to up my game this week. That requires me to remember to photograph what I cook. This is a problem because it’s usually devoured by the time I remember! Such was the case with the waffles I made Sunday evening for brinner. πŸ™‚ We happened to have some waffles leftover which I wrapped up carefully, photographed, and put in the freezer. This was actually the first time for me to ever make waffles from scratch. I generally find it easier and obviously quicker to just use a good box mix. However, I decided to give it a whirl. I wanted to know what I was missing out on in life. Let me tell you I didn’t realize there could be such a difference in taste and texture. I mean after all, a waffle is a waffle, right? When cooking homemade waffles you can adjust the flavors, buttermilk or not, Vanilla flavoring or not, apple spice or not, the options are numerous. Not to mention the toppings!Β  I truly loved the homemade waffles, and will make them again. Don’t get me wrong, I will still pop out the box mix when in a hurry, but if I have time I will choose to make them from scratch. Here is the recipe:Β Ree Drummond Waffles!Β  Here are a couple of tips:Β Don’t forget to leave the waffles in the waffle iron long enough, that way they get nice and crispy on the outside! When trying to get the egg whites to firm up, use a mixer! Your arms will thank you! πŸ™‚ If you have leftovers, wrap the waffles individually in plastic wrap so you can pull them out as needed.

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The other recipe that I remembered to photograph this week is ranch style chicken. This is a favorite of mine, and I have cooked this several times. I love this recipe:Β Ranch Style Chicken!Β Here are some tips: You can use dijon or spicy brown mustard in the marinade. (Make sure to let the chicken marinade for at least an hour, and PLEASE use the boneless skinless chicken thighs like the recipe suggests!!) I cook the bacon on a rack over a sheet pan in the oven. When it is done, I then pour the bacon grease over my hot cast iron griddle, this way I can cook all the thighs at once. When the thighs are almost done, I add the bacon and the cheese and cover with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. I cooked mashed potatoes and green beans as the side dishes.

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When we got back from our beach vacation, David wanted to catch up on his school work. His teachers had sent home some worksheets for him to do. He really does like school! I’m not just making that up! πŸ™‚

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David’s preschool had a zoo field trip today. David was so excited he could talk of nothing else all day yesterday and this morning. He was thrilled to go to the zoo with his friends! David said, “There are going to be so many people and all my friends. I don’t think you will be able to see anything. I think you can wait for me at the exit.” I replied, “Oh really?” With a slight chuckle of amusement, shock and sadness. I said, “I don’t think so, I will need to go along with You and Emma.” I can’t believe he already doesn’t want me around! This isn’t supposed to happen yet! πŸ™‚ Knowing that he felt that way, I tried to not be that obnoxious mom today. I tried to hang back and keep an eye on him from a watchful distance. Only interjecting my voice to him when necessary. I didn’t embarrass him by giving him hugs or trying to take too many pictures. I can put myself on the good parent list today! πŸ™‚ Sigh! πŸ™‚

 

PK

Beach Vacation! September 29, 2018

Beach Vacation! September 29, 2018

20180924_161526~2In celebration of my birthday and as a family vacation, we spent the week at Dauphin Island, Alabama. It was a wonderful week!! I love the ocean and the beach. There is something calming, exciting, spiritual, mysterious and other worldly about the vast seas. The kids had a fabulous time too!! The last time we went to the beach David was around three years old. He was afraid of the water. This time he loved the ocean! It took holding Grand-mama’s hand the first time to get him used to it, but then he loved it. Just like David was the last time we took him to the beach, Emma loved the sand, but was unsure of the water. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because the only water they are really around is their bathtub, but they are both afraid of deep bodies of water. Neither one of them cares to go swimming in a swimming pool. I see swimming lessons in the near future for both of them. πŸ™‚

Sunday night we spent the night in Jackson, MS and then drove the rest of the way on Monday. We stopped at a local grocery store in Mobile before crossing over the bridge to Dauphin Island. We rented a condo with Andrew’s dad and mom, and needed to have some groceries for breakfasts, snacks, and a few meals to cook in. The pictures below are from Monday afternoon after we arrived and settled into the condo. “Us kids” couldn’t wait to get down to the beach! πŸ™‚

On Tuesday morning I took the kids down to the beach and we played in the sand, caught some crabs, and looked for sea shells. There was a tide pool between the sand and the beach, and we were walking along looking. Suddenly we saw some saltwater catfish. There were about four of them and they were pretty small. David was playing around in the water chasing them. He did so for quite a while. Suddenly he started screaming. He had been poked by one of them on the hand. It didn’t even cross my mind that he would actually be able to get close enough to touch them, but he did! Poor thing screamed and cried for quite some time. I know that it hurt, because my dad has been poked by freshwater catfish before and he says it hurts! Once David finally calmed down (When David gets hurt he can become hysterical and often overreacts. My sympathy for him sometimes only lasts so long, due to the fact that he needs to learn how to handle these situations better on his own), and the sting went away he was ready to go back to the beach for some more action. He just didn’t mess with those fish anymore! πŸ™‚

On Wednesday the ocean shared some unique treasures with us! Jelly fish were washing upon the shore! Most of the moon jelly fish we saw on the shore were without tentacles, and we were able to touch the tops of them. Then we tossed them back to sea. We also saw another unique kind of creature called Blue Buttons. They were very unique and pretty, and for some reason I didn’t get a picture. There were tons of them washing upon the shore! Emma loved collecting them! We called them sea buttons. She would say “sea button” in her cute little voice. πŸ™‚ We also saw dolphins out farther from shore that day, but I was unable to catch that on camera!

 

Thursday was technically our last “beach” day, and so we made the most of it! We made sand castles, buried the kids in the sand, and just had a relaxing time. The ocean was more unsettled and we didn’t really see too many creatures. I took a lot of pictures! I love how cute the kids are in their beach clothes, sunglasses and hats! Too cute! Sorry for the overload of pictures, but I can’t help it. πŸ™‚

The island didn’t have a ton of restaurants to choose from, but we did try a few of them. They all had really good food, it was cooked “southern” seafood style. My favorite was theΒ IslandersΒ restaurant. Andrew and I went on a date! It was great to have Jim and Alesia there to take care of the kids for us that evening! The restaurant had a great atmosphere and the food was amazing! I actually had their steak special instead of seafood and it was amazing! My date was pretty great too! πŸ˜‰

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We took David out crabbing a couple nights in hopes of seeing one of the big blue crabs, but we were unsuccessful at spotting one. However, it didn’t affect the amount of fun that was had. David and Emma decided to lay down on the sand and make sand angels at night. πŸ™‚

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Like all vacations they have to come to an end. On Friday we packed up and checked out of the condo. We did stop in Mobile, and Andrew and David toured the USS Alabama. Emma and I hung out on deck, as neither of us really could climb up and down tiny steps and passage ways. πŸ™‚ David loved it though!! He loves ships, planes, and anything that shoots! πŸ™‚ We made it home today, unpacked, and Andrew went grocery shopping for me! We are feeling thankful and blessed, and hopefully ready to get back to reality this week! πŸ™‚

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