Monday, September 01, 2014

Musical Monday: "Everybody Loves Somebody" sung by Dean Martin

"Dean Martin resented rock n' roll, and his attitude created conflict at home with his 14-year-old son Dean Paul Martin, who like many teenagers in the Western world, worshiped The Beatles. He told his son, "I'm gonna' knock your pallies off the charts," and in August 15, 1964 he did just that: Everybody Loves Somebody knocked the Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" off the number one slot on Billboard."  ~Wikipedia

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Parker Cousins

 When you visit your cousins....
...start the morning with a tickle fight....
 ....and hug your cousins....

....and play tops with the baby (she LOVED the tops that Dad made, and was SO cute toddling around with one in each hand!)!

Go for a hike....
...photograph the flowers....
 ...and baby Liorah!

Help with dinner to earn your keep (aren't the peppers pretty?)!
And don't forget to take some nice organized photos too!  (I'm sad to say that after getting home and looking at the photos we took, we realized that we did not get a single photo of ALL the girls! It's SO sad~ sorry Jodi!)
Mom and Russ....
....all the cousins!

Kayson, Me & Joshua....playing with Kinetic Sand (here) and "pencil pod racing"!  (we also played ping-pong)

 Sophie's new friends =)  
 (How do you like that cute dress I made? It was so easy, I glad that it fits so well!)

 You should have seen the boy I caught....he was THIS BIG!

 Bloopers:
(isn't it crazy how Joshua looks like a rounder faced version of his cousin, my Uncle Matt)


Thanks for letting us interrupt your lives for a while....I hope that we are friends forever!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Food on Friday: Homemade Buttermints

I got the recipe from ehow.
 They say:  4 oz. of cream cheese or butter, 1 lb. of powdered sugar, 1 to 2 tsp. of peppermint extract and "some" food coloring

But I used:
4 oz. SOFT butter
1 lb. of unsifted powdered sugar
2 tsp. of peppermint extract (1t. McCormick & 1t. Frontier)
2 drops green food coloring* (color was nice)

~It was way TOO dry, so I added 2-2&1/2T milk....then it was too wet, so I added 1/2 C. powdered sugar (sifted this time!) & 1/4 t. more Frontier mint extract

~Rolled into short logs, and cut with a knife into good sized chunks- a little bigger than my thumb.  (they say 1/2" X 12" and cut into 1/2" bits....I just did what felt right)

~ Set them on waxed paper to dry up for 48ish hours, and then popped them into a container with a tight lid and into the fridge till serving time.....

*I used coloring for the following reasons:
1. they were for a party (an after thought was that I should have made 2 colors- pink & blue)
2. I was afraid that they would be a funny unappetizing shade of cream/yellow/whiteish color...
3. with thought #2 in mind, and  I was not sure yet what dish I would serve them on, and did not want them to "clash".   I'm pretty sure that they did not. =)
Leave the cut mints out on the wax paper at room temperature for two days to dry before transferring to an airtight container for storage for two weeks.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_5868832_make-soft-mints.html
Leave the cut mints out on the wax paper at room temperature for two days to dry before transferring to an airtight container for storage for two weeks.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_5868832_make-soft-mints.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Charles R. Swindoll quote



"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun."

~Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, August 25, 2014

Musical Monday: Roger Williams - "It's Now Or Never"

 =)  I don't think that I've ever heard the lyrics to this song, but it is a pretty instrumental does it not?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food on Friday: Bakery time!


 We went to the Pagosa Baking Company twice- once with Papa & Grandma, and once by ourselves.
The first time I got a Lemon Bar & Mom got an iced coffee, the next time Mom & I shared a warm-from the-oven Ginger Chocolate Chip cooky!  (if you are in the neighborhood, try the cooky)




Sophie says: "They're just my size!".  Adrienne says: "I'll have to remember this cute idea!"


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Kitty in the Kitchen!

I was calmly making my lunch, and I felt I was being watched.  I was...by Lucy!
Lucy's view:
 When I turned my back on her, (to show Grand Mary the photos of what Lucy looked like) Lucy jumped down....next to my plate....thankfully not in it! =) 
             Cats never stop amazing me with their agility and precision!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Musical Monday: "In Summer" Sing-a-long!

 Sorry friends! I know that "Frozen is WAY over done, but I just had to share this sing-a-long~ doesn't everyone love sing-a-longs?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Food on Friday: Izzy's

Uncle Clint introduced us to Izzy's Burger Spa in Tahoe~ they were good!


They had those tables that the laminate looks like OLD ads...this one caught my eye: 

Come to think of it, we have been eating lots of burgers on this trip! =)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Thinking about Valentine's Day

(I'm posting this early, for those of you that need to plan ahead!)

If you feel sad, lonely or depressed about Valentine's day,  remind yourself that the holiday isn’t all about romance and couples…it’s about spreading love and goodwill…making people smile.

 Buy (or make) the cheesy, silly paper cards and a few lollipops or cutesy pencils and give them to the little or not so little people in your life...take the opportunity to “embrace the kid in you”.  =)   

Create some fun and surprises for your friends and family.   Bake some cookies or a cake…make your own fun and take the opportunity for a party!  (I think that the main reason that this holiday has always been so popular is that it breaks up the winter doldrums.)

I’ll go ahead and confess that some years I’m depressed- but then if I stop and think about it, it's because I’m focusing more on self, and less on others.  Focus on others…giving love and joy.  Not on what “you don’t have that you think everyone else does "have”.....  

What do you think?  Am I right?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Musical Monday: "Dominique"


 The Singing Nun was a fun Debbie Reynolds movie- I've watched it 2 times at Grandma Hale's house.
(my other favorite song from this movie is "It's a Miracle")

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

Food on Friday: Fish Dinner

 Papa caught and cooked the fish, Grandma did the rest!

Thanks guys!  =)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Whatever Wednesday: Jessica Rey & The evolution of the swim suit


Mom and I came across this10 minute video when we were looking around YouTube for swimsuit sewing tutorials....I thought that it was good. What do you think?

Monday, August 04, 2014

Musical Monday: Plumb - "In My Arms"

 I love this song~ so sweet, and makes you love your Mother more, makes you cry for unloved babies & children, makes you miss the ones who aren't here.



(Benjamin introduced this song to us awhile back)