Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dear Mr. Fall

Dear Mr. Fall,

There is no doubt, you are coming in visit me. I'm not entirely ready for you, however I know that does not matter, you will come regardless. If you must come, I ask that you come at a slow pace and you stay awhile. Do not hurry through, enjoy your stay and let the days be long. For you see, I definitely do not want the next visitor that will follow in your shoes.....mean ole' cold Mr. Winter.

Sincerely,

Me


What do you think of the sunflower in my garden? It is probably 10 feet tall, maybe more. Can you see the bee hanging out? I love looking outside in the morning to see the sun shining on them.

Romeo is loving the cooler temperatures. Once again it's a chore to get him to come inside. When it's 95 degrees outside he will gladly come to the door to come inside (he is no dummy). But now we must coax him in with some treats. I was grilling out tonight and he kept hearing dogs bark so he sat and listened for the longest time.


And then he smelt the chicken.


I love how he lays down and kicks his left back paw out. He cannot lay with both legs underneath him. He always kicks this leg out. And if a Lego toy is in the way, he kicks it across the room.


He is all nice and shiny because he got a bath this weekend. Our grass on the other hand.....well let's just not look at that in the pictures.
My craft show went exceptionally well this past weekend. I loved talking to all of the ladies that came by to visit and it made my heart skip when they praised my work. I sold almost everything I made so it was very profitable. Now it's time to start thinking Christmas because we are having another show in October. I'm already making things! Maybe I will be ready for that mean ole' Mr. Winter before I know it with all of the Santa Clause paper I have sitting around.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Sale


Well this weekend is the craft sale I told you about. I've been extra busy in my craft room with paper, glue, stickers, glitter and everything else imaginable. I have no idea what to expect. The ladies running this have done a wonderful job advertising the sale in our home town so at least the word is out. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I'm excited to just be with a bunch of ladies that enjoy being together and nervous that they won't like what I make. Regardless, the time has come.


The show is Friday night and all day Saturday. I'm tired of fall colors and Halloween so I'm glad the day has come. Next round........Christmas.


Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Peek-A-Boo

I walked by the kitchen table today and saw this......


And even closer.....



Don't touch the tablecloth or both come out to get you......



And if you take a peek underneath, this is who you will find.



Thursday, August 19, 2010

We Survived the 1st Day of School

We both survived the 1st day of school. I didn't cry, but I had a big lump in my throat when I dropped Colin off at school. This was Romeo's first experience with school and he was excited just because he knew Colin and I were excited.

It is a tradition in our family to take lots of pictures on the first day of school and each year Colin grumbles a bit more about the tradition. But nonetheless, I do it anyway. He went along with it and let me snap away. I started the morning with taking a picture of Romeo. He is always a good student.
Colin had the breakfast of champions.
After breakfast it was time for pictures. I really like this one. Lot's of love between these two.

Colin tried to get Calleigh in a picture but jealous Romeo wouldn't leave the two of them alone. He was just licking Colin's ear in this picture. Look at the petrified look on Calleigh's face. She is probably thinking "that big canine better not lick me!".


Next we went outside for some pictures.


And our annual picture is always on the front porch of whatever house we live in. If you look closely, you'll see Tiger in this last picture.



From here we drove to school and I watched him walk away, again. And so, the 6th grade has begun.

Oh yes, he really likes his teacher!




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back To School


Tomorrow is the big day.....6th grade.

I pray he likes his homeroom teacher.

I pray he treats his friends with respect and never bullies anyone.

I pray God protects his mind, body and soul.

I pray I don't cry after dropping him off. I almost started today thinking about it. Oh boy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Roll over Red Rover and Other Fun Times

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I am proud to announce Romeo learned a new trick tonight; Roll over! We've tried it with him a few times in the past and he didn't want anything to do with it. Tonight.......we had ham. Colin and I showed him 5 times what "roll over" meant and by the 6th time, he did it all by himself. Here is a little video from my cell phone. Ignore my funky outfit. I have on my dress blouse from work and my pajama pants. Sexy eh? And in the end Colin and I are pretty excited so you hear some high pitched squeals. We couldn't help ourselves, he is a very smart puppy dog!

Over the weekend I was busy around the house and it just drives Romeo crazy because I was constantly moving. He is definitely a Velcro-Aussie because he will not leave my side. He was constantly following me from room to room and would moan when he could finally lie down. He doesn't get the naps he needs because of his need to be stuck by my side.

Saturday I noticed all of a sudden he wasn't following me any longer. I went to the front of the house to find this.

He not only gave up on following me, he found a comfy spot to lay down! The furniture is off limits but I felt so sorry for him I left him. After I took the pictures and walked away he followed me again. So much for that nap.


Calleigh on the other hand was busy trying to catch a fly. She is always busy during the day.


And the other big fanny was resting in my bedroom with Mickey Mouse. He is NOT a Velcro-cat!


Saturday afternoon we picked up my niece from Nana's house so we could spend the day with her. She is home visiting before school starts and cousin Colin wanted to do something with her. She has her driving permit so she wanted to drive with me in town. It was so totally weird to be with her driving, I can't even explain it.

She did very good....both hands on the wheels. :)

Both of them wanted to head North to the big city to play putt-putt. It was about 90 degrees outside, but we did it anyway. I took pictures while the two of them played.


After putt-putt they wanted to play basketball in this trampoline thing. Remember, it's 90 degrees outside. I would have died of heart failure.

Our weekend was fun with everyone. This Thursday Colin goes back to school, hard to believe. We have a new backpack, 3 ring binder and everything else a 6th grader needs. I'm not ready for homework to start again. I sure hope the 6th grade is easy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Roasted-Tomato Bread

While I've been home on vacation it put me in the cooking mood. We have not eaten out at all, I have made us dinner every evening. It is so much easier to cook when you don't work. Why does life have to be so difficult?
One thing I made was an extra yummy Roasted Tomato Bread from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (found here). A year ago I posted another wonderful recipe from this cookbook. You can read about it here. I used to be scared of yeast, but those days have passed. Homemade bread is so lovely, you must try making it someday and push any fears aside. Martha will help you.
Since our tomato garden is doing rather well with the little cherry tomatoes, I knew right away I wanted to make this recipe. So out to the garden I went with my little pail to harvest our (daily) crops.


I have posted the recipe below but here are my photos along the way.
The tomatoes roasted after they come out of the oven. Please note, if you want to stop right here, it is so worth it. Take these little Yum-O's and slap them on a piece of store bought bread. Soak up any extra Olive Oil on the pan. Uh-huh...that's what I'm talking about. But I didn't try it....that is NOT why you see a small hole in the pile of tomatoes on the pan. No, no sir.


You will notice in Martha's recipe she uses a lot of weights instead of measurements. I went that route only because my Mom had a set of kitchen scales. Martha claims that is the best way to bake. But if you want the bread, use the measuring cups. I'm sure it will still be tasty.

No fancy Olive Oil for me.
Here it is before going into the oven. I really needed more tomatoes because between the two layers, it should cover the entire bread. Next time.....remember to cut up lots of extra tomatoes.
And here is the bread after she came out of the oven. Sorry for the crummy lighting. It was already night time. I must say it is so lovely to have your home smell of freshly baked bread.

About this time Dad came over and he immediately noticed the bread. Dad doesn't get excited about much, but he did get a little happy eating this stuff. I didn't have to force any take home sacks. He graciously took some home for him and Mom. It's a good thing, no one needs a whole pan of this stuff sticking around. It is yummy for breakfast too. :) Enjoy!!

ROASTED-TOMATO BREAD

4 pints cherry tomatoes, sliced into 1/4" rounds
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for pan
4 tsp coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 pounds (about 5 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
10 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) semolina flour
1 1/2 ounces fresh yeast
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Divide tomatoes evenly between two rimmed baking sheets; drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt. Bake until tomatoes begin to shrivel and juice on the pan has reduced, about 45 minutes; remove from oven. Lightly brush another rimmed baking sheet with olive oil; set aside. Raise oven temperature to 425 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring milk to a simmer. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine remaining 2 teaspoons salt, the flours, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and the yeast. Mix on low speed, gradually pouring in the hot milk until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Once combined, mix on medium speed for 1 minute. The dough will be very sticky.
Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Using lightly oiled hands, spread the dough evenly, making sure it fills the pan. Cover tightly with oiled plastic wrap and set in a warm place until the dough reaches just below the edge of the pan, about 30 minutes. Using your fingers, dimple the dough, in an uneven pattern, leaving 2 inches between each dimple. Evenly arrange half of the roasted tomatoes on the dough. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt.
Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Scatter the remaining tomatoes on top, then sprinkle with salt. Cut into slices with a serrated knife or pizza wheel. The bread can be kept, wrapped tightly in plastic, at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. (But it won't last that long so don't worry about it)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A little Blog Catch-up

Sorry everyone......my Mama has been too busy to blog. (Colin took this photo of the most handsome dog in the entire world).



I have been too busy to blog this past week. Had too many things to do around the home and I also wanted to spend some alone time with Colin before he heads back to school next week. I am on vacation this week so we could be together and so far we are having fun doing a whole lot of nothing.
He has been playing with different toys and I believe the 3 animals love having us both home. Colin built this fire engine house and once Tiger caught wind of if, he decided it was his to play with. Can you see how big his eyes are? He is about to pounce over the house.

Then all of a sudden Tiger saw the little tunnel under the house so he decided to go through it instead of over it. Can you see Calleigh to the left? She was being a good girl and decided to watch the situation while her brother destroyed Colin's house. His fanny was too large to fit in the tunnel.
Trying to grab for me.

Once he made it through, he decided to go back. Heaven forbid he walks around the place.

Finally he gave up and just watched us. Cutie pie.


Smile for the camera. :)


Last weekend I decided it was time to give Romeo another bath. He was getting pretty stinky. This time Colin was here to help me and I'm not really sure it was any better than the last time. But we didn't give up and Romeo got his bath. And Romeo gave us a bath as well.

Romeo is getting ready to shake.....and get my patio doors soaking wet. Kind of looks like he is smelling my yummy basil.

And even once it was all over he still loved us and was willing to give Colin a big wet kiss.


Lots of more things to share but that is enough for now. Time to get back to vacation.