Thursday, April 18, 2013

Some Mid-Week Excitement

Normally our Mon-Fri schedule is pretty routine, and I like it that way.  However, this week we got to add a little excitement, and just thought you might like to know about it.  

Monday it rained.  It rained quite a bit.  In fact, the rain turned our street into a lake.  It's been worse during past storms, but the water was still pretty high.  Wayne decided to help the storm drains do their work by removing some leaves that were blocking them.  Isn't he such a nice person?
 After clearing the one my our mailbox, he waded across the street to get a couple more.
The drain doing its job and making a fine bubble display.
The sad thing is I noticed the leaf build-up around the drain last week when I mowed the lawn, had the thought that I should rake them up, and dismissed it because I was tired.  If I had, maybe my poor husband wouldn't have had to get sopping wet a few days later.

One of his banking buddies offered Wayne a couple of tickets to the Marlins/Nationals baseball game in Miami, and since we didn't have any other responsibilities for Wednesday, we accepted - just one of the joys of having an empty nest!
It was a gorgeous day, and Wayne's office building just looked so beautiful that I had to snap a picture.  And the roof was open at the stadium, too.  Just perfect!
The main reason we decided to stay out late on a work night was to have the opportunity to see a home run by Bryce Harper in person.
Unfortunately, he didn't hit a home run this game, but he did get on base four out of five times, which is pretty good, if not excellent.  (Note: someone needs to tell him that a scraggly beard doesn't make him look older.)  
And somebody else (Suzuki I think) hit a home run, which was pretty spectacular, and made more so by breaking the bat the pitch before.  I think the bat figured it better produce a home run if it didn't want to die.  The home team lost, which was sad, but we had a great time anyway.  (We won't mention the difficulty getting back on the freeway going the correct direction.  Map apps don't work when roads are blocked by the police, just saying.)

Finally, I guess it's part of the daily routine, but seminary is always exciting, and I enjoy it every morning, even on little sleep.  Today we discussed 1 Timothy and some of the qualities we should all be developing.  The boys and girls divided to brainstorm their own list before we read Paul's.  Can you tell which is which?

The boys were writing qualities they'd like young women to have, and the girls were doing the same for young men.  They had some pretty awesome lists.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sometimes It Works, and Sometimes It Doesn't

or "More failures and successes with Google and/or Pinterest."

A while ago, I came across this idea and thought it would be perfect as a treat for our "March Madness" activity in seminary.
basketball cookies
Fortunately, the idea came a few weeks before I would need it, which gave me time to gather supplies.  You need Vanilla Wafers, a black edible marker and frosting.  When I stopped by the craft store, the black marker was only available in a jumbo pack.  It wasn't worth the cost, especially since I had left my coupon at home, but since I was planning ahead, I was able to order a two-pack online and not stress over having it arrive in time.
This was pretty easy - just draw the basketball design on the cookie.  I did turn them into sandwich cookies like the original, but they looked just as cute singly.
Warning: You may have to deal with the disappointment of there being no chocolate taste.
The prizes were also ideas from somebody else - probably a visiting teaching handout.  I used Word (with WordArt and clip art) to make the graphics for the tags.  For some I just wrapped the paper around an individual mini candy bar.  Others I placed in a bag first.  The last one is a strip of cardstock folded to make a triangle.  I taped some candy to the base, then punched holes at the top to tie it shut.  Thank you Relief Society!

In a phone call with my sister, she mentioned that when they go to the local Thai restaurant, she always orders something called "Chicken in a Bird's Nest."  Wayne loves Thai, and that sounded delicious, so I gathered ingredients, searched for a recipe and gave it a try for dinner that week.
The aroma as it cooked was wonderfully fragrant!  However, the noodles just wouldn't turn crispy, and when we actually ate it, the taste was super bland.  I don't know what happened, but we're not keeping that recipe!  Anyone have a good one to share?

This pin - Re-grow Romaine Lettuce Hearts - looked intriguing, and since it wasn't going to cost me a cent, I decided to give it a try.  According to the site, all I had to do was stick the end of my  lettuce in a container of water, so I did.  Here's what mine looked like a few days later:
I think we'll stick with buying lettuce for now, but I'm not giving up on this gardening thing!

Finally, this beautiful centerpiece caught my attention.  Tulips and jelly beans - super simple.
I never did get around to checking the cupboard to see if we had a ribbon.  (I didn't want to buy one if it wasn't necessary.)  I also wasn't thrilled about sticking real tulips into the jelly beans, so I got fake ones.  I noticed just now that there's a container inside the container.  Oh, well.  It was still a beautiful, cheery centerpiece for Easter.  
And I get to experiment to see if the jelly beans store well and will work next year.  Help me remember to let you know!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Finishing up March

Time to clean out the picture folder for March!

First up, the entry closet.
Rod installed
Building the special box to hold the table pads.
Another recipe from the Columbia Restaurant Cookbook - Puréed Garbanzo Bean Soup
Wish we lived closer!
My dad with five of his grandchildren (plus 2 spouses and a fiancé), and 2 of his great-grandchildren!!
We took a mini-Easter-stay-cation and had a lot of fun!
Coloring Easter eggs
Barbecue at the park
Watching the sunset at the beach - too bad we were on the east coast.
Happy Easter to us - a picture of some of our gorgeous/handsome kids, compliments of my favorite aunt!