Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What do I do now?

I gave my final presentation at school tonight. It went okay. I was extremely nervous for some reason. Usually events like this don't phase me a bit and I sail through but today I was freaked. I felt uneasy all day. Tony and Lucy were able to come to support me. All my classmates were positive even though in my own mind I totally tanked. Graduation is on Saturday, I'm really looking forward to it. So what do I do now?
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Riding in cars with boys

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I can rent a car!

Happy Birthday to me yesterday! I had a great day! Thank you to everyone for your well wishes. I was able to sleep in, and take a nap! I had to go to the Dr's in the morning which was cruddy---surgery is in my future---but then my visiting teachers (the best!) had a lunch for me at one of their houses, I picked up my cap and gown, etc., Tony made dinner, we at Ice Cream, had FHE and my favorite show was on...it was great!

A day at the park...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Down on the farm

I do love Bob Evan's...but this is about the Real Life Farm.

We went with Spencer's preschool and had a ball! My little Lenny tried to squeeze the rabbit's ear but after I got that under control she seemed to love it! I know I did. There were all sorts of baby animals and the farmers were cute. There's still a part of me who would like to be a farmer...I still want to live in a farm house. Anywho---here are some cute pictures.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Catching up

This week has been all about catching up for us. On housework, on sleep, on family time, and on the blog. Last week was Tony's bi-annual fishing trip with Uncle Denny. He caught fish, ate meat and came home significantly hairier.

We missed him...

But we had a lot of fun with Grammi and Grandpa...

I learned how to make bread from the best baker!

Lucy enjoyed watching:

We went on a walk and saw all kinds of birds, we saw Turkey vultures and Swans:

We went to the Amish store:

Sweet Moment with Grandpa:

A bath in the sink:


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Thanks Chip Shorter, this was fun!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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Super Duper Good Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

This weekend mom bought some Fruitabu...it's Meijer brand, organic, fruit-by-the-foot. She had this great idea to put pieces of them in between slices of peanut butter cookies...like a peanut butter and jelly cookie. I decided to try it out, and I usually don't like peanut butter cookies but these are F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! Especially dipped in milk.

Here's the recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 rolls of organic dried fruit rolls, cut into bite size pieces
  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets.
  4. Flatten each ball, add a piece of fruit strip. Top with another peanut butter ball.
  5. Flatten with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
Notes: It's important to make sure the dough stays firm so you may need to refridgerate between batches.

Cheeky Monkey

You might know Lucy has an extensive collection of little monkey friends. When I got her up from her nap yesterday her favorite monkey was staring back at me, just like this:

No Joke.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Cute pix of Luc from this weekend

Enjoying her yogurt and cereal

Look what I can do!

Snuggling with Uncle Denny



Honors Night

Friday night was my honors banquet, it was really nice. I was able to give a short speech about a Schoolcraft counselor who really helped me find my way as a student. He received the Grace Award from the honors class. There were several other awards given to support staff and faculty who have made significant contributions to our education. I was able to mingle with some of my favorite professors and enjoy a nice meal. It was a nice evening.

Professors Chaudhery and Rybicka

The Director of the Scholars Program, Faye Schuett

The lovely Scholars

Mom and I

I would do anything for love...but I won't eat that.

My Dad's favorite meal was meatloaf...more specifically, the meatloaf sandwich that came the day after meatloaf. Why he didn't make the meatloaf into sandwiches initially I'm not sure, but it probably had something to do with it congealing in the refrigerator all night. My least favorite meal: meatloaf. I hated it! I think because it entailed green peppers and onions...I don't have anything against meat, or loaf. I would vehemently complain on meatloaf night, usually eat a little and then have something else later on. Well, I've been missing him a lot lately and I watched Billy Joel's wife (a whole other story) make meatloaf on Oprah, and I decided to find a recipe that I could actually stomach. I found a great one. I loved it. Tony said it tasted like a double cheeseburger from MickeyD's. His favorite guilty pleasure.

This is the recipe as I made it:

1 pound ground beef
2/3 C milk
1/2 C cracker crumbs
1/4 C ketchup
1/2 C finely chopped onion (I use dehydrated onion because I like the flavor but not the texture.)
1 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1/4 C brown sugar
2 T mustard
3/4 C shredded cheese (I used co-jack cause it's my fave)

Mix thoroughly and bake at 350 for oh...an hour or so, until the top is crispy and the inside is done. I served it with brown gravy and mashed potatoes. I felt so 1950's.

It was great the way it was, but these are changes I would make.

  • half the amount of brown sugar as it was a bit sweet
  • lessen the amount of ketchup for the same reason
  • double the amount of cracker crumbs as it was slightly mushy
  • double the amount of beaten egg for the same reason
  • sprinkle a little brown sugar over the top so it's extra crispy on top

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Cammy Cam

Watched Cam on Friday. It was so fun. He's such a sweet little cutie.