Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First Freeze

Hallelujah!

We had our first freeze last night.  The houses, grass, cars, etc are covered in that fine, white, icy, goodness that means the bugs are dying and Fall is here to stay.

Last night we made the Shrimp Newberg from The Dinner A'Fare. 

WOW!

It was great, just spicy enough.  My only complaint was they were light on the amount of shrimp, but that is easy enough to rectify, I will just add more next time.  If you have never tried Shrimp Newberg and like foods with just the right amount of spice, try making it.

For dessert, I made a Harvey Wallbanger Cake.  It is fashioned after the drink and while not as good as the drink in my opinion, I do love this cake.  I use a recipe that calls for an orange cake mix (so hard to find) and vanilla pudding.  It took us three try's to get the glaze right and it still did not look right to me but it tasted okay.  This morning I figured out what we did wrong.... I will be adding more glaze to the cake this morning.   

Tonight, for football, we are going to grill steaks and try the fancy 2004 bottle of wine that we won.  I am anxious to see if the wine is any good. 

I hope everyone is having an adventure filled, wonderful weekend!

*Smiles

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Of Ghosts and Bats

It is that time of year... Dog Costumes!  Enjoy...

Do I look like a ghost? Or could I be the Bride of Frankenstein?


Can you tell I am a bat?  Not yet... keep scrolling!!





 Mom is standing in the background... "Sit, Sit, SIT"



Finally adjusted to the fact this really is happening to them!

Weekend Bloggy Reading

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

This week seems to have gone on forever, I am so grateful it is Friday.  We were invited to our neighbors Halloween costume party tonight.  We have costumes, so DB and I just might have to dig them out and be sociable.  Yes, these are the neighbors that believe in storing their trash in the back of the truck and have a tent erected in their garage.  Should make for an interesting evening. 

I had a conversation with my mom last night and she finally admitted she is a shopaholic.  She called me twice (while I was at my internship) to discuss clothing she found for me.  Remember she lives in LAS VEGAS!   

We are trying another of our Dinner A'Fare meals tonight, Shrimp Newberg.  I will be reporting if it is any good, especially since I have no idea what it is.  


Happy Friday everyone!

 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pictures

We finally heard from the photographer... here is the email I received:

"We may have to retake the photos that I shot.  Doodle has his eyes closed in over 80% of the pictures"!  

Oops!  

I forgot to forewarn her that DB is notorious for having his eyes closed during pictures.  It usually takes several pictures to get one with his eyes open.  She went ahead and sent the proofs she had and actually several of them are quite good.  We are having to cut and paste them in order for me to share but here are a couple.  Once I get the rest where I can work with them, I will post a few more.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Robert Hall Wine Dinner

On Sunday night Doodle and I attended a wine dinner that benefited one of the local charities in the area.  The interesting part of the dinner was the lack of menu until you arrived.  The dinner encompassed 6 wines and 5 courses and the chef does not believe in telling you before hand what you will be eating.  Luckily the only one course of the menu had something that I would not eat... Doodle got extra lamb.  The wines overall were good, we especially liked the Robert Hall Rhone de Robles and the Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon.   We will be looking for a place that sells them.


The most exciting part of the evening was the raffle giveaways, would you believe we actually won a bottle of wine; 2004, Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.  The chef recommended we grill steaks to have with the bottle, so this weekend that is what we are going to do. I will let you know if the wine is as impressive as it was made out to be.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dinner A'Fare

Credit
Doodle and I are trying something new for the next couple of weeks.  The Dinner A'FareI heard about the company some time ago and thought it was high time we tried it.  It is a concept that seems to be growing here in the Atlanta area.  You have two options, travel to one of their kitchens and make 12 meals to bring home or have them put together by a staff member and delivered to your home.  Guess which option I choose???

Delivery, of course!

With our current schedule, I have not had as much time to cook.  Add to that we are in a rut when it comes to trying new recipes, I thought why not give this concept a try. Our 12 half meals were delivered last Thursday.  Friday, we tried the Chicken Marsala and it was good.  Like good enough to have again and so easy, everything was already measured, all I had to do was put it together and cook... 20 minutes later... DINNER!  

Last night we tried the Asian Lettuce Wraps and we were both impressed.  It was spicy but not so much I was unable to eat it.  Even Doodle is liking the new choices and so far is pleased with the food.  As I make the rest of the meals, I will let you know if they continue to impress me.  So far, I definitely am liking this concept and will probably order from them again.  I might even try making my own meals instead of delivery. 



Saturday, October 22, 2011

With Honors

I am tooting my own horn for a minute.  My school has released the list of upcoming graduates for the December ceremony and I am the only person in my program that is graduating with honors.  I really believed that there would be a couple other students that pulled straight A's but I was the only one.  

This is confirmation that giving up my life for sixteen months was worth it.  I have to admit I am proud of myself, I have come along way from the tears during those first weeks.  I just had to share!

*Smiles

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

30 Degree Difference

The weather for the wedding we attended on Sunday was a sunny beautiful 85 degrees.  In fact, I actually came back with a slight sunburn.  Today it was 49 degrees, windy and cold.  What a difference three days can make here in the south.  

In this weather, the pumpkin plant has given up all hope of growing or producing a pumpkin before Halloween.  Why, did I think it would grow and produce a pumpkin in only 45 days?  Because that is what the package said.  I guess they meant a minimum of 45 days before anything happened?  Next year, the pumpkins will be planted early in the spring.  My plant still looks like this:

Pretty sad sight!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

"We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too"

~Helen Hayes

Monday, October 17, 2011

5 Weeks = 16 Days

Is it a bad thing that I am counting down the weeks until my internship ends?  I absolutely hate it!  The internship officially ends on November 29th, since I am not working the week of Thanksgiving by my count, that leaves 5 weeks, which equates to 16 days left, which in the grand scheme of things is doable.  

The other good news, I turned in my first draft of my paper and need to get to work on the second draft which is do this weekend.  I can hardly believe graduation is scheduled for December 13th. 

Yes, this is a random picture, it has nothing to do with this post.  I just thought you needed some sort of visual stimulation and a tomato worm covered in eggs seemed like a good idea.

*Smiles 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Gresham Mill

Yesterday, Doodle and I had "professional" pictures taken.  We have not had photos taken in about three years, the last ones being on a cruise and those amazingly turned out. We met the photographer at Gresham Mill which is located just outside Atlanta.

The mill was built in the 1800s and used to grid corn for the people in the area.  When the Gresham's purchased the mill and the surrounding property they moved the mill to its current site.  The mill originally sat on the other side of the creek.

It was a beautiful day and hopefully a couple of the pictures will turn out.  I'll post a few once we get them from the photographer.  She also offered to take a few of the poops, which I am going to let her do, as they are beginning to show their age.  Sort of like me! :) 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vacation Ideas

I am in need of a vacation!  Somewhere exotic and exciting, where adventures abound, with days spent sipping champagne at a spa.  Ah, a life of luxury, this is what I am missing.  I should have been born into royalty with not a care in the world.  

Okay, I am back from my brief moment of bliss.  

We really are trying to figure out a place to go for vacation, it seems that everywhere has good and bad reviews.  Plus, it is hard finding something with the right mix of activities, good food, and relaxation.  We are leaning toward Costa Rica or an island in the Caribbean.  

Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Neighbors

Our next door neighbors will talk your ear off, nicest people we could ever have living next to us. When we had all the snow this January, they came over and helped with our driveway, they mow part of our lawn... okay they think it is theirs... but the gesture is nice.  

HOWEVER

They are a bit on the how do I say this nicely, "redneck side".  As I did not grow up here in the South, I am not honestly sure how one defines redneck.  According to Wikipedia Redneck is a historically derogatory slang term used in reference to poor white farmers, especially from the Southern United States.  I would tend to use the term "country" rather than redneck. 

How did my neighbors inspire a blog post.  Well, let me just tell you what I saw when I arrived home Friday night.  My neighbor, was mowing his yard (yes, his yard).  He has a walking self-propelled mower and he keeps his yard very neat.  However, this Friday, not only was he walking behind the mower but on top of the mower he has a large outside trash can.  


Let me say that again, my neighbor is pushing his mower while balancing a trash can on the top of it.  I nearly hit the car parked in the street staring at him.  


The best part of this is, this is just one of the stranger things that happen next door... they currently have a tent set-up in the garage.  I am not sure if one of their children got in trouble and is being punished or if they have people visiting and thought this is the best place for extras to sleep.


In a tent.


In the garage.


The final piece de resistance, our neighbors do not believe in trash pick-up.  OH NO, not them, why have your garbage picked up when you can store all trash in the back of their truck until overflowing?  Why would you not want that lovely smell to stay with you at all times.  

You be the judge... Country or Redneck?

 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Passing of an Icon

Photo Courtesy of ABC News
The founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed yesterday after a long battle with cancer, with that in mind I thought I would share some of his words of wisdom.  His words are appropriate yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do"

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first"

~ Mark Twain

Monday, October 3, 2011

Final Paper

Thanks for the words of motivation, I actually started on my final paper.  It is slow going because I am not sure what I am suppose to be writing about.  I thought it was a research paper but the paperwork is calling it an internship report... so I am combining the two together.  Hopefully my professor will be impressed and I will not have too many changes.  

Mo has faithfully resumed her spot on top of the desk on the papers, she has slipped back into her role as Study Kitty.  It seems a bit weird to sit at the desk again, after taking two months off.  Wow, did I just say that?  Times certainly have changed from a year ago when I was in tears weekly.  I am still considering going for a PhD, although, it is not as important to me as it was before I started this adventure.  I know I do not want to teach and wonder why I would want to invest another five or so years in school, just to obtain a doctorate degree.  Instead, I have been looking into an environmental sustainability certificate, that would allow me to focus on my interests.  You never know what crazy idea I will come up with next!


Happy Monday!
~Smiles

  


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happenings

Happy October!  

The weather in Georgia has finally realized what the calendar said a week ago, it is cool, windy, and crisp, perfect for going to state fairs and pumpkin patches.  When did pumpkins get to be so expensive?  The price of a "large" pumpkin, which really looks like a medium to me is $25.00.  Is it just me or have the prices on everything just sky-rocketed of late?

This week, I have been fighting a nasty case of poison ivy on both arms from working in the yard.  I finally broke down and went to a clinic on Friday, after I could not bend my right arm and it was swollen, red, and hot.  Not only did I have an awesome case of poison ivy BUT a staph infection in my arm.  One massive shot of steroids and a continued regime of steroids and antibiotic, my arm is much less swollen, red, and hot.  Although it still looks really nasty and this poor woman in the Wendy's yesterday must have thought I had the plague.  She ran out of the bathroom.  Guess it is long sleeves for me until this clears up.

I hope everyone had a most wonderful weekend, I have 13 days to left to write that damn final paper, I still just so unmotivated!

~Smiles