Saturday, May 31, 2008
I love all the different woodpeckers we have here in Louisiana, but Mr. Red-Head is my favorite. I brought my camera with me today in hopes of catching a shot of him. I was not disappointed.
We also hung a squirrel feeder today. (Steve even brought out a level to make sure it was installed on the tree properly. I think that was a bit excessive.) It's called a Squirrel Snacker. I can't wait to get some shots of the silly squirrels getting into the thing.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
"Regarding your concerns about the Subway contest that excludes homeschools from contest eligibility, Scholastic and Subway apologize to all individuals who have taken offense at this.
Our intention wasnever to make independent schooled children feel discriminatedagainst or excluded from this specific promotion. Throughout the course of the year Scholastic runs a number ofcontests and sweepstakes that are open to all teachers and students.
The eligibility of this contest in particular was solely put in place to award a large group of children with the grand prize of $5,000 worth of athletic equipment. We do, however, understand how home-schooled children could benefit from this type of prizing and will make sure eligibility is open to everyone in future promotions.
We appreciate your feedback and will make sure a similar situation does not happen in the future."
Thanks, Subway and Scholastic!
Brooke went shopping with her aunt and picked up this t-shirt. I told her she needs to give it to me.
She said no.
This picture was taken between coats. I'm loving my floors!
In other news, I was cutting up raw chicken for curried chicken. Every time I bring out a knife and a cutting board, I get the Poodles' undivided attention. If I'm cutting something that they can eat, I will occasionally share a morsel. But definitely not raw chicken! I told them all to go in the other room. Delilah and Abrial turned around and went into the other room to lie down. Cosette was persistent. Not bothersome, but just standing behind me, breathing hot dog breath on the back of my legs. I tell her again that she wasn't getting ANY raw chicken and to GO IN THE OTHER ROOM. After a few minutes, I get that "someone is watching me" feeling. I turn around. This is what I see....
She was in the other room, technically, but was just watching in case I dropped something. Which, later, I did. New cutting board, new knife, and dropped a piece of carrot. Cosette was there in a flash - and was sorely disappointed in the offering.
Monday, May 26, 2008
My precious Granddaddy, serving in the Army, on Normandy Beach in France. My Daddy, in the Navy, during WWII in the Pacific. My heroic father-in-law, in the Marine Corp, serving in Korea. To all the men and women who have served our country in the past and present. To those who will join to serve in the future. The words "Thank You" seem insignificant in relaying my heart-felt gratitude for your service to our country. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
She must be talking to the animals. Let's listen in. What IS she saying?
So what's the attraction?
CHICKEN! Oh, that explains it!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The musical was cute. A few bawdy parts. My MIL certainly would not have enjoyed it. But it was still fun.
Even better, however, was dinner afterwards. E's husband made a delicious crawfish dish. I'm hoping he will be a sweetie and share the recipe. There was an enormous salad and tomatoes caprese. I brought dessert - Pioneer Woman's Pots de Creme and cookies.
Giada's Favorite Cookie
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz Skor bar, finely chopped (they didn't have these at the store, but did have Heath Bar Toffee Brickle chips - they worked well as a substitute)
1 cup toasted hazelnuts
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Chop oats finely in a food processor. Mix with flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Add oat flour mixture and stir just until blended.
Stir in toffee, nuts, and chocolate chips.
Do you have one of these handy dandy kitchen scoops? Mine is from Pampered Chef and this is the smallest one.
It is perfect for cookies.
Never, ever eat raw cookie dough. It contains raw eggs and you might die.
Me? I like to live dangerously.
Where are the pictures of the baked cookies? Hmmm.....good question! They went too fast for a picture!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Basically the contest runs like this. They give you a "story starter" such as The Mysterious Meatball. "When the invitation to the Meatball came in the mail..." and the child finishes the story in 500 words or less. Sounds cute.
What can the kids win? The Grand Prize Winner gets:
- $5000 in athletic equipment for the child's school
- A Scholastic gift bastket (the misspelling is theirs)
- $100 Subway gift card
- Seeing your story published on the www.subwaykids.com website and in Scholastic's Parent and Child magazine
The kicker? Homeschoolers can't participate. Really. It says that.
"Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied [sic] States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted."
No home schools accepted. Wow. I do understand not wanting to give $5000 worth of playground equipment to one person, so what about saying the winner receives $5000 worth of playground equipment "to donate to the school or park of his/her choice?"
Many homeschooled kids across the nation participate in physical education programs that are run by volunteer parents and are held at public parks. Donating the equipment to a public park would benefit the whole community. It is just SO offensive to me that homeschoolers are just excluded from the contest. Period.
Scholastic Books is a corporate sponsor of this contest. I have written them as well as to Subway. If you'd like to contact Subway and Scholastic as well, just click here for a link to Scholastic's Customer Service page and click here for a link to Subway's Customer Service page.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Mommy has been telling about all the things happening at The New House, but she didn't show any pictures. *I* have pictures.
Daddy has almost finished all the vinyl siding. He did a very good job. Although, I'm no expert on vinyl siding. But it looks good to me!
Aunt Susie has been helping, too. She hung ceiling fans - this one is in Mommy and Daddy's bedroom and she did one just like it in the school room.
She has also been wiring electrical outlets. That Aunt Susie is something else! Her one downfall is the fact that she doesn't carry doggy treats with her nearly often enough. Or liver. She really should keep freeze-dried liver in her pockets. It'll make her smell even better!
Brooke has taken down that awful scratchy barbed wire fence and cut back all the pesky brush. Now we Poodles can run freely into new territory and...
What, Mommy? We can't go back there? Really? Not ever? And we're getting a new fence? Okay, bloggie people. Scratch that "run freely" part. :::sigh::: A Poodle can dream, right?
And we had a surprise for Mommy today...
The Granite Man brought the kitchen counters! Mommy was SO excited. I was excited thinking about all the yummy things she will be cooking there, like chicken and pork and beef and chicken and fish and chicken... But enough of that. Mommy says to mention that the granite for the kitchen is Absolute Black with a riverwash finish. Whatever that means, Mommy.
Hey, Mommy! I'm suddenly hungry! Let's drive to Sonic! I'll buy!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This stone is mumble-mumble-mumble Bordeaux. I THINK it may be Typhoon Bordeaux, (looks like this may be it) but I cannot remember. Shame on me.
My absolute favorite is the granite for my bathroom. It has lots of movement and I love it. It's called Pompei.
They actually couldn't even drill the holes for my side - they will have to do it when they return to do the kitchen, as the bit broke.
Tomorrow - electrical outlets!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The new house across the street, however, had it's front doors banging. Steve ran to try to secure them, but was unable.
This photo was OBVIOUSLY not taken today
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Aren't I pretty?