Archive for June, 2012

First comes Love, Marriage & Baby Carriages!

Last week I covered the second half of that childhood taunt, talking about weddings. I had a big to do this last Saturday for family & they spawned that topic.
This last Sunday I had a baby shower & the Saturday before last. I’ve hit my stride of many to do’s. So far not broke, but getting there!

These following points are baby shower thoughts & tips… feel free to add your own in the comment section.

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* Baby 1: The hair bow should not be bigger than the baby’s head. Common sense people!

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* Baby 2: How to be better parent books are to only be given if specifically asked for. Be nice & remember to keep your mouth shut, their parents will do enough ‘teaching’.

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* Baby 3: Diaper poo guessing games are not everyone’s cup of tea, do not make them sniff melted snickers if they don’t want too.

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* Baby 4: 5,000 onesies in size 3 months is nice … unless the baby is 12 lbs at birth. Buy different sizes to grow into. 

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* Baby 5: Never ask another woman at the baby shower when she’s due too. A) not her shower & B) she’s probably not expecting.

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* & Baby 6: Do not give the mother a Buddha statue to help remind her of her last 9 months. Of course, if the baby’s room is Zen-ified, that might be okay.

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Recipe Collection

I’ve been quiet lately but been a little busy, Sickish even. But I was cleaning off & dusting my desk when I ran across my recipe box gift. I was collecting recipes to make a box for a wedding gift. But I never gave it; whoops! But I have another wedding or two coming up so I’m going to get it wrap it up.

Recipes? I need them in the five major categories: main dishes, sides, desserts, sauces/condiments, & breads/salads.

So…help!

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Traveling Thursdays: Wedding Edition

I’m old.

Well, okay, not that old.

But I’m starting to feel older as my gifting purposes change for just birthdays & holidays  -> birthdays, holidays & graduations -> weddings & holidays -> weddings, holidays, babies & funerals. I guess the normal transition of life events but still, making me feel older. Yes, I buy funeral gifts, normally just a hand written note & ivy (they’re hard to kill & thus excellent funeral plants).

But today we’re focusing on the most expensive gifting season; wedding season. Merciful heavens, I want to get married! Look at all the stuff they get!

Registries: Bane of my existence. If you register at some ridiculously priced facility, or some 1 store in Texas place prepare to not get anything on your list. I am not driving 239 mi to the nearest branch of a store to find out you really want those diamond encrusted lobster tongs. You’re getting something practical or if I decide that practicals too much of a stretch for you, then you’re getting cash. I’ll even be nice & give it to you before you take that two week honeymoon backpacking, er, first class trip to French wineries. Be kind to your guests, we’re trying to celebrate your wedding not take out a small loan for those tongs… & remember to repay the favor when those poor single ladies get hitched, just because you now have 5 kids in braces when we stroll down the aisle does not mean you can reuse some cobwebbed gift we gave you alllll those years ago.

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If you choose to wear heels like this to weddings, friends, bring shoes like this for the drive to & fro!

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Your feet with thank you.

No wedding is complete without a few hitches (I’m so punnerific!). All jokes aside, a few necessities should be crammed in that ridiculously small clutch that looks so Fab with that dress:

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I’d also include a tide stick (mini would be good), oil blot sheets, a car key (leave the rest in a stored spot), a cellphone, & an id. Who knows if the bartender believes you’re really 28 ½ & legal? (Snag him ladies, he’s a keeper!)

Lastly to have a fun, safe wedding, drink less than you think you should, eat the not super sugared food, & most of all avoid the relative or two who pokes your belly or glares at your empty left hand & asks when are you going to finally grow up & be a successful life entity.

I’m off to another wedding this weekend, & I’m pretty prepared. But if you’re getting married look out for birdseed, I have a great sneak attack.

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(That’s me on the left, bulls eye!)

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Festive Nachos or Quick dinner?

What goes better with nachos than beer? Um, nothing. So I invested in a six pack of Shiner Light Blonde & a bag of exceptionally fun batch of Texas Ranger themed corn chips.

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Cheese, black beans, chopped onions, chips broiled until lightly browned.
Topped with corn salsa, sour cream & finished with a light blonde to wash it down.

What’s your favorite homemade nachos toppings & accompaniment?

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Happy Father’s Day

Proverbs 17:6 NIV84

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,

and parents are the pride of their children.

May my father know how much I love him because he is the pride of me & my sister with his dedication & strength & honor.
Happy father’s day y’all.

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My Town is better than Yours!

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Ever heard of Best of The Road by Rand McNally? Well, my little town has been cream of the crop for the most fun category! We’re cool you know. But the teams leave this week & head out to hit all the towns across America to judge how cool we really are.

If you want to follow the teams on Facebook click here.

If you want to follow the Denton Main Street during the event click here.

We even twitter here! @downtowndenton

The article that shows hometown pride? We are Awesome.

Where would you send BOTR team in Denton?

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My 5 Minute Bread Experiment

So there’s this recipe…

Called Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day, in a cookbook by the name name by two people, Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë François (got to be legit artisanal bread with a French woman as a co-author!). I finally stumbled upon it in my local library’s displace of the month: cooking. I said heck you say! Easy & tasty fancy looking bread? Let me at it! So I tried it out, as you can tell in the following photos.  Basic Boule Recipe

 

Step one plus flour:

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Step two Lightly lidded:

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Step three pulled out into my permanent fridge storage container with WET hands:

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Step four my ACTUAL loaf of deliciously cooked French Boule:

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You think you want to try it yourself? Do it! It’s so easy you can hardly screw up the basic master recipe! It alone can be free shaped into a dozen breads! Freezes well & you can do a partial bake to take other places! I seriously suggest in investing in their book(s)!!

Have you ever baked bread before? Success? Failure? Difficulty?

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