May 31, 2010
I heard about this book and became curious. I wanted to know what Osama's first wife and his son went through. I learned a lot by reading this book. And I think Jean Sasson says it just right to those who might oppose this book...... "As a person of enormous curiosity, my life experiences have taught me that discord often erupts from a lack of knowledge and education. To discourage future dark moments, I believe we must nourish the minds of our young with learning that creates understanding between ethnic and religious groups".
One of the most shocking parts I read was about all the Poppy plants in Afghanistan "His goal was to send as many hard drugs to the United States as possible so that America's money would flow to Afghanistan while America's youth will be ruined by becoming addicted to the drug heroin".
I'm glad to be an American!!! I just couldn't imagine growing up in that sort of culture.
May 30, 2010
May 24, 2010
Kristen made cupcakes!! MMMMMM!!! The cupcakes were chocolate with vanilla icing with a little bit of cinnamon. The airplanes, Kristen made out of white chocolate with an airplane mold. They were cool! And of course she put little palm trees on each cupcake. Thanks Kristen! :)
Kristen and Dave printed pictures of the cast members. I cut them out and put them on little stands and had them sitting on the table for some more 'props'. :)
May 23, 2010
1 9in. pie crust
1 tbs. olive oil
2 med. onions, chopped
3/4 cup of half & half
salt & pepper
1 cup chopped parsley
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
8 oz. grated cheese (2 cups)
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place crust in pan and put on a baking sheet. Heat oil in skillet, add onions & 1/2 tsp. of salts & pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Whisk eggs, half & half, nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. of salt. Stir in onion mixture and cheese. Pour into crust. Brush edges with egg white or cover edges with foil to prevent burning. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
You can stir in frozen spinach before baking, if you'd like to. Or, you can brown up some sausage and then add it to the mixture. If you add sausage, you can fill 2 pie shells and make 2 quiches.
May 22, 2010
After taking several photos we chatted a bit in the house. My dad is such a great story teller. He took a trip down memory lane about his old 'mechanic days'. He told me a ton of stories about when he would help repo cars for friends or taking cars back from people that promised to pay him but did not. One story he told me about a car that he repo'd was as if he was in a dukes of hazzard episode. He said he got in the car, started it up but couldn't get it to go anywhere. The guys who had the car heard my dad start it up and ran out probably thinking my dad was stealing their car. My dad said to me that he couldn't get the car to go forward or back and there was a light pole that way laying right next to the car. My dad said he put the car in high gear and finally got it to go and high tailed it out of there, with the guys grabbing onto the car and getting mud all over them from my dad driving thru the yard. haha He said the guys got in another car and followed him as he went down back roads in Manassas, VA. To this day he can't even remember where those roads are but he lost those guys and got the car. It's nice to have these little chats with him and I believe he likes telling his little stories. I love my dad! :)
May 16, 2010
May 13, 2010
I put a tortilla shell on the bottom of my springform pan. Add some of the mix, tortilla shell and repeat until you're satisfied with the layers. I did 3 layers.
May 11, 2010
I wanted to make something with them. So, I thought about making a strawberry pie. I googled recipes and came across an easy one. (I did tweek it a little) I checked my pantry and had all of the items. Yey!!
· 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked (or use a graham cracker crust)
· 1 quart fresh strawberries
· 1 cup white sugar
· 3 tablespoons cornstarch
· 3/4 cup water
· 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)
I had 2 packets of Jello no bake pie crust. I mixed both packages with some sugar and melted butter. Then pressed down into my pie dish.
Whisk the cornstarch and water together. (You could use gingerale or lemon lime soda instead of water).
Once your berries have come to a boil, reduce the heat and gradually add your cornstarch mix. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Sauce will become thick.
May 10, 2010
My little Magnolia tree is still doing good. It has a lot of nice new leaves. Linda was excited to see it doing so well. YEY!! :) I told Linda, that I was thinking about getting rid of the big bushes in front of the house. I told her that I hated them. She said that since they are so big that the roots are probably under the house by now and it will be a real pain digging them out. She told me she has a real nice saw and she would come over later this week and trim them all down nice and even and get it cleaned up. YEY!! Then once all that's done I'll get some new mulch and lay it down in the beds. :) Then at least the front yard will be looking nice for the summer. My daisies are coming up too. I hate have to clean them up in the fall but they really do look beautiful. :)
Linda brought over 2 wooden bird houses and we hung those up. We put one in the front tree and the other we put in the backyard on the fence. I love them. They remind me of my dad b/c he loves hanging up wooden bird houses. Can't wait to see if some birds make a nest in them.
May 9, 2010
Waffles making a mess on the waffle maker! ( I got this Cuisinart waffle maker from my grocery store, Bloom. At the time they were doing a promotion for every $10 you spend you got a sticker and with your stickers you collected a certain amount for Cuisinart items. Pretty cool promotion. In the past, they've done this with nice kitchen knives and nice cooking pots).