Saturday, October 31, 2009

I win

Today at our Fall Fest at church I won the prize. The prize I didn't want. The volunteers names were put into a drawing to throw a pie in the face of one of our ministers. I didn't want to win this prize. So, of course mine was the name drawn. Thankfully, since I have terrible aim--I was able to just go up and push it in his face with out throwing.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cold (or the like)

I have been visited by some cold (or some sort) of germs. They have left a stuffy head, running nose, sneezy, rather grumpy person. Sadly, that person is me.

In working on a final touch to Delaney's Hermione costume--the hot glue gun broke. I heard the trigger plastic snap. I figure that is not a good sound. Happily, it was on the final squirt of hot glue. No made dash to a craft store is necessary.

Back to my squeezing and blowing (ugh).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Favorite Kind of Places

After work this afternoon, I stopped at the library. Where I placed a new book on hold, that I have been wanting to read desperately. It was at another branch of the library.

I stopeed at a thrift store, my favorite The Hanger, and found a huge stack of Mailbox Magazines. Some were even Preschool/Kindergarten editions. I chose 8 of the Preschool ones. I had found a Weight Watchers newer cookbook. Grand total for all of those things was $1.

All of this makes up my kind of good time.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Experiment with Corn

Here is the finished product. It is delicious. From seeds planted in June to cornbread in October. Can't get much fresher than that.

Here are the kernels in the mill. It ground them powder fine easily. One ear of corn produced about two and a half cups of cornmeal--or enough for two pans of my cornbread recipe.

Here is my new toy. My nutrimill came last Friday, but in the whirlwind of life, I haven't had time to use it until yesterday. Now, I am wondering what else I can grind.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Field Corn

My dad is coming to visit. He has a friend who let him get corn from his field. He told me he is bringing me 150 ears. I am curious if I can grind it into corn meal. From what I have been reading online, I can.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What a Guy

About 13 years ago, I met this guy. It happened to be on his 21st birthday. We lived in the same residence hall at Southeast Missouri State--Myers Hall. Never did I imagine knowing him would change my life forever.

Somehow, my twenty year old self was at the right place at the right time. And those who knew us then, I knew I kept on being at the right place at the right time. I happened to walk by his door often--and he frequently kept his door open. Somehow, it worked for us and I wouldn't change a thing.

Happy Birthday Josh!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Rye Bread #1

Is awesome. My first attempt at rye. I didn't have any brown sugar, so I used molasses. I can't believe how perfect it turned out.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spice Drops

I love them. They are near the top of my favorite things. Ummm.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


We are redoing our half bath. We purchased a pedestal sink and a new toilet last night. The two hundred dollars more than the others was my top choice, but the salesman told me that a much cheaper one had all the same features. It is after all a toilet.

All of these new things are sitting in rather large boxes in my kitchen. Josh thankfully put the old toilet he took out in the backyard for now. I don't want to be those neighbors with a toilet in the front yard.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Decision (finally)

I have spent way too many hours reading reviews and asking opinions on the subject. I know features and warranty information. I was tormenting my friends with endless questions on the subject. I narrowed it down to two and settled after much internal conflict. I was ready to make a decision and this is it...

True to his reputation, my dad thought it seemed like a fun endeavor. He called after reading the blog post about grain mills. It is a fun adventure learning to bake bread. I am hoping that grinding wheat and other grains will add to this adventure. I have learned so much in the past few months.

Update: I can't believe the UPS tracking says it is already in Nashville. It is to be delivered on Friday!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Oh My NOLA (II)...

Heaven on earth (maybe), beignets and cafe au lait. It's my coffee with chicory. I say my because, most of you know I gave up most coffee several years ago. I make a few exceptions and chicory is always one of them. Top of my list of food favorites.

I went on a walk while Josh and the girls were swimming one afternoon. I used my phone to take these pictures of St. Louis Cathedral. It is beautiful. I managed to just barely make it back to the room before a down pour. The clouds were pretty neat in the background.

Andrew Jackson the namesake for Jackson Square. We stay at Palace d'Armes. It is the location of a school in the late 1700s. It has a beautiful courtyard and is only a block from Jackson's Square which is ideal. I love being able to walk easily to many things and a block from Cafe du Monde doesn't hurt.

It was a great Fall Break. It is a long drive. After about two hours there, Josh and I both thought it was worth it. It seems like a whole other world from home. It's nice to be able to run away for a few days, and it's always nice to come back home.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oh My NOLA...

I love New Orleans. I really mean LOVE.

I once gave a rambling description involving my love of New Orleans. Was it due to the strong Mississippi River presence in my childhood? Is it the trace amounts of the Old Muddy Mississippi that run through my veins? I do love the Mississippi River. I followed her downstream to Cape Girardeau for college. I've settled far from home, but in an instant The Mississippi brings back all the fond times. I have no childhood home to show my children, but we can marvel at the grandness of The River.

There are happy New Orleans memories. My first visit with Josh and Rebecca (my sister in law) the summer before we married. Josh and I went for fun weekends without the girls when they were very young. Two years ago, we went with the girls. Preservation Hall, Satchmo Festival, I've heard some fine music. Of course, I do love to hear "The Saints".

There is no food like NOLA food. Jambalaya, gumbo, red beans, po boys, beignets, chicory coffee, muffaletta, serious good food. I can hardly wait to see these powder sugar coated delicacies at Cafe du Monde. Red Beans and Rice here I come. I know I will stop by Jimmy's place on Decatur St.

From Harry Connick Jr.
Oh my Nola
Same old song and dance
Don't let her catch you with a care
She won't let you down
If you give yourself a chance
Oh won't you let me take you there

Oh my Nola
Never goes away
Look for her crescent inner moon
And if you listen
When you walk the du Veinz Carre
You'll hear that gentle Creole tune

How proud would Louis and Mahalia be
To know that their memory was safe with me

Oh my Nola
Old and true and strong
Just like a tall magnolia tree
Sit me in the shade
And I'm right where I belong
Oh my New Orleans
Wait for me

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Things I love

I love magazines. I especially love Southern Living, Real Simple, Self, Christian Century, and People. I love a great stack of magazines to go through on a relaxing evening.

Honey is so amazing to me. It can taste so different from region to region. My favorite is Orange Blossom. When I open a jar it reminds me of driving through Florida on Spring Break with the windows down. The smell is so much like the Orange Groves.

I like retro new aprons and old apron finds. I have a few of my mom and grandmother's fancy hostess aprons. They make me smile. A sheer apron with ruffles, just what one needs. Apparently my relatives before me agreed, these frivolous aprons were rarely, if ever, worn.

The Earl, Earl Grey Tea reminds me of growing up. As I have mentioned several times, my Christmas stocking always included Earl Grey Tea.

I have two similar fans on my mantle. I love the look of them. No reason, no happy childhood association. They don't remind me of my grandparents, etc. I just like them. One came from a friend, who had one and noticed my interest in them when shopping at antique shops. The other was given to me by my father in law who is a great gift giver.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I have opinions--lots of them, about most everything. Some are passionate, some are just opinions. Sometimes, I don't care if people agree, but I definitely want others to have opinions. At times, I form opinions just be interested in something. I complete an NCAA Basketball Bracket every year--because Josh knows I will watch the games if I have thought about them enough to choose a desired winner.

I am not a person who is indifferent about many things. A silly example is that I love the color orange, but I don't care that many dislike it. Blah to purple, but many of my friends love it. I don't judge them for liking purple. On stickier issues, I have opinions of politics and religion that others may not share. Can we all be friends in spite of it?

Sure--and I may even like to talk about it every now and then.