Sunday, June 20, 2010

I'm Glad You're My Daddy - a post from "The Real Baby"

I'm glad you're my Dad.  You were so happy when you found out about me, because I know that you and Mama kind of got a late start.  You were strong, calm and always positive when you found out that I would need surgery and have to stay in the NICU when I was born.
You sat with me late at night and sang to me.
You helped me get well quick.
I went home in record time!  Only 8 days after I was born!
I see lots of naps in our future
And lots of fun as a family
I hope I follow in your footsteps.  See, I already have my golf shoes!
Soft spikes, just like yours!
I'm very happy that I'm Daddy's Little Girl
And I will always look up to you

Happy First Father's Day!

The Real Baby of Sheboygan County

Friday, June 18, 2010

Knitting in Public: Otherwise Known as Yarnoholics Anonymous

My husband is always telling people about my "knitting club."  There is no membership requirement, other than showing up, and we have a great group of ladies and one very cute sixteen year old young man named Caleb.  Our "Yarnaholics Anonymous" group meets Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings at our local yarn shop, Magpie's Cottage in Sheboygan Falls, WI.  This week in honor of World Wide Knit In Public Week, we took it outside!
We gathered at Settler's Park in Sheboygan Falls under the gazebo on the banks of the Sheboygan River.
That's Sheila, Joann and Bonnie.  Joann is wearing her "Group Therapy" outfit.
We brought cookies for the cookie swap.  You can find the recipe for these Coffee Crisps by clicking here.
Then we knitted. 
Here are some photos of what I worked on.  
The yarn is "Chakra" from Mango Moon. It was handspun and beaded in Indonesia and proceeds from the yarn help provide safe shelter, health care and educations to families in Nepal & Indonesia.
The yarn has a nice drape.
And the color will really make my green eyes pop!

Did I mention the most important  thing for knitting in public?  An easy pattern!  At Yarnaholics Anonymous we like to chat, and it's important not to have too much counting or keeping track to do.    It's called "Chakra Scarf" designed by Paula Zenick, the owner of Really Knit Stuff in Tallahassee, FL.  It was a free pattern with the yarn, and requires little concentration.

The perfect project for World Wide Knitting in Public!

Did you Knit in Public this week?

The Real Housewife of Sheboygan County

Monday, June 14, 2010

The First Food I Ever Cooked: A Walk Down Memory Lane

When I was young I received a cookbook from a teacher friend of my mother's, Mrs. Espy.  She taught high school English.   I have tried in vain to find this cookbook, as I know I would never give it away, but to no avail.  The cookbook was especially for kids, and used kitchen appliances such as the toaster oven, the "fry-daddy" and maybe the "Presto" hamburger maker - remember those?

Mrs. Espy had gone through the cookbook and written little notes in red pen, such as "These sound delicious!"  "I can't wait to try these!"  And next to some recipes, she just drew a smiley face.  This was my first experience with a cookbook, and especially one of my own.   The recipe I remember making was Biscuit Pizzas, and I think I remember it went something like this:

1 can of refrigerator biscuits
tomato sauce

Pat out biscuit dough until it forms a flat round.  Top with tomato sauce and cheese.  Place in toaster oven (or real oven) for time recommended on biscuit can.

That's it!  

In honor of Mrs. Espy, I made them again, but "doctored" them up a little.  They were a big hit with the hubby, and I'm sure P-Nugget will like helping make them when she's big enough.

Mrs. Espy was a very nice lady, and when she passed away, there was an auction for some of her belongings.  My mother acquired some Southern Living cookbooks from the auction, and sure enough, Mrs. Espy had written little notes on the pages.  Now when we look at the cookbooks, we think of her.  I think this is the reason that I make notes in my cookbooks and on my recipes - someone will have my books someday (maybe little Mary-Claire) and with my notes, the books will have just a little more personality.

I still buy kid's cookbooks, and I recently bought the Sesame Street one for Mary-Claire.  The Emeril's is an autographed copy from a few years back:

I can't wait until she's old enough to help me pick something out!

What was the first thing you remember cooking?  I'd love to hear!

The Real Housewife of Sheboygan County

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

They say you should let sleeping dogs (and babies, and husbands) lie
I couldn't resist taking some Sunday morning shots
Slowly, they awakened.  
First was Paddy - "Pay attention to me!"
Then, the happy baby
Wide eyed and bushy-tailed
"Talk to me, Mama"
Soon, the bell was rung
And we went out to smell the flowers.

Wishing you a blessed Sunday.

The Real Housewife of Sheboygan County

Monday, June 7, 2010

Someone is growing:

Someone is really growing.
 She's doing some of this
And lots of this.
Must be a growth spurt.  Mama's not complaining.
Don't you wish you could wear socks like this?
Happy Two Month Birthday!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

No Recipe? No Problem

I am still participating in the Dinner On A Deadline project, and our homework for this week was to cook without a recipe.  Ten years ago this might have been a problem, but after taking a 14 week Basic Food Prep class at the local community college, I became much more comfortable in the kitchen.  Now I see ingredients as a starting place, instead of relying on a recipe for everything.  Yes, I still try recipes, but I don't fret if I don't have all the ingredients.  Sometimes, the best meals come from just winging it!  

Tonight I started with this:
Lettuce Leaf Basil from my herb garden
then found this in the pantry
Heated it up like this  (over low)
Deglazed with this
And ended up with this

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