Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cute Snow Globe Craft

In March the twins had an Art Night at their preschool.  We were so impressed with all the fun crafts and art they have been making throughout the year.  I thought I'd share my favorite.
They used clear plastic dessert plates for the globe part, and glued stock paper to the back.  The inside has a picture of them cut out to look like they are jumping in the snow.  There is also a lot of glitter on the inside.  They're even cuter in person than in picture!

That said - I hope this artwork is the only snow around our house until next December!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Apple Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This is one of those recipes that I took with me to college.  I started making these apple brownies back in high school.  And have made them once a year or so since.  I have no idea where the recipe originated, since it's written on an index card and is over 20 years old.

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple
Frosting (see below)

Cream shortening, gradually adding sugar.  Add eggs one at a time.  Combine flour, salt, soda and cinnamon.  Add to creamed mixture.  Fold in apples.  Pour in 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.  Remove and spread with frosting when slightly warm.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans (we omit these)

Cream butter and cream cheese, gradually add sugar; beat until light and fluffy.  Stir in vanilla and pecans.

Even though it isn't apple season right now, these brownies hit the spot year-round.  Enjoy! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Skiing in Maine

Has everyone else noticed that it's become popular to do posts of old pictures on Instagram and Facebook lately?  I don't tend to do that very often on social media sites, but I do like to share on my blog at times.  Here's a fun one of me with my brothers in Maine, circa 2004.

Sure does make me happy to see April.  Finally, right?

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Nest

On a recent trip to Dollar Tree, I noticed little birds flitting about the letters of their sign. 
Do you see "A" nest?
Talk about a 'sign' of spring.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Missing Shoes

1.  Reid lost his favorite shoes.  We turned the house upside down looking for his dear, beloved shoes.  For days, whenever we forced him to wear other shoes, he sobbed.  They hurt his feet.  They weren't right.  He wanted his blue shoes.

2.  Two weeks later, I was walking up from feeding Francie.  As I meandered up the steps to the porch something in the window caught my eye.  When I saw what it was, I laughed.  And then I called for Reid.

3.  We are so happy Reid has his favorite shoes back.  I sure hope he doesn't lose them again.

4.  People on Craigslist are crazy.  It's a great way to get rid of junk, but certainly you encounter some interesting characters.  Recently, I had something listed for $400 firm, and got a text, at 1:00 am, asking if I would take $275 if they came to get it right then.   Luckily my phone was off. 

5.  Deer ate my apricot tulips I planted last fall.  I am so bummed!  I was really looking forward to seeing how they turned out.

Linked with Random Friday at A Rural Journal

Thursday, April 10, 2014

If I Had 100 Dollars

On a recent trip to Pierce's school, there was a row of worksheets on the wall, from their 100 day celebration of school.  They were interesting - each child was so creative with what they would do with $100.  One girl said she would buy a jello bed and have a jello room.  Pierce?  He said he'd buy a service plan (for the old blackberry of my dad's that he carries around everywhere).  And of course, he'd buy a robot.  He drew a picture of Eve, from the movie Wall E. 
Readers, would you buy a jello bed if you had $100?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I spent the past couple of months training for the Virginia Creeper marathon.  I ran quite a few long runs in dreadful wintry conditions.  The day before the marathon, I packed my bag.  I had tapered, and I was ready.
I planned to wake up at 4:00 am and do the drive to Abingdon, about 2 1/2 hours from us.  Around dinnertime, I pulled up the weather for Abingdon the next day, to make sure I had the appropriate layers.

The weather that night?  Ice pellets for us, snow for Abingdon.  100% with 1 - 3 inches of accumulation, and high winds.  I thought about trying to drive so early in the morning on roads that hadn't been plowed yet.  I decided not to go.

This is the first time I've skipped a race due to weather.  Usually I just dress appropriately for the conditions.  I could've run fine in the snow - it was the drive that concerned me.  After all that training, I was so terribly disappointed. 

Readers, have you had any big disappointments lately?