Monday, June 29, 2009

Menu for the week . . . .

For the purpose of accountability--and maybe luring my family down south for the holiday next weekend:-)

Monday: baked salmon, seasoned rice, green beans (my Dad's favorite), and fresh-sliced tomatoes(like my mamaw used to make!)

Tuesday: lasagna, green salad, italian bread(this is grocery shopping day; need to do something super-make-ahead-easy)

Wednesday: tacos, homemade salsa and guacamole

Thursday:chicken piccata(new recipe!), noodles, Bob and Larry Salad(with fresh basil)

Friday:Subs Mom's Way, cut-up veggies, and chips(Zapp's!)

Saturday:BBQ ANYTHING THAT ISN'T MOVING, corn on cob on the grill, oven fries, hmmm....something green to be determined, homemade ice cream if i get ambitious

Sunday: most challenging day of the week; we will have cinnamon rolls and fruit for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and Layered Fiesta Casserole for dinner.

What are y'all eating this week?
Happy Cooking!
~april

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blueberries from Sally's . . .

We loaded up the kids and our friends this past Friday and headed out early(8 a.m. IS early when eight children are involved!)to "the country" in Mississippi for a day of blueberry picking-and-eating . . .it was a HOT day, and the kids were so excited. I think everyone had a good time--some surprising themselves, even.












For a little while, all seven of the pickers were putting as many in their mouths as they were into the buckets, then they did pick a few to bring home before the sun wore off their enthusiasm.

Later, they had a big time rolling down the hill by the blueberry bushes, riding bikes down the big hill out front, chasing the dogs around the yard, and playing in the wading pool(what squealing!). A few pictures taken right after we arrived.





















For the afternoon the camera stayed in its bag because the Mississippi heat had us all lulled into a deep semi-stupor punctuated by requests for something to eat or drink, or telling kids to just "SIT in the SHADE for a FEW MINUTES, PLEASE!"
I think the one regret was that neither of us homeschooling Moms remembered to bring the classic Blueberries for Sal along for the day. It surely would have been a fun read, but isn't it appropriate that my Mom is Sally?
We admired Dad's garden, made ice cream and blueberry crumble, had dinner with Mom and Dad, and headed home LATE--arriving around eleven p.m.













What a day.
Many fun memories.




See y'all later!
~april

Sunday, June 14, 2009

What do you DO with a cat that sleeps in an aquarium?

This dear and crazy creature--Anonymous, her given name, "Annie" for affectionate purrr-poses(sorry, couldn't resist!), has taken a liking to a cracked 10 gallon that my daughter put out on the screened porch. We went out the day after it was put there and she was sleeping in it. See the sleepy eyes?

Now C says that it's kind of odd to say "we give our cat her water in a bowl and her food in an aquarium". I can think of many things we do that are more odd, but she's twelve and likes to juxtapose. Annie had just better hope we don't decide to put an outside aquarium with fish on "her" porch--the Royal Highness' palace, I mean. She enjoys the occasional roll in the dirt but despises a bath(don't most cats?). C also LOVES to bathe the cat. These contradictions are what keep life interesting. . . .or at least complicated.

Annie was a "gift" from a new (at the time--now quite dear)family of friends whose Mom is allergic to cats. Annie showed up as a TEENY TINY kitten on their front porch(good thing since they have two BIG dogs in the back yard), and has taken to the high life like, well, a fish to water! She was the ugliest little critter with gremlin-ears and big feet, and now with the shiny coat and at a whopping five pounds, she's the apple of the Redhead's eye, *sigh* and she has made MY PORCH her home, steadfastly refusing to use the cat door--I suppose she fears mussing her perfectly groomed whiskers with such base activity, preferring to use it ONLY when we push it open for her. She is actually what we around here affectionately call "Rotten".

She and the Redhead are MUCH alike.

Here she is in her Halloween costume last year--looking thrilled, I might add.

There are many other animals in our lives--some of particular interest to Queen Ann--the birds, for instance!


We currently have four birds--parakeets Bluebell, Taylor, and Bessie, and a cockatiel named Noname
(/no-nah-mee/ is the pronunciation. Yes, we are ODD!). One day last summer the birds were having some time in the fresh air and they had a visitor. . .

Can't you just imagine the queenie cat saying,
"Yes, dearies, I simply MUST have you over for tea....and sweets"?
love and laughter to you all--
april

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Few Short Moments






Wow. Home alone on a weeknight. How did this happen? Hubby had a meeting at church and took C with him. J, the Boy, and the Redhead are all with grandparents at VBS this week. What wonderful QUIET!

Of course the deluge of questions as to "what to do" comes up. I guess posting made the top of the list--right after reviewing the pictures I took yesterday evening while just J and I were home(she's had swimmer's ear all week--BAD STUFF!). The sunset was grand--sky painted in bands of color like we really don't get to enjoy here very often. It was pretty despite the trees blocking the way, and the light was just perfect for some twilight photography of my flowers.


We don't have many flowers yet, as a matter of fact, but I am thoroughly enjoying my front flower bed's development from a wish to a reality this year. My roses and daisies are certainly showing off--and with the true heat of summer coming on, I need to enjoy them now. They usually come back in the fall, but summer here is anything but lush. It's just HOT.

It's been a very hard and tiring week. The kids coming in late from Bible School have made it hard to settle down in the evenings; last night they were in bed at 10:30. Not good when hubby has to leave for work so early. We've all been tired and, dare I say, a bit whiny this week...

But all that aside, for now it's great to be alone. I did get some good things done today, work and play, and I will enjoy those small accomplishments along with the quiet until they all get home, and then I will listen hopefully patiently while I hear of the evening's adventures. I sure do hope C finds a birdcage at that sale this weekend. It would make her day.

I'm so glad J felt good enough to go tonight. Worse than knowing she was hurting was dealing with her tender heart and the disappointment of not getting to do what she had so anticipated. She's a sweetie.

Maybe I'll be able to post those pictures of my flowers soon. I will have to learn how!
~april
p.s. i promise the pictures were made yesterday, not in February! i always forget to set the date stamp on my camera!