Friday we headed out in a caravan with Teenager’s troop towards Gatlingburg for a weekend of ice skating, snow tubing, skiing and more fun. We got in around 1am, handed out keys More »
The last of our stops on our Atlanta Staycation was at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It’s quite impressive when you walk around the corner from the parking lot when you see the Dinosaur Plaza that shows off 3 dinosaur replicas.
They had a special exhibit; Whales: Giants of the Deep that was absolutely amazing, but we were not allowed to take pictures. We learned about the evolution of whales as well as differences between whales, dolphins, porpoises, and more.
We really enjoyed the IMAX movie called Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. I learned a great deal about lemurs. The pygmy mouse lemur was so cute, only weighing in at 1 oz.
I think this is a great place to go once. Seeing all the dinosaur bones/replicas is fascinating and quite eye opening. I know they often have special displays that bring returning visitors. The IMAX was a huge reason why we decided not to forgo this part of our City Pass and it was well worth it.
I just had to write a letter to dad. Dad, I know you’re watching from Heavens above. That brings me comfort. Today I am home by myself getting some work done, 80′s music blaring in the back ground. You know 80′s music is by far my favorite music of all time. Now that you’re gone, though, sometimes it’s hard to listen to certain songs without just tearing up. And well sometimes just absolutely breaking down into tears like today. Memories of spending weekends with you, running errands, watching you talk on your bag phone back when having a bag phone was cool. I mean a “cell” phone in the 80′s? You were so cool! Especially to me.
Hanging out in the back of Wolfe camera. I don’t even remember exactly, did you work there or was it just Uncle Mike? Or do I have that memory all screwed up in my head. What I do know though is we spent a lot of time there. If only I was into cameras back then like I am now, right? I would have been in camera heaven! I know you were. Back then you photographed weddings for a little money on the side. You also photographed beautiful models as a freelance photographer.
I remember your diet back then consisted of a big ole plop of refried beans on a tortilla and sometimes if you had a little extra cash, you put a chunk of velveeta cheese on there. It wasn’t my favorite thing to eat, but I loved sitting on the floor with you talking about whatever. Heck, you were newly divorced and now a ‘bachelor’ again and furniture was not something you wanted to spend your money on. I suppose. I can still picture that apartment like it was yesterday.
You did have that really cool water bed that you made yourself. I remember sneaking in there with you sometimes in the middle of the night.
Dang Dad. I miss you so much. It’s just crazy how these memories…things i hadn’t thought about in years just flow back and cause me to cry like a big ole baby. But I am so thankful everyday for the memories because that’s what carries me through not having you around any more.
Missing you more than words could ever describe,
Happy Anniversary, Rob! Today Rob and I are celebrating 17 years of marital bliss! I couldn’t be happier to have spent this time with him through all the trials and tribulations that life brings. I know that we together work to keep a strong relationship with our Lord and Savior and in that we grow closer together as a couple. I love you, Rob and I look forward to seeing what the next 17 years has in store for us.
Nothing says fall more than apples! I decided to kick the weekend off with some homemade applesauce. For my first time making it, it turned out pretty well. Rob’s Gramma was the first person I ever met who makes her own applesauce. Maybe after a few times of making it, it will be as yummy as hers.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 hours
6 peeled apples (I used Golden Delicious & Fuji)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbs lemon juice
1. Peel and core the apples.
2. Toss them in the crockpot with the other ingredients.
3. Cook on low for about 4 hours.
4. Stir and remove from crockpot. Let cool.
Kent-ography is a weekly tribute to my Dad, who lost his battle with ALS in December 2013. I wanted to feature some of his awesome photography, or as I like to call it “pics my Dad took.”
My Dad loved this little girl so much. He was just giddy to get to spend Christmas with her and just loved running around chasing her, snapping pics of her. I wasn’t there for this, but he told me all about it. This little girl is first granddaughter and she stole his heart.
I was recently asked by Epicurex to review their organic coconut water called Cocozia. They sent a case for me to try. I eagerly put it in the fridge and the next day pulled one out, opened it up, and smelled it. Isn’t that what every body does?
I had expected to smell a fruity, sweet smell which would make me more eager to swallow swig quickly. However, that was not the case. It actually smelled like dirty dishwater.
So my first thoughts of it smelling like the coconut milk we drank in Mexico quickly faded. At this point, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to take a swig, much less drink the entire carton.
I manage to take 2 sips. I would have stopped at 1, but needed to drink a little more so I could describe it for you. It has the texture of milk, but the flavor was bitter and the after taste was not pleasant. I’m afraid beyond these 2 details, I can’t tell you anymore as it was not palatable at all.
I wanted this to be so good, because I’ve read nothing but rave reviews about how healthy coconut water is for you. I don’t want to waste the case that Epicurex sent me, so I’m probably going to try cooking with it or possibly washing my hair with it.
Have you tried any coconut water? What’s your take on it?
How many of you are ready for some football this weekend? Specifically, college football? I know I am so ready! With college football, comes tailgate parties and a need for some great finger food recipes. Every Tuesday this fall, I’m going to be sharing a new recipe with you that you can bring with you to your next tailgate.
Today I’m serving up a bit of a spicy dip that I called “Hot Tiger Dip.”
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
1 package creme cheese
4 oz. sour cream
1 tbs. Tabasco
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups of Mexican shredded cheese (1 1/2 cup in the dip; 1/2 for topping
1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used “Hot”)
1/2 cup shredded ham
1 small onion, finely diced
1/3 cup pickled jalapeños
small can of green chills
2 tbs. olive oil
1. Heat olive oil in small sauce pan.
2. Add in diced onion and sausage. Make sure to break sausage up into small pieces. (If you’re extra lazy like me, you’ll run it through the food processor.)
3. Cook until onions are caramelized and sausage is cooked all the way through.
4. Soften cream cheese in the microwave.
5. Make sure its soft enough to stir. If so add in sour cream, tabasco, and garlic powder. Use a hand mixer to mix well.
6. Add in each ingredient and mix lightly.
7. Spoon into baking dish and top with 1/2 cup of remaining shredded cheese.
8. Bake for 20 minutes with top covered with lid or foil.
9. Remove lid or foil and bake for 5-10 minutes to brown the top just a bit.
10. Allow to cool for 10 minutes or so.
This dip is great served warm or cold, which is great for tailgating.
~Adapted from recipe found on Taste of Home
It’s been over a month since I’ve done a “Life Lately” post. Ahh! Where did the time go? Did not realize it had been so long. So for this one, I’ll try to recap as much as I can remember from the last month.
Life lately has been filled with…
~~Teenager had 2 a days (ie. Band Camp) for a week.
~~Rob worked another Emmaus Walk.
~~Rob was on the radio again to promote Scout sign-up nights.
~~Rob and Teenager worked 20+ in 2 days at the Thunder Road Soccer Classic.
~~I’ve been cooking up a storm and we haven’t been eating out as much.
~~I’ve been busy learning as much as I can about promoting my blog.
~~Monkey completed Acolyte training a few weeks ago and was installed and consecrated at church yesterday.
~~The house I grew up and my Dad and his 3 brothers was sold. It’s quite bitter sweet. Need to write a post about this.
~~AHS homecoming is around the corner. It’s quite early this year. I urged Teenager that if he was going to ask someone to go with him, he needed to do it ASAP. I’ll be writing a post about this soon.
~~Tomorrow starts my season of taking the soccer league pictures, so hopefully I can keep up with my busy blogging schedule as I’ll probably be swamped for the next 4-6 weeks with that.
~~2 weeks of school have gone by really without a hitch. (knock on wood)
~~I’m sure there’s more, but I’ve gone brain dead.