Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Spring Sports

Spring has arrived and that means sports in my house. Dylan loves spring baseball and this year he is in the major leagues. He has a few kids he knows on his team which is always nice. And, he is on the Dodgers. We are happy about that. :)

He plays on Saturdays at all different times and after a couple of weeks will also play one game during the week. They always play at the Dugout Field.

And, in his first game he caught the game ending catch in right field. He was so excited!!! So was I. :)

Natalie decided to play spring soccer this year after having not played in a couple of years. We tried softball in between and she was completely bored with it. So, I was excited when she said she wanted to try soccer again. She is on an all girls team made up of 3rd and 4th graders and they are called Manchester United. They play every Saturday at the town park at 11:30 am.

And here is my little goalkeeper minding the net. She loves this position and is pretty good at it too. I am so happy that she is enjoying herself this spring. :)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hissy Fit

Currently reading this gem that I discovered while I was browsing the shelves of my local library. I have found myself a new author. She is witty and hilarious and I just love this book. Here is a little description of what the book is about. I highly suggest you pick it up at the library like I did.

The night before her wedding, in the middle of an oh-so-smart rehearsal dinner, interior decorator Keeley Murdock chances upon her fiancé and her maid of honor "doing the deed." Keeley pitches the hissy fit of the century, storms out and earns herself instant notoriety in her tiny hometown of Madison, GA.

Over the next few days, Keeley has to deal not only with the embarrassment of a broken engagement but also with the financial pressure her ex's powerful family puts on her business. Rescue comes in the form of a new face in town, a wealthy red-headed stranger with an impossible agenda. As the new owner of the local run-down bra plant that he plans to revive along with the tiny town, Will Mahoney hires Keeley to completely redecorate the dilapidated antebellum mansion he plans to restore in record time. As Keeley dives into her new, nearly impossible project, she inadvertently unearths long-buried demons from her past and learns that for a small town, Madison holds many dark secrets.

HISSY FIT brims with descriptions of antiques and designer goods that are so lush they could be called decorator porn. Many of the scrumptious descriptions of stylish household goods and historic furniture are based on Mary Kay Andrews' research and expertise as an antiques "picker." Mary Kay's buying trips to flea markets and furniture marts all over the South inspired her descriptions of the beautiful mahogany dining tables, crystal wall sconces, and the Empire daybeds that Keeley swoons over in HISSY FIT.

Ultimately, Keeley finds that true love can come even to those who throw humdinger hissy fits. HISSY FIT is a delicious social satire that will be sure to satisfy fans of fine fiction.

Sunday Sweet Spot

Makes 36

1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 package (about 12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks
1 1/2 cups dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder; and salt; set aside.
Place chopped chocolate and butter in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; whisk in sugars, then eggs, until smooth.
Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined (do not overmix). Fold in chocolate chunks and dried cherries; press plastic wrap directly onto surface of dough, and refrigerate until firm, 30 to 45 minutes.
Drop mounds of dough (equal to 2 level tablespoons) about 2 inches apart onto prepared sheets. Bake just until edges are firm (but not darkening), 11 to 13 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Sweet Spot

Citrus Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons finely chopped candied orange peel
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
6 drops lemon oil
3 drops lime oil
3 drops orange oil
Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper; set aside. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and the granulated and brown sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. Mix in candied orange peel, the zests, and the oils. Reduce mixer speed to low, and slowly add dry ingredients. Beat until fully combined and dough begins to form around paddle.
Use a 2-inch ice cream scoop to drop cookies onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies with palm of hand. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush tops with water. Sprinkle with more sanding sugar. Transfer to oven, and bake until just beginning to brown at edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Saw this on Lisa Bearnson's blog. You dedicate an entire post around the word still. Let's see if I can do it...

Still getting up at the unGodly hour of 5:15 to hit the gym and secretly becoming addicted.

Still wishing it was warmer outside!

Still would move to Florida in a hearbeat. :)

Still enjoying spring break with the kiddos.

Still could eat pasta everyday. ;)

Still addicted to shoes and purses. :O

Still hate to fold the laundry! ARGH! Can you pay someone to do that for you?

Still get excited about Easter festivities. :)

Still cannot stand my purple-ish mudroom and cannot wait to get it painted a lovely light blue. :D

Still need to take a shower this morning. ;)

Still excited about going to museums with the kiddos. :D

Still love watching Jon & Kate + 8. :)

Still continuing to blog even tho nobody is reading. LOL!!


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spring Cleaning Tips

"10 Steps to Spring Clean Your Home! "
by Marcia Ramsland, "The Organizing Pro"

“Spring Cleaning” conjures up a mental picture of a warm, sunny day spent airing out bedrooms, washing windows, and thoroughly vacuuming carpets. It signals the passing of winter gray outside and the freshness of a spring transformation inside your heart and home.
Follow these steps and you will have that freshly cleaned look that spring cleaning implies.

1. Vacuum the whole house and let some fresh breezes air it out. The whole house will begin to take shape and look fresher. Dust before you vacuum to make sure a room is really clean. (1-2 hrs.)

2. Clean your closet by putting away winter clothes and bringing out spring attire. Wash, iron, and mend clothing before it gets put away. Giveaway clothes you didn't wear and don't like. (2-4 hrs.)

3. Wash your bedding and change your blankets for spring weather. (l.25 hr per wash load of bedding)

4. Put away winter coats, boots, and mittens, cleaning as you go through the front and back closets to your house. (30 minutes)

5. Wash the windows to clear out winter gray that blocks your view. (Average 10 minutes per window).

6. Recycle newspapers, catalogs and newspapers that may have accumulated over the winter.(20 minutes)

7. Sweep out the garage and wash the cars. (1-3 hours). Vacuum, wax, and change the oil in your car to get ready for spring and summer trips.

8. Clean up your desktop for a fresh start at work, too. (2-4 hours). No need to live with left over paperwork from the winter. Get it done, filed, and cleared up to get outside with the longer sunny days approaching.

9. Shop for something new to wear for spring. (1-3 hours) When you feel better about how you look, people notice and treat you better!

10. Clean out the refrigerator and have your first cookout of the season. A social event outdoors like a barbeque or picnic marks the official beginning of spring in your life. (2 hours)