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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tomb Cakes

Making these Garden Tomb cakes are simple.

You will need: small paper plates, chocolate frosting, coconut, green food coloring, snowball dessert cakes, gum drops, toothpicks, paper, and vanilla wafer cookies. Begin by smearing the plate with frosting then add a little frosting to cake and place cake on paper plate. Add a few drops of food dye to coconut. Then sprinkle coconut around the base of cake to look like grass. Cut out door. Use gumdrop as a stand for tooth pick sign. Don't forget to place a drop of frosting on the back of vanilla cookies. Place cookie next to door. Doesn't it look like the Garden Tomb. My children love it. Enjoy! They were a hit around my house. Thanks Megan for such a cute idea!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Corner View "Spring" part 2

After a long winter nap, Spring has finally arrived to Georgia. The trees are all a bloom and flowers are springing up everywhere. Warmer temperatures are beginning to grace with it's blessing. Even the air smells differently. You know what is funny, my favorite smell is not of roses, but off earth; especially on a warm day after a rain. We celebrated Easter early this year since we are leaving on Friday, and will not arrive to our final destination until Sunday. The boys gobbled down their dinner. Practically licking their plates clean. We ate ham, roasted potatoes, peas, and tomb rolls. For dessert we had Tomb cakes while we took turns with our friends opening resurrection eggs. These eggs have little tokens such as a crown of thorns, praying hands, a cross, dice, etc. Easter wouldn't be Easter without the annual Easter Egg hunt.
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Corner View Spring

This year we celebrated Easter a week early due to the fact that spring break starts Friday, and I didn't want the children to miss out on all of the Easter celebrations. On Easter, we will be in Memphis heading towards Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is too bad we couldn't get Roman to cooperate. He was grumpy since he had fallen asleep in the car coming home from church. Anyways, for some reason when I dress up for Easter I hear the song by Irving Berlin sung by Bing Crosby called Easter Parade. Have you seen this old film?





Saturday, March 27, 2010

Arrow of Light

Harris with David

On the bridge to Boy Scouts
Harris

This week Harris received his Arrow of Light, which is the highest honor in Cub Scouts. He is now graduating to Boy Scouts. He went on his first camping trip with the boys in his pack, and had a great time. He came home and told me the tin foil dinners they ate were so yummy. He said the meat tasted like it had been in the crock pot all day. He loved that the dinners were followed by S'mores. The next day the boys went on a ten mile bike ride, but that is nothing for Harris since he goes with his papa on 16 mile bike rides. Now on to getting Eagle !

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Fashion

I don't know about you, but I don't look very good in shorts. My nice smooth legs of my teens have been replaced with a slightly larger version with lumps. However, I love skirts. They offer femininity, sophistication, coverage of not so pretty areas, and yet the same light weight material that a short would offer. I like Capri pants, but I look terrible in them . They end up chopping up my silhouette. If you are anything like me, you might tend to spend all your money on your children. I also want to have some money left over for my actual vacations. While I would love a pair of Marc Jacobs shoes they just aren't in my budget;however, at the same time I don't want something that is going to fall apart after a few wears. My new favorite company is Lands End. You can buy their clothes either from the catalog or from your local Sears. They have totally revamped their clothing line making it younger and modern while holding onto the classic styles that will last more than just one season. While maybe not as cheap as Old Navy or H&M the clothes are durable. Check out their new Canvas collection. They also have a collection called Signature. Starting at the top going left to right-a)Halogen pencil denim skirt. I love this it is so cozy. b) Anne Taylor Loft c) Anne Taylor Loft. d)Boden e) Lands End f) Lands End.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hello Spring and New friends

Today, I have invited a new friend over for lunch. I am so excited! Now if only spring wouldn't keep alluding us. I hear though that warmer tempetures are on there way. Happy Spring!

Monday, March 22, 2010

March Movie Review

Bright Star
Given that it has been so cold, I have had plenty of time to snuggle under my blankets and watch movies. Bright Star is currently on DVD. I would give it a solid B+, and if you like period pieces you will like this movie. It is about the life of poet John Keats. One of the most famous romantic poets. The only reason not a higher grade is that I thought the movie was a little slow at times. I am also not a hugh fan of Abbie Cornish given that she stole Reece Witherspoon's husband. However, she did a good job in this movie.
Did you Hear about the Morgans was the biggest surprise for me. One of the reasons I didn't go see it at the movie theaters was that I thought it was going to be slightly stupid. It was actually pretty funny. While not live changing it is worth the rental price.


If you like Foreign Films, then I would suggest renting this Swedish film called Everlasting Moments. Also on DVD, this film takes place around 1907 in a Swedish Harbour city. Times are tough for Maria Laarson and her family. She finds surprising joy and comfort that helps her get through the difficult times in her marriage when she discovers photography. I give this movie an A-.
Whip It is not your typical Hollywood film and I kind of like that it is not your cookie cutter film where you just plug in parts A and B and out pops a successful movie. That is one reason I like foreign films is because they tell a story. They are not predictable. I don't always like the ending, but at least the story is original. Whip it is definitely original. I enjoyed the story line of a young girl trying to find what brings her joy in this life even if it doesn't meet up to her parents expectations. My only complaint about this movie was the amount of swearing. Not enough to make it rated R, but enough that you notice. Definitely worth renting!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Roman's Room

Roman's Room
My baby isn't a baby anymore and is sleeping in a big bed. My heart is breaking just a little because this means I have no baby. I guess my boys will always be my babies, but the cuddles get less and less. I took a picture of Romans Room because I wanted to remember what it looked like. We still haven't taken down the crib because we are hoping to fill it with another little one. Yes, you heard me right. We want another baby. I am not pregnant, but we feel like there is someone missing from our family and the feeling hasn't gone away with time. Hopefully the next couple of months we will have some good news to report.

Friday, March 19, 2010

TGIF

Boy can I say I am thankful it is Friday, and Friday brought sunny 70 degree weather. Yahoo! The week started off great with an old friend of ours from when we lived in Seattle calling us to say he was in town. We hadn't seen him since after our sons both turned one. Anyway, his call was a surprise. He called and said, "Hi! I am in town, but I am only here until tomorrow. Well, he was in the city, and the boys had Karate. It was a mad scramble to get showered, dressed, and find someone to watch the boys. Nana came to the rescue, but her car wouldn't start. If I wanted to go I would have to go over and give her a jump. Being that I was in a hurry, I just threw the hook inside the hood and closed the hood. Well, I thought I closed the hood. As I was driving 65 miles down the hwy a gush of wind came along and grabbed the hood throwing it back onto the windshield. The windshield broke into a gazillion pieces with some of it flying onto me. It was rush hour traffic. I was able to pull the car to the side of the road. I got out and closed the hood. What was I going to do? I tried reaching my husband, but he had turned off his cell phone because he was in a meeting. I new I would be late if I called a tow truck, so I braved the 4 miles to my husbands office and parked the car. He was a total doll and just told me he was glad nothing happened to me. He even sent me flowers saying how happy he was that nothing happened to me. Despite the windshield, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Barunda with our friend. The windshield was just one part of the bad week. Thankfully, it is Friday and now I am going outside to enjoy the sunshine. By the way, spring is here. I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

conner view "doors"

p.s. this door isn't my front door, but isn't the wood lovely?
Have you opened your door to your family history? While I haven't had a ton of time to do my family geneology, I have had the opportunity to do some research on where my family comes from. The picture in the background of the second photo is a picture of my late grandmother. She was lovely. She was always put together with her hair coifed weekly at the salon, and pearls around her neck. Her grandparents came from Ireland via England. They were the Morris clan. I know they came from around the Dublin area. Someday when I have a little more time I would like to do a little more research, and find out more about them. To know where you are going, I think it is important to understand where you come from. Tomorrow, I am going to open the door of my husbands heart with a piece of that lovely cake. It is a Chocolate Guinness Cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting and raspberries. I changed the recipe just a little bit by adding a 1/8 cup of coco powder to the frosting mixture. Do you do that-change recipes? If you would like to see more on Irish doors you can go here, or if you would like to see more doors around the world visit Jane at Spain Daily. Happy St. Patricks Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ireland


The week of St. Patrick's Day always brings me thinking back upon my two (1989 and 1991) trips to Ireland. While Ireland might not be your choice travel destination, the country has a wealth in breath taking scenery to see. It is the country of some of the greatest music bands like U2 , and the greatest writers: C.S. Lewis, Maevy Binchy, Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, and Bram Stoker. Doesn't that alone just want you to hope on a plane and head of too Ireland. Dublin is the largest city in Ireland and probably has just about a pub for every person in the city. The pubs are actually the heart of Ireland and even if you do not drink you will be able to find a great meal and great conversation with the locals. It is also home to Trinity College and St. James Cathedral. The city is easy to get around and one does not need a car to get around. My favorite city is Cork which also makes for a good home base to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Kissing the stone has sure given me the gift of the gab. We stayed in the Blarney Park Hotel. Don't forget to pick up some Irish crystal or a Irish knit sweater at the Woolen Mills. You will also want to miss Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. While I haven't been there yet, but my mother has and she loves this castle. It is on my list of next things to see when I go to Ireland again. Perfect for children because the attendants dress up in Medieval clothes. You can even attend a traditional Irish Medieval dinner. However, if you go to Ireland you must and I mean must go see the Cliffs of Moher. One can only feel closer to God when visiting these beautiful cliffs. Can't afford a ticket to Ireland than I would recommend the next best thing which is to watch one of these movies that feature Ireland, The Commitments, P.S. I Love You, The Quiet Man, Evelyn, The Secret of Roan Inish, Circle of Friends, Tara Road, Leap Year, The Match Maker, and my favorite The Waking of Ned Devine.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Karate Tournament

Last weekend the boys performed in their first Karate Tournament. I was surprised that it was nothing like Karate Kid the movie. The coach explained that in his day it was, but the sport has evolved since then and is more about form and technique than about beating your opponent. I guess their are some avenues for that type of Karate if you want, but this is the most common form of competition. Both boys came home with silver metals with scores ranging in the 6/7 range. I guess 10's are pretty hard to come by. Harris was sad that he didn't get a Gold metal and Winston was pleased with his Silver telling Harris that it is more about having fun than getting a metal.
Harris and Winston listening to instruction
Harris showing basic form and technique
Winston showing form and technique
Harris sparring
Winston sparring
The team with Coach Mike

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Random Thoughts and Lessons Learned

I have learned my lesson that if you allow your children to use your computer than you will for sure get a virus that will invade all your files. I have learned that if you do not backup your files or burn your photos to disk right away that you are bound to loose photos. This past weekend one of the children opened some file that infected my computer and while I was able to get some of my photo files published to an on-line site, I lost some photos. Ugh! Let's just say I have shed a few tears this week. The only good thing that has come out of it is that I have cleaned out many of the closets and will be donating the clothes to the victims of the recent Earthquake in Chile.

Bad news is that our water pipe outside has been broken since October and we didn't know it until we got the water bill and wondered why it was so high. The good news is that it isn't going to cost as much as we thought to repair it, and they aren't going to have to dig up much of our yard to repair it. A shout out goes to my wonderful husband who is fantastic at saving for rainy days like these or broken pipes, and for his sweetness for researching computers for me so that I will not have to share with my children.

Good news is that I have lost 17 pounds in the last 8 weeks through careful eating and exercise. Bad news after a frustrating evening with my 11 year old, I binged on the Easter Candy. I should have known better not to buy it until the day before. It did taste wonderful and I was on a sugar high for a couple of hours. I did instantly feel guilty and began calculating how many minutes I am going to need on the treadmill in order to burn it off.

This week I did not earn the mother of the year award when I lost my temper with my 11 year old over his grades. He told me I was a mean mother and that he felt like he lived in hell. Given he was a straight A student all his life -I don't get it. It is like he has senoritas ( a term given to American 12th graders who slack off the last semester of high school.) What upset me more was his excuse for getting the F's on his school work. One assignment he kept losing and he doesn't know why. The other he explained that the teacher never asked for the assignment, but at the beginning of the year he was told it was his responsibility to turn in the work on his own. The last assignment he explained he had to rush doing because he lost his work from the previous day. He explained that he put it in his desk, but it must have fallen out and the janitors threw it away. I might take up drinking if this is just the beginning of all the fun with pre-teens and teenagers. I wasn't this bad. Not perfect, but I was a rather responsible child.

I was excited on Monday when it was 70 degrees outside and the trees began blooming, but have been in a crummy mood the past two days as the rain has poured just about non-stop.

Last but not least look for my new post on past adventures. I will be giving you the 411 on places to visit and see around the world.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Happy Blog Anniversary!
2 years
I can't believe two years has passed since I started this blog. The blog was born out of the desire to record our 4 month adventure in Europe. Naturally, the blog took over what I had already been doing for years "Scrap booking", and I haven't looked back. It has been a wonderful two years. I have not only recorded the day to day adventures of my life, but I have reconnected with old friends and met many new friends. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. It has been fun getting to know you. I have learned so much from each and everyone of you. Wondering what kind of cake this is? It is a Hummingbird Cake very popular here in the south, but not of Red Velvet kind of fame. It is delish, and it is made with bananas, pineapple, and pecans bathed in a yummy pecan sour cream frosting. Oh Baby!!! You can't go wrong with that combinations. To get the recipe, go to the Joy of Baking.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Corner View Coffee/Hot Coco companion

It is hot then it's cold as so the song says. Yesterday was a lovely 49 degree not exactly hot, but enough that the boys wanted to play out in the backyard and jump on the trampoline. Oh what a day makes because the snowflakes are dancing furiously around the trees and in the sky. We are suppose to get up to three inches. After running a few errands we stopped at Starbucks and picked up a Hot Coco and a piece of cake for Roman. I am not a coffee drinker. I don't even really like the smell of it. Now, I am making travel arrangements for spring break and summer. Dreaming of warmer weather and all the days by the pool. Too see more corner views visit Jane at Spain Daily.