Wednesday, September 30, 2009

3 Reasons to have your camera ready....

An interesting vehicle . . .
A happy vehicle . . .
A pretty, pretty princess . . .

Have a great day.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Fun Music Day . . .

. . . was yesterday.

Will, Bailey, Laura, Ryan and I did the music at Bear Valley!
For the feature music it was the four of them doing Will's song to Bailey, "If I Were A Fishy". I loved it. (Sam introduced it by saying that almost all love songs can be - somehow - love songs to or about God as well.)

Here they are practicing (notice Will is playing the harmonica). . .

Here they are doing it at church . . .

Here we are all doing the choruses . . . (On the second song Laura played guitar, too) . . . (Yes, somebody already called us "The Partridge Family".)
As for the four of them, they've tentatively called themselves "Red River Romance". That's because Will and Laura were born in Oklahoma and Bailey and Ryan were born in Texas. Clever, huh?

After the service Melissa Hatcher ran up and said, "Can Aubrey (Werner) play the piano?! I couldn't go to her recital and I have to hear her play." Was I glad! That way I (and several others) got to hear her play, too! She was SOOOO GOOD. She has the 'touch', as I told her mother. Some folks are just mechanical on the piano. Others have 'the touch'.
Here she is with her supporter, Madi . . .

It was a fun, music-filled day.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's hard. . .

. . . to post a post after that last HOUSE BEAUTIFUL post of Elizabeth's house. Nothing could compare.

Ah, but this news just might trump that post: Rob and Caroline are having a BOY! They just found out today.
How exciting is that?! Little Mac will have a little fella to play with! -- and hand clothes down to!!

In other news, Sam and I just saw SURROGATES with Bruce Willis. It was very intriguing. I recommend it.


Other news, "Fuzzy's Tacos" opened this week in North Richland Hills at the corner of Rufe Snow and Iron Horse Blvd. Click HERE to watch Bud Kennedy tell about it. I'm going to go partake of those tacos soon. I hear the brisket ones are wonderful.

Speaking of eating (a common theme of mine), Sam and I went to Mimi's in Grapevine late this morning. Mother had given Sam a gift certificate there and we went to use it. Oh my. The food was delicious. I had been there twice before but had forgotten how yummy it was. Sam had never been there - and now he's hooked.

So far this has been a wonderful day off.

Oh, our Thursday night house group is going great. I'll tell more about that later, maybe with some pictures.

Speaking of pictures, here are two I took Wednesday afternoon. After Heather worked and I played in the tea room, we picked Erin up at her house to take her to eat at Fresco's (Yum). Well, we had to first see her doggies. Talk about cute...

Isn't that a sweet-looking dog?

I always say, "There's nothing like a good dog."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

House Beautiful...

I got to see my 'little peeps' yesterday afternoon! AND THEIR LOVELY HOME.
Here are some pics.
(It's great to do what I'm doing now -- looking at the pictures with some soft music playing, a scented candle burning, and some hot coffee in a pretty mug.)







The most beautiful part of this house are these two (well, and their beautiful parents)...(She did her hair herself!)

(I think his mommy did his.)

Looking at these pictures just makes me feel good.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Random thoughts.... some serious....

I've been missing some little folks...(Maybe making Monday night supper just once a month is not such a good idea.)

Different thought:
I think we should make peace with weeds. Why not? They're there. They're not maliciously taking over our lives, I don't think.
I read somewhere that it was the grooming of golf courses that got America to have this obsession with immaculate lawns. Well, I want to rebel. (Or at least live in a different, not-so-perfect neighborhood.)

Different thought:
I am pro-life.
I've known women who've had abortions and are guilt-ridden. I've also known women who think they definitely made the right choice and don't want a bunch of Christian fanatics shaming them.
Hmm.
I have thoughts on that and I could go on and on about what I think. Instead I'll direct you - if you're interested - to an article that I agree with COMPLETELY. Click HERE to go there.
I read that article a few weeks ago and have had it bookmarked so as to refer to it - and keep it 'on file'. It says just what I think.

Last thought:
I think my son did a wowy job Sunday (week ago) singing at Bear Valley...(I think it's okay to be proud on occasion.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wedding!

The darling couple, Jasmine and Wes McElhany...
My cousin David's son, Wes, got married yesterday! Wes is Aunt Helen Ruth's* oldest grandchild. He just got his master's degree in architecture at Texas Tech and his bride just got her degree, also. They both have good jobs and will live in Lubbock. They were married at the Grace Evangelical Free Church in Lucas (just east of Allen). It was a beautiful ceremony. The one solo piece they had sung was the one solo piece we had sung at our wedding 31 years ago by Aunt Helen Ruth - "Great is Thy Faithfulness". That was amazing. (Oh, a friend of Wes and Jasmine's sang it yesterday. It was beautiful.)

Here's the wedding from my vantage point...
The reception was wonderful...

Here are Steve's wife, Lori, (yes, the Carmacks have a 'Steve and Lorie', also), cousin Carol and her husband Dale...
Here are beauties, Sydney (Brian's daughter) and Bethany (Steve's daughter)...
And you know these people...

*Aunt Helen Ruth will always be Aunt Helen Ruth to me. Most people know her by just 'Helen'... but those aren't the ones who really know her.
(She's my dad's little sister, and only sibling.)

I can't believe I didn't get a picture of her yesterday.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mac with Mom...

Isn't he adorable?!?! Well, she is, too!!!

And he's going to be walking on his own just any day...

Board meetings are so much more fun now.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yesterday...

...my honey had a birthday.
Here he is on the birthday tree with his older brother...
Here's the piano...

So the piano was decorated, and the birthday tree was decorated.

Everything else - including the weeds outside - had to wait.

Monday, September 14, 2009

VERY Easy Brazilian Feast...

I've had some requests for the recipes for my Brazilian feast.
I'd thought about keeping it all a secret, so you wouldn't know just how easy it is. Then I thought, no. I want you to know how smart I am. HA!

I'll start with the first thing I do. (Well, after buying all the ingredients - ha!) (I've decided to show you pictures of those ingredients, just so you'll know exactly what I buy.... ha!)
The first thing I do - about 3 or more hours before the meal- is make the 'molho'. That's what we call it, anyway. (We pronounce it 'molyu). It has 4 ingredients. (I have done this right before the meal, but it's not as good.)

The first two ingredients (tomatoes and onions) you cut up in little pieces. I usually cut up 2 or 3 tomatoes to one large onion.
I just learned recently from my mother that the tomatoes sold 'on the vine' are the very best. I guess that makes sense.
I always get the yellow onions for my molho. I heard somewhere that they have the sharpest onion taste.
After cutting them up in little tiny pieces and putting into a bowl, I pour some oil and vinegar on them, I guess usually a fourth of a cup of each. Hmm. Maybe more. (I just usually use white vinegar.)
That's the molho. Cover it and put in fridge until time to serve.

Then, right before the meal, open up a can of these Bush's black beans, pour into pan, heat and serve. I don't even add bacon grease, or salt and pepper.
Now for the rice: just tear the corner, microwave for 90 seconds. Serve. ('Course you might have to buy several packets, depending on how many you're serving.
I've served different kinds of meat with this meal, but Market Street's Tuscan Rub rotisserie chicken is the best. You can also serve smoked sausage, steaks, or whatever. If you're a vegetarian, you can forget the meat.
Next: well-seasoned collard greens are a must with this meal. And the Glory brand is YUM. Just open the can, pour into pan, heat.
I know it sounds like this meal has a lot of starch, and it does. The next thing, potato salad. Market Street has the next best potato salad to my Mother's that I've ever found. It's their 'Old Fashioned Potato Salad.' 'Course it's cheaper to make your own, but remember this is the EASY feast, not the CHEAP feast.
Brazilians fry bananas to serve with the meal. They usually have a bread crumb batter, but I just fry the bananas without any coating in some hot butter. They get a little mushy- but oh, they're good.
Ideally you'd serve some homemade cheese bread. OR you could go to Red Lobster and get some Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Every time Sam and I eat there we're reminded of the cheese bread in Brazil. I've also just served cheese toast. (You know, bread with cheese on it, toasted.) That's cheaper.

There you have it.
Oh, I forgot. You serve the molho on top of the beans you put on top of the rice. I also put out Tabasco sauce, as Will and I like our rice, beans and molho with more of a kick.

There you have it.

This makes me want to give out more easy recipes.
If I'm anything... I'm the EASY cook!!

Or just take me out to eat!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Here's a picture I like...

This blanket was a graduation gift for Laura from her first cousins-once-removed, Joel and David (and wife Vicky) from Anadarko, Oklahoma. I forget what they wrote on the card but it's something about Indians giving a blanket as a gift of congratulations and to make you prosper in the future. Something like that. Anyway, as you can see it is beautiful. And meaningful. Uncle Bob (Joel and David's dad) had a very nice Indian art store in Anadarko for years. He and Aunt Lorene would travel a lot to get works of art to sell. This blanket will be something Laura can cherish through the years.

On a completely different note...yesterday was a good day...no terrorist attacks. We need to be grateful for that.

I remember being at church one time when the pastor asked, "How many of you are glad you're here and not in the hospital?" We all raised our hands. That, of course, reminded us to be thankful for how things were (are).

That's the way I'm feeling today...thankful there was no terrorist attack yesterday. I could worry about one hitting today, but I've decided I won't.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

5 Times today...

...I played the "Happy Birthday" song in the tea room! Three of those were within about 10 minutes of each other. Folks were starting to think that was the only song I knew! I guess September is the big birthday month.

That makes me think of Sam. (It doesn't take much for make me think of him. :) His big day is Tuesday of next week. However wonderful he may be I do believe he is the hardest person I have ever had to shop for in my entire life, ever. Sometimes Sharper Image or Brookstone has some kind of little gadget that might be good. (Besides the typical shirt I give him every year.) Today, though, my Garmin-type thing in my car was sending me on a wild goose chase. First to Southlake for Sharper Image. It's closed. Then to Grapevine Mills for Brookstone. Closed. Yesterday I went to Brookstone at Northeast Mall, found something I thought might work, then waited and waited and waited, and waited some more, for the only salesperson to get off the phone. I was even waving at him. He acted like he didn't see me. He was too immersed in his phone call. From his end of the conversation (his apologies) I could tell he was being chewed out by someone higher up. Well, no wonder.

I'll close with this picture I took at Montgomery St. Antique Mall yesterday. It's a nonbirdlover's birdhouse...Notice the knife and fork.

I hope that's not too sick for you.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mother/daughter lunch today!


Laura and I met in the tea room at the Montgomery St. Antique Mall in Fort Worth. We had a great visit.

She had come down from Denton to do some research at the Kimball Art Museum and since it's not too far from that antique mall we made our plans. They included a very good lunch, though the chicken salad and poppy seed dressing weren't nearly as good as LoneStar's tea room. The bread pudding was amazing, but so different from LoneStar's that it's like comparing apples and oranges. Both are delicious.

If someone paid me I would love to be a restaurant critic.

You wouldn't even have to pay me.

Just feed me.

And let me bring Laura.

Monday, September 7, 2009

We haven't labored . . .

...this Labor Day. It's not over yet, but no laboring is planned. ISN'T THAT NICE?! I love days like this.

We did have fun at lunch today with Aunt Helen (my dad's little sister), Uncle Frank and Mother... at Le Peep in Bedford... It was our Plan C destination. Dixie House Cafe wasn't opened today. And come to find out the Italian place I'd been wanting to try is only open in the evenings. Sooooo... Le Peep won the prize of our patronage!
Talk about yummy.

Ah, but I just found out from Dixie House's website that starting next week they are changing their hours. I'm copying and pasting now from the Dixie House website:
Big News
Starting September 14th 2009 the Euless and the E. Lancaster locations will have expanded hours, Monday-Saturday 6:30 AM until 9:00 PM, and Sunday 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM
That's exciting! (Did you know that Dixie House has won the best pie contest in the Metroplex several times?)

Well, you may (or may not) notice that I like to change my blog background. It's so easy and since I like to redecorate everything, it's a natural thing for me to want to redecorate my blog. And did I say it's easy? I just click that Hot Bliggity Blog sign in the upper left-hand corner and go find another background. Well, there are lots of background sites out there. For now Hot Bliggity Blog is my favorite. I also like one called 'Shabby' something. After I hit 'publish' I may go get a different background.

Clearly I don't have much to post today. Ah, but it's a holiday. mm

I hope YOU haven't labored on this Labor Day.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Music!

This has been quite the MUSIC WEEK. More so than usual. And here are a few pictures (taken on my wonderful iPhone)....

This first picture is AMAZING. At the beginning of music team rehearsal Tuesday night, Barris said something like, "Whoa! You're not going to believe what just happened!" Well, that statement got our attention. He said, "I was getting my (bass guitar) cord untangled and it fell into a Treble Clef!" Well, I got my iPhone out, ran over by him and took this picture. I placed my foot there (with my "Jewel of India" O.P.I. nail polish on my toe nails (thanks, Elizabeth)) so as to show you the size of that Treble Clef!...

The next four photos are of last night.... 20 YEARS LATE playing at Daddy Joe's Smokehouse in Colleyville (on 121 just north of Glade)...
Here's the band... which is awesome. AWESOME. They play the GREATS ... from the Beatles, Eagles, etc., etc... (Notice the drummer.)

In this next one you can see Jan better... playing and singing backups. Talk about one talented gal. And she's the only female in the band.. and SHE'S the drummer!! YOU GO, GIRL!!In that picture (above) you can tell that folks from neighboring La Hacienda Ranch are enjoying the concert, also. Sweet.

And lastly, the most important person in the band... the sound man, Jim.He always does a great job. I know... he's been one of Bear Valley's sound men (persons) for years!

Next Saturday (Sept. 12) 20 YEARS LATE is playing at Central Market in Southlake from 6 to 9. They've played there a lot... and have fans that fill up the place. Get there early!!