Sunday, December 30, 2007
Todd, on the other hand, turned a roll and a half of duct tape into a silver jogging suit. It was really something!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Our wedding was not the end of our journey to wedded bliss. Here we are at Mile 0 on U.S. Highway 1. A new beginning on our road...
On our last day in Key West, we had lunch at B.O.'s Fish Wagon. Our friend Scott had recommended it to us. His description was perfect and we knew exactly when we'd found it. It looks like a strong wind might blow it down. An eclectic mix of woods and metals make up the "building" and large spools serve as tables. David had one of their world-famous conch sandwiches and I ate a deep-fried hot dog. Delicious!
The sunset cooperated on our last evening at Mallory Square with a beautiful display before fading into the clouds. We finished our day where we'd begun - back to Blue Heaven for dinner in their beautiful candlelit courtyard.
The next day, we woke up early and headed north to the Clearwater airport. It's strange to think that in just one day, we watched the sun rise over the keys and saw traces of remaining snow on the north side of our yard. Key West is a place that I'm sure will call us back someday.
Earlier in the week, we'd seen a large sign advertising a lighted boat parade at the Historic Seaport. It seems that everyone else on the island had also seen the sign, so we joined the masses to watch the festive boats. All of the boats were brightly lit, my favorite was the large sailboat with a lighted outline of the world.
Next to the Southernmost Point is the Southernmost Christmas Tree.
Next we took a tour of Key West on the Conch Tour Train. We saw parts of the island we hadn't yet been to, and learned a lot about the history of KW.
In the afternoon, David rented a scooter for us to tootle around on. Yes, we BOTH rode on it. I will admit that it was very fun, but I'll stick to riding on back and not driving.
Our scooter took us to the Hemingway House. We first opted for the self-guided tour. Quickly realizing that we didn't know anything, we joined the guided tour. There are currently 47 cats on the Hemingway property and Hemingway always kept 40-50 cats during the time he lived there. Many of the cats are polydactyl (they have extra toes). Hemingway was given a polydactyl cat by a ship's captain and many of the present day cats are descendants of that first one. You can read more about the cats and Hemingway's home here: http://www.hemingwayhome.com/.
After the beach, we went to Margaritaville. I've never been to a Margaritaville that did not have an hour or more wait, but this one had immediate seating. We sat in front of a cheerfully decorated Christmas tree with a parrot at the top. We overheard the waitress tell another table that Jimmy had been there yesterday, but we also read that telling tourists that is a popular pastime of the locals.
We spent another evening watching the sunset at Mallory Square.
David's friend Keith brought us some Key West magazines and information from his recent trip. We read an article about the Cat Man and had to see him for ourselves. It was a fantastic show! The Cat Man has trained his cats by becoming one of them. It is definitely a must-see if you find yourself in Key West. Don't miss the Cat Man's website: http://www.catmankeywest.com/.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here is a link with a larger version of the map:
So far the weather looks like it will cooperate for next weekend. Forecasts are calling for partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid 30’s and highs in the mid 50’s. Not exactly tropical… but better than ice and snow. Erin and I look forward to seeing everyone.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
With less than two weeks until the big day – I’ve made sure to wear multiple pairs of socks – just to keep the feet from getting chilly. :<)
Friday, November 23, 2007
The tree has been decorated with ornaments and cat hair...
Fortunately, I am better at decorating than I am at poetry. I celebrated the annual "wrestling of the Christmas tree" today while the cats looked on. It's a good thing that I will forget that part of Christmas decorating by this time next year. The other part I'd like to forget about is crawling around in the closet under the stairs dragging out boxes of decorations. The rest of the decorating is lots of fun. Harry Connick, Jimmy Buffett, and I spent the morning hanging the decorations on the tree. It's fun to remember where each ornament came from as they're unwrapped from the tissue paper. I was ready for a nap after finishing the tree, but kept opening boxes of Christmas goodies. Apparently I have quite a weakness for Christmas knick knacks. The candles are all in the windows and Tuley's wreath is on his house. A tree from my Aunt Connie has been decked out in homemade ornaments to make the kitchen festive. A really good bride would have a plate of homemade cookies ready when the groom arrives home from work, but David will have to enjoy leftover pumpkin pie instead. :)
We also had picture-perfect pumpkin pie that my mom made using my great-grandmother's recipe. Last weekend at the family shower, my grandmother gave me this recipe accompanied by the story of Grandma Good's pumpkins pies. Grandmother asked her once for her pumpkin pie recipe. She said she didn't have a recipe, but Grandmother could come and make pies with her to learn how. So while Grandma Good pinched and dumped the spices into her hand, Grandmother measured with teaspoons and tablespoons and wrote everything down. Pretty soon they had 2 beautiful pumpkin pies ready to bake.
While the steaks were being grilled, David got to try out my dad's latest toy - his new riding lawnmower. It is FAST! I snapped this picture just in time to dodge out of the way. :)
Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
We received an invitation to David's niece Erin's wedding on Friday, ate dinner, and rushed our reply to the main post office. We hope to be the first response!
We spent Saturday cooking up a storm for the annual viewing of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. It was a good time, and we all ate way too much. David had smoked 20 pounds of pork shoulder. We had 10 people (I think). For those who are math-impaired, that is 2 pounds of meat per person!
On Sunday, we got a paper so we could see our engagement announcement. You can see it by clicking here. We also picked up my wedding band. Wahoo! We already had David's, so we are that much closer to being official! Sunday afternoon I went to Monett for a family shower at my parents' house hosted by my Aunt Connie. It was lots of fun! She'd sent recipe cards in the invitations and asked the guests to bring a recipe and an ingredient or utensil used in the recipe. I really like to cook (DON"T tell David!) so it was great to get all the family recipes to try. I managed to get there with no camera, so I am hoping that maybe someone will e-mail me some pictures (pretty pretty please?).
Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Tuley was of course tons of help - emphasis on tons. He specializes in sleeping, stepping on the project, and kicking things just out of reach.
Mean while, I was busy putting on my bridezilla routine at Wal-Mart, where they are holding our engagement pictures hostage. I should have seen this coming, but did not. I need a release of copyright from our photographer, which won't be a problem. Except, that they are HOLDING THEM HOSTAGE in the meantime. Grrrrr.....
All in all, a good and productive weekend. One weekend closer to the big day!
Must go...the faithful assistant must've worked up quite a hunger this afternoon. He's demanding to be fed NOW! :)
Friday, November 9, 2007
Chewy Pumpkin Caramel Bars
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup solid pack canned pumpkin
3/4 cup vegetable oil
27 caramels, unwrapped (about 9 ounces)
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts, divided
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large mixer bowl. Add pumpkin and oil; beat until blended (batter will be thick). Spread two-thirds batter into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Combine caramels and evaporated milk in small saucepan; stir over low heat until caramels are melted. Pour caramel mixture over baked layer; sprinkle with 1/4 cup nuts. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoons over caramel mixture; sprinkle with remaining nuts. Return to oven for 20 to 25 minutes (top layer will be slightly soft). Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
It will seem like there isn't enough liquid in the batter, but it works. The easiest way to spread the first layer in the pan is to spray your clean hands with Pam and press it down with your fingers. Recipe is from http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
It was another great weekend. Thursday night, we celebrated 29 years of Monett Glass with my parents at Hickok's. We were surprised to see a For Sale sign in the window of the original reception location. Glad that we decided to change the location several months ago. On Saturday, I went to a Drury basketball game with Christina (thank you Christina!). It was an exhibition game, but I was still impressed when the Lady Panthers scored over 100 points! David and I went to Branson Saturday evening to enjoy our favorite Chinese buffet. Springfield has no shortage of Chinese restaurants, but that doesn't stop us from driving a few extra miles.
Today we took Tuley to see the new boathouse at Springfield Lake and walk him on the paved trail. He walked a lot of it without a leash (shh!) just trotting along behind us. The new boathouse is very cool! Since we got back, our lazy dog has been awake just long enough for dinner. He's spent the rest of the evening snoring and farting. What a life! :)
Even with the extra hour, time flies! Hope everyone has a good week!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
HOT CRAB DIP
2 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8oz.) container sour cream
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. garlic salt
3 (6 oz.) cans Lump (or med. grade) Crab meat, drained
1 C.(4oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
crackers or toasted French bread rounds
Combine first 7 ingredients, stirring until blended. Add drained, canned crab meat and mix well. Spoon mixture into a 9 X 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam; sprinkle evenly with Cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately with crackers or French bread rounds.