Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I can!

I know what you are thinking..."You can what?" And my response is "I can!" And you say, "Huh?" Let me explain.

I'm not much of a New Year's Resolutioner. I mean, I definitely can think of a lot of things that I could try harder at or do better in, but I'm just not one to make a specific resolve. I guess my tiny resolution for this year is to drink more water. You know, for better skin and for losing weight, etc. and I've done really good at it so far! So, if you need me, you'll find me in the bathroom most of the time; O.K.?

Anyway, I am a self-proclaimed blog stalker and run across a lot of recipes, craft ideas and decorating ideas that inspire me. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I came across a recipe for a Crock-Pot Apple Butter. It sounded so delicious and so easy, I said let's go for it! So, I bought 16 apples and some jars and was ready to start peeling. When I settled into reading the instructions, I found that after the apple butter leaves the crock-pot, it needs to be canned, as in "really canned" - like pioneer lady canned. Hmmmm, I say to myself...do I really want to get that involved? But I had 16 apples staring me in the face, so I decided to move forward.
Here is a simulation of me at the bus stop with my pioneer friends! NOT!

I had a Wal-Mart list to tackle and decided to pick up my canning supplies there. I searched and searched and searched and found nothing. I asked for their canning supply area and I got a cock-eyed, glazed stare. "We don't carry that kind of stuff." I retreated home and spent the afternoon sending emails, and calling stores searching for my coveted canning kit. Much to my surprise, no one carries it locally. Seriously?!?! I thought living in the South required some folks to can. But I was wrong. I finally turned to my "helpful-hardware man" at Ace and they ordered it for me and had it shipped to the store free-of-charge! They were also the only store that had a live person answer the phone AND that person understood what I was saying and knew exactly what I was talking about! Two days later I went and picked up my new hobby in a box! Let the following pictures tell the rest of my story....

My hobby in a box!

My first thought was ..."Oh my, will I be this happy when I'm canning?!?!"

Apples! Sugar and spice and everything nice -- yummm!

Mix the yummy-ness together!

Put it in the Crock-Pot -- nighty, night!

Ten hours later it goes from this, to this.... to this.... to this...And now I am ready to give some incredibly delicious treats to the teachers for Valentine's Day!

And you know what?!?!? I had a blast! I can't wait to make another batch for my friends and then tackle a new recipe! So, I guess I'll say that as a New Year's Resolution, I'll take on some new adventures in the kitchen! I really am a pioneer woman at heart! Hmmmmm, as I look over the horizon I wonder what my next canning adventure will be?
I think I can, I think I can~

Friday, January 15, 2010

"A" is for....


Yesterday was "Winter Report Card Day" for Sam. And guess what?!?! He got all A's! Way to go big guy! We are so proud of you!

I think he's a little proud, too!


P.S. Mom and Dad are excited about all of the S's in conduct, too!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Welcome 2010!

I found an awesome quote for the new year! (I posted it on my Facebook page on New Year's Day, so sorry if you've already read it!) But, here goes...

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Reading this just gives me chills, because it is so true! We are all a blank book and we are the ones responsible for how our story plays out. So, now I ponder...how will my book read!?! A mystery? A folk tale?

I predict it will be an adventure tale with some drama (I'm sure of it), some comedy (lots, I hope!), some romance (again, LOTS, I hope!!) with tons of "feel-good" moments and, of course, with Sam and Lily around...high-jinx will abound! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

I know I owe some updates and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we have a lazy snow day tomorrow! That way, I can bundle up in my Snuggie and sit on the sofa and type away! I'll leave you with a few of pics...

(Click on the picture and you will see that she has snow on her tongue!)

Here's the part where my adventure begins...

What better way to start the New Year than with a New Year's Day hike!

Opportunity abounds~