Monday, August 31, 2009


Columbus has a great zoo! Our family has a membership so we go frequently, sometimes only for an hour or 2. The other day Ella and I had nothing else to do so we headed to the zoo for a little impromptu visit. On the way I asked Ella what animal she wanted to see and she replied "the tigers".

On the way to see the tigers we walked by the elephants and the line to see the new baby elephant was at the "15 minute wait" sign so we decided to hop in line for that.

First the elephant. Isn't he cute?!

And check out the tiger! He was pacing back and forth along the glass. Ella was nose to nose with him...way cool! :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reversible Tote Bag

Look what I made!!

A reversible tote bag!!

Ella saw it and claimed it as her own.

weekend project

Recently we received a friendly letter from the home owners association regarding the condition of our mailbox, specifically the post. Our mailbox post was painted white and apparently that is a big no-no (it is to be a neutral wood color) so we were instructed to correct the situation.

Off to Home Depot...

I'll spare you the details and just say that we fixed it today and here is the proof.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Birthday Party

We had a birthday party for Mom on Monday. We grilled out and enjoyed yummy cake and pie. Ella even put on a party dress (she's not a big fan of the dress ya know).

I think he wants some cake!

Showing off the loot.

On a side note...there were "complaints" about the thickness of the pie crust. I personally like it a little thick but also can't seem to roll it thin enough for some people (Darren and Marla). I realize this pie had issues since I pieced the top together with hand smashed dough...but any good ideas for rolling the dough thinner and still being able to move it?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pie and Cake

Check out these beauties. I bet they make delicious pie.

Better taste test just to be sure.

Add some spices.

There were some technical difficulties with the crust. Generally a good sign that things will taste good, even if they aren't all that pretty. Maybe I should say that it was a hand-crafted pie.

Yep, it was de-licious!

4 layer yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I rarely make layer cakes so this was something new. It's a touch lopsided. *note the pretty backdrop.

layers are a bit uneven but not to shabby for a first attempt.

Here is the "backdrop" I mentioned earlier. I asked Darren to take a picture of the cake and rather than move it to a clear area of counter he just snaps some random picture (it has been deleted). I may have mentioned something about making it look pretty and taking into consideration the area around it and the picture having a good backdrop. He disappears and comes back with this piece of cardboard packaging from a recent toy purchase. I had saved it because it was cute and I thought we could find some cool use for it...little did I know.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Birthday to the best Mom ever!!

And I'm not talking about myself.

Mom - I hope you have a super duper, wonderful, better than any other before birthday that kicks off another spectacular year!!! Retirement anyone? :)

I found some "old" pictures of my mom. She's so cute! :)

Here was Mom's birth announcements.

And here is a congrats card someone sent her parents.

Here's a picture of my mom when she was roughly my current age. That's me on the left and Marnie on the right. We rescued a baby bird.

And here is Mom and me and Ella.

Everybody tells me I look just like my mom. What do you think?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Black Raspberry" Pie

I made a pretty.

I stopped at a local market the other day and much to my delight they had a cart with several pints of "black raspberries". I was so excited! Last year we picked our own black raspberries but when we called this year we were just a little too late. I was so disappointed because black raspberry pie is one of my all time favorites...nothing like a slice of warm black raspberry pie and some cold vanilla ice cream - yummy stuff!!!

Well, when I saw those berries I started drooling and scooped up 4 pints!

Last night Darren and I made the pie...he was in charge of the insides and I was in charge of the outside. I think it turned out rather pretty!

Today, Granny came over for lunch (she is easily bribed with words like steak and pie). Darren finished his lunch first and couldn't wait for the rest of us. He starts eating his pie and says it taste tart. My reply - "you were in charge of the insides".

Not detered by his review I got my own piece of pie.

Warmed it.

Added ice cream.

Took a bite.

Something's wrong.

It doesn't taste like much of anything. Granny gets her piece and takes a bite and asks "are you sure these are black raspberries?"

Big. Heavy. Sigh.

After much discussion we decided that the berries were mulberries.

Lesson Learned!

We still ate the pie.