Showing posts from August, 2010

'Nuf said.


I am so Lucky!

I work with a great bunch of people! I admire my fellow administrators as administrators but also for the kind people they are and for how they manage to raise such beautiful children. Thank you, Jeff and Jane, for opening your home to us!   Tonight our administrative team met for a bbq. It was so fun to be able to relax with one another and spend some quality time together. We have tremendous cooks on our team so the food was w*o*n*d*e*r*f*u*l!

Buying a "New (to me) Car"

I drive a Honda CR-V and love it. It is so reliable and functional. I bought it new from Reagan Honda in 2004 and have put 115,000 miles on it driving it to and from work and on various vacations. For awhile now I have been wanting a different car, something that will be fun to drive to and from work. I commute 30 miles one way and since I spend about an hour in the car a day, I wanted to really enjoy the experience! I started out by searching the internet. Just spent some time looking here and there for various cars.  I did a little looking in town and when Bob and Ashley went to St. Louis for a doctor's appointment, I had them look at a couple of cars there as well. Nothing was really catching my eye.  I started watching every car I saw on the highway and when one caught my eye, I'd look to see what it was.  I started noticing that I really liked Chryslers.  So I started to focus my research on Chrysler products and discovered the Sebring and it was  LOVE!!  I found t

Fun Weekend!

Ashley (and Bob!) planned a fun weekend for Eric and me. Friday night we headed to the State Fair. We visited our favorite vendors, the Agri Missouri building, the University building and the Commerce buildings and then headed to see Darius Rucker in concert. Unfortunately, Darius got in only three or four songs before the weather made it impossible for him to sing. On Saturday we drove into St Louis and headed straight to Soulard for some mini doughnuts. They have officially replaced Krispy Kremes as our family favorite. Bob, Ashley and Eric love the chocolate iced ones, I am all about the plain ones.   We had lunch at Cheese-ology where we had the most scrumptious macaroni and cheese dishes. They were served in cast iron skillets. I had a mac and cheese that also had chicken, garlic and four cheeses. It was awesome! We did some looking at Pet Smart (cute animals being adopted!) and then shopped at World Market and Target.  We visited the Historic Village at Faust Park i

Summer's Bounty

I received a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes from a teacher on Friday. They had a bumper crop of tomatoes while I only had a few from our plants this year. I have never had that many all at once though so I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. I love pasta so I thought I would give spaghetti sauce a try. I don't like to can so I searched the internet for a freezer variety of spaghetti sauce and found one on It is a good site to go to to find recipes. I sauteed the other veggies, onions, peppers and garlic in some oil, then chunked up some tomatoes.  I used fresh oregano and basil from our herb garden.  I put them all in the crock pot which worked beautifully.  They simmered for three hours and then I used the immersion blender to get a smooth consistency.  We got six two cup containers from the 5 gals of tomatoes.  That sauce will taste so fresh this winter when we have our pasta.  It is definitely something I will look forward to!

Perseid Meteor Shower

I love the night sky. For many years I have enjoyed watching the night sky for various planets, meteor showers, comets, whatever interesting events that may come into it. Tonight was no exception! Every August we are given the opportunity to see the Perseid Meteor Shower but some years are better than others. This year was one of the good ones. With a waning moon that set early, we had dark skies with little interference from clouds. I saw my first meteor around 10:50. The meteors were slow coming on but picked up speed around midnight. I didn't see the 100/hr that some said we'd see, but I bet I saw 30! I don't have a good enough camera to pick up the meteor shower, but if you go to National Geographic , they always have great photos!

Summer Refreshment

Bob and I have started to make this wonderful watermelon lemonade.  We tried it at the crepe place in St. Louis and decided we wanted to try it out ourselves. First we juiced a watermelon, enough to get 1 c juice.  Then we made a lemonade using a frozen concentrate.  We poured the watermelon juice into the lemonade.  I strained the juice to remove the seeds and pulp.  The drink is wonderfully refreshing on these so hot and humid days!

National S'Mores Day!

Today is National S'Mores Day! Have you seen the pre-packaged s'mores kits that are available at the stores these days?  Not for me. Have you seen the s'more makers?  Again, not for me. S'mores are the quintessential summer treat.  Made for campfires and sitting around and eating the gooey goodness.  How do you make yours? Our favorite way is to toast marshmallows black.  I mean, burnt to a crisp .  I should say, that's my way because Bob puts a perfect toast on his, and waits long enough for the inside of the marshmallow to be perfectly melted.  My friend Jodi sent me some wonderful marshmallows.  They are called Campfire Marshmallows and they are huge.  She lives in Massachusetts and sent them to me because I couldn't find them here.  Next I put Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips on a square of graham cracker.  I zap it in the microwave to soften the chips.  Then I place the marshmallow on top of the chocolate and another square of graham cra

Rooster Blog Party

My good friend Barb, from Bella Vista , is hosting a fun party in Blogland.  She has invited us to show our roosters!  You need to head over and check out her invitees and all their roosters! You might remember that I am not a collector or decorator of roosters.  All I could do last year was this and this year, unfortunately, I won't do much better.  I always have fun at Barb's so I just have to participate! This year I wanted to focus on a product that my ever lovin' Triplet sister Tammy introduced me to.  It is called Rooster Sauce , a garlic hot sauce that is mighty fine in many ways.  Tammy told me to use it in my Bloody Marys but I am not eager to smell like garlic first thing in the morning (I'm kidding).  It was awesome. Tammy did not lead me astray.  I made mine the way I usually do, plain tomato juice, worchestershire sauce , a pinch of celery salt, fresh lemon juice, horseradish, a bit of olive juice, vodka (pepper vodka is good) and now, a bit of R

A year ago today...

Bob and I were sitting in a doctor's office hearing the words, " Terri, you have breast cancer. " I still can't wrap my mind around it, even though I have had a partial mastectomy and lymph node dissection, which lead to a double mastectomy and lymph node removal , hysterectomy , breast reconstruction, 46 doctor's visits, 30 blood tests, more pain pills than I can count, and six months (so far) of Arimidex.  I was so blessed not to have had to go through chemotherapy or radiation. I always believe that we go through these "lemons" for a specific purpose... and for me, I think I paved the way for Ashley when she was diagnosed with Crohn's.  I hope I helped her to be strong and to know that she is made of strong stuff.  Her ordeal was so much worse than mine, in so many ways. I also learned how many friends I have and how much they love me!  My school was amazing as well as Bob's school, Lewis and Clark.  These people sent their love to us

Metamorphosis Monday!

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch does a post called Metamorphosis Monday and has for 80 weeks!  I have loved going over to see the posts people have done and to get inspired to do some things around the house.  I always forget to take the before and after shots so you really can't see the big change. On this particular post I am going to show you the before and after of our master bath remodel.  The reason I am so excited about sharing it with you is because my sister Tammi did the work!  Yep, she tore out the old cabinets, plumbing, and linoleum and installed a new double sink, plumbing and put in ceramic tile for us. Tammi is a skilled carpenter.  She loves making things look beautiful and she did a fabulous job with our bathroom.  Take a look at the before... during... and after!