27 May 2009
We assumed that Beale Street was a must-see. Unfortunately, it was a must-not-see. It was quite overwhelming and really no place for children. (Did you know that Memphis is ranked the 4th most dangerous city in the United States?)
And Ryan and Caleb, wondering how they're going to pay back all their gambling debts. :)
We made a quick, obligatory stop at Graceland to see where Elvis lived, died and is buried. It was swarming with tourists and we were not about to fork over a load of cash to tour the place. So, a photo of the front gate will have to do.
21 May 2009
Ryan: Oliver, you need to choose inside or outside. We have the air conditioning on and we need to keep the door closed.
16 May 2009
- $1 - 2 cute shirts for me! (Always a plus and much more rare than good clothes for Oliver. All 2-year-olds are about the same size. All 26-year-olds are not.)
- $.50 - 1 pair of soccer cleats for Oliver (a size smaller than the pair I bought last weekend)
- $.25 - A kite - still in the packaging (a good thing to tuck away for a windy day)
- $.25 - A soaker gun and a pair of swimmies (our neighborhood pool is opening next Saturday!)
- $1 - A small planter
- $3 - A small dresser for Oliver's room - I think I'll paint it navy as well (to match his new headboard), it will be good storage since his changing table is on it's way out.
- $2 - A big ol' construction something. (This is what I knew would make Oliver's heart happy.) I'm not confident on the name of this thing (though I'm really trying to learn!), so if anyone can tell me what this is, I'd be happy to know!
- $.50 - 2 navy and blue baskets for closet storage for Oliver
- $.25 "But Not the Hippopatamous" by Sandra Boynton (one of our FAVORITE children's book authors!)
- $1 - 4 picture frames of various sizes. I love buying good, old frames at tag sales because I can get interesting frames, paint them black, and have an interesting collection of frames and photos on our big stair wall. This week I got a frame for a 4x6 photo that is actually at least 3" wide on each side. It's very ornate, very cool.
- Free (I asked about the price and the woman told me I could just have it!) A lawn sprinkler. It's pure summer fun waiting to be hooked up to a hose!
- $1 - A set of dark grey queen bed sheets with pillow cases. It's great to have a nice back-up pair!
- $.25 - 2 galvanized pails. I'm thinking of maybe painting the red one blue, drilling a hole in the bottom and making it a planter. Hmm.
15 May 2009
I'm in the middle of fixing one of my all-time favorite meals for dinner tonight. I've been distracted, though, by the urge to post the recipe to share with y'all because I'm so looking forward to sitting down at the table tonight. I want everyone else to get to enjoy a tasty treat of a meal too! It's great because, in a pinch - and as long as I have chicken - I usually have all the ingredients on hand. It's a great go-to.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut chicken into 1" cubes. (I like to hold it in the air with tongs and snip it up with scissors. I think it's faster and it keeps me from having to touch the chicken.)
- Combine melted butter, honey, mustard, salt and curry powder in a separate bowl.
- Add mixture to chicken cubes and stir to coat.
- Bake 45 minutes or so until the chicken looks good and done.
- Meanwhile, steam a few cups of rice in a steamer.
- Serve chicken over rice and enjoy.
12 May 2009
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06 May 2009
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02 May 2009