Friday, November 19, 2010
Another portion of the contest, in which their staff and judges come together and judge each pie (made in their test kitchen), awards a $5,000 winner at the end of December. We need a new furnace pretty badly; I'm hoping I win just to put some efficient heat in our home. But the first part of the contest, where America votes--oh, it is a dream of mine to have those bragging rights.
From now until December 13th, you can vote once a day. You have to briefly register, then it only takes a few seconds to vote each day. I'd be so grateful if you'd do it for me! And quite frankly, I'm beginning to believe this is more important than the presidential election. :0)
Love you all! And if you love me AT all, I know you'll vote by following the link below. http://www.pillsbury.com/Products/Pie/refrigerated-pie-crust/Pie-Voting
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
So, we gathered pictures from everyone else's cameras, but they wouldn't all fit onto on zip drive. We got what we could--need to get the rest. I had taken some cute ones on my phone, but in the meantime, Grace ate the phone and I can no longer transfer any data or talk on it. Hmph.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
- After rinsing the beef, place in your (large) crock pot on top of a bed of large onion pieces from one yellow onion.
- Top with four wedges from half of a large green cabbage (leaving core intact), three large carrots cut into 3-4 inch pieces, and about eight red potatoes, in 2-inch chunks.
- Pour in one bottle of your favorite Irish beer (we use Smithwick's--Guinness would be too dark), a quart of low-sodium chicken broth, and enough water to come about 1/2-inch above the beef.
- We cook ours on high for about two hours, then turn to low for another six hours or so. A fork should slide easily in and out of the center of the meat when it's done. Should feed six to eight, or provide leftovers for some great reuben sandwiches!
Or, you can follow Alton Brown's recipe below. He adds Saltpeter--acquired from your local pharmacist--which is the nitrate that keeps the meat red. Ours turns the same color most cooked beef does--a rosy brown, but is certainly not RED like most corned beef. I haven't tried his, but approve the recipe.
Needless to say, I do believe my two will be pros at the whole first birthday/cake eating thing. Can't wait!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
So, they take their first ride in the steering wheel shopping cart, and not only are they super cute, but Liam refused to let Grace steer her own wheel. Every time she tried, he literally shoved her out of the way. How do babies learn these things this early? It's fascinating to us the differences between boys and girls, when given the same opportunities, what they learn to do at such a young age. I am constantly surprised at their ingrained personalities.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
And we're all the better for it. It's so hard to believe we celebrated five years today, and I'm so grateful to my husband for all he's done and been for me in this time. We've bought and sold our first house (made an offer on another one today--fingers crossed, everyone!), catered numerous events together, lost loved ones, cleaned out an enormous patch of blackberries at the ol' place and turned it into a fruitfull garden, fostered two precious little boys and had our hearts ripped out when they had to leave, two rounds of failed IUI's, I'm sure THOUSANDS of fertility shots that made me cry and made him cringe, one successful round of in-vitro with ONLY TWO EGGS!, and now two beautiful babies. (We could have done without their constant barfing for five months, but they're sure cute now!)
Not bad for five years, and we still love each other strong! We are blessed. Thank you to all of you who have supported us, believed in us, and encouraged us.