Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Weekend

Cullen on the mountain at Ecofest

 Go Rangers!  Waiting to steal home.  Cullen loves being in kid-pitch this season! 

After a month hiatus, I picked up my Giant Granny Square afghan again.  I still love how this is progressing.  I just keep adding rounds and it just keeps getting bigger.

I read the other day a blog entry from a friend who shared that she wished she had blogged about more of the everyday stuff when her kids were smaller so that now she might be able to look back and remember how life was at any given time.  Since I am an epic failure at Project Life and any other memory keeping effort right now, I thought I would document a small slice of our weekend, even if it's just crappy Iphone photos.  It won't always be like this so I want to remember. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jordana Paige Craft Butler

Recently Blair over at Wisecraft blog held a giveaway of one of Jordana Paige's new Craft Butler.  And guess what!  I won!  I was so excited this week to get this happy mail.  Even the box was nice with a personal note from Jordana Paige.   

The back of the box showed a diagram of the possible ways to use it.

I had my choice of colors and I picked the red one.

This is before I filled it up with my crochet hooks, circular needles, tapestry needles, little scissors, and more.

I love having this to keep with my sewing basket and know that everything I need is all contained in one place.  It is just the right size even to throw in my bag to take with me for crafting on the go. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Another month of our lives captured by Instagram.
{Sitting in the outfield at a Rangers game, Madison got all her hair chopped off for Junior year, Cullen playing catcher at baseball practice, one last trip to the water park before summer is over, Friday night date with my favorite boy, Greg and Cullen building a playhouse/fort in the backyard, another trip to the Snowcone stand, Snowcone stand at the Airhogs game, new pair of socks in progrss}

Monday, September 17, 2012

Legoland Discovery Center

Last month we went to the Legoland Discovery Center here in Dallas to celebrate Cullen's birthday with a couple of his friends.  It's always a great day of fun when we go.  Besides the obvious shopping opportunities to be had, there's Miniland.  A whole display of iconic Dallas landmarks all in Legos.  There's the American Airlines Center where the Dallas Mavericks and Stars play.  There's Rangers Stadium and even a small rodeo with moving horses. Up on the top right is Southfork Ranch from the TV show Dallas.  (I took that picture just for Becki!)   There are rides, 3D movies and of course, tons of Legos to play with.  We had a great time and topped off the day with a late lunch at Rainforest Cafe. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fried Pickles

Since it's almost time for the Texas State Fair and our state fair is famous for it's yearly fried food competitions, I am sharing my method for making a popular snack, Fried Pickles.  These are a popular Sunday afternoon snack around here. 

As usual ....I don't profess to have any revolutionary recipes.  I am sure everyone has some of the same ideas and recipes. I just put them here so that I know where to find them when I am looking for them again.

Fried Pickles

1 jar dill pickle slices or chips
3 eggs
3 teas. water
3-4 drops hot sauce
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 teas. salt
1 teas. ground pepper
2 teas. paprika
1/2 teas. cayenne pepper
3 cups canola oil

Drain pickles.

In first bowl beat eggs, water and hot sauce.

In second bowl mix all dry ingredients.

Heat oil in shallow skillet.

Dredge pickles in egg wash then in dry mix.  Fry until golden brown.  I drain mine on a paper towel lined wire rack so they stay crispy. 

Serve with ranch dressing.  I like to make the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing from mix and add some cayenne pepper and paprika. 

 A note:  I've tried these with dill spears instead of the smaller slices or chips and they aren't as good in our opinion.  Not enough batter to pickle ratio.