Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple Pie


I love making Apple Pies this time of year.  Apples are plentiful at the market and at their peak for juicyness.  

This is my favorite recipe.  



Apple Pie Filling

1 cup water
1Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas. ground clove
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 teas. vanilla
3 1/2 cups chopped apples
2 piecrusts  

Bake one piecrust for 10 minutes in 375 degree oven until slightly brown.  

Combine first 7 ingredients in saucepan.  Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened.  Add apples and vanilla.    Let cool slightly and add to prepared pie crust.   Cover with second piecrust and poke a few vent holes.   Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Let cool before cutting.  We like ours with some vanilla ice cream on top.  

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Some recent images from my Instagram feed. 
 
 Ferris Wheel at the TX State Fair

Love the pumpkins at the market 

Contemplation before last regular game of the Fall Season.  Now on to Tournament Season. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

San Diego 2013



We took a wonderful summer trip to San Diego in August.  We felt like with Madison starting her Senior Year of High School, this might be one of our last chances to take a nice family vacation together before the busyness of college prep begins.


 



We stayed on idyllic Shelter Island just off the coast of San Diego.  It's not really an island, just a little finger of land that juts off the "mainland" but it certainly has the feel of an island with a tropical vibe.  Our hotel balcony looked out over a marina which was just beautiful!

 
 
 
We mixed some beach time in with the usual touristy things.  San Diego Zoo was tops on my list of have-tos.  The panda bears were sleeping but it was still cool to see them. 







We went to Legoland which was crazy but fun.  Cullen had been saving his money for awhile to get Legos. 


 
We did a great boat trip, went to Old Town for Mexican food, ate tons of seafood and finished off our week with a Padres baseball game.

What a great way to end our summer!

October Afternoon Midway Collection

 





I received the new October Afternoon Midway Collection in the mail today.  The nostalgic feel is perfect for me.  I can't wait to use the cute elements in my Project Life pages this weekend to document our trip to the Texas State Fair.  That ticket paper is my favorite. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013








We went to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park in Glen Rose  for Father's Day.   Nine miles of deer, rams, zebra, giraffe, and some very aggressive ostrich to drive through.   It is so much fun!  
There is also a children's petting area. Some pretty relaxed goats living there. 
We purchased a bag of food for the animals when we went in and i'll tell you, those deer know that each car brings more opportunity to get handouts. They are sticking their heads in the car windows as soon as you slow down. 
It was a fun day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Peter Pan




Cullen and I had a special night out recently to see Peter Pan at Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth. It is Cathy Rigby's farewell tour with the show she has been doing for so many years.  It was wonderful and Cullen is already asking to see more live plays. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

April means carnivals and baseball


Every April at Cullen's school there is a Spring Carnival.  Put on by the PTA, there are plenty of games, laser tag, food and of course the human hamster ball.  That's Cullen in there.  The petting zoo is frantic but fun.
 
 
 
There is a large silent auction full of all kinds of great items to bid on.  Every class puts together a large basket.  This year Cullen's class basket was Boredom Busters themed.  Lots of movies and board games.  Also the art teacher does a couple of class art projects.  I loved this year's class photo project.  Each child is holding up a sign telling what they want to be when they grow up.  Isn't that cute?  I have bought a couple of them over the years.  It was no surprise of course that Cullen's sign says "baseball player" for his career.  They also do class vases with their fingerprints as flowers.   
 
 
April also means the start of a new baseball season.  Cullen's team stayed together and we are having a great season so far.  Cullen is the starting catcher.  He's hitting well too.  It's so much fun to watch the games.  Greg hasn't been here for alot of the games which is hard for both boys.  Cullen misses him and Greg hates not being here to see him play.



I work at a large Assisted Living facility and every day the daily calendar is posted in the elevator with all the activities and special events.  This quote was on there one day this week and I thought is was so funny I had to capture it. 



The baseball fever continued last weekend when the boys and I went to a minor league game in Frisco.  No baseball game would be complete without ice cream in a helmet.



Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend in Austin


We have been spending alot of time in Austin lately (long story I'll share later).  Easter weekend Greg was working down there so the kids and I went down to see him.  We are loving exploring Austin on the weekends!  So much fun stuff to do and see.  This particular weekend the weather was beautiful.  Greg has made it his mission to find all the great places to eat in Austin.  So for lunch on Saturday we went downtown to eat at the Hula Hut right on the lake.  It was heavenly!  Sitting under the tiki roof watching the boats go by.  And the food was great... Caribbean Mexican.
 
 
I didn't want to have to take too much down there for Easter baskets so I kept things simple and got these buckets from Target and just a few candies.  For Cullen, baseball cards.  For Madison, the new Justin Timberlake CD.


 
Another one of Greg's must see food places in Austin.  Round rock donuts.  See that huge round donut on the top row?  That's what they are famous for.   We weren't very impressed though.  Check that one off the "Been there - don't have to go again" list.
 


Cullen's Easter eggs this year were of course baseball themed. 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Randomness

 
Greg and Cullen are always spending their Sunday afternoons practicing baseball.

 
There is a large pickle factory in our town.  So every year we have a St. Patrick's Day Pickle Parade and Picklepalooza. 

 
Baseball season has started back up.  Cullen is the starting catcher this season and he is doing so well.  I think we have found what comes naturally to him.  
 

 
I forgot to include this picture with the boy's Spring Break trip photos.  One day when they were on thier way home and driving through somewhere in Arizona, I got this photo texted to me from the boys.  Greg said, "do you get it?"  Umm, no.  Then it hit me...... "Standing on the Corner in Winslow, AZ" ..... from the old Eagles song.  Apparently that's this town's only claim to fame so they have made a big deal about it with this sign post downtown. 
 

 
This cat continually drives me crazy with her shedding and hairballs and general weirdness.  But she's so cute.
 

 
Just when I think he's too old for bubble baths he gets in the mood and fills the big tub up and has a nice long bath.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Boy Only Spring Break Trip to Spring Training

For a couple of years Greg and Cullen have been talking about taking a trip to Surprise, AZ to see the TX Rangers at Spring Training.  This year they did it!  They left early on a Saturday morning and drove 14 hours.  They had tickets for a game on Monday but had plans to catch at least one or two more games during the week.  They got to the stadium on Sunday just as they opened the gates and got in to see a Kansas City Royals vs. CA Angels game (Kansas City shares the stadium with the Rangers).   Monday they were at the stadium at 9 a.m. to watch batting practice and get autographs.  Cullen had taken a couple of balls to get signed.  They ended up seeing 3 games and 2 days of daily practice. 

Cullen wasn't picky  -- he liked approaching the minor league players just as much as the big league players.

Ready for the game


 
 This one was tall
 

 
On the second day he started getting his Rangers hat signed


 
Being a catcher, Cullen always gravitates to the pitchers and catchers practice



His hat full of autographs
 
 
After 4 days in Surprise they headed up toward Flagstaff and spent the night near the Grand Canyon. 

 
Quite a change in temperature up at that elevation








They stopped one more night somewhere in Arizona and rolled back into town on Friday.  They had gotten a whole week of boy time and made so many great memories.   They are already making plans to go back next year. 

All photos taken with Greg's Iphone.