Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Momma Said There'll Be Days Like This/ Part 2

Every week day I send a lunch, as well as a snack, with Cody to his day program. Because mornings are rushed, I try to think ahead and get as much ready as possible the night before. I set out Cody's lunch box, place anything that is non-perishable (chips, etc) inside, clean and fill his water bottle, make sure his reusable Blue Ice block is in the freezer and then I get a small brown paper bag from the drawer to hold his snack.

With one seemingly small but nearly disastrous exception, the routine wasn't any different yesterday. While preparing dinner, I decided I'd grab a package of Chips Ahoy cookies from the pantry for Cody's morning snack. I carried the cookies to the kitchen counter, set them down, got a brown paper bag out of the drawer, found a Sharpie, wrote "Cody's Snack" on it, then put the brown bag inside his backpack.

Several hours later, I noticed there were some Chips Ahoy cookies sitting on the counter where I keep the pens and Sharpies. Puzzled, I went to Cody's backpack, looked inside the brown bag that I had labelled "Cody's Snack"and found my digital camera!

Apparently I'm "losing it", but had Cody found that camera in his snack bag today instead of something edible, HE would have "lost it" more than I.

See Momma Said There'll Be Days Like This (Part 1) 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Candied Yams - Out of the Archives

I shared the following recipe for my grandma's candied yams on my blog three years ago and with the holidays upon us, I think it's a good time to re-post it. Enjoy this simple yet scrumptious side dish with your Thanksgiving dinner.

Candied Yams

6-8 Large Yams
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Water
1/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Wash yams and boil until tender (test by pricking with a fork). Peel and cut cooked yams into large cubes or slices. Spray a 13"x 9" pan with cooking oil and add yams.

Mix sugars, water, corn syrup, and cornstarch in saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook down until mixture thickens. Stir in vanilla and pour over yams. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, periodically spooning the sauce over the yams.

You're welcome. :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bird Nest MTV Cribs Style

According to Start Sampling's trivia question, the largest bird's nest was built by a pair of bald eagles near St. Petersburg, Florida, and measured 9 feet 6 inches wide and 20 feet deep. It was examined in 1963 and was estimated to weigh 4,409 pounds.

When I saw this, I was astonished and had to read it to Don. He shrugged his shoulders and said, "Hell. Maybe it was left by a Pterodactyl and the eagles just took it over."

Crazy. I have a hard time believing the measurements to be true. I can't wrap my head around a nest that's 20 feet deep, not even if that nest is in Bedrock City . What do you think?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Getting It Twisted - A Little Marijuana Humor

Keep in mind that Cody enjoys listening in on other people's conversations as I share some casual dialogue between Don and I over breakfast this morning.

Me- "What are your plans today?"

Don- "I need to burn that pile of weeds in the backyard, but I don't really want to smell like smoke."

At this point, I headed into the bedroom to finish getting ready for work when I heard Cody ask Don...

"How come you're smoking weed in the backyard dad?"

Friday, November 1, 2013

Autumn in Zion National Park

These colorful pictures were taken by Brent Johnson at Zion National Park. Enjoy them, then head on over to Brent Johnson Photography to view more of his work.

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