December 6, 2012

The hotter the better!

I haven't posted any recipes in a while. A year or two ago I think I had a new one up each week, as I was busy experimenting in my kitchen all the time. But these days I've been sticking to a lot of standard recipes for dinner that are already in my pocket. I do however, continue to try new appetizer recipes, because that's the 'meal' we enjoy the most on weekends. I want to share a super yummy one with you today, and it will definitely be served during Super Bowl this year! If you don't like jalapenos, perhaps you can try it with sweet peppers. Not really sure, we love to eat hot, so I haven't tried them any other way!

Jalapeno 'Poppers'
Ingredients:
4oz cream cheese
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
3-4 pieces cooked bacon
12 jalapenos

Directions:
1. Clean and cut jalapenos lengthwise(I wear gloves)
2. Combine cheeses and crumbled bacon
3. Boil jalepenos 5-10 minutes (the longer you cook them, the less hot they will be)
4. Fill jalapenos, bake at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes

They are quick and cheap to make, and DELISH! Way better than store bought fried poppers. Let me know if you try them! :)

December 4, 2012

Hi, My name is Allison, and I have a Pinterest problem...

....A big Pinterest problem. Like wake up and grab the iPad before coffee kinda problem. Like lay in bed at night and torture my guy by showing him things I'm pinning kinda problem. It was dormant when the site first started, I signed up the day it launched, but only in the last few months has it truly interfered with life.

I know deep down some of you have this problem too. I want to share with you the red flag, early warning signs that you too may be at risk. I know I have a Pinterest problem because:

The only reason I have crayons is to melt them.


Weekly trips to Hobby Lobby cost me considerably more than they should.

The food shopping list revolves around new pinned recipes.


Friends that don't pin look at me like I'm crazy.

Hours blend into each other, and there's 10 lists open on the iPad app that I've been browsing non-stop.

My next baby would be announce by cutting into a cake for the color.

I start a lot of sentences with 'I saw this thing on Pinterest....'

My dream closet would take me a lifetime to pay for.

I giggle to myself, shake my head in agreement, and just keep clicking 'pin it'.

My nails have never been so decoratively beautiful.

But now, today, it's gotten worse. Holiday pinning! My head started spinning this morning when I saw all he new crafts pinned with ornaments, omg, I should go check that out now......

December 1, 2012

Thankings...

With a little more spring in my step lately, a little more organization in my life, and a whole lot of love, I feel I finally have time to come back to my blog. I love my blog. I miss my blog. It not only helps me to think things through, but I feel it's a great way to capture thoughts and memories for my boys(now to only figure out how to save the whole blog!).

I saw many people on Facebook doing a daily 'what I'm thankful' for leading up to Thanksgiving. Kinda sad that people have to wait until November to think about it, talk about it, and most importantly tell others how thankful they are to have them around. I try to do it often nowadays. Knowing where my life was 4 or 5 years ago, and where and who I am today, well it's just plain super. I knew I'd be able to dust myself off, I knew I'd be able to move forward for the sake of my boys if nothing else, but I never thought I'd be this far ahead.

*I'm obviously oh-so-thankful for my boys. They help me learn, help me grow, and help me to cultivate my patience on a daily basis.

*I'm thankful for my job, my home, and financial stability(might sound silly to be thankful for that, but being able to dig out from divorce 100% is a real workout!)

*Thankful for my family, as crazy as we all are, and that we are tight no matter how many miles are between us.

*Most of all, I'm thankful for this wonderful man I call mine. I think some of my other 'thankfuls' are possible in part to him, but even if they weren't, he's my guy. My rock. My friend. He helped me to find my smile and laugh again, and I hope we are blessed with decades more of giggles as a big happy family.

So sorry if I'm a little late to the thankings, but we are only knee deep into this crazy holiday season, so I think I'm right on time. :)


November 29, 2012

Take time to watch the snowflakes fall!

We all know I dislike snow. Strongly. I didn't grow up in an area where we got tons of snow each winter, and I was just fine with that. Now as a grownup, from Halloween til Easter I get to watch the snow fall. Constantly. Don't worry, I didn't change my mind about going outside to play in it, I'll leave that to the boys. But I've grown to enjoy the beauty of it. From inside.

Working from home has a million perks as I'm sure you can imagine. But one thing it does not always allow, is that outdoor time, even if it's just to and from the work parking lot. I used to work up in my little office, with my tiny window, and just focus in the corner all day. This year though, I've decided to spend most of my days at the dining room table. In front of the huge window. Sure, it's cold on days like today, but for me, it's a great way to feel a bit more productive.  And not only does it give me a fun little chatting point with students to see where else in PA it is snowing, but it gives me a chance to really see the beauty here in the woods. The way the sun is coming up now, and the light is touching the tops of the snowy trees, well that's just plain pretty. There's just enough snow to cover the ugliness of fall, and my view out the window is all natural and lovely. 

Even though I might not want to ever, ever step foot out into the snow, I appreciate the view from right here, and am really blessed to get to enjoy such beauty every day. :)


November 28, 2012

Dancin' my morning away!

Totally random post considering how long I've been gone, but I LOVE this song. So cute, so fun, so true! xoxo

October 17, 2012

Mahna Mahna

It's been so long since I've posted that I didn't realize Blogger has a new layout! Sorry :/

Life has been a bit hectic the last 6 weeks. School started for the boys. School started for me. I switched positions. I hardly come up for air during the day. I forget to make dinner sometimes. I think you get the point!

One (important) thing I am keeping up on however, is the Million Puppet March! It was to be called the Million Muppet March, but to be sensitive to all puppets from all walks of life, they have changed the name. On November 3rd, Washington DC will be overwhelmed by puppets in support of public broadcasting. Sock puppets, marionettes, finger puppets, and more will be lining the streets. I sadly will not be able to attend, but am trying to be a voice and do my part in this important cause.

Ok, we all know I love(LOVE) puppets, but this is a tad far fetched. I have lots to say on politics, so I say nothing at all. This is funny as hell though, so I'm definitely watching it unfold! You can check them out on FB, and I'm sure there will be live coverage on the news on 11/3!


September 12, 2012

It's around the corner from Caldor!

Caldor? Do younger, not from the tri-state area kiddos even know what Caldor is? It was a department store of sorts that closed down in the early 90s. Not that you needed to know that, but it might help you understand my post a bit!

Why is it that many people, when giving directions or talking about where something is located, they use landmarks that don't exist anymore? I thought about that the other day when someone asked me where a store was, and I replied, 'next to Ames'. Ames hasn't been in our town in 10 years, yet I assumed they knew where it was, and it was my reference point. I know many other people use it as well, so even if you didn't live here in the time of Ames, you'd know where I meant.

It happens a lot when I talk to people from my hometown too. That makes me wonder ...is it just a way to be nostalgic to how things were growing up? Or if it's someone I used to hang out with, is it a way to bring back memories? "Next to Alexander's", "Around the corner from Caldor",  Tower Records, Service Merchandise or Consumers, I think you get the point! I find myself giving directions or asking where something is by using something that hasn't existed in years. 

The worst part is if you come across a town newbie, and they give me(as someone who is almost never in NY anymore) landmarks that are current, and I have NO CLUE what they are talking about. I'll try reverting back to what I know and ask 'Oh, near Korvette's? I mean Filene's Basement? I mean The Wiz?' and still get nowhere. It makes me a little sad. Sad that cities like where I grew up have changed so much. 

So I guess I answered my own question! Giving directions, getting local info, and using landmarks of years past is a great way to talk about the old days, and relive some great memories! Want to meet up at Adventure's and ride the roller coaster with me? ;)

July 31, 2012

Bored of Being Bored.

I have a vivid memory in my head from when my niece was about 6 years old(she's 21 now!). We were up at the Cape Cod house, having a lazy day as usual, and she sang:
"I'm bored, I'm so bored. I'm B-O-A-R-D bored!"
So cute. But now, on a daily basis, I hear a similar tune. Every. Day. 

I'm bored.
I have nothing to do.
What should I do?
I'm SO bored.
Today is boring.
There's nothing to do.

ACK! Why, oh why, don't kids realize how wonderful the gift of time is? Of course for myself, to have shh time, to do crafts all day, to watch the news, to even have the extra minutes to deep condition my hair in the shower, would all be a blessing. But instead, I hear the complaints, all day every day, and then the fighting which comes hand in hand with it. 

I guess I assumed that having 2 children would give them the opportunity to always have someone to play with. Wrong-o! It just makes it easier to always have someone to fight with! Fail. I know some people that make a 'I'm Bored' jar, with activities to do, but honestly at their ages, I don't feel like it's my job to constantly entertain them. They are quite capable of heading out in the yard and exploring, getting any supplies they need for a project, or using their gosh-darn imaginations. 

So where does that leave me with four weeks left of the summer? Yes, they have chores, and they whine through them. Yes, they have plenty of 'stuff', that is apparently just way too lame to play with. 

Do they ever think maybe, just maybe, I'm the one who's bored? Sure there are those that would LOVE the opportunity to be home with their kiddies for the summer, but if you're not, there really are no words for the all-day-every-day mundane routine. I for one cannot wait for work and school to start up again!!

July 29, 2012

August brings September, brings school!

Don't you just love those Staples commercials where the parents are dancing and singing as they buy school supplies? That's how I feel around this time of year. Sure I get a little sad for myself not working in a physical school building, but yay for my boys getting back to school soon! I know there are those of you that are saying it's only July, and how lovely it is to be summer. But if you are like me, with the kids home all day, every day, and spend every moment with them without a break......well then, you too are counting the minutes until school starts!

I'm done buying their school clothes and backpacks, and today we will tackle sneakers. The only good thing best thing about our school, is that they supply everything the boys need in class. Even last year when I sent one of them in with a cool folder, it was sent home because it wasn't the one they use. Strange indeed, but hey, it saves me money! I still buy my fair share of school supplies though, at 25 cents, how can I not store away 8 boxes of crayons and some colored pencils?!?!?

So to those of you that are counting the days like I am, keep on keeping on. That first day of school will be here before we know it, and we won't have to here 'I'm really bored' anymore...yahoo!!

June 19, 2012

A quick, FUN treat to make!

A few weeks ago at a meeting, we were overwhelmed with TONS of food. But instead of the fancy salads and dips, I gravitated towards these tiny, but oh-so-yummy bites of heaven. They are simple to make, cheap, and easy. Just a word of caution though....they are almost impossible to stop eating!!!

I'll call them Pretzel Kisses since I have no clue what they are called

Ingredients for one batch:
1 bag of Hershey Kisses, original
1 bag of Snyder's Snaps(plain, not butter!)
1 bag of peanut butter M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper
2. Fill liner with rows of pretzels. You will need one pretzel for each Hershey Kiss
3. Place Hershey Kiss on each pretzel. 

4. Put in oven for 4-5 minutes, until Kiss is softened fully, but not melty
5. Place a peanut butter M&M on top of each Kiss and push down lightly.

6. Refrigerate to cool, then slide off the waxed paper into a bowl. Enjoy!

The kids love them, and sneak them out of the refrigerator! I will definitely be making these at Christmastime as well, with red/green M&Ms.

June 15, 2012

Do you have dirty mouth?

I do. I will admit it without thinking twice. I, Mama, have a dirty filthy mouth. My dad has a filthy mouth too, so I'm going to give him the blame for my condition. Never have I ever said a foul word in front of him though, even to this day. My mom is very different(aka cooler) so she was able to handle it. Gosh, some things my sister says in front of mom nowadays makes me cringe! But I try to be more reserved about it. Apparently, I'm not reserved enough though, because now it's seeping into my boys' vocabularies!

My older boy hangs out with my dad often, so he gets the blame for the way he uses his colorful words. But my little one, who just turned 7 over the weekend, well he's surprising me with new words every day! Funny how long ago I thought he'd never speak, but now, watch out! Last week he said:

"We were watching YouTube, and the guy said FUCK, but don't worry, I didn't say it!"

Ahh, he's so cute! I, being the terrible mama that I am, covered my head in hysterics. I have a strong giggle reflex, and I couldn't hold back. He said it again, and then later apologized.

Then this morning, after asking where his brother was, he answered me with, "Oh Shit!". Now what am I supposed to do with that? The teacher in me thinks hey, great job! He's using his words in the appropriate setting! But I know I should be parenting right now. I know if I said those things in front of my parents at that age I'd be punished and bubbling at the mouth.

For now though, I'm going to ride it out. I'm also keeping notes and putting them in his memory box. My mom is going to yell at me for that decision, but fuck that, that shit's funny! :)

June 5, 2012

If things are not going your way, maybe you're going the wrong way!

Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? There's a fork in my road. What now? Is it worth it? Decisions change everything. Follow my gut. Time will tell. Don't worry about what others say. Easier said than done, folks.

I've done my best with this one, I've tried as hard as I could for what feels like a long time. I've had sleepless nights, cried, stressed, yelled. But nothing changes. People and places sometimes just.don't.change. So do I change? Do I change everything I believe in? Dare I conform? No, no, no. Even as I'm typing this I'm shaking my head saying no way. That's not who I am. I was not raised to back down. I stand firm in what I believe.

So did I just answer my own blog thought/question? Am I staying on the fork path I'm already on and fighting for it to go my way? I'm so torn. So confused. So unsure. So....tired.

I guess time will tell on this one, but not a long time, only a week or so. I guess I'll have to just stick it out before knowing which way I'll be going. 

Maybe I should just go directly between the two paths and hope it leads to a beach with umbrella drinks ;)

June 1, 2012

Thank a teacher in your life.

A few weeks ago, there was a ton of Teacher Appreciation Day/Week stuff going on. They asked kids to vote, write about, talk about teachers they enjoy having. It made me think about the teachers I've had over the years.

I remember an assignment in college to thank a teacher we had. I sadly only thought of one teacher I'd thank.  I wrote a  REALLY long letter to a teacher that fostered my love of math. I NEVER HEARD BACK. I know that might sound selfish to ask for a thank you, or even a glad you are doing well, but it pissed me off. So no, I wouldn't thank her again.

But if I had to do the assignment now, long after college, I'd thank someone that I really should have thanked long ago. He was the first principal that took a chance on me before I was even out of grad school. I'm guessing he was just pretty desperate for a teacher so late in the summer, but I went for the interview, and left with the teacher editions for all the math classes I'd be teaching in a few short weeks. 

During the two years I was in his building, I learned many things from him. He kept teachers on their toes. He did his job to the fullest, and it made me want to do my job better. I remember lots of grumbling about how strict he could be, or how grumpy he was, but I knew better. Hanging out in the office during free periods showed me another side of him, and showed me that he really was just doing what he needed to in order to run a tight ship. And having teachers not slack off because he might peek in your classroom window? Well, I don't really see that as a bad thing.

His observations were actual observations, not just a run through a quick checklist just because it was required. I learned from his input, and implemented things he suggested. Again, while others were grumbling, I took the time to learn.

I know he stops by here from time to time to read, so today I say thank you to you, sir. You left a big impact on me, and the way I teach. I promise if I ever get some kind of huge Oprah/Ellen-like thank you in front of millions, I'll be sure they give you a car too....another Jetta perhaps?? :) :)

April 25, 2012

Gone But Not Forgotten.

I loves me some great TV. Sadly, it's been said before that I have the black thumb of TiVo. Kinda like the green thumb of gardening, only black because of my ability to choose crap shows to TiVo. Correction. They are not crap to me, some I really enjoy. But, any time I set a season pass for a show(records all of the episodes for those of you non TiVo'ers), before I know it the show goes off the air ! I went to check out my season passes the other day, and noticed that area of my account is overflowing with cancellations. I refuse to delete them.....just in case.

Today I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you some of my fallen shows. Some were fantastic and are missed terribly. Others, well, I should have known better than to get to attached.

1. Passions - Oh crappy, corny soap opera. You left too soon as Tribes did, and were the first of many fallen soaps. You gave me that little amount of time each day to completely check out of reality, and for that I thank you.

2. The Hills - I knew you wouldn't last forever, the kids were bound to grow up and move to other slutty cities.

3. The City - They did grow up, but then they decided they were too grown up to share their lives with us weekly. So selfish.

4. Heroes - What a show......the first season. I knew you were supernatural, but you just went too far. I still miss you though, and thank Netflix for letting me rewatch you.

5. Ugly Betty - It's hard to believe you've been gone almost 2 years. I still watch reruns, and enjoy every minute. I miss you chiquita!

6. Friday Night Lights - Every week I waited to see what Tim the whole team was up to. A show that could have been set in any football town. Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose. But you did.

7. Traffic Light - Was I the only one that watched it? You made me giggle, your characters were silly, but you told me the same story each week. So, nah, I don't miss you too much.

8. Las Vegas - I'll get too choked up talking about you, you left me far too soon. And left me wondering if Danny and Delinda's baby was ok, shame on you. 

9. Pushing Daisies - What a nice addition you were to my pathetic Friday night at home. I looked forward to you, and couldn't wait to see nutty Kristin Chenoweth. Thank goodness I have her on GCB now, but with that now having a season pass, I hold my breath and wait...

10. LOST. - There are no words to tell you how much you meant to me. How I learned to over-analyze situations thanks to you, and still quote your numbers when necessary. You were a great addition to my season pass list for many years, and for that I thank you.

Honorable Mentions still on my TiVo list: Prison Break, The Wedding Bells, Lie to Me, and October Road.

April 19, 2012

I fooled my 6 year old.

Fooling a child is much more difficult than it sounds. I know there are some moms that blend up veggies and sneak them in foods, but my boys always spit it out...they just know. This time though, I got the little one right where I want him. Over something so ridiculous. Water.

I know kids prefer sugary juices and fun drinks, but my kids never really had those to begin with. Juice was always cut in half with water when they were little, and now only drink Crystal Lite and diet sodas. So what is the big deal with water? The little one just refuses to drink it. Nope, I don't like water. It's yucky. Forget it, I'm not thirsty. SERIOUSLY?

But, I had a revelation. One drop, just one, of food coloring into the clear glass of water, and you know what? That little boy drank it up, just figuring it was a weak blueberry juice. HA HA GOT YOU. Yup, I sound mean, but it's a game, a full-blown mind game, that I lose too often. Well not this time. 

Yes, I know some will say food coloring will stain teeth and bla bla,but ONE drop, one glass a day isn't the end of the world. And it's temporary. I plan to slowly lighten the color to the lovely natural clear of water. He will be pissed at me, and probably still not want to drink the water, but I have to give it a go. I have to be the victor in this duel. I know it will end in a few years when he's playing a sport in 90 degree weather, but for now, this is the sport. I'm so close to the win!

April 17, 2012

Be Aware of Autism :)

Can't even tell you the last time I blogged. Sorry about that. Ideas have been swirling in my head, it's just finding the time to type them out!

I can't go the whole month without recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. The saddest thought for me, is that when looking back at a post I wrote last year at this time, statistics showed 1 in 110 children would be diagnosed with Autism. Today? 1 in 88. Double digits people. 

Now more than ever, people should be looking for warning signs. Red flags.  Be aware. I'm by no means an expert, by my suggestion is AS EARLY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Of course there's no great research to back my thoughts, and still no known cure for Autism, but that early period of time, when you as a parent have a gut feeling, that is a crucial time. A window that is cracked open a tiny, tiny bit. You as a strong, persistent parent, can stick your fingers through that opening, then your whole hand, then your arm to lift that window. I'm getting lost in my comparison, but hopefully you catch my drift.

Early warning signs and early intervention can be a parent's BFF through the journey of Autism. I can't show you research data, but I can show you my child. My amazing, beautiful, loving, oh-so-handsome child that is just shy of 7 years old. He has surpassed all of my hopes and dreams for him at this age. When I bump into people I haven't seen in a long time, and their first statement is, 'Is that the same Alex?' I know I've done something right. I've been pushy and bitchy at times along our journey, and if I had to do it again, I would do it just the same. At 2 years old, I cried when he cried because he didn't want to work with the speech therapist. Some people thought I was nuts to have him working with specialists at such a young age. But because our window was evident to me so early on, I was able to get him the help he needed at a young age, and he worked that tiny butt off every day.

Only because I hardly talk about Autism on my blog anymore, I have to take this quick second to thank a few folks. 
  • My family, who always told me my son was a toughy and would be just fine, even when I disagreed with them and felt defeated.
  • All of the therapists that I didn't fire, that helped along the way.
  • Our wonderful Behavioral Specialist, who took the time to not only know my son, but our whole family.
  • Our TSS worker, who words cannot even describe. She is amazing at her job, and truly has a gift to help children with Autism. She has been many things to me over the years, and I don't think my boy would be who he is today without her.
  • The owners of the daycare in town. They were the first people I trusted my boy with. They accepted him for who he was, were patient with his needs, and didn't kick us out when they should have(thanks to TSS coming!!). 
  • Our hairdresser, for being so kind and accepting. She taught me to just dismiss what others say, turn a cheek, and be above the ignorance. From screaming kicking haircuts, to fun hang out sessions with lollipops, I will forever be thankful for her support.
  • A fellow mom in the Autism world, who reached out to me when I was down, and has become one of my best friends. 
I can go on and on, but I think you catch my drift. It truly takes a village to raise a child. I could have NEVER done it without my village. Alex and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

February 16, 2012

Why do the bottoms of my cookies keep burning?


Today I had to look through a few flash drives for something, and came across a whole bunch of cooking helpy tips I wrote a while back. Maybe I should start sharing them here, and this is one of my favorites.

Why do the bottoms of my cookies keep burning??

The art of ovening the perfect cookie can be tricky at times. Factors such as temperature, rack placement, and cookie sheet can all affect your baking.

If the temperature of your oven was too high, it would most likely cause the entire cookie to burn, so that may not be your issue. If just the bottoms of the cookies are burning, your rack may be placed too low. Try raising it up one or two levels.

If this does not help, check your cookie sheet. Is it an aluminum cookie sheet? If so, aluminum attracts more heat which can cause the burning. Either place some parchment paper or a silicone mat under your cookie batter, or better yet try getting a non-stick cookie sheet. You can spray it with a little cooking spray as well, but if you have a new non-stick cookie sheet it should be ok.

If you've tried these tips and you still have cookies that are burning on the bottoms, you may want to go pick up some pre-made cookies and find a new hobby:)

January 28, 2012

Just when I thought I couldn't love shopping more!

As an avid shopper, I am always on the hunter for a sale or great bargain. I never pay full price for anything, and use coupons as much as possible.

But today I wanted to share a neat little trick I've been using for the last few months that makes shopping even more fun that usual! It's quite simple.

I buy sometimes without trying on or even knowing for sure if I need/want an item. Then a week or two will go by, it's still in the bag, and I realize I should return it. Here's where my trick comes in. When I go to return it, I simply ask for a store credit. No cash back, no putting it back on my credit card, just a store credit. My thought when I started doing that was that I already paid for this item, allotted for the money in my budget, so why not keep that money in my shopping 'cart'?

I then leave the store with credit in hand, and put it in my drawer with the pile of others. Next time I decide to go out shopping, even if I don't have any extra money to do so, I simply go through my stack of cards and see where I can shop. In reality I've pre-paid for a shopping trip!

Of course this won't always work in your favor, especially those times when you impulse buy a bigger ticket item that you did spend your food shopping money on. Then I say by all means, get your cash back! But in those other small purchase trips, enjoy knowing you have that rainy day credit ready to be spent :)

January 26, 2012

I never would have thought.

Today, I did something I haven't done in a very long time. It's something I used to do almost every day, for many years. Last year life changed, and so did my schedule. So I no longer do this thing anymore. But today, I did. And I have to say, I don't miss it at all.

It doesn't matter what this thing is. What matters is that I am ok with it no longer being part of my life. Something that was so integral to who I was, or who I thought I was, has no bearing on my life now. I thought I would miss it, I thought I would want to turn back time, when in fact, it's just the opposite. I feel....grown up. I feel like I have moved forward in life, and there's no turning back. That's not to say I might not do something different over the next year or two, but I won't do that original thing again.

This post probably makes no sense to any of you. But it makes sense to me. It makes me realize I am ok with change, something I've always had a hard time with. It makes me realize sometimes you have to move forward in order to move ahead. It makes me realize sometimes looking back won't make you sad...it will make you happy and content.

January 18, 2012

Pie Oh My!

I love to bake. Sadly, I don't bake as much as I used to. And strangely, I've never made a pie. And even more strangely, I've never had pie other than store bought apple pie or a family favorite chocolate pudding pie. Crazy, right?

The other day though, I got inspired to make one. No crust from scratch just yet, but still enough steps for me to consider it a homemade pie. I'm not sharing the recipe today, as I think it still needs some tweaking, but I want to give you a glimpse of my simple, yet delicious masterpiece. I call it Triple Four Berry Pie. Was supposed to be 3 berries, but I really wanted that fourth(strawberry!).

                                Prepped the bottom crust:                              
                                               
Mixed my filling:
Prettied up my lattice:
Baked and patiently waited to eat:

Go me! I know it wasn't my best baked work, but I had to start somewhere!  I will definitely try something a 'bit' more complex next time. Can't wait to keep experimenting :)

January 17, 2012

I love my iPad apps!

After a few months of dabbling with the iPad, I can finally make the decision of my top favorite apps. I don't like to spend much on apps, so I'm sure there are plenty more out there if you don't mind paying! But in no particular order, here are my free/cheap top contenders:

USA Today Newspaper: The top news stories, and easy access to different sections of the paper. I suck at the crossword puzzles, but continue to try.

Wall of Sound: Not the best music app, but a very cool one. Clips of any songs you can think of. Stream in the background of your game playing, or just search for songs/albums.

Sock Puppets: Makes me laugh every time I use it. My kids love it too!

IKEA catalog: I love everything about IKEA, and the ability to read and reread the catalog, and dream about the changes I want to make in my home make me love them even more.

Lion Brand Yarn: Thorough and easy to use to find a quick project to do over the weekend.

10 Pin Shuffle: Shuffleboard/bowling that I don't always beat, but always enjoy playing!

Blogshelf: How can I leave this off my list? It's how I read up on all my favorites :)

My list can go on and on(Kindle, Scrabble, Cryptoquote, Brazilian Beauty Slot Machine), and I can do a whole separate list for kiddie apps, but these will get you started. Have fun!