Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
marc built us a fire and we had hotdogs and chips and s'mores! yum!
Monday, June 8, 2009
i got back from south carolina on friday afternoon. I wanted to go straight to bed (only a few hours sleep for the whole week) but i got invited to percy priest lake and i couldn't resist being around people who actually like me after ten days on the job. sooooo here
i finally figured out how to get that headband on right! maybe because i finally got my hair cut (two months ago) and it wasn't so thick. i don't know. but i was really excited. i love that little thing.
i opened up my trunk to put some new cds in, and was perplexed to find this big pirate ship. apparently travis was driving my car while i was gone, and found it on the side of the road! and meant to put it on someone's car? and he forgot. haha. weirdo.
i met crystal and marc at their house and rode with them. being on the water like that makes me very nostalgic for summers at center hill lake on my grandparents boat. i want to rent one so bad! but it's expensive! and the gas! so freaky walking out there! for some reason i felt like i could fall into the water at any moment!
there were some cute ducklings by the back patio. we were trying to feed them french fries but these HUGE fish always beat them to it. See them? they looked like they could eat the ducks.
did i mention thomas is back from ohio!! for good! he got his masters, and starts his big boy job at ernst and young this fall. i'm so glad he came back to tennessee.
they played a bunch of country music. old stuff that i knew from when i rode in the car with my parents. not terrible. but not what i'm into at all. we went to explore the dock a little bit.
while we were walking miranda somehow kicked her shoe off the dock and into the water! here are some pictures of the rescue operation:
i love the burst mode on my camera. i will restrain myself and only post one animated thing.
we went home around 11. look at that cute little husband. i was so freaking exhausted. i fell asleep almost immediately and slept until 10:30. perfect.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Did i tell you that my bosses hired austin to come with us to bigger pageants and do video for them? maybe i did. well i am thrilled about it. he came on his first trip last week, genuine girls in hartford connecticut. on sunday after crowning shawn decided to rent a car and drive us to new york city! i was so excited! austin had never been!
austin and boody are both so excited! shawn accidentally got in line to go through some tunnel so he let us out. he went and parked while we went to times square.
after we went to the toys r us in times square i tried to think of places we could go that i could find without a map and we could see in the next two hours. so we started walking towards central park. we were going to get a portrait drawn of us but we waited too long and didn't get to do it.
austin got genuinely excited when we saw the plaza. apparently he is a big home alone two fan! hahah, he wanted to go inside and was telling me quotes from the movie.
st. patrick's cathedral! we wanted to go to the h+m that is across the street from it but it was closed. that's what we get for trying to do anything after 6 on sunday.
we went to grand central station! where austin paid almost 12 dollars for a pack of cigarettes. dang! he should quit.
austin really wanted to have a beer in new york. he just turned 21 a week ago! little baby. i met him when he was 14!
i taught him about the subway! omg! there were rats on the platform. so cute!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
a few people asked me about these cookies i made for our anniversary party...so here is the recipe! It's from the June 2009 Martha Stewart Living.
these cookies were even better than i thought they would be. they were really soft, but the sanding sugar on top added a crunch that was really nice. also i had never had cookies with fresh strawberries in them. so delicious! i love this recipe and i'm going to make it again no matter what.
Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
Makes about 2 Dozen
12 ounces of strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/4 inch dice (2 cups)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup heavy cream
sanding sugar (for sprinkling) (you can get that at a craft store in their wilton section. i don't think it would be the same without it.)
1. Preheat oven to 375. Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, or rub in with your fingers (i tried both and thought using my fingers was easier) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream until dough starts to come together, then stir in strawberry mixture.
2. Using a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop (i used my cookie scoop. you can use a normal spoon) drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment, spacing evenly apart. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, and bake until golden brown, 24 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Cookies are best served immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one day.