Sunday, August 23, 2009

CHRISTMAS SEASON IS ON MY MIND

I know you all are thinking this is crazy.  Christmas in August?  We are getting geared up for this season.  The orders for trees, roping and wreaths are already coming in.  Soon I will be doing the inventory to see what needs to be ordered for wreath making. 

I just finished tweaking the brochure for this year. 

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Now go and enjoy the rest of your summer and I will get on with my planning.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

KIDS AND IMAGINATIONS

Tyler and Hannah have been a little creative this week.  On Monday I needed to get some office stuff done so they were at the table with paper, scissors, tape, markers. When I checked on them they were making kites.

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They used paper and tape. Then some ribbon and sticks from the pine trees to hold it all together.

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Here is Tyler’s creation.

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And Hannah’s version of a kite.

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Some last minute adjustments…

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and they are flying high!

Then yesterday they found these red food coverings and made themselves some beekeepers outfits.

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Off to check on the hives.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

THE EQUINOX HAS BEEN VIOLATED

It has been a quiet laid back week so far.  Andy is back to work, Tabby is recovering and Isabella is just a sweetie. 

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I love how she sticks her feet out of the blanket.

And then this morning this happens:

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Why is there a squad car parked behind me and they are talking on their little talkie things?  What did I do? Have I been reported missing and they think they have found me?  Knock on the door. (of course I am still in my pajamas) 

Officer:  Ma’am is that your vehicle out front?

Me:  Yes it is.  I thought I could park there.

Officer:  Well you can but your vehicle has been violated with graffiti.  It has been sprayed with paint.

Me:  What color?  (as if that matters)  I’m thinking I hope they at least used pink which is my favorite color.

Officer:  It is blue.  First I have to ask if you gave anyone permission to do that.

Me:  No, I did want some stripes on it but not in blue.

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At least they tried to be a little artistic but its not what I wanted.

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Their main target was the squad car parked two houses down.  An officer lives there and he always parks out in front of his house.  Mine just happened to be conveniently parked next in line.  At least they didn’t write on mine the nasty “B” word that they wrote on his squad.  For that I am thankful.

Bob says he’s got some stuff that will clean this off.  In the meantime I will just have to drive around with this. 

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dessert Contest 2009

Once again I wracked my brain trying to come up with a recipe with two dairy ingredients for the contest at the county fair. Then Bakerella posted her Cheesecake Pops and I knew it was the one. I was protesting doing a cheesecake recipe because half the entries are always cheesecakes but this was different.

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I made the cheesecake on Thursday after getting home from Appleton. It needs to really firm up to form the balls so I had to refrigerate it overnite. So I got up at 5 a.m. and made the balls and stuck the sticks in, then put them in the freezer. By 5:45 I was back in bed for a quick snooze. Up again at 6:30 and started the dipping process.

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The carseats came in handy for transporting them.

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This one was in honor of Isabella’s birth on Wednesday.

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And of course one in red white & blue.

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As the judges were tasting, we were feeling sorry for them because to try and sample 27 different desserts cannot be an easy job.

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Thanks to the judges and sponsors of this contest. The competition is getting harder every year and any one of the 27 desserts could have won. I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the ladies who enter every year and we enjoy sitting and watching the judging together. The lady third from the left is Sue. We sit together every year for the judging and when I got there she told me that her and her daughter were going to come over and flatten my tires and tie me up so I couldn’t get there in time. All in good fun. I can’t wait for next year.

1st place 2009

This was all that was left of the pops for the pictures. ( I know I should have taken Jack’s face off the side of my head but I didn’t have time to play around in Photoshop to do it. I have a baby to hold here.) OH yea I forgot to tell you, I took the grand prize and won myself a new freezer!