July 22, 2010


I haven't been up to much lately - here is a picture of a 5th birthday cake from last weekend.  Papa Bear's parents and their puppy dog came up for the weekend along with 25 lbs of peaches.  Most of them are now in the freezer, but we still have plenty for eating.  Our favorite way to eat them is in homemade yogurt along with a bit of honey.
This week the girls and I went to an indoor playground with a pirate theme and they had a blast playing in the sand.  Afterwards we went to a pizza buffet with friends and Goldilocks ate 4 pieces of pizza, a garlic roll, and a slice of dessert pizza.  She ate more than me!

Next week I graduate from the master's program I started when I was pregnant with Curly Bear!

In more exciting news, my brother is getting married!!!  I am going to make the cake and we are very excited that he has finally found someone special :)

July 14, 2010

Tellus Museum

Papa Bear took the day off of work and we headed to the Tellus Museum to check it out.  Above is a picture of the pendulum in the lobby.  Don't ask me to explain how it works.  This museum has a lot of replicas of dinosaurs. FUN!
There is a section with lots of rocks and minerals, as well as a section about transportation.
We really enjoyed panning for gems.
Goldilocks and I had a system, I scooped and shook, and she picked out the gems and put them in the bag.
Curly Bear really enjoyed using the brush to "excavate" the dinosaur "bones".  However, the pieces of rubber got stuck in her hair, and I even found some in her diaper later. sigh.  After a very reasonably priced lunch in the cafe, we went to the play area and had lots of fun.
Curly Bear's favorite thing was the drum 
This museum is only a few years old and is north of Atlanta right beside I-75
Here's a link to their website Tellus Museum

July 13, 2010

Cranberry Stuff

That is the official name in my husband's family.  They like to eat this along with ham and turkey during the holidays.  Maybe one day I'll get a picture of it.

1 bag fresh cranberries
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 large pkg red jello (raspberry?)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 oz cool whip
1 pkg cream cheese

Prepare jello with only 2 cups of boiling water.  After washing cranberries, finely chop using food processor, then add the sugar.  Then add pineapple, including juice and chop a little more.   Combine this with the jello and put in the refrigerator.  After the jello sets, whip the cream cheese to soften, fold in the cool whip and spread it on top of the jello.

July 12, 2010

A Very Merry UnBirthday to You!

The other week we celebrated Goldilock's half birthday, complete with half a cake.  We like to do this because her birthday is so close to Christmas.
happy half birthday to you!

July 11, 2010

Mmmm, Corn Casserole

 This is one of the few casseroles I love, and it hasn't made any enemies!  I have taken this to many friends who have had new babies, sickness in the house, and potlucks.  Whenever we potluck with our friends (hey its been awhile people!) it is my unspoken  and required assignment.  Here is my most requested recipe.

Corn Casserole

32 oz frozen corn, cooked & drained
8 ounces sour cream
1 can cream of celery soup
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese or mexican cheese
2 sleeves finely crushed Ritz crackers
2 sticks of butter
*Note: original recipe only calls for 1 stick of butter and 1 sleeve of crackers

Put the cooked & drained corn into a 13x9 baking dish.
Mix sour cream and cream of celery soup, and spread this on top of the corn.
Next, sprinkle the cheese.
Mix the melted butter and cracker crumbs and spread on top. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve hot!
This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until ready to bake (may take 10 or 15 extra minutes to get done).  I would not recommend freezing.