Thursday, March 31, 2011

Oops

...and what do YOU think these look like?

Yeah, that's what I thought too.

So I have this delicious (really, super delicious) cookie recipe that I found in my Peanut Butter cookbook. I'm quite the cookie connoisseur and I bake quite a bit, so when I found this really easy and tasty cookie recipe, I was all about it:

1 block white chocolate Almond Bark
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 cup peanuts
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup marshmallows

Melt the Almond Bark in the Crock Pot (yes, in the Crock Pot - it's amazing and the chocolate won't burn like it can in a sauce pan, just FYI) then add all the other ingredients. Mix well, then spoon on to wax paper to cool.

So easy, and if you like those ingredients, so yummy!

Here's the problem: you MUST use WHITE Almond Bark. Otherwise you end up with Exhibit A above.
Yuck.
It was late one night a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to make something for the bake sale our Bowl for Kids' Sake teams were having at work, so I decided I would whip up some of my wonderful cookies. One problem - I only had milk chocolate Almond Bark. I figured 'chocolate is chocolate,' right? WRONG. For some reason, the marshmallows melted into the chocolate and it came out as this gross, disgusting mess. They didn't even half-way taste good.
Good thing they had more than enough entries for the bake sale.
I don't think anyone would have bought cookies that look like...well...you know...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

On! On! U of K...

In my mind, I'm Ashley Judd.
(Humor me.)
I'm at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Casual and relaxed, I'm dressed in my blue and white.
My shaker rests loosely in my right hand as the Tarheels tie the game at the 3 minute mark.
I watch willfully as DeAndre Liggins launches a 3-pointer.
And then I hold my breath as it's reviewed by the refs.
Then I watch as our lone senior, Josh Harrellson plays back-to-back defensive bests to increase our lead to 5.
Then I realize, my Wildcats just won their way into the Final Four.
It's a GREAT day.
 
FINAL FOUR, BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Favorite Things pt. 4

In honor of the BIG BLUE fighting for the win against a machine of a team (Ohio State) on Friday in the Sweet Sixteen, I thought it would be appropriate to express my gratitude for the Big Blue greats of all restaurants, CULVERS!
I relate this little gem of a family-college-town-sit down-drive-thru eating establishment to when Michael and I first moved to Bowling Green. We live on the southwest side of the county and there's not a whole lot of places to eat without crossing through a great deal of traffic at the Scottsville Rd/I-65 interchange into "town." So when we decided to try this unheard-of place that is on 'our side' of the county, it immediately became one of our favorite places to go (or take out.) Their specialty is the ButterBurger, and oh my my, what a little peice of heaven that is! They serve frozen custard in many flavors with a variety of toppings and this is a staple of my diet in the summer. They also have crinkle fries, which is one of Michael's favorites. I was certain I was going to wear this place out within the first few weeks we lived here! Eventually we unpacked our kitchen and I was able to cook again, but it's still our go-to "we've had a rough day and don't want to cook" comfort food.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up

We had a fantastically busy weekend, the first of many I'm sure.
I was asked to accompany students for the Solos and Ensembles festival on Saturday. I had 12 students to play for so I spent much of the week preparing to make sure I didn't cause the students to make mistakes or slow them down and since I hadn't accompanied students in a very long time, I wanted to be well-prepared! Everything went great and I was reminded of what a rewarding experience it is to work with young people, especially young musicians. I am so greatly moved by the sustainability of music - these students were as serious and tenacious about their performances as I was 15 years ago. (Oh, how old I am!) It was wonderful to see such dedication to the finest of all the arts.

After the morning music events, I was able to go see my nephew play in his final Upward basketball game. I didn't take any pictures (I forgot I had my phone), but he was great and I'm so proud of him!
We then enjoyed a great lunch together at the Applebee's in Glasgow and watched UK advance to the Sweet Sixteen! While we were there, we discovered that my dad, brother, and nephew are in one of the featured local pictures hanging throughout the restaurant. We always knew dad was a local celebrity! Ha!


Mom and I shopped the afternoon away, mainly looking for unattainable wreath forms, but finding everything else we didn't need. Isn't that always the way shopping goes?
After church today, since it was so beautiful out (80 degrees, what?), Michael was finally able to clean limbs out of the yard that had fallen during recent storms. I spent the afternoon catching up on housework and some R&R!
Hope you all had a great weekend as well!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Remodel

EVERYTHING is heading for a facelift, getting renovated, and is currently under construction!!!

As you can see, my blog is very bare - dull and boring. I've been doing a lot of thinking about it, and if I really want to get serious about this blogging stuff, I've got to do some sprucing up. I had been considering options for blog designers, working with designing myself, and then I went to my blog tonight and realized that the blog template I had been using has been deleted (ugh!) and I realized this blog overhaul was going to have to happen sooner than expected. One problem - I don't know how to do it. After staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, trying to figure out html codes for another 8 hours after I get home is not my idea of fun. If anyone reads this, please leave me a comment or email me to let me know how you get someone to redesign your blog! I want someone good and who will listen to my ideas, concerns, etc, but I'm completely clueless and I just don't have the time and/or energy to do it myself with the template designer (I feel too restricted with that thing anyway)
and...
we've officially started the updates on our house!!!


This was the half-jacked faucet that was such a pain...

And now, a new simple, clean, and fully functional faucet!
The powder room vanity, kitchen cabinets, flooring for the entire ground level, crown molding...it's all yet to come!
New blog design and a house updates - let the fun begin!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March-ing On

I'm so happy it's March. College basketball (Go CATS!), budding trees, longer days, warmer temps...I'll take it. I appreciate winter and all it's glorious snow, holidays, and comfy clothes. But when it's time to bid goodbye to winter, it's time and there is no love lost. Bring on SPRING!
In honor of the first sign of the end of winter, the NCAA tourney, I've been busy making wreaths!

The best (and my favorite) - UK:


The "other" one (foes of the Cats...) - U of L:


Each can be yours for the low, low price of $25!

Easter wreaths coming soon!
Leave a comment or email me if you're interested!

The End

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