Thursday, April 30, 2009

My First Birdie Block



This is the first birdie block of my birdie quilt. This was made by a fine woman in Thailand. Such a sweet lady and such a cool block! I'm getting thrilled to see all of the others. :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

My sister, my friend.


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

Dear Leslie,

I can't believe you're graduating on Saturday from mine and dad's alma mater. And you chose the same major as I did, following in my footsteps. It makes me feel so proud to see your love for English Education. And you know from my experience that you'll never be "rich", but you'll be so loved and so rewarded in other ways, that it won't matter!

Do you remember when you were in kindergarten and I was in 5th grade at Central Avenue Elementary? I would walk you to class every day because you needed me to be there. To make sure you made it okay. Because you may have forgotten where your class was on day 2, 15, 78, or 120. You would promise each day that you would do it by yourself, then as we pulled in to school, in your little Minnie mouse voice, you'd ask me to PLEASE take you, and I would. I even had to explain to Mr. Edder that my sister was quiet needy and needed me to walk her to class each day, and excuse ME if I'm late. And he did. What I found even funnier is that you couldn't find YOUR class each morning without my "help", but you could certainly find MINE at the end of the day, because the younger grades were always dismissed first. You would make a bee line for the 5th grade wing and you'd hang out by Mr. Edder's door, waiting on me to emerge.

It was no surprise that when you went to college I would have to show you around campus and walk you to your classes as well. It was with a sense of pride and independence that I "showed you the ropes". And living together for that first year was certainly an experience. You learned all too well the art of turning a light off when you were done in your room. Looking back, I realize now that you were being stubborn because you had left your momma back in Fort Lauderdale, only to come live with your "other momma" here in Tally. And that's NOT what you wanted- you wanted a 'roommate' and 'friend'. But, I, was Just. Too. Motherly. It wasn't until I moved out and left you plateless and without a can opener that you had to start figuring things out on your own. In hindsight, I think it was the best thing for ya, perhaps not the best thing for me though...hahaha!

I love you, Leslie! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. I'm so proud to share an alma mater (and major!) with you. I'm even more happy that we are not only sisters, but great friends.

Welcome to the "real world". :)

Love ya!

Jessica

Saturday, April 25, 2009

That's Amore!

Tonight we made homemade pizza. It was so wonderful. Camden loved kneading the dough, and helping me spread it out. This is a great activity to do to get your children involved with the preparation of dinner.


Okay, here's the quick recipe for the dough- it's just one that I found online- nothing special, but I liked this one because you don't have to leave the dough to rise for an hour - you can use it immediately. (And it was actually very good- pizza parlor quality good!)


Easy Peasy Pizza Dough



1 small package of Active Dry Yeast (About 1tbsp.)



1 cup of warm water



1 tsp. sugar



1 tsp. salt



2 tbsp. vegetable oil (or any other kind of oil) - I used EVOO



2 1/2 cups Bread Flour



Dissolve yeast in cup of warm water. Add sugar, salt, oil and flour, stir until sticky. Flour your surface, toss the dough ball onto it and knead it for 10 minutes. *This is where you should involve your children!*



This is Camden having fun kneading the dough. He had so much fun, I'm sure we exceeded the 10-minute kneading directions, because at this point, I washed up the dishes that I had used to mix it to give him a little more time with the dough.



Once the dough is kneaded, roll it out. (I don't have a rolling pin so I just used a glass because that's what my mom always did... hehehe!)... Place it into a pizza pan, *or a cookie sheet*, (I didn't have a pizza pan either, so we just used a cookie sheet, it was a square pizza but it didn't taste any different! Rolling pin and pizza pan are on my kitchen list of "things needed"... :)



Then top your pizza with whatever you'd like to top it with! We used sauce, cheese and pepperoni.




My little boy who was so proud of his pizza. He put on the cheese and pepperonis for me! Before we put it in the oven he said "this is gonna be soooooooooo goooood!" He's such an optimistic little guy isn't he? Either that or he really has faith in his mama's cookin'!



And you know what? He was right! It was Soooooooo Gooooooooooood! I'm thinking next time we'll top it with veggies galore! We were both very proud of our pizza. That's Amore!

Sometimes you just need a little comfort food...

I have had an abundance of canned diced tomatoes lately and really needed to think of new and innovative ways to use them. I've made chili. I've made Rachel Ray's Tortizzas (pizzas on a tortilla)... And still, I have these diced tomatoes and need to use them! I made baked chicken one night and served diced tomatoes over rice- I thought it was great, but everyone else in my family gawked. To me, that was southern cooking at it's finest. The only thing missing was the stick of butter a'la Paula Deen!




And so, I heard about this fabulous soup recipe- Creamy Tomato Soup. And I made it this evening. And ya'll, this was the ULTIMATE comfort food. And my favorite part? It was so easy! (The only thing that I felt was missing was the bread bowl... I will attempt those next time.) I highly recommend serving this with some sort of bread for dipping. Yes, dipping. It's a thick and creamy soup and it's SOOO delish!




Creamy Tomato Soup


2 cups skim milk


1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, undrained (I used fire roasted- use whatever you'd like!)


1 8oz. pkg cream cheese (I used lowfat and it tasted fine.)


1/4 c. coarsely chopped fresh basil


1/2 tsp. salt


1/8 tsp. pepper




Note: You may omit the fresh basil if desired.




Place all ingredients into a blender. Process until smooth.



Transfer to a large saucepan. Heat until heated completely. Serve steaming in a bread bowl or with bread for dipping.
Yum!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Orange Creamsicle - in progress


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


This is the first block in my Orange Creamsicle quilt. I have a stack of orange fabrics in my studio right now and coupled with white trim, they are going to make a very cute baby quilt- and I'm just excited about the name itself.... this will be for a friend of my husbands who just did us a very huge favor- his wife is expecting and this gift will be mailed to them as an unexpected thank you, from us.

observing


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Once again my son is hiding his face. He's becoming uber uncooperative with the photos lately! At any rate, these are our roly poly habitats. The boys had a lot of fun gathering the materials to make them and even more fun observing them!

Discoveries


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


They happen everywhere.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sweetie


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Ella was such a sweetie as she sat under the shade tree and watched the boys play!

Swimming Day!


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


We had a swimming day today and the boys had a blast! They LOVED that slide!

Friends


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


They are such sweethearts together when they are both excited about something! We headed up the street to my sisters to play in Camden's kiddie pool that is over there (they have the yard space) and when Gee and Granddaddy come to visit he uses it there. :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

My Widdle Bunny Foo Foo


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

Ella in her bunny jacket, her bunny shirt, her jeans with pink stitching and her ballet slipper socks. This was what she wore to Easter Dinner @ the girls house.

All Boy... Even when slumbering...


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

Sunday, April 12, 2009

That Peaceful, Easy Feelin'...


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


We hung sheers up on our beach patio and totally have been enjoying the peaceful feeling in that room lately. Of course, this was Joe's idea- and I've just been (secretly) calling him Ty lately... because he totally thinks he's a decorator... in a very metro way. ;)

Hiding?


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


The boys seized Ella's nursery and thought it was the funniest thing ever.

My Packages are in the MAIL~


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


My packages for SC3 are in the mail and I'm super excited about my bird quilt. These are just a few samples of the fabrics that I sent, (that I used for a fabric pillow earlier in the year)...

And I heard from metrosupial designs today who said that she too was planning a bird quilt, and so, we have planned a little bird quilt fabric swap, which will be amazing!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


The kids are in bed and the Easter Bunny has already been here!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Learning to make bunny ears!


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

a wee bunny - i did the templates they did the faces and stuffing


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Camden's - again no face shown... he's getting camera shy on me.

a wee bunny - i did the templates they did the faces and stuffing


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


They are a little "funny" looking but they are very proud!

Popcorn & Star Wars


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

Easter Goodies from Granny Annie


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Um, yes, these are wonderful, and there are three other boxes of stuff too! They are beautiful and yummy! Now Joe and I MUST get our running/walking groove on tonight. LOL!

Yoga this morning with my boy!


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Ella tasting her first bubble gum bubble. lol.


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


She was facinated by the bubbles that Joe was blowing! :)

Easter Cookies from Gee and Grandaddy


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


They are Beautiful...and yummy! Thank you so much guys! :)

Camden & His Easter Package


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


He wouldn't smile for me. He just woke up. lol.

Easter Goodies for Ella


Photos by: Jessica Chapman


Bunny and card - From Gee and Granddaddy.
She thought the card tasted mighty yummy!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Close up of Katy


Photos by: Jessica Chapman

The Katie Block ~ Turquoise Dreams


Photos by: Jessica Chapman