Monday, November 24, 2008


The wonderful part of the Holidays is being re-united with old friends

The hoodlums...

How weird can they pose?

Oh wait... A normal picture?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Lego Makers

Can you guess what foods they all are?
(sorry the picture isn't so great)

Here's a hint...

That's a fork.

It's the boy's favorite food, really!

This is their next favorite.

Mmhh Mmhh Good!

I love what they come up with!
Hungry anyone?
Leave a comment with your guesses.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Homemade Potato Chips, Microwaved and SUPER easy and good and crunchy, like Kettle Chips, but better and really inexpensive...

Can you tell I really really like these?

They are really super easy to make. Slice the potatoes, place on an olive-oiled plate, drizzle with olive oil, microwave for about 7-10ish minutes, sprinkle with a bit of salt or any seasoning you like, and VOILA, crunchy, delicious, healthy potato chips!

Wash your potatoes. I used a really big one that I had from a 50 pound bag of Grade B (does that stand for Big?) potatoes.

Leave the skin on!

Use a mandoline if you have one, or slice very thinly with a sharp knife.

Lightly brush some olive oil on a plate. (I use organic extra virgin olive oil)

Arrange the potatoes in a single layer. You can salt and season them now or later.

Microwave on HIGH for 7-9 minutes and then check on them. See if they are hard. You don't want flimsy chips, go for crunchy!

Let them cool, if you can help it.

They are fantastic. I'm a huge fan of crunchy kettle like chips. I find that we can eat one bag in one sitting. When I say "we", I mean my 4 boys and I. Really! Okay, I could eat a whole bag by myself. I try not to. At least when you make your own chips, you know what's going into them.

Nothing "hard to pronounce" in them.

Get creative! Add some cajun seasoning, garlic and salt, or try a vinegar chip.

They really are too good, beware!

Centerpieces at the Bridge Builders Brunch

This past Sunday I had to privilege to make the centerpieces for a charity here in Reading called "Bridge of Hope." It is an organization which helps single mothers with housing, job placement, and spiritual support through church mentors. I joined the Brunch committee during the summer. The Brunch was held at the beautiful Berkshire Country Club.

About 100ish people came to the brunch and we were able to raise $12,000!
It costs about $9000 to support one family for the 18 months or so that they are in the program.

If you are interested in donating or checking out the organization, click here

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

And the President is...

What? Reagan?

(Sorry, I haven't figured out all the nuances of my camera yet...hence, the REALLY grainy pictures)

The little guys can't have ALL the fun on Halloween.

Monday, November 3, 2008

My soldiers

This year, the boys decided they were all going to be soldiers for Halloween. Oma C. kindly supported their decision and helped them select different BDUs (Battle Dress Uniform, don't worry, I didn't know what it stood for either, I had to GOOGLE it) and gear.

They each had different styles of camo on.

L1 picked vintage desert

L2 selected desert

L3 wore digital

L4 chose woodland


Yes, that IS face paint. (L2 gave himself bloody smears)

Check out their awesome backpacks and canteens.

They each also carried an Ammo bag to put all their candy in. (I think the orange pumpkin would have kind of ruined the "look")

LOVE those boots!


Yep, that's my baby...

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