Thursday, July 29, 2010

Field of Dreams

Don is such a wonderful Grandpa. A title that he loves dearly. He keeps a recording of Addie's voice on his cell phone month's ago when she left him a message. Every time he listens to his messages he comes across Addie's and he gets this smile on his face.
He suffers from empty nest syndrome and talks of when Beth and Katie were little girls and we were at the beach. I was in the room with baby Scott and he took his two "girly worlies" with him to go across the street to the brightly painted shops. We were staying at Emerald Beach Hotel. The place we stayed was new at the time and now it is already torn down with a newer place , but the memory, that is forever. He tells that story often. He had each daughter by the hand and he wanted them to have bright pretty floats. They danced with delight at going and he smiles as he remembers their joy. He held their hands tightly and told them he had to hold tight to his 'girlie worlies'.
We were so delighted when Addie was born and now we wait anxiously for little Livy... Once again Don will have two little 'girlie worlies' to buy floats for. . .

He likes taking Addie places and just being with her. We have a swing that is hanging between two old pecan trees in our back yard. When his mother was a little girl, her dad put the bar between the two trees, in the Y of the branches. That was long ago and the bar for as long as I remember has been a part of the tree . Tuesday when Addie came over she saw Grandpa drive up, when he came in she ask "Grandpa, let's swing". He will go up and swing with her for as long as she likes. She is our princess, the apple of our eyes.

We will save the wishes for our sweet Addie and for our up and coming new grand daughter.
We count our blessings as the best wishes we could have and at the top are our sweet Addie and soon to be Livy!!!!

Field of dreams :)

ON and On....

I love this picture of this Sunset, every day is a gift. I get up every morning and thank Father for another day on this earth. Every breath we take is a gift also. So if you wake up feeling stressed set back and think of all the things right in your life. My list goes on and on....

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our beautiful flower child and her proud grandpa!

Church and family Cuties!
Desna with her adorable baby

Pretty ballerina!

Hey Cutie Pie!

Angel Doll!

Beautiful Addie!

Aww isn't he adorable!

Angel Face...

Vanessa and her Handsome boy!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

5 Ideas for Leftover Bread

When Scott (or was it Katie?) was in middle school he had a project to bring a dish from another country. His was Italy. I called Mara A. and she told me several wonderful ideas. The one I am about to share was not the one we used but it was a great idea. She said that her mother would take their stale left over bread and soak it in water, then she would squeeze it out and crumble it up on a baking dish. She would sprinkle the bread with olive oil and sprinkle spices over the bread and toast it in the over. (Mara if I am murdering this recipe it is because it is from memory). I remember she said it was 'delicious' and did the Italian thing where you kiss your finger tips. I am going to have to get with Mara to get the exact recipe but I saw something in my GH Magazine that made me think of her and her mother's wonderful idea, Here it is;

That half-loaf of Italian or those rejected ends of sandwich slices needn't be bird food, Instead, use them - or almost any variety in your bread box = to make these five fast, tasty recipes.

1. Italian Tomato-Bread Soup in 5-qt. saucepot, combine 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 2 cloves garlic, chopped. Cook on medium-low 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Add one 28 oz can whole tomatoes in juice, 2 c. water, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Simmer on medium-high 15 minutes, uncovered, breaking up tomatoes. Mash in 2 c. toasted bread cubes. Stir in 1/2 c. basil leaves, sliced. Drizzle with olive oil to serve. Makes 4 c.

2. Croque Monsieur
Spread 8 slices bread with 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard; layer 4 slices with 8 oz. sliced ham and 4 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese, then top with remaining bread. In pie plate, mix 2 lg. eggs and 2 Tbs. water. Dip sandwiches in egg to coat well. Cook in preheated 12 -in. nonstick skillet on medium 8 - 10 minutes or until golden on both sides. Serves 4.

3. Red Pepper Spread In food processor, coarsely grind 2 slices toasted bread and 1/3 c. toasted walnuts. Add one 12 - oz jar roasted red peppers, drained; 1 Tbsp. olive oil; 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar; and 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Pulse until blended. Serve with additional toast. Makes 1 c.

4. Parmesan Toasts Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Cut 4 slices bread into thirds; arrange on cookie sheet. Brush bread with 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp. each salt, black pepper, and cayenne, then with 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese, Bake 17 minutes or until crisp and cheese is melted. Makes 12 toasts.

5. Sweet Banana Treats Spread 4 slices toasted bread with 1/2 c. chocolate-hazelnut spread; cut each in half. In 10 - in. nonstick skillet, cook 2 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and pinch salt on medium 5 minutes or until thick and bubbling, stirring. Stir in 2 lg. ripe bananas, sliced; cook 1 minute or until well coated and softened. Soon over toast; serve immediately. Serves 4