Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Miss American Pie

Claire being Claire...dressing up, and sassing about without a care in the world! On our balcony at the beach Claire decided to strike a pose and the picture alone speaks volumes. When I first saw it, she reminded of a movie star from long ago, like Shirley Temple or The Lennon Sisters or something. If I find the photo that I think of when I see this one, I'll put it up. Anyhow, isn't she the cutest?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Close Ups

As I watched my girls play on the beach I thought about how wonderful life is and how blessed I am to be able to give these beautiful little girls all of the experiences they will need to become strong, loving women. No cares, no worries, and nothing fancy... just good old-fashioned playtime on the beach. Nothing compares!

Beach Babies

Here are some great pics of my darling little beach babies! They had so much fun rolling in the sand, building sand castles, collecting shells, and chasing waves, not to mention swimming in the pool! We had a wonderful vacation this summer. It was great to spend some time with family and friends.

Giada, Giada, Giada...

This one is for you Riz! When we were at the beach on vacation in Florida, my sister-in-law made the most wonderful appetizer at happy hour. (Happy Hour was on our balcony, overlooking the water, everyday at 5ish!) It was a brie in puff pastry with raspberry jam and toasted pecans. Here's the recipe. Let me know how you like it! This recipe is from the wonderful Giada de Laurentiis!

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, pre-packaged
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie
1/4 cup raspberry jam
1 egg, beaten
Crackers, for serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Defrost puff pastry for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and unfold.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the pecans in the butter until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Meanwhile, trim the top and bottom rind of the brie. Roll the puff pastry out just a little on a flat surface. Place the brie in the center of the pastry. Spoon the raspberry jam on top of the brie and then cover with the toasted pecans. Gather up the edges of the puff pastry, pressing around the brie and gather at the top. Gently squeeze together the excess dough and tie together with a piece of kitchen twine. Brush the beaten egg over top and side of Brie. Place Brie on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
Serve with crackers.
*Personal Notes from Wendy: I like Carr's Water Table crackers and for a spicier taste use pepper jelly instead of raspberry jam.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Secret or Not So Secret Crush

OK Susan, we know you love Tommy Lee, and so does my friend Kathryn. That's a really good picture of him on your blog though! LOL

My first secret crush is on John Ondrasik, the lead singer for Five for Fighting.

And my second secret crush is on Aussie, Simon Baker, who played Nick Fallon in The Guardian. Great show, though very short-lived.

And my third secret crush is on the very sexy JD Fortune from RockStar INXS! These guys are HOT!

Charmin Ultra

The other day the girls and I were shopping in Target and we turned a corner in the aisles and Claire yells, "Mama, stop! There's Charmin Ultra!" Now, I wanna tell you that we don't buy Charmin Ultra and I have never talked about it in the house so I am thinking, where in the world did the child learn about Charmin Ultra?

So I asked her. And she said that she saw it on TV and that we needed to buy it because it was for babies! I laughed so hard. Now, every time we are in a store and she sees Charmin Ultra, she yells out loud and makes a big scene. And now Kate has decided to join in the fanfare of Charmin Ultra, so of course, as always, we attract a lot of attention in the store! It is so hilarious!

Claire turned 4 years old yesterday, July 10th. I have had her for 3 years and she is a huge blessing! Happy Birthday my beautiful baby! Your mommy loves you so.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Chocolate Milk Cows

The last time Susan & Riz were in Savannah, we drove by a beautiful cow pasture at the Bethesda Home for Boys. Everytime we pass we love to look at the cows. Well, on the day Susan was here we stopped and got out of the cars to have a closer look. The cows are brown & white Herefords and they are beautiful. Well, Susan & Claire were having a conversation and they ended up calling the cows "chocolate milk cows" since they were brown. My girls loved that and whenever we woud drive down the cow road, the children would talk about the chocolate milk cows.
However, yesterday we were going to Dr. Jean's house for the 4th of July and as we passed the cows I said, "Girls, look...there are the chocolate milk cows!" And this was Claire's response:

"Mama, those may not be chocolate milk cows because they are brown and white. So, we'll just say they are white chocolate milk cows."

Her level of comprehension and her ability to assimilate information completely amazes me, not to mention the fact that she can say it so well!

Click here to learn some really cool things about cows in general!