March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Little Mister loves, and I mean loves, baseball. We take him to games. We watch on television. We play outside. Yes, Little Mister even loves it when his mama pitches to him so he can hit a home run. Now I’ll admit that our version of a home run and a real home run are drastically different but it’s fun and Little Mister gets a real sense of accomplishment. Given that America’s favorite past time is ours, it seemed only natural to sign Little Mister up for t-ball this season.
Little Mister is on the Diamondbacks. He thought getting his first uniform was pretty cool.
Then the first game
Little Mister is #3 this year….funny since his Dads childhood hero was #3 Dale Murphy.
Now I’ll be honest, watching 4 year olds play can be a little like watching paint dry and at the same time it can be really funny. The kids run from second base to third base via home plate, they forget to run, they miss the ball on the tee…But, what they DO mange to do is have fun. And lots of it!
Q-Man even managed to have a little fun…..
March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
I continue to work on Q Man’s quilt. I’m using perle cotton and hand quilting it. In order to make the quilt more visually interesting I am NOT marking the quilting lines. I’m just doing the best I can to quilt straight lines. Some are, some aren’t, some sort of slant but I’m very pleased with the results thus far.
I have been drawing a crude circle in the middle. Again, it’s not perfect but that adds dimension to an otherwise very linear quilt. My ultimate goal would be to have the quilt finished by the East Cobb Quilt Guild fall show so I can enter it, but I feel fairly certain that goal isn’t attainable at this point. I just don’t have that kind of time, or heck, energy. That’s alright. I can enter the quilt in two more years and spend the fall and winter bundled up while quilting it.
March 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last year we hosted an impromptu St. Patrick’s Day dinner at our house. I made a traditional Irish dinner with a roast lamb, beef and Guinness pie, colcannan and soda bread. My friend Amy brought mashed carrots and parsnips. There was, of course, Guinness and Harp a plenty to go around and soothe our thirsty selves. My friend Ro declared this event the Murphy Family Thanksgiving and thus a tradition was born.
This year husband and I decided to do it again. This time, however, we are inviting more friends. Hey, if we’re going to have one kicking party a year it may as well be for St. Patrick’s Day, right? And who better to celebrate St. Patrick with than dear friends.
I pulled out my recipes from last year and decided I’d need to add a few more items to the menu. We have more people coming and variety is nice. I did some digging on the web and found a few things here and there. Mostly it was the same stuff I was already making, or some version thereof, or some recipe that sounded not at all appealing.
So, I headed over to amazon.com and ordered a few cookbooks*. A few days later they were here.
I have to admit that I love cookbooks. Really, I do. I have quite a collection. Researching then having to purchase a few was a task I more than happy about doing. I’ve not read nearly enough to determine the other menu items (okay, a poached salmon, but that’s about it). I was able to rule out a few things so I guess I’m making progress.
Gártha! That means cheers in Gaelic (or so they say).
* Darina Allen’s Traditional Irish Cooking and Coleman Andrews’ The Country Cooking of Ireland. Both authors are considered experts in Irish cooking and from what I’ve seen of the cookbook’s I won’t be disappointed.