Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite
holidays of the entire year.
When I was a 4th grade teacher,
I always marveled at the fact
that the students seemed to love
the Valentine's Party more than
the Christmas Party.  I think it's all
about feeling specially loved.

This year, instead of having
a party for just the grandsons,
we had a party for the whole family.
 
My cookie decorating skills are improving.
I'm not Aunt Gail or Jeanette yet,
but they are looking better
and my family scarfs them down
so they must taste pretty good.
Could be because I have switched
to Grandma Bergeron's sugar
cookie recipe.
 
Juice Robot for the boys.
Thank you Aunt Gail and Pinterest.
Each little guy had a mailbox. 
The grownups wrote special messages of
love and put them in the mailboxes.
I thought they might be too little
to appreciate the notes, but they LOVED
listening to words of love.
Our plan is to save the notes
from year to year.
We played a game where there were
things to do hidden behind hearts
stuck up around the house.
Prizes were popular.
For those of you who like to give balloons,
and what is a party without balloons, my
advice is to visit DOLLAR TREE.
The balloons cost a dollar and
as far as I can tell are the same as the
more expensive balloons found elsewhere.
Happy Valentine's Day sweet Aaron.
Somehow we didn't get a picture of
David with his balloon.
Happy Valentine's Day, sweet David.
Here both boys are checking out
the game hearts on the mantle.
Happy Valentine's Day sweet Caleb.
Mandy made the ties for her little guys.
On the back of the hearts were written
such directions as:
Give Aunt Mandy a hug
Give Uncle Adrian a high five.
Give Aunt Kelly a hug.
Shake Uncle Jeremy's hand.
Tell Ducca you love him.

And.....
my favorite one of all can be seen
below if this video upload works.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Homemade Muffaletta Sandwich


I LOVE Muffaletta sandwiches!
My mom grew up in New Orleans 
which probably influences my tastes.

According to Wikapedia 
The muffuletta sandwich has its origins at the Central Grocery in the French Quarter of New Orleans.[4]
According to Marie Lupo Tusa, daughter of the Central Grocery's founder, it was born when Sicilian farmers selling their produce at the nearby Farmers' Market would come into her father's grocery for lunch and order some salami, ham, cheese, olive salad, and either long braided Italian bread or a round muffuletta loaf. In typical Sicilian fashion they ate everything separately sitting on crates or barrels while precariously balancing their meals on their knees. Her father suggested cutting the bread and putting everything on it like a sandwich, even if it was not typical Sicilian fashion. The thicker braided Italian bread proved too hard to bite and the softer round muffuletta loaf won out. Shortly, farmers came to merely ask for a "muffuletta" for their lunch.[5]



For ages, I have searched for the olive
mixture that makes the sandwich
unique so that I can make Muffalettas at home.
I finally found it!!

Go King Soupers!
For my Texas friends, that's 
Go Kroger.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review--Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham


Z Is for MooseZ Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the most entertaining alphabet books that I have seen in a very long time.  I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren.


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review--The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book!!!  In my opinion, it is extremely deserving of the prestigious Newbery Medal.  Although the main character, Ivan, is a gorilla, you will suspend reality and believe that he is capable of writing his memoirs.  I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed this book and how much it made me think about friendship, art, and hope.


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