Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am gratefully thankful every day for so many things and feel very blessed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


His mommy made him an awesome pirate chest cake!!

Opening some gifts

Playing with his new pirate playmobil.

Kayden had a birthday last week and turned five.Cmon, how in the world did that happen? Seriously. He was a tiny babe at the hospital just yesterday, Cuhrazy!. And now he doesn't want to hold my hand in public anymore because "grandma, I'm big." He has soaked up so much knowledge in these five short years...he's been like a little sponge. He started preschool this fall and goes two full days a week. He told his teacher at orientation that he only wants to learn about dinosaurs and trains. He loves school...he's been known to get up at 5:30 and he'll get his backpack and announce to his sleeping parents that he's ready for preschool...of which, they are less than thrilled! He was excited because his birthday fell on a preschool day and he took cupcakes along for everyone. His friends at school are Paris, Maylee and Jakobi. He loves dinosaurs, trains, pirates, the Cat in the Hat, listening to books and grandmas smoothies. He really doesn't like to take naps or just sleep in general...he would rather be awake and living life...he loves to wrestle with his little brother and daddy. He reminds me in so many ways of his daddy when he was little. I love being his grandma and watching him grow into his own person!

Happy Birthday big guy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Clinic appointment

I had an appointment this week on Tuesday to get my newly installed port flushed this week. Gail went along to observe and learn how. It's good I had the appointment, because over the weekend I started the familiar joint and chest aching and I have no energy. I hate it so much because I was feeling really good for nearly two months...and I just wanted it to last forever. Ha, yeah right! But it was sure a nice couple of months! My PFTs were surprising to me, they are holding they just decided to add oral cipro twice a day. Now I'm on four different oral antibiotics a day! I hope I can tolerate cipro yet, I got nauseous yesterday and awhile today. I ended up taking phenergan to help the nausea. And yes, i did eat before i took anything. I'm also to add two extra breathing treatments a day. I go back in a couple of weeks and im sureI hoping this will kick it!

Gail did end up flushing my port then. She did a very good job except pushed the needle a little bit slow. I had forgotten to put numbing cream on, so it hurt. But didn't last long. The whole thing went well. I'm so glad she's willing to do this for me. They will deliver the flush kit every month. I go back in a couple of weeks and hopefully I will feel better by then and lungs sound better!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Pie Contest

The pie contest event that I entered was last Thursday evening at Walnut Creek Cheese, a unique local shop that is huge. a bulk food area, fresh meats, full deli, regular groceries, wonderful ice cream and an area called The Butter Churn, which has all kinds of unique kitchen ware. So they sponsored this free event plus you could enter a pie contest. I have never done that in my life, but I thought it might be fun. The early entrants would get a free Taste of Home Pie cookbook, so I figured at least I'd get that!
They have daily specials, lots of other food to order to dine in for meals and there is a second story area with tables for eating. This picture is taken from there looking down to the main store area on one side. There were rows of chairs set up instead of tables for that evening and there were 300 people registered. I never even thought of taking my camera along, but my sister-in-law did, or I would have no pictures!

We got there pretty early, so this is just a small portion of the pies...there were 52 altogether, I think. There were long tables that kept filling up. See my lemon meringue pie there and just for fun, I made a baby one in a little half pint jar. Just for cute to see how it would turn out. The judging was to be 50% on taste, 25% on looks and 25% on crust.

So at 5:30, they had cooking demonstrations by Lee Ann Miller (a Taste of Home field editor) and Betty, another lady who works at the store. The did a really good job together. We learned how to make a pretty apple stomboli, as well as a meat one, a chocolate toffee "Christian crack(le)"(you had to be there), a very cool upside down pecan apple pie...all using products in the store and Butter Churn.

We learned and we laughed. Plus, they kept giving away lots of door prizes all evening. It was my lucky night or something...I actually won two prizes, a cookbook and a little cheese grater set. And then the pie winners were announced after the demos. The were 3 categories...fruit, nut and pumpkin. I had entered the fruit with the lemon meringue. There were 3 winners in each category. I was the third place winner in my category! I was so not expecting that AT ALL!! My prize was a free year subscription to Taste of Home magazine and my name gets mentioned in it. Three second place and three first place in each. Then a grand prize person out of them. The grand prize person overall will be featured in the magazine, a Bed and Breakfast stay, $100, and a free subscription. She was also the first place winner in the nut category. Her pie was pecan.

Afterwards, we could sample all the foods that that they had shown recipes for or done demonstrations of and others samples throughout the store, as well as a discount to shop. The meatballs and the smoked turkey were awesome! And that's what I'm having for Thanksgiving! I loved the tables decorated for Christmas too...I got some good ideas!.

This is Judy, my wonderful SIL, who entered two yummy pies, a pumpkin cream and dutch apple. She let me use her oven to bake mine, since we had just ordered a new stove/oven and wouldn't you know, they pick that morning to install it. I was a little stressed, so I ran back and forth to her place baking the crust and then going home to make the filling and meringue, then back up there to put it together and bake it again. So thank you Judy!

The 9 winning pies.

Me and my pie, with exhaustion setting in...but it was certainly a fun evening!!