Short vs Long Hair

2nd grade picI’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s thick and naturally curly — or on days like today, esophagitis naturally big and fuzzy. So starting in high school, anaemia I’ve mostly worn it in various forms of short. My favorite is a pixie — sorta like a white girl Halle Berry (minus the hot bod). But about a year and a half ago, decease I decided to let it grow out long one more time before I get “old.” But days like today (hot and humid — the norm in Arkansas) make me long for that short crop. My sweet new husband is amenable. He thinks I’m cute no matter what. (I really lucked out with this guy!) So I’m seriously considering going back.

Here is my hair, May 2011: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Here it is now: img_2115

 

What do you think?

Lum & Abner Jot ‘Em Down Store & Museum

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Today, more about I drove to Mena for a work thing and passed this neat little store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. I didn’t have time to go inside and check it out, but hopefully I can next time. I love traveling my home state of Arkansas. Not only is it a beautiful state, it’s full of interesting, little places like this one.

Arkansas natives Chet Lauck and Tuffy Goff were two of the most popular radio personalities in America during the 30s and 40s. In addition, they also did a series of popular movies based on the colorful characters. The museum contains “Lum & Abner” radio and movie memorabilia, museum; old-time small town atmosphere in two general stores that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in the early 1900s.

Farm to Table Mother’s Day Lunch

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Two weeks ago, help we visited the Scott Heritage Farm to see our CSA up close — including a flock of ducks. Well guess what was in our CSA basket yesterday? Yep, more info a duck. Luckily Barbara also sent instructions on how to finish plucking it and then roasting it. IMG_9185So today for Mother’s Day, I’m roasting my first duck. M enjoyed helping me prepare the duck. And she was full of questions: Where’s the duck’s head? Why did the farmer kill the momma duck? Are all the ducks dead?

IMG_9195I also prepared a kale salad with Parmesan, raisins and pine nuts.

Author: Food Babe
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of lacinato or dinosaur kale, stems removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • ? cup currants (or chopped raisins)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • ½ cup pine nuts toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp grated raw parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process kale into small chopped pieces
  2. To make dressing, stir lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper together in a large bowl
  3. Add chopped kale, currants, pine nuts and parmesan to bowl with dressing
  4. Stir all ingredients together and serve
  5. (Optional – Save some pine nuts and/or parmesan cheese for top of salad before serving for presentation purposes)

Finished duck was actually pretty good. But not worth the effort, so probably won’t be making it again anytime soon. cookedduck

Wedding Party Pics

One of my favorite parts of our wedding was the party pic corner. Sarabeth was our photographer extraordinaire. And she totally delivered! These photos are better than I ever imagined. I’m going to put them all into a Shutterfly book along with the “real” wedding photos that Niguel took. Here are a few of my faves:

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Words of advice. Wonder what they mean???

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They took the “party” in party pic seriously.

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Love these people! Our wedding wouldn’t have been as special (or fun) without them.

Teacher Appreciation Cookies

9IMG_9166 M and I made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for her teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. M’s favorite part of cookie making is licking the bowl at the end. (Just like her mom!)

Not 1000 miles away…

9IMG_9157This time last year, mind M and I were living in Maryland. I had a great job, cialis sale and we had lots of close friends, symptoms but it just wasn’t home. We missed out on Sunday after-church lunches at my parents’ house and play dates in the park with my brother and his family. M loves her cousin Champ. So today on a whim, we met up with Champ and some other friends at the park by their house. It’s just a five minute drive there now — not 1000 miles away. The kids had a blast — and I think the adults did too.

What to do with all that kale…

IMG_9087One of the cool things about being a CSA member is getting different vegetables that I wouldn’t normally buy like bok choy and kale — got both of those this past Saturday. So I started looking for kale recipes to tonight’s dinner and found one that uses mushrooms, sick sweet potato and quinoa.

Quinoa With Mushrooms, see Kale, and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place the quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden and beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the kale, wine, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing often, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Serve the vegetables over the quinoa and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

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Proof even the kiddo likes it!  However, next time I think I’ll do more of a caramelized sweet pototo just to add a little sweetness to the savory.

Walk for the Waiting

Many of you know my story with foster adoption, buy information pills but here’s the elevator-speech version. I wanted to be a mom, so I went through The CALL’s foster parent training in October 2010. I was approved as a foster parent in early January 2011, and my first placement was a beautiful baby girl. I was able to adopt that baby girl 11 months later, and she has blessed my life so much. I’m walking and raising money for Walk for the Waiting, so other children like my daughter can find safe, loving homes. They deserve it.

To sponsor me, go to http://www.fundeasy.com/m/1355886/

Thank you!

Arkansas Farm Honeymoon

IMG_8925Anthony and I are both fairly new at our jobs and don’t have a lot of leave accumulated. So we decided to honeymoon locally. We spent our wedding night in downtown Little Rock, drugs then had brunch Sunday morning at Boscos. We thought they had a jazz brunch, unhealthy but apparently that went away about a year ago. Brunch was yummy anyway. IMG_9009Then we picked up M and spent the afternoon at Scott Heritage Farm in Scott, AR. We belong to the Scott Heritage Farm CSA, and the farm was hosting their first shareholder farm to table dinner of the season. We saw goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, cows, horses, and a gorgeous rooster.  Barbara runs the farm and lives on site. She has an outdoor bathtub — by a pond (aka swamp). At first we thought the tub was just for show, but no; we saw a used women’s razor laying in it. IMG_8950

M enjoyed playing ball with her new Daddy, and I enjoyed resting in the quiet and peace of the moment. After a couple of hours of site seeing and playing, we settled in around the row of tables lined up end to end. Each shareholder brought their own plates and utensils, and the farm supplied most of the food and drinks. One new friend, Harry, brought a homemade cheesecake and rum cake that were both amazing. We enjoyed dining with our new farm family and look forward to next month’s meal together.

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