March 30, 2011

Up to our Eyeballs in Lemons

One of the things we've had in our kitchen thanks to my cousin Bill and his families orchard.
One of the things we made with all of these lemons was lemon bars. They were easy, and kind of pretty but they didn't taste very good : ( We did, however, have lemon meatballs, lemon cranberry muffins and lemon fish which were all tasty. I think tomorrow will be lemon curd and lemonade, then who knows. We also tested out an indoor pulled pork recipe which was delish. Even Frankie agreed, he was sneaking bites before dinner.
The weather has also gotten BEAUTIFUL!! So during the day, while the girls are at school, we've been hanging outside a lot! I am looking forward to having the girls home so we can have some serious water fights.

This is what we have to work with next, any ideas???

Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

March 19, 2011

Garden Time!

It's warming up here in the valley of the sun, which means it's time to start planting my garden. My petunias and snapdragons take care of themselves and they have been very pretty this week!
I've also decided to not give up on carrots. I've never had much luck getting big enough carrots to amount to anything but I planted a carnival blend and amended the soil with chicken pellets and voila, enough for dinner : )
This is the least interesting to look at now but it's the thing I'm most excited about. I've dedicated an entire box to the squash family this year and have planted 3 heirloom varieties. One of them is a winter squash, a blue hubbard. The other two are mini zucchini's and patty pan squash as well as a regular crook-neck squash. Hopefully they will do well as my hopes are through the roof! I've also planted four different varieties of tomato. A moon and stars watermelon which I'm excited about. Two varieties of eggplant, two of okra and a couple peppers. I will finish with my planting tomorrow with peas and beans and anything else I may have forgotten about.
We also FINALLY took Frank for a ride on the Anthem choo choo train. Ma'am was here so she got to share in the experience. Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

March 1, 2011

My Oscar Favorites

So I've read several places that Amy Adams dress was not well liked, however she was one of my favorites. I think the style is a bit of a departure from her norm and I love the jewelry she wore with it. I think she is sparkly and sleek at the same time. (Obviously I got this picture from Just Jared, so thanks)
I LOVED Natalie Portman's dress/look. She certainly makes pregnancy look good! I was also soo happy that she won the Oscar. My mom and I saw the Black Swan over Christmas break and she gave me chills. It's a very clever story and her transformation into the black swan is phenomenal, it's spooky!! If you haven't seen it yet you should, but not with your kids, trust me on that : )
I couldn't be happier for Christian Bale either. I haven't seen The Fighter yet but he has been one of my favorite actors for a very long time. He's brilliant in every movie he does and if someone deserves to be recognized for their talent, it's him. I also think Sibi, his wife, is very pretty and I like her sparkly dress too.
Anywho, I hope all is well! XOXO -Amber