The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and Cooking through My Grief

Taking it one recipe at a time. 2013 will be mainly focused on "The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook," by Dinah Bucholz, and how doing what I love, cooking, being with my family and reading Harry Potter will help me process my grief associated with loosing my 3 week old daughter, Ruby, on November 18th, 2011.
Join me for a "culinary magical masterpiece" throughout 2013!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Twitter Toes

I have a friend who is a toe artist! Really! What a unique talent to have! I can honestly say that she may be my only toe artist friend! Anyway's, she does an adorable, amazing job, and is very creative. So, if you have been looking at your toes tucked into your flip flops and feel that they are looking a little bit boring and drab, check out this website and get in touch with Mindy! She will definitely dress up your toes, your kids toes even your Mom's and Grandma's toes if you would like. She also does birthday parties, parties and private toe sessions. Go to this website and feast your eye's and some beautiful toe artistry!

Monday, July 19, 2010

The "OH CRAP!!!" Mommy Moment

This moring I ran around our house grabbing stuff and throwing it in the car so I could go spend the day with my Mom and baby. Finally, much later then I would have liked I carried my baby out to the car in the garage, placed my keys on the floor next to the door, buckled in the baby, gave her her sippy cup and a snack then shut the door and heard a "Beep." My heart stopped beating and "Oh Crap!!!" was my next thought. I forgot to grab my car keys and when I shut the door it had somehow jabbed the lock button. Now, my baby was locked inside the car, with no open windows or doors and no extra keys for me to get her out with. To make matters even worse, my cell phone was also locked in the car.
I quickly ran to my neighbors praying that someone was home so I could call someone for help. Through pure luck and blessings from above my neighbor was home and quickly came over and helped me attempt to open the car. I was able to use his cell phone to call my Husband, who called another neighbor who is a car mechanic and had the tools for breaking into a car to see if he could come over. 15 minutes later I had two men working on trying to get the car unlocked, while I was playing peek-a-boo with my adorable baby who had no idea about what was going on. As the clock kept ticking and I was watching my baby start to sweat and get miserable being in her car seat our neighbor finally said he was just going to have to break the window because we needed to get the baby out. So, finally after about 30 min. of trying to not do damage to the car and rescue the baby the glass window was broken, the car alarm was going off and I was sobbing. My neighbor climbed through the car and unlocked the back door and I quickly rescued Rose from the car. She was red faced, hot, sweaty and thirsty, but other than that every thing looked good. My neighbor brough over his shop vac and cleaned up all of the glass for me so that I could moniter Rose and make sure that she was all right. I am sooooooooo grateful today for awesome neighbors who took the time to rescue my baby girl from the car!!!!!!!!!!
I did take Rose to the Doctors just to make sure that everything is ok and we were thankfully sent home after a thorough checkup, and knowing that everything was all right.
I was told that if this would have happened in a parking lot or outside of the garage then breaking the car window quickly would be the best thing to do since cars heat up almost instantly in the heat of the Sun! So, do you have anything in your purse or wallet to be able to break into or out of your car if you were in a "Oh Crap!" situation. I honestly thought and believed that I would never lock my baby in the car because I am an attentive loving Mother, but it turns out that sometimes things just happen and it is best to just be prepared for the situation when it arises!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Family Vacation 2010

I had every good intention of writing every day on my blog about the absolutely AMAZING vacation we were on. But, it turns out that it was so amazing I didn't really take the time to sit down every night and write about here is the shorter version of our
"Family Vacation 2010!"

So Romantic!

Our Destination was "Destin, Florida." We stayed in a mansion home (really, it was huge!) my in-laws did a great job at finding one that would fit 20 bodies comfortably. We had access to two swimming pools and the ocean was a short 5 minutes or less walk away. It was AWESOME!!! Ok, so if you can't tell I love the ocean and the pool. It was like living in Heaven for a whole week!
-My Husband and I LOVE body boarding and there were some awesome waves that we were able to ride onto the shore line!

-We went snorkeling one of the days, which was fun in that I was able to put on the funny looking snorkeling gear with my hubby and explore the shallow ocean fish. They also had Kayaks that we had access too. We had a blast putting the baby on the kayak and paddling around. This was actually my favorite part of the whole snorkeling excursion! The not so cool thing about it is that we paid $60 for this snorkel trip and they took us to a reef that we could have driven to ourselves and there were no exotic, cool fish to feast our eyes on.

-Our last full day there we rented a pontoon boat and a wave runner. It was soooooo fun! I think everyone should experience riding across the bay, going 40 mph on a wave runner, while ocean water is spraying on their about exhilarating!

The vacation was over, much quicker than we had hoped! Luckily the memories and the pictures will forever be remembered and viewed!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

I am on vacation in Florida right now with my Husbands family. So far it has been a blast! Tonight we were able to go out on the beach and watch fireworks going off all around us. It was seriously a very awesome experience. This is something that needs to go on everyone list of lifetime experiences that need to be had before you are too old to enjoy them! I am so grateful to be an American citizen. I am so grateful for the freedom and life that I live. We truly are all very, very blessed!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canker Sores and Baking Soda

I periodically get canker sores that show up out of no where and seem to want to stay forever. I had heard somewhere that if you put baking soda on your canker sore it will go away quicker. So, this week after I tried every other method to make it go away I went back to the old faithful wives tale of using baking soda. I put just a bit of it on the sore, tried not to make to nasty of a face and within minutes the pain was gone. When it started to hurt again within the hour I did it again. That was yesterday. This morning when I woke up my lip wasn't pulsing and I could eat my breakfast. The intense irritation is gone. It is wonderful!!! So the next time you get a canker sore(if you are so unlucky as to get them) remember to pull out the baking soda first thing and keep it on it. The Soda will help eat it away and return your lips, gums or wherever you get them back to normal with in a few short days! It is much better then suffering for weeks waiting out the annoyance of the canker sore!