Archive | March, 2012

Kale Chips

Yesterday Rand, Aunt MD and I strolled down to the farmers’ market and got some goodies, including a huge bag of Kale for $2.

So, last night we made some of these kale chips.  They were YUMMY!  Even Wes liked them…and has now decided that he loves kale.

(photos: Food Network)

You are welcome to stick to the recipe, but here’s what we did (after looking at several recipes):

  • We omitted the garlic and lemon
  • Washed the kale and made sure it was as dry as possible.
  • Rip off the spine so you just have the leaves.  Keep the pieces on the larger side because they shrink.
  • Put them on a baking sheet (or several sheets) and toss with a little bit of olive oil  (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Make sure the kale is not on top of other kale otherwise it will steam cook instead of roast/crisp up
  • Put in a 400-425 degree oven for 10-15 min.  This step depends on your oven.  Keep checking because it cooks really fast!!!  Some of the larger pieces I was able to flip over.
  • When the kale is crispy, take out and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt.  (I read in one recipe it helped to salt AFTER it cooked.
  • Put in a bowl and munch on while you cook dinner!
We were planning on having the kale chips as a side dish, but it cooked down so much, we ended up having as an appetizer before dinner.  It was perfect!
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Rand’s new favorite thing is swinging.

Yesterday Rand and I met Wes at the park for lunch.  After lunch, Rand did some serious swinging.  When we told him it was time to go, he started to cry.  Honestly, we were so surprised – crying when he doesn’t get his way is a brand new thing – we didn’t really know what to do!  So…we let him swing some more.   Eventually we did have to leave so we had to walk out of the park carrying a cute little boy with HUGE tears running down his cheeks.  It was so sad!

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Spring break

Wow – I can’t believe Spring is already here and Bubs is already 11 months old! Someone recently told me a baby’s first year goes the slowest of all the years ahead…oh no!

Yesterday we got some cute Easter decor (I’ve always been “holiday minimal” and my mother-in-law does her best to change that). Apparently she got this little dish at Michaels. It used to have more M&M’s in it…

And this Easter bunny rabbit, also from Michaels, is now in the foyer. Rand loves saying hi to it when we come and go.

In other Spring decor…these are some hot pink camellias we poached from our cousin’s new yard. We are so excited Brouck and Janie will be in Pinehurst for good in a few months!

Until lately, we’ve been spending lots of time outside, but the pollen has finally won out.

Bubs has spent lots of time in the tub lately too. Teething diapers are the worst. We have lost a few pairs of pjs and have taken a few less naps in the process. But we’ve survived so far.

This past weekend we went on a little “spring break” (i.e. a break from all this pollen!) ourselves to Austin, TX to visit Uncle James and Aunt Samantha.  In preparation for our trip, I’ve been watching THE ENTIRE SERIES of Friday Night Lights.

How did I miss this back when it was airing? While I admit that didn’t watch much tv pre-baby, I must have been living under a rock. While I wasn’t able to finish season 5 before we left, I’m down to 6 episodes (out of about 60!!!). I guess this is what happens when you have a child that goes to bed around 5:30 or 6pm every night and you can’t go anywhere.

Anyhow, more on FNL and TEXAS later…

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Catching up on phone pics

A few weeks ago on a rainy Friday, I took Rand to his first concert. We went to hear Homer Ferguson (friend and organist at Emmanuel Church) and Lydia Gill (friend and my former piano teacher!) perform in the “Bach’s Lunch” series at Emmanuel Episcopal in Southern Pines. It is a cool idea – you bring a bag lunch and sit in the pew and enjoy the music. Rand was on his best behavior until Ema and Bebo showed up with silly faces and a much tastier lunch in the pew behind us…then he wanted to go back and forth!

Saturdays have been filled with fun around here…but they usually begin with a big breakfast. One of Wes’ favorite things on the planet is breakfast at his mom’s house. A few weeks ago we took uncle Sam over to breakfast too. Here we all are in grandmommy’s closet – she has it all fixed up for her grandkids!

Grandmommy’s pancakes are good and she is always lots of fun…I think we may have begun a tradition that BOTH of my boys love now.

Last weekend Uncle James flew in for a whirlwind visit.  We had dinner over at Ema and Pops house.  Not sure what we used to sit around and do before Rand…

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Last weekend while uncle James was here we went to breakfast at the Track Restaurant in Pinehurst. Wes took Rand over to see the horses practicing.  I think Rand will love horses like his Ema does.
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Last but not least, we were so thankful we got to celebrate with Aunt Mary Devon getting “matched” with her 1st choice for her pediatric residency – Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC! Yay!!!!! This was our first choice too…since it is the closest to Pinehurst, of course. Photos of that celebration are on the REAL camera, so we’ll have to post em later.

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web surfing

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If you’re looking for us…we are probably outside…

Having lunch (getting messy practicing with a spoon…)


outdoor baths to rinse off all that yogurt

Soaking up the sun

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Whoever reads this is probably wondering where we have been.  I’m pretty sure it was January and then I blinked and now it’s March.  We’ve been up to so much I think I should just let the photos do most of the talking.

back in January…

Since it has been a pretty mild winter, we’ve been outside a lot.

In February, we celebrated Uncle Sam’s birthday…he is pretty good at blowing out the candles on 2 pies at once.


We hung out with Sam and Kristen a lot



We went to the park and did all kinds of new things like swinging in the kid swings


Cousin MJ is a pro when it comes to parks


I even took a little break from being the photographer


We had lots of play dates with friends.  Last week, Ryder turned 1 and I can’t believe I didn’t take any photos of his “Hungry Caterpillar” birthday party.  It was so darn cute.  I’ll have to see if I can find some photos for ya.



Stay tuned…I won’t be away for as long, I promise.

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Go to Harris Teeter Today

Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of my dad’s death and I thought I would maybe do a blog about him but I just wasn’t up to it so…instead I thought I’d tell you about a great deal at Harris Teeter.  If you go today (I think the sale ends tomorrow, but I’m not 100% sure…new deals begin on Wednesday and not sure if this will continue after today), print out 2 coupons (link below) for $1.85 off a Birds Eye Voila!

Currently they are B1G1 Free at Harris Teeter so that makes each one only .84 Cents (normally they are $5.38 each)!  Wes and I are able to get dinner for the two of us, plus lunch for me the next day out of 1 bag.  We really like the Garlic Chicken.  I can’t believe how good it is for the price and it only takes 10-13 min. to heat it up in a skillet (which also means you only have to wash 1 pan!)

Birds Eye Voila! 22oz for .84 cents!  FOR REAL.

Coupon -$1.85 off Birds Eye Voila product printable

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