Monday, October 27, 2008

Sound of Suwannee

Cheryl over at Diary of a crazy lady had asked about a video of the band. So, I thought I would link to a video of one of their performances over at you tube. Hope you enjoy! Not too bad for only about 50 members!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Men in uniform. . . .

Why is it that we of the female race always fall for the guys that are in uniform? Be it army, navy, football, baseball, gas station attendant, etc.. Ok maybe NOT the gas station attendant but you do have to admit they looked pretty snazzy in the 50's. Anyway I thought I would share a few pics of my "men in uniform". So what if they happen to live in my house and both just recently celebrated their 15th birthdays! I think the band geek looks absolutely stunning in his Sound of Suwannee get-up and my navy geek looks pretty spiffy in his ROTC dress blues. Oh quit rolling your eyes! You know you are all jealous! :o)

Go Bulldogs!

I just wanted to give a shout-out to the Sound of Suwannee Marching Bulldogs. I may be biased since my oldest is a trumpet player in the band but I couldn't help bragging on their recent accomplishments. The band has recently qualified again for the State Competition being held in St. Petersburg in November. And, just yesterday received Superior ratings from the Florida Marching Band Association! That is a feat that has not be achieved in over a decade! Hmm, now let me step up on my soap box and say that maybe now the school board will actually allocate some real money to fund the band program especially since they seem to be doing much better than the football team that they're playing music for! :o)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Household Helpers. . . . .

Well here are this week's helpers. I can't wait to try out the pizza helper. . . . .

  • Applying mud to a bee sting will take away the sting.
  • When reheating a slice of pizza, run the bottom under the faucet. This will cause a small amount of steam to form in the microwave keeping the crust from getting hard.
  • Use applesauce instead of oil when baking. This will cut down on the fat content.
  • Dab perfume on a light bulb to scent a room.
  • Use empty toilet paper rolls to store appliance cords. They are kept nice and tidy and you can label the roll to tell what appliance the cord goes to.
  • Candles last longer if put in the freezer for about 3 hours prior to burning.
  • Headache cure: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Hope you enjoy these and find on that works for you.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Useless Info. . . .

Ok I know you all have been missing this post especially. Just can't get through your day without another tidbit of useless info can you? :o)

  • Snickers is America's favorite candy bar.
  • The banana tree is actually an herb, not a tree.
  • Barney Fife's middle name was Oliver.
  • The average dollar bill has a lifespan of 18 months.
  • The shark in the movie "Jaws" was nicknamed Bruce.
  • The average person spends a total of about 2 years on the phone during their lifetime.
Yes, I know how did you ever live without knowing the above facts!

Question of the week. . . .

Sorry for the vacation everyone........not really a vacation just a bunch of stuff going on.

Anyhow, the last Question of the week showed that the 80's won out as the popular decade. Since the holidays are fast upon us I thought I would highlight a favorite holiday fare of mine. Dessert! Yep, you all know that the real reason you show up at Grandma's is for the scrumptious homemade (or store-bought) lovehandle makers otherwise known as dessert. I know there are hundreds that I could have put as a choice but I thought I would stick with the traditional pie. So, which is your favorite? Pumpkin, apple, pecan, cherry, or are you weird an like a different flavor? Hmmm, so many choices so little pieces!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fav food of the week shoutout. . . .

This week I thought I would share with everyone the perfect recipe for roast beef. It happens to be the personal recipe of legendary comedian Gracie Allen.

1 large roast beef
1 small roast beef

Put both in oven and bake. When the small roast burns the large roast is finished!

And who said you needed meat thermometers?

P.S. I have figured out the perfect use for the small roast. When the hubby starts complaining about what a stupid recipe this is, throw it at him! :o)

Gnarly, Groovy, and everything in between. . . . .

This week has been homecoming at the middle school and the girls have been going full out all week. Monday was bling bling day, Tuesday was nerd day, and yesterday was decade day. The girl's had to dress appropriately for the decade that corresponded with their grade. So, Meghan being in 8th had to dress for the 80's and Brenna being in 6th the 60's. I can't say about the 60's but Meg's outfit sure did bring back memories for me! Both were so excited about their outfits and I think they both looked awesome all the way down to their sunglasses!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cold & Flu season. . . .

Well we all know that with the lovely coolness in the air that we all so enjoy also comes an enemy hiding beneath the cool night air. Yep, unfortunately along with those pleasant evenings also comes cold and flu season. I was nebbin (don't ask) through one of my fav mags the other day and saw a very good article on ways to stave off germs and keep yourself flu free. I thought I would post a few.

  • Pen - keep one with you and use it to sign credit card receipts or filling out checks for those pre-holiday purchases. Just think, when you use a pen that hundreds of others have used before you, you just might also be latching onto the cold or flu bug left behind by someone else.
  • Plain old soap & water - use regularly to keep the bugs away. Believe it or not after a Naval Health Research Center study required Navy recruits in Illinois to wash their hands at least five times a day, they had 45% fewer cases of respiratory illness.
  • Paper towels - you all know that the number of people that actually wash their hands after using a public bathroom is probably a lot lower than what people say. So, avoid touching germs left behind by using a paper towel to turn off the faucet after washing your hands and also use a paper towel to open the door on your way out.
  • Flu shot - I know that if you poll 10 people the number of yeas and nays will probably be split down the middle. These shots are especially important for those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart, anemia, kidney, or lung disease. If you are unsure if you yourself should have a flu shot, by all means discuss this with your Doctor.
  • Hand Sanitizer - this is great when you can't wash your hands. The key is to use a "sanitizer" and not just an "antibacterial". The difference is sanitizers kill bacteria and antibacterial only prevents them from growing.
I hope some of these little tidbits will help each and everyone keep the cold & flu bug away!

Question of the week. . . .

Well, last week everyone pretty much agreed that it was the hint of coolness in the air that signified the start of Fall.

Today the girl's had to dress for the decade that went along with their grade level. For instance Brenna who is in 6th had to dress for the 60's and Meg who is in 8th the 80's. Since I am reliving that past in my house this week, I thought I would let it funnel over to this week's question. So here goes.

What was "your" decade?

  • 60's
  • 70's
  • 80's
  • Other
Personally mine was the 80's I suppose if you're talking about my teen years. Or, you could say it was the 90's since that is when I became a Mom. It's really personnel preference. So, what's your decade?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Revenge of the Nerds. . . . .

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again. This morning two of the nerdiest girls I have ever seen showed up at my house. It seems that it was "nerd" day at the middle school and my girls decided to go all out. I thought their outfits were a scream all the way down to the homemade retainers. Although their brothers took their lives into their own hands when they accused them of looking normal. The funny thing is is that the clothes the girls were wearing came out of their brother's closet! Hmmmm, quite interesting huh?

Household Helpers

I thought I would share some household helpers that I found in one of my favorite magazines this week, all * you. Hmmm, that might be a good excuse to use with the hubby for a subscription.

  • Baby Shampoo - use it to wash makeup brushes. Put a drop on the bristles and lather. Rinse well, then blot with a cloth.
  • Cotton Swabs - place a few in the bottom of your cosmetics bag. They absorb spills and powders, replace frequently.
  • Toothbrush - use an old clean toothbrush to scrape mascara buildup off your eyelash curler.
  • Baby wipes - remove blush, powder, or other kinds of stains on your makeup case with a wipe.
  • Rubbing alcohol - fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spritz some on an unused cosmetics pad. It will clean makeup residue off lipstick containers, compacts, lip-pencil sharpeners, eye-makeup applicators and other beauty tools.
Look at it this way if you only implement 2 of these tips think of the money you'd spend on replacing your make-up! Although the reason I have to keep replacing mine is the fact that two girls who shall remain nameless (Meghan & Brenna) seem to keep taking mine!