in griffin's words, "this is Bwyce - he's my best fwiend."
Saturday, October 30, 2010
in griffin's words, "this is Bwyce - he's my best fwiend."
Friday, October 29, 2010
Avery's class at school had a Halloween Parade today. Everyone dressed up and they paraded through the church and school. Avery is such a ham - she played shy for about 2 seconds and then did the "beauty queen wave" the rest of the time!
Monday, October 25, 2010
All of us absolutely loved doing this when we were little. What kid doesn't like playing in the mud??? And we would get so excited when we found rubies, arrowheads, quartz, gold, and all sorts of "precious gems" in our buckets! I even remember my friend Lauren and I going door to door to the different cabins trying to sell our goods! This was the first year in a while that we went ruby mining - we took all the little kids and they loved it!
This weekend was the 47th annual McBrayer Family mountain trip. Can't believe we've been doing this for so long. I have only "missed" once in my 32 years! Now that's tradition! Each of us have so many memories of Nantahala Village and the times spent there with family. Its impossible not to reminisce or get a little nostalgic every year when we're there. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and am thrilled that now my kids and husband get to experience it too.
These guys were great little play mates. (Addie, Avery, Griffin). Here we are in Cherokee enjoying a treat from the fudge/candy shop. Cherokee is full of treasures (AKA - JUNK!) - but the kids loved picking out a treat. Avery got a necklace and some really cheap plastic musical instruments and Griffin picked some magnetic rocks. I had a whole collection of Indian dolls and precious moments dolls that I bought in Cherokee as a little girl, as well as rings, jewelry, and taffy!
Uncle Hoot and Griffin got to be big buds - always "putting their dukes up", rough housing and chasing each other. Here is a shot of Uncle Hoot entertaining Graham too. He had Graham laughing!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Avery's preschool class had a field trip today - we went to Green Acres Farm in Cary.
The kids enjoyed seeing some cows and hearing the real "moo" sound. We took a bumpy hayride around some fields.
Then we spent about 30 minutes wandering through a massive corn maze - good thing Ms. Jenn knew which way was out! The kids payed more attention to collecting ears of corn than to the maze itself! After the corn maze, we had a yummy snack and then some play time. There was a big sandbox, 2 inflatable jump houses, a swing set, a "milkable cow," a huge tower of hay bales to climb on, and lots of tractors to play on.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Southwestern Chicken Soup
1 12oz jar salsa Verde
3 cups cooked chicken pieces (rotisserie or leftovers work well)
1 15 oz can cannellini beans
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp ground cumin
2 green onions, chopped
Sour cream and tortilla chips if desired
Empty the salsa into a large saucepan. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat and then add chicken, beans, broth, cumin. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Top each bowl with green onions, sour cream, and chips.
I serve this with cornbread. I also add an additional can of beans to make it heartier.
Beef and Barley Soup
1 lb beef tenderloin roast ( I use whatever meat is on sale that week) cut into ¾ inch cubes
2 TBSP olive oil
2 cups chopped carrot
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 TBSP minced garlic
6 cups beef stock/broth
½ cup tomato puree (or whatever tom. product you have on hand – puree, sauce, etc )
¼ dry red wine
1 tsp crushed thyme
Salt/pepper to taste
1 cup quick cooking barley
Fresh parsley and basil if desired
In a 4 quart pan, brown half of the meat in hot oil over medium high heat. Remove meat from pan. Add remaining meat, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until meat is brown and onion is tender. Return all meat to pan.
Stir in beef stock, tomato puree, wine, thyme, salt, pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley. Reduce heat. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes or until meat/veggies are tender. Stir in parsley and basil.
The wine in this gives lots of flavor and its very filling.
1 ½ lbs ground beef
2 large potatoes, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
Salt/pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder to taste
2 onions, thinly sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can condensed tomato soup
3 cups water
Beef bouillon (a cube)
Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook until evenly browned. Drain and set aside.
Place potatoes in a layer to cover the bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle celery over potatoes. Cover with ground beef. Add remaining veggies and seasonings. Mix together the soup, water, and bouillon and pour over the top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
I may have posted this one before...not sure....but its really good and manly!!
I love to try some of your favorite soup recipes as well!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
After the first bite came oozing out of his mouth ever-so-slowly, I was reminded of why I was just now starting this!!
Overall, I think he did pretty well with his first "solids." He seemed to like it once he got use to the texture. Up next, maybe some pears?
Monday, October 4, 2010
Yesterday afternoon we went to Ganyard Hills Farms (http://www.ganyardhillfarm.com/) with the medical alliance (our playgroup friends). This was our first trip out there and it was well worth it. We played hard for 2 hours and could have stayed much longer! We had beautiful, cool fall weather so it was perfect for pumpkin pickin'!
There were a lot of activities for the kids. Avery's favorite was this huge "corn box" - I guess its the equivalent of a sandbox for farm kids! She filled her shirt, her socks, buried herself in it...loved every minute of it!!
my littlest man!
Both of the kids loved these big slides...really they were just huge, plastic drainage pipes held up by bales of hay! It was a bumpy ride down...
This was Griffin's favorite thing. Not sure what its even called - but you put in an ear of corn and crank it and all the kernels come off....
HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Griffin Patrick, 2 years and 11 months old
Graham Charles, 5 1/2 months old