Alton Brown in Alabama

I won’t show you the photo of yours truly meeting Mr. Brown to spare myself the embarrassment and lack of photogenic-ness to the world but He was fabulous and really nice, Lulu-Pea had a great time and our afternoon looked a bit like this:

 Okay this is a photo of her eating not so good spice/cold shrimp from another famous chef.

 And that’s Lulu getting my cookbook signed to well to herself after she told Alton that her Mommy makes the best chocolate chip cookies because of him. (The Good Eats episode on cookies is a must see)

It was wonderful and yes Alton is pint sized now but still has a big heart. Thanks A.B. we had an awesome time hangin’ and you Rock!

Food and friends

Can you believe what I found on my front step yesterday, gorgeous home grown greens and color basket of fruit  and thanks to one of my sweetest friends who gave me advice, brought me herbs and helped me start on my veggie garden, double thanks!

 Oh no! looks like we have a banana fingers around here.

 We made the best lettuce and spinach and I think some kale sandwiches for dinner unanimously approved with 5 thumbs up and followed by oranges for dessert. There’s some happy and healthy tummies.

Now I’m off to meet Alton Brown at the Dauphin Island Gumbo cook-off this afternoon, how crazy of a foodie fan am I? We’ll have to wait and see but I do consider him my chocolate chip cookie hero and who else can make people want to ferment cabbage under their kitchen and eat sauerkraut.

Food Fridays: Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake

I just thought it would be awesome for the Peas to wake up and to the smell of these.

It’s a really simple and delicious breakfast treat all you’ll need is:

One box of Krusteaz Fat Free Cranberry Orange Muffin Mix
1 cup of Water
1/4 cup of Craisins
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
2 TBS of Butter
1 tsp of Cinnamon
a handful of White Chocolate Chips (optional)

In a large bowl hand mix with a whisk 3/4 of the muffin mix, water, craisins and white choco chips pour into a square 8×8 pan. Then in a small bowl mix the rest of the muffin mix, brown sugar, softened butter,  cinnamon with your hand then sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and serve with coffee.

The kiddos had the biggest smile at breakfast .

The Fairy House…

All Fairies Welcome

 Lulu-pea has been talking and talking about build a fairy house for the garden fairies for practically her whole life and it was completed today!

 Stick walls with a moss roof, azalea flower chimney and camellia petal bed, it turned out just perfect, there should be a lot of happy little people Fairies tonight.

Wacky Wednesday’s Experiment

 All you’ll need is to have vinegar in an old soda bottle, use a funnel to pour the baking soda and once it starts to bubble stretch a balloon over the bottle opening and ……

 watch as the chemical reaction fills up the balloon. The more vinegar  and baking soda you use the more pressure that will build up to inflate your balloon.

Swing low, swing hi!

 This is sooooo much fun!!!!! Thanks Mommy!

 Should I bother to tell them that I still need to cut the out the wood, drill holes attach the seat for the swing or let them be they just seem to enjoy swinging on the rope a whole lot.

And it seems someone had a hard time taking turns sharing today. But isn’t she cute.

So happy together

This is my child smiling like she’s the happiest girl in the world because she got to meet Gingy but actually that is the aren’t you jealous of me smile to her sister who has this weird obsession with gingerbread people. Oh, sisterly love. We think Gingy might have eaten a person by the look of this photo.