Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rainforest Cafe!!

On Saturday night we took our kids and their cousin Natalie to the Rainforest Cafe in Gurnee, IL. The drive was only an hour away and they had a blast!!

The biggest hit was getting light up cups they got to take home! Caroline said she wants to go again soon.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Warm Weekend!!

We finally had some warm weather here in Wisconsin for the first time this summer. With the temperatures in the low 90's today.
For me this is summertime weather and I really don't mind the heat. It reminded me of our trip to Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia a few years ago.

We spent a few days there together with my parents.

It also reminded me of the Mary Kay Andrews book Savannah Breeze. In the book is a cocktail recipe for a Blue Breeze. My Dad made it for us one night on Tybee and with the weather being so warm it sounded so good tonight that we bought the ingredients and mixed two to enjoy tonight.
Hmm...maybe moving south where it is warmer year round might not be a bad idea!

Blue Breeze Cocktail
Pour into cocktail shaker:

4 ounces lemonade
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce blue curacao

Shake, pour over tall glass of cracked ice, top with seltzer, and stir. Garnish with lime slice and 3-4 blueberries threaded on a cocktail pick.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Currant Muffins...yum!

We are doing a CSA this year, as I'm mentioned before. The past two times we got produce there was currants in our box. I had never had a current before and wasn't even sure what to do with them!

I went on-line and found a recipe for Currant Blueberry Muffins. I didn't have any blueberries so I just used the currants I had.

Surprisingly all the kids like them!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dancing Girls

Brian and I were cleaning one day and listening to Abba. Julia started dancing and Sarah Grace had to join in the fun!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Grandfather's Clock

Do you ever have those toys from your childhood that you remember and love? I think the toy companies have figured that out and are now bringing back some of our favorites.
My parents still The Teaching Clock I had when I was a child.

Today when I was at Target I saw the clock and had to get it for Sarah Grace. She loves it!!
I remember as a child driving to Wisconsin Dells, where my Mom
and Aunt Chris were raised and singing this song over and over.

And the lyrics for those that are interested (not the happiest of songs, but the memory is for me):
My Grandfather's Clock
My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
It was always his treasure and pride;
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
In watching its pendulum
Swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy;
And in childhood and manhood
The clock seemed to know,
And share both his grief and his joy.
And it struck twenty-four
When he entered at the door,
With a blooming and beautiful bride;
My grandfather said
That of those he could hire,
Not a servant so faithful he found;
For it wasted no time,
And had but one desire,
At the close of each week to be wound.
And it kept in its place,
Not a frown upon its face,
And its hand never hung by its side.
It rang an alarm
In the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb;
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming his flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time,
With a soft and muffled chime,
As we silently stood by his side.
I have to say, I don't remember all those verses! :)