Getting Ready for Christmas

More catching up from December.
Uncle Brad came one night and helped decorate the Christmas tree:

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He even got to help EJ put the angel at the top of the tree:

From December_2008

I stayed home with sick kids one day, and put Birdy to work as my own, personal wrapping-paper making sweatshop. She did a FANTASTIC job and the wrapping paper was a hit!

From December_2008

Then there was a visit to Father Christmas- he somehow knew everything about EJ:

From December_2008

Birdy liked to look at him, and point and say “Santa” but would NOT get close to him AT ALL:

From December_2008

EJ also performed in her preschool program and did a great job and was rewarded with a candy cane:

From December_2008

January 28, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

A Mystery Decoded- Sort Of

I like food- alot.  That means I also like to cook and watch cooking shows.  Lately on the “watch someone else travel and eat yummy food” shows it seems there have been several instances of a beloved southern meal of fried chicken and waffles.

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I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this dish (I know, I’m crazy).  As you can see from the picture, it isn’t chicken strips, it is chicken “on the bone”. So are they meant to be eaten together like you would take a bite of chicken and eat it with a bite of creamy polenta?  Are they totally seperate? Do you pour syrup over the whole thing- fried chicken included?  Who the heck came up with this dish? 

So, my blog public, I turned to my old friend, Wikipedia for answers.  Turns out, this dish has a long history- particularly among the African-American slaves in the “olden days”.  They would typically get leftovers and waffles at that time were a great novelty and they rarely got fried chicken.  So it apparently became a special occasion meal for them and, later, many families would have a hearty breakfast of chicken and waffles before church. Now there are a couple of restaurant chains that specialize in the dish.

So that answers a lot of my questions, but I still don’t know- do you pour the syrup on the chicken?  Based on my intense 30 scanning of pictures on Google images, I’m going to say no. But perhaps it is like eating bacon or sausage with your waffles- some people don’t mind or even enjoy the mixing of maple and meat.

January 25, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Two Birthdays…

So I’m playing catchup for the month of December. Christmas update is coming, but I wanted to share some pics of DMP and Uncle Brad’s birthday parties.

Putting sprinkles on Daddy’s cake.

From December_2008

The finished product

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Blow out the candles!

From December_2008

Uncle Brad’s Turn (Different cake, same pan!)

From December_2008

January 24, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

Blog Party!!!!

From DMP_Diploma

It finally happened and late last week, it became official- DMP received his diploma making him an official College Graduate. It only took 8 years and 5 schools and who knows how many majors- but he did it!!!

I’m so very, very, very proud of him. Because of his anxiety, school was a much harder road for him than it is for others. He stuck with it and I think he got WAY more out of his degree than I did (not to mention better grades).

I wanted to throw a big party to celebrate him and this accomplishment, but DMP wouldn’t let me. HOWEVER, he was OK with a blog party, so feel free to de-lurk and leave a comment with congrats or whatever!

January 21, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Apologies

My apologies to my faithful reader, Kate, and anyone else who is still with me on this whole blog thing. December was really lame around here. I loaded up some slightly amusing EJ pictures thinking that I’d fill in with amusing holiday tales and whatnot.

With DMP having finals and graduating, Christmas planning and execution, and other holiday-related stuff, I didn’t have the time to write anything.

But, dear reader(s), I’m back. I’ll be posting tomorrow and it will be awesome, I promise!

January 20, 2009. Uncategorized. 3 comments.