Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lemon Turkey Recipe

Ingredients:1 whole Turkey (weight is dependant on how many servings are required)
1 large lemon, cut into halves
sprig of rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
butter or olive oil, whichever you prefer

Heat oven to 350 degrees Rub butter or oil over the skin of the turkey until it is completely coated. Take a knife and gently separate the skin from the breast meat. Slide lemon halves under the skin with the peel side up. This way the juice from the lemon will coat the breast. Season skin of the Turkey to your preference, and place sprig of rosemary into it. Cover and place in oven until done. Remove cover and continue to roast until juices run clear, basting every 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the bird. If you've followed these steps correctly, your Turkey should look like the one in the attached photo. Bon Appetite!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Punch of Reality

And another day begins. Swamped with homework today. I was thinking just yesterday that the end of the semester is December 2nd. How can that be? It has simply flown by. Almost immediately following that will be Christmas. Jinkies! Where did this year go?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The borer is out!

Me, in action!

Drama...Drama...Drama!

What a busy drama day and it's only 10:00am! So first, I watched the Real Housewives of Atlanta last night. I've followed them this whole season. Next week is going to be blow-out funny as heck! I hear a restraining order has been issued after the incidents from next week's episode. Anyway, after perusing the blogs this morning I decided to take the quiz to see which housewife you are and I am so happy to report that I am NeNe. She's my favorite person on the show with DeShawn in second. If you haven't watched this show before you simply must catch it. It's crazy!

So yesterday I got one of the bore tools stuck in the oak tree I was coring with the kids. I swear, if you could see the emails that are flying about this! I'm being told that it simply MUST get out of the tree because it's expensive (duh..even if it wasn't expensive I don't want to leave the thing in the tree) asking if I've tried this and that (short of standing on my head I've tried everything I can think of) and getting warnings about how to pull it out correctly (look, I just want it OUT and I didn't have problems the other 3 times I did it). There's absolutely no mention of how much the kids liked this lab or anything else. Seriously people, it's a BORER! I realize they are a couple of hundred dollars...I want it out TOO! Insane...simply insane.

I think the worst part of this issue is that now I feel constrained somehow. I feel like I've lost some gusto in working with the kids and I'm worried that something will happen and I'll be criticized. That's sad. These kids had a blast! We nearly froze to death outside (because it was like 20 degrees with wind chill) but each one of these kids took a turn on that borer and were so excited to turn it. Isn't that what this program is for?

I'm off to do homework now. I need to remove myself from the drama of it all.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's a PARTY!!

One of my favorite scrapbook people, Lain Ehmann, is coming out with a new book! It looks like it's going to be really hilarious. It doesn't have layouts for you to copy or anything like that. Instead, it's a book about us...those of us who scrapbook and understand how we can POSSIBLY spend $2.50 for a sheet of paper and not even blink an eye!

Here is the info: Giggle. Chortle. Maybe even LOL! Author Lain Ehmann visits the nuttier aspects of scrapbooking in a series of delightful essays exploring everything from getting started and making time for the hobby to stalking scrapbooking celebrities and yearning for a magazine worth scrapspace. Snippets makes a great stocking-stuffer and is perfect for gift-giving at any time of the year; Snippets is perfect for any scrapbooker from expert to novice. Find out how funny scrapbooking can be.

It is going to be hilarious if it's anything like this quote:

"We are not like everyone else. Not everyone else owns 12 different types of adhesive and knows how to use them."
- Lain Ehmann
My friends, how TRUE is that quote!?!? I've got at least 12...don't you?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thought for Today...

"You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?"

- Bob Moawad

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Peek Into Honor's Diary...

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Best Friend...

Hi All,

Honor here...Mom is in the shower and I thought I'd take a minute to post a picture of my new best friend. I've never had an inclination to sit in Mom's chair. The leather is always so cold on my tummy! That was, until tonight! LOOK what Mom got!!

I cannot even begin to describe to you the joys of her new electric blanket. It keeps my belly so nice and warm and makes me fall asleep so quickly.

Jinkies, Mom's coming....I'd better get down now....BYE!

Love,
HPL
P.S. Nanny, please send treats...I am fading away to nothing!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Still makes me laugh....

Been working all morning on an assignment for school. Honor is at my feet on the electric blanket. She continually tries to steal it from me....silly puppy!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Oh, so happy!

One of the requirements for the PhD program is to submit a proposal on what your intended project is and is usually approximately 20 pages long. I've had some of this proposal written but have been a little overwhelmed lately with other projects....and of course the fact that I can be lazy and would rather read a cookbook than a journal article some days. Last Thursday I set a self-imposed deadline that I would get this project finished and to my advisor by Monday morning.

So, yesterday I sat down at my computer....all day long, in fact....from 10am until 8pm...and have practically finished my proposal. Today I simply need to add one photo (of the slab that you see in the picture above), reread, and check for consistency. I'll give it to Colin in the morning for him to comment on and proof before it goes to the rest of my committee. Oh, and it ended up being 30 pages long....yes, 30!

I have been so blessed in my life's journey and have many things to be thankful for but today I am especially grateful for...

1. The luxury of being able to go to school full-time.
2. That I have an advisor who is encouraging and doesn't get frustrated with me.
3. That I will be able to hand said advisor a copy of the proposal tomorrow, thereby sticking to my word.
4. That I spoke with William yesterday and we made his plane reservations to come home for Christmas.
5. That Richard seems to be doing well in Wilmington.
6. For the Thai Green Curry I made for dinner the other night because I didn't have to cook today and could work on my project.
7. Tor the green tea and coffee that kept me awake and writing.
8. For you...yes, you...my family and friends who read this blog and leave me wonderful comments every so often. I wish I could give you a hug.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another Cades Cove Picture

This picture was taken by one of my classmates this weekend while I was at Cades Cove. We stood inside a primitive church and the light streamed in through the windows. The instructor had us stand near the window looking out. I'm so impressed with the whole illumination of the face....except that I see how really old I'm looking. Those are some serious lines on my face! I swear, why couldn't I look more like a movie star....haha.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Cades Cove Photos

Tonight was my last photography class for this semester. We had to bring 4 pictures to upload to the teacher's computer and the class critiqued them. Below are two of my four. The first is a basket of apples that were about to become apple butter. The teacher really liked this photo but thought a couple of the shiny spots on the apples could have been toned down a bit.

The picture below was taken at the first stop, Uncle Somebody's Cabin. What I like about this photo is that you can see right through the cabin! Notice the door on the left and if you look through it you can see the leaves on the other side of the house. Isn't that cool? The teacher really liked this shot as well, which was nice, because the teacher was a bit frustrated with me on this stop at Cades Cove. I had put the wrong lens on my camera and in order to get a shot of the house I had to practically get into the woods. I saw one of his helpers tell him that I had a telephoto lens on and he looked at me and shook his head. When I presented this photo tonight he couldn't believe I'd gotten such a good shot of the cabin and said he'd never noticed the door on that side before. Some of the other students wanted to know if I'd touched up some of the colors in the photo but I haven't. It's just a pretty picture.

I'll be taking the Fundamentals of Photography class that starts in February and am very much looking forward to it. This next class will focus more on composition, flash, etc. rather than just understanding the basics of your camera. I have learned a TON from this class and cannot wait to move on for more!! After that class I think I'll try to take the nature photography one, or maybe the portrait class. But no matter what I do I have to say that this has been the best $179 I have ever spend on a non-academic class.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008