Tuesday, August 25, 2009
He wouldn't bend his knees the whole time. I even stopped and showed him how. We walked feet first through the neighborhood!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Here's some fun pics of Cason in his new jumperoo. I tried to put something under it because he was too short but I figured out how to lower it.
-- Post From My iPhone
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Here is the straight out of the camera shot. Pretty good right? I think I can make it look more appetizing than that!
Here is the altered photo. I found some places that have photoshop "actions". They are presets that take a lot of the work out of altering photos so I can't claim all of the touching up myself, I just made a few minor adjustments.
And the bowl of cherries before. Looks pretty good. In fact, when i saw how it turned out I was pretty impressed with my picture taking ability. But I couldn't resist the urge to see what it would look like after a photoshop tool or two.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Today was cherry day. Every week I check the grocery ads through Grocery Game (more on that later) and this week Cherry's and Plums were on sale. I love sales so I grabbed a big bag of each and got started. How hard can Cherry's be, anyways? They are so cute and yummy!
Here's the beautiful bowl of cherries ready to be de-seeded. I grabbed the knife and began the process.
This is how many I did before I realized this would be harder than it looked.... and messier! I had to cut each cherry in half around the pit and twist it open, then remove the pit... then get the pits in one bowl and the cherries in another- sounds like a simple step but if i mixed it up even once, that little pit could cause some problems when it got into the food processor. Since a friend had recently sliced her finger open with a sharp object I was extra careful with the knife!
This is what my hands looked like when I was done. I think I still have purple under my nails. Yuck!
Whew, empty bowl... finally.
And the beautiful cherries ready to be chopped up.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I love August for many reasons: my birthday, the season premiere of Psych, and Restaurant Week! Every year restaurants around the metroplex participate to offer a special deal to those who can't afford to eat at extravagant places all the time. There's more info HERE, but I'll tell you the basics. For $35 you get a 3 course dinner at places that typically cost more than that. I like to go to as many places as I can afford each year because it's the only time all year we eat this good.
Last week it was Grace Restaurant in Fort Worth. I didn't even know about this place until I saw the restaurant week locations. It's relatively new and in the bottom of the Carter Burgess Building (is it called Jacobs now?). For me dining out is about 60% decor and 40% food. If a place is nicely decorated and makes me happy, I can let the food slide a bit... just a bit. The decor here is wonderful. Beautiful finishes, very clean and modern, great outdoor patio. Fortunately, the food here was wonderful too.
My first course was a melon and tomato salad, then a fillet with squash and grits, then a chocolate melting cake. The salad and fillet were beyond excellent. My table mates said the grits were great as well, I'm just not a fan of grits so I wouldn't know. The chocolate melting cake was good, but I think the ones on the cruise were better. I wanted the center to be even more melty than it was. All in all, a great experience.
There's probably still time to make reservations at some of the places (if you are hoping for Abacus think again, it's been full since the first day). Don't go thinking you will get to choose from their full menu, it's a limited menu, typically 3 selections for each course. There was only one restaurant we went to that had no selections. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part- $7 of each meal goes to charity!
So run, make your reservations, and if you are participating this year, tell me what you think of your restaurant!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
-- Post From My iPhone
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This is the last post tonight, I promise. I just wanted to show you how the majority of my pictures look. Drunk Cason. My camera takes so long to flash and flashes so much that Cason has already started to shut his eyes from the bright light before the picture snaps. Ugh, very frustrating.
We are getting ready for bath time! I let him sit in his bumbo chair while i get the water ready. He gets to look in the mirror or admire the black and white plates.
Baby dedication was on mothers day. Cason looked so different then! I thought this was a great picture of Mike.
I think this may be the only family photo I have!
A side note about this picture. The other day I put Cason on my bed so I could do something. I heard him start to cry and looked over and somehow he had pulled the sheet over his head and couldn't see. It was so cute to see him so confused. It also made me paranoid about covering him with a blanket at night, what if he pulls it over his head? I guess you can't worry about everything, right?