Monday, October 11, 2010

The Girls

Etch loves to sit on my lap while I'm on the computer.  She is very beautiful (she is kinda normal looking but all moms think their children are the cutest...I'm no exception.)   :-) Happy Monday!

Ironing...My New Hobby

I have never been crafty.  I have tried almost everything...knitting, scrapbooking, painting, pottery, etc but never succeeded.  But I have officially found my hobby calling.  I am now an iron-on specialist.  I love it.  Today I made a little play shirt for Miss A.C. and a pair of gym shorts for me.  (Andrew and I go to different gyms so he'll never know lol)


These peeps don't have anything on me now that I have my new ride. Roll Tide!

Who Dat in her new Swagger Wagon?

I bought a second car.  Trying to save a little bit of gas money.  Why drive this?

When I can drive this?  Feel of a sedan....view of an SUV.  For me, it's a complete no-brainer.
Don't hate.  Just because you don't ride in style doesn't mean I shouldn't. :-)

Three Blind Mice

For those of you that know me, you know that every holiday I send out a greeting card with my kids ;-).  Halloween is no different.  This year Lyn, Etch and Pan are going as the Three Blind Mice.  Grandmaw made their hats and wrote the edited version of the nursery rhyme.  Production of the cards are in progress...

I Won a Spot at the Cooking School!!!!

Congratulations, Nicole!

You’ve been selected to attend the St. Petersburg Times’ Wishbone U. class at Apron’s Cooking School! We heard from lots of needy cooks (or their relatives) but your note stood out. I hope you are still ready to tackle the Thanksgiving feast.

Here are the particulars:

The class is 3 to about 6 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 17, at Apron’s Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Chef Rich Norris will lead the class, which will include instruction on how to roast a turkey. I guarantee you’ll wow your guests this year. Or at least earn a better reputation.

Here’s what you need to do: E-mail me by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, to let me know if you accept our invitation. Arrive at the cooking school (it’s upstairs at that Publix) by about 2:45 p.m. Bring an apron, too. Things tend to get messy.

That’s really about all there is to it. I’ll be there, along with a Times photographer. We’ve had a blast every year and I expect this one to be no different. The best part is we’ll be sampling the dishes when the cooking is done.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you at Wishbone U.! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call. My work number is below but if you should have any concerns after Friday, please call my cell phone at.

Janet K. Keeler
Times Food and Travel Editor

I'm soooo excited!! My sweet friend, Carrie, made me this apron a few years ago and I think it is just perfect for my Thanksgiving schooling!!  I really can't wait...I'm beside myself!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lyn and Pan

I applied to Cooking School

The St. Pete Times is offering 12 spots to Wishbone U for a cooking class.  So I applied. LOL. ;-)

October 3, 2010

Dear St. Petersburg Times’ Staff and Wishbone U,
My name is Nicole and I am a 28-year old Pharmacist living in Largo.   I graduated from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in 2008 and have worked for a chain pharmacy in the Largo area for the past six years (I attended the satellite campus for UF at the Seminole SPC campus).  I am originally from Trenton, a small town in north-western Florida. Trenton prides itself on its deep southern roots and close-knit community atmosphere.   Born and raised there, I speak with the tale tell southern drawl and pride myself on my small-town values and upbringing.  However, my southern “raising” has one major flaw.  My momma (a former Home Economics teacher!) did not teach me much about the kitchen and all it’s glory.  The truth be told, she tried with all her might but being the hard-headed child I was I turned up my nose to the learning she had to share and went about my merry way through undergraduate and post-graduate schooling happily microwaving Lean Cuisines and savoring the taste of Fruity Pebbles.
And now for the kicker.  About a year ago I met and fell in love with an amazing guy.  Andrew, bless his heart, loves me despite my poor kitchen skills.   He is en route to starting his own business and I am working hard to pay back Uncle Sam for my school loans, so we strive to dine out only two to three times a month.  On my off days (I work 14 hours every other day) we have dinner at my apartment.  These quiet dinner nights with my boyfriend are precious to me.  I have a small table with two stools and have become an avid and enthusiastic table setter.  I have started collecting random sets of two dinner plates and matching placemats at the local thrift shops and decorate my little table to the nines.  And then I serve dinner…out of a bag, box, or kit.  I know. It’s terrible. I’m educated. I’m southern. I’m in love.  And I can’t for the love of my three cats put a homemade meal together to save my life.

This will be our very first Thanksgiving (of many!) shared together.  We are both staying in Largo for the holiday due to work/time constraints instead of driving/flying home to see our respective families.  I want this to be a memory for us that will last forever. I want to prove to myself that I can cook! And I want to look over to the couch and see my boyfriend softly snoring from a Turkey tryptophan induced slumber on Thanksgiving afternoon and know in that moment all is right in the world.
I truly appreciate your consideration for a spot at Wishbone U.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Two Taxpayers and a Beggar

Drew says he likes my haircut.  Not that he has a choice or anything. :-)  Now we both look like grownups.  And for that, Obama thanks us.
Lyn is pretty sure there is something different about me but he just cant pinpoint it.  "Now when am I getting a treat, Mom?"

Big Girl Hair Cut October 1st

In high school I cut my own hair into layers.  At Brevard College I rebelled and cut my hair uber short.  At USF I kept my hair shoulder length and in Pharmacy School I let it grow out long like malibu Barbie's.  I'm 28 now and like to think of myself as a grown adult.  I work full time and pay taxes.  Yesterday I got a grown up hair cut.  And I LOVE it.  This morning I woke up and I still love it.  It was just time.  Usually I am not good with change.  This time I have welcomed change with open arms and a pair of scissors commanded by LoraLyn.