Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Wish you have all had plenty of advanced notice

1. Copy of the Hunger Games.  I know I am behind.  Reading anything other than classic literature requires energy on my part, but I must read this one before the movie comes out March 23, 2012!

2. Passport for travel abroad.  {Travel wish list 2012 to come later, but considering London, Paris and Rome the top priorities. Suggestions appreciated.}  2011 has been a year of travel within the continental U.S., for 2012, I need to explore while I, or if, can.

Sweaters, Ralph Lauren, are always appreciated.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hosting Thanksgiving

Cartoons really are for adults, or at least this adult, as I truly adore them, especially Looney Toons and Charlie Brown.   Ww watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to get into the spirit every season.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

Appreciating the family I do have in Indiana to sit around the table and share a meal with this season.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

After visiting Salem, Massachusetts, I have a new appreciation for the history of events.  Honestly, witches scare me, I believe in ghosts, and before going trick or treating, I suggest watching the movie "Hocus Pocus."  Below is a little snippet of the movie...I put a spell on you...

Another excellent movie to understand what happened in Salem is the movie, "The Crucible." 

What are your Halloween traditions?

Grateful for history keepers, hoping we do not repeat mistakes from the past.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cascade Cadets Football

Cascade Cadets Homecoming game
As our Cascade Cadets football season sadly comes to closure, I wanted to mention, the Chippy's family owes a huge debt of gratitude to the football program, especially Coach Hagenow and Junior Varsity coaches for the daily energy they invest in the young men of the Cascade Cadets football players. 

Jacob Thayer, Cascade Cadets

Football has been crucial to the development of my farm boy.

Many thanks to the Cascade coaches, fellow football moms who are excellent cooks and time managers, and of course the players who are sweating it out like gladiators on the football field!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Traveling

Last year Chippy's Ice Cream Parlor was open during October.  This year, because of schools changing to a balanced calendar instead of the traditional calendar, Chippy's closed early.  Teddy and I have decided to take our fall break to explore places we've never been, starting with New England.

Ready Teddy?

First things first, we have our own Vietnam vet navigating for us.  Always best to consult subject matter experts.
Michael Shepard, Navigating in Boston

After a self guided tour of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Freedom Trail and several shops along the way, we tried our luck in Salem.

Sweet Witches in Salem

Perfect fall weather graced our travel all week.  We learned about the Salem witch trials in the Witch museum, took the trolley tour all over town, and ate at a local eatery on the main thoroughfare through town.  Salem was the highlight of the trip for me, as it was filled with history, and art.  I have a new appreciation for Wiccans, although I am not a member.  Who could disagree with their philosophy of whatever you do comes back to you three times, and appreciation of nature?

Precious gratefullness to my dad for his company and land navigational skills.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Campfire Grille in Bridgton, Maine

Christina Shepard and My Michelle, preppy pink and green business chics

Over a much needed fall break, my dad and I explored Salem, Boston and Maine.  While in Maine, I was able to meet Facebook Friend Michelle, owner of Campfire Grille.  I always love to promote a great business, especially when one of the team members is a fellow female entreprenuer.  Female entreprenuers often lack mentorship.  Chippy's has survived three seasons.  Campfire Grille will survive their first year this February.

Turkey sandwich and corn chowder

My dad ordered the Mooseburger, and raved about it for the duration of the road trip (giggles).  I ordered a soup and sandwich, allowing me to try more of a variety of the menu.  Sorry, I had to take a bite before this pic, and I ate the pickle.  Michelle is a true food artist and venue coordinator, adore her!

Thank you to Michelle and her hubby Joel for all their hard, underappreciated work!!!!  And for my super cute pink t-shirt.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summah time

While the girls are inventing Chocolate Waffle cones at Chippy's, hubbie is taking me to our favorite spot for dinner in the dress he bought me for Mother's Day. We also went to see the new X-Men movie.  I adore all the Marvel Comic book hero movies out right now, but did you notice, none of the heros are from the U.S., except one?

Of course, I had to pick some fresh strawberries.  I grew these.


Washington, DC update

I left my beautiful garden during peak season for our family vacation celebrating the completion of Cubbie's freshman year.

"Da frat haus," also know as "the frat house," which is what I jocularly refer to our home as, was fortunate enough to meet Senator Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana while we were in Washington, DC.  Surprisingly, Senator Lugar was a Boy Scout, and he reached his Eagle Scout rank, very impressive.

One of the many sites we visited was the Vietnam wall, the reflection of the opaque black stone reminds us, it could have been anyone of us who died.  The death toll still has an impact on families today, not just in our country.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Washington, DC on Cardinal 50 via Amtrak

Hubbie has always wanted to take a train trip.  Over Memorial Day weekend (actually for about a week), we went to Washington, DC to catch the end of the cherry blossom season, visit our representatives and take cubbie and friend to the museums.  With lessons learned from this train trip, we may go to Chicago, or New York via train next time.

Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC


Monday, May 9, 2011

Summer Reading Program

Do not forget to visit your local public library and sign up for their summer reading program.

I can think of no better way
To spent a summer day
Than with a book by the beach,
While I turn my wintry skin peach.

Thoreau, Poe, Emile Rousseau
All at your local public library.


*And don’t forget to cool off with an ice cream at Chippy’s Ice Cream Parlor*


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

I have learned more about hubbie and I this week.

I had to go to the VA where I learned my blood sugar was a 55, 70 being low, meaning I may be hypoglycemic, which would explain some of my erratic behaviors and hummingbird eating habits of needing to eat all the time.  What other illness requires you to eat candy?  How cool is that?  This is possibly a result of the high stress of being a mommie of all trades.

Hubbie said, I need to eat his diet and he needs to eat mine, as I get to eat all the carbs I want.

Because hubbie is from the Germanic tribes with his coppery beard and is "SSG Daryl Odom," also known as "Odin" This weekend we are absolutement going to see Thor for my Mother's Day request.  Odin is the god of war and death, of wisdom and poetry, Thor was his son.  Maybe he’s is going to cast out our teenaged son {giggle}.  Our little Thor was obsessed with hammers when he was little too.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kentucky Derby

Every season the Kentucky Derby begins, I am booked.  I have never been.  One co-worker was shocked, I did not know about Preakness, hubbie does not think I would like it, but who could resist wearing one of those adorable hats?  So if you see me randomly in a Derby hat serving food for the Boy Scouts, realize it is because I have only one body, one life, and wish to be in several places at one time.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Boy Scouts serving food at Cox Plant Farm in Clayton, Indiana


Troop 305, Boy Scouts Cook Out

Don't miss the Boy Scouts annual cook out at Cox Plant farm.  It is a tradition every May, and helps pay for merit badges, their camp outs and activities throughout the year.

Boy Scouts cook-out at Cox Plant Farm

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Wedding of the Century

Daryl Odom, Prince Charming

Watching William and Kate's wedding makes me cry for many reasons.  One of which is I watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana when I was a child, and I miss Princess Diana.  As a fellow mother, I know she would have wanted to be in attendance and I am sure her son will never overcome the loss.  Alas Princess Diana can rest assure knowing her two young men have grown into fine young gentlemen with good character.  Added to the ensemble is the most beautiful Catherine Middleton, who is anything but middle, instead an elegant, effervescent young lady.  I could only hope my young gentleman will be as successful.
Daryl Odom and Christina Shepard, started dating.

Confessions:  Dating was my favorite part, and we've never stopped dating.

SSG Daryl Odom and Christina Shepard
We are so close in heritage, this could be a picture of cousins kissing. 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cristina by Robert Browning

I am particularly fond of Robert Browning's poetry.  Odd to have found a poem by him with my name as the title, only a slight spelling variation, but flattering still.


She should never have looked at me

If she meant I should not love her!

There are plenty ... men, you call such,

I suppose ... she may discover

All her soul to, if she pleases,

And yet leave much as she found them:

But I'm not so, and she knew it

When she fixed me, glancing round them,

What? To fix me thus meant nothing?

But I can't tell (there's my weakness)

What her look said!---no vile cant, sure,

About ``need to strew the bleakness

``Of some lone shore with its pearl-seed.

``That the sea feels''---no strange yearning

``That such souls have, most to lavish

``Where there's chance of least returning.''

Oh, we're sunk enough here, God knows!

But not quite so sunk that moments,

Sure tho' seldom, are denied us,

When the spirit's true endowments

Stand out plainly from its false ones,

And apprise it if pursuing

Or the right way or the wrong way,

To its triumph or undoing.

There are flashes struck from midnights,

There are fire-flames noondays kindle,

Whereby piled-up honours perish,

Whereby swollen ambitions dwindle,

While just this or that poor impulse,

Which for once had play unstifled,

Seems the sole work of a life-time

That away the rest have trifled.


Doubt you if, in some such moment,

As she fixed me, she felt clearly,

Ages past the soul existed,

Here an age 'tis resting merely,

And hence fleets again for ages,

While the true end, sole and single,

It stops here for is, this love-way,

With some other soul to mingle?


Else it loses what it lived for,

And eternally must lose it;

Better ends may be in prospect,

Deeper blisses (if you choose it),

But this life's end and this love-bliss

Have been lost here. Doubt you whether

This she felt as, looking at me,

Mine and her souls rushed together?


Oh, observe! Of course, next moment,

The world's honours, in derision,

Trampled out the light for ever:

Never fear but there's provision

Of the devil's to quench knowledge

Lest we walk the earth in rapture!

---Making those who catch God's secret

Just so much more prize their capture!


Such am I: the secret's mine now!

She has lost me, I have gained her;

Her soul's mine: and thus, grown perfect,

I shall pass my life's remainder.

Life will just hold out the proving

Both our powers, alone and blended:

And then, come next life quickly!

This world's use will have been ended.

Much appreciated,

Grand Canyon

Hubbie, cubbie and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona and took the scenic route to the Grand Canyon, for a little pre-spring break.

The canyon, (Theodore) Roosevelt said, is "the one great sight which every American should see."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is autism awareness month. Children with autism are usually highly intelligent, and can be over-whelmed by sensory stimulates such as sight, sound, touch, smell, and so forth. Many times people do not realize they are addressing a person with autism, but if you know the non-verbal communicators such as lack of eye-contact, you can adjust to your audience.


  • People with autism translate your words literally, so avoid metaphors, or figures of speech such as “save your breathe.”

  • Sometimes if you touch a person with autism, even accidentally, it can upset them.

  • While the person may be listening to you, they might not be looking at you. People with autism are usually aware of their surroundings; they just do not always react in a predictable manner.

  • People with autism have a difficult time understanding your intent, or understanding the world from your point of view.

One bunny of working with children who have autism is they are incredibly creative. Because they do not always understand “common sense,” they try the universe, and are an inspiration to me both personally and professionally.

  Temple Grandin is a woman with a fabulous mother.  Kisses to her!  Temple revolutionized the meat packing industry, thus impacting everyone of our lives with her visionary engineering capabilities.

The biographical movie Temple Grandin, a HBO special starring the talented Clare Danes, is a universal must see, and not just in my opinion as it won seven Emmy Awards, evidence of how important autism awareness really is, and it’s impact on society. Ignorance hurts.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Lilly

Easter is an excellent reason to add to the Easter Lilly collection, and this time I am not referring to gardening, although I think I have three Lillies in the garden now.

 Being an avid rose gardener, Lilly Pulitzer’s Margot Shift mar got me. All I need is a pink cardigan and a pair of Jack Rogers.

Whatever happened to plain white JR’s? My last pair are ratty, yet still in too good of condition to justify a retread.

Who knows what to do for the guys, it’s always tres tragic when they wear nice clothes to drive a tractor, or worse, repair a tractor.

And too bad Cubbie is off becoming a man, and there are no little cubs in the house, as Country Bunny by Du Bose Hayward is the best book for Easter.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring has sprung and ice cream is in full bloom

Chippy's Ice Cream Parlor will open for the season Thursday (3/31/11) so save the date.  All ice cream flavors should be in stock.  Don't forget to bring cash, or check.  We have an ATM for your convienence.  {Amish banking rules.}

Hubbie will be enroute to Afghanistan, so it will just be Hank, Cubbie, my sister-in-law and me operating the shop this season.  We are open 5-9 Monday through Friday and 1-9 on Saturday.  We are closed Sunday.

We hope to see everyone there this season!

Monday, January 31, 2011

February's Menu- Dinner and a Movie

Week of the 1st
Tuesday- Beef and Noodles with green salad
Wednesday- Margarita chicken salad
Thursday- Garlic tuna casserole
Friday- Steak
Saturday- Special dinner menu
*Brownies- hubbie made

Week of the 6th
Sunday- Meatloaf, mash potatoes and green peas
Monday- Chicken tacos
Tuesday- Special Menu
Wednesday- Shrimp with angel hair
Thursday- Breakfast baked casserole (use Bisquick)
Friday- Tilapia with fresh bread, dipping sauce and a green salad
Saturday- Beef and broccoli
*Coconut cake


Week of the 13th
Sunday- A chicken in every pot
Monday- Chicken and dumplings
Tuesday- Special Menu
Wednesday- Ham and Beans
Thursday- Potato and egg skillet
Friday-Special Menu
Saturday- Special Menu
Dessert: Heart shaped muffins and cupcakes

 Week of the 20th
Sunday- Cheesy potato soup and turkey sandwiches
Monday- Special Menu
Tuesday- Pad Thai
Wednesday- Stromboli
Thursday- Spaghetti and meatballs
Friday- Salmon and sweet potatoes
Saturday- Hubbie in command
*Red velvet cake

Week of the 27th
Sunday- Hubbie in command
Monday- Fajitas, chicken or steak

Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day Movie List

1. Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley

2. The Hair Dresser's Husband a French foreign film, but the ultimate best romance I have ever seen.

3. Shakespeare in Love with Gwenyth Paltrow

4. Gone with the Wind- Gerald O'Hara "It will come to you, this love of the land. There's no gettin' away from it if you're Irish.

5. The Last of the Mohicans- the most romantic scene is when Eric Schweig (Mohican brother) puts his arm around the youngest girl under the waterfall to keep her from being seen.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Grandfather Amos John Shepard's "Profile of a Senior Citizen," circa 1988

The is a letter my Grand-father Amos John Shepard "typed" to me in 1988. He bought a typewriter and was teaching himself how to use it. I believe he copied this article out of a local newspaper and sent it off to his little Grand-daughter, as an attempt to educate her on his perspective of life.
Grandfather Amos John Shepard "Profile of a Senior Citizen," 1988

My Grand-father died in Hurricane Katrina.
The little boy is my Grandfather Amos John Shepard, Jr., the very tall man holding his shoulders is his my Great Grandfather Amos John Shepard, Sr., the mother is my Great Grandmother Mattie Mitchell Shepard, the little girl is my Great AuntWanda Lee Shepard, circa 1937


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thriving in a Winter Wonderland

To follow up on my Santa wish list, Daniel took a pic of my Angela Moore bracelet that hubbie got me for Christmas.  He bought the Polo Club Classic with ornately painted horses, reminding me each time I look at it of Cotton Candy (AQHA Lady Godiva Hildago, registered) and her offspring Chocolate Chip.

I think it has been well established that I am a summer time girl.  Patti and Thomas were concerned about me wearing my ballet flats to carry in firewood, so I just wanted photo evidence that I am being a good girl, despite how much of a struggle that is for me, and I wore my awful barn boot to trudge through the snow. 

My barn boots are genuinely used to tend to my horses, chickens, cats and hoping for a dairy cow one day for non-pasturized milk.  But Viola, in my L.L. Bean Boat Tote, I have stashed my not ruby red, but 24K gold and diamond ballet flats.  I bought these little gems for $4.98 at Target on clearance. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Surprises pour moi

On my way out the door, some little elf had place a card with a bear on my favorite egg project to remind me of my special day.  I thought that was all, when viola, upon my return, hubbie made a double layer chocolate muffin of love (No penalty for chocolate, food of the goddesses).

Double layer muffin of love

Friday, I have a therapeutic massage scheduled at Body Mechanix in Clayton with Julie.  Unfortunately, I will have to miss Poet's meeting with all my besties, a violation of my New Year's Resolution.

Cubbie thought I would love this song.

"Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cubbie gets Grillz

Cubbie get Grillz.

The Cubmeister got braces this week.  He did not believe me when I told him it would hurt, and still refuses to even take Advil.  On day one, I was able to persuade him to take one Advil so he could eat some spaghetti noodles.

Tomorrow we are going to the movies, and I wonder what he is going to snack on since popcorn will no longer be an option... for him.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Suggested Summer Reading List

Created By: Christina Shepard, Media Director
Updated August 19, 2010

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
Sittenfeld, Curtis. Prep
Buck, Pearl. The Good Earth
Covert, Sean. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Follet, Ken. Pillars of the Earth
Alcott, Lousia May. Little Women
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
Sharon Draper. Tears of a Tiger
Walter Dean Myers. Bad Boy
King, Stephen. The Shining
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet
Poe, Edgar Allen. (Pick one)
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows
Stoker, Bram. Dracula

College Bound Book List

Created By: Christina Shepard, Media Director
Updated August 19, 2010

Below are listed just a few of classical literary works, many of which maybe optional or required reading in high school or college.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

Allende, Isabelle. House of Spirits
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol
Doyle, Sir Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl
Griffin, John Howard. Black Like Me
Hardy, Thomas. Pick one
Herbert, Frank. Dune
Hersey, John. Hiroshima
Hesse, Herman. Siddhartha
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner
Kipling, Rudyard. Kim
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird
Machiavelli. The Prince
McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried
Obama, Barack. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar
Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye
Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Twain, Mark. Pick one
Walker. The Color of Purple
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited
White, Theodore H., The Once and Future King
Wiesel, Elie. Night

Angelou, Maya.
Frost, Robert.

Hughes, Langston.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

January Menu

This is my menu plan for home, not the shop.

Week of Jan. 3
Monday- Leftovers- choice of Chili and baguette, or Corned Beef and cabbage
Tuesday- Meatloaf mash potatoes, and peas
Wednesday- Italian wedding soup and focaccio
Thursday- Beef Stroganoff (use jasmine rice) and a green substance
Friday- Special dinner
Saturday- Stuffed chicken breast and corn
Sunday- Beef stew and biscuits
*DESSERT: Cheesecake

Week of Jan. 10
Monday- Pot Roast
Tuesday- Special dinner
Wednesday- Spaghetti
Thursday- Chicken Tetrazzini
Friday-Tilapia, good bread and a veg
Saturday- Special dinner
Sunday- Special dinner
*DESSERT- Brownies

Week of Jan. 17
Monday- chicken pot pie
Tuesday- Homemade pizza
Wednesday- Sloppy Joes and mac and cheese
Thursday- Pork chops, apple sauce and fried potatoes
Friday- Shrimp with angel hair and asparagus
Sunday- Cornish hens in bacon and ??
*DESSERT-double layer cake

Week of Jan. 24
Monday- Fried chicken, biscuits
Wednesday- Turkey, Sweet potatoes and green salad
Thursday- Brats, and real potato salad
Friday-Crabbie cakes
Saturday- 16 Bean soup
Sunday- Slow cooker- beef BBQ, corn bread casserole

Week of Jan. 31
Monday-Jambalaya- Hank Jr. style