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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Raising a gentleman

Personally, I have not completed this task, as my young gentleman just entered high school. As a mother, this time of his life is when I am most dependent on the male influences in his life, rather a finishing school for men. How to raise a young man into a considerate young gentleman with good moral fiber?

Jacob performs the duty of Ring Bearer.
•Being a good role model is paramount. {Always work on your own development as a parent.}
•Mentorship: I truly appreciate my husband who is quite literally a hero. Also, I appreciate the Boy Scouts for their contribution, as my young gentleman is surrounded by other aspiring young gentleman.
•Don’t just learn to be independent, learn to be dependable.
•Practice goal setting and carry your goals with you.

•Getting the most out of your education. Invest in yourself or no one will invest in you.
Postcard from mom.

•Travel at every opportunity.
•Learn to play an instrument.
•Learn a foreign language.

•Take good care of your shoes. This means buying good quality shoes and knowing how to polish, or wash your shoes.
•Learn how to build a wardrobe. Knowing where to shop is helpful, considering elements of quality will save you a fortune.
•Keeping care of your clothing is very important. Learn how to iron a shirt, a lost art.
•Having an item, like a watch, handed down from your grandfather is always a nice touch, but not mandatory.
•When the weather is bad, a gentleman will be the one wearing the appropriate hat and using an umbrella.

•Every young gentleman should know how to ride a horse, how to hunt, and hold his own at archery.
•Display sportsmanship during competition.
•Every young man should play golf, but get lessons!
•Do not smoke. It once was considered gentlemanly, but not anymore. We need you alive!

•Etiquette is not just for ladies, and without etiquette, a man is just a barbarian. Get a good used copy of Emily Post, or follow the golden rule: “Do unto others, as you would have done to you.”

•Honor your family name.
•Honor your wife or future wife, by not doing anything now that will hurt her later.
•Practice honesty and fairness.
•Attend the theatre.
•Support your favorite cause or charity.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dreaming of Spring Break

Hubbie calls this my doll farm, instead of farmville.  I am creating outfits to wear for Spring Break, the next highlight of my life.  I realize we have several important holidays between now and then, but nothing as fabulous as the warm sun and Atlantic beach.