Saturday, August 30, 2008

Game Day

I’d like to thank Queen B for posting a cookie recipe this morning on her blog.  Because nothing goes better with college football than a DELICIOUS new cookie recipe. 

And we love us some cookies almost as much as we love Alabama football.  I said almost!

As we waited for the big game, the kids and I threw the recipe together.  In less than one hour, we had 40 delectable treats.

And without prompting Lego-Man had the camera out taking photos for “the blog”.  I love that kid!

When the Princess heard Lego-Man read, “9 to 11 minutes” she asked, “you mean we have to wait until 9 to 11?  PM?”  Poor girl.  We’ve got a bit of baking education ahead of us.


Next stop, the oven:









The 9 to 11 minute wait was quite difficult as you can see:






Lego-Man wanted to title this one “the moment we’ve been waiting for”, so I did:



The cookies were absolutely delicious, and went quite well with a cold glass of milk and even better with Alabama football!  Even if the recipe came from someone in Arkansas.  Kidding, QB.

Here’s the recipe in case some of you folks want to try it.  It was super easy and we made half the batch with pecans, simply because we love them and I had them on hand, and they were quite yummy also.

B's Best Cookie Ever

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups coconut (the Angel Flake kind)

Preheat to 375.

Cream your butter and sugars until fluffy-ish. Beat in your eggs, then stir in the vanilla.

Mix your flour, soda and salt in another bowl. Stir mixture into the fluffy-ish mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and coconut.

Plop spoonfuls of dough on your cookie sheet. Please use parchment paper. Then you don't have to wash your cookie sheet and you won't be mad at me for making you use 2 bowls.

Bake 9-11 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes and then put them on a cooling rack.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Sizzling Summer

Sorry, for those of you who googled “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, you are at the wrong place. I have never meet Marty Moose and this is not the GRITS family:


You have now entered the Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacle. Yes, ladies and gentleman, this is where we bring it all out, the good and the bad, and we relive our vacations from the summer of 2008.

Our hostess for the day is none other than Awesome Kristen from We Are THAT Family. She certainly is the hostess with the mostest!

Without further adieu I would like to present to you the ABC’s of the Greek GRITS summer:

A: Adoption


B: Boat Ride


C: Coca-Cola


D: Darth Vader


E: Exceeding a weight limit!




G: Gully Washer


H: Hose Fight


I: Ice Falling from the Sky


J: July 4th


K: Kiddies

L: Lambert’s Restaurant—home of the throwed roll


M: Mandatory Reading


N: Nighttime on the Beach


O: Outrigger Island VBS


P: Porpoise


Q: Quit Trying to Get a Good Photo of All the Cousins


R: Ridin’ High


S: Slip and Slide


T: Towel Rack?


U: Up, Up, and Away (yes, we are in the balloon)


V: Varsity Drive-In


W: Written for BooMama


X: Xiang Wu David (creative, don’t you think?)


Y: Yaya (Greek Grandmother)


Z: Zoom


Now I know my ABC’s, here’s one more photo taken by me:


Those are my kids with their cousins from Florida.

This is my favorite picture from the summer of 2008. I specifically saved its Internet reveal for Kristen’s carnival. Wow that was tough. But worth the wait, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by and singing your ABC’s with me, now click on over to We Are THAT Family to check out more Sizzling Summer Spectacles.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sincerely ‘Fro Me to You- Roll Tide

How incredibly fortunate you all are that this week’s ‘Fro Me to You just so happens to coincide with opening day of college football. Good plan, Kristen!

What?! Did I hear someone say they don’t give a flying flip? Blasphemy, I say.

In these here parts, i.e. The Southern United States, college football can almost be considered a religion. Blasphemy? Yes.

In honor of the much anticipated day, I shall share with you some photos of some kids who have been brainwashed encouraged to cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide since the day they entered this world.

After all, I’ve been a fan since before I could walk:


The not-so brainwashed Princess, who happens to like the way Florida Gator fans clap:

(We've got a little bit of work to do on her majesty, so no e-mails please grandparents-- I DO realize the seriousness of the issue).

Lego-Man, who is devout and COMPLETELY brainwashed:

And all the little GRITS cousins receive equal brainwashing, even though some reside slap in the middle of Florida State country. Looks like my sister is doing her job in the name of the Crimson Tide, sorry Seminole brother-in-law:

Even the littlest one:

The cousins took a ceremonial “field trip” to the University of Alabama campus last summer:

Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Crimson Tide:

Last time we drove by, the Princess wanted to know “is that our church”. Ummm, no, but it is probably someone’s!


For more Thursday fun, take your college football lovin’ self over to We are THAT Family and check out more ‘Fro Me to You fun!


semi-Wordless Wednesday: Target Takeover

This is what MY Target looks like now that the University kids are back in town.  *SIGH*  Is it almost June?



Monday, August 25, 2008

How YOU doin’

Notice I said that with my best impression of Joey from Friends. Well, almost:

We've been doin' a whole lotta' nothing here at the GRITS household. Thanks to tropical storm Fay, we've been banished to the indoors. Oh, I'm not complaining about the rain because we definitely need it.

Our power actually went out for SEVERAL hours in the very early hours of Sunday morning. Upon waking to our electrical dilemma, the Princess complained there was "nothing to do" because the power was out. Sheesh. Her complaints were short lived after a trip to McDonalds for a healthy breakfast followed by regular Sunday church activities. By the time they arrived home after Sunday lunch with mom at work, the power was back on.

Late Friday night I was stricken with some sort of cold type plague. All day Saturday I bonded with these:



Saturday afternoon I found myself desperate looking for ANY type of relief from sinus stuffiness. Which resulted in a self-inflicted near drowning with this little jewel:


Yes, some of you may have seen this on Oprah. I don't care if Dr. Oz highly recommends this, one should attend a training session on this thing before using it. Did I get sinus relief once I used it correctly? Not so much.

Back to the power outage. I failed to mention earlier that I was on call for 24 hours Sunday in the Labor & Delivery unit. Which I was dreading, since the barometric pressure changes ensured me of a full house and zoo-like atmosphere! Well, the Lord was looking out for his sick little lamb. I only had one laboring woman for the whole day. She even asked me if I would blow my nose before I came back in to put in her epidural. Yes.She.Did. I quickly informed her I would be wearing a mask and would maintain optimal sterile conditions.

Today, I've spent a bit of time using these around the GRITS household:


And checkout our current radar:


The forecast is for continued rain until Thursday! Looks like were socked in for a whole lot of nothing around here. I just pray we don't loose our power again. I'd hate to force a board game or reading by candlelight on the Princess! YOU doin'??