Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What Doesn't Belong?

Growing up, there were those pictures and or games to try and find the object that just didn't belong into the picture. Like these....
blue fish, blue and orange fish, grey fish, and panda bear
#4 - The Panda!

scientist with test tube, scientist with glasses and test tube, scientist with glasses and test tube
#1 - The glasses are missing

spilled test tube, spilled test tube with cap, spilled test tube with cap
#1 - The cap is missing

Or my new favorite....

No, not the Lactaid!!!!!   
I opened the fridge to find the Spic and Span in my way of the Diet Tonic. 
Jay was just on a kitchen cleaning spree while cooking dinner and obviously misplaced it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy 1st Anniversary Lindsey & Chris

Amazing a year has gone by already!!!!

Congratulations Lindsey & Chris!
Many more to come!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Change in Color

So after originally having Sea foam Green when we moved in, to painting Olive Green and then what was supposed to be Antique White, but was actually Stark Hospital White, we have a good calming neutral color for the Master Bath. Its a nice change just in time for Fall.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Closing Time

Another year of Pool Season has come to a close. I am grateful that this closing process is a simple one. Step by step, we disconnected the pipes, added antifreeze, plugged all holes and covered seals with Ductape, and then covered the pool. While we were at it, we picked up all the summer furniture and decorations and put them in the attic till next year. Of course, that also meant a good cleaning of the attic of all junk. Fall Cleanup at its best. And with the cool temperatures upon us, we are ready to start having our fire roaring in the pit. Let us know when you want to come visit...we will have a blanket and hot cocoa ready!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crap.... it's Fall

Well, it seems that remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac has finally made its way to 2 Meadow Lane. Sadly, its passing has shown Mother Nature's true colors as I walked out the door this morning. I was doing my best to hold out hope, but the sight of all the colored leaves laying on the ground, and looking up to see more barely hanging on made it all reality. Bye bye Summer.... Hello Fall.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Treat - Oatmeal Fudge Bar Recipe

Oatmeal Fudge Bars :Yield: 16 bars; Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Bake Time: 45 minutes
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1¼ cups light brown sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt + ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee
1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 egg
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing excess to hang over pan edges. Grease foil; set pan aside.
2. Combine the oats, 1 cup of the brown sugar, ¾ cup of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and the pinch of salt. Stir together in a bowl to combine. Melt 8 tablespoons of the butter and stir into the oat mixture until combined. Reserve ¾ cup of the mixture for the topping.
3. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the bottom of the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake until light golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. Combine the remaining ¼ cup of flour, the remaining ¼ cup brown sugar, the instant espresso powder, and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl; set aside.
5. Melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large bowl, microwaving at 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring after each. Let cool slightly. Add the egg and whisk until combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.
6. Pour the chocolate filling over the cooled crust and sprinkle with the remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake until a toothpick inserted in to the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Using the foil overhang, lift the bars from the pan and cut into squares. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.