Monday, April 7, 2014

Sibs & Kids

This past weekend was OSU's Sibs & Kids weekend.  Cole and Cameron were scheduled to do some events on campus, but there's a mumps outbreak now and we decided to just do things around the city.  We arrived Friday night and headed to the Surly Girl Saloon for dinner.  Cam commented that it looked like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  

No trip to Columbus would be complete without a stop at North Market.  We all had overpriced food for breakfast and left hungry, but we did find a lady who makes the most beautiful donuts.  Wish I had remembered to take a photo before the boys stuffed them into their donut holes.

Chris and I spent Saturday afternoon together and Cam and Cole had some bonding time on campus.  Cameron has never been to Columbus' German Village, so we had dinner at the famous Schmidt's Sausage Haus.  Go early on a weekend day because the wait can be 90 minutes.  I wouldn't wait that long, but we still had to sit outside for an hour.  Luckily, it was a nice evening.  

Cole found room for one of their oversized creme puffs.  Cam and I split one and it was delicious.

After our paltry breakfast at North Market, on Sunday I wanted a REAL breakfast.  Hang Over Easy is a small, hole-in-the-wall diner on the south campus of OSU.  BEST. BREAKFAST. EVER.  The line was out of the door when we left and the food is incredible.  They also have the best coffee and we were able to buy a bag for only $6!

About to head home on Sunday, but I had to snap a pic of Cole in front of the Mad Mex restaurant at OSU.  

Three weeks and counting until we bring Cam home and he is done with his freshman year!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Zen Zombie Dinner

BOO HOO...the season finale of The Walking Dead is almost upon us.  Word through the grapevine is that it is going to be one shocker of an episode.  To get us in the right frame of mind for this evening, I decided to make a themed zombie dinner!  Forbidden black rice is the perfect side for a spooky/Halloween dinner.  Just be sure to cook it in a dark pot because it will stain (learned that the hard way last Halloween).  The strawberry sauce does look a lot like blood since I added some violet and rose food coloring once I cooked the fresh strawberries and placed in a blender.  Saved some fresh strawberries too for some nice added "chunks".  Wanted to make some homemade chocolate pudding in honor of Carl's sweet score, but when I saw the green tea cake roll, it looked like a delicious zombie head.  

We are making our guesses as to who doesn't survive to next season and what is the deal with Terminus?  All who arrive survive?  Maybe not.  Maybe all zombies who arrive survive because they are being fed unsuspecting survivors???  Can't wait!  Happy viewing TWD fans!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Path

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Shayne

Happy 23rd Birthday to my sweet boy Shayne.  Shayne has the best heart of anyone I know and is such a kind soul.  Big hugs and smooches from Mom XOXO!  
Let's go have fun in Columbus now!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pretty Flowers

I borrowed this beautiful book from the library and it's full of tips and tricks.  Just in the first few pages, the authors give some great tips to prolonging the life of a cut flower.  Did you know that you can cauterize the stems of flowers like poppies with a basic lighter?  This prevents nutrients from leaching and keeps the water from getting dirty.  I wish I had known dipping hydrangea stems in alum prevents them from wilting.  I bought some hydrangea stems on Monday and they looked so sad by Tuesday.

This hardcover book is available on Amazon for under $15!  There's also the feature to browse the pages before buying.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fantastic Mr. Beason

Wishing my sweet hubby a very happy birthday!  Thanks for being fantastic!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lazy Days


But...this one takes the cake as the ultimate lazy day retreat.  Ah, can you smell the pines?