Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cooking Class!

Thursday  night my friend Jenn and I went to Albany to go to a cooking class.  The class was on bistro breads.  We went to part one last month and this month was part two.  We learned how to make bistro breads.  They are delicious and easy to make :-) 

Before class we had an quick dinner at Our Daily Bread.
It was amazing!  I got the bread salad and it was delicious!


Jenn's daughter Katie met us at class.  She is a teacher and lives in Albany.  Thursday was her birthday and she wanted to go with us to the clsss which was so fun!

We got her some cupcakes to celebrate!


We learned to make two different kinds of bistro bread-club rolls and tomato basil bread.  Both were delicious!


These were the club rolls-they were so good!  


At the class we got a recipe booklet with the recipes to take home.


After baking the breads and stuffing ourselves silly eating the bread we took a group picture :-). 


It was a great night!

Summer 2016 recap part 1

Summer is my FAVORITE time of year and this year we had a ton of fun so I thought I would recap favorite summer moments.  We had so much fun this summer I had to break this into 2 parts because there are!   

We started our summer at Amy and Dave's annual Memorial Day party at their lake.  It was a blast as always!  


Ava (at  the end in tank top) with her friends at the Memorial Day party. 


Bestie Sabrina and I went out in the tubes.  It was so fun! 


Ava went with the Spanish club to NYC. 


My bestie Sabrina and I went to Rhinebeck for the Country Living Fair!


Ava went in her 7th grade trip to Six Flags!


Brock came home from college and played in a summer basketball league.


My bestie Stephanie got a boat.  I love when I can spend afternoons on the lake!  


Bestie Rachael and I had our June craft night-body scrubs.


Our Ava graduated from 8th grade.


I did a color run in Cooperstown.  It was great!  


Annnnnddddd Ava finally got her braces off!


That's our summer memories through June.  It was so fun going through all these pictures.  I'll post the rest of our summer recap in a few days.

I hope you enjoy this last weekend of summer!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Freshman homecoming!

September flew by for us!   Everything was SO busy that I didn't have a second to post.  I hope to post some pictures soon about our busy September.

Last weekend our Ava went to her very first homecoming  dance!  All of her friends plus their parents came over to our house to get ready for the dance.  It was so fun and I loved having them all over at our house to get ready!

The afternoon before the dance there was a football game.  Our team won 60-0!  All the girls went to the game to cheer on our team.  


After the game we went back to our house so the girls could eat and get ready for the dance.  We had 14 girls total at our house so it was a big group:-). We put extra mirrors in Ava's room in the attic and it worked perfectly for them all to get ready for the dance.  

Here is Ava ready to go!  We got her dress at Macy's.  She  loved it because it was confortable and flowy.


After the girls got ready the picture taking started!  Freshman girls LOVE their pictures.  




At 7pm the boys came over for pictures.


Ava went with her friend since birth Jacob which was so sweet.  They had a great time together.  


Jake's mom sent me this collage of the kids through the years which I thought was adorable  ❤️


Grandma Jan and Auntie Anne were also at our house for  pictures.  




To totally embarrass all the kids we took a parent picture ;) 

One last picture before heading off to the dance.


 It was a blast having all the kids over and Ava had a great night.  I think she had a perfect first homecoming night.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Life lately

It's September! For me that means the students are back and things are busier than ever at work.   

Sunday night we had a welcome event for our freshman.  My friend M and I took a picture with our mascot Red the dragon.    


Some of my students with Red.


Monday I went to book club.  We read  What Was Mine this month and it was so good!  It was about a baby who gets kidnapped at an IKEA.  The story in the book was told from three main perspectives-the birth Mom, the daughter, and the lady who took the baby and raised her.  I couldn't put it down it was a great story. 


As always the food and drinks were delicious at book club.



Tuesday night I made us Mason jar BBQ.  I read about this in a magazine and thought it would be fun to try.  You layer cornbread. BBQ pork, and then put coleslaw on top.  It was great.  I think this would be perfect for a party!  

Yesterday I canned pizza sauce with my friend J.  It is delicious and I can't wait to use it this fall/winter when we make homemade pizza.


I hope you've 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekend Fun!

We are soaking up the last bit of summer before fall classes start on Monday.

I got together with my friend V and we made eggplant parm.  I've never made it at home and I love it so it was fun to learn to make it with her.


Here is our finished product!


I also got together with my friend/neighbor K to can tomatoes and salsa.  Canning is hard work!  We chopped and boiled tomatoes for hours.  

We started with all of these tomatoes!


After hours of hard work here was our finished product. K and I were thrilled! 


In other exciting news Brock found an apartment!  We are so thrilled for him.  He sent us this picture of his kitchen.  He has a great roommate and his complex has a gym and a pool.  


Ava has been in Colorado for the week visiting her her aunt and uncle.  She sent us this picture of her getting ready to zip line.


Bestie R and I went on bestie S's boat yesterday.  It was a goregous day on the lake!
The three of us went tubing and it was hilarious.  We went so fast!



It has been a great weekend so far! 


Thursday, August 25, 2016


This past few weeks have been a whirlwind full of fun, friends and parties.  I am really trying to enjoy every single second of the summer.   

Last Wednesday we had a birthday party for four friends celebrating August birthdays.  It was a great night!  


Rachael and I made the 4 birthday girls these little serving trays.  I'm going to show a tutorial on them next week.  They were so easy to make and the birthday girls loved them!


Friday Brock left for Arizona.  Ava took this selfie of us on his last night at home :-) 


Saturday we celebrated my friend Debbie's birthday!  It was a beautiful night and it was such a fun party!


Sunday, Sabrina and I went to our friend Melinda's house to rescue barn board from a falling down property near Melinda's farm.  We got all sorts of wood to make different projects.  I made serving trays, candle holders and I got wood to make shelves for two of our bathrooms.  I will show all of my projects next week!  


Monday I went to the Glimmerglass Opera.  It was my first time going and it was fabulous.  The singers were so talented and the opera was beautiful. It was an amazing experience!

That was our week!