Month: November 2010

Catholic Church at Panna Maria

Last Saturday, we stopped in Panna Maria to look at the beautiful church there. Here are some pictures. Here is some information about the church from the Panna Maria website: “Panna Maria (meaning Virgin Mary) is the oldest Polish settlement in the United States. Panna Maria was founded by Father Leopold Moczygemba and about 100 [Continue]

Grandpa’s Ranch Dressing

I have been receiving requests for more recipes. So, here is the Grandpa’s (my dad) recipe for Ranch Dressing: Ernie’s Ranch Dressing 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 4 Tablespoons buttermilk (more or less to adjust thickness of dressing) 1 teaspoon sugar (more or less; skip this item if you wish) 2 teaspoons white [Continue]

Monkey at the tree farm

When we went to the Christmas tree farm last Friday, we saw a man carrying around this monkey on his shoulder. Kind of weird but very cute. The kids, of course, immediately wanted one. I am sure you can guess what my answer was to that!!! .

Black Friday

Well, it’s not Black Friday here. More like Bum Friday as it is 10:00 and we are all still in our pj’s! We will have to get dressed soon though, as we are headed over to the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm in a little while to get a Christmas tree. Will post pictures later [Continue]

Gingerbread Barn

Check out this cool gingerbread barn kit we found at Tractor Supply! The kit even comes with the gummy horse head, sheep, pig, tree and wreath. It is put out by a company called “The Wild Baker and Candy Maker”. Right up my alley!.

New Chicks

We got our chicks for the 4H Broiler project yesterday evening. 50 total and they are being raised in the garage. Yes, I did say garage. These are Kathryn and Travis’ project. (Erin has a goat.) They are really cute right now – all fluffy and yellow. Unfortunately, they won’t stay that way long. Here [Continue]

Carne Guisada

Here is the oft requested Carne Guisada recipe as given to me by Charlie Calvert many, many years ago… 1 boneless roast (like a shoulder roast) Ground cumin/comino 2-3 cloves garlic 1 chopped onion 1 can chopped green chilis Salt and pepper Put the roast in a crockpot. Cover one side generously with the ground [Continue]

Bourbon Balls

This is an excellent recipe that I got from a friend and felt the need to share… Bourbon Balls makes approx. 4 dozen 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed 1 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons cocoa 2 1/2 Tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 cup bourbon Additional sifted powdered [Continue]

Science Fair

The 5th and 6th grade science fair was this week. I find it amazing that after the billions of science fairs I have participated in or seen that there could still be anything new, but there was. Some really cool projects and presentations. The kids did a great job. Here is Erin with her presentation. [Continue]

The Christening

This is the last batch of San Diego photos (I think). These are from the Christening of the Empire State. What a beautiful event! This is the Captain, Admiral Buzby, Steve (the Chief), Erin and Travis: These are the officers of the Empire State: These are some pictures of the engine room. It is gigantic! [Continue]


Here are a couple of photos from LegoLand. By far the cleanest, nicest restrooms of any theme park I have ever visited. Good food as well. Very interesting place. Would definitely go again. .