Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Long time, no blog. Moving on...

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving as usual. We wore out our welcome in Dothan, but had a great time. Baker was in heaven. Not only did he get to shadow Hayes for 3 days, but he had Shug and Daggie's undivided attention too. He played so hard. We headed into the week on the mend from tonsilitis and impentigo, but that did not hold him back one bit.

This little wagon was a hit. Many many leaves were collected and dumped to "help" out.

Please note Hayes' fake smile

Who knew an old Fisher Price record player was oh so fascinating?

A moment captured about their feelings for each other

Cousin Julie

It's never too early to "run the option". (I can't wait for Brent to read this and tell me this is not the "option")

We found the perfect tree for toddlers to climb.

Just when you need them to smile for some possible Christmas card pictures, this is what you get:

Oh, and I had a birthday...on the day of the Iron Bowl..happy birthday to me. However, this Reese's cup blizzard Ice-cream cake from the DQ really helped. Let me tell you, this is my request every year from now on.

These were my candles. 2 toddlers with flashlights. The lights are off but you can't tell in the picture.

Whats more fun than making a pallette with cousins? Nothing . Nothing is more fun. Just ask Hayes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars

So, I made these yesterday for Baker's Thanksgiving feast at school. They were great!!

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

I havent completelyy forgotten about this blog, but life has been way too busy to post. More to come later...Spelling Bee is going great! Only 5 more performances left.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Bee

In the next week I will be in full promotion mode for my show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. We open November 11-20.

If you are in or around Tuscaloosa, you will thoroughly enjoy this show. It is witty, clever and highly entertaining. Disclaimer: It is not for kids in case you were considering bringing them. Mainly because the jokes will sail right over their heads but there is also some material that is more for mature audiences.
Thursday, November 10th is our final dress rehearsal and called "Pay-What-You-Can" which is exactly that. You pay whatever you can to see it before we open and if you are cheap (like me) this is a great option.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Dumbo says "Happy Halloween"!

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-14