Saturday, May 23, 2015

Julie and Julia Theme Cooking Class


By now you know I love a theme...and since I also enjoy cooking, and the movie Julie and Julia, I couldn't resist a Julie and Julia-themed cooking class at Whole Foods!

The class size was very small with only 12 students and 2 instructors.  There were also 4 volunteers who did all the clean-up and poured wine for us throughout the class.




By far the trickiest item we made were the artichokes with hollandaise sauce.  Preparing the artichokes was very labor intensive. First they were cut, peeled, the core was dug out so all the sharp fibers were removed, then they were boiled and then thrown on the grill.  To me, the bruschetta with a super fresh tomato topping was such a quicker, more enjoyable prep time...and I would have eaten more of it if more courses weren't to follow!


All the students were able to take turns with the prep tasks.


I loved the Le Creuset kitchenware...the blue especially! And I loved the "salt pig" to keep salt for cooking close at hand.


We made the chocolate cream pie first so it would have enough time to set...then we placed the lyonnaise potatoes in the oven and followed that with making the appetizers.  Then, after the appetizers we made the sole meuniere and ate that with the potatoes.



And we ended the class with the SO delicious chocolate cream pie.  We left with full stomachs, more kitchen knowledge, and recipes for everything we made...what a great evening of learning!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Very Special Art Exhibit

 Little Man had art chosen that he created during the school year for a special exhibit at a local hotel. Then, the students were given special invitations to attend the opening of the exhibit and have refreshments.




I also saw other exhibits that I thought were great.  One of them  had puppet scarecrows integrated into the art...so cute!



There was also artwork a class made after learning about Romare Bearden, a local artist. The kids learned about the artist's style and then made artwork reminiscent of that artwork.



Little Man was so proud to be showcased in such a beautiful hotel, and we enjoyed an evening of art!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Multitasking


How to get in some knitting time on a beautiful Saturday morning? Bring it with you and knit away while you watch your favorite little person work on their swim stroke technique!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hoppy Hollow Easter Village


One of Little Man's favorite ways we decorate for a holiday is the Hoppy Hollow Easter Village we put out every year for Easter.  The ceramic buildings and resin bunnies are so fun to place, and he loves coming up with different places to put things every year.  This year he arranged everything to create a park.  This year was also a first in that we used the lights that we've had for a while but never had lit up.  It was a fun, new element that made the village even more exciting that usual.  I love watching him set the village up every year, he really takes his time to pick the perfect place for every piece.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Intimidator

 Little Man had a biography project where he had to write about a famous North Carolinian. He chose 3 and then was given one of his options...he wound up with Dale Earnhardt Sr...'The Intimidator'. We learned a lot about Dale while he researched his paper. Then we had to do a vision board in the shape of something representative of the person. We did a race track. We had to have so many facts on it, and at least 2 photos. Well, his crafty Mom cracked open the card stock and he wrote the facts on cars I helped him cut out. Stencils for the poster lettering helped it look neat. Then he practiced and practiced all his facts for the 'Living Wax Museum'. The kids had 'buttons' to press to activate them (see the star shape in the lower right-hand corner) and once pressed they recited facts about their person. You can't see it to clearly, but Little Man even has a mustache!



The kids were really creative, and it was a great way to learn more about famous North Carolinians (and prove the craft room's worth!)


This display was for the Wright Brothers...one of Little Man's favorite displays from the other kids.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Annual School Art Show

The Annual Art Show at Little Man's school is one of my favorite events.  All of the students have at least one piece of art featured. There are refreshments, and families are invited to come to the art show to see the art. Volunteers and teachers spend HOURS setting up the exhibits (I've volunteered before, so I know of what I speak) and the kids just love to show their art.




This year, Little Man had a field trip where he was given the role of a CEO of a utility company, which is why he had on the snazzy tie...he kept it on for the show.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

That Time We: Went Indoor Rock Climbing!

The awesome thing about Living Social and Groupon deals is that sometimes they lead you to try different things you never would have tried. And that's what led us to Inner Peaks, an indoor rock climbing center. James and I did a LITTLE rappelling years ago (many, many years ago...so it really didn't help...at all), so we all watched the safety video, were fitted for our harnesses and then had the intro class which basically teaches you how to belay (stand on the ground and handle the rope for the person climbing).  After that we walked around looking for interesting places to climb and got to it.  We all climbed, and James and I both belayed (Little Man isn't old/heavy enough).





It was a lot of fun, and really good exercise...especially for your arms!!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Sock Yarn


I saw this yarn on Instagram and the gold colors made me think of Italy...of frescoes, and Tuscany.  I don't know why, since I've never been there to see the colors in person, but...since we hope to travel there this year, I thought this yarn would make for a perfect portable project to take on our travels! I found it at this shop.  Maybe for slipper socks?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Icy Day, a Cozy Capelet


Y'all know I love Debbie Bliss.  I have every one of her magazines, and when the Fall/Winter issue came out and it had a gorgeous, cabled capelet on the cover called the "Cozy Capelet" I HAD to make it! I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in Charcoal, and I have to tell you...the capelet is SUPER cozy. It's like wearing a cherished, comforting blanket around your shoulders. It's been perfect while we've had crazy cold temperatures hit!  

It was a really quick knit using the thick yarn and big needles.  I took the ease of the pattern a step further by knitting it in the round, which means when I bound off those stitches it was DONE, no seaming for this craft chick!

We're all home today because of an ice storm that hit last night, and you better believe I'll be staying a little bit cozier with this FO around me!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chocolate Covered Strawberry


I didn't know what to do for Hubby for St. Valentine's Day, but this super-cute chocolate covered strawberry box from SVG Cuts caught my eye, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't talk myself out of making it to put candy in for him.

He loved the box, and said he may use it for me one year (which would be a win-win).