Monday, December 28, 2009

Caramel Brownies

Since I'm away from our computer, it's not convenient for me to do any "regular" posts. However, I do have a couple of recipes I can share!

Caramel Brownies

Makes 32 brownies
Prep 30 minutes
Microwave 2 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate chunks
1 package (14 oz) soft caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

In large microwave-safe bowl, melt together butter and chocolate in microwave oven for 2 minutes; stir until smooth.
Whisk in eggs, sugar, flour & vanilla.
Stir in pecans.
Spread half the batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chunks.

In medium-size saucepan, melt together caramels and heavy cream over medium-low heat until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Evenly pour over batter in pan.
Spread with remaining batter.
Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chocolate chunks.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes until top is dry to the touch.
Let cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Grab foil & lift brownie from pan.
Cut into squares and serve.

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Ride

Bryan nor I got a new car, but Marlie did! When my parents were here for Bryan's change of command, they decided to give Marlie her Christmas present early. I think she was in shock when she saw her new Barbie jeep for the first time. Our neighbor's son has a similar jeep so M was familiar with how they work. I just think she didn't know what to do with one of her own. They have a real radio so she has been content to sit in it and just listen to the radio for the most part.
Last week I got a few pictures of M & her friend Kaylee going for a ride. K didn't mind doing the driving but she likes it hands free. I'd get them set up on a good straight path and they'd cruise until I had to turn them around in the other direction.
Thanks Nana & Pop!


Notice M's feet in this picture

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Spinach & Artichoke Ring

Here's the recipe for the ring I took to the potluck that I mentioned yesterday.

Spinach & Artichoke Ring

1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package (4 oz) crumbled feta cheesee
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons (1/2 oz) grated fresh parmesan
2 pkgs refrigerated crescent rolls

1. Preheat over to 375F. In bowl, combine artichokes, spinach, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, bell pepper, mayonnaise, garlic and black pepper. Mix will.

2. Unroll crescent dough; separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in a circle with wide ends overlapping in the center and points toward the outside.

3. Scoop filling evenly over shape. Bring outside points of triangles up over filling and tuck under wide ends of dough at center. Filling WILL NOT be completely covered.. Brush with egg white. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies


Last Monday I organized a cookie exchange and potluck for the families of the battery. I made Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies and a Spinach Artichoke Ring. The cookies are perfect for the Christmas season.

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 2 hr 27 min
Makes: Makes about 3-1/2 doz.

6 squares Semi-Sweet Chocolate
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 cup crushed candy canes

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until well blended after each addition. Add combined flour and baking powder; mix well. (Dough will be very soft.) Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

HEAT oven to 350°F. Roll heaping teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets.

BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until tops are set. (Do not overbake.) Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Cool 1 min. on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

** I would recommend sprinkling the candy on a few minutes before the cookies are done rather than at the end.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sesame Street Live

On December 5th we took Marlie to her first show of any kind. We saw Sesame Street Live's production of 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends. The show was at 1030am in Nashville and lasted about an hour and a half which was perfect timing for us. Marlie was mesmerized by the show and we loved to see her it enjoy it so much. Bryan also bought M a slushie, and I think she enjoyed it as much as the show!

Ready for the show to start


Abby Cadaby, Big Bird & Elmo


Working hard on that slushie


Looking at the $10 Elmo balloons that had floated to the top of the auditorium (We did not buy any of those!)


More of the Sesame Street friends

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Change of Command

We had to hurry back to Campbell after Thanksgiving to prepare for Monday. On 30 November, Bryan took command of Alpha Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment. Our friend, Danny, had been in command of Alpha Battery so it was fun to share the ceremony with him, Kelly & Emily. After the ceremony, we had a small reception before Bryan had to return to work. The battery went out into the field for a 2 week training exercise the next day so he had no choice but to dive right in!
Right after the ceremony


Kelly & I coordinated without even trying!


Being welcomed by the soldiers


The HUGE cake that the soldiers easily devoured!


The closest thing we've had to a good family picture lately - therefore it's our Christmas card!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Thanksgiving

I'm way behind again, so I'll try to use the next few posts to catch up. The day before Thanksgiving we hit the road to Georgia. Marlie must have been excited about seeing our family because she once again refused to nap on the ride!
On Thursday we had lunch with my family and were able to spend some more time with my cousins that evening. On Saturday we had lunch with Bryan's family before we had to get on the road again.
Here are just a few pictures I took on Thanksgiving Day.
Casey (plus baby) & I


The turkey hangover!


M & Aiden They don't get to see each other much so it took them a bit to warm up to one another. By the end of the night they were having a great time together!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ginger Teriyaki Sliders

I got this recipe from Family Circle. We loved these!

GINGER TERIYAKI SLIDERS

Makes 12 sliders
Prep 10 minutes
Broil 6 minutes

12 per pkg mini soft dinner rolls (King's Hawaiian)
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 green onions, trimmed and cut up, plus more for garnish
2 tsp peeled and coarsely chopped ginger
1 pound ground pork
1/4 cup + 1 tsp teriyaki stir fry sauce
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 tsp sugar

Heat broiler.
Line a baking pan with foil, coat foil with oil or cooking spray.
Wrap rolls in foil and place in oven to warm.

In a mini chopper, combine mushrooms, 2 green onions and ginger.
Pulse until finely chopped.
Transfer to a bowl and add pork, 1/4 cup stir fry sauce
and the bread crumbs.
Stir to blend.

Shape mixture into 12 patties.
Place patties on baking pan, broil 6 min. turning once, or until desired doneness.

Stir together mayonnaise, remaining stir fry sauce and sugar in a bowl.
Split rolls and top each with a burger.
Spread 1 tsp teriyaki mayonnaise on each roll, sprinkle with green onion, then serve.

*For a spicy hit, stir a pinch of wasabi powder or a dash or hot sauce into the teriyaki mayo before spreading on rolls.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spa Day

Back before Mother's Day, I said that I would love to have some relaxing time at the spa. Bryan had looked into a trip for myself and my friend Kelly to go to Nashville and spend the day at the spa and night at a nice hotel. After months of us never getting around to making that trip, I decided that maybe we should try something on a smaller scale.
Last Wednesday Bryan had the day off so Kelly & I made an appointment at a spa here in Clarksville. The day was AMAZING!
We started with a facial - which I had never had before. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxing a facial is. I almost fell asleep during the process!
The facial lasted an hour and after that we had our foot treatments. Their foot treatment is basically a pedicure, but it was the best one I've ever had.
Following our foot treatments, we had lunch in the Garden Room of the spa. We had vegetable soup, corn bread and chocolate cake. We decided that it was a perfect meal because the vegetable soup wasn't heavy or super filling. Therefore we had plenty of room left for our big piece of cake!
Our final treatment for the day was our hour long massage. It was wonderful! After the massage, the therapist told me that she could tell during the treatment how badly my body needed that.
Overall it was one of the best days I've had since we moved here. It was great to be able to share such a relaxing day with a good friend who also needed a break. I'm so thankful to Bryan for making the day possible for us!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Clarksville Half Marathon



This past Saturday was the Clarksville Half Marathon. The race was at 8am so Bryan & I were up by 6. Our babysitter came to stay with Marlie while we ran. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. I ran 13 miles two weeks ago, but this run was MUCH harder. I struggled a lot and was disappointed with my end result, but I completed the race in 2 hours and 38 minutes.
On the other hand, I was very proud of Bryan. He was in the field for the 2 weeks prior to the race so he wasn't able to run much leading up to Saturday. He finished the race in 2 hours and 4 minutes.
I'm glad to have the experience behind me now. I plan to sign up for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in Nashville in April. For now I'm going to take a bit of a rest from running long distances though!

Once again we had to take a post race picture at our house because there was nowhere to put our camera at the race site.

You can view some of our action shots here. You have to search by our bib numbers though. Mine was 132 and Bryan's was 133.

http://orders.racephotonetwork.com/QPPlus/SearchBibNumber.aspx?EventID=838397&_AccountNumber=20098&EventName=%20%&EventDate=


Here is a picture from the start of the race where you can see Bryan well.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sausage & Cheese Squares

This was a winner at my MOPS group and a hit in our house too!

Sausage & Cheese Squares
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
2 lbs breakfast sausage
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 8oz pkgs cream cheese

Brown & crumble sausage, then drain.
Remove sausage from pan and melt cream cheese in pan.
Fold in sausage.
In a greased 13x9 inch baking dish, place one can of rolls in bottom and press seams together.
Add the sausage & cream cheese mixture on top of the flattened crescent rolls.
Next sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top of the mixture.
Finally add the 2nd can of rolls on top of cheese and press the seams together.

Bake at about 375 for about 25 minutes.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Shoes!


So I've told some of my friends and family about these, but haven't put them on my blog. I have bad feet so it's always an ordeal for me to find cute, comfortable shoes. I came across these on Target's website and LOVE them! They are soft and flexible which leads me to believe they would be a good fit for anyone. They are only $12.99 and if you spend over $50 at Target, you can get free shipping. I would recommend doing what I did, and get them in multiple colors! In addition to red, I also bought turquoise, mustard, pewter, bronze and fuschia!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sausage with Peppers and Pasta

Here's another recipe from Kraft foods. I have to include the disclaimer that our votes were split on this one. Bryan just thought it was ok, but I really enjoyed it. That is especially surprising since I don't eat peppers.

Sausage with Peppers and Pasta

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 29 min
Makes: 6 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

3 cups rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced
1 each: red, green and yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups Shredded Italian* Mozzarella-Parmesan Cheese Blend
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

COOK pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet on medium heat 10 min. Stir in peppers; cook 7 min. or until sausage is cooked through and peppers are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 min. or until heated through.

DRAIN pasta. Add to sausage mixture with shredded cheese; mix well.

TOP with Parmesan.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Happy Halloween

Last week Bryan & Marlie carved one of our pumpkins that we got on our trip to Patterson Place Farm. Marlie enjoyed being the assistant, but she did not want to put her hand inside the pumpkin!




Getting an up close view of the glow!


On Wednesday night, my friend, Kelly, and I took our girls to the fall festival at our church. It took Marlie a little bit to warm up to her costume, but once I mentioned that she could get candy if she wore it - she was all about it!
Showing off all her candy!

"Baby" Emily & Marlie

My sweet Foofa

Searching for candy in the hay


On Saturday, we had a pre-trick-or-treat get together at our house. Some of our neighbors came over and we had an early dinner then let the kids play. Once 6 o'clock rolled around we were out the door! A large group of us walked around the neighborhood while the kids collected way too much candy!
Foofa once again

Kate & M

Rainbow Brite, Foofa, and DJ Lance Rock. I made my costume last year and plan to wear it until it falls apart. M's costume was easy to make, but DJ Lance was a little more work. They're not perfect but it was fun to make them.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gingered Carrots & Cod

I'd almost forgotten about this recipe, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, we really enjoyed it.

Gingered Carrots & Cod

Makes 4 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 12 minutes
Microwave 1 1/2 minutes
Bake at 400 for 23 minutes

4 cod or scrod fillets (about 5 oz each)
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/8 plus 1/4 tsp salt
pinch ground black pepper
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 large bunch carrots, peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices
1 sweet yellow pepper, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
mashed potatoes, for serving (optional)

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Place cod in dish, spacing fillets at least 1/2 inch apart.

In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine honey, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes (mixture will bubble up).
Remove from microwave and whisk in 1 tablespoon butter.
Spoon 1 tablespoon sauce over each cod fillet.
Sprinkle cod with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Cover dish with foil and bake at 400 for 20-23 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add carrots; saute 3 minutes.
Add yellow pepper and saute 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium; add 1/4 cup water and cover.
Cook 5 minutes, until tender.

Uncover skillet; stir in remaining sauce from measuring cup.
Raise heat to medium-high and cook 2 minutes.

Divide carrot mixture evenly among 4 plates.
Top each with a piece of cod.
Serve with mashed potatoes, if desired.

Per Serving:
293 calories
10g fat (6g sat)
22g protein
31g carbohydrate
3g fiber
645mg sodium
71mg cholesterol

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meeting Usher


Last Thursday, the wives of Bryan's battalion had our monthly "coffee". This month's meeting was held at the Olive Garden here in Clarksville. After the meeting, most of the ladies had gone home but 5 of us were still sitting around talking. It was around 9pm and the restaurant was almost empty. The manager came over and told us to look toward the other side of the restaurant. We weren't able to see well from where we were, so we walked to the waiting area. From there we saw the the singer, Usher, was in the restaurant. He was with a date and his bodyguard. We waved and my friends tried to take a few pictures (from quite a distance) with their camera phones. Usher didn't wave back, but instead had his bodyguard tell us not to take any pictures. At that point we decided to leave. When we got outside, we conspired for a few minutes and decided to try to give Usher one of our unit pins and ask if we could take a picture with him.
One of the ladies took the pin to the bodyguard and he said we could take a picture after Usher finished eating. The 5 of us sat at a table in the bar and waited for a LONG time for him to finish. He must be quite a slow eater! The restaurant had closed by this point but the staff didn't ask us to leave. I guess they enjoyed watching us pitiful Army wives stalking Usher!
Finally, Usher gets ready to leave and comes to take a picture with us. I didn't hear him say one word the whole time. His bodyguard spoke to us but that consisted of him saying that we could only take 1 picture with 1 camera. At one point he asked us if our husbands were deployed, but no more than that.
Overall, I was really disappointed by Usher's unfriendliness. He's from Georgia so I knew he would display some of our famous southern hospitality. On the bright side though, the 5 of us had a lot of fun "stalking" a celebrity!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Leading the FRG

Bryan is supposed to begin his battery command at the end of November. He had also wanted me to take over the Family Readiness Group (FRG) at that point. Well, some things happened recently with that FRG and I was asked by the current commander to go ahead and take it over. The battery consists of about 100 soldiers and the FRG is made up of their family members. I understand that this may be foreign language to some of you, so I will give you an idea of what I'm doing (from the FRG Leader job description):
-Schedules, plans, and conducts FRG meetings
-Delegates FRG responsibilities to select volunteers in order to promote participation in FRG activities and accomplishment of FRG objectives
-Acts as a liason between battalion and company level FRGs
-Identifies needs or unique problems of unit families
-Serves as a member of the battalion level steering committee
-Acts as a company FRG spokesperson for communicating family members' concerns and ideas to the company commander and battalion level FRG
I'm also in charge of organizing fundraisers for the battery to support our unit functions.
I've been in the position for one week now. I knew I would be busy, but because I was so hastily thrown into the position, it has been even more work! For Bryan and I both, the year (plus) ahead promises to be very challenging but also hopefully rewarding.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Go Dawgs!

Even though UGA hasn't had the best start to their football season, Bryan & I were so excited to see them play this past weekend. The game was in Nashville against Vanderbilt. My parents were going to come up and we were all going to go to the game together. However, their dog had to have emergency surgery so they couldn't make it. Luckily, our friends were able go with us and we had a great time. M stayed home with our sitter so we were able to enjoy our parents day out.

We got to our seats and a group of my sorority sisters and their husbands were right by us. What a great surprise!


B, myself, Marcia & Donny. Marcia is from Nashville so she felt obliged to root for her home team.


When we got home, we found M hard at work painting some masterpieces!


Later she decided to wear my Uggs around the house.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Columbus Day

This is a continuation of what we did last week. Bryan had both Monday and Tuesday off from work so we made the most of those additional 2 days.
On Monday we went to Patterson Place Farm with my MOPS group. As soon as we arrived, we went on a short hayride. I thought Marlie would be really excited about riding behind the tractor, but she wasn't too impressed.


After the hayride, we were able to walk through their Animal Alley. They had some animals that you wouldn't expect to see here in Tennessee.
The first stop was the elk (which some children like to refer to as the reindeer!).


Bison


Miniature horses


Next we went to the corn maze. M enjoyed wandering through the corn so lucky for us, it was a pretty short maze.


Finally we were each able to choose a pumpkin to take home with us. I didn't get a picture of those yet, but I will try to when we carve them.

On Tuesday morning we went to the Nashville Zoo with some friends. I didn't get any pictures this time since we've been often. M always has fun there though!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Last Weekend

I finally got around to downloading our pictures from this weekend so now I can post about it.
Saturday morning we went to nearby Cadiz, KY for their 33rd Trigg County Country Ham Festival. We got to see Kentucky's Largest Country Ham & Biscuit which has been the Guinness Book World Record holder for 17 years.


Marlie was excited to get her own sample of the biscuit.


There are many pigs throughout the town. Marlie wanted to "pet" this one.


The highlight of her day was definitely the carnival rides. This "choo choo train" was her favorite.


That night we were sulking after the way the UGA game turned out. However, we still went over to our friends' house to watch some of the Florida LSU game.

I had to get up early on Sunday morning to do my 12.5 mile training run. After 2.5 hours (I'm REALLY slow) I made it back home. I've already done 10 and 11 miles, but my body definitely paid a price this time. I tried to do a cool down walk around my neighborhood but wasn't able to make it because my leg was hurting so bad. Once I got in my house i noticed that the bottom of my shorts were covered in blood. This picture was taken after I cleaned the area so it actually doesn't look bad at all. However, I basically had 2 open sores on my legs from chafing. It's been painful just for me to walk, but I was finally able to run again today - with bandages of course.


Needless to say that I was out of commission for the rest of the day (other than church).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Oven-Fried Chili Chicken

Makes 12 pieces
Prep 15 minutes
Bake at 375 degrees for 55 minutes

1 1/4 cups corn flake crumbs
2-3 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
12 bone-in chicken thighs, about 4 pounds total

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil.

In a pie dish or shallow bowl, whisk together the corn flake crumbs, chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.
Pour evaporated milk into a second pie dish.

Dip a chicken thigh into the milk and shake off excess.
Roll it around in the corn flake crumbs until completely coated.
Shake off excess.
Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake chicken at 375 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and crispy and internal temperature registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
May be served warm or at room temperature.

Per thigh:
285 calories
18 g fat (5 g sat)
21 g protein
9 g carbohydrate
0 g fiber
227 mg sodium
97 mg cholesterol

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vote for Marlie


I definitely have no expectations of Marlie getting selected as one of Gap's next models. However, one of my friends let me know that they would send me a coupon if i entered her. So here is Marlie's entry in the Gap Casting Call. Feel free to give her a few votes if you're so inclined.

http://family.go.com/gapcastingcall/entries/cs3110/247487668/

I tried to use the picture above, but kept having problems with the file size.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Yo Gabba Gabba Costumes

We thought M's birthday was kind of the end of the Yo Gabba Gabba craze in our household. Well, now it looks like YGG may be making a comeback for Halloween. I'm not crazy about any of the kids costumes that are for sale this year. I've been going in circles about what M is going to be. I had decided I was just going to make something for her. Somehow we got on the topic of YGG and Bryan said he would be willing to dress up as DJ Lance Rock. That changed everything! Now I'm planning on making a DJ Lance costume for him and a Foofa costume for M. Foofa is the pink flower character. M's should be pretty easy, but finding orange pants for Bryan has proven to be a challenge. Here are the looks we're going for! If you know where I can find some orange pants - please share!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Unbeatable Sloppy Joes

This is a Kraft recipe. We had these for dinner last night and were pleasantly surprised. I'll definitely make this again rather than buying canned sloppy joe mix.

Prep Time: 10 min
Total: 25 min
Makes: 6 servings

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 large tomato, chopped
6 hamburger buns, split
6 KRAFT Singles (I used shredded sharp cheddar rather than slices)
12 slices OSCAR MAYER Center Cut Bacon, cooked, drained (I had turkey bacon on hand so we used that instead.)

BROWN meat in large skillet on medium heat; drain. Add onions; cook 5 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally.

ADD ketchup, chili powder and tomatoes; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

SPOON meat mixture onto bottom halves of buns. Top evenly with Singles, bacon and tops of buns.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Art, Jazz, Oktoberfest & Apples

Once again, I've neglected my blog. Here's a recap of what we've been up to the past two weekends.

Last Saturday I got up early to run 11 miles. I can't believe I've made it this far in my training - but still have about a month left! After I got home and cleaned up, Bryan, M & I went out for some Saturday morning family fun. We went to the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in downtown Clarksville. They were having a kid's art day so children were able to make art with collages, finger paint, play dough, and string. We ran into some of our friends there so it turned out to be a really fun morning.
On Saturday evening we went to another Jazz on the Lawn. This time I remembered to bring my camera!
Marlie & Hunter half eating and half playing


She's dangerous!


M likes Beachhaven's Raspberry wine!


The clever way we hurried the kids to the car when the weather got bad


The fun continued this weekend. The Clarksville Edelweiss Club hosted Oktoberfest this weekend so we couldn't resist visiting it on Friday night. We all ate some schnitzel, Bryan had some beer, I had cake, and M got to ride some carnival rides.
Bryan & M dancing to the polka music


She was really getting it!


The highlight of M's night


Saturday morning was the post wide yard sale so we had to for go our usual Saturday morning family time. Saturday evening we went to an apple orchard to check out their apple festival. There wasn't as much to it as I had hoped but we always enjoy visiting new places.
This is where M wanted to spend most of her time at the orchard.


The cider was good!


Posing with the pumpkins


M & Addie



On Sunday morning, we visited a new church. We enjoy being lazy on Sunday mornings and taking our time getting ready for the service at 11. However, it's more important for us to find a church that we really feel is the right fit for us. So, we got up and moving on Sunday morning to make it downtown by 9:30. I go to MOPS at this church so we were looking forward to visiting their worship service. We were happy with our first visit and plan to go back. Since we were done with church so early, we were also able to have lunch and do a little shopping before coming home. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing at home.