Monday, May 18, 2009

Recital Night!

Tonight was Pamela's piano recital. We are so proud of her. She won the Bravo award for being the top in her class!

This blog post is for grandma who couldn't be here...
Mrs Rachel - the piano teacher

She wrote Pamela a very lovely note:


I have so enjoyed teaching you piano this semester. You have worked so hard and I am so proud of you! You are such a precious girl & you have a gift for music. I hope you continue to grow musically! You have been a joy to teach.

(heart) Rachel

Group picture...
Dinner after the reception at Chili's!
We told our waiter that we were having a HALLMARK MOMENT, and he said, "great, now all you need is a camera!"... To his surprise, I handed him a camera.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Family Roadtrip - Mustang Island

We took off for a quick road trip to the gulf. Our first destination was Lake Corpus Christi State Park (no photo's taken) but we stopped to have a picnic lunch and to swim in the cool lake. Nice!

Afterwards we arrived in Corpus Christi, and crossed the bridge over the ocean that leads to Mustang Island.
Due to severe drought, the beach was very sandy and treacherous for driving, not to mention windy. With care, we parked on the beach after paying for our campsite. We pitched our tent behind the dunes and headed for some sun and sand.

Man of war jellyfish.

Near the dunes, the sand was so soft and thick, we sank like we were walking in snow.

Back at camp, we started dinner...

After dark, we took our flashlights and walked the beach, catching crabs.

Breakfast outdoors taste the best!

Bold and beautiful birds!

We packed and left this morning and drove through Aransas Pass, stopping at another beach. If you look closely, you can see a lady doing stretches on the surf.
Driving through the island...
Taking the ferry across to the mainland...

Heading back home, we stopped at Choke Canyon South Beach State Park... To be honest, I was shocked at the size of the lake. We had to drive through some small towns off the beaten path to get here and I never realized this state park existed. Thanks to Texas Highways, we've learned to watch for those brown Texas state park signs!

This lake was like looking across the ocean. Driving several miles down the road, we visited another state park, Choke Canyon Callahans, which shared the same lake. Beautiful!
Alligators at both state parks...

This is definitely not a good place to swim..
The fish here are HUGE. We spied this catfish head. While peering over "gatorville" we noticed large shapes swimming in the distance. Taking binoculars, Alan realized they were FINS, not gators that were swimming around. The fish were massive.

If you are looking for a great place to fish, swim (they have designated beaches) and gator hunt, visit these state parks!

It was a great mini road trip. Only used up 1 and a half tanks of gas. Time to renew our Texas State Park pass and plan our next trip! Gotta love Texas!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Milkbone Biscuits

Wanting to find something healthier for our dog, we decided to make our own doggie treats. These taste really good. I sampled one myself.

These biscuits only cost about .30 cents a pound. Just think how much money you'll save with healthy homemade treats, and the kids will have fun making these too.

Pamela made these tonight and we had a huge batch! Sheba loved them.

These biscuits are puppy tested, and mother approved!

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits

3/4 cup hot water
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour

Variation: increase margarine to 1/2 cup and add 2 teaspoons sugar
In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of biscuits.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May Festival

Today was May Festival at Pioneer Farms. After getting the wood stove going at the Homestead, I had an opportunity to enjoy some live music and to visit with friends. What a great crowd!

Enjoyed some good 1700 and 1800 music. Beautiful lyrics!

Maypole dance, with the Biscuit Brothers.