Mother’s Day Cooking Class

Gotta start off the post with some cuteness!


Saying “Mommy!” when I was leaving.

For Mother’s Day I reserved two spots at one of the Cooking Along the Crooked Road cooking classes at the Higher Ed Center.  This one focused on heart healthy vegetables.


Me and Mom before the class began.

We made a fruit salad, a green salad with Asian dressing and chicken stir fry with rice.

The vegetables that we used that are currently in season locally came from Deni Peterson’s farm (one of the class instructors).  She is the Learning Landscapes Education Coordinator for Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Our other instructor was Kim Evans who is a local personal chef.  Her company is Moveable Feast.





Aren’t these bell peppers beautiful?20150601_185625



We were in charge of cutting the bell peppers.20150601_192225

We also had to chop the garlic and mix up the thickening agent for the stir fry.20150601_183507

I think I could have eaten this whole bowl of fruit.  It was delicious!20150601_195243

My fruit salad and regular salad plate.20150601_195837

The stir fry and rice.  It looked prettier before I plated it! haha20150601_202102

When we came out to get in my car we saw such a pretty rainbow.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.signature

Busy Week & Weekend

Short weeks seem so crazy around here.  I don’t know what it is but it is more hectic on a short week than a regular week.

I entered some photos I had taken in the Clinch River Days Photography Contest.  Thursday would have been the awards ceremony but I couldn’t make it.  Our week has been so crazy that I just couldn’t leave work early enough.  I don’t think I won anything because no one has called but I feel good to have just entered.  I’ll check on them this week and see when/where I can pick them up.

Friday we did a 5k Fun Walk/Run called a Glow for a Cure.  We just walked.  Mom wanted to do it and we agreed to do it with her.  We hadn’t trained or anything for it but it was fine and always good to spend time with family.  There was a good turnout, probably 75+.  I was silly and didn’t get a single picture!  Can you believe that?  Anyway, we had us three, Mom, Bets, Larry and my aunt Heather in our group.  I hope they do it again next year.

Saturday we went kayaking at Adventure Mendota.  Christina’s birthday was last Tuesday so this was her (slightly late) birthday present!  We had such a great time!

20150530_123251We didn’t intentionally match…but it happened!  


The owners even made sure to personalize our trip.  They seem like nice, genuine people who are very passionate about their new business venture.  I really think they’ll do well.  Anyone interested in some SWVA kayaking should check them out!


Sunday mornings don’t get much better than this!  We all slept in and Rylan and I had some extra cuddle time.  It was perfect.

We stayed home to work on some projects and getting ready for the week to come as well as some rest.  I had to move a lot of things around so that we could get our walls textured and ready for paint.  It has been hard to deal with everything out of whack but it will all be worth it when it is finished.  I’m trying to decide on a wall color right now.  I have an overall plan but picking the perfect wall color is hard sometimes.  I’ve gotten so many paint swatches and I keep looking at them in different lights at different times of day.  Its quite a process.  I want this to be the last time I paint for quite some time.

I worked on a sign for our dining room.  I love the way it looks so far.  I hope to finish it up soon.


I also painted my dining room table.  I had painted the chairs earlier.  Now I’m ready to reupholster them and my table is FINALLY finished!

I hope to be finished with it all soon.  This process is definitely love/hate.  Maybe when I get done I’ll do a post on it.  I love being able to look back at everything we’ve done.