Monday, January 21, 2008

What a fun weekend!

Andrew at dinner club
Tim and Kara's little Angel (well...maybe not little)
Me and Amber
Me and my girl Kara
Me and Tim

Andrew playing dominoes I love my dad!
Papa Jay and Tulip
Tulip after a bath

Me, Erika and Whitney at Maggiano's

The birthday boy
Andrew likes to take close-up pictures

This was a very full and very fun weekend. It started off with dinner at Maggiano's to celebrate Rusty's birthday. Then, we went to Southlake on Saturday to hang out with my parents and play dominoes. And finally, we ended up at the Smith's for dinner club (we missed you Jordan!). It was a great weekend!
PS: Make sure you read my Girl Scout Cookie post that follows!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Girl Scout Cookies from Ellie Kate

OK, if you know me at all, you know that I have a mad passion for dessert. I really should go to "Dessert Anonymous". It's a serious problem. However, the dessert that trumps all desserts is a delicious box of Girl Scout Cookies. One of my favorite people in the whole world, Ellie Kate, is selling the delicious cookies right now. I know you can get them from any Girl Scout, but if you want to get them from the BEST, you'll get them from her. Let me know what kind you would like and I'll order them for you. Here are your choices (I did not write the descriptions, they came from the official Girl Scout Cookie website):

Thin Mints: The most enduring and universally familiar Girl Scout cookie. These round, mint-flavored cookies covered with dark chocolate perennially sell the most boxes of any cookie. Thin Mints have never changed their name. Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers both make Thin Mints.

Do-Si-Dos® or Peanut Butter Sandwich: A sandwich cookie. The round, bumpy perforated oatmeal cookie top and bottom surrounds a peanut butter-flavored layer inside. Do-Si-Dos® (formerly Gauchos) are baked by Little Brownie Bakers. ABC Bakers calls them Peanut Butter Sandwiches.

Trefoils or Shortbread: These shortbread cookies are shaped like the Girl Scout Trefoil design. Scot Teas were a similar, lighter sugar cookie made by the now defunct Burry. These cookies come in a blue box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Trefoils; ABC Bakers call them Shortbread.
Tagalongs® or Peanut Butter Patties®: These are round cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top, and covered in chocolate. These cookies come in a red box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Tagalongs®; ABC Bakers call them Peanut Butter Patties®.

Samoas® or Caramel deLites®: These are round doughnut-shaped cookies about two inches in diameter with a hole in the center, covered in caramel and toasted coconut, and then striped with chocolate. Samoas® are made by Little Brownie Bakers. The ABC version is called Caramel deLites®.

All Abouts: A shortbread cookie with a layer of chocolate fudge on the bottom and Girl Scout related sayings on the top. All Abouts deliver the exciting and essential messages of the new Girl Scout Leadership Development Model. They come in a pink box, and are made by Little Brownie Bakers.

Thanks-A-Lot™: A shortbread cookie with a layer of fudge on the bottom and the words "Thank You" in English, French, Chinese, Swahili or Spanish embossed on the top. Thanks-A-Lots™ have been made by ABC Bakers since 2006 and were preceded by a similar cookie called the Animal Treasure.

Lemon Chalet Cremes™: New for 2007, they feature a design of Our Chalet in Switzerland. This sandwich cookie has a touch of cinnamon-ginger spice that evokes the warmth of a fireside chat on a snowy evening; they are made by Little Brownie Bakers.

Sugar Free Chocolate Chips: New for 2007, Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies give those who need or prefer sugar free products have a new way to support Girl Scouting—and a scrumptious new snack at bedtime, or any time! They are made by Little Brownie Bakers.

Cinna-Spins™: New for 2007, Cinna-Spins™ make it easy to snack smart by doing the calorie counting for you! Each carton contains five ready-to-grab-and-go 100 calorie packs full of crispy cinnamon swirls; they are made by ABC Bakers.

Lemonades™: Introduced in 2006, these shortbread cookies are stamped in the shape of a sliced lemon with a tangy lemon icing. They are made by ABC Bakers and replace the Lemon Pastry Creme.

© 2007, Girl Scouts of the USA. All Rights Reserved.

Ellie Kate, please order me 2 boxes of Thin Mints and 2 boxes of Tag-a-longs.

I love you Ellie Kate!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Christmas in Missouri

Our first stop on the trip to Missouri is always IHOP. Here we are eating breakfast at 6:20 in the morning. I'm a much happier passenger after a big plate of pancakes!
Andrew's favorite restaurant in Joplin is Pizza By Stout. We go there every visit (sometimes more than once). I must admit, after 5 years of visiting Joplin, it's my favorite restaurant too.
They are so cute it's sickening...

Uncle Dave and Aunt Victoria came to eat pizza with us too

Do you notice who is sitting on Andrew's shoulder while he watches TV???

The Shull's house decorated with Christmas lights

Andrew lives right outside a very, very, very small town called Neck City. I tell him that he is from there (the "Welcome to Neck City" sign is literally in his front yard) but his entire family refuses to believe it. It is a rather unusual little speck on the map...let's put it this way, there are more belongings outside of one's home in Neck City than inside. Be that as it may, the town of Neck City loves to decorate this huge tree every Christmas right out in front of all their trailers. It is a very festive tree no matter how unusual this little town might be.

Jonathan and Gretchen's is adorable year around but it looks particularly good covered in snow.
I love Kansas City!

Brode had more gifts than I think he knew what to do with.

We just had the best four days in Missouri for Christmas. It was a lot of napping, eating, movie watching, eating and napping some more. We were there long enough that we got to drive to Kansas City and visit Jonathan, Gretchen and Brode too. The weather was cold (especially in KC where there was snow on the ground), and it made for the perfect time to be at the farm.

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