Saturday, October 2, 2010


Well folks, this is the third Saturday in a row for my morning walk/run on our road. Amazing, huh? It really is nice and peaceful out there early in the morning. I find myself praying a bit, and enjoying the country scenery. One day I saw a cute little groundhog. Another day I saw a couple deer. One day I smelled a skunk. :-P That brought back bad memories, but that, my friends is a story for another day.  

This morning I felt ambitious, froggy even... so I decided I'd run a little farther than usual. I didn't look up the distance on before I did it. So when I finally climbed the hill up to the house, I went straight to the 'puter. My first leg (of running) was 1.3 miles. Cool. This week had been my first time to run 1 mile straight (at the church) so I bumped that up a bit. Well then I walked a short bit before running the remaining leg, which according to Rand was 1.1 miles. So today, I ran a total of 2.4 miles and walked a mere 0.6. Yay me!

Gotta run - more Oreo balls to fix, a Carnival to go to and a pic-uh-nic to head to. Busy day!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Oreo balls (for Haiti...kinda)

Wanna know what I've been up to? This 'n that. And makin' these yummy little things I like to call Oreo balls. Some may call 'em snowman poop, but who wants to eat something with the word poop in it?! A guy brought some to work a couple years ago, but his wife wouldn't let him share the recipe. <sigh> My friend Brandi (who could make a mud pie taste good) figured out how to make 'em and what's super cool is, there are only THREE ingredients. SCORE!

1 bag Oreos
1 block cream cheese (softened)
1 package almond bark or white chocolate or vanilla candy coating (don't use the chips)

First, crush the Oreos to a pretty fine consistency. I use a small food chopper. 
Pour the crushed Oreos in a bowl and add a block of cream cheese. Blend with electric mixer until cream cheese is mixed in really well.

Roll into small balls and place on wax paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours. (I always put mine on a cookie sheet for easier transfer.) If you don't have that much time, you can put them in the freezer so they'll set.

Melt half the tray of almond bark/white choc/vanilla candy coating in microwave (1 minute, stir, then 15 seconds at a time to avoid burning). Dip the Oreo balls and put back on wax paper until set. Repeat for remaining.
This is the yummy, tasty, sinfully delicious end product....

I'm making these little treasures for a bake sale. Tomorrow a local church in our little town is holding a carnival fundraiser to raise money for an adoption... the adoption of these two little ones in Haiti -
My oldest brother Jonathan and his wife Michelle are the excited adoptive parents. Michelle went on a mission trip to an orphanage in Haiti earlier this year and fell in love with these two (a brother and sister). They've prayed about it and feel God's leading to adopt them both. They married off Sasha (last summer) and just sent Caleb away to college so it doesn't look like their empty nest is gonna stay empty for long. lol Kerby and Kerlandy will soon become part of the fam. Hopefully my little Oreo balls will contribute a few bucks. I may have to hide 'em from Michelle. ha She has a major weakness for 'em.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A shot in the arm

Ok, so if you know me, you know I have a lot of sinus trouble. Well, about this time last year I started taking allergy shots. And this is big for me because I'm a needle hater. But geez, I was tired of being snotty all the time. Anyway, this year has been a tremendous improvement for me in the sinus category. I'm so glad I sucked it up and did the shots.

That info was the setup for this post - today at work they gave free flu shots. Well I'm all about somethin' free, (who ain't?!) but my aversion to needles still crops up occasionally... Yeah, I got one last year for the first time and obviously lived to tell about it... And yeah, I go every two weeks to get a shot in each arm filled with liquid poison (trees, grass, weeds, ragweed, dust mites & dog) but this is different. Or is it?

So my co-worker Diana goes to get her shot and comes back talkin' a big talk 'bout how it didn't hurt yada yada yada... Cindy and I are the last two chickens, er I mean holdouts, on the hall. I leave my desk for a minute and come back to find the consent form prominently placed on my desk. When Diana hears me plop down in my chair, she sweetly says, "Lyndy, I printed a form for ya and put it on your desk." I thanked her and smiled to myself...relentless... I told Cin she's not gonna give up ya know, and Cin said I'll go if you go. So off we went. . .

What's funny is there were several people in line visibly nervous about this little flu shot. Isn't it crazy how parents make their kids act all brave and take their vaccinations, yet when it's the grown ups' turn they're big ole chickens? he he

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A busy night. . .

Last night I made some yummy homemade chicken noodle soup. It was my first time and I admit I can't take all the credit for its tastiness because my good friend Karen gave me the recipe. And the gold star on the night was the fact that my cornbread came out really good. Anthony likes him some crispy edges. :-P

I was also busy making this cute little invitation for my mother-in-law's annual fall cookout, which is next Saturday.

It's always so fun! We eat and play and ride on a hayride "up in the holler." Livin' in the country shore is FUN!  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I've looked forward to something all week...but didn't want to spoil it for y'all. This weekend in Lebanon, Kentucky they had their annual Ham Days Festival. According to their website, it all started nearly 40 years ago with six country hams (and some people I assume haha)... Now they don't just serve ham, it's just the theme of their little festival. Anyhoo, the reason we were headin' up to good ole Lebanon was because Brandon was gonna be the live entertainment at the main stage. ROAD TRIP! It took us 2 hours to get there, but it was worth the drive.

First things first: park and find the stage. Check. Next: find food! Their website made me hungry. I think I read it every day this week. ha A funnel cake was the object of my affection. Got me one! Well, I shared it with my beloved. And might I add that Lebanon folk know how to make a mean funnel cake. Best I ever had!

Well, let me tell you a little bit about our good friend Brandon. See, he's distantly kin to me and he happens to be a real close friend of my hubby's, too. And you just gotta understand...Brandon doesn't get troubled or bogged down by time. He told us they'd be playing at 8. Um at 8 they weren't even on the premises. It was more like 9:15 or so when they finally came out and played. But yeah, it was worth the wait! They did mostly country, and even threw in one original song that Brandon wrote - it's a great one. Oh and thanks for throwin' in Let Her Cry! Love some Hootie!

We put our chairs close to the stage, which is good for those of us who are near sighted, but not so good on the ole eardrum, my ears were still ringin' this morning. But we had a great view of the band as well as the crazy folk who were dancin' in the street. Shucks, maybe I'm just a pinch jealous cuz I can't dance a lick!

Oh, and before you go and start thinkin' Brandon's really cool, here's a couple pics of him, his sis and me "back in the day" as they say. he he

Anyway, we had a good time and Brandon and his gang sounded great. One of these days when he's made it BIG we can only hope he remembers the little people...