Looking back at a little party

So…my family is really into the Steelers.  You know…the professional football team…the team with SIX Super Bowl wins.  Those Steelers.

A few months ago, my sweet mother-in-law suggested that we put together a little baby shower for my sister-in-law who is nurturing a third son, expected to be born in early December.  My mom-in-law thought that if we disguised the shower as a Steeler party we might be able to surprised sis-in-law and the men-folk wouldn’t feel weird being at a baby shower.  (I know that in many circles co-ed baby showers are trendy and “normal,” but our guys didn’t get the memo.)

So last Sunday, we all gathered in our Steeler gear with gifts and decorations carefully hidden away.  As half-time approached, we scurried around hanging decorations, pulling out the cake (made by Cory’s aunt), sitting the presents in view, and giggling about the surprise to come.  Finally, everyone came to the kitchen for food, and the mom-to-be was truly surprised to find more than meatball sandwiches and taco dip!  We had the screened-in porch completely decked out for a Steeler baby shower.  I’m wondering if this was the first of it’s kind!

I can’t seem to get the cake picture to load.  Bummer!  I’ll keep working on that. 

I hate that I missed “Silent Sunday” yesterday…already.  It was a busy Sunday with church and our monthly Scrapbook Fellowship.  I didn’t get a chance to be online until bedtime.

A Big October Weekend

We were certainly on the go this weekend.  But I’m not complaining.  We got to spend time with some of our favorite people in the world.  (Missed you, Kristy!)  “We” is my parents combined with my husband’s family and a few extras!  On Saturday, we headed to a local family-centered amusement park.  During the weekends in October, kids can trick-or-treat in the park, and the whole place is “dressed up” for autumn and a mild, kid-friendly version of Halloween.  As a not-so-thrilled-about-Halloween gal, this was a good fit for my family.  The weather was gorgeous.  The costumes actually got finished in time, and they didn’t fall apart!

On Sunday we had a surprise baby shower for my sister-in-law.  I’ll share some of those fun details in another post.

Busy in the Kitchen

Now that the panicked pace of September has settled into a decidedly calmer rhythm in October, I finally stopped skittering like a stress-out mouse and made time for some of the things I love most with the two little fellows I love best.  Enjoy a visit to my kitchen.

Oh, look!  It’s me.  My five-year-old took this picture and the noodles above.

Supper was a warm, wonderful combination of this Veggie-Chicken Noodle Soup from Light Cooking and the Whole Grain Bread from The Joy of Cooking.

Silent Sunday: (#1)

…An Exercise in Gratitude…

In the spirit of Soulemama’s {this moment} and The Magic Onion’s “Silent Saturday,”  I am instituting a “Silent Sunday” practice.  Each Sunday, I will select a photograph that captures a moment, a place, a person, or an object for which I am grateful–no explaining, no poetics. 

As a kid (and still today), I loved the movie The Trouble with Angels with Hayley Mills.  I’ve always had an affectionate curiosity toward nuns, so this movie truly captivated me…and made me laugh.  The nuns observed “Silent Sunday,” and I loved the idea of prayerful quiet.

So for my first entry…

Blessings to you!

Exploring the Pomegranate

Do you ever say “no” or think “no” to something just because it wasn’t in the plan, or it might be messy, or it just feels like trouble?  I almost said “no” to a pomegranate in the grocery store on Wednesday afternoon.  My boy–a curious, inquisitive little munchkin–was immediately captivated by this reddish, purplish gem.  He held it, sniffed it, hugged it (yes!), examined its odd “stem” (that’s not where it really connects to the plant), and emphatically explained–despite my protests–that in “Bible times,” people could just bite into this fruit.  See, our storybook Bible shows a pomegranate instead of the traditional apple in the Adam & Eve account.  That was evidence enough that this was the fruit from the Garden. 

So despite my desire to hurry through the store to get home (who was I kidding?), I agreed to purchase the mysterious pomegranate.

I told my boy that we would have to Google pomegranate to be sure that we were eating the right parts.  He exclaimed, “We’re going to be scientists!”  So as culinary scientists, we proceeded to read up on our specimen and prepared to dissect.  I was immediate reminded of the myth concerning the pomegranate and the droplets of “blood” inside.  I’ll have to look that up again.  Truly, the fruit was beautiful, but how odd that the seeds are the only edible part.  We had such fun investigating and playing scientist.  For $1.38, we had a productive afternoon of exploration.  I’m so glad that I didn’t say the “no” out loud.

Up and Running!

We officially have an online shop!  “We,” so far, is me and my mom.  We are trying to recruit my sister!  I hope you’ll visit us at www.warmaspiedesigns.etsy.com.  The site is as plain as you can get for the moment, but I’m just learning.

Now that the shop’s taken care of, I can’t wait to get back to the cozy work of Warm as Pie.  See you tomorrow!

(Just realized that this was Post #100!)

New Things

All summer I was making plans for Warm as Pie designs, and I had so much fun looking for new kinds of crafts to try.  I love trying new ways of being crafty, and I’m totally loving all that I’m learning about using felt.  I can’t wait to get everything settled so that you can browse all the goodies that I have planned for you.  And guess what…you, my faithful blog readers, are going to get to meet my mom!  She is doing so much beautiful work for Warm as Pie designs.  I can’t wait to introduce you to the person who introduced me to the fun of crayons and all the crafty goodness that has made me addicted to making stuff since childhood.  For now…I’m off to bed.