Thursday, June 27, 2013

#97. Go Geocaching with the family - Easter Weekend

#97. Go Geocaching with the family (3/3)
The Saturday of Easter weekend I went to hang out with my family for the day. (Literally, I was hanging with them at one point!) They were camping at Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, MS. 
But everyone didn't go geocaching. Mom went...
So did Ashley, Daddy, and D'Lynn Grace!
I can't remember how many different ones we found while we were out but we had fun....
We explored beaches, woods, beside cemeteries, small downtown areas, in neighborhoods, and more!
Overall, it was a successful geocaching adventure!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#97. Go Geocaching with the family

#97. Go Geocaching with the family (2/3)

While in the Smoky Mountains with the family in September we did one quick geocaching with my family.

Colin's' first geocaching... This one was close to the Titanic Museum.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

100. Use dehydrator

100. Use dehydrator
I borrowed my mom's dehydrator and have used it a few times... But for the most part I have used it to make Apple Chips. They are simple... Slice apples, soak in diluted Orange Juice for 3-5 minutes (helps the apples from turning brown), spread on dehydrator, sprinkle with cinnamon, and let them run... I let them go for about 18 hours to get the "chip" to them.

Monday, June 24, 2013

72. Matte/Frame photos from Hinds days

72. Matte/Frame photos from Hinds days
I was looking at the blank walls on the office one day while I was working on some of my school and decided it would be the perfect place for some of my photos from my photography classes at Hinds....

Then came the task of picking which photos to put up...

And I couldn't pick just a few to put up on the wall...

So most of them that had mattes made it up on the wall...

What do you think?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

70. Fiddler on the Roof

70. Musical Production

Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.

 We went to see Fiddler on the Roof in March.

Family Photo... Minus Rachel who drove up on Thursday for the show
Saturday afternoon, Colin and I drove up to Brandon for a quick trip to see Fiddler On The Roof at Black Rose Theater.
Family Photo take 2
You see, my family had turned the play into a family event. They were all involved. My brother Joshua was Fyedka, my sisters Winnie and D'Lynn were villagers/chorus, my brother Caleb was a stage hand, my dad was the contsable, stage manager, and stage/prop builder, and my mom was the producer.
Heather and Joshua ... aka Fyedka

Heather and Winnie... aka Villager/Chorus
We were able to get into the theater before the doors opened... Because we are VIP... No really... It was a sold out show and we wanted to be able to snag the seats on the front row so Colin would be able to sit against the wall and not block anyones view.
Colin and Heather
The show was wonderful, the cast and crew did a great job! I laughed and sang along to the entire show.
Dad (Larry) aka Constable & Stage Manager & Heather w/ Colin Photo bombing
After the show we had the family photo op time... This photo cracks me up because my mom took it then realized Colin was in the background!
Ashley, Mom (Debbie) and Heather
It was a wonderful evening but quite late and very cold.

Heather & Colin

Heather & Colin

Heather & Colin with Caleb Photo Bombing



Saturday, June 22, 2013

70. Wicked

70. Go to a musical production

When I heard Wicked would be coming to New Orleans I knew I wanted to go. My sisters had gone to see it but I haven't and I had heard oh so many of my friends talk about how they loved it.

At Colin's parents house
So on a Thursday afternoon we headed over to Colin's parents house, all loaded up in the car, and the four of us headed off to see Wicked in New Orleans.

Waiting for the doors to open
We weren't sure how the traffic would be or the parking would be so we headed out a little early. Thankfully, no traffic and the handicap parking is right by the front doors!

Take your seats
Once the show starts you aren't allowed to take photos so I snagged a quick photo of the stage as soon as we took our seats then tucked away my phone for the show.

After Wicked
Not sure about everyone else, but I LOVED Wicked!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

69. Oh all the museums

69. Visit Museums (LOTS/4)
When I made my list in October of 2010, I had no idea where life was going to take me.
Since then, I have met Colin, Colin was in a catastrophic life changing wreck and we have learned to adapt to it.
One of those ways is through traveling. So... Here is a list of museums we have visited that I have posted about on our adventures blog...
And I know there are more....
That's just what I have blogged about!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

66. Tour a Winery

While in the Smoky Mountains this past February we visited 3 of the wineries on the Rocky Top Winery Trail.
You can't go into the winery areas of the Applewood Winery... Just see some of the containers holding the wine.

But you can get a short tour of the Mountain Valley Winery.

And in the Hillside Winery.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

62. Cheese-ology - St. Louis, MO

62. Eat at "new to me" restaurants (15/10)
# 15 - Cheese-ology - St. Louis, MO
My Uncle John recommended Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese., when we were planning our trip to St. Louis.
Bacon, Bacon
This one was a winner! Uncle John made a great recommendation! I had the Bacon, Bacon.
Bacon, Bacon - for Bacon lovers!! Mozzarella and Gruyere cheese, and a generous amount of thick cut Bacon
Cheese-ology was a great start to vacation food and a welcome site to see after a long day driving into St. Louis.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

62. Fitz's - St. Louis, MO

62. Eat at "new to me" restaurants (14/10)

# 14 - Fitz's - St. Louis, MO

While in St. Louis, we headed over to The Loop to Fitz's. I found Fitz's while reading through my Explore St. Louis guide.

Photo with the owner Michael Alter
Fitz’s Restaurant was opened in 1993. They use a 1940's vintage bottling line that has been refurbished and installed in the resturant for all the guest to watch the bottling. We were told they bottle one bottle every second. Fitz's bottles root beer, cream soda, orange and many other flavors.

Start of the line
Fitz's was bottling orange soda while were there. The owner brought us several bottles right off the bottling line to take home with us.

Love this photo cause you can see the bottles in all stages down the line
As the bottles go down the line, they first get the syrup, followed by the carbonated water, ending with the cap. The bottles then go through a flipping process where they are flipped 5 times. The bottles end the show by getting their labels.

Bottles going through the flipping
Fitz's follows the old school rules for making sodas and uses cane sugar. By using the cane sugar, the drinks don't leave the odd after taste in your mouth.
This photo shows the bottles in all four stages.

My endless mug of orange soda and our bottles right off the line

My Kids size burger and Root Beer based Baked Beans!!!
I got way too hot while we were at the zoo before we went to eat so I was not very hungry. The kids menu has an age limit but they let me order off of it and it was the perfect size. For my side I ordered the baked beans, these were some of the best baked beans I have ever had in my life! The baked beans are made with a Fitz's root beer base!!!
We got a window seat to the bottling line. - Photo with the owner and his daughter

Monday, June 17, 2013

62. Pappy's Smokehouse - St. Louis, MO

62. Eat at "new to me" restaurants (13/10)
# 13 - Pappy's Smokehouse - St. Louis, MO
While we were in St. Louis this past summer, we headed for a late lunch at Pappy's Smokehouse for some BBQ!

Pappy's has won so many awards, been on the Food Network and The Travel Channel, been voted Best BBQ and so much more!
With the Owner Mike "Smokey" Emerson a.k.a. Pappy
It was fun being able to meet the owners at both Fitz's and Pappy's. They were both very involved owners making sure their customers were happy and taken care of while you were at their restaurants.

I ate the regular size (6oz) pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and potato salad
My favorite BBQ sauce at Pappy's was the Sweet Baby Jane sauce which is named in honor of Pappy's granddaughter. I wish we would have bought a bottle of this to bring home with us!

The line when we got there. It wraps around to the left before getting to the register.
I had heard and read online that Pappy's can be very busy at lunch time so we planned to have a late lunch. I didn't expect there to be a line 30 people deep when we got there after 2:30!! But, the line moved very quickly and the food came out nice, hot, fast, and fresh!

It is family style seating on picnic benches and a few tables with chairs. You are suppose to order than find a seat. The owner and some of the workers helped us grab two tables beside each other that Colin could roll under since the picnic tables were not a possibility for him.

Waiting in line to order.
Pappy's was oh so good! It will be on the list to go back to if we ever make it back to St. Louis. If you are ever in the area be sure to stop by for some good BBQ!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

62. Maggiano's Little Italy - St. Louis, MO

62. Eat at "new to me" restaurants (12/10)
# 12 - Maggiano's Little Italy - St. Louis, MO
While on our trip to St. Louis with Colin's family we had dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy.

We decided to order Family Style and order the Classic size. It ended up being SOO MUCH FOOD! With the Classic size you can choose any three appetizers or salads, four main courses selections and two desserts on the Family Style Menu.

Our Appetizer we had Mozzarella Mariana (pictured), Maggiano's salad and Steamed Mussels

Main Course : Chicken Parmesan and Chicken Marsala

Main Course : Baked Rigatoni Pomodoro (I think) (I do remember it was not as good as the lady discribed it.)

Main Course : Four Cheese Ravioli

Dessert : Teramisu

Dessert : Nonna's Toasted Pound Cake

Thank you Ahren (our photographer!) for sitting on the ground to get this shot

The brothers! Colin and Ahren