Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Corn Fritters

One of my favorite foods that my mom used to make is corn fritters.  I am sure she made them to use up extra corn or to stretch a can of corn.  We did not have them very much.  But, they made an impression.  When my parents came to meet my boys after they were born, this was my dinner of choice.

Well…we got some fresh sweet corn and had some ears left over.  I pulled out a very old Betty Crocker cookbook and tried my hand at my own corn fritters.  They were ok.  Peanut wasn't home that night.  So, the next night I doctored the recipe, used up the last of the fresh corn and made some fabulous fritters.  I forgot to take a picture of those.

It is so funny how some foods have such special meaning.  I felt like my mom was right at the table with us, not many miles away.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Another…Year Ago

A year ago, THIS afternoon, Pumpkin got to meet the other incoming swimmers.  Love that they sat right down in a circle and started bonding.
This group of kids is a special one.  Pumpkin has made some friends-for-life in this group.  What an asset the swim team is.  It helped Pumpkin survive the long cold, dark, CT winters.
He has been out of the water for so long this spring.  I bet he is itching to get back in and do a few laps.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

52 Weeks Ago

Hard to believe!  Fifty two weeks ago today, we were flying into Hartford airport.  Pumpkin was getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime.  I was a nervous wreck.  I'm thinking he was too.  We did not talk about our nerves much.  We've all grown over this past year.  We miss him.  But, we are still so, very, proud!
He is out to sea as I type this and we have zip, zero, no contact.  It is tough.  The countdown 'til he comes home makes it a bit easier.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gainer Failure

Peanut was trying to perfect his Gainer off a friend's diving board.  On one attempt, his knee hit his nose.  It hurt, but did not stop him from having fun off the board.  If you look closely, there is a bruise on the bridge of his nose.  On Wednesday, we got confirmation that it is broken.  He will have surgery on July 5th.  No trip to Cincinnati for us this Fourth of July!
It does hurt him, but he doesn't complain.  He is still running and enjoying time with his friends.  The school summer work…not so sure he is making much progress!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cuban Food in Miami

We enjoyed a day at the beach while we were in Miami.  We found the perfect dinner.  A very casual restaurant we walked to from the beach that served Cuban food.  We tried plantains and yucca.  I tried the Sangria.  The Big Guy tried a Cuban brisket.  We enjoyed it!  I won't mention that was the only meal we ate that day.  We missed having Pumpkin along.  He would have enjoyed the food too!

Saturday, June 21, 2014


As of yesterday, I've entered into another year.  Sometimes I wish I could stop the clock!

The best gift, a phone call from my mom.  My brother helped out a bit.  Boy!  It was the wonderful to hear her voice.  Once she moved into her new place, I stopped calling.  It can be hard for her to reach the phone and I did not want to make her feel bad.  She is holding the gift I got her for her birthday.  We both share a love for ice cream.
We went out to dinner last night.  We tried a relatively new place.  It was very crowded and they don't accept reservations.  We ended up eating at their bar.  It was perfect.  Peanut enjoyed it too.   He ditched us as soon as we got home to back to a friend's house.

Driver's License

We have another driver in the family!  Hard to believe, but very excited for him!  Not so excited about our insurance rates.  Good thing he gets the good student driver discount!