Thursday, September 25, 2014

38/52- A Photo Challenge

September sky at Sunday sunset…
My college homies know this brings my heart back to you-know-where and you-know-when.
"Name the core color."


Kai found a nut and immediately transformed into, "Mr. Pig Nose". 
Kai is a nut.
And I love her kind. 

Layne's so fancy, you already know-owe! (and now THAT'S stuck in your head)
Group sing sesh breaks out every time Iggy's Fancy plays. 
Our lyrics are better. 
And Boops is fancier. 


Not one to sleep on the job, Beast made a deal with this wingman.

Here's to a revealing weekend of pleasant surprises!
Welcome AUTUMN! I've missed you.
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lunchbox Love Letters

I've always been a note-writer…
passing them in football-shaped fold-ups in school,
hiding them under pillows and in drawers to surprise loved ones, 

Now that our eldest has started school, we've been packing extra punch in her lunchbox—
a love letter a day.
We keep a pen and paper right next to our lunch packing station and take turns leaving messages for our kiddo to read during her afternoon chow sesh. 

I remember the childhood thrill of finding lunchbox messages from my own mama—like a great big hug from far away, and the love in that ink and paper goes a long way in brightening any day.

Kaira loves her notes, and she's sure to remind us to leave her a message every day. 
Writing the letters takes mere seconds, but the memories of the love within last a lifetime. 
Keep your paper and pen nearby, and remind your peanuts that you're thinking of them, even when they're away. It'll make them smile. 

A little bit of love goes a long way.
Make your mark on someone's heart.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

37/52- A Photo Challenge

Summer skies are almost gone, giving way to fabulous fall eye candy 'round every corner.  

At our family's Sunday dinner, Kaira showed off with an interesting acrobatic routine. Cartwheel mania.

Boops was taken down a notch to recover from some seasonal cuties cooties. Afternoon couch naps are as rare as unicorn sightings around here, so you know this kid was spent. 

I still don't get cats. While studying his cryptic behavior, I caught this dude using a crazy tongue technique to drink backwards. Say whaaa?
I'm loving these cool mornings and nights. Bring on the pumpkin coffee, sweaters, boots and snuggling under blankets! Mmmmmm!

What's your favorite part of welcoming fall?
Here's to a wonderful weekend of Fiddle and Organic Apple festivaling! See ya there!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How NOT to Prepare Ghost Peppers

You know me.
I love-a-dee-spice.

I admit my passion for peppa has been a little out of hand lately.

There was that Chile Pepper Fest and all.
And I came home like this.
So…
Lee even made me real pepper earrings, which I'm modeling here—while encompassed by blissful spice-dom.
He ALSO bought me three of the formerly-named hottest peppers in the world. Check out the yellow and red ghost (see Bhut Jolokia) peppers on top of this pile. 

Three.

Couldn't wait to get into those, but I had to admit intimidation. My ghost experiences had been via hot sauces alone. I'd never handled the actual bad boys.

Never prepared them.
I'd also never had to evacuate my family from our home while cooking.
So here's a little heads up to those of you who have the pepper itch and are about to get down with the goods.

DO NOT EVEN FREAKIN' THINK ABOUT COOKING GHOST PEPPERS ON YOUR INDOOR STOVE!

While whipping up the most amazing enchilada dinner in history, I went for the kick and sautéed ONE ghost pepper (I used gloves to cut it) in olive oil. 
About to slice and sauté ONE Bhut Jolokia pepper. The face of total ignorance. 
Stooooooopid. 

Heat aerosolizes capsaicin…so within minutes, I'd pepper-gassed my entire family. 
Literally. 
We burst outside, eyes teary and red, backs of our throats a'zingin'. 
One of my kids puked from coughing.
It was seriously like a military drill. 

:::shakes head in naive shame

Don't ever ever ever cook Bhut Jolokia peppers in your home, 'kay? 
Imagine if I'd sautéed all three?!?

Again, once the fog cleared, the cooked peppers were fantastically delicious, so if you're into the spicy scene, I'd suggest cooking WAY outdoors or use my preferred method of peppering and dehydrate to Make Your Own Pepper Flake Mix
Bhut Jolokia peppers
Cooked ghost pepper is inside the central glass dish. Yum!
I'll be researching and experimenting with my remaining ghost peppers to find the most practical and effective methods for food incorporation. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

In the meantime, watch this dude eat a whole Bhut Jolokia pepper…and don't do THAT either. 

Respect the hot stuff, be cautious and send me recipes!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

36/52- A Photo Challenge

It appears spiders like gerbera daisies, too. Such a magnetic lure— I respect the strategy and let her web stay put. Courteously, she paid it forward and relocated the next day. Cool spider. We'd be friends. 
Kai kicked out, surrounded by her beloved books and her snuggliest lovey

Lovely Layna, entranced by the player piano's serenade.

Uber pants. 
Seriously though —not sure I've EVER seen Beast pant like this…except for that last time he returned from running away. And the time before that.

Apples apples and more Honeycrisp apples. I'm gonna pick them ALL. Race you to the orchard.
:::crunch
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stink Bugs Are Coming, Yet We'd Like to Propose a Toast


On a crisp September evening, fella and I poured a smooth Syrah and nestled in for the night. 

Regular readers will understand why we've previously covered our wine glasses with coasters on TOP between sips. 

But lately, our glasses remain blissfully uncovered and our home lacks its familiar buzz.
No swearing, no swatting, no wiping up stankin' SCAT!

Yes, ever since I posted GOODBYE Stink Bugs! We're Fortified! we've been closer to fine, my friends.
It might just be working!

With our fortress resided, we've been resealing entryways and windows to prepare for the upcoming onslaught that occurs at the end of every September. As the air cools down, those suckers are gonna try to make their way back INto our homes. 

This year, we'll be ready…more ready than ever before. 
In just a few short weeks, we'll know the true strength of our valiant efforts.
Not THIS time, spawn!
Until then, we'll be toasting, glasses uncovered, to a stink bug-free year. We can do this. 
Sayonara, suckas! :::clink

Are you getting fortified to keep spawn outta your scene? Make your moves now!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

35/52- A Photo Challenge

Chile Pepper Festival is kickin' this weekend. I've been waiting and training all year. 
Thought I was tough last year? Psssssh! 
I just keep getting hotter in my old age. 
Right?
Right.

Pirate problems…

A weekend of Labor Day partying didn't keep De Boopsie from stopping to smell the flowers.

It's no wonder why I love my boys…
both loyal to the core.
Bring on that capsaicin, baby! I'm ready!
What's your favorite hot sauce?
Carolina Reaper or BUST!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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