Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Barefoot Boys

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Blessings on thee, little man,
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Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
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With thy turned-up pantaloons,
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And thy merry whistled tunes;
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With thy red lip, redder still
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Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
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With the sunshine on thy face,
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Through thy torn brim’s jaunty grace;
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Ah! that thou couldst know thy joy,
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Ere it passes, barefoot boy!
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Blessings on the barefoot boys!

by John Greenleaf Whittier

Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Best Good Friends

Today is my little sisssy's 27th birthday! She's a freakin' rad sister. And July 6th was my BFF's 29th birthday. Here's a little confession though, I forget to call her every single year. I'm terrible. Seriously. I suck. So, I'm trying to make up for it by public apology (I'm sorry!).
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Anyhow, this is a picture of all of us ready to go to the Eclpise premiere. It was awesome. So...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TWO OF MY MOSTEST FAVORITEST GIRLS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Baby Shower for Triplets!

Last Saturday, my mom and sisters and I threw a baby shower for one of our cousins who is pregnant with triplets. It all started with an invitation that we found with birds on it. So, I recreated it with the modifications we needed and our bird brains just wouldn't stop!
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At our onesie station, we had a nest of stuffed birds that my mom made. (They're even cuter in person!)
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We made bird nest clips for our hair.
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My sister, Jenny, spent hours making these beautiful flower balls to match the colors. They hung above our onesie table. (In fact, they're still there! I think my mom is hoping she forgets about them.)
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We had a lot of fun coming up with food to follow our bird theme.
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The chicken salad didn't exactly match, but we seriously love this salad so we made an exception. I don't have an exact recipe for this, but I'll tell you everything I put in it.
Baby Shower Chicken Salad
Canned chicken
Farafelle (bowtie) pasta
chopped onions
chopped celery
grapes
apples
raisins
almonds
mayonnaise
salt and pepper
cinnamon and sugar
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Our no bake cookies with Jordan Almonds as eggs made perfect little nests. They were a big hit.
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The tabouli was chosen because it looks like bird seed. It was another big hit. The recipe for this one involves a box that said "Tabouli Salad" on it and some fresh vegetables. We also add some lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano. Mmmmm.... You can also get a little glimpse of the carnival glass luncheon sets we used. They were gorgeous!
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And our big treat were these cakes. Words cannot describe how good they were. I got the recipe from Deborah. Since it's her special treat I won't tell you exactly how to make it but I will tell you involves fresh fruit, angelfood cake, whip cream, cream cheese, and pie filling. All of these got eaten.
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For party favors, Jenny made some beautiful charms. Most of them had birds on them, but there were also flowers and designs.

Anyhow, the whole party was a huge hit and we had so much fun getting ready for it!
Hugs & Kisses from Charmaine