Christmas 2016

We once again hosted Christmas at our house this year. In attendance were Chris, April, Carissa, Carleigh, Kurt, Melanie, Ashton, Briella, Brent, and Cathy. I made a spiral ham, Grandma Studer's noodles, mashed potatoes (3 large cartons of Bob Evans, heated in the crock pot about 2 hours prior, needed to heat on high because they take forever on low, but stir often). 4-14oz cans of green beans in the crock pot, Broccoli Casserole, Rodhes Texas Rolls, and Cheddar Biscuits. I also had shrimp for appetizer but everyone else made appetizers so we had a lot of food.

Carissa's 15th BD Party

Party was today from 1:00 PM until about 5:00 PM. It was originally supposed to be yesterday because Carissa and I will be leaving for CA a few days from her actual birthday. The weather didn't cooperate and we had to move it to today and her and some friends went to Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus yesterday instead. We had Me, April, Carleigh, Carissa, Brent, Cathy, Buzz, Cynthia, Claire, Jen, Mike, Alisha, Al, Tom, Patti, Melanie, Kurt, Ashton, Briella, Joyce and Uncle Walt. Because of the weather we set up in the garage and ran the heater.

Carleigh's 8th BD Party

Party was Sat, 8 Aug 2015 at 4:00. Carleigh wanted a taco bar so we based our food on what was used for Carissa's taco bar, and the fact that we thought there would be more people here. It turned out we had too much food. In attendance was Chris, April, Carissa, Carleigh, Buzz, Cynthia, Brent, Cathy, Kurt, Melanie, Ashton, Briella, Joyce Stroud, Jeremy, Rosie, Cody, Hunter, Riley, Uncle Walt, Colton, Chet, Linda, Patti, Tom, Grandma Belloni, Amy, Lexi, Kara, Ethan , Ella, Tim, Bri, Wyatt, Taylor, Riley Brothers, Courtney Newtz, Katie Barresford, Courtney Alexander.

Carleigh's 7th Birthday Party

Party was yesterday from 4PM until whenever. There were 25 adults, 3 Teens, 16 kids and 1 baby. We estimated 40 people for figuring food and that number was pretty dead on. Carleigh wanted a Frozen Movie themed party and chose Chinese food for her meal. April worked with No. 1 Chinese Food in Strasburg to figure everything out. We chose party portions of Sweet and Sour Pork, General Tso's Chicken, Pork Lo Mein, and Chicken Fried Rice. They told her that a party portion is basically 5 "large" portions and they only charge you for 4. We also got egg rolls and fried won tons.

Carissa's 13th BD Party Notes

Party was today from 2-4 (or whenever). It just wrapped up about 45 minutes ago because rain was coming. It is currently pouring. There were 16 adults, 7 teenagers, 4 kids, and 1 baby. Carissa wanted a taco bar. We did 3 lbs of ground beef, 2 pounds of pork carnitas, and 2 pounds of shredded chicken. The ground beef was done with normal taco seasoning, the carnitas with a pouch of carnitas crock pot sauce and the chicken with a jar of mild salsa. The pork was put in the crock pot at 3am, the chicken at 7am and the beef was cooked at 10am the normal pan method.

Christmas Dinner 2013

Stracoto with Porcini Mushrooms (Roast Beef) (2 Batches)
Pomegranate and Citrus Broccoli Salad
Nickles Pull-A-Part Bread (4 Loaves/2pkg)
Grandma Kay's Sausage Bread
Hot Almond Spread
Uncle Walt's / Grandma Studer's Noodles in Chicken Broth

Site Overhaul

Well it's been about a year since my last post. Guess it's about time for one. The purpose of this post is actually quite redundant, because it should be fairly obvious that the site has changed. Not only has its look and feel changed, but the entire engine running the site has changed too. This will allow me to maintain things in a better way and to add some additional features. Most of these features are just for my use, but you never know, there might be some surprises in there too.

While everything is being transitioned, expect some stuff to be broken.

We'll Miss you Tadd & Aunt Lou

Well the blog has taken quite the sad turn in the last few posts, but that's rather reflective of how life has been thus far in 2011. Soon after Grandpa's death in January, my Great Aunt Lou passed away. She passed away Jan. 26, 2011 at the young age of 100. Not too many more months and she would have been 101. Not too bad if I do say so myself.

Welcome to the Poop Factory

Well now we have two pooping creatures in this house. Starting around Christmas, Carleigh has reverted back to pooping in her pants. I'm not sure what her problem is, but she suddenly has absolutely no desire to go on the potty. She doesn't even try. She will pee in there all day, but refuses to poop. We've gone back to using the 30 minute timer, because that's what worked before, but so far we don't seem to be getting anywhere.