Geocaching with Caleb

I finally have taught Caleb how to hike and geocache. I had so much fun with him this weekend. I picked him up yesterday and we had a weekend of fun. First I took him to a Halloween Party at the local fire department. I am not sure what he saw at this exact moment but we laughed so hard while there.

He loved getting to get inside the fire trucks too.

After the Halloween Party we went to a birthday party. With all of the parties and sweets that he consumed to say he had a lot of energy is an understatement. I couldn’t keep up with him inside the house so I took him on a 1.25 mile walk through the neighborhood to help him to burn it off. He was very good and he always notices everything around him. He was very impressed with the Halloween decorations in this yard.

This morning we attended church and when Caleb’s favorite song began to play I had to take his picture. Can you tell from the look on his face how happy he was to be singing this song?

After church we went to a local park and had a picnic. He insisted on taking a table cloth, napkins and real plates. haha He saw people on TV do it that way.

Following lunch we embarked on the trails and went looking for hidden treasures. I had never taken him into the woods with me before and he had no difficulty climbing over downed trees and he was so excited to look through the downed leaves. He never stopped smiling.

This was our first treasure and it only took us 45 minutes to find it in the woods.

Our second treasure was the easiest to find. It only took about 30 minutes and was on the same trail as the first geocache.

We even had enough time to play on some of the playground equipment before it was time to take him back to his Mommy.

I enjoyed showing Caleb different things through the woods such as lichen that was growing in several places and dried poison ivy to avoid. We found this orange fungus type of stuff growing in the end of a downed tree stump. Does anyone know what this is?

So this was my crazy busy weekend of fun with Caleb. I wish Isaiah lived closer. He is currently nursing a cold at his home with his parents. I love both of my boys. They are my reason for living.

 

Art With Caleb

 

I have thoroughly loved every age of my grandchildren. They are so great to watch experience new things. This morning Caleb played football and he was one big mud ball when it was over.

He got to play the Center position this morning and he really enjoyed it. He loves football and even the drizzle and cold temperatures didn’t stop the boys from having fun on the field this morning.

After the game he came back to my house to spend the night and I gave him a little lesson on Abstract art. He said he had seen it at the art museum when he went with his school. I had bought some canvas a few weeks ago so I brought them out and we did our own version of Abstract Art. First we taped off areas of the canvas.

Then we began painting in the areas.

After it had dried we used a stencil and some antique lace color of paint and added faint flowers to the top. Then we removed the tape and were very pleased with the finished project. At one point Caleb was not happy with his painting because he had mixed the paints so much on his canvas. In the end his painting was much prettier than mine. I need to take lessons from the six year old. :)

Don’t tell his Mommy about his painting. Monday is her birthday and he is giving her this as a present. :)

Isaiah went to the beach last week with his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and even his great-grandmother on his Dad’s side of the family. He had so much fun. I was blessed that Samantha shared pics of his fun on the beach.

Orange is definitely his color!

 

 

Parmesan Chicken with Parmesan Sauce

This is a very good recipe. Last week when I was on my way to Virginia we stopped at Ruby Tuesdays for lunch and I fell in love with this recipe. Did you know that you can request any of the pasta dishes to be put over spaghetti squash? You have to ask for it but they were very happy to accommodate my request.

I wish that the picture of this was prettier than it is but I used my cell phone to take it. I should have used my camera and I will try to get a better picture soon.

This recipe is parmesan chicken over top of roasted spaghetti squash with a marinara sauce with basil and a rich parmesan sauce over top of it.

I used the recipe for Heroin Wings but I used boneless chicken tenders instead of wings. I baked them at the same time that I baked the Roasted Spaghetti Squash. While they baked I made the Parmesan Cream Sauce and heated a jar of Marinara Sauce with Basil that I bought at Trader Joe’s last week in VA. The marinara sauce was 8 carbs but with 2 carbs of fiber it came to 6 net carbs.

Parmesan Chicken with Parmesan Sauce

Heroin Chicken Tenders- Use recipe for wings but use boneless chicken tenders

  • 3 pounds boneless chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, dried
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano, dried
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Make according to the original creators directions (here- Heroin Wings)

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • olive oil

drizzle olive oil over spaghetti squash and brush well to cover well. Bake at 350 degrees at same time as chicken bakes. When the squash is soft all the way through and the center will easily form into strands when scraped with a fork.

Creamy Parmesan Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic, crushed (optional)

Using fresh grated parmesan cheese instead of the kind bought in a big can with a green lid will make a more creamy sauce. It melts more smoothly and will be less gritty but if I only had the kind in the big can I wouldn’t allow that to stop me from making this recipe. :)

Add butter and whipping cream to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow to boil stirring often for about 5 minutes. Add parmesan cheese and garlic (Optional) and stir until well blended and cheese melts.

Marinara Sauce with Basil came from Trader Joe’s.

To serve to plate add roasted spaghetti squash, top with marinara sauce and then add chicken tenders to center of dish. Add Creamy Parmesan Cheese Sauce to the outside of the recipe. Serves 6-8 depending on your servings.

While we were traveling I had this and 2 hours after eating this my glucose level was only 89. My sister had it on the drive home and hers was also low. Enjoy!

 

 

New Project

While visiting my daughter in Virginia last week I went to an antique mall and found a piece of furniture that will be perfect for my home. I am not exactly sure what to call this. It is sort of a bookshelf and sort of a desk. What do you think this is?

The top shelf folds down to make a desk.

Whoever painted it in the past didn’t do a very good job of it. The furniture wasn’t primed or sanded and the paint is peeling horribly. I will be stripping it down and adding paint, wash and a wax to it.

Do any of you have any idea of what era this piece is from and what it is exactly called so I can do research on it?

The Boys Weekend!

I didn’t get to see Isaiah this weekend but Samantha did send this picture of him. He was watching the WVU football game yesterday and he began doing this in the floor. He picks things up quickly.  Too cute!!

Caleb stayed the night with me last night. Yesterday he went shopping with me, my sister, Donna and her husband David. He picked out a Bible to take to church when he goes with me. This morning he was in bed sleeping while I showered and got ready for church. I was drying my hair and turned around to find him standing there. He was completely dressed and holding his new Bible. He was ready to go!!!

When we came home he asked me to take a picture of him with his new Bible.

He came home from church and sang this song the entire day.

I love seeing how much he loves Jesus and how he soaks up every word that he hears about Him. It makes this Grandma smile.

Chicken Paprika with Sour Cream Gravy

This was so simple to make and awesome at the same time. I almost didn’t make this and I am so glad that I did. When I mixed up the spices I worried that it would be too much but it was perfect. The recipe calls for chicken thighs but I used chicken breasts as I do not like thighs. It was very tender and juicy and flavorful. I served it with roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan cheese. You can throw them both in the oven and do something else while it cooks. This only took about 10 minutes of prep time for the entire meal.

I found the recipe on the I Breathe…I am Hungry… website. Click here to find the recipe. Chicken Paprika with Sour Cream Gravy

My Boys!

I have been very blessed with being able to spend time this summer with both of my grandsons. They are both growing up so quickly and I don’t want to miss a minute of it. Last month I went to Virginia for a few days and I got to get little boy hugs from Isaiah. Each day we went to a playground and he was so independent but he didn’t like to be far from Mommy.

This is Isaiah playing with his toy food that I bought him for his birthday. He is going to be quite the little chef someday!

Isaiah playing on the tractor. This was his favorite thing to play on. He could really make it go back and forth.

Don’t worry one of us was on the ground below the opening and one of us was always directly behind him. He would start up the stairs and then look back and say, “Are you coming?” Of course we all had to go down the slides with him,

Caleb is now playing football and learning to swim and float. I have a nice pool at my new home and he loves coming to visit on the weekend just to get in the water. On our first trip he refused to take off the water wings to keep him afloat. Now he only wears goggles, dives below the water to get things off the bottom of the pool, and can swim short distances. Last weekend he learned to float. He was very proud of himself.

Caleb is now playing football and he loves it. He is getting pretty good at keeping his eye on the ball.

So this is how I have been spending my summer. I have 2 new recipes to try today. If I like them they will be on this blog soon. :)