Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11...always remember

I will always remember.

My husband called me early that morning telling me to turn on the TV. He told me that the Twin Towers in New York were hit by planes.
On the news they were talking about it being a terrorist attack. "A terrorist attack?"
I remember standing in front of the TV waiting and wondering if the people were getting out of the buildings. My brother was an airline pilot on the East coast and I was worried it was a plane he was flying. I found out he was safe and I continued to watch.... hoping...

Then..in horror...(I still can feel what I felt then)...I watched the first tower crumble down. I remember saying to my little 14 month old son..."NO..."......"there are people in there." Then shortly after..the second tower crumbling down. I was in shock. I remember every breath I took..the tears that flowed and the ache in my heart for those in those towers. Still trying to figure out what on earth was happening to our country.

I will never forget those who lost their lives that horrific day that changed our nation forever. I will never forget the firefighters and the police officers who went into those buildings. I will never forget those who were in the planes that went down at the Pentagon and flight 93 that went down in a field in Pennsylvania. The individuals in that plane, that tackled the pilots and probably saved countless lives.

I will never forget how our nation gathered together in a solidarity. It was like each one of us were standing together..hand in hand.

It's been 10 years but it still feels like yesterday.

How our lives were totally changed that day.

WE are a strong nation...we are resilient. We have and will continue to overcome what terrorists tried to destroy.

I am a proud American and I'm proud of our Nation.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Busy...busy...busy..

I've been busy...busy..busy lately! We finally have summer here in Seattle and it's been soooo beautiful! We've had a pretty cold and cloudy June, July and part of August so this has been wonderful. BUT! What did I do today? Stayed inside and cooked. AND! worked on a crafty project from TroubleT blog..The Trouble with Crafting I'm hoping this little ornament will turn out as I'm doing something totally different. Trying to de-stash. I don't have some of the materials so I'm trying something different. Stay tuned..;0)

Anyhoots...on to what I cooked today. They had a Ghost Hunters Marathon on so it was a perfect day to stay inside and cook ( I LURRVE GH)..I know weird cause it's so nice outside but it's a GH marathon!.

First up! Banana bread. Now... Banana bread and I have issues with each other. I have never been able to NOT burn it. Seriously, every time I've made it..I've burned it. That makes me want to get it right even more...I'm not competitive...I'm really not..;0)

BY GEORGE IT WORKED!!! I got the recipe here..Banana Bread
One of my most favorite things is banana bread so burning it every time was a huge frustration. I followed the recipe to the T. It's moist and delicious. (the little brown on the bottom of the loaf in the picture LOOKS like it burned a bit but it tasted great!) Makes me happy.
While that was cooking I made potato salad. I've never made potato salad before. This last month I've been on a hard boiled egg kick and what better pairing than potatoes and eggs. This worked out really well...kinda made it up as I went along.



I was trying to get a pretty picture of this pile of eggy potatoey goodness and my husband said.."I don't think you can get a pretty picture of potato salad..can you?" HA! I laughed..I can't..maybe someone else can. It was delish!
My recipe..
6 potato boiled for about 15 to 18 minutes..you want them tender not mushy smashed like.
8 hard boiled eggs
3/4 cup mayo
3/4 miracle whip
about a 1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
one small onion chopped
About two Tablespoons relish
salt and pepper to taste

I peeled and cubed the potatoes and my son helped me smoosh the eggs and added them to the potato pile. The rest of the ingredients I piled on top of everything and mixed it all together.
It turned out really good! It made a lot though so the three of us will be eating potato salad for the next several days. ;0)