Bits and Pieces

Time for another installment of bits and pieces.

  • We traveled to Houston (third time in six weeks) over labor day weekend to see Levi baptized and have some more OMA/OPA time.  He had gained a few pounds since our last visit and definitely was starting to focus on objects, including my camera.




  • This past weekend we went to a beautiful wedding for a family friend.  At our tables were the most adorable favors, pretzels rods dipped in chocolate and decorated like a wedding gown and tux.  They were so, so cute and I found out that the mother of the bride and a friend made everyone of them!


  • It was SO much fun to be a Chiefs fan again this weekend!  The Chiefs looked amazing in their first game of the season.  Our new quarterback looked great but the day was really all about the defense.  I really hope the Chiefs are for real…..and not just because the Jaguars were so bad. 🙂

Kansas City Star 9.8.13Source

  • I found a new recipe I want to try for Pesto.  My basil, although plentiful, is looking a little sad.  I was thinking I would like to make some pesto and freeze it so I found this recipe on  Pesto is usually high in fat content with all the pine nuts and olive oil, but this version has been lightened up and made weight watchers friendly.   Can’t wait to try it!


Skinny Basil Pesto

  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 T olive oil

In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use or you can freeze this in ziplocks bags to use at a later date.

Makes 5 tablespoons. 1 Serving=1 tablespoon=2 weight watchers points

  • I am looking forward to fall, especially the cooler temperatures.  How about you?

Pumpkin1 with watermark

Are you ready for some football???

We have had a crazy schedule with three out of town trips in the last three weeks, however that did not stop us from having a little fun on one of the few days we were actually in town.


I have a friend who is as crazy about football as I am.  Our husbands also like football but it is Nancy and I who are the real fans.  Each year about this time we start the conversations about how our beloved Chiefs will do.  I am usually the optimist in a desperate hope that this will be our year while Nancy is usually more guarded in her predictions.   We both take our football seriously.  For example,  just last week Nancy and her husband were on a trip to Denver and Nancy sent me a text telling me that they had just driven by the Broncos stadium and she put a hex on it.  That is the kind of fans we are…..

Last Sunday the four of us took a little drive up to St. Joseph, Missouri to peak in on Chiefs training camp.  We saw some seriously large human beings in the form of the defensive line.


We saw our new coach, Andy Reid, who was totally engaged and constantly giving advise to the players.


We watched all the quarterbacks getting some extra coaching.  I am so excited to see how Alex Smith does this year.  Chase Daniels was not having a good day but he is definitely a fan favorite, at least for us MIZZOU fans.  Tyler Bray was very impressive…my guess is that we will be saying bye-bye to Stanzi.


Nancy and I have shared in some great Chief memories over the years including the time we were yelling at people in a hotel lobby in San Diego to get out of the way because we were watching for Tony Gonzalez,  only to discover we were yelling at Stevie Wonder and his entourage.  🙂


With my usual optimism I am predicting that all the changes this year will produce the best Chiefs season we have seen in a long time…..of course we all know it will not take much to improve over the last few years.  I can’t wait for Friday night and the first pre-season game.  GO CHIEFS!!!!