Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just call me Martha Stewart!

Since I have graduated, got a job, bought a house, I figure it is time to start something I have NEVER been very good at ... well, not that I am not good at it... but never had the need or want to be good at it.... and by "it", I am talking about COOKING! My grandma's are both excellent cooks as is my mom ... and when I try to cook old family recipes well, they just dont turn out tasting as good.

I decided it was time to contribute something to Christmas dinner. I made this decision for Thanksgiving dinner too.. but it just didnt work out! For Christmas, I made a cookies, cherry pie and a cherry cheesecake.

The cookies didnt make it until Christmas dinner. Two Cookie Monsters that live in the Davis Household got a hold of them!

The Cherry Pie turned out good and I even put little Christmas trees on top! My grandpa's both said it was quote "the best pie they ever had!" But, I feel like they were just being nice ... seeing as how they say that about everything I make! Love them! Nana gave me some advice to get the top to look ... to use her words "more golden" so the next one will be better!

This is the dessert that I make every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I say it is my specialty and there is really no cooking involved. Just melting some butter and mix everything and you are good to go!

For Christmas, I got tons of cooking and baking stuff... pans, rolling pin, flour sifter and even my very own apron! I was so excited! and tonight, I am going on my first solo enchilada making adventure! Michael and Red Pop are my test panel! The boys are coming over to watch the OSU Bowl game and to celebrate milestones in their life. Michael graduated from OSU a couple of weeks ago and Red Pop passed the OGET so he can student teach in the spring! We have a lot to celebrate and little do they know they are getting their very own cakes! :) Hope they dont read this before tonight!

I always thought that after you get married and become a mom, that cooking just comes sorta natural ... then you become a grandma and you get reallly good!

Hopefully, it will "come" to me sometime, but practice never hurt anyone! Good thing I learned from some of the best cooks around! :)

From my kitchen to yours... Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hello World.

Lately, I have been reading a lot of blogs and today I decided I would start my own. So here goes my blogging trial run.
I graduated in May 2010 from Oklahoma State University. After traveling to Chile with the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Encounter (OALE), I started working for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services in Caddo County as an Extension Educator in July.
At the time of graduation, I wasn't sure if I was going to find a job. I moved back to my hometown in May and lived with my parents for about 4 months before purchasing a house and moving to Hinton, OK. Because I work for a county agency, I had to move with in the county boarders. So, my 2-year-old dog, Lucy, and I made the move to Caddo County.

Finally, the county and state fairs were over and Lucy and I were getting settled into our new house. There were a lot of updates to do and instead of cleaning the toilet... I choose to purchase a new one. Thankfully, my dad, grandpa and brother live close enough they were able to help me with this task (and by "help", I mean they did it without my "help!)

Working in Extension, I have realized that it is going to take a full year before I really know what is going on. Planning events and activities are fun, but there is always something that "newbys" seem to forget. Luckily, I have two great secretaries that are always willing to help me out and make sure I have the things I need. Thank you Pat and Brinda!

Of course like any proud OSU alum, I attend every home football game there is. This year was exeptionally fun and very different from the passed years. My best friend and former roommate, Cami, is in vet school at OSU and other best friend, Brody, is getting his master's in Animal Science. Every weekend, we would tailgate with my family and go to the game. I even sat in the student section most of the time... which was fun... but not near as fun as when I was there for my undergrad. Things change! My favorite part of the game is singing the alma mater ... Proud and Immortal! Go State!

Thanksgiving was extremely hectic around Caddo County. Seems like there was a million things to do and not enough time to do them in and to top it off... I was sick 5 days before Thanksgiving got here. Needless to say... my contribution to Thanksgiving lunch didnt go as planned (and by planned, I mean they didnt happen at all!) After searching the paper for the best deals, I decided that I wanted to buy a new T.V. and refridgerator and because now that its MY money... I am a bit more careful than I was when it was "Mom and Daddy's money." Mom, Dad and I got up at 3:45 a.m. and was at Walmart in Anadarko by 4:45 and was the FIRST in line for my new T.V. I finally got a "big girl" T.V. that fits perfect on my T.V. stand. and my new fridge looks great too! and Again, so glad I have my family close to help me get new things for my house! Thanks Mom and Daddy!

Christmas season is finally upon us and my house is ready to go! Tree is up, stockings are hung and presents are wrapped. All that is missing is me living in my house! I have had bit of a problem getting Centerpoint Energy to my house to turn on my gas... so until this happens... Looks like I will be slumbering with the parentals, which isnt too bad because they have great food and it's warm! BONUS!

Last week, I went to see Trans Siberian Orchestra in concert and this weekend I am going to the Oklahoma City Ballet performance of "The Nutcracker!" I just first have to make it through this work week. Share-the-Fun is scheduled for Wednesday and a Holiday In-Service on Friday and I am home free for the ballet.

Happy Monday!