Archive for July, 2008

Out with the girls

Since Mommy is out of town, the girls and I had a busy day. First, we went to the mall and the girls got set up with a Identification package sponsored by the Masons. For no charge, we now have a packet with photo, voice, video, fingerprints and DNA.

Then we met up with Chante and Jordan and had some McDonald’s..or well, the kids did. Then we headed over to Claire’s so they could get new earrings.

After that we headed to Marble Slab and got ice cream. The girls enjoyed Double Chocolate with sprinkles and I somehow forced myself to have some mocha.

Full on ice cream, we went to the movies and saw Kung Fu Panda. Very funny movie….

Last, we headed to Wal-Mart and stocked up on some groceries. The girls also picked out their backpacks for the upcoming school year!

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How to make a smoker out of a garbage can

And, no, you just don’t give it a cigarette…..

Now this guy has a great idea. Ok, well he first got a great idea from Alton Brown, then he did it and blogged it.

Full instructions on how to build a smoker from a garbage can

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Texas Dry Rub

I put the recipe below on a 2lb brisket from Lil Butcher Shoppe, stuck it in my Brinkmann Smoke’N Pit Smoke King. Also, threw a lb of Conecuh sausage on there as well 🙂

1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2.5 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground oregano
3 tablespoon paprika (the sweet kind — not the hot kind)
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon salt
Thoroughly combine all ingredients. Rub mixture into the meat, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Store leftover mixture in an airtight jar or in freezer.

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July 2008 Birthday Bash!

Mom had a slew of folks over at her house for the July birthday peoples. We grilled burgers, hot dogs, sausage and had some great baked beans and potato salad. The girls did their first long term successful swimming without floaties yesterday and were ELATED about it!

Here’s a few pics from the day!


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Independence Day 2008

Just got back from a wonderful time at Paul B Johnson State Park. The weather was wonderful and although the park was crowded, there was still plenty to do and space to do it in. The campsite we picked was located right by the swimming area and playground, so the kids enjoyed heading over to play, while we were able to keep an ey on the little ones.
CJ & I took our diabolo’s and they were a hit with kids and grownups alike. Many stopped to watch and try them out, and I think some will go home and order some for themselves.

The fireworks display the night of the fourth was beautiful and we had a grand view from the pier that leads to the island. 

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