miles to go…

snippets from the zellner family

melting chocolate November 25, 2008

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I am going to make pilgrim hat cookies tomorrow and I need some help.  I am really bad at melting chocolate.  The cookies are made by turning a fudge striped cookie upside down and taking a chocolate dipped marshmallow and sticking it on top of the cookie.  I always have a hard time melting the chocolate to dip the marshmallow.  I know it should be easy, but it is like making sweet tea to me- simple directions,but never turns out for me.  So please leave a comment about how you melt chocolate to dip goodies in.  With the holiday season here, I am going to need this skill!



the freezer is full! November 23, 2008

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Today, three friends and I cooked to fill up our freezers.  I have been doing freezer cooking for almost three years.  It has been a lifesaver in so many ways.  The bulk buying makes it so much cheaper, the shared cooking makes it much more fun, and the prepared meals make dinner time much less stressful.  This time our recipes included chalupa grande, taco soup, chicken tortilla soup, white chicken chili, beef stroganoff, chicken quesadillas, low fat pizza casserole, and cheesy chicken casserole. 

If you’ve done freezer cooking and have a good recipe to share, let me know! We are always gathering more ideas for the next time we cook.


Santa Claus is coming to town… November 20, 2008

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Or at least visited a couple of weeks ago at the Botanical Gardens.

The Zellner girls easily visited with Saint Nick.


Cord made a quick visit.


Lucy had her first photo with Santa and I think she asked him for more sleep and no crying in the house-wait a minute, that was my list.



Galaxy of Lights November 18, 2008

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Last year, we drove through the Galaxy of Lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden and had a great time.  This year we enjoyed the walking tour.  We arrived and the girls had their faces painted.


Then we walked the tour of lights with a wagon AND a double stroller!  The kids spent the time running, walking, riding, eating, laughing and crying- isn’t that the way it always is?

Half way through, the garden staff served cookies and hot chocolate.


This is about the time that Cord decided to stop riding and to start running!  It got a little busier at this point.


This is what Lucy did the whole trip.  Thank goodness.  We had one less to keep up with.


She woke up for a photo op! At the end of the tour was Santa! I’ll post those tomorrow.


Election Day play November 15, 2008

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The day before the election, Olivia’s class did a play about the election process and what it takes to be a great president.  I loved the hats and decorations her teacher used.  The night before was one of those funny moments when you realize you need two dozen red, white, and blue cupcakes to take to school in the morning! The kids took a poll in class about what they would do with 20 minutes of extra free time.  They cast a ballot for what kind of class fish they wanted by going inside a curtain to mark their ballots (i think guppies won). All the details were so interactive and authentic.  Great Job Mrs Washam and Mrs Mathewson!





Photo fun contest November 13, 2008

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Two of my friends have this contest posted on their blogs.  I have never done this before, but when I saw the topic, I knew I had a good photo to submit.  If you would like information about the contest, click here.

This contest is about celebrating our families through our FUN with FOOD photos. The winner will receive a $500.00 grocery card for a grocery chain in their area.

The photos can be anything to do with food – kids with food, animals with food, you with food – whatever you can dream up.  Just have fun!

So here is my photo:


Pudding thief

Let’s hope that very messy, bad day ends up winning us $500.00 in groceries.


Veterans’ Day November 12, 2008

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We celebrated Veterans’ Day by celebrating some veterans that we know- grandfathers.  Eric was out of town for the day, so I took the kids to see my grandparents in Birmingham.  The girls made cards that said things like,”I like the military.  Thank you.” or “To all the people of my military, I like you.”  We gave those to my dad and my grandad and listened to some stories and facts about their time in the service. The girls won candy if they could tell me facts that they learned from what they heard.  My grandfather, Popo, put on his military uniform and let the girls wear his boots.  We had a parade in the house.  Olivia played the recorder, Emma held Popo’s military award, and they all marched around the house.  Babe, my grandmother, treated us all to McDonald’s and we even got to stay and play on the playground 🙂


the girls with Popo in his uniform.


Wearing Popo’s boots.


Cord’s boots and Popo’s boots: 88 years of learning to go to fill those shoes.


the parade begins..


Cord pulling Popo along.


Babe in the back of my van taking us to McD’s.  Look how happy the girls are.

I am truly grateful for all the men and women who have served in our military and provided the freedoms that I enjoy every day,  Thank you!