The Great Blizzard of 2010

Madilyn and I arrived in Tennessee just in time for the great blizzard of 2010.

fun in the snow!

Can’t believe how deep the snow is!

Madilyn busted me in the face with a snowball.

Shoveling snow down the 90 degree sloped driveway…

sitting on the sleigh … not going anywhere. #sledfail

We visited Mammaw Thursday night. Madilyn kissed her hand, prayed over her food and sang her “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

I went back to visit Mammaw Friday night before the snow hit. She was doing great. I brought her a milkshake and she said we were having a party! We talked and laughed. She was sitting up and feeding herself. I saw Aunt Gloria, Uncle Dean and Uncle Jonathan. It was so good to be with Mammaw and seeing her feeling better. I’m expecting her to get better every day!

We are having a good time at Nana’s house. She’s making muffins now that we’re in from the snow. Thankfully we have not lost power so we are warm.

Madilyn is having a blast with her Uncle Chris. When we first arrived Chris picked up Madilyn and threw her up over his head like he always does and her head hit the ceiling. He didn’t realize how much bigger she’s gotten! He felt bad but she was fine. It was funny.

Last night he discovered a stick of butter in the bathroom floor, compliments of Madilyn Davis.

Today Chris asked Madilyn how old she was. She said 2 and asked him how old he is. He said 35 and she said, “I’m sorry.” He got a big kick out of that.

We’re supposed to fly home Monday night and it is supposed to warm up, so I expect that we’ll make it.

Prayers This Week

My grandmother’s having a back procedure at 10 a.m. tomorrow for fractures in her vertebrae. Madilyn and I are flying up to see her this Thursday through the weekend.

Also … my rock star husband Jeff has an interview for an Assistant Principal job at his school this Wednesday!

Thanks for your prayers!

January Photos

Here are a few photos from this month:

Jeff has started a bathroom renovation project in our master bath.

Madilyn loved playing with Daddy’s tools and tool box. Footed pajamas kept her warm during our cold nights this month.

Madilyn’s not the only one who borrows Daddy’s tie. I wore it with a suit a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s a pretty snowman Madilyn made in school.

Mommy and daughter this past Sunday. Madilyn’s doll had a dress that matched hers!

Waking Up in Vomit

So Thursday night Madilyn was sleeping in her usual spot: the pack-n-play beside our bed … in the middle of the night she woke up and told me she needed to hold me. So I sat on the bed and rocked her a while. Jeff said to just lay her in the bed with us. We went back to sleep and I woke up to see her sitting up in the bed making weird noises.

“Jeff – I think she’s going to throw up!”

In a strange instinctual reaction, Jeff cups his hands in front of her … and Madilyn pukes right into them.

I sat, still half asleep, just staring at them. Jeff was like, “Um … can you go get something?”

I slid off the bed and turned around and noticed that puke wasn’t just in his hands .. it was on the pillows and in the bed all around us. Girlfriend had puked already and we were lying in it!*

I grabbed a towel, then the baby and Jeff ripped the sheets off … we washed everything including the pillows and we stayed up with her a while. She was fine and didn’t have any more trouble. I think she just ate too many raisins before going to bed. The undigested evidence was in Jeff’s hands. Poor baby!


*I think the correct usage here is “lain” but that sounds ridiculous.

My Wife’s Like a Mac

… Mac as in Apple computer, not Mack Truck.

Today I was telling my husband about the many virtues of a Mac computer … how intuitive, smart, easy to use it is. Just today I opened a new program I’d never used. Within seconds of watching a simple how-to video I was using the program like a pro. With a click my file was compatible to share on multiple platforms – yada, yada, yada….

A few minutes later Jeff told me he wanted to go to Borders to use his gift card to buy one of those portable metal coffee cups. I said, “oh yeah?” then walked out of the room. As I’m walked back in, he said with a smile, “Is my wife like a Mac?” He had known by the way I said “oh yeah?” that I already had one and went to get it.

I had gotten him a three-mug gift set on sale and put it away to give him on Valentine’s Day. So he got it a little early … He’s a happy guy now. And I’m a happy girl.

The Best Banana Bread I’ve Ever Eaten

My mom bought me a self-published cookbook from an award-winning Nashville cook named Areeda. Areeda’s Southern Cooking is the best collection of practical southern recipes I’ve come across … and the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made or eaten. As long as I have all the ingredients on hand, it’s my go-to recipe.

Madilyn loves helping me in the kitchen so when I noticed we had three overripe bananas, I suggested we make it today. Madilyn LOVES banana bread, which she calls “banana cake.” So here’s Madilyn’s favorite banana cake recipe:

Old-Fashioned Banana Nut Bread

2/3 cup Crisco
1&1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup very ripe bananas, mashed
1&1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
2/3 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg yolks and bananas.

Blend together flour, soda, and salt. Add these slowly to banana mixture. Add sour cream, vanilla, and nuts. Fold in beaten egg whites. Note: Do not beat egg whites too stiff – it will leave a sticky surface on your bread.

Bake in 2 loaf pans (8x4x2) for about 46 minutes. Do not overbake.

Did you get that? 46 minutes? The woman knows her stuff. Try this banana bread and you’ll see. I think separating the eggs makes a big difference, as does the sour cream. I make ours without nuts, but of course it’s much better with. 🙂

Madilyn Update

For those who follow us on Twitter and Facebook, you know that we had a scare this weekend when Madilyn’s temperature spiked to 104 and we couldn’t get it to come down. She was hallucinating and moaning and it was really scary. We took her to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital ER and they treated her right away. We are always so pleased with the care we receive there.

The X-Rays showed that Madilyn has pneumonia in her right lung. They gave us a prescription for antibiotics and instructions on how to keep her fever down. Since then (and after much prayer) Madilyn has been doing much better. She still has a cough and runny nose and generally doesn’t feel well but she’s nothing like she was when she had a fever. I take her tomorrow afternoon for a follow up at her pediatrician.

We were overwhelmed with all the comments and messages we received from friends who prayed for Madilyn. Jeff and I both said how we teared up when we read them. So thank you. Thank you so much. We feel blessed and thankful.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

A friend requested the recipe to this Red Velvet Cheesecake. This comes from the 2009 Southern Living Christmas Cookbook from Dillard’s. I thought others might be interested as well. Here you go!

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Prep: 20 mins, Bake: 1 hr, 25 min., Stand: 1 hr., Chill: 8 hr.

1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
2 (1 oz.) bottles red food coloring
1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 Tbsp granulated sugar; press mixture onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

Beat 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.

Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300 degrees, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Beat 1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese and 1/4 butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish, if desired. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.