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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Hello from NW Arkansas!

If you’ve read my blog before you may think the title of this post is referring to the Razorbacks here at The University of Arkansas.  And although Fayetteville is know for their Hogs, this weekend was all about Harley Davidson Hogs.  This weekend was Bikes, Blues and Barbeque here in Fayetteville, and before I go any further, let me just say pictures could not do it justice.

Bikes, Blues and Barbeque is a bike rally that can probably only be compared to Sturgis.  They were expecting over 400,000 people to ride into our little downtown on their motorcycles this weekend, and from what I witnessed today, I’d say those estimates were accurate.  We’ve been hearing the bikes coming in from Missouri and past our house for the last couple of days.  I personally have never seen, or heard, anything like it.  In fact, my hearing may never be the same.  Full disclosure, my loving husband, also referred to as The Bald Eagle, owns a Harley, but we weren’t hard core enough to take it out of the garage today.  He’s ridden in the Rolling Thunder in DC, but this was something even he didn’t expect to see here in Arkansas.

Again, pictures are not going to do this justice, but let me try. . .








I was on the wrong side of the street for this picture, but if you look closely . . .


Yes, those are bunnies on bikes!!

We did partake in the barbeque part of BBB, too.


This is The Bald Eagle holding a giant turkey leg.  I wish we had a chicken leg to hold up beside the turkey leg so you could see how humungous this was!!  It got the best me, too.  I’m glad Thanksgiving is two months away, because it will take me that long to be hungry for turkey again.

I couldn’t end a blog without telling you about the latest sweet and yummy recipe I discovered.  Salted Caramel Rice Crispy Treats are a little piece of heaven.  Not Hog heaven.  Marshmallow, crispy, sweet and salty heaven.  A modern take on the favorite family treat.  Try it and you’ll never go back to the plain Jane original.

Hope everyone is having a heavenly weekend!!


Baby Bluebird (aka Dayna)



We should have Labor Day every month!!  It’s so nice to have an extra “weekend” day to catch up on chores, sleep and TV.  🙂  And blogging, of course.  Things have been pretty uneventful around here, so I haven’t had too much to talk about.

Probably the only really exciting thing that’s happened in the past few weeks is the visits we’ve had from some unwanted guests.IMG_0827

We’ve been visited by two of these little snakes on separate occasions.  Yes, this is the hardwood floor in our foyer.  A couple of weeks later his cousin showed up in our kitchen.  Fortunately, The Bald Eagle was able to capture both of these little guys and get them out of the house before I came home.  Otherwise, he’d still be peeling me off the ceiling.  I’m completely and utterly terrified of snakes!

Then he sent me a text of this unwelcome guest that showed up in our bedroom. . .


Yes, that is a little lizard.  In our bedroom.  When I came home from work, I just assumed The Bald Eagle captured this little guy, too.  Unfortunately, I found out that the little bugger (the lizard, not The Bald Eagle) was too quick to be caught.  He was last seen behind our bed . . . about a week ago.  I’m just hoping he found his way out the way he came in, but I’m still concerned I’m going to wake up one night and see his beady little eyes staring back at me.  Yikes!!  How are these things getting in?!?!

Over Labor Day weekend we also got our first taste of the University of Arkansas football spirit.  The team mascot is a razorback.  A razorback is a hog, if you didn’t know.   And they are the largest sports team in the state (no pro ball of any kind in Arkansas).  The Razorbacks played their first home football game on Saturday (and won).  All the local stations had special programs about the Razorbacks leading up to the game.  The whole town was wearing Razorback red – not just Saturday, but Friday, too.  Most cars had Razorback flags flying from the windows.  People were practicing their  “Wooo Pig Sooie” chants.  (Seriously, it’s called “Calling the Hogs” – you should Google it.  Very interesting.)  And for those of us who really don’t care and weren’t at the game, there was 3+ hours of quiet in Northwest Arkansas this past Saturday afternoon.  So, we had a lovely dinner at a popular restaurant with no waiting.  We were one of 20 cars on the interstate.  It was outstanding!

I haven’t been baking too much lately because The Bald Eagle and I decided we needed to try to eat a little healthier.  We’re trying . . . some days we’re more successful than others.  I did make a very yummy White Bean and Chipotle Hummus dip.  I didn’t take a picture because, if you’re not familiar with hummus, it’s just a cream looking dip – not too exciting to look at, but the addition of the chipotle peppers really makes it pop.  Hummus is a pretty healthy dip because of the fiber of the beans and the good fat of the sesame seed paste (or you can use creamy peanut butter).  I like to dip with pita bread, but it can be even healthier if you dip with veggies.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.   Until next time . . .


Baby Bluebird (aka Dayna)