Black Sheep Dancing

Why be like everyone else when you can be yourself?

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I’m here!

It’s been a busy, yet not so busy few weeks. It seems any free time is spent pulling weeds out of my garden these days. I’m looking forward to when my plants are so big you cannot see the weeds growing underneath them. I have a few posts started, but until I complete them, I thought I would share some of my favorite things at the moment.

In no particular order…

  • the smell of freshly cut grass
  • sitting on my porch
  • hugs from munchkin
  • eating something from my garden
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  • the feeling of the sun on your skin when you get out of the pool
  • my garden
  • walks with munchkin and riley
  • iced tea with mint simple syrup

What are some of your favorite things right now?


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Emily’s Picks

Your stop for Emily’s favorite upcoming event this weekend in Columbus!

Friday, March 4

Perkins Observatory – See the sky!
$7.00/adults, $5.00/children and seniors

BalletMet Open Rehearsal
BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43215
Friday 5-6 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

Charlotte’s Web
Phoenix Children’s Theater
$10.00/child, $20.00/adult

Arnold Sports Festival 2011 – Get your fitness on!
Various Downtown locations, Columbus, OH 43215 Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.; Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.; The LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave.; and Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.

Sunday, March 6

Ohio State University Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
(If you can get the tickets!!!)

Central Ohio Home & Garden Show – Last day!
Get a $2 off coupon!
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Adults $10. Children 12 and under free. Parking $5.

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Emily’s Picks – Weekend Events

January 29, 2011

HOOT Family Film Series
Gateway Film Center, 1554 N. High St., Columbus, 43201
Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
HOOT is a monthly festival of films, music and activities designed for Central Ohio families and children. On the final Saturday of each month, families are invited to enjoy stimulating games, story readings, and music from around the world. The Shazzbots, a popular local kids band, will provide music between short films.
Cost: Free with a suggested donation of a canned good

January 30, 2011

Art Challenges
Columbus Museum of Art
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Visit the Art Challenges station in the galleries to participate in fun, competitive games that highlight a CMA artwork or collection. Compete with friends and family members or challenge the scores posted by other visitors. All are welcome to participate and prizes are part of the fun.
Cost: FREE on Sundays for all!

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Get Your Groupon!

Groupon is fast becoming my new favorite website. Have you joined yet? Awesome coupons that are usually about half off the regular price. Today’s deal?$15 for five-visit punch card to indoor open-play area at SuperGames. It’s winter. We’re all looking for ways the kiddos can burn all that energy, and this couldn’t come at a better time!


Other favorites? 2-for-1 deals on movies, admission tickets to festivals, half off of food, even on spa services. It makes those guilty pleasures a little easier on the budget. So go ahead and plan date night – you can afford it now!


So go ahead, join today! (and let them know I referred you!)


P.S. They ARE available in most cities including Tallahassee!

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Looking for something to do this weekend? Dreaming of warm, sunny weather? Why not head on over to the AAA Great Vacations Expo? Groupon is offering a 2-for-1 deal on tickets, making it a cheap, cheap date!


AAA Great Vacations Expo

Franklin County Veterans Memorial

January 21-23, 2011

I know we are looking forward to meeting Kai-Lan, and of course will register for the vacations. I could use one!


See ya there!

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I want candy

Throughout the year I go through phases of wanting to bake and cook and then periods when all I want to do is run through the drive through for every meal. Usually at Christmas I am baking up a storm, but it would seem this year my baking button is off. I tried making some spritz cookies the other day and they flopped. Seriously, I don’t know what I did wrong. Then I started making some oatmeal cookies…I measured the flower and stopped. I just don’t feel like baking. I better get in the mood soon!

So, because I don’t really feel like baking, I have found some super easy, super fast recipes. Candy can be so easy!

I first made some Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy. It took all of 5 minutes to make and it is super easy. And pretty!

Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy

I followed this up with some candied walnuts, which were almost as quick and easy. I really do need to make some cookies though.

This morning we were going to head on out to the Firefly Play Cafe for a play date. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it. It’s a nice alternative to Chuck E Cheese, they can run around, and it encourages creative play. Plus, it’s only $5 and grownups can get coffee and there are healthy snacks for the kiddos instead of candy. However, as we were eating breakfast the munchkin said, “Mommy, my tummy hurts.” And then it came, and came and came…so gross. Being a parent is not for the weak stomach, that’s for sure.

Now that we’re in for probably the rest of the day, I guess we’ll watch Shrek Happily Ever After, wrap some more presents, maybe play some Chutes and Ladders. I’m pretty much done shopping, but I LOVE to go shopping in December. Everyone is jolly, the decorations, the smell of spices. Maybe we’ll sneak out to a store or two.

Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy


  • 1  cup  pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 3  (4-oz.) bars bittersweet chocolate baking bars
  • 3  (4-oz.) white chocolate baking bars
  • 1  teaspoon  coarse sea salt*

1. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.

2. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted.

3. Line a 17- x 12-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Break each chocolate bar into 8 equal pieces. (You will have 48 pieces total.) Arrange in a checkerboard pattern in jelly-roll pan, alternating white and dark chocolate. (Pieces will touch.)

4. Bake at 225° for 5 minutes or just until chocolate is melted. Remove pan to a wire rack. Swirl chocolates into a marble pattern using a wooden pick. Sprinkle evenly with toasted pecans and salt.

5. Chill 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 month.

*3/4 tsp. kosher salt may be substituted.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bars and Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bars.

Dawn’s Candied Walnuts


  • 1 pound walnut halves
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread nuts in a single layer over a baking sheet. Roast for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until the nuts start to turn brown and the smell of roasting nuts fills the kitchen.
  2. Stir together sugar, cinnamon, salt, and milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage of 236 degrees F (113 degrees C). Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla immediately. .
  3. Add walnuts to sugar syrup, and stir to coat well. Spoon nuts onto waxed paper, and immediately separate nuts with a fork. Cool, and store in airtight containers.