Wednesday, November 27, 2013

McGoo U

McGoo U Fight Song
to be sung with oven-mitted hand over heart

Hail to thee our alma mater
As we start to bake!
Heat our ovens to 350
Ready to decorate!

Aprons on,
cutters out,
butter soft.

McGoo University:
May our cookies never crumble
In thy bakery!

Oh!  That song always gets me a little misty-eyed!  I am proud to announce that a long time dream of mine is becoming a reality.  And when I say long time, I mean since I was a little pigtailed girl.  I always wanted to be a mom, an artist, and a teacher when I got big.  

Well I guess I'm a big girl now because I have started McGoo U where I get to teach students how I cookie; the process, the recipes, the art of cookieying!  I am so excited.  I tested out the waters on Facebook to see who would be interested and just 8 hours later the first two classes were full!  I realize that not everyone is on Facebook, (who are you crazy people anyway!?) and am adding a class on Saturday, December 14th to accommodate more students.  

There are not a lot of spots, and these first students are definitely guinea pigs, but I am having so much fun planning the curriculum.  We will be learning a lot of techniques including piping, dimension, airbrushing, and painting.  This first class is Christmas Cookies 101 and I am doing 3 sessions.  December 6th, December 7th, and December 14th.  the 6th and 7th are sold out, but there are still a few chairs available on the 14th.  (Update: December 14th is now SOLD OUT.)

The campus is located on the beautiful central coast of California in Paso Robles and class will be from 10:00 - 3:00.  Please contact Chancellor McGoo at for details on enrollment.  

Courses for next year will be announced here and on Facebook. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween Goodness

It's that time of year again to introduce the Adam's family Halloween alter egos.

First up is the baby of the family.  Don't let his creepy skeleton face fool you, this jester is a snuggler... I mean juggler... he'll snuggle you're jugular?  Oh, I don't know!  He's a riddle!  Introducing:  DENVER the creepy, cuddly jester!

Next up is a sassy pirate princess.  She has attitude enough for a whole barnacle covered crew that will last through the whole voyage.  You can bet yer blasted bilge rat that she collected enough candy booty to fill Davey Jone's locker with this dandy rigging.  Meet SAGE, the infamous pirate heartbreaker!

And now we have a very lively lady who seems to be a bit... hungry.  She will settle for kit kat bars, but what she's really after is a piece of your mind!  I hope you've been preparing for the zombie apocalypse because this little lady is dying to lunch with you, and she is no slow, drooling deadhead... she's FAST and coming to get you.  Meet:  BAILEY, the hungry zombie who is proud to say she created her whole undead fashion!

Now we have something a little wild, but do not fear! this lion has been well trained.  He's traded his "King of the Jungle" status to discover his life long dream of being a ballerina.  His next trick is to make the ringmaster disappear!  Meet MR. JOHN, the sweetest wittle kitty cat in all the circus! {who is plotting a takeover}

And speak of the devil!  Here she is:  The Ringmaster to rule them all!  She has her hands full running the show and whipping all these characters into shape.  She keeps this 3 ring circus performing to her big top demands.  Don't let the ruffles and feathers fool you, she's a no-nonsense kind of gal who gets what she wants.  Ta DA!  Meet LIZ, the circus ringleader!

And they lived happily ever after eating piles and piles and piles of candy... and piles...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's the most BOO-tiful time of year!

Sooooo.... about that two times a week thing...  I am all over it starting NOW!

Carrying the name Adam's family comes with a big responsibility.  We HAVE to love Halloween, right?!  Well thank Uncle Fester, we do!  We put pumpkin into every single thing we possibly can until the last day of November:  pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin pasta sauce, pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin syrup for our pumpkin pancakes...  And when we dress up for Halloween, we don't mess around!

Halloween 2012
Halloween 2011

Our tradition of enjoying autumn always starts with a visit to See Canyon by Avila Beach where there are several quaint apple farms.  We enjoy sampling the different varieties of apples, drink some fresh pressed apple cider, and inevitably end the visit with some flavored honey sticks.  Next on our Autumn Enjoyment To Do list is visiting La Familia Ranch.  It is our favorite pumpkin patch because it is family owned and operated, there's a 5 acre corn maze, it is gorgeous, but most of all due to the fact that it is always brisk because it's on the coast.

We went yesterday and even though we left home sweating in our jackets in the 86* heat, we knew just a short 30 minute drive would bring us to Los Osos where we could pretend it really is autumn because it's 25 degrees cooler and foggy.

My little lovlies working the farm picking garbanzo beans.
First we began our visit with a little tractor ride around the farm.  

Next we circled the wagons and began hunting for our perfect pumpkins.

Then we get lost in the ginormous corn maze for a bit...

and the kids look serious in one shot because I like to see if they can do it.
We always meet up with the grands!  Mr. John's parents enjoy watching the kids pick out pumpkins and I have a sneaking suspicion that they have a deep and abiding love of Halloween as well.  

Mr. John found a nice pair of butternut squash... squashes... squashi?  Whatever the correct term is, they are going to make a delicious soup!

Denver's portrayal of "The Son of Man" painting.  He just needs a bowler!

We hope you are enjoying this gorgeous season and spending time with loved ones... and picking out a fabulous Halloween costume.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cookies and a promise

I, Elizabeth Adams (aka Arty McGoo) promise to hereby post at least 2 times a week. 

okay... now that I've promised I'm gonna make it happen.  We'll start off easy with some pictures of some cookie sets I've done lately and we'll up the word count next time.  

Sound good?  Yes?  yes.  thank you.
PS: even though my blog doesn't reflect it, we did get home from Canada, we had amazing adventures, we almost didn't make it back into America, and I WILL finish the saga.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ADTE: Day 17

Today we woke up and though the kids wanted one last swim session, we had breakfast and said goodbye to Quebec. We drove into Ontario and to our campsite at Sturgeon Falls. We pulled into our campsite and it was gorgeous! We were literally a couple of feet from the water and the waves lapping against the shore.

This would be a perfectly idyllic evening falling asleep to the sound of quiet waves washing onto the sandy shore. Everyone was super nice and helpful. Most people there were camping there for the summer season or longer and had quite permanent residences. The kids immediately changed into swimsuits (surprise!) and jumped into the lake. As soon as we finished putting up the trailer I joined them in the warm water. There was a slide and baby catfish they could catch by the cupful. Paradise.... right?

While the family showered up, I made some pasta with sausage for dinner and we sat down for a nice dinner... That is when our paradise started taking a turn. Bugs started madly trying to enter our trailer, and succeeding. Big, flying, bugs that buzzed our ears and crowded in for our lights. Yuck! While I swatted like a mad woman with the fly swatter, Mr. John duct taped any entry point he could find. We turned out the lights to dissuade any further intrusions.

Soon we found out why they were looking for cover when the torrential rain started, right at the time we went for a last bathroom break for the evening. Lightning started streaking across the sky enough to illuminate the wet pathway... that was full of frogs. It was like the 12 plagues of Egypt. We just needed: cue the hail! For real. It started hailing, but after we made it back to the trailer. The wind was wild and those soothing quiet waves were sounding ominous and much too close at this point.

The lightning lit up our trailer all through the night and if the light show wasn't enough to keep us awake, the thunder booming and the wind buffeting our trailer ensured a restless night.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ADTE: Day 16

This morning Sage woke up feeling crummy. We had a little breakfast and when Denver started feeling crummy, we decided it was going to be a very low-key kind of day. They both went back to sleep after breakfast and I don't think they've done that since they were infants, so I k we they needed it. They woke up and felt like swimming so that was a good sign they were feeling better. With all the swimming you'd think they be permanently pruney by now.

They made friends and exhausted their pool game repertoire. I figured doing laundry was a good, low key activity and we grabbed our bags. I followed the directions from google maps to the laundromat and ended up at a realtors office... I remembered seeing another option on Notre-Dame and decided to try to find it without directions. It starts to pour. Hard. Harder. HARD. THE HARDEST CRAZIEST RAIN I'VE EVER SEEN! BOOM! Thunder, lightning, the works. We drove carefully through the dumping rain and found the teeny tiny, little laundromat. We grabbed the bags of laundry and ran in. Just in that short time from our car to the door, we were completely drenched. Not damp, but dripping, hair completely soaked, drowned rat WET!

The owners were an Asian couple who did not speak any english, but were super helpful. They took pity on the wet, scraggly strangers and helped us with coins, detergent, and a place to sit and wait out the storm. We watched the deluge out the windows and saw lightning strike right out the window with absolutely no delay in the thunder. It was crazy.

The rain slowed way down about the time we were done with the laundry. We found a little restaurant and had some dinner. Denver asked for runny eggs and they accomodated him as they served breakfast all day. He felt pretty special. They had everything from spaghetti with lots of sauce, just the way Bailey likes it, sage got slouvaki, and I got a turkey BLT... quite the range of cuisine! Dinner was followed by dessert at Tim Horton's. I had my first Tim Horton's donut and it was quite lovely. My favorite was the chocolate walnut donut stick.

We went back to the hotel and the kids decided it would be better if I picked up daddy tonight instead of tomorrow morning and that they would stay in the hotel room. I was a little uneasy about it, but they were ready for bed when I left for downtown Montreal. As soon as I met up with Mr. John, we called the kids to see how they were and we woke them up, so all was well with our crew.

Mr. John always throws a karaoke party at the end of the conference so that is where I caught up with him... On stage singing "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley. It was hilarious. We said bye to all his friends and colleagues and headed back to the kids.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ADTE: Day 15

Wow! Today marks a full 2 weeks of traveling. This is about the hallway point of our journey. It's just been the kids and I for the last couple of days while Mr. John is at his conference downtown. I should have had him blog for today as his day was probably more eventful than ours. Don't get me wrong: WE HAD A BALL! Because this is basically what our entire day consisted of.

After breakfast at our hotel, we had plans to go to a park during the cooler hours and then do a load of laundry, but somehow we ended up at a place called Funopolis! It was basically a ginormous hamster habitat with tunnels and slides, trampolines, things to climb, and all air conditioned. The kids went nuts! We were there from 10:00 in the morning and we closed the place down at 6:00!

Besides the hamster-like tunnels and slides, there was a place full of foam balls that you could shoot. There were cannons and guns, and balls that dropped from a holding tank, and slides and bridges and things to hide behind. Then there was a laser maze where a room would fill with lasers and you had to get to the other side without touching the lasers beaming across the room. Then you would hit a button and return over a different arrangement of lasers and hit a button at the entry. I went all Jason Bourne in there!

There was another room where the walls were filled with lights and you had to hit them as fast as you could as they lit up, and your competing with someone on the other half of the room; in my case: Denver. THAT was a workout! I know I'm going to feel those sprints tomorrow!

So, we ran around in our socks all day. The local kids were so sweet and would come up to my kids and ask them to be their friend, or invite them to play on the trampolines with them. How great is that?! Most of the time the kids were asking in French, but kid sign language got them through and they made several friends. So cute! I swear the kids left the with a French accent. They said it helped the other kids understand them. Bailey couldn't stand the thought of never seeing her new friends again, and left with several pen pals via their email addresses.

Today also marked our first taste of poutine. Several people mentioned I needed to try it, so today was the day. What is poutine you ask? French fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. I immediately decided it was a fork food and dug in. Woah! Yummy goodness. What is this vinegar packet for. Hmmm, I sprinkled my poutine with it and, it was even more delicious! I don't know if that's how they do it in Montreal, but it was fantastic. I figure its kind of like our chili cheese fries. Sort of. Kind of.

You would think the kids would be tired after running around like hamsters all day, but no. They immediately changed into their swimsuits and swam at the hotel after eating a bite. We also learned something else today: if you order a corn dog you will get a look of confusion. Then clarify by saying "a hot dog... um on a stick?" "Hmmm, oh! That's a pogo!"

Now the hamsters are settled in bed, and I'm about to join them. This mama hamster didn't run around half as much as they did and she's tired! Bonne nuit!


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