Tuesday, March 20, 2007

McNiel Culinary Institute, The Odettes, Daisy!



Man......what a blur!!!!! Last week was so busy that I didn't have time to do anything but work, eat with Ryan and Tina Odette and get ready for our new little girl Daisy Elizabeth. I am going to give you a quick mention of what the week was like but I have asked Ryan to guest blog this week about everything in detail. He should have his post to me in the next couple of days so I'll save our experiences with each other for his story. -Something about that verbiage that doesn't sound very "alpha-hetorosexual", but you get the idea. Ryan and Tina got here last Sunday about mid-afternoon. They met us at John & Mandy McNiel's house in Green Hills. John & Mandy are such wonderfully kind people and are so hospitable! Mandy has allowed John to turn their kitchen into a classroom a few times to show me some things. John is an incredible chef who spent several years in New Orleans. Without mentioning names let me just say that his resume (where he worked and who he worked for/with) is VERY impressive! When we make our roux for etouffee, gumbo etc. it has been taking us forever so this past Sunday John showed me how to speed that process up without sacrificing quality. He also showed me how to "retrieve" the roux if it breaks with a Beurre maniƩ. I'm practicing! At any rate, Ryan & Tina met us there . We left their house FAR, FAR later than we should have but we all had a great time that night and I really learned a lot from my time with John. Thursday we had a scheduled C-section at 8:00am. Daisy Elizabeth Martin was born @8:10. Man is she beautiful! I could just go on and on and on about her but I'll save you the proud father ramble. Wyatt loves her......he is a little rough with her though......he likes to poke her eyes, gouge her nose, etc.. The pictures are Daisy with my Uncle Mike and Dad holding Wyatt as looks at Daisy. She is a real blessing......the good Lord has really blessed us! Sales were down some this week. It made things a little stressful on me. My food reps say its because of spring break.....that makes sense.....I hope they are right! We also had to pay Feb. sales tax so that really stung. This week may be the same because spring break is still going on for some schools. Lord willing things will pick back up in the next week or so. Ryans post should be up in the next day or two.

1 comment:

hearts n TN said...

WOW...She is beautiful!!! She looks just like Martha! (sorry Pat)....I am very, very happy for you!

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