December 9, 2009
December 3, 2009
PS the birch gives me a taste of home, I hope to have two more in the upcoming years.
December 2, 2009
December 1, 2009
While I was reading some blog about Donny Osmond on Dancing with the Stars, I was lead to a link on Hulu. Hulu? What is that? It's cable for your computer.
I don't know about you, but I really can't stand to watch TV these days. My favorite day is Wednesday because I can watch NCIS on USA. Otherwise there really isn't a lot on. There is V, but I'm forgetting to TIVO it, then there is Desperate Housewives, but otherwise, I'm just flipping around just trying to find something with a storyline.
So today, I found Hulu. It’s a website that offers tons of shows for free, and return you have to sit through a couple of 30 second commercials. Honestly I don’t think there are two minutes worth of commercials. There are tons of shows to click on, such as the pilot for V that I missed the first critical 15 minutes. I'm going to watch it, but today I watched a Lou Grant episode. It was great. I loved looking at the dial telephones, metal desks, and the 70's cars driving by and in fact I enjoyed storyline. Next time Monday or Tuesday rolls around and I want to watch some TV and WWF is on instead of NCIS, I am tuning into Hulu. So, my husband has called me a geek for watching 70's and 80's programming. What can I say, I'm a child of the 70's and the 80's. I’m sure I will be watching Rhoda, Mary Tyler Moore or even 21 Jump Street down the road.
PS my husband is watching Lou Grant right now, who really is the geek?
November 28, 2009
Got to love Swedish chocolate balls, they are a no-bake, kid friendly dessert. The kids can help, and you are done in minutes. Pumpkin jumped out of her skin when I asked her if she wanted to make a batch.
They turned out great, but I think I may try margarine instead of butter, because the sprinkles just don’t stick like the should.
November 24, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 17, 2009
November 10, 2009
What’s a birthday party without cake? So we had an R2D2 cake this year. I finally learned this year to freeze the cake before you cut and frost the cake. R2D2’s legs were falling apart like crazy, and luckily I had a ghost cake in the freezer for an upcoming Halloween party. I grabbed the frozen cake and made a refurbished R2D2 leg and it worked out wonderfully. So from now on, I will be freezing my cakes a day before and they will look a little less homemade.
November 5, 2009
November 3, 2009
My daughter will eat just about anything, my son is another story. He likes the usual kids stuff: sloppy Joes, spaghetti, chicken nuggets and spaghetti. I usually serve some kid friendly meals two to three times a week, but there are days I just can’t do it and I make meals for Mommy and Daddy. Then there are days that I just make dinner for them, and this was one of them.
I made a pasta salad with, mixed vegetables, served with octopus, a.k.a. a hotdog, and sprinkled with goldfish crackers and parmesan cheese. The trick to the hotdogs, is after you cut the legs, boil the hotdog until it’s heated through. This meal was a HUGE hit.
October 16, 2009
Couscous with Chicken
1 lbs. Ground Chicken
1 package couscous, cooked according to the package
1/2 cup pureed mango
1 red pepper
Heat about a Tbs. olive oil and sauté the onion and brown the chicken at the same time. When the chicken has browned, set it aside (remember to break up the chicken into very small pieces). Meanwhile I pureed a mango, with a little bit of water. I cubed the zucchini and three of the carrots and boiled them until they were very soft. Then using a food processor, I essentially pureed the vegetables. The remaining carrot, I cut, into very small bite size pieces, just big enough for the baby to have something to chew on and boiled those pieces until they were extremely soft. Then I combined, the chicken, prepared couscous and the vegetables, and the mango and we had a ton our own Couscous with Chicken.
October 12, 2009
My first award, and I don’t think any other will ever mean the same. My friend, Hurst burst, just game me the “You are my sunshine” award and said the kindest things about me. I’m speechless, really they were some of the nicest compliments I’ve ever gotten. Go check her blog out, she has the greatest stories and makes me laugh daily. In fact, she is pretty good at spreading sunshine herself.
So it is my turn to bestow the sunshine award, the best that I can. As far a crafting website goes, Little Cotton Rabbits deserves this award. Every time, I visit her site, I am amazed by her talent and inspired. In fact, her Knitted Cupcake pattern decoration, inspired me to embellish a t-shirt for my daughter with a knitted heart. Two Valentines later, she still adores it. I can’t wait to make the cupcake someday.
Every time I look at Lotta’s garden, I smile. The photos are always beautiful, and let’s me get a taste of home every once in a while. And to top it off, I have a chance to practice my Swedish with every one of her posts.
Karen, at And So I Sew, makes me smile. I love the glimpses into her life, it reminds me how I want to parent, and she even has time to sew. Her sewing Pledges for 2009, made me laugh, because in my mind I have the same goals. I hope she reaches her goals.
Lastly, there is Overseas Living. I love to read this blog, it reminds me how wonderfully exciting the whole world is. Through her eyes you get to see the craziest things, then the next day she’s busy parenting her children, just like any other American mother. It’s a big adventure, that I have the privilege to see through her blog.
Ladies, thank you for filling my life with sunshine, I really feel honored to peak into your lives.
October 11, 2009
October 4, 2009
The art table, was a wonderful present from Santa, I guess about 5 years ago. It’s been great. The kids draw, paint and periodically have lunch on the table. But the stuff that goes with the art table, yikes! I have paint, pipe cleaners, beads, you name it stuffed in closets and cute little bins beside the table. But as with everything else my kids seem to have, if it’s not out they don’t use it. So today, in the interest of the little one’s safety, I proclaimed it was time to get rid of the art table or at least move it out of the kitchen. I lost.
So, this is my happy medium. I decided to put everything in this little chest from my grandmother. The chest is going to be right beside the art table and if they have to get anything it is right there. The paper bin will sit on top, because if the baby gets into that he won’t choke immediately and it’s heavy, so it will make a large sound as it hits the baby to the floor before he reaches the chokeables. I may have to find a lock…. we'll see.
I have told the older angels, that I want wonderful little art projects from them, since they have all types of creative stuff at their fingertips. But, if there is one chokeable left out it is getting ditched. All for the safety of the baby. Seriously, I’m not sure if this baby is going to survive…
September 30, 2009
Here’s the last harvest from the garden. Unbelievably, the garden grew even though it didn’t get planted until the end of June. We’ve enjoyed, salsa, bruschetta, plain tomatoes, salads, and peppers for the last 6-8 weeks. It’s been a great project for the kids, they’ve loved picking what we need for supper, and watering the garden every now and then. It sure helped that this summer was pretty cool and had a good amount of rain.
The highlight of the tomato harvest I have to say was the Krim tomato. It doesn’t look like anything at all. It is blackish green on top when it’s ripe, the pulp is even green. So it appears as though it isn’t ripe. But with a little touch of salt, it’s one of the best tomatoes, I’ve ever come across.
Cheers to the harvest!
It’s Pumpkin’s 9th birthday tomorrow. To celebrate I’m taking in cupcakes for the 23 kids, and their teacher. These are the famous Weasleys’ Every Flavor cupcakes, that I’m bringing to her class to celebrate her birthday tomorrow afternoon. They are decorated with the Gryffindor colors and the Every Flavor jelly beans (from Harry Potter) for decoration. I wonder which kid is going to find the ear wax bean. Aren’t they cute?
I digress, as I was finishing up the cupcakes, I realized my rows didn’t match. I counted up my cupcakes, and there is one missing!!! Somebody snuck down this evening and had a snack. Now using my NCIS training, I’ve discounted Sport, since he is much more of a follower in these types of matters. Since the baby isn’t crawling, that leaves Pumpkin. I believe she had the motive and the means to commit the crime. So now the question is, since there isn’t enough for all the kids and the teacher, do I make the birthday girl give her cupcake to the teacher. Or do I let her think I didn’t catch her and let her enjoy her sneakiness. I’m leaning towards not letting her know that I know there are 23 cupcakes instead of 24. But then there is the chance that she will enjoy a life of crime because I didn’t stop her now. I hope she gets the ear wax bean :-)
September 21, 2009
Cleveland has this little gem of a store off of Interstate 480, it is called b.a. Sweetie Candy company. I think every known American Candy is within it’s walls. There are the typical M&M’s, Jelly Bellies, and the more exotics such as clove gum and candied crickets. Yes, the crickets were real.
I was in the neighborhood, and since I have two birthday parties, Halloween (our neighborhood has to have 200+kids) and a little decorating project all in the next month, I decided to take my kids and a friend to the Candy Store.
So, here is the loot…
Do you think we need anymore candy in the near future? I’m sure I spent less than if I had gone to Target. I am sure, that this year, trick-or-treaters won’t get the run of the mill candy from us. That has to be worth something right?
Oh and by the way, here is my little decorating project that was the primary reason for the trip.