Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
1) An external hard-drive for my computer (I've been putting all my photos on discs, but I don't trust them and I am too afraid to erase the pics off my computer. Those, along with all these scrapbook pages I'm now making are really bogging down my computer).
2) A flat-bed scanner. I have lots of photos that I actually took ~before~ getting my digital camera including all of Maddie's baby photos. I can't even use them in a scrapbook page until I get a scanner. So, the way I see it...these two things are immediate necessities.
3) A good wide angle lens. The only decent lens I have right now is my 50mm 2.8 and while I just lurve this lens for taking portraits, it doesn't work so great for group photos. I should say, it's more than decent..it's really great...it just isn't a wide angle.
4) High. Speed. Internet. Connectivity.
5) A nice new bike in some really pretty color. And, a helmet.
6) A new food processor.
7) A kitchen-aid Artisan mixer. I like pink.
8) A new truck - crew cab, please.
9) A new bed complete with new mattress, sheets (600 count min.), and down pillows. Oh, and make it a King Size. Ohhhhhh....this would be sweeeeeet.
10) A new wardrobe for the summer - lots of pretty colored t's and tanks, a few new pairs of jeans (I like the Gap), and a few new pairs of kickin' little sneakers.
You have 10 days until my birthday...
2) An only slightly less wonderful digital camera, still pretty gosh darn good, that is small enough to throw into my purse and have at the ready for all those little Mommy Moments in life.
3) A fan-freakin-tastic coffee maker (I love my new Cuisinart Coffee Maker. Love it! Love it! Love it!)
4) A new dining room set.
5) A Newfoundland doggie.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Creamy Bow-Ties with Chicken, Spinach and Peppers
6 oz Bow-tie Pasta
12 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, but into strips
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup julienned red bell peppers
2 cups shredded fresh spinach
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup shredded old white Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Directions:1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender but firm; drain. Rinse under hot water; drain. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, spray a large skillet with vegetable spray. Add chicken strips and cook over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned and juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Transfer to a plate.
3. In the same skillet, heat 1 tsp. of the oil over medium heat. Add peppers and saute for 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly softened. Stir in spinach and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until wilted. Stir in lemon juice. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
4. In the same pot used for cooking pasta, heat remaining oil over medium heat; blend in flour. Add garlic and milk; cook whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salt, nutmeg and pepper. Remove from heat. Add Cheddar cheese and stir until blended. Add pasta, chicken and vegetables to sauce; stir until combined. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
I found out that Maddie's friend does not like red peppers and she gave those a thumbs down. However, she said she loved the chicken and the pasta and gave those two thumbs up! But, still, she didn't eat very much at all. Maybe she's just too excited about playing to eat. I feel bad that I'm not filling her up better, though. We'll keep trying!
My girls both said they loved this recipe and Jamie ate it all. Maddie ate most of it but I think she, too, just wanted to get going to play.
Dave and I both really enjoyed it and we both gave it an 8 out of 10 which is a high enough rating to put this one into steady rotation. It makes great left-overs, too!
The best part of dinner, though...definitely had to be dessert.
For more great recipes check out What's Cooking Wednesday brought to you by the birthday girl...The Fairy BlogMother!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Oh, you probably can't read the writing on the page. It says:
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
In other news...
is turning into this...
As I Type!!
How exciting. I am just LOVING the new color of my cupboards (I really, really, hated the brown).
And this floor...
is being replaced by a nice dark, walnut, laminate flooring by my hunky husband and fabulous brother in law *this* weekend. :)
"It's getting there. It's getting there." (that's been our refrain around here for several weeks now).
We are almost "guest ready". I wonder if my new friend The Fairy BlogMother will still be willing to come over here for dinner after we caused her to cut her hand the other night, gave her daughter "the burps", and ate all her cake?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This is raw, blogging vulnerability.
Some publish intimate details about their personal lives on the internet – but I am going to do something far more terrifying to me. I am going to photograph and publish the very corners, closets and piles of clutter and chaos in my house that I am most ashamed of – the very places I work so hard for no one to ever see.
Why? – Because I need some blogging incentive to get back in control of my house. And because I want to celebrate together the little steps of victory as other Tackle It Tuesday participants and I tackle each project, one by one.
Remember this post I did a little while ago? Shan of Tales from the Fairy Blogmother said I was brave to share my mess (thanks Shan!)- so, here I go again. And, this time it's even worse. The Laundry Pile!!!
(I can't even believe I'm sharing this photo! If you came over to my house I probably wouldn't let you use the downstairs bathroom for fear you may peak in there and see it and now I'm posting a pic. of it on the internet!! Ahhh...half heart-attack inducing/half cathartic).
The problem with the laundry pile is that I am the only one who ever tries to make a dent in it, but there are 4 people in this house who contribute to it. And, two of those 4 people are little girls who just have to change their outfits about 10 times a day each and then, if I'm not watching them like a hawk, they will hide their old outfits under beds, under dressers, behind bins in the toy-room...anything but put them back in their dressers. By the time I find everything I can't tell what is clean and what is dirty anymore and I just get exasperated and throw it all in the laundry.
Then there is the problem of the "stuff left in the washer". This is a chronic condition over here for which I really have no one to blame but myself. I will get on a roll and do, say, 4 loads of laundry in a day...but by the end of the day I still have one load that needs to go in the dryer and I'll get tired, go to bed, and have forgotten all about it. The next day I'll be busy with something else and I will continue to forget all about it. Somewhere around day 3 (or 5 if this has occurred over the weekend and I'm at work) I'll remember the tangled mass of wet clothes that are turning into a rotten pile of stink in the old Kenmore and -OMG- what a nightmare that is! You can't just rewash the clothes: that will not get the stink out. I've discovered this after putting on many an icky, stale smelling, shirt that had to be tossed back into the hamper. What you have to do now is dry the whole mass of stinky clothes and then rewash them all. I know, I know. This is a complete and total waste of time, money, water, electricity. Just completely terrible in so many ways (I am really sorry and I will not let this happen again. I promise this right here. Right now).
So...this is my Tackle it Tuesday project: I'm going to get the upper hand on the laundry pile, the laundry situation, and the dreaded "washer full of stinky wet clothes". I am giving myself one week to get this accomplished and I will publish my results next Tuesday (along with my new project). Wish me luck...I'm gonna' need it.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Maddie and I also made up two little April Fool's gifts: one for her teacher and one for her best friend, Abby. Unfortunately, the surprises didn't make it into school and neither did Maddie. She was having some tummy troubles that, I swear, had nothing to do with the fake bacon and eggs. She seems to have an issue with milk in that if she drinks too much of it when she is away from home (i.e. more than, say, a small cup in a day) she won't be able to use the facilities for quite awhile after. We give her soy milk at home, which she and Jamie both prefer anyway (luckily).