Saturday, March 31, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
OK, after all that...here are some photos...I am a decent enough Mom to have brought a camera...although it was clearly on some wacky setting causing funky images. You will however get the idea. The first was taken outdoors at home. The location chosen solely by Olivia. She wanted to be next to the newly bloomed pink flower. You can also see, feel, why I need a new camera with a decent portrait mode, so I could blur out the background which here, is as crystal clear as my child herself.
Oh yea, I'd be remiss not to acknowledge the bright pink, 2 sizes too big, crocs. There, I acknowledged them.
Blurry and yucky but you get the idea of the total sweetness, right?! I have a few better of her whole class but I don't think I should plaster all those other girls over the internet. Oh, this is her tap get up, the ballet is more of the above but with some other things added.
And for my evidence that the camera was indeed wonky, here is my younger daughter, who was exceedingly not patient. She alternated between saying: it's my turn (wanting to get her photo taken), I wanna go home, and I have to poopy. I got lots of dirty looks about that last comment and the fact that I did not act on it. But, she is not potty trained. She simply wanted out of the cafeteria!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Oh, and if there are any "hardcore" scrapbookers reading...I made my own "thicker" type stickers for the MP-3 title by using a Sizzix and craft foam. Someone at the scrapbooking event had a Sizzix and about 10 alphabets. Too bad for me, I decided to try this out only moments before she left b/c I could have cut out a few more cool titles!
Friday, March 23, 2007
I'd be embarassed if I did not enjoy the process, and the end result, so much. I am also very excited to scrap with tunes this time. Although, I also love spending that much time with my Mom, so I will not have headphones on the whole time. And just b/c I am such a good daughter, I made her a little playlist of Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, and Kenny Rogers. Those are some of her favs.
Looking forward to getting a decent handful of pages completed. Look for some next week perhaps!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Their favorites so far: Black Horse and a Cherry Tree and Big Yellow Taxi (Counting Crows). Olivia, the oldest, is now adding to her very own playlist. Her first request: Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Who knew how fun this could be?! I just hope I get to be the three, in MP3, and actually get to use the darned thing :)Pin It
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
White and Wild Rice Salad
2/3 c. wild rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Original, without the seasoning)
1.5 c. white long grain rice
½ lb. snow peas, cut in half cross wise
3 tbl. Balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
6 tbl. Vegetable oil
¼ c. apricot preserves
1 lg. red pepper, cut into a ½ inch dice
2 scallions trimmed and sliced thin
Cook wild rice following package directions. Drain and spread out on a baking sheet to cool. While wild rice is cooling, cook white rice according to pkg directions. Spread out on a baking sheet to cool.
Bring a medium size saucepan of water to boil. Add snow peas and cook for 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. (I steamed mine in the microwave instead.)
In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, salt, pepper. Gradually whisk in oil. Whisk in apricot preserves until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, gently combine rice, snow peas and red pepper. Add dressing and gently stir to coat. Put scallions on top and serve.
Recipe from Family Circle
About the picture taking. I have literally thought more about buying this camera http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=11154, than about who I was going to marry, or becoming a parent. Ok, maybe not, but it is beginning to feel that way. Although I want a Digital Rebel XT with my whole heart, it is hard for me to part with the funds, when my gig as a SAHM is not paying so well. But, I have been saving from my PT job, and some gift money etc. and I think I am going to do it! Instead of upgrading immediately to the XTi, I am going to get an XT from Target, b/c it is about $100 less AND if I sign up for a Target credit card, I can get another 10% off. See, I have this thing justified like it is MY job :) So, if I really do it, prepare for many more photos! I know just enough about photography and photoshop to be dangerous. Pin It
Saturday, March 10, 2007
And that is another cheesecake from Costco (see below Birthday photo, same cake!). You cannot go wrong with this giant confection for $12.
My sister got me a big KI Memories slab of paper, 180 sheets. I am pretty pumped about that.
And in bad news related to aging...I have an absessed tooth. NO fun.Pin It
Friday, March 9, 2007
I got this recipe:
Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Serves 12; Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
This classic quick bread, from reader Raymond Forker in Savannah, Georgia. is a great way to use bananas that are just past their prime. There is no need to cut out the brown spots—just mash them in with the rest.
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch (6-cup) loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, zest, and salt. Mix in oil, eggs, and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into pan.
2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 70 to 80 minutes (tent loosely with foil if loaf browns too quickly). Cool loaf 10 minutes in pan; then turn out of pan and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
from this blog: http://noragriffin.typepad.com/cook/ which is an off shoot of Nora's regular blog which I read often. Either Nora is a really good cook, I am a really good cook, or we just like the same foods, or maybe all of the above BUT everything I have made that I have "taken" from her has been superb. This bread is so easy but really superb. I have made the tri-tip marinated in beer several times, it is terrific too. And for the midwest, Cincinnati people, Costco has tri-tips, it seemed no one else in any meat dept. knew what the heck I spoke of!
Although it is Friday, and it is lent, I have the stuff to make the Turkey Croquettes shown on the right, again. I am going to make them to have later this weekend, and share two with my parents. Delish as RR would say! Pin It
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
but in a nutshell, the Foundation helps women survivors adjust to life after cancer. I work for a phenomenal person, and have met more inspiring women than I can count. Right now they are in the midst of a fundraiser, which I am actively working on, mostly in the administrative sense, but it is rewarding regardless. Take a look! Pin It
Monday, March 5, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Now, about blogs. Late Saturday evening we began discussing them after many cocktails and at the exact moment we were enjoying hamburgers as large as our heads. I just assume everyone reads blogs, as I do. Not the case. One friend even asked: are they for losers?! Not knowing of course about my little secret here. At this time, I am still in the closet but I will soon come clean to these women who I have shared more than half of my life with. I like my blog. It is a work in progress and I am not quite sure when, if ever, it will be relevant to others. But for now I like it, and the minimal time it takes to maintain. As for other blogs, I love them. Probably too much so. They are the bloodsuckers that steal my time and keep me too long at my computer and away from the many other things that demand my time--like kids, meals, laundry, cleaning house.
Now to scrapbooking. I submitted a BUNCH of pages to a Memory Makers call. I have to assume they liked something they saw b/c they inquired if any were "unseen" as in never published on a website. Darn it. I love instant gratification and have the suckers plastered just about everywhere (can you see that slideshow?!). Only one is available. I was pretty bummed at this missed opportunity. But the next day, I got a new email extending the date for layouts for this book until March 9 SO now I am trying to produce some worthy pages :) I am trying to stay really motivated since Memory Makers is located about 15 min. from my house and I would just love for them to give me some more permanent type of gig :)
Ok, that is a sufficient amount of rambling to fill the void that was this past week as far as presence on my blog. I have made a few new recipes that I will bring to you soon. Again, not sure who YOU is, but I will share some tasty dishes for the heck of it! Pin It