Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
guess what's in my freezer ...no.no, but good guess.nah, try again.
remember how it was [Husband's] Christmas wish to have a Christmas goose? and we went to Whole Foods, Bruno's, Food World, Publix, Winn Dixie, Wal-mart and [Husband] even checked online for one? the cheapest one we could find was close to $60. so no goose for us.
even after Christmas, [Husband] has still been checking the meat department on every grocery trip. tonight it paid off. Goose was on sale at Wal-mart. not just on sale, but apparently on clearance.
we bought a 10.5lb goose that was originally 4.98 a pound for .99 a pound. yes. we bought a 53 dollar goose for $10.42.
and the best part of the whole deal: the sell by date on the goose is 9-26-10 so it is double wrapped very tightly in aluminum foil and is currently in our freezer awaiting Christmas 2009 to fulfill [Husband's] Christmas wish.
when we got home he said, "I've never started looking forward to Christmas so early before."
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
sometimes she will try to color like I do.
sometimes she will try fold clothes like I do.
and sometimes the two overlap.
sometimes she will try to clean the walls and windows after she colors on them.
We have a pretty strict rule in our house: washable paint/crayons/colored pencils/markers ONLY. all of my non-washable things are on a high shelf in my closet safe from little creative hands.
This is Daughter cleaning the side glass door with our all purpose cleaner [I mostly use a water/vinegar mix. it's cheap, works and is enviromentally and kid friendly] and a baby rag.
she's very thorough. AND the best part of washable art products, I could get it off with a wet hand.
that kid. I don't know anyone like her.
FACT: there's a patch of Daughter's bedroom wall that she colored on with nonwashable crayon [pre-rule] and I don't want to wash it. I'm pretty sure the day will come when I'm wishing for crayon marks on the wall. I'm enjoying them while they last!
Friday, November 20, 2009
It really gave me a lot to think about. The book included more than a dozen recipes the family used over the course of the year. The first recipe I came across that made me say, "I want to eat that right now," was Asian Vegetable Rolls. They used bean sprouts grown in a jar in the house. hmm. I can do that. I can grow bean sprouts. I'm a gardener after all.
so, I start SwagBucking to see what kind of beans work/taste best. alfalfa, of course. mung and lentils. score. we already had lentils in the cabinet that Husband bought to have on hand for winter soups.
Here's what you need:
glass jar (I used a quart size)
beans (I used 1/2 cup of lentils for this but also made a jar of garbanzos that are slower growers so I haven't tasted them yet)
some sort of seal to allow the jar to breath (I used craft canvas I had in my craft box, but I'm sure clean panty hose would work or you could even leave it uncovered)
Monday Night: I added the beans and plenty of water (use more than you think you need because the beans really absorb a lot) put the top on and let them soak overnight.
to me, they taste a lot like raw peanuts. which I like.
For dinner Thursday night, Husband, Daughter and I ate a salad of lentil sprouts, purple onion, cucumber, bell pepper, feta and croutons with a homemade balsamic dressing. it was pretty tasty.
I found this website with lots of sprout recipes. I haven't cooked any yet, but I'm hopeful.
next, I'll try the garbanzo bean sprouts and find some alfalfa seeds to start.
We got the pound of dried lentils at Publix for less than $2. I wonder how much the same pound of lentils once sprouted would sell for at a place like Whole Foods? more than $2, me thinks.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
took the easy way out.
blah blah blah.
call it whatever you want. put whatever label you want on it. whatever justification you need.
I'm not running in the 5k Saturday.
ready for my 'reasons?'
number 1. I guess is that I just don't want to. yes. I think running in the cold is hard. and I have the sinus infection to prove it.
on the one hand I feel like a quitter for not pushing through and making it happen. on the other hand, I feel relieved that my sinus troubles have subsided and I can breathe normally again.
I'm still going to the 5k, just as an athletic supporter. <-- go ahead. laugh at my 7th grade joke.
and now that I'm not running every other day, I feel so lazy. my jeans feel tighter. I've even resorted to doing sprints in my driveway during the warmest parts of the day and pulling out old VHS workout videos just to get my exercise fix.
I'm ready for spring.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
and I gladly oblidge.
that's right, Daughter gets as much "juice" as she wants.
but what Daughter doesn't know is a mean trick that Husband and I have been playing on her for over a year.
when she brings us her 10 ounce sippy cup and asks for, "more juice," what she actually gets is 8 ounces of water and 2 ounces of no sugar added, not from concentrate 100% apple juice.
She drinks so much more water when we flavor it a little. It's an easy way to keep her hydrated.
one day when this kid gets an actual cup of non-watered down apple juice, she'll be in for the surprise of her life!
seriously. when we're counting servings of fruits for the day. I'd much rather Daughter eat apple slices than drink a glass of apple juice. plus, she really doesn't know what she's missing.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
yes, we're definitely learned our seeds only lesson. or rather we've learned that if we want to continue with seeds we have to start them in the house MUCH earlier than we did this year. This is our first bell pepper. it's probably about the size of a penny and one of the few remaining plants left in our garden from the spring/summer.
I'm hoping it'll do some super growing so we can at least eat it before the frost gets to it.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
yes, yes and yes.
And sometimes for an added treat a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream. It definitely adds a little extra warmth to my beverage.
When I was "swag bucking" for an image [as opposed to googling], I pulled up quite a few dessert recipes using Irish Cream. Something to try in the future.
The label recommends trying Bailey's over ice. And I'm pretty sure it'd be good with milk too.
I've tried O'Reilly's Irish Cream because it's cheaper and sold in grocery stores, unlike Bailey's that we, in Alabama, have to get in ABC or liquor stores. And it's definitely not as smooth.
Husband bought me an entire liter this weekend and it'll last all fall, into the winter and possibly spring. making the marginal extra cost not such a big deal for the occasional splurge.
It's 17% alcohol
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It's a tube mascara, which means it doesn't coat your lashes but covers your lashes and then STAYS THERE until you wash it off with warm water and a wash cloth. It wraps around your lashes and resists smudging, smearing and running.
it's fabulous clean coverage.
I'm not the girl who craves longer thicker lashes. I'm the girl who looks slightly drunk and partially asleep without mascara. Kiss Me really opens my eyes up and makes me look awake and fresh - even if I don't always feel that way.
In case you care, I have fair skin, green eyes and light/medium brown hair (thanks Clairol) and I use the Medium Brown.
This mascara is more expensive that your average drug store mascara (I first found it at the salon where I get my hair cut and eye brows waxed -- man, I'd love to get both of those done right now). but now I can find it for MUCH cheaper at an ebay store - and free shipping to boot.
it is a nice splurge and even while watching the saddest cry fest movie, it hasn't let me down.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, I was trying a cream of asparagus soup recipe (it was great, btw) so I decided to bake a loaf of bread and try the pumpkin compound butter then.
Husband suggested I try two sticks of butter and half the can of puree. I had doubts that it would be any good and didn't want to waste more butter than necessary, so I decided to just use one stick.
1 stick of (salted) butter (room temperature)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
a couple of dashes of cinnamon.
(I thought about added a little clove too, but was too lazy to clean out the coffee grinder to grind the clove)
stirred until completely blended.
it really was so much better than I could ever have imagined. EVER.
it was great on the bread and Husband and I both agreed that it'd be great on hot muffins or even fresh biscuits.
if you're in a pumpkin mood this fall season, give it a try.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
My next 5k is less than a month away so I'm back to running every other day/night. no matter the weather. (I've come to like running in the rain) I've discovered I like running at night. just me and my headphones. nothing but my tattoo as identification if I'm abducted and murdered. (yes, I think about that a little every time I leave my house to run for a mile and a half and back at 10.30 at night)
well, with night comes cooler temperatures. my sinuses have been going crazy. for the past 2 weeks every time I run (every other day) my sinuses get congested and I feel horrible. while nasal irrigation and pressing on my sinuses, most of it is gone by the time of my next run. but seriously. it's taking its toll. I'm not big on taking lots of medicines, but even if I wanted too, I'm limited right now as to what I can actually take and it not mess with Son.
it's hurting me. I hear I will get used to it. I hear I'll love to run in the cold more than the hot, but that remains to be seen.
let it be seen soon.
I'm hoping with the help of Mandy I'll have an improved time on this 5k and reach my goal of not having to walk.
I've also switched my training to Podrunner Intervals (can be found on iTunes). The sessions are a few minutes longer than what I was previously doing and I feel like that's helping with my pace and endurance.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
levels used this year
level 1: sharpie
level 2: mr. potato head like-facial features bought last year at 80% off that you stick in the pumpkin
level 3: knives and pens
level 4: knives, pens, mallets, screw drivers and expensive coat hangers
Daughter's finished pumpkin
Son and his finished pumpkin (level 1) when you're more concerned with playing with your feet than celebrating a family tradition, you're Level 1 by default.
my jack-o-lantern lit up. this is the most creative pumpkin I ever created. I free handed it from a pic a friend posted on her facebook. (Level 3) it turned out better than I ever imagined.