Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Anyway, it is off to work for me today until noon, then back home to finish putting away all the Christmas Decorations. I would imagine that we will have some rousing Wii competition this afternoon and I am going to try and sort out the freezer a bit so I can know what to buy at the grocery.
My fish tank looks crystal clear today.......the fish are OLD, but they still look pretty when the water is clear. How can it look so murky one day , then be clear the next without anything being done to it? Guess it is one of the mysteries I'll never figure out.
Monday, December 29, 2008
My fat little toddler babies have turned into real miniature people with opinions and stashes of secret stuff all their own. I cleaned out a bunch of that secret stuff this weekend while they were gone. I'm hoping they don't notice and decided to give me their opinions on the situation. I am ready for them to be home. These dogs are great, but they won't go get the remote or bring me the phone. ( Isn't that what kids are for?)
They should be home mid-afternoon tomorrow unless they decide to stop at some roadside attraction and loaf a while. I'm sure I will be busy at work when they hit town, so I'll have to wait until I get home to hear of their adventures. They told me today that they are SO ready to come home and play Wii games ( him) and see the dogs ( her). Oh well, so much for missing old Mom!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Today has been a day of cleaning up and cleaning out. I have been tossing out the bits and pieces from the children's rooms and washing their bedding and moving things around. The little dogs have been having a fabulous day just hanging out, playing, eating and sleeping. Maya has been playing with the crew and seems to be enjoying herself.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Just in case you were wondering what Boxing day is, it is a British holiday where they give gifts to service workers. I always saw it on the calendar, but never really knew what it was.
So, Happy Boxing Day!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Hanna Montana was a prominent part of the contents of the girlie's box. That is not a long-hair chihuahua puppy that you think you see. It was not a Christmas gift from Santa. It is not there. I photoshopped it in. Just a figment of your imagination. Disregard it.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Man, I am pooped. I just got a couple of BIG loaves of banana bread out of the oven, and I made the "refrigerator fruitcake" earlier this evening. That fruit cake was fun to make because the kids like to help measure and pour stuff in the bowl. If it turns out, I'll post the recipe.
Tomorrow night I am making rum cake, and maybe some Peppermint patty brownies if time allows. I have to sort of plan this out so the stuff will keep until the kids and dad get to the other end of the state on Friday. I will be here babysitting dogs and working. And spending some quality time with my remote. And going to see Marley and Me. And reading my new book. And not cooking. Or doing laundry ( except my own.) I'll be bored silly.
The family spent the day at home today while I was at work. In fact, all three of them stayed in their pajamas all day. Buncha bums, I say. I'd have been right here with 'em making the same fashion statement had I not had to go to work!
More fun and games tomorrow! Good night!
Thanks, Gaga, for turning us onto the elf. He has been a great incentive for god behavior this week!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Three days before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ( ok, the hamster may be up, but they are nocturnal , you know).
I sat in my chair , computer in lap ( along with three chihuahuas)
While everyone else was deep in a nap.
The dogs all piled up, sighing and snoring.
My cats were elsewhere, they found me too boring.
I studied and looked , over recipes I pondered.
"What to send to Bristol?" I sat there an wondered.
"Send me a recipe"....I wrote on my pad.
Maybe this way, it won't turn out bad.
I need something simple, easy to haul.
It has to be packable, not too big or too small.
I have in mind cakes and other delights.
At the rate that I'm going I'll be up all night.
So send me some ideas to look at and savor,
Then when you are in need, I'll return the favor.
I'm serious....I need ideas for tried stuff that is easy to carry on a 9 hour car ride. I am thinking this rules out any thing with frosting or whipped cream ( dang it) and I just am NOT baking a bunch of cookies. Cookies make me jumpy. Too much timing involved.
My little dancer got up wanting spinach pie again today, so I just made her one. I have never really seen a kid who eats stuff like this, but she is sort of a strange-o that way.
I made creamed spinach ( recipe somewhere back in the archives) and took out three cups , then put the rest in a casserole dish to have later. Then I added three eggs and 1/4 cup milk and mixed it up really well. Then, since Ididn't have a pie crust, I popped open a can of crescent rolls and pressed them into a greased pie plate. You will likely have to mashe it around with your fingers to make it fit the pan. Then I just poured the spinach/egg mixture into the plate and baked off at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. It was trying to get a bit too brown, so had to cover with some foil for the last 10 minutes or so. Just check it and take it out when the center is pretty much set.
Now all I need to do is make a little crispy salad and it will be ther perfect girlie lunch!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
So, to the candy aisle. I got some of that old- fashioned, soft peppermint ( yes, it has sugar). It is only 11 carbs per stick. That really isn't too bad. I figure it is so low because it is "puffed" and full of air.
So here is what I did:
1. Set up coffee pot to make 4 cups of moderately strong coffee. Don't turn it on yet.
2. Break 1 peppermint stick into three pieces. Put two pieces in the coffee basket with the grounds. I put the other piece and two more sticks into a plastic container with some splenda- gonna see if the splenda will pick up the peppermint flavor like it will vanilla bean.
3. Turn on the coffee pot - let'er drip.
4. Put 1/2 package of sugar-free , carb control, diet hot chocolate in a big cup.
5. Fill cup with the peppermint- flavored coffee.
6. Add a splash of milk ( skim, 2%, whole, half/half, cream, whatever ) until it is the right color.
7. Taste it and if it isn't sweet enough, add some splenda or pink or blue stuff.
8. Sit down and enjoy it. I figure there is less than 15 carbs in it ( 4 for the peppermint, 2 for the milk, 5 for the hot chocolate)
There was enough peppermint flavor in there for me to know it was there, but not so much as to make my glucose all wacky. Of course, if you were having this with people who don't want peppermint, just add the piece of mint to your cup , not the brew basket.
I would bet that sugar-free peppermints would work, but they are pretty hard and might not dissolve so quickly. As it is above, I can have it once in a while.......
Now I am gonna have to make a Paula Deen Peppermint Pie with the rest of the mints!
Here they are up a bit closer. Have you ever seen two prettier girls....or a more handsome boy?
And here we are after dinner and a shower.....having a bit of a post-recital reward.......chocolate silk pie.