Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Those kinky cookie bakin' bastards. Is nothing sacred? :o)
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Honestly, I'm completely addicted to red Lindor balls, but holy shmoly these little green ones are awesome, too! We swung in the Lindt store to buy just one bag, of course we wanted to try these green ones so that meant two bags but then at the counter they were having a special so now we have THREE bags of Lindor balls! That's 57 ounces of Lindor ball love is what that is! This is not good for the "10 lbs gone by Memorial Day" campaign. No, not good at all.
I made a roast chicken last night that was super yummy. Here's what I did...
7.5 lb roaster
1 small onion (red or sweet white whatever)
salt and coarse ground pepper
Rinse, pat dry, and sprinkle some salt and pepper into chicken. Place in roasting pan. Quarter the lemon and the onion. Cram them into the cavity of the chicken (alternating). Cram in some rosemary and thyme. Brush chicken with good olive oil (I do this pretty generously). Sprinkle outside with salt and pepper (generously). Remove rosemary from stems and sprinkle (generously) on top of chicken. Sprinkle on some thyme, too. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 2 to 2.5 hours. I don't have a photo, but it sure is good!
I also made Impossibly Easy Cheesecake. Molly loves it! I made two for a party once and they went really fast.
And, can I just tell you...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Goodbye fogged window...
Hello gorgeous new windows
Normally I don't get a thing done while workmen are in my house, but yesterday I was so very very productive! I was able to cut out all the stuff for the kids!
12 items all cut out and ready to sew! Yaaaahoooie! Now today I can assembly line sew them (which is my favorite way to sew clothes). Remember the two fabrics that Jason hated...well, I went back and got these two for his sleep pants. (very masculine for a 16 year old - don't ya think?)
I also made this chocolate bundt cake yesterday.
With this boxed mix. It makes the best cake. Really, really moist and I just sprinkle powdered sugar over it. Super yummie.
Anyway, Ryan loves it. He comes in the door yesterday from school and says at the top of his lungs..."Oh yeah! Butt cake - I love it!" Ah, Ryan there's an ND in there. It's B U N D T cake not Butt cake. He turns 10 shades of red and bursts out laughing. Well, I thought the window guys were going to fall out the window - they were laughing so hard. It was the funniest thing ever. I will be writing that one down in our "kid quotes" book today for sure! He's so cute. I hope you have a happy day, too.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(In this photo, I only made the two purple dresses and the striped baby skirt, but the other babies are so cute I put them in there anyway.)
The directions are all in Japanese, but easy to figure out. These are the sweetest toys. I get them from here and here. The animals are only 3.5 inches for the Moms and Dads, 3 inches for the brothers and sisters, and the babies are only 1.5 inches.I have all of these craft books from 1 thru 10. They have the cutest patterns for clothes, accessories, furniture, food, you name it to put in your doll house.
You can also find these toys (and sometimes these books) on ebay, too.
On another note, the new windows were supposed to be installed yesterday and today, but because of the rain (not here but close by) they decided to come today and tomorrow, which turned into tomorrow and Thursday. rrrrrr. I want my new windows and IT'S NOT RAINING HERE!!!!! Apparently, the weather screwed up their other jobs over the weekend so that pushed us back. They better be here tomorrow - I feel like I'm in limbo. I hate that.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I did get the sleeves sewn on my other two wall hangings and I made this little pendent. It needs some tweaking, but it was fun to make.
I'm still trying to work out how I want to make the mobile for my kitchen. I'm hoping to get to that today.
I pulled out Ryan's quilt yesterday, too. Clearly this is not a quilt that an 11 year old boy would want on his bed!
I started this quilt in 1997. I took a long time to finish the top because I kept getting sidetracked. It's been finished for a few years though and I've been slowly quilting it a little here and there. Anyway, I still love this quilt. It's hand appliqued and I'm hand quilting it. I've decided to try to quilt a block a day so I can get it finished. I hate unfinished quilts...they cause me a great deal of guilt. This quilt is from a K.P.Kids book but I can't remember the name of it.
Last night Mark and I watched "About Schmidt". iiiiiii, it was so depressing. I think I liked it a little but the overall feeling was too sad for me. Have you seen it?
Friday, April 11, 2008
And I got the binding and sleeve on this last night after school!
I have sleeves to sew on two more little wall hangings today and then I'm going to make a mobile for my kitchen. Doesn't that sound fun? I also want to needle felt a pendant -- big, big plans for today and this weekend in the crafting department! Mark will be gone all day tomorrow and Jason and Molly are working so I should be able to get a lot accomplished. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Speaking of doomed. Remember the screw the cleaning I'm sewing comment of yesterday....husband drops the "I'm taking the morning off today" bomb on me this morning. HUUUUHHH? Why? so much for goofing off all day! It turned into: Have you made coffee yet, what's for breakfast, I'll go with you to Target and the grocery store, what's for lunch, when's the last time you scooped dog mess, what is all this spinning stuff (wool) doing all over the living room. Tactical error on my part there! The MD Sheep and Wool is May 3rd and I was looking to see what I had before I go...big mistake not hiding this stuff.
You can see from this stack that I have really no need to even go to sheep and wool, but has that ever stopped me before?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
1. Don't have a temper tantrum in front of teens.
Picture if you will 9:45pm. 42 year old mother returning home after a grueling 2 hours of court reporter theory class where she is trying to learn a code concocted by some sadist who should be shot. She enters the home to find...
1. first grader still up, teeth not brushed
2. fifth grader still up, teeth not brushed, homework not finished
3. All the dirty dishes from dinner piled, still filled with what was left of dinner, in the sink and precariously stacked with quiet a list going on and Howard steppin up to help.
4. Husband on sofa reading
5. teen daughter on computer IMing her 20 closest friends - all at the same time
6. teen son on XBOX360 Live killing everyone in sight
Haggard 42 year old mother goes into a temper tantrum any 3 year old would envy. Read with squeaky imminent nervous breakdown voice: "Well, isn't this nice that I'm back in school to learn this God forsaken code to get a job so that my precious children can go to any college they wish without a care...never mind that I did the laundry, made dinner and oh yes, drove Jason to drivers ed and Molly to her play practice and what do I get...A sink full of dirty dishes at damn near 10 o'clock at night with a clean dishwasher mere inches away! And kids who should have been in bed at 8:30 are still running around. And don't even tell me that the dogs haven't been fed or that Norman hasn't had his medication!!!! You have about 30 seconds to get this together before I flip out! One of these days I'm going to pack my bags and move to New York and go to the Rhode Island School of Design and I'll see you once a year when I visit! Maybe! (so there)
Jason: Ah, Mom I hate to break it to you but that school isn't in New York it's in Rhode Island and I'll tell you what you always told me...anything you pack during this temper tantrum you'll have to put away yourself cause I'm not helping. BAAHHHHAHAAHAHAH!
Me: Shut up Jason!
This morning. Screw the diet! I'm having left over Banana Cream Pie THAT I MADE FOR MY PRECIOUS FAMILY YESTERDAY!!!! for breakfast.
2. Cleaning is dangerous business.
What I really want to do today is get out my sewing machine and sew the binding and sleeve on a few little quilts and get them hung. But first, I better vacuum since I'm apparently still here and God knows no one else is going to do it. And I really should do some school work before fun stuff like sewing. So, I drag out the vacuum and I'm going to be supper speedy with this because if nothing else I'm efficient if not under appreciated. I'm vacuuming, vacuuming, vacuuming! Then I go to step up into the kitchen from the family room with the vacuum in hand and....fall, splat, flat on my face in a heap of cord and machine - it wasn't quiet or lady like. It was so impressive, my triple lutz, that Norman got up from Howard's bed to see and Howard looked over the back of the couch from his nap like...What the hell? So now I have a bruise on both knees, five more pounds on my body from that pie and haven't even started the school work yet! and by 2:15 dear sweet teens will need their personal servant to be in fine form and on the ball to fulfill their every demand!
I am getting a little revenge though...Tuna fish sandwiches and Mac and Cheese for dinner tonight and tomorrow...screw the cleaning, I'm sewing! hehehe - Jason hates tuna sandwiches and homemade mac and cheese. BAHAHHAHHAHAHHA! :o)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
M: I want to do something like this for my birthday!
Me: Of course you do. What did you have in mind?
M: A cruise.
Me: A cruise???? you mean like around the harbor?
M: No! A cruise cruise!
Me: Okay, how long have you been using crack? (LOL I didn't really say that!)
Okay, reality check time -- now, where would you really like to go? Chuckie Cheese? the movies? She didn't think that was funny.
Speaking of funny...Look at this photo which is my favorite from her weekend away.
That is my daughter with her head thrown back laughing. She and I have the exact same laugh. I love that! We laugh like that together every day, because unfortunately my sense of humor is still back in high school. But anyway, that photo makes me laugh every time I see it because she and I laugh with our entire bodies. It's not a chuckle, it's a full blown howl with tears and near peeing involved. My husband is totally stoic with a dry sense of humor so he is usually just looking at me like "wow" and I ... I'm like "come onnnn! you don't think that's hilarious?" Oh, and I laugh at all of my own jokes. Molly and I, we're two peas in a pod. I love that.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Luckily, this is all that's left of my Easter basket
so as long as I don't buy or make any of my favorite junk food I should good. Now that my knee feels better I'm going to get back to walking Howard again. That really makes a difference. But, today is cold, rainy, and I have to take Kellie to the Dentist at 1 pm because her big teeth are coming in but the baby teeth don't want to leave. Not a pretty picture. I'm thinking this will not be good news for Miss Kel.
Mark has been buying all the old sitcoms for Kellie...The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeannie, Happy Days, and Emergency (which makes me laugh just to say it -- Oh, and he took Ryan to get Johnnie Gages autograph last weekend! HAHAHA -- That just kills me) Anyhoo, I have been begging and begging for him to buy Little House on the Prairie for weeks and weeks. He kept saying "ugh, little house on the prairie????" like that was some how more offensive than EMERGENCY!!!! Well, Little House on the Prairie was my all time favorite show when I was a kid. I even remember the time I was punished and couldn't watch it. My brother snuck a radio into my room and I had to listen to it. Not nearly as amazing an experience as actually watching Laura in action, but at least I didn't miss a single mind gripping, nail biting minute of it. So guess what...yesterday in honor of our anniversary today HE BOUGHT LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE SEASON 1!!! Hallelujah, hallelujah, hal laa lu ya! LOL. Seriously, I will be much to busy watching this today to do any cleaning or laundry. I hope I have time to make dinner since it is our anniversary and all, but you just never know what that Laura is going to get into so I can't make any promises.