April 5, 2010
March 17, 2010
My purse currently contains 2 healthy eating cookbooks and 4 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
March 5, 2010
When I got her 12 years ago, I had high hopes my dog Ginger would be not only a great family companion animal, but also a protector. As a rescue, she had some “issues”. The list of things she is afraid of seems to still grow daily. Candles, matches, cell phones, answering machines, the dryer, the vacuum, dustbuster, broom, fly swatter, fireplace, fireworks, any loud noises, any semi-quiet noises…..the list is endless. Still, I always thought she had the animal instinct in her somewhere in her 50lbs of Irish Setter.
My parents are preparing their house for moving and needed to have some workmen come look at some water damage. Ginger was laying in her usual spot on the couch when the doorbell rang and my dad went to answer it. A man entered the house and Ginger barked from her perch. He looked at her, but kept moving farther in the house, so she STOOD UP on the couch and barked. He looked at her and laughed.
Never in her “protector” state did she ever get down from the couch. So much for her surviving in the wild.
Unless the “wild” now comes furnished.
February 24, 2010
I never knew true pain until I got a staph infection in my thigh. I am on day 2 of antibiotics, but every single step is still excruciating pain. I’m no wimp when it comes to dealing with pain, but this has had me near tears. It came on so suddenly, within just a few days it had spread throughout my leg and was causing a fever.
Listen to your mothers! Wash those cuts out with hydrogen peroxide and keep them clean!
February 14, 2010
I think the dreaded Valentines Day holiday should be modernized and re-named Appreciation Day. Valentines Day tends to have an exclusionary aspect to it, whereas Appreciation Day is a day everyone can participate in. So share your appreciation today with those in your life who brighten your day, have made you smile or who you love.
I appreciate YOU guys, my family, Ginger and anyone who brings me Godiva chocolate covered strawberries. 😉
January 29, 2010
January 24, 2010
Sometimes you just need a little comfort food….when I stumbled across this baked mac & cheese recipe at Work It Mom, I hit the comfort food jackpot. Make this. Make this RIGHT NOW.
1 box elbow macaroni
6T unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups cream
(*Chris says you can use 3 cups half-n-half instead…which made me feel REALLY STUPID that I’ve always bought both milk and cream for recipes that call for both when I could have just been buying half-n-half)
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups shredded cheddar
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Cook and drain the macaroni according to the package directions
Melt the butter in a large pot, large enough to fit all of the macaroni
Add the flour, salt and pepper and whisk until it is well blended.
Gradually pour in the milk and cream. Stirring constantly. CONSTANTLY. As in do not stop stirring. Bring to boil and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
Reduce heat and stir for another 5 minutes or so. Then slowly add the cheese. SLOWLY. And keep on stirring. You could consider this your upper arm workout for the day.
Once all the cheese has melted in the pot, allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off the stove and pour the macaroni into the pot.
Toss well so all the macaroni is coated.
Pour into a well buttered baking dish. (At this point you can set the baking dish aside until it is 30 minutes before dinner time. I love meals like this because I can pop it into the oven when we get home from practice and kids are showering.)
Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the surface.
Bake for 20 minutes.
If you need me, I’ll be working out on my Wii for the next 10 years working off the butter and cheese.
Not that I’m complaining. It was SO WORTH IT.
January 22, 2010
At year end American Express sends me a chart graphing my spending for the year. Here is how it broke down.
42% of my expenses were travel related
30% was spent at bookstores
17% were spent on my business
6% was spent on entertainment
3% was on restaurants/grocery
and 2% on other/misc.
Yep…that sounds about right.