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Thursday, March 19th, 2009

I wrote a menu plan Monday on my blog…


March 5, 2007

I think this is the 6th week I am doing the menu plan Monday, hosted by Organizing Junkie. The best thing about this meme and the slow cooker Thursday meme is the enormous amount of recipes I am accumulating. It is so exciting (I guess I need to get a life :o) . I am going to try a few new recipes this week and am listing them. I am hoping that I can reference where I found them, thank you to everyone in advance… I did make a couple of good things this weekend. I tried Sandra‘s breakfast crock pot casserole. It was great to wake up Saturday morning to breakfast ready! I also made a chocolate chip bundt cake from In the Kitchen. It really reminded me of those big chocolate chip muffins that are so good. This cake was gone in a day!
I like all the organization tips too, and have organized my car… laundry area (sorted a zillion socks)… junk drawer… freezer…
Here’s my menu for the week…

Monday: Golden Artichoke Bake, corn on the cob, rolls

Tuesday: Sesame Chicken, rice, broccoli

Wednesday: Make ahead spinach manicotti, green beans with new potatoes, garlic toast

Thursday: Curry Chicken, corn, rice

Friday: Sloppy Joe’s, tater tots…

Saturday: Chinese take out!!! (it’s tradition :o)

Sunday: San Fransisco Pork served over cooked rice, green beans with new potatoes

I’m not sure at this point how much these recipes make or how much will be leftover. If there is a lot they may cover two meals. If so some of these menu items may be seen again next week!

It’s weird to go back and read old blog posts.  I remember that cake and how good it was.  I never made it again, completely forgot about it!  The only recipe I have made more than once is the curry chicken and it’s been a while since I made it… 

I was thinking about the blog this morning.  I used to always set my clock to memes like menu plan monday and slow cooker thursday.  I haven’t written a real menu on the blog for a while…  I guess my thought was who wants to read another menu, right?  But looking back and remembering the original purpose of blogging I realized that the menus were for me.  And they helped me.  So, maybe I’ll start being more diligent and write them out. 

The other purpose was to have a journal.  I can use my blog to remember when something happened.  There’s not much anonymity on this blog… most people who know me know that I have a blog.  It comes in handy in a few areas of life… like with Izzy.  Melanie and Camilla check in enough to know what’s going on in her life and can talk to her about those things while she is at school.  With Paula, Matt’s mom, she lives in Tulsa but can keep up with our lives by checking in on the blog from time to time… Even my own mother checks the blog to see what’s up and I talk to her several times a day. 

A lot of blog friends have shifted to facebook.  Combine that with tons of other friends who didn’t blog and people from almost every area of my life all together in one spot… it’s pretty cool to see so many people’s lives through status updates or loaded pics.  Not really any long entries or blogging, so it’s quicker and less personal… but fun still.  I have read several posts by people trying to decide whether or not to continue blogging after discovering the convenience of facebook.  For now my plan is to keep up the blog, for me if not for any other reason.  For days like today to be able to look back two years ago and see that I made a chocolate chip bundt cake and that we really liked it.  I would not have remembered that if I didn’t have a blog!   And that last year at this time I was preparing for Emelia’s tenth birthday party.   Reading that post reminded me that we made cute flip flops for a craft at her party and about that big HM balloon that wouldn’t stop singing… and the look on her face when she opened her birthday gift .. a pink cell phone! 

What I want to remember from today is that Emelia missed the bus.  I told her I heard the bus and she didn’t “believe” me.  I want to remember that in the last week of her ten year old life she was as stubborn as ever and I didn’t get mad.  I remember a dream about Vegas vacations. I want to remember that I scooped Izzy up barely awake and while we usually spend quiet mornings until time to get Isabelle ready for school we drove Emelia and had a nice conversation.  I want to remember that she is the most tenacious little girl I have ever met!  That she embodies the boldest parts of Matt and my personalities and that while that may not always be a great combination, it works for her and she is Emelia through and through. 

I want to remember that Amanda and I filled out the housing application for OU and that it won’t be long before we are moving her into a dorm room. 

I want to remember how Bailey comes in my room every morning before 7 and sits beside me in bed and talks to me before he goes to school. 

So that’s my plan, to write down life… so I remember it all!

new design…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Isn’t it pretty?

I it.

Judi did a great job!

If you need a facelift, a bloggy facelift that is… you should visit judi’s doodlebug designs. (I think she has a giveaway going on right now!)

iced in etc.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I put Izzy in the kid walk.  Emelia tried enticing her to move her feet by offering a lick of her mint if she did.  I walked in the other room for something and came back to find emelia letting izzy lick her mint (a fresh one).  She said iz had moved her feet.  I did see some moving feet with my own eyes a little later.  She seemed to tolerate it better today.  She did great with her therapy program at home tonight with mom too.

The roads are crazy!  I ran some errands this afternoon and passed car after car stuck on the road.  I was thankful for 4WD today.  What a mess.  It is supposed to melt some tomorrow.  For now school is not in session again tomorrow.  We will have another day at home.

So sweet Judi did my bloggy design.  When she loaded it up comments wouldn’t work. We couldn’t figure out what the problem was!  Tonight she emailed telling me that I hadn’t upgraded my wp files.  So I did.  I loaded the new version onto my ftp.  This is almost all greek to me (like that magazine you sent me Irene from Greece).  Anyway, I could not access my admin panel so I was locked out of my blog.  I looked on google and forums for ways to resolve and was hitting dead end after dead end.  So… I saw on one forum that you could login to your cpanel and with one click upgrade on a fantastico icon.  I did that and got a worse error and my blog was gone.  Yikes!  There was an error about a plug in and line 321 or something so I went back to the ftp and just deleted that plug in.  Voila!!!!   My blog is back and I’m in admin typing this post and I am so relieved.  Seriously! 

I was browsing the taste of home mag that mom has sent me and saw an advertisement page for stove top stuffing and a recipe with chicken.  I knew I had most of the items listed and decided to try it only to find out I had no cream of “” soup.   I decided to improvise.  Here’s what I did…

Amanda mixed up the stove top dressing mix.  (it was supposed to be chicken but mine was turkey)

I sauteed some boneless skinless chicken breasts in a little evoo.

I removed them to chop them into bite sized pieces and put in frozen corn, green beans and baby carrots.

I put the chicken back in and let it all cook covered.

In a new pan I melted butter and added flour… then milk to create a white sauce to replace the soup and sour cream.

Added salt, pepper, garlic salt & onion powder to chicken and veggies and salt & pepper to taste to sauce.

I poured the sauce over the chicken and veggies and then put it in the 9X13 pan.

Spread out the dressing over the top and baked at 375 for about an hour. 

It was delicious.  Really really good! 

I used the leftover mashed potatoes from last night and stirred in a little sour cream and parm cheese and baked them.  Yummy!  We even had hot rolls from last night that mom made.  It was a feast. 

Did you watch “biggest loser?”  I was sad to see *him* (not to spoil it for fellow dvr-ers) go home!  I really liked him.  Oh well.  I hope he continues to do well losing weight.