Friday, February 27, 2009
I bit the bullet this morning and downloaded it. And... it looks fabulous! The program lays everything out for you, it even tells you how you should have your pantry organized. Sweet! It gives you 20 weeks of menus, all the recipes, and the shopping lists. The shopping lists are even divided into things you will have to buy and things that you should have on hand already. And, the recipes are fancy enough to please me, but look quick and easy to prepare. Yay!
Here are a few that look good to me...
- Sweet Chili Chicken
- Honey Beef
- Vietnamese Chicken & Veg Salad
- Potato & Bacon Fritata
- Lemon Lamb Chops (but I'll use pork chops)
- Chutney Drumsticks
- Snapper & Balsamic Veg
- Chicken & Lemon Veg
- Hawaiian Pizza Mini Muffins
That is just a sampling! So many of the recipes look great AND there is no overlap of recipes in any of the menus which is nice. Quite a few people have been emailing me about the recipes that I post on here so I thought this Menu In A Box might appeal to them as well. I'll update in a few days after we have tried some of the recipes. Now I just have to decide which menu to pick first. Here's hoping that this time I can make it past the planning stage!
If anyone else buys this let me know what you are starting with and what you think of the recipes. (Just click on the link above to go to her website).
Thursday, February 26, 2009
~Warning~ I plan on going back and buy a bunch more tomorrow. Just saying...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
- I slept in
- Mikah painted the bathroom with bubble-bath and then did his hair with it. Alek watched him while he did this. Mikah has beautiful crunchy hair today.
- While I was drying my hair Mikah found an orange sharpie in his brothers room and colored himself with it.
- Lukas decided to poop AFTER he was dressed in his snowsuit.
- While I was changing Lukas, Mikah found a package of nerds in my jacket and gobbled them as fast as his hands could shovel and his mouth could chew.
- The van wouldn't start. the side door didn't shut all the way last night so the battery was dead. Awesome.
- Mikah got ahold of the sharpie again and colored on his clothes. Alek was "watching" him while he got dressed.
- My neighbor gave me a boost.
- Alek found the scholastic order that had to be in today. That was quickly filled out.
- While I was writing a cheque Lukas fell down the stairs because one of the boys forgot to close the gate. no one will fess up. Thank god it was only 6 stairs!
All of this was on top of everything else that I have to do in order to get us all out the door in the morning. And, I was too tired last night to care about making bottles, so I had to do that this morning too.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Me(exasperated): Mikah, why did you take off your boots and socks?
Me: Um, then why are they laying on the floor???
Me: You didn't take them off?
Me: Lukas reached over and took off your boots and socks? Right.
Mikah: Baby! (points at his little brother who can barely peer over the side of his new
carseat, let a lone reach all the way across the van and take off Mikah's boots.)
Meanwhile the couple next to us were peering in the van to see what all the commotion was about and burst out laughing when Mikah was blaming the baby. They laughed harder when I told them that he always blames either the baby or his dad.
Funny, trouble making little boy.
The other night for supper I made Baked Veggie Chili-Lime Quesadillas. They were sooo good that I'm glad I made lots (I ate them for 2 days LOL).
If anyone wants to try it out here's what I did...
- saute about 2 cups of mushrooms and 2 red peppers in about 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of Epicure's Chili-Lime Sansel
- preheat oven to 435 degrees
- rinse and drain 1 can of black beans
- lay out 4 tortillas on 2 baking sheets
- top tortillas with mixture, black beans and cheddar cheese
- top with another tortilla and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes
I ended up with enough filling to make 6 large quesadillas, but leftovers are always appreciated around here. This was also my first time baking them and it worked out great! It was nice to have them all ready at once so that we could all eat at the same time. Oh, and if I would have had some cilantro to add... yum!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
You Communicate Honestly
You don't mince words. You are to the point and all about the facts.
However, you are charming enough to tell people the truth yet still not offend them.
It's likely that you have a hilarious, no holds barred sense of humor. And you sure tell an entertaining story!
You're also quite open. People can ask you anything, and you don't shy away from controversial conversation topics.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
But I can't seem to find locks like she has.
What does everyone else do? Or are their kids just better behaved? Any suggestions people???
- go out for lunch with Heather
- go to one or more movies with my husband
- sleep in
- go out for a nice supper
- lay on the couch in silence
- research casein free cooking
- go to the library
- read library books while laying in the tub
- sleep in
- catch up on my TV shows
This is one list that I can't wait to finish LOL! Although I do hope to get some sewing time in as well. I have about 30 pairs of slippers that are half finished and I better get them done so that Carmen and I can start cutting the new material. Oh, and it will be nice to have them done and up on the website too...
It's funny how much thought revolves around potty time when you have a 2-3 year old in the house. Between Mikah and Lukas the next three years will be focused on happy dances and accidents. Oy.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
When Lukas and I went investigating (about half an hour later I confess) we found two boys practicing flying. Well, leaping off the stairs anyway. Thank god that Alek takes safety precautions so seriously; he hauled the crib mattresses over to act as a landing pad at least. And it was nice to see that Mikah has at least some sense of self-preservation since he was only jumping from the third step. Only.
Lukas' colors are finally shining through also; he thought the whole thing was hilarious. Yep, he's definitely one of my boys.
I dare you to try it...
Banana Sour Cream Bread
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
3 cups white sugar
6 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
For some reason they both thought this was hilarious. I'm just glad that no one got pepper up their nose. I remember being about 3 or so and it happened to me at my aunt and uncles house. Oh the pain!
I wonder what the rest of the day will bring???