Tuesday, July 24, 2007

In case you didn't believe me...

This is what we do to Greek Casserole Recipes that we hate...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Menu Plan Monday Update

Okay, so last week I did a Menu Plan Monday that many people were thinking was a little out of the ordinary for our family.

You're right... it was. But, they ate it like troopers.

Here are the results:
Indian Curry - pretty good. Many here thought it was their favorite all week
Jambalaya - good. Again, a good recipe makes a great dish
Greek Casserole - okay, those two words should not be in the same sentence. Three letters - YUK.
Ratatouille - for a non-zuchini eating family, it was pretty darn good. I doubt it will be on the menu anytime soon, but it wasn't bad.

This week, in honor of the troopers in my family, the girls each get to pick what they want one day each... so here's the menu. You try to guess who wanted them (some demographics on my girls - E=age 8 semi picky eater but not bad, A=age 15 most picky on the face of this family, L=age 18 and a budding cook, H=age 20 and likes most things.

Mon - fried chicken and mashed potatoes
Tues - nachos
Wed - grill your own meat at the youth beach party (nobody's choice today)
Thurs - Chinese stir fry
Fri - undecided

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

I know.. it isn’t the most interesting thing to blog about. But, sometimes, when your life is really really dull and you have nothing else to say, you just blog about everyday stuff. Like the thunderstorm and tornado last night.

And actually, by the way, I LIKE my boring life. I’m content to be dull and boring.

There was a storm last night and we heard the sirens go off in town and the announcer said “Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Please seek Shelter Immediately”. So, I went downstairs to read my book instead of laying on the bed. Lindsey was at work (where she spends most of her life) and Abb and Em were watching a dvd on Ab’s computer. But, Shawn and Haleigh… decided to go storm chasing. Crazy kooks!

They didn’t see much. But, they brought back Strawberry Shakes from Dairy Queen!

Fast Forward… I went to bed, and fell sound asleep. Nothing wakes me up except my husband getting out of bed or my daughters vomiting. So, apparently there was a really really really bad thunderstorm and Shawn could hear the wind howling and hissing and he decided to get up and shut the windows. I woke up. (what are you DOING?) He proceeded to tell me that he was shutting the windows and was pretty sure there was almost a tornado in the neighbors yard, or at least 65 mph wind. (How does he know that it was 65 mph exactly?)… I dozed back to sleep (I knew if it got really bad he’d save me… now that’s security.)and he eventually came back to bed.

A short time later, he got up again. Apparently the storm had died down a bit and he wasn’t able to get back to sleep so he decided to sit in the hot tub. Again, I wake up. (what are you DOING?) He got in the hot tub and just as he was about to kick on the jets, the sirens and announcer came on again: “Severe Thunderstorm Warning. Please seek Shelter Immediately.” I glanced out the window from my comfy cozy bed and could see he was contemplating the message and trying to decide if he could ignore it or not. It wasn’t raining or anything, but just really dark.

I could see the headlines: Man Ignores Warning and is Found in Hot Tub in Corn Field After Tornado Lift Off.

Yeah, he decided to get out. And just in time.

editors note: by the way... I thought of our Pastor and family a LOT last night as I think they were camping!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

I decided to actually PLAN this week. Whoooo Hooooo! It's gonna be an exciting ethnic week!

Monday - Chicken Stir Fry
Tuesday - Indian Curry
Wednesday - Jambalaya
Thursday - Ratatouille (yes, inspired by the MOVIE!)
Friday - Greek Casserole

Bon appetit!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Caution: Hot Flash In Progress

I'm definately not happy about this. But, what's a girl to do?

I knew it would happen someday... but it doesn't hardly seem possible. I am attending a 40th Birthday Party this week. This will be the first of many 40th Birthday parties I will undoubtably be privvy to over the course of the next year, leading up to and including my own.

When I was in High School, I arroganly touted that I would be "happy" when I was "32". That just seemed like an amicable age to me. I would have a career, husband, 2 kids, home... you know, I'd be 32! For goodness sake, it would be perfect.

Well, unbeknownst to me, 32 came and went when I was still looking for it. It wasn't until I was 38 with four kids and two cats that I realized I had been waiting for 32 and now 40 is creeping in to take me by surprise too!

I decided that even though I am not happy about it (this old age thing) - I am going to join the crowd! My mother was well known for being 29 for her entire life. When she turned 60, we had her birthday party late because we didn't realize she was 60.

When my sister turned 40, she spent the entire day crying. seriously. get real girl.

So... in view of all that... I proudly announce to the world that tonight I will attend a 40th Birthday Party and give this gift: A lighted button that says "Caution: Hot Flash In Progress" and embrace the year of 40th Birthdays with all of it's gaudiness and gag gifts!

Happy Birthday Jane! Bring on the 40s!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

the 4th

I was just thinking about the 4th of July today... you know, since it's tomorrow and all.
My memories as a kid of the 4th - we always went to the parade in the morning and then to the local fireworks show. It was so much fun. The whole city was pretty much dull except for those two events. The parade brought out rows and rows of people, and the fireworks was always packed and fun afterwards - we would walk home and there were tons of cars driving around. It felt like a big city for a few minutes.

After we got married, and our kids were small, Shawn and I would take the kids to different places to see fireworks. Big cities in the mountains, lakeside fireworks displays,...

Several years ago, our city stopped doing fireworks on the 4th and decided to not compete with an even smaller town 5 miles away. We started attending there regularly. And, truthfully, nothing compares to that small town display. It is fabulous and fun. Nothing beats hanging out at the school on the hill with all your friends and family, eating junk food and watching your kids whip sparklers around until they are deliriously dizzy. Then watching the fireworks display from a hill as you dodge ash that you are sure is going to land on you....all the while laughing and having a great time.

For some reason though... fireworks do something to me. Each year as I watch the fireworks, I am in awe of our freedom. Fireworks on the fourth of July to an American is a celebration of who we are as a nation.... the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is a reminder to me of the men and women who fight daily for that freedom. Men and women who put their lives in harms way on a regular basis to protect the freedoms that we often take for granted.

I am grateful for these people... and for the freedom we share in the USA.

Happy Independence Day!