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Lack of Material

I have to apologize for the lack of posts over in this section this week. My kids just haven't giving me much material to work with. Here's why: You know it is a bad sign when after naps, a 3 year old and a 5 year old come down stairs, plop on the couch and fall back asleep. They have both been running fevers this week, so things around here have been pretty tame. They are arguing with each other today, so I know they are feeling better. Is it bad of me to say that I've kind of enjoyed the lack of energy they've had the past couple of days? Is that something I shouldn't admit out loud? Of course, I feel so bad for them that they don't feel well, but the quietness has been kind of nice! I am positive they'll be back to their normal selves next week and I'll be back to having good material to write about. Until then, I'm going to take advantage of the quiet!  … [Continue reading]

Would you be missed?

Did anyone out there watch Grey's Anatomy last night? Surely they are just teasing the viewers, aren't they? I mean, seriously, if a show is named after your character, you'd think that would guarantee you some sort of job security, right? They can't kill off Meredith. You can bet I'll be glued to the TV next week to find out what the "devastating conclusion" is. Seeing Dr McDreamy all torn up....*sigh*. Watching Dr McSteamy and Alex show their more sensitive sides...*sigh*. Hearing Cristina talk about how Meredith is her "person"... *sigh*. Although gross, watching Izzy regain her status as a surgeon and getting off probation...Such a great show. The show theme last night was all about disappearing. If you disappeared, if you went suddenly missing, would anyone notice? Would your lack of presence cause anyone to stop an wonder where you were? I would like to think that I would be missed. My children would wonder where that crazy woman is that makes their breakfast, drives them to school and tucks them in at night. My husband would miss me, although he would probably survive a lot better than I'd like to admit. I have family and friends that would miss me too. Neighbors would miss the random baked goods that show up at their door on a weekly basis. I would be missed.I know that one thing my entire family misses once it disappears is anything made with ice cream. If I want my husband to do something for me, if I want to seduce him into thinking  … [Continue reading]

Fluffy French Toast

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day. My husband took the day off of work and we had a nice relaxing day just hanging out at home. I had to go to the school Valentine's Day party and I had a meeting in the afternoon, but besides that it was a nice relaxing day at home. We decided to skip the crowds and stay home for dinner, which was fine by me. It seems like more often than not, eating at home is much better than paying a high price for less than average food at a restaurant.For dinner, I made a delicious new recipe... Chicken with Garlic Sauce. It was an easy dish to put together and it was a nice enough meal to eat by candlelight. Romantic? Not really with the three kids around. Special? Of course! The kids thought it was a great dinner and lighting the candles and putting on the soft music was such a treat for them. I think I'll do that more often.Now, on to today. I'm taking care of my good friends 2 kids today while she works up at the school. When I asked her kids earlier in the week what they wanted me to make for lunch, they requested my French Toast. It wasn't a surprise because they request it all the time. I love it too, so I was more than happy to oblige. To me, French Toast is comfort food of the breakfast variety. Some people like theirs with powdered sugar, some like it with maple syrup, some with fruit compote. Me? I grew up having it sprinkled with granulated sugar and that is the way I still enjoy it today.Here's the recipe, taken from … [Continue reading]

Mall Food

You know those food courts that are in the mall? They are often filled with restaurants full of bad things for you. Fried food, high sodium, grease, trans fats, sugar, etc. etc. I will be the first to admit that mall food isn't my favorite thing in the world. I often cringe when I find myself at the mall with my kids and it is meal time. They start begging for something to eat... something in the "not so good for you" category. Food courts are convienent, but not always the best place for healthy options.I will also be the first to admit that I do have some mall favorites. Growing up, a big old slab of Sbarro's pepperoni pizza was my answer when someone would ask me what my favorite food was. When I was pregnant with my first child, I became addicted to the Kung Pao Chicken at Panda Express. When I was pregnant with Ella, my third baby, the pretzel bites at Pretzel Time were a favorite and because I had two other kids, they quickly became a favorite of theirs as well.We're snowed in today. Another lovely snow day in Kansas City. You all know how that makes me feel. I knew I was in trouble when shortly after waking up, Kelly started begging for pretzel bites. Jacob soon got on the bandwagon and started hounding me about going to the mall to get pretzel bites. As good as they sounded, there was no way I was going out in this weather simply to satisfy a food craving.I have made homemade pretzels before and they were pretty good. I decided to give them a try for lunch … [Continue reading]

Malt Ball Cake

 I was so excited when I opened the March 2007 issue of Food and Wine magazine. The first reason I was excited is because a letter I wrote to the editor about undertaking the Food and Wine 100 Tastes to Try in 2007 was published. The second, even more exciting reason, is that right after my published letter to the editor, there was a letter from Neil Penick in San Francisco. The letter expressed disappointment in the fact that Food and Wine magazine listed one of their must try tastes as a Malt Ball cake, but didn't provide a recipe for the cake. Well, the editor came through and published the recipe, straight from the staff at Brooklyn's Baked. Anxious with anticipation of trying this cake out, I decided to make it today. It was cold and rainy outside and I needed some chocolate. I had all the ingredients on hand and decided to go for it. The recipe calls for 3 8 inch cake pans, but I decided to use 2 10 inch pans instead. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. The result? A very, very moist and tender cake with a frosting so rich that licking the spatula after making the cake will give you a bit of a tummy ache. (Yes... I admit it... I'm a spatula licker!) I really enjoyed this cake, but I know that I wouldn't be able to eat an entire slice without feeling ill from the richness. (The frosting has cream, 1 pound of butter, Chocolate, and corn syrup...get the drift on how rich it is?) This is definitely the kind of cake you want from a restaurant. Rich, … [Continue reading]