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Stinky Breath

What do you make when you find yourself home alone for the weekend, without a husband in sight, when you are sick of sweets and hearty food, and you've been reading about delicious salad's all week and you have some wonderful new Alejandro & Martin Olive Oil that you want to try out? Me? I make a Spinach and Red Onion Salad. Yes... red onion, which is the equivalent of really stinky breath. No need to worry though because the only person within my breaths distance is my 6 month old baby, and she hasn't complained so far. If you are interested in offending others with your stinky breath, but tasting an amazingly simple salad, here's the recipe adapted from Recipezaar: Spinach and Red Onion Salad Salad: Fresh Spinach Leaves, Washed and Spun Dry (I just use the pre-packaged bag of spinach) 1 Medium Red Onion, thinly sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved Dressing: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (may I suggest Alejandro and Martin's 2005 Greek Fragrant and Fruity blend...delicious!) Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Garlic flavored croutons Add to bowl, toss and serve. One week ago today I dished about my Golden Globes Girl's Night Out Party Over at our family blog I dished about My Really Loud King   … [Continue reading]

A Rare Moment of Quiet

I'm home alone. Well, almost alone. Ella is upstairs asleep in her bed and I pretty much have the house to myself. It's quiet... almost too quiet, but I'm  not complaining. Ella went back to the doctor this afternoon after running a fever of 103+ for 4 days straight. It turns out that she now has RSV and a double ear infection. No wonder the little pumpkin has been so miserable. They didn't test her for RSV on Wednesday night when I took her to Children's Mercy, but they did check her ears then and she was fine. Ear infections apparently can develop rather quickly because the infections were pretty advanced by this afternoon. Nick made an executive decision to go on to Iowa without us. Jacob and Kelly were dying to go, and it doesn't make sense for them to have to miss Christmas with the family just because the baby is sick. I'm disappointed and sad not to be there but I'm also looking forward to some peaceful time in our home alone. I have a list of things I'd like to get done while the kids are gone. Go through all of the toys and make a Goodwill donation Clean out the pantry Do a menu plan for January Budget on www.mvelopes.com Wrap Christmas gifts Catch up on TiVo and Magazines Read, read, and read some more I'm sure that by tomorrow at this time I'll be lonely and ready for my family to return home. In the meantime, I'm going to try and enjoy this gift of peace and quiet... at least until the baby wakes up again. … [Continue reading]

Please…no more cookies!

Our Santa decided several years ago that by this time in the holiday season, he is up to his ears with cookies. If he has to gobble down one more thumbprint, chocolate chip, shortbread, snickerdoodle, sugar cookie, etc. he'll turn into a cookie himself. You see, Santa's wife is a little obsessed with baking. She's obsessed with baking in December and is obsessed with baking the 11 other months as well. Santa just wants a cookie break. As much as the thought behind giving him cookies is appreciated, he is thankful when alternatives are sought out. I've heard that Santa is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but a nice steak just didn't seem like an appropriate thing to leave out for him. For this reason, our Santa Clause receives yummy, gooey, warm from the oven Cinnamon Rolls every Christmas. This works out as an advantage for our family too. Santa gets a tasty treat (something other than cookies) when he delivers the presents and we have a nice breakfast all ready for us on Christmas morning. To make things even easier on me, I use a Cinnamon Roll recipe that utilizes the bread machine. Talk about easy! If Santa comes to your house each year, what do you leave him as a snack? One week ago today I dished about The Placecard Lineup Over at our Family Blog I dished about  A Really Loud King … [Continue reading]

Just “Deglegate” it.

Kids are so funny sometimes, aren't they? Today we were in the car and we passed a house that was being built. There was a man standing on the roof of the house. Jacob said "I'm never going to stand on the roof of a house. Even when I'm an engineer, I won't do it. I'll "deglegate" that to my team. I'll still build part of the house, but I'll stop to take a drink of water and then get back to work." On another note, little Ella has been sick. I spent most of the evening at Children's Mercy urgent care with her last night. She was running a fever of 104 degrees. Today her fever with Motrin has been 101 degrees and without Motrin it shoots right back up to 104 degrees. Supposedly there is some kind of viral thing going around that just causes really high fevers. If she's still running a high fever tonight, I'm supposed to take her back in. It seems like everytime we are supposed to be heading out of town, one of the kids gets sick. … [Continue reading]

Is it really okay to eat Puppy Chow??

"Is it really okay to eat Puppy Chow?" This is a question my almost 5 year old son asks me anytime I make this delicious snack. He just can't get over the fact that we are eating something named after dog food, and that looks like dog food too! I wish it bothered me more because Puppy Chow is my weakness. Put a plate of cookies in front of me... I can pass. Put a box of chocolates in front of me... I can resist. Put a bowl of fresh Puppy Chow in front of me and I go nuts. I just can't stop nibbling from the bowl. Where the heck was I this week when I was reminded that I hadn't made my annual batch of puppy chow? It was someone's blog, I know, but now for the life of me I can't remember where it was. If it was you who gave me the reminder, please speak up so I can give you the credit for adding 5 pounds to my waistline. If you haven't had Puppy Chow before, you are missing out. It's not the most sophisticated of snacks, but it sure is good! Puppy Chow 9 cups Chex or Crispex cereal 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar Pour the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and stick butter for 1 minute on high. Stir and then microwave for 30 seconds longer or until smooth. Add vanilla and stir. Pour the mixture over the cereal and stir until coated. Pour mixture into a large paper grocery sack. Add powdered sugar, close … [Continue reading]