Monday, January 19, 2009
Now, over time the "good" ponytail holders have slowly disappeared. There are only a few left and they're scattered around the house. All that's left are these crappy thin ones and even they are disappearing.
This has caused our silent battle. At all times Joe and I each have at least one of the good hair ties on our wrists. I HATE having them on my wrist. In fact, there is one on my wrist right now and I will sleep with it there. Do you know why? Do you know what happens if I go with comfort and act reasonably and just set the thing in the bathroom like any normal person would? Joe will take it.
The punk always gets up first and picks out all the good hair ties. Then I have to hunt and peck just to find one crappy one. Half way through the day I might find where he stashed one of the good ponytail holders and then I have to switch them out. He's a bastard, I tell you. He hides the good ones at his desk. He'll have them in his hair and on his wrist. The greedy little b****.
And YES, I know I could grab another pack next time I'm at Target. It crossed my mind when I was there today. But you know what? It's the principle of the thing. That just sounded good, I can't really think of a principle. I'm just lazy.
So, until I remember to get ponytail holders when I'm actually near where they are kept at the store, our war will continue.
Viva la Resistance!
Evidently my expert war mind games are bearing fruit. Joe mentioned a dream he had that I cut off his ponytail. HA!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Evidently they are 14 and 16, not 4 and 6.
So, she piled all her crap in the hallway and packed it into a bag. Like any child moving out she also attempted to pack stuff that wasn't hers. Actually, looking at this picture, that bag is mine. Anyway, after packing she had me drop her off at my moms, it was around lunch time.
Forever ended up lasting until 8:30 tonight when she decided to come back. She plans to return to Nena's tomorrow. I'm pretty sure she only came back because she knows I'm going to make cupcakes. She mentioned she would only be staying here that long.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
We are all in the car today on the way to Joe's work. We are discussing reindeer. In the middle of this discussion Ramsey asks, "Do you stand up on a unicycle?"
Where the hell did that come from? The previous conversation continued after a brief explanation to her question.
We are again in the car driving to pick up hamster food. (Anyone who has read my blog before may possibly be thinking, 'Hmm, she's never mentioned a hamster.' Yah, Isaac had $20. Isaac now has a hamster named Comet.) Anyway, we're in the car talking about what hamsters eat when Isaac informs me that, "Leeches live everywhere. That includes Santee."
Ok. I've never seen one of these legendary leeches. Are they in our toilets? According to Isaac they can breathe under water but only on land for 11 minutes. I love when he pulls facts like that out of no where.
So, while I would love to ride their train of thought to see how it gets from A to Q, I'm not sure I'd survive the trip.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In that vein....
I won a contest over at The Savvy Source a copy of Mask Parade. I'm excited. I'm sure the kids will love. They love to pretend to be things.
I hope to have new and interesting things to post about soon.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Joe had a Pesto Burger and I had a regular burger. They were really good. They use awesome buns. The kids had "Chicken" Tenders. Ramsey tried to hoard them and not share with Isaac. They were the best I've ever had. The french fries were fresh but not really my favorite. My vanilla shake more then made up for the fries. This really is a great place to eat. We sat inside their cafe next door and had sample of their vegan soft serve.
I can't wait to go there again. I want to try the bbq "chicken" sandwich.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Next up I won a gift basket at the new Henry's in my neighborhood. It had a bunch of organic baby shampoo, diaper cream, lotion, wash cloths. My kids are a bit out of that stage but both my sister and sister-in-law are pregnant. It'll make a nice addition to a baby shower gift.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm not positive how their conversation started but my guess is because Sophia (3) was wearing a voting sticker. We only heard the end of their conversation. Bella (7) and Sophia (3) were talking with Ramsey about how they went with mom, Denise, to vote. Ramsey then informed them that she had voted also, for Obama.
I always find it amusing to hear the kids talking with each other without adult influence. This was just so cool to hear. They were so interested and invested.
Ramsey is thrilled with the Obama win. Oh, and so are we.
Monday, November 3, 2008
And on to the pickles. The cucumbers and carrots were finished fermenting in about 4 days. At that point they tasted what I thought they should. I found the pickles to be a bit to salty for me, just a tiny bit. But the carrots and garlic we perfect. When you open the jars you can just smell the garlic. It is mouth watering. So far, all my taste testers have liked how things turned out, even if a tiny bit salty.
Next up is kraut.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I've wanted one of these crocks for about three years but I couldn't justify the price. I happened across one on Craigslist for $75 and snapped it up. I just picked it up today and the lady threw in a jumbo cabbage shredder.
Right now I have some cucumbers, carrots, and garlic just starting out. It smells so good. The crock is a 7.5 liter which is about 2 gallons. That's going to be a lot of kraut. I'm so excited!
I'll update with a photo of my finished product. and yes, I did rip the picture off another website.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here is my nephew, Race, poke, poke, poking the apple seconds with that flag. Thankfully we were about to use those to make cider. Doesn't he have the greatest hair?
Friday, October 3, 2008
I'm kidding, it is from Vegan Express. But I really don't remember the title of the recipe and I'm honestly to tired and lazy to get up and look. It was a fried tofu with broccoli over rice noodles and peanut sauce. The adults liked it well enough but not the children.
I can't even take credit for the picture. Joe took it with "our" (his) camera.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This flavor of theirs, Key Lime Pie, was absolutely disgusting. I was so shocked that they could have made this taste so horrible. The nice people at the store traded me for another flavor I like.
I am not a fan of peach candy because I think it tastes like a cross of flowers/perfume and soap. This Key Lime Pie ice cream taste exactly like that. It wasn't even tart enough to cut that horrid overly floral taste. I made a friend taste this also and she thought it was awful.
I am absolutely NOT giving up on Purely Decadent but I have to admit to being a touch leery of their fruit flavors. I guess I'll have to stick with the Key Lime Pie Tofutti Cuties to scratch the key lime ice cream itch.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Politics and a four year old. As soon as the camera was shut off she asked me, "Is Bush dead now?"
Yesterday, Isaac drew a picture of himself shooting a canon at George W. Bush. In the back ground one person is clapping and one person has hearts all around and is in love with Isaac.
I should have asked their opinion on the Bail Out. lol
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Her is Ramsey still in her p.j.'s just starting to dress up.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I don't think I've ever posted anything like this before but it only takes a second to vote.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Ramsey doesn't have any dressy tops and I thought I'd try my hand at inventing something for her. I thought that a black velvet would be nice and match the skirt. I started cutting out the skirt. I was preparing to sew it when Ramsey came in ready for me to measure her for the shirt. I put the skirt fabric down and started on the shirt.
Taking the shirt fabric out of the bag the store put it in was a surprise. When not in the lights of the store the fabric isn't very black. It almost looks purple. I decided to take a chance with it. There are still kinks to work out but it wasn't so bad. While I was sewing Ramsey was playing with the left over fabric and scraps.
Then came time for the skirt. I grabbed my piece of fabric and got to it. I found it odd that I kept having to make adjustments on the hem. It wasn't straight. When it was finally finished I called Ramsey in to model.
This is a bad picture but that puffy skirt was supposed to be knee length and puffy. Not ankle length. Ramsey had switched up my fabric piles and I didn't know it.
So, I have a skirt that's to long and wonky. A shirt that's not really black and still not right. I guess Ramsey will have to squeeze into her Easter dress.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This was neither the best pie crust I ever had or the juiciest apples. However, it was not the worst and it killed the craving. I've never done a lattice crust and was playing around on the one. I think it would be easier on a full sized pie.
We will be going apple picking in two weeks. Expect some more pie or desserts along that line.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ramsey- Isaac have a piece of chocolate.
Isaac- No, we aren't supposed to. You have to ask mom first.
Ramsey- No, I had three. I just sneak it.
Who has visions of my future life parenting a teenage Ramsey? Looks good, no?
I promise she was not just trying to be a 'good sister' by offering him candy. She was planning ahead by offering him some. She would rather them both go down together then go down alone. I offer a warning to Ramsey's future party buddies (Sophia, Elizabeth, Quora, Maggie, Athena) if she gets caught she will rat you out.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Easy, pretty, and impressive to gift receivers. (Any of my friends who receive this gift need to stop reading and ignore that "easy" part)
Most store bought vanilla beans are very pricey and at 3 beans for $5 you use them like there made of gold. I purchase my vanilla beans from a store front on ebay, Vanilla Products USA. They sell organic and not, grade A and B, several varieties and different weights. To give you an idea, I have a pound of grade B for $13. That is a lot of beans.
So, it was no hardship at all to split open two beans for each of these pretty bottles. Some people cover with vodka and some with Rum. I'm a Rum fan, just ask my friends. ;) I put these lovelies away in one of my cupboards and when I think of it I swirl them around a bit.
When the holidays arrive I will have a pretty, yummy, and useful gift.
Happy NOT Holidays.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
These shortbread are my favorite! The recipe is spot on and to die for. Tender, flaky, buttery. I can't rave about them enough.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I came across Rocks N' Rolls at Whole Foods being sampled one day. That's obviously how they suck you in because I found myself carrying a bag home. I finished said bag, with help, in one day. I also totally tore up my mouth with all that crunching but that's off topic.
The problem with Rocks N' Rolls for me is that I don't go to Whole Foods very often. They are $4 a bag. And most of all, I like to make my own stuff. These three points have caused me to try and recreate this recipe for the past two months.
This would obviously be the ugly picture. Turned out real well, eh? I'm only posting the really bad and the good. I didn't bother with the in between mediocre batches.
I had another visit to Whole Foods on Tuesday and snatched up another bag. Early I was comparing these cookies to a smoother, more airy, biscotti. I've finally decided they are more similar to animal crackers in sweetness and flavor and digestive biscuits in texture.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Fast forward to Miso being the king of our neighborhood. He united neighbors and neighbor cats alike. We figured he had a gang or something. There were always 3 or 4 of him and his friends laying in the sun spots. He would also go visiting into neighbors houses.
As of three weeks ago, Miso decided that he liked one of the neighbors better. He hasn't come back to our house. We were sad and the kids were really bummed. Kids being kids decided they wanted a new furry friend. We had them wait a bit and then started looking.
Here is our new friend, adopted from Friends of Cats. Her name is Libby. Well, actually someone with to much time on their hands named her Lady Liberty. Most likely the same person who obviously liked cats more then children. I figured Libby sounds similar enough and so far she comes for that name.
We were put in a room with no less then 20 cats and left to our own devices. This plan of action didn't really work for me. We asked a helper to come back in and point out good choices for a family with kids. As the choices were presented, Libby was digging my cell phone out of my purse, rolling around on Ramsey's hat, and head butting Isaac in the back for some petting. She made our choice for us.
She is a sweet little thing with a very loud meow. She is also a big jumper. The picture above is Isaac asleep in his top bunk. She had no problems getting up there to snuggle down with him. We are very happy with our new companion.
And if anyone is worried, the gap under the screen has been blocked.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I nearly fell asleep driving yesterday, with the kids in the car. I'm not sleepy but I am exhausted. My very wonderful friend Jill, who is home alone with two kids this week, came over and brought me fruit and ice cream. I could have kissed her and very nearly cried. This act of kindness managed to help me stay away from the store for an extra 2 days.
Still no food posts. I cook, some. I read, a lot. Some day soon, when I'm not in danger of falling asleep standing up, I hope to get back into the swing of blogging.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
In the past 2 weeks we've been camping, swimming, and spent most days outside. Ramsey is working on her teenage attitude. Isaac has started teaching himself to swim. Joe is teaching a class AND taking a class leaving me alone with the children three nights a week. Yippe. I've polished off 4 books (amazingly not food related) and am in the middle of 3 more.
I hope to get back on my game soon but I'm not stupid enough to promise. Here's a little video clip of Isaac's first time sans floaties.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I can only hear about how awesome a recipe is for so long before I have to cave and try it. This is how it was with the Blackened Tofu from edbv. I can totally see what all the hype is about. I loved the crust that the tofu got and the seasoning was spot on. Even the kids liked it.
I bought The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook because it was on sale for like $4. Who could pass that up. The first recipe we tried was the Melty White Cheese. I served it over macaroni and Ramsey was the only one who would eat it. I didn't even bother with a picture.
I was a little afraid with that kick off but found another promising looking recipe. I crossed my fingers and made Pasta with Sweet Onions & Pine Nuts. This was much better. Joe and I both enjoyed it and the kids were cool unless they got a chunk of onion. The dish itself looks pretty bland and would be a bit more eye catching, and healthy, with some broccoli or other veg. I'll make this again.
Hopefully, I'm back on track now and can figure out this new photo software.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Right now, it is 10:21 at night and our house is 90 degrees. It's making sleep a wee bit difficult.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
On to the bragging. Isn't this picture awesome! Yah, I wish it didn't have the stuff in the background but COME ON! It's awesome.
The awesome picture is of Chickpea Socca from You Won't Believe It's Vegan. It was a very beautiful dish and super filling. The recipe was slightly labor intensive but that had a bit more to do with the timing then the actual work. The layers are of a white bean puree, sauteed greens, marinara, the chickpea socca and topped with caramelized leeks. This is super impressive for company.
Ok, so this is not an awesome picture but it was a fun day. We had a girls day with my mom, friend Denise, her two girls, me and Ramsey. We made the Crispy Wonton Packages and they were wonderful. Even the kids liked them. I really thought that there would be to many but we managed to polish them all off.
We also made a few dessert wontons. Growing up my mom would make these but I have no idea if they are her recipe. You mix together equal parts sugar, shredded coconut, and walnuts. Fill the wontons and fry like normal. They are to die for even if you aren't a coconut fan.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Bella decided that she wanted to know more about teeth. Denise and I got together some pictures, explanations and worksheets the night before. Today, while me and the kids were waiting for Bella and them to come over, I had a mini brilliant plan. Below are my efforts.
The kids were very impressed with the cookie tooth cake. Us adults thought the frosting might ruin the chocolate chip cookie for us but we were wrong. The frosting was awesome and we all loved it. Here is a picture of the unfrosted cookie cake.
I need a big glass of soy milk.
I have learned something of interest during a 2 am bath of Ramsey's. I bought the kids bath crayons to distract them during oatmeal baths. I was dead tired and just started writing random letters on the bath tub. Evidently Ramsey can read both uppercase and lowercase letters. Out of order, not just memorized. I had no idea she knew that. Then we were in the car yesterday and she points to a sign and tells Isaac it says zoo. She was right.
So, not only do I feel stupid for not knowing she could do this. A touch smug that my kid is smart. But validated that my laid back approach to homeschooling is working out all right.
And just to tease, here is a picture of a recent batch of tester cookies. They are thin and crispy peanut butter cookies and they are wonderful. I'm not a giant pb cookie fan but I loved these.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Joe's Atomic TuNo Salad
1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4-1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped (or more)
Veganaise to taste
balsamic vinaigrette (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Mash you beans with a fork or potato masher. Add the remain vegetables and mix together. We end up using about a 1/2 a cup of Veganaise but it's personal preference. I also add a splash of balsamic vinaigrette because I like the tang. (In the pre-gan days we were Miracle Whip fans. I plain on testing vegan versions of Miracle Whip in the future)
We like our Atomic TuNo on toasted sourdough bread with lettuce and tomato. Try it out.
I actually have an excuse for my delay in posting this week. The kids have chicken pox. I'll try to get a good picture out of them tomorrow.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Isaac is the proud recipient of my old camera. He is in love with it and I'm pretty sure he knows more about its functions then I ever did. His favorite thing to do is to set the timer and be in the picture of what ever it is. It's a lot of fun for me and Joe to go through and see what he's taken pictures of. It's neat to see what has caught his interest and at the some times odd perspective the picture is taken at.
We spent the morning down in Little Italy and Ramsey hammed a balloon out of the folks at a camera shop. I don't think it's possible for her to look any more like Joe.
I just checked my file and there is only one more old camera picture left. Next I'll have to get some cute new plates to show case my food on.