Thursday, January 31, 2008
Take about 3/4 of a 13 oz bag of tortilla chips and crush them up (or an entire 9 oz bag). Take half of those chips and cover the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish. Pour half of the chicken and sauce mixture on top and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle some diced green onion of top of this layer if you want. Spread out the rest of the crushed chips on top of this then cover them with the rest of the chicken and sauce mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30 min at 350 degrees F or until the middle is bubbly. Let it sit for 5 min before digging in with one of those cool scoop spatulas (I like to use my Pampered Chef one). This served 4 adults and 2 young kids with no leftovers - everyone had seconds - but I also served it with no side dishes. Had I had a side of mixed veggies there might have been 1 serving leftover.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Up too late again last night - had to watch the new episode of Torchwood on TiVo.
Tried to sleep in after that kids got up at 7:45.
Woken up by a crisis among kids at 8:45.
Wait for the kids to clean their messes up.
Went to pick up 2 pairs of boots from the shoe hospital that were done 2 weeks ago, neither pair were complete so I left them there.
Returns and new purchases at Garden Ridge.
Returns and new purchases at Target.
Returns and new purchases at Academy - I still don't have the right pump.
Bought 2007 Turbo Tax at Sam's.
Got 2 refills of the dog's Rx at the vet.
Watched the kids ride bikes in the court until dark for the 3rd day in a row.
Made dinner (mushroom ravioli & sauce for Giselle, cheese tortellini & sauce for Paul).
Checked eBay for Playmobil castles.
Put the kids to bed.
Posted to the blog.
So, I'm still waiting for new ones.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
1 - Ate out at Central Market Central - lasagna (bland) & fried eggplant (bland).
2 - Tamales from Tamaleo at the farmers market, home-made chocolate ice cream.
3 - Hot dogs, mixed veggies.
4 - Company over for dinner - Tamales from Tamaleo, mixed veggies.
5 - Company over for dinner - Shredded beef tacos, pipian squash.
6 - Dinner at Marie's - Tortelini w/ meatballs.
7 - Broiled tuna & salmon, pipian squash.
8 - Tater tot casserole (sliced bratwurst in the casserole).
9 - Leftover tater tot casserole.
10 - Hot dogs, mixed veggies.
11 - Hot dogs, mixed veggies.
12 - Ravioli w/ meatballs & sauce.
13 - Broiled salmon & tuna, mixed veggies.
14 - Hot dogs w/ canned chili & cheese & sour cream.
15 - Tamales.
16 - Dinner out - Paul & I at Taco Bell, Joe & Giselle at Trudy's Tex Mex.
17 - Baked ziti w/ eggplant and squash.
18 - Korv stroganoff, leftover ziti.
19 - Shredded beef tacos, leftover ziti.
20 - Broiled tuna & salmon, boiled shrimp, mixed veggies.
21 - Leftover korv stroganoff.
22 - Pizza - home prepared w/ olives and mushrooms.
23 - Asian noodle soup.
24 - Spaghetti w/ meatballs & sauce.
25 - Hot dogs, tortellini, mixed veggies.
26 - Tamales.
27 - Asian noodle soup.
28 - Eat out - Dynasty Buffet.
29 - Broiled tuna, boiled shrimp.
30 - Hot dogs w/ homemade chili (no more canned!) & cheese & sour cream.
31 - Hot dogs w/ chili & cheese & sour cream.
So, what do you use? Do you like it? What would you get if you were buying new right now?
3 baked potatoes, cubed
1/4 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
1/3 cup chives
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated celery
1/4 cup grated onions
1 TBs minced garlic
5 TBs butter
2 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
Melt butter in a soup pot, cook celery, onions, garlic and bacon in the butter for 3 min. Add potatoes, stir and cook for 5 min. Reduce heat, add milk and sour cream, salt & pepper to taste and any other seasonings that you usually like on your baked potatoes but times 4. Cook for 5 min but don't let it boil. Mash the potatoes some if you want (I don't). Stir in the cheese until melted. Serve. If you want you could save some of the cheese, green onions & bacon to sprinkle on the top of the soup before serving.
If I ever make this again I'll do it as Loaded Mashed Potatoes not as a soup.
Zappos is not cheap.
I don't like shopping, even on-line.
I do like watching eBay auctions. I watch a lot of auctions but I don't bid in very many. Joe keeps offering to let me use his snipe program but so far I've held off. I did do a manual snipe of my own today and won because of it. Sniping is when you come in at the last second and put in your high bid and the auction closes before anyone else can up their bid.
I got part of Giselle's birthday present - I'm trying to get all of the Playmobil Fairy Tale Castle sets and the Unicorn sets. She's rather bummed that all of the Playmobil stuff available in the stores are the boy-oriented items - pirates, knights, construction - and the girl ones are only available online. She really likes the retired Victorian mansion but I'm NOT going to pay $300 for it, even if it IS fully furnished and includes the extra level! I let myself get outbid on one today that sold for $76 but it was only the basic mansion and it was unfurnished to boot.
Where am I going to put all of this?
I got a Paul a Best Of The West Geronimo with a horse the other day but I haven't received it yet. Once I get another horse I'll give Giselle her Jane and Josie along with it. I got those for her before Christmas but she doesn't know about them, she just sees my Jane and the horse that I gave myself for Christmas sitting on our dresser and she keeps asking to play with them. I keep telling her that if she would hurry up and lose another tooth then she would get some of the good stuff that I've got hidden away for her.
Paul really likes his GI Joes (especially Duke, the one that talks) but I think that he's much more involved with his pirates and knights for the time being. He and Giselle play together with their Playmobil stuff for hours each day.
Would you look at the time! I've got to get to bed, OH and get back to work on the laundry before that! Finishing the laundry, vacuuming, dishes, school, shopping and ballet on Monday!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I have to say that when Thomas opened the grill lid, the smell that came out of there while the meat was cooking was heavenly. I called the kids outside so that they could relish in the aroma of meat seasoned with Lawry's salt cooking over a mesquite charcoal fire. Wow!
The kids want hot dogs w/ buns. For the grown-ups (Thomas and Bobby will be joining us) I've got beef cutlets, pork shoulder steak and fajita chicken breasts and thighs. I'm sure that the kids will want some meat too so I'm cooking plenty. I just hope that it all thaws out in time - I really dislike trying to cook meat that is still a bit chilly in the middle. Hmm, what will be the sides? I've got plenty of okra in the freezer so maybe I'll stew up some of that with tomatoes. Maybe a small batch of spaghetti with pesto. And a 16 oz pkg of mixed peas, carrots, corn and green beans too.
It sounds like I've got loads of food, why don't you come on over and join us? If you do come, would you be so kind as to bring a bag of corn for me to add into the okra and tomatoes? I think that would add just the right crunch to the mix.
Friday, January 25, 2008
We baked one batch of cookies last night after dinner and we ate them while I read 2 chapters of Little House. They were OK, nothing spectacular. The kids loved them 'cause they don't know any better. When we bake the rest we'll be sure to roll them in the cinnamon sugar first.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So, to make good with our day stuck in bed we read the Little House book "These Happy Golden Years" but we alternated chapters of that with shorter books and stories that Paul picked out. That Little House book is so good. When Giselle went out to the living room at 3:30 to watch TV I stayed in the bedroom reading it. I want to go to the library and check out (and read) all of her other books.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Yep, it's another song off of the latest Biscuit Brothers' CD called Family Favorites (and boy is it ever!) that we play at full volume. It's thanks to these guys that Joe has to keep replacing the speakers in the mini-van.
Why don't you buy a copy for yourself? http://www.biscuitbrothers.com/shop-for-stuff
Paul's been acting like a 4 year old and it's been an eventful few weeks. Giselle's been trying to expand her bossiness boundaries and keeps coming up against a big wall named Mommy. Paul has been expanding his vocabulary and his self-assertiveness and quite often around the house we hear "NO GISELLE, YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!" He's been listening well during his anger management classes and has done a great job of keeping his volcanic explosions from destroying things about the house.
I promise to finish the post about the baked potato soup this next week. I think I'm making King Ranch Casserole for dinner tonight.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Giselle was fully weaned on New Years Eve also, although that was 2 years ago, but hers was a weaning that involved much talking and tears. She really didn't want it to end but Joe and I felt that 4 and 1/2 years was long enough.
Since I started writing this a few days ago, Paul and I have had 'the talk' and he's totally OK with all of it. Although at yesterday's La Leche League meeting he was trying to be very touchy with me.
So, it's all over now. I've spent the last 6 years and 7 months nursing, and for 2 of those years I was tandem nursing (so does that count as double time?). I've known that Paul would stop nursing at an earlier age than Giselle. Mainly because she had to wean when there was still plenty of milk while with Paul the supply has been dwindling down for the last 6 months. I'm actually surprised that we made it to the end of the year. I'm not upset since I've seen this coming for a while. And he was always a bit of a pesky nurser whereas Giselle was much more gentle in her persistence.
Another era ended, with many more just beginning.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
They got rid of their whole arts & crafts section and filled it all in with fake potted plants. Now if I want any of that stuff I have to make an extra trip to Michael's. Their storage container section is greatly reduced now also to make way for 4 more rows of Bedding In A Bag. I'm NOT driving all the way to North Austin to get plastic boxes at The Container Store. Most of their cooking supplies are gone and I'm not going to Bed, Bath & Beyond because even with the 85 coupons that they send to me each month it's still too expensive there. Fortunately for them, what I needed this evening was bedding. They are down to only one side of a row of window treatments to make room for more pillows. Or maybe they just moved the pillows to make room for all that extra furniture that they sell now. Oh, it's just not the great store that it used to be. I don't see how carrying purses, shoes, clothes and luggage makes them a better Home Decor store.
Monday, January 07, 2008
It was a really fun evening, especially since Paul was 'too tired' to finish eating his supper but he managed to stay awake for the whole reading. They really had fun with my hair and I love it when they play with it. We also have fun when I allow them to do makeup on me but we didn't do that tonight. I really enjoy reading to them and fortunately they do too.
I think that next rental session will include Bed Knobs and Broomsticks.
Well, I gotta slam out some breakfast, get some school done, do the grocery shopping and get school finished so that we can get over to Marie's after lunchtime.
We've got our 7 words for the week to write sentences for (Outside, Paid, Phone, Practice, Quit, Rain & Really), 6 pages (3 pages front and back) of Doring Kindersley 1st Grade Math Made Easy (we've only got 6 days of work left in the book), in our Evan-Moor Draw Then Write 1-3 we will be drawing a bunny today, in School Specialty Publishing Total Reading Grade 1 we'll be doing pages 175 thru 182, and there's a chance that we won't start Volume 2 of Story of The World today (that depends on if we eat lunch at home or not).
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Giselle got all of her clothes hung up in the closet and put away in the drawers. I took care of all of Paul's clothes last night before bed. Mine aren't done yet and today's laundry day again.
After taking care of her laundry, Giselle played at Grace's for 2 hours then at Jessi's for 1 while Paul helped me stuff the pinata and do the laundry. Paul, Joe and I played hide and seek for a bit while Giselle was gone.
Gotta go, I still have to do the dishes - I made Joe some poached salmon for dinner so the kitchen (whole house) smells like fish. I sprayed the house with that odor remover spray but until I actually clean that pan it's not really going to go away.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
One of the many damsel flies that I was tracking down at the creek this summer. The way that you can tell the difference between a damsel fly and a dragon fly is that when at rest, the dragon fly has it's wings out flat while the damsel fly has it's wings together. This was really tricky to photograph since I couldn't get my face near him so I had to hope that the camera would focus on his head and not the rest of him. This shot was as good as I could get. I would have loved to have a blowup-worthy shot of his head. Oh well, maybe next year.
Well, you can see what these damsel flies were doing, along with a few friends waiting in the wings.
I saw this common household pest hanging around out on the church playground one Sunday this fall. I'd appreciate it if no one comments about the clothes combination of beige shirt, faded khaki shorts, olive socks and black desert boots.
This butterfly/moth/fritillary was enjoying the sprinkler on New Year's Eve along with the kids. It took a while but he finally got used to me getting close to him with the camera; so comfortable was he that he almost got himself stepped on by Paul (purely accidental).
This big pot of mums sits at the end of the driveway so it gets the full brunt of any frosts that come along - that's why the leaves have turned purple. I think that the green/purple leaves are a wonderful compliment to the pink/purple flowers. The ISO was 64 on Super Macro, 9mm.
I know that some folks actually pay people money to come pick these out of their trees since they believe that they kill the tree. Actually they thrive on trees that are already in decline (just like mistletoe) so if you improve the tree's health then the parasitic plants are no worry at all. Whatever, the ball moss can be really cool looking if you let it get big and flower like this one is. It's about 12 feet up in our largest crape myrtle and I'd say that it's at least 8 inches across. Lots of kids use them to make fairy houses. The ISO was 100.
I'll post some insects in a few minutes.
Yeah, it was a beautiful day today and we spent 5 hours out in it earlier. The silly thing about here is that there are so many nice days that when you get one you don't have that great of an urge to go out and take advantage of it since there will probably be another one tomorrow.
UPDATE 2 HOURS LATER:
Yep, this is the forcast for the next 5 days:
Sunday: Areas of dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind between 10 and 20 mph.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of light rain. Cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind between 10 and 15 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind around 15 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. East wind around 10 mph becoming south.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.
I think that we've got some good kite flying weather for the next several days - about time to try out the kites that Joe got for the kids back around Halloween.
Friday, January 04, 2008
If I was a betting woman I would put money on us NOT getting to the park today. I would be happier if I lost that bet but I've been burned by this one before.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
"Pinata shopping?" you say? With my fair city being this close to the border we have LOTS of pinata stores to pick a peck of pinatas at. For some silly reason, I think he was looking through that catalogue Birthday Express, Paul changed his mind last week to wanting a Star Wars pinata. Yeah, exactly, where the * am I going to find a Star Wars pinata without ordering it from that place? Well, we went to my favorite pinata store, Pinata Party Palace @ 1704 East Cesar Chavez St 236-0975, and lo and behold but what to my wondering eyes did appear? A miniature Darth Vader, all 3 feet of him. They had a larger version but there is no way that 9 kids need that much pinata. Let's see if I can remember some of the different pinatas that they had this time. Oh, they are all hand-made in Mexico and they are SUPER STURDY (you need a bat to break into these). There was: Diego, Dora, Mickey Mouse, Minni Mouse, Shrek, Mrs Shrek, a penguin, Cinderella, Barbie, wedding Barbie, Snow White, every Power Ranger, every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Pooh, Tigger, a rabbit, a kangaroo, a lion, a tiger, the standard stars and fruits and vegetables, a donkey, a bride, a groom, several different Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, a pirate, the Hulk, Nacho Libre, many versions of aliens, a bunch of old Easter ones, and even more that I can't remember. So I got some junk to put inside of him: snakes, frogs, dinosaurs, bouncy balls and one bag of candy (plus our leftover Halloween candy, shhh!) and some items for the gimme bags some orange spoons and black bowls and we were out of there fairly painlessly.
We made a not-so-quick trip to Toys-R-Us to check out the facilities (Holiday items are 50% off) and then ate dinner out. We FINALLY used up all of our gift certificates for Satalite Cafe (why does that always look like it's spelled wrong even when it's right?). After dinner we ran to the other end of the strip mall to Blockbuster to use some more gift certificates (I still have $8 left on a card from Christmas 2005). We rented the 40th anniversary edition of Jungle Book, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, the 40th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie and Fraggle Rock Where It All Began. For me I rented Tim Burton's Corpse Bride; the movie in which Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play a gruesome couple in love. Wait, isn't that the movie version of Sweeny Todd? Is that already on DVD? I thought that just opened last month. Oh, maybe this is the animated version. Is it my imagination or does Tim Burton just keep remaking the same movie over and over and over and over and over and over and over again? I know that Rechelle has an in with him since he keeps using Johnny Depp over and over again so I'm going to ask her about that the next time she has an open question session.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
I unplugged the Christmas lights a few minutes ago - this was the last night for them until next December. I plan on taking them all down tomorrow. I've got to get moving on Paul's birthday party and I need to get all of the Christmas things out of my mind.
PAUL WAS, IN FACT, SOUND ASLEEP. I PUT HIM IN THE BED AT 2. GISELLE AND I CRAWLED UNDER THE COVERS AND TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS AT 2:20.