h/t: Paula @ Catholic Harvest
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I was totally getting sick of looking at that post but yet had zilch in mind to post about. Do you know that feeling?
So here are some pictures of Kayla's cake. I am NOT a cake maker by any stretch of the imagination. In my head I have great ideas and think, "Oh, that'll be cool and it'll turn out great!"... then I begin frosting and.... not so great. It turned out fine though. The important thing is that Kayla really loved it!
after the candles were blown out, Charlie scooped up some icing!
The holes in the '8' are actually stars. You can see the stars which were cut out around the cake.
Have a good day!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Kayla, may God bless you today and always. I pray for you always. And I love you so much Sweet Pea!
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
So I will pass this Friends Award onto these fine friends...
Sara - Regina - Jessica - Megan - Vicki - Danette - Laura - and last, but certainly not least Paula!
Seems this particular silly willy put on 4 pairs of underwear!
Friday, January 23, 2009
The ban has been a political football between Democratic and Republican administrations since GOP President Ronald Reagan first adopted it 1984. Democrat Bill Clinton ended the ban in 1993, but Republican George W. Bush re-instituted it in 2001 as one of his first acts in office.
A White House spokesman, Bill Burton, said Obama signed the executive order, without coverage by the media, late on Friday afternoon. The abortion measure is a highly emotional one for many people, and the quiet signing was in contrast to the televised coverage of Obama's Wednesday announcement on ethics rules and Thursday signing of orders on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and banning torture in the questioning of terror suspects. Read more...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
You've just got to see the video which one of their friends put together for them. Simply a beautiful gift. Seeing the anticipation of Ginny waiting to meet her beautiful gifts!
Monday, January 19, 2009
We're trying to cut corners where we can.
I'll miss it to occupy the littles while I'm trying to make dinner. We love/d the DVR for this reason. We had Tom and Jerry recorded - that was always a quick fix for me to get things done. Awful but helpful!
I suppose one of the benefits is that we can focus on family a bit more. Not that we don't anyways, but this is going to kind of force different avenues on which to entertain and be entertained!
It's all good.
I wanted to post these 2 delicious chicken recipes for Phase 1. I know I've got some South Beach girls out there who would appreciate some variety with chicken.
Let me preface the posting of these recipes by stating that our kids love these too! That's always a plus in my book.
Friday, January 16, 2009
See, Sara, the trick is to cut the spaghetti squash in half before cooking in the microwave! LOL!
UPDATE: It wasn't wonderful. It wasn't even really good. To me it was edible. To Paul... not so much. ::sigh:: Sorry Honey, I tried. I tried all that flavor. I vowed to never make spaghetti squash for Paul again!
Here are the instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me".
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
1. Do you consider yourself an activist? No, I'm too much of a wimp. Either that or I'm too busy. I can post anything on my blog for or against something, but IRL...no.
2. Why did you chose the blog name you have? (btw, thank you for not changing 15 times like r does) When I first launched the blog some of you may rmbr that I chose "Our Party of Nine" - I liked it but let's face it... that could be a matter of time before that would need to be changed. We had a Catholic family conference here 2 - 3 summers ago and Rita Munn from CHC spoke about "The Keeper of the Keys" with a basic description with which mine is based.
3. I know you love the same type of movies that I do. What is your favorite-of-all-time-movie and why? The first one that always comes to mind as a favorite is, of course, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
4. You have a great relationship with your sister (the Nun!). Have you always been close? She's not a nun yet, it'll be about 10yrs before she professes final vows, but....... no. I wouldn't say we weren't close growing up when I was at home, but there are 6.5yrs btwn us. I rmbr one time when I was in H.S. I thought, "I really should do something with Karen. Maybe we'll go to a movie." So I asked her - I think it was the happiest day of her life so far - and we went to see The Flight of the Navigator.
5. If you had an entire day to yourself, no husband or kids, how would you spend it? Gosh, just ONE day? I should probably clean, but naw. I'm not into self-maintainance-type stuff [ie. spas] - so I don't know? Maybe go shop? With money we don't have ;)
If you'd like to have 5 questions asked of you... just rmbr to leave a comment and say "Interview Me!"
Monday, January 12, 2009
I figured - just the other day, mind you - why not just bend them back?
I took a pair of small pliers [I used the kind for beading/jewelry] and just applied a bit a pressure just above the bottom - where its bend is out of shape. It worked like a charm! And I was excited!
This may be common knowledge - especially among all those ballerinas - but it never crossed my mind before last week.
So. There you go.
Friday, January 9, 2009
It ain't purdy... but it's mine ;)
Thanks to inspiration from many bloggin' buds - one in particular - and YouTube, this is what happened at my fingertips.
I seem to fumble with those needle-do-hickies. And it's quite frustrating when a loop accidentally slips off! Arg!
This is my very first attempt at knitting. I also bought a crochet needle.
I saw this video on Patrick Madrid's blog [on my sidebar] - where Patrick stated that this guy *is* a prophet.
So if you have an extra 10 mins. check this video out! It's really funny/not so funny how *everyone* thought this guy was CooCoo for Cocoa Puffs!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Phase One of SB is tough. ALL sugar is cut out for the first phase [2 wks]. It's funny because the first time I was on this
The hardest part for me is cutting out alcohol. My habit is to have wine or beer while I cook [we have some awesome dinners! ::wink wink::]... and not only when I cook, but the making-dinner-drink is really part of my routine. So that's hard. Let me define "habit"... ;)
Another difficult part of the first phase is finding snacks to eat. I must admit that the first few days I AM HUNGRY! I need to have food stocked so that I don't starve myself in order to stick to it and also to have a nice variety of snacky items to satisfy that hunger.
I found these snacks while searching yesterday before heading to the grocery store.
So I bought some red and gold peppers
sugar snap peas
tomatoes and grape tomatoes
I know, it's not too exciting, but at least I've got food to snack on during the day.
As an aside - the Kroger brand yogurt - that's pictured on that snack link - is disgusting! The other brand is pretty yummy though.
Paul is OOT until Friday - which is nice when I'm on phase one to be quite honest [sorry Honey, it just is ;)] - so for dinner I had a piece of leftover chicken. I was going to have a salad too when I had an instant thought to check online for a different kind of phase one dressing [I love EVOO and Balsamic vin, but this can get old] and I found a great Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing* - so I made the chipolte dressing, chopped up the ckn and voila! It was really good. And here is how you can make it...
Chipotle Ranch Dressing
(Makes 2 1/2 cups. Recipe created by Kalyn. This will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.)
2 cups Ranch Dressing(I use a packet where you add buttermilk and mayonnaise)
1/2 cup salsa (I used Pace Picante Sauce Mild)
1/2 tsp. ground Chipotle Chile Poweder (I used Penzeys. If you don't have Chipotle Chile powder, could substitute regular chile powder and a small amount of hot sauce.)
Put salsa in food processor and puree about one minute with steel blade. (Could use a blender or immersion blender.) Add Ranch Dressing and ground Chipotle and process 30 seconds more, or until well combined.
16 oz. container of low-fat sour cream
1 packet of Hidden Valley mix for dip
1/2 cup of salsa
1/2 tsp reg. chile powder
sm splash of Texas Pete hot sauce
Put it all in a bowl and stir, baby!
It was really good and a nice change. Now I'm about to make dessert! Ricotta Mocha stuff.
I know, you're drooling. Sorry, I won't tempt you like that again with all my food choices ;)
An Allrecipes and South Beach marriage - No Way!
Happy dieting, Loser!
* link to recipe