Tuesday, January 11, 2011

a rambling, outright, nonsense post filled with fantastic information

BTW.... there are no pictures in this post.  gasp.

I had given myself a break from blogging, baking, and all around domestic duties for a couple of weeks now, and it has been pointed out to me that I better get my ass in gear before it all takes on a mind of its own.

Over the break I baked many dozens of my infamous cinnamon rolls.  I made mucho amounts of no bake cookies -aka Gramma Lamb-a-Ding-Dong's Oatmeal Fudgies -recipe to come.  Not to mention secret recipe banana bread and lemon poppyseed loaves of bread for gifts.  My husband even got involved and prepared many loaves of his buried family secret Cardamom Bread -to.die.for.  Really.  So, now that we have finally come off of our sugar high, it's time to get back to work.  Woo hoo!

As I type this up, I am munching on a simple snack.  Simple.  Cheese, crackers, and apple slices.  I bake and cook up crazy amounts of food, some that take all day.  And yet, we are eating cheese, crackers, and apple slices.  It really is amazing how the simple things are most satisfying.  Keep your Diet Real has some fantastic ideas on simple, good for you snacks.  I worked up a quick easy dinner menu for this week, so I'll have that at the end of this post as well as a new recipe, because I love you.  Really.  Deep, I know.

Now that my husband and I are finished with our downstairs remodel, we have been going through things that just don't have a place anymore.  For some reason I want to hold on to things that I feel would have a purpose in the future.  I'm not up for the next episode of Hoarders or anything that extreme, and I most certainly don't have any problem throwing things out -unless, I feel that it could be recycled by us or someone else.  I'm a huge fan of Craigslist and Freecycle - I use both sites almost weekly, but as much as I send out I also bring home.  I might send out a bag of infant toys only to replace them with a bag of Barbies for the little girls or a few cookies sheets for the kitchen.  Needless to say, I've got several bags, boxes, bins to go through in the garage and I'm dragging my feet.  No reason other than I've been putting these particular ones off for quite awhile.  They are the little girls' outgrown clothes and shoes.  Yes, I still hold out hope that we might actually be able to add on to this family even more someday.  I've taken step one and that was load three bags of clothes into the back of the van for donation.  Next is going through the shoes.  Baby steps I tell ya, baby steps.

Have you ever rolled a hula hoop across your waist?  Not, with your kids' Walmart hoop.  A seriously large, purpose made hula hoop?  I can now check it off my list.  My husband bought me my first hoop for Christmas.  I ordered it from Hoop Mama on Etsy.com.  A customized 40 inch, collapsible, Happy Hippie.  The day it arrived I stalked our mail lady.  When she pulled up the house, I could see it in the back.  As she walked up giggling, she said that she had to fight everyone off because they all wanted to give a spin before she delivered it.  I was so excited.  I unwrapped the bubble wrap and tape and place it on my hips to give it a whirl.  That fucker fell to the floor.  I picked it up and whipped it again.  Floor.  What was I doing wrong?  I got on the internet and brought up many of my favorite sites.  First Hoop City, I watched a few videos.  Not much help.  Then, Hoopaholics.  Yikes, I was beginning to think I was in serious trouble.  I kept at it.  Then my big kids got home and had to try it out.  Sure as fuck they got it right off the bat.  I started to think that I got the wrong size or that I just wasn't cut out for it.  Then I remembered a couple of blogs that got me hooked in the first place.  Sara over at the Happy Hoop and Rebecca over at Hoopenanigans.  They both had posted about their earlier experiences and it gave me that little bit of confidence that I needed.  I know I'm not going to be doing any isolations or shoulder rolls anytime soon, but if I could just get the core going, then I'd be happy with that.

I did it.  It was awesome.  Now I can keep it up and move it up and down from my waist to my chest with little effort and it's only been just over a week.  I think I'll be just fine with daily practice and when spring arrives we'll move it outside.  yes.

Oddly enough, I made this:  Top 50 Urban Farming blogs from Masters in Public Health.  I thank you and graciously accept my place on your Top 50.  I have been placed among the best.  *bows and dips head*

Our dinner menu this week is very simple and quite honestly if you can't come up with six days worth of dinner meals on your own, you are better off eating out.

Sunday: Hamburgers & green salad

Monday: Broccoli Beef with rice

Tuesday: Soup & Salad

Wednesday: Tuna noodle casserole

Thursday: Buttermilk pancakes

Friday: Pizza -either homemade or Costco :)

And now without further adieu.....

Grandma Lamb-a-ding-dong's oatmeal fudgies

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup margarine (I use butter)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used hershey's baking cocoa)

Combine in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil for a 2 minutes then remove from burner and add:

2/3 cup peanut butter (I use chunky, cause I can)
1 tsp. vanilla (please don't use imitation, you're so much better than that)
3 cups rolled oats (not instant -sick)

Stir it up all together and drop by the spoonful (or 2 tablespoonfuls) onto a preppped cookie sheet -greased, wax paper, parchment paper, silpat, what have ya- and chill until set.

Simple. Delish. Gone.

much loves, tory


  1. xoxo
    What do you put in your tuna noodle casserole? I have noodles and tuna and an oven. . . but I've (gasp) never made a tuna casserole! Ha!

  2. woman! My tuna noodle casserole is nothing special - egg noodles, tuna, can of cream o' chicken soup, some milk/cream/water/whatever you have on hand, shit load of cheez, crackers, and some peas. bake. I mix the cooked noodles, soup, tuna, peas, fluid up and cook a bit on the stove. Layer in this order creamy noodle mix, cheese, broken crack on top and bake at 350 for 20-30 min. wah lah! You're silly. My kids lurve it

  3. Wah lah! thanks. I'm a dork.