Thursday, March 17, 2011

my plans for the weekend -what are you doing?

I'm am super excited for the Seattle Tilth Edible Plant sale this Saturday.  I have managed to talk (no pressure) my mom and mother-in-law in to attending with me -both huge plant lovers, like me.  I've been drooling over the plant list for weeks and trying to figure out what I'll be bringing home.  I'm definitely going to have a hard time not bringing one or two of everything home with me!

This weekend we will be celebrating with family.  My son's birthday was yesterday(the 16th) and my eldest daughter's birthday is the 28th.  So, this weekend is when we can coordinate with everyone.  We'll be doing the usual, dinner out, then to my sister's place in North Seattle to enjoy ice cream cake and prezzies.  Then the next day is nothing short of epic.  We are going to the Pacific Science Center to see a special exhibit.... STAR WARS!!!  Everyone in this family is so excited and can hardly wait.

needless to say it has not been the frugalist of weeks for dinners.  We've had take-out pizza, and chinese buffet so far.  Tonight, seeing that it's St. Patrick's Day, we're having a very traditional -although, not special according to the Irish, Irish dinner.  Corned Beef and Cabbage with potatoes and carrots.  I totally cheated and bought my brisket at Costco as a packaged Corned Beef.  But I cut the damn potatoes, carrots, and cabbage myself!  Then, I threw it all in the crockpot.  
Happy St. Patrick's Day my friends!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

missing menu, missing camera, missing my laptop, and missing you.

Better late than never, right?  Friday morning I awoke to a major disappointment.  My laptop was dead.  There is nothing.  I power it on, and it's black.  No noise.  Nothing.  Tears and sad clown faces.  That's how I feel.  So, what is an internet addicted mama supposed to do?  Steal her teenager's laptop.  Mah, she doesn't really need it.  She's at school all day, and when she's home doing homework, I'm usually in the kitchen.  It all works out eh?

I forgot about spring sports starting this week.  Really, I don't know how anyone can stick to menu planning when you have a preteen and teenager that are both in spring sports.  It's a good thing that we have one more year before the littles start spring sports.  I don't know how we'll do it then, but we might be taking some friend's parents up on those ride offers.  For now, we split dinner times.  Kids eat when they can -either before or after practice.

Sunday: leftovers
Monday: leftover sandwiches/pancakes/soup -Nice mashup?  Not all together, but don't put it past us
Tuesday:  Spaghetti
Wednesday:  Quesadillas -chicken/cheese
Thursday:  steamed chicken, brown rice, and broccoli
Friday:  drive-thru :) -heading out of town for the weekend
Saturday: eatin' out
Sunday: eatin' out

The week before last, the kids and I decided to try out a new cookie recipe.  Family Circle's Double Chocolate Cookies um.  Yeah.  These were great to work up with the kids - all four of my crazies helped out.    We made them exactly as the recipe said - no substitutions needed.  And they were great!  They were quick to put together and pretty darn good.  One comment was heard, but it was minor.  The big kids wanted chunks in their cookies.  So next time we make them, we'll definitely leave some of the milk chocolate in bigger pieces.  If you have trouble viewing the recipe link let me know, I have no problem writing it up.  Also, sorry no pictures.  They're on the missing point-&-shoot Nikon.  *sad face*

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wa ha what?

Well, we're going down in a blaze of glory my friends.  First, last fall my laptop crashed for the umpteenth time.  Then, it came back to life after a few months of being idle and me hijacking my teenager's laptop, it miraculously came back to life- and I didn't lose anything!  Now, my little Nikon point-and-shoot has gone and disappeared on me.  Seriously.  I took a couple of blackmail pictures of my sister-in-law, sat it down and it's gone.  We looked everywhere for it and a week later it's still MIA.  Shit.

However, I do have our faithful 2006 Nikon D70 DSLR.  And while it is a lug to pack around, and rather funny to say "oh!  hold that crazy messed up face just a moment longer so I can take this bad boy out".  I still love it.

We had a crazy few days of snow, no snow, more snow, freezing icy snow, rain, then freeze and more snow.  Now.  I declare.  Spring can arrive.  ANY. DAY. NOW.  Really, I miss dirt.  I miss digging in it, picking it out of finger nails and my kids hair.  I want to see green poking through the ground with the hopes of it bringing food to our table.  I can't wait.

Menu monday was a fail.  Two weeks in a row.  I tell you, weather messes me up.  I can sit here and surf the internet and yet I can't focus five frickin' minutes to type up a menu.  Menu Monday will return next week with a vengeance.  Seriously.  Charlie Sheen serious -like.
Speaking of my main batshit crazy man Charlie Sheen, I have to share a couple of links with you.  My favorite crazy, say it like is, cross stitcher over at Subversive Cross Stitch has some frickin' awesome new products listed on her website.  Charlie Sheen quotes.  Yes, she has the PDF's for sale on some rockin' quotes from our favorite rockstar from Mars.  Check them out and MORE here.  So give her a high-five for putting these on paper and sharing with the world.  We all need a little Charlie in our lives and why not have it framed on the wall for all to see.  Enjoy my friends.