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Updated: 2017-10-24T02:45:52.497-07:00


Farmer's Market Ooh La La


I have been wanting to hit up the Little Italy Farmers Market for a long time and I finally got the chance when my neighbor invited me this Saturday.
Parking was a bitch...I think we arrived there around 11-ish? There were a sea of, dogs, babies, musicians, etc. It was friggin' awesome. And oh my holy heck...the smells of every exotic spice and herb from here to Never Never Land was thick in the air. I think the market extended 3 blocks or something. Most, if not all things the merchants were peddling were organic and/or pesticide free. There were stands with local fruits and veggies to organic raw white cheddar sage cheese...which by the way was a total foodgasm in your mouth. I have never tasted anything quite like that. Olive oils from different regions , hummus, meats, fish, eggs, jewelry and cutting boards made of sustainably harvested wood. It was so awesome, I literally could have stayed there the entire time they open (every Saturday 9-1, rain or shine).
I talked to a local farmer about his CSA, since the one we belonged to ended up closing up shop and the farmer went on to other good things.
After strolling through the market we hit up Princess Pub and Grill. That place is way cool, nestled right smack dab in the middle of the whole market. after developing quite a thirst the girls and I went in for some grub and much needed drink. I ordered a portobello shroom burger and it was fantastic! Swiss cheese and grilled onions. I mean really? You could have a piece of wood smothered and grilled onions and it would be tasty! It is the closest you will find in San Diego to an authentic British Pub....they even have Whiskey on tap!
So heres to a fabulous neighbor inviting me to go and also, the dude selling the jerky that encouraged my mister to come next time! Sa-weet!



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Screw you McDonald's, McMom's is way better!


Mornings are always crappy. Well at my house anyway. Justin has the alarm set for like some ungodly hour around 5 something. He drags his sorry ass to the shower and then I hear the little footsteps of a zombie- like 6 year old that seems to ALWAYS wake up on the wrong side of the bed...He follows suit and takes a shower too. Time for the girl-child. I see her silhouette by my door, scratching her bird nest like hair and grumbling something to the likes of...'whats for breakfast? Can I have some coffee? Mom? Ma? MOOOOOOM!"My turn to roll out of my bed and wipe the sleep out of my eyes and take a second to figure out what is going on and who I am. I can't really be of any help to anyone until the first sip of hot coffee hits my lips.After having a cup I look around and wow, guess its cereal, again.....sometimes waffles, but that actually requires me getting out the toaster and shit..You know, effort. Once in a great while I will whip up some eggs, sausage and even some toast if I am feeling frisky. Everyone loves those McDonalds breakfast Mcmuffin thingies with the sausage, egg and cheese. Those are the bomb. Then I bought some of the frozen ones...Jimmy Dean me thinks..?? And ehh those are pretty good...but has a crapload of ingredients and we wont even talk about the sodium content...ughh...I decided to make my fact I had seen someone else do this and thought that was bloody brilliant! So I spent the entire afternoon making these kick ass morning bites. I made 24! And on those busy mornings when you can barely open your eyes due to too many cocktails the night before watching American Idol, or you just need 5 more minutes of zzz's but your offspring refuses to grant you that wish....drag your butt to the freezer, nuke it for oneminute..check it after 30 seconds....and then continue heating...and the time you take your morning pee, breakfast will be done. I know. you can thank melater. Here's the pictures...First get this stuff...I used 20 organic brown eggs, whisk them up real good:Pour them in a long-ish glass pan like this..not sure the size, and bake on 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until eggs are not jiggly in the middle...then cut up into 24 squares..I forgot to get that picture...oh well, it was boring anyway.Next cut up the sausage (24 pieces) and put them on a sheet pan ...and bake on same temp as eggs, but for 20 minutes..Get some cheddar cheese and fold each slice in half, then half again... Toast you english muffins for a fewAdd a pat o' butterLay 2 of the pieces of cheddar on on piece of muffinNext up add the eggThen the sausageTop with the other half of muffin..... and viola!It was so good, I had to eat one....And see, look how many it makes.....[...]

Pork Eggrolls


As I was strolling along the produce aisle at the store yesterday I saw some egg roll wrappers. I thought it a grand idea to get some and try my hand at making some egg rolls. I have never made these before, and generally I am not that fond of a bunch of greasy, fried food. Here's what I didDiced two carrots...half of a green and purple cabbage, a crapload of scallions, a few Anaheim peppers, one green pepper and 2 stalks of celery. I used my handy pampered chef cutting/dicing contraption..makes things so much easier and in half the time. Then I cooked up about a half pound or so of ground pork sausage then drained.. Then I added the vegetables and cooked until soft. I added a bunch of freshly ground pepper and about a teaspoon of soy sauce. After tasting it, I felt it needed something else...Chinese five spice? oil..nope...besides I didn't have any of that o n hand. So I went digging through the pantry. We had a pack or 'oriental' flavor top ramen noodles. I don't remember why we had this..we don't normally eat this. I think it was from awhile back when I made a Chinese cabbage salad...?? Anyway..I thought I would use the spice packet in there. Then decide to smash up the noodles really small and add those as well. Mix pork and veggie/noodle concoction together.Using canola oil, fill a skillet..maybe 1/3 of the way up the side..I don't know I didn't measure..just dumped it in there...and turn the heat up.Next I took one wrapper and set it out. Put about 2 tablespoons on top. Then fold the edges first..and sealed it with an egg wash. Folded the rest and did another coating of egg wash. Carefully place in hot oil..these cook super quickly...were talking like 20 seconds each side.Lay them on a paper towel to drain and cool..maybe 5 minutes.Being a first time egg roll maker..these were the bomb! Everyone scarfed them up..It was weird to see the kids using ranch and ketchup to dip them though instead of the sweet and sour sauce..but whatever....they're kids...they would stick a straw in the ranch and gulp it down if I'd let them...[...]

Spaghetti Squash with tomato fresca...sorta


Usually when I make spaghetti squash I use butter and fresh grated Parmesan. But a few weeks ago I decided to make a chunky red sauce to go with it. However I forgot to snap some pics, so today I did it again..since we got a squash in our CSA box.
First you just cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds and you would any pumpkin and toss..
I put fresh ground pepper and organic oregano on top and threw it in the over at maybe 350 degrees for like an hour or so.
Next up..I cut up a heirloom tomato, bell pepper..some garlic and some red onion and chive and threw it in the food processor..also I added half a can or organic diced tomatoes....
(image) (image) (image) (image) (image) Did this for a few seconds until coarsely chopped.(image) After the squash is done..let it cool for maybe 5 minutes or so and scrape it outta the shell.
(image) Load it up with the sauce and top with some more parmie if ever so inclined.
This is so good and fresh tasting. I had made squash before and Justin was never a I was left with piles of spaghetti squash 'noodles' to eat solo. However when I made it this way a few weeks over when our friend Stella was over..he loved it and since has eaten it every time. He also dumps extra chunks of tomato and onion over the top and mixes it in. =)

Visit to our CSA Farm....


We have joined a CSA awhile back..(for those of you who aren't familiar with CSA it is a community supported agriculture..which basically means we support our local farmers and buy directly from them.) Usually we have it delivered twice a month, but today we had the opportunity to go and see the farm firsthand.
Our CSA is Callaloo Farm in Ramona...just a 20 minute or so drive away.
Jack was the only one who accompanied us on this sojourn..Lily was away at a friends house. It was great to have him see where food really comes from(not the grocery store).
It was a nice plot of land. CJ..(the farmer) does this mostly by himself...occasionally having help from family. There was a green house that he had built..he also had pigs...and chickens....Rhode Island what I think he said they were. Jack was excited to see them and he also got to feed them and they ate directly out of his hand.(image) (image) (image)
We decided to do some harvesting and that was really exciting. There is something so wholesome and good about the growing and harvesting process...Unfortunately I think our society has forgotten the most basic connection with the land..and the farm to table concept has been long since put along the wayside....
CJ had Jack help and had him get involved with the choosing and the picking. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, squash and watermelons were collected...oh and carrots too(image) (image) (image) I am so fascinated with gardening and only wish I had a green thumb. We are however going to try again in the spring, but this time Justin is going to build me planter boxes....
Eventually I would like 3 hens....but one thing at a time! Off to make some salsa with our fresh, organic goods from Callaloo Farms! (image)

Triple P


I was scanning through my Vegetarian Times magazine from February and came across Rigatoni Puttanesca with Veggie Meatballs. I never had this before and frankly had no clue what it was. The first time I ever heard of this was from the movie Series of Unfortunate Events... I used organic penne pasta..(hence the title of the post..Penne Pasta Puttanesca)Here's the low down....First up..get all this stuff*Bread crumbs*parsley*basil*pasta of your choice*Parmesan cheese*garlic*black pepper*tomato sauce*olives*soy sausage, such as Gimme Lean..Cook pasta according to package instructions...Then squeeze the tube of soysage into a bowl and dump in bread crumbsNext up, grate some fresh Parmeseanand a bunch of garlicchop up a handful of parsley then get your basil leaves and lay them on top of each other like thisnext roll the leaves up like a cigar..and slice into thin pieces..I believe this is called chiffonade....Add some to the some for garnish laterMix well with hands...Roll into little balls like thisThrow them into a hot skillet with some olive oil and fry for like 6 or so minutesDump in a jar of whatever kind of sauce tickles your fancy. I used tomato basil Add could use kalamata olives..but the mere thought of those, let alone the smell makes me wanna hurl. I used black sliced olives.Next up, top the pasta...then add some more of that basil and grate some more of the parmie.Enjoy! Verdict* This was surprisingly tasty. I normally don't like AT ALL..but it went very well with the sauce. The balls were firm and delicious..( that didn't come out right..whatever, get your mind out of the gutter..we're talking food here yo!) They had a really good taste. The kids scarfed it up..The mister on the other hand was not fond of this at all. He was wondering why I didn't use real meat. Sometimes, it just feels like a vegetarian day![...]

Saturday Stuffin'


I am so happy to be at the blog thing again..its a great outlet for me...but more importantly..I am rockin' the kitchen again. I was in a slump for a really long time. But honestly ever since we signed up with our CSA, it has inspired me to get busy doing my thang! :-)Thursday in our box we received alot of Anaheim Peppers...I wasn't sure what to do with them, so I decided to stuff em'. Here's what I did:Ground 1lb ground turkey I used a crapload of Cumin and some all purpose seasoning. Then after washing the peppers, slice down the center..but not all the way..and remove the seeds, top and all that other junk. Then put them in a steamer basket in a large pan and steam for about 6ish minutes..or until they start to sweat. While they are steaming, put in a bunch of tomato paste and mix thoroughly. Next I decided to add some brown rice..about a cupI used Minute Rice (Brown Rice) and nuked it..I was too impatient to do it on the stove top..and also too lazy. Mix well.. After this I decided it needed something else...??? Ah ha! Beans baby! I got a can or organic tri bean medley, rinsed them Dump them in the turkey mixture stuff....Next get a long baking dish and put the peppers this..make sure they don't touch each other. I don't know why, I just don't like that. Whatever.. Moving on.Start spooning in the filling like so....Be generous..stuff them bad boys!Add a bunch of cheese..I used Monetary Jack...ultimately I wanted to use Manchego..or something..but didn't see it at Trader Joe's last night...Oh well.Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees...then get 2 small cans of tomato sauce and dump in a sauce pan and add all kinds of spices and herbs.. I used oregano, cumin, garlic, salt, basil..whatever you have on hand and sounds good will do just fine me thinks...Top the peppers with the sauce and add a little more cheese..Hey the more the merrier right? Its the weekend..we're not counting calories!Cover with foil and pop in the oven for maybe 25 minutes or so...and viola!The verdict: These were the bomb! They are so hearty too. The filling is really good, and the peppers still have a bit of crispness to them..The two textures were creating a taste explosion in my mouth. The only thing, next time I would add something to give them a kick..such as some chipotle and adobo or something. Other than that...two thumbs up! Enjoy!P.S.Stay tuned, tomorrow is Pasta Puttanesca!Green Pepper[...]

Jellyfish and zucchini bars


Summer has finally rolled in, and ohmygod..its been hot, and the humidity makes things suck even more. Yesterday my friend and her daughter and the kids and I packed up and hit the beach. We went somewhere on her hubby is in the navy.We arrived and there was plenty of parking and not at all.After setting up we sat and ate some sammies we got at Subway. Jack took like 2 bites and dropped it and headed out to the surf.We all followed suit. The water was so cold.Ok. Fast forward, maybe 2 hours. Lily has made a new friend..(some boy nonetheless). They were acting like little freaks and throwing seaweed and wet sandLily discovers purple seaweed (or so she thinks) and brings it to the shore.Umm.... Errr.. Yeah..That is not pretty purple seaweed, that's a friggin' jellyfish! Shortly after..the whining sets in and then the stinging and burning. This is not the whole jellyfish either mind you. This is just a piece of the MASSIVE blob that was floating nearby. This thing was HUGE!!!Crap.Jack notices Lily getting all the attention and everyone hoovering over her, then he doubles over..."Mommy! My legs are burning..and, thumb..yeah, my thumb is stinging ..and ahh my eyes!" Nice try kid...Jack was never touched or was no where near the gelatinous beast for that matter.My first thoughts were..someone has to pee on her hand! Didn't you see that Friends episode where Monica gets stung..???No one ended up peeing on her...the sting wasn't that bad..her finger was swollen..but eventually went down. She worked it for as long as she could...I think she learned her lesson..*fingers crossed!*LILY.... DO NOT TAKE RANDOM ODDITIES FROM THE SEA!!!!In other news...I am making some zucchini bars today.I got the recipe from a good friend at work. These suckers rock! They are so good. I tweaked the recipe a little..Here's the how to:First up... Gather all this stuffBeat togetherSugar..(I used 1/4 sugar and maybe 1/3 cup or so agave nectar) oil..(again, I used 1/2 c oil and 1/2 c applesauce.. )3 organic brown eggsNext up, beat in 2 cups of flour, (I used whole wheat) , 1 tsp of cinnamon1 tsp of salt2 tsp of baking powder1/4th tsp of baking soda1 tsp of vanillaBeat for about 2 minutes or until smooth and creamyNow grate up 2 cups of zucchini and one carrot...(luckily, I just got these and the zuke in last nights csa box!)Chop up about a cup or so of walnuts..Add in the oats and fold in the veggies....Unfortunately it will look like a pan of vomit..but boy its smells so good Bake at 350 degrees for 40ish minutes...then let them cool completly..When they are cool, cut into small squares.While this is going..lets get busy with the frosting....oh yeah!Get a bowl and dump in2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar1/2 soft butter1/4 tsp almond extract2 tsp of vanilla3 ounces of softened cream cheeseBeat this for a few minutes until smooth and delicious... Set aside..or stick in the fridge.Then slop on the icing...These are so good...the kids loved them. I am going to make these for Jack's birthday party.I think they taste better cold. Enjoy![...]

Life and then some....


Back to the blogging thing. I forgot about blogging for a while. Life seems to be taking up much of my time these days. Busy running errands, taking kids here and there and work.
My latest obsession is the 50's! I love that era. I am actually planning a retro 50's cocktail party...and dressing the part is required! We are going to have it in March, probably on my birthday. I have already bought some things...but there is so much more to do. I am a crazy planner and I love having something to do and to look forward to. Currently I am creating some invitations, roaming the thrift stores and concocting a beverage and appetizer menu. To my pleasant surprise Justin is totally on board with this idea! I am going to have him wear a blazer and a skinny tie and maybe a Fedora to boot. He will be the bartender. I bought a 50's CD that will be playing to create the perfect atmosphere to boot. The kids will be somewhere(not sure yet) this is going to be an adult party..
Tonight we are heading to The Corvette Diner...I am super excited about that. I was hoping to attempt a bee hive with my hair, but I am totally clueless...maybe I need those stupid 'bumpits' that are on those infomercials...
The kids are just peachy....Lily took a art class and it turned out to be utterly ridiculous. Supposedly they were suppose to teach to draw anime and cartoons and the like...however..when we got there, there were about 15 kids and the 'art teacher' was some random teenage girl who didn't even introduce herself and explain to the class what they would be learning and doing, instead she gives everyone a xeroxed copy of a black and white toucan and says 'draw this'. When the kids finished she just said "draw whatever you want"..and that was it! Nothing instruction, nothing! After spending $7 on the class, $6 on registration and $25 for a cheesy art kit that I could have got her at my work for $5, we felt thoroughly ripped off. Needless to say she won't be going back. We'll have to wait and try to put her in something more legit.
Jack is improving in kindergarten, thank goodness. At one point his teacher asked me if I was open to the idea of retention., I am not. How could she even acess something like that when there were 6 more months of school left?. However, she told me the other day the Jack is doing much better. He is finally reading...and he loves....LOVES puzzles...he is whipping through the 100 piece puzzles so we need to up the ante and maybe try a two or three hundred piece one for him.
I am organizing a Valentine party for his class at school. I am really excited about that and I am making 26 cupcakes.
This year marks Justin and my 15 year anniversary! Planning is inevitable as I want to do something really fun and special...maybe a weekend trip away, just the two of us. Wow...that would be we have NEVER been away, never had a honeymoon or even a wedding at that. Of course he doesn't want to think about it as it is 10 months away. Thankfully one of us is a planner!
Well of to tidy and do some laundry! Have a great day!

Updates and Thanksgiving 2009


Things sure have been quite hectic around here. After our brief stint in homeschooling things are slowly starting to get to some sort of 'normal'.After starting kindergarten Jack become sick. Like sick..going to the doctor than being admitted to the hospital kind of sick. After the first week of school he got pneumonia. He missed a week of school and after healing up a good bit returned. Not even 2 and a half weeks later, sick again..this time what was a basic cold, turned into a upper respiratory infection requiring hospitalization. We were giving his treatments..(nebulizer) and that wasn't working. He was puking all night. Asthmatics tend to barf because they are trying so hard to get enough air, that all the contents of the belly are ejected. What fun that was. Jack is now the master puker. He gets the trash and/or toilet every time. Makes clean-up so much easier.After xrays and nebulizer treatments at the doctor that proved unsuccessful, his pediatrician admitted him to the hospital. It was so scary. He was hooked up to an IV and had and oxygen mask too. Jack was a trooper and did very well. They gave him Albuterol every 2 hours thru the nebulizer. You can imagine what that was like. Albuterol is like a shot of espresso for a kid. So having a 20 minute dose every 2 hours Jack turned into a wild man. I did not spend the night with him, Justin did. I had to come home and be here for Lily.He did well all night and was discharged the next morning. Since then we had decided that we would give homeschooling a go. We did it for health reasons. All in all it lasted one month. Jack was begging to go to school to run with his buddies and I was loosing my mind trying to school a fidgety 5 year old. With my sanity on the line and Jack not having social interaction..he is happily back in class with his friends. His immune system got a month to heal. Now anytime I think he is sounding like he is getting ill, I keep him home and do a treatment. Jack's teacher also will let me know if he is having any problems at school as well.Lily is doing great..she is getting so big, its ridiculous. She is almost as tall as me. She is growing up so fast. She is one smart little girl. I met with her teacher. Straight A's....again..She loves horses, drawing comics, and wants a dog and cell phone for Christmas. She plays soccer everyday at recess and has friends over constantly. She is a bookworm and is constantly reading something. I think currently she is reading New Moon. She read Twilight..She wanted to see that movie but we told her to read the book first. And she did..that book is so long too.Thanksgiving will be nice...kinda sorta...I always wanted all family to be together and enjoy this day..but unfortunately that is not the case this year..(again). That's OK, I am thankful we are all happy and healthy.This year's menu includes:Appetizers:Creamy roasted garlic and onion meatballsSalami and tomato foldsFresh vegetables and dipRefreshments:Eggnog and Captain Morgans Spiced RumButtery NipplesSparkling Apple Cider for little peopleThe Main Course:1 20lb herb roasted turkey...Apple and Raisin StuffingYamsTurkey GravyCauliflower mash..(I may try this..its still iffy..but substitute the potatoes for smashed cauliflower..)Desert:Home-made Rhubarb Pie w/ crumble topping and vanilla bean ice cream..(we are ditching the usual pumpkin stuff this year)Pictures will be posted Friday!Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours![...]

Paranormal Experience....or perhaps a shoulder twitch


Last week....Tuesday ... I lie in bed..early morning. Justin already off to the office and the kids were nestled, all snug in their beds... I tried to sleep more as it is a rarity to snooze later than 7am these days...for whatever reason the kids slept in today... I tossed and turned trying to get the good, comfy know, when you flip the pillow to find that cold spot...put the long body pillow..a.k.a. 'sausage' in between your legs. I tried, and damn hard at that. I just couldn't sleep. So I just lay there. My back to the door. A few minutes later I felt a tapping on my left shoulder. I had my eyes closed as I was so desperately trying to catch some more zzz's with no avail. Three taps...tap, tap, tap...I assumed it was Jack..because he always does this when he wants to come and snuggle. So I continued to lay there, eyes closed. Waiting for him to hop in bed and knee me in the gut as always. There it was again... tap, tap tap...
Again..being a lazy ass I didn't turn around and get Jack in bed. I waited for him to crawl over me. Third times a charm... tap, tap tap...
I sat straight up and expected Jack, bright eyed and bushy tailed...nope...I leaned forward and peeked in Lily's room where they both slept peacefully.
Jesus...!?! WTF?????
My heart was pounding so loudly the neighbors could have heard. I got up and scoped out the rest of the house. Nothing.
I immediately phoned Justin and told him. Being such a skeptical person..he said it was Jack tapping and then he probably ran away after that.
Uh, no...
Unfortunately I am a ridiculously light sleeper and hear EVERYTHING....
There was no way he could have tapped me and then ran away that fast into Lily's bed. And besides, I would have heard Lily's bed squeak..(it's a Ikea bed after all....).
Saying I was terrified would be putting it lightly...I have always heard stories of other people having 'experiences' I have something to contribute.
I was not asleep.
It wasn't a shoulder twitch..(Justin thought it could have been, especially since we have been working out lately)
Justin was hoping it would happen again, only this time to him.
Dear Ghost,
Please do not disturb..I really need sleep..I have a weak bladder, so if you decide to haunt me again, be prepared for a mess....however, my better half would like to sit down and have a drink with you. He would be better company than I would.
Scared Shitless....



So much has happened since the last time I was on here. Frankly I forgot about this here blog. I joined Facebook and was doing that all the time. I like those ridiculous could spend a long time doing those..(or perhaps its just me..I'm a dork).
Lily finished school in June...straight A's across the board...brilliant little girl she is. Jack starts kindergarten in about a month. We have gone shopping and he has picked out his backpack..(Batman), his lunchbox..(army/camoflauge type) and I bought him this cute, earth friendly 'Kindermat', new socks, new undies...I am waiting on the clothes and shoes because he is continuously sprouting. Lily too.
Jack finished up his shots finally (I spread them out over a long period of time) and he got a referral to an Allergist/Immunologist. They did the blood test thankfully and not that skin poking test...and he is HIGHLY allergic to cats, alternaria, mold, dander, elm.....No food allergies, so that's good. Unfortunately Sofie had to go. Oh, you don't know who Sofie is? Wow, it has been a long time since I blogged. Well back in March...we went to Friends of Cats and adopted a cat. She was a sweet girl, very pretty. At first she was kinda bloated and farted constantly and puked almost on a daily basis,(what is it with me and barfing pets?) She had worms so I took care of that and switched her food, but she still would ralph occasionally.
She was a wild one and we would let her in the back yard and she would mess up our back yard Eco system by killing everything in sight...lizards, birds, etc. We decided she would stay indoors from then on.
Anyway, Sofie moved out. But this story does have a happy ending..she moved in with Grandma..who lives right here in my complex. (Oh yeah, Grandma moved here in May...)
Lily can go over anytime and visit Ms. Sofie. :)
When the kids start school, I will have all day to myself. I decided not work during the time they are in class, just in case one of them is ill or I have to go get them for whatever reason..
From 9am to 3 pm I will have alone time. I have no clue what the heck I am going to do. I suppose I can focus on me. Do things I want to do... maybe yoga classes, go hiking, cook some exotic recipe and enjoy it without all the 'eww, what the heck is this' and 'oh man I want mac and cheese'.
However..this may be be good for a week, perhaps two, but then what? I already feel lonely and they haven't even started class yet. Lily thinks I should get a puppy to care for. She nuts!
I have been taking care of children for 10 years and suddenly it stops for long periods of time everyday. Maybe I will be the room mom in Jack's class. I already know his teacher....I was a part-time room mommy when Lily was in her class. Who knows.
Today we are all going to Belmont Park. Justin promised Lily a ride on that coaster. Then after that we are going to Alley Cat Festival .
Off to consume large amounts of coffee to wake up....Have a great day!

Crummy Weekend....


Actually it started Friday....Jack had a dentist appointment. He was actually excited about going believe it or not.We got in and they took us back so he could get xrays. That went pretty smooth. Then back to the dreaded 'chair'..with the ringing of drills and strange smells wafting through the whole place..I shuttered...This place by far makes me weak in the knees...I loathe the dentist...even though it has been eons since I came for a check. If and when I do go I will need to be fully drugged and out of it before I let any one fondle my mouth....The tech was super nice to little man, and kept asking Jack questions. Jack apparently was speechless and responded with a funny grin, baring all his teeth. I had told him the dentist would want to see all his teeth and that is the only thing that she was cleaning his the teeth, the dentist approached us and stuck the xray film in the thing..(not sure what it is called, but you know what I am talking about..that white thing with the light to check out the xray..) I was watching her..closely..and she kept writing stuff down, then looking at the film, then writing more stuff. She then pauses, looks at me with creepy, shifty eyes, I smile politely and she sneers, turns back to writing. Hmm..that was weird.Then she looks at me and informs me that Jack has cavities."Oh" that is the only thing I muttered..because I thought it was weird for him to have any. He brushes 2x a candy, no soda..and look at Lily..she went to the dentist for the first time when she was 9 and had no cavities.Then she says not only does he have cavities..but 6 of those little buggers!I practically choked on my gum.After regaining my composer..."WTF?"Well I didn't really say that but I am presuming by the look on my face, she knew I was completely baffled.Apparently he has cavities in between teeth, which means that the two teeth will be affected.Crap.I asked why they would have to be filled since they were his baby teeth, they are gonna fall out anyway.Well true, but it will go up into the nerve and to the root she says.Crap.They didn't do it then..I wasn't prepared and Jack obviously wasn't either.Unfortunately, we will be frequenting that wretched office again. Sooner than later.And if that wasn't bad top that off Lily had to go to ER on Friday.Thursday Justin and I were watching a movie while the kids were playing in the backyard. Lily comes in screaming because there is something in her eye. I flush her eye with water and there is a small eyelash in the corner, so I was able to get that out. Whew..that's all it was.Boy, was I so wrong. She continued to all night..and finally she stopped when she fell asleep.I told her if her eye still hurt then she could call me from school and I would come pick her up.That morning..(after Jacks dental disaster) I was at a friends house..we were going to work out. No less than 5 minutes after I arrive there, the school is calling my cellphone. I go get her and bring her home and immediately call Kaiser. I told them the whole ordeal and tell them her eye is burning and her vision is blurry.The told me a nurse would call me back in 2 hours.Whatever..So we waited and waited..and at exactly the 2 hour mark the phone rings and its the kaiser nurse. She lets me know that any eye issues need to be sent directly to ER..that they won't even take them in the pediatric office.I was so mad..they couldn't tell me that 2 freaking hours ago?I get the kids and off we go. I drop Jack off at Justin's office and Lily and I head to the ER.It was my worse nightmare. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a germophobic hypochondriac...and this is the wrong place to come.The[...]

Cajun Chili Cornbread Skillet


This was super good... The sweetness of the cornbread and the savory spiciness of the chili was fantastic....First up...Using a cast iron skillet, brown up one pound of ground turkey...drainIn a a bowl combine the turkey, 15ounces of canned chili, some fresh garlic and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning..(I however realized at this point that I didn't have this particular spice, so I improvised and threw in some paprika, cumin and black pepper..not sure if that's whats in Cajun...but I was too lazy to research it on the computer)Next.... slice one green and red bell pepper into rings...for a total of 12 rings..(six each color).Arrange the pepper rings in the cast iron skillet in a circular pattern, overlapping them.Chop up some onion and put that over the pepper.Now put the turkey mixture over the pepper and onions in the skillet.In another bowl combine 2 8.5 packages of corn bread mix..3 eggs, 1/2 cup of water, and 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese..Mix well. Add in some more Cajun season (if you have it) to the corn bread mixture.Pour bread evenly over the turkey. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.Loosen edges of cornbread from skillet. Invert onto a large plate.Sprinkle with more cheese.A dollop of sour cream is nice with this also.[...]

Valentines Day


We had our Valentines Day on Friday actually. My friend watch the kids Friday and then I watched her daughter Saturday. I didn't want to go anywhere. I wanted to stay home..warm and cozy and just cook and have a cocktail or two. Its funny when we are alone. I feel like I don't know how to act without the kids here. Its been so long since its been just us. This year I was doing stuff for Justin. I bought some steaks and some veggies to grill...We were going to have some salad..but we decided not too. I even made him a homemade organic carrot cake in a heart shape and some home made chocolates..heart shaped of course. I scoured a few stores to find him a few beers. I like picking out single beers for him. Its kinda fun..This is what I picked out....Here are a few steps of the cake..I forgot to start photographing it from the beginning And of course the candy.We played some board games and drank some Whiskey..We even had enough time for me to belt out some No Doubt on Rock Band2..that was great.The kids came home around 830pm and we tucked them away in bed.We really need more of dates like this. :)[...]

Rainy Day Thoughts....


Its raining outside..
No..actually its hailing outside and I have been thinking about this blog for some time now..
Wondering what to do...
Should I only post if I have a good recipe?
Shall I post my most inner thoughts and contemplations?
Well I have been going back and forth on this for quite some time..
Ultimately, I have decided to just blog, to talk and just get thoughts out that have been lingering deep within.
I have been on Facebook for some time now, and really for me the only fun thing is updating your 'status'...
I particularly fancy what Justin says..where does he come up with this stuff..???
Cracks me up.
For some time I thought this blog was morphing into a foodie blog...
But realizing I have more then ingredients to post I have decided its just a label... no nothing..just my thoughts..
I have missed coming hear and typing away..
So perhaps there will be some grub..
perhaps there will be some ranting...
But there will always be something.
I feel like I am in some weird vortex..or maybe some time lapse where nothing is happening..its weird...
Some days..(like today for example) I feel like running away..
but hey, doesn't that make you a better mom when you make time for yourself?
I miss hiking..its been a week since that has happened. I really want to go tomorrow, but it would be ridiculously muddy..
Justin and Lily will be attending the 'father/daughter dance' soon... and yes of course there will be pictures. I just have to figure out how to be sneaky and capture cute little moments on camera...oh and who will watch Jack while I do that is kinda important too.
So much has happened since the last time I posted...
Eventually I will get it all out...
But for now...
I am off to finish my Cape Cod and enjoy the rain.

Finally updated!


Finally I have a moment where I can add a few things. The holidays came and went..(I must say I am so glad its over!)Kids didn't even give a crap about the stuff they the middle of opening presents Jack throws a gift down and asks if he can go play Donkey Kong... So yeah..good bye holidays..I am so ready for Spring..and warmer weather..and more importantly gardening! We are going to do container gardening this time and I can't wait.In other news I started hiking with a good friend from work..(Hi Kara!) So far we have only been twice..but we shall continue, hopefully conquering a new place each weekend. I've lost 6 pounds which is awesome and better yet, Justin even wants to hike! He even bought himself some hiking shoes! :)Now..onto some food...First up is a wicked good Philly Cheese Steak Sammy...*Thinly slice one onion and one green pepper*Drizzle in some oil in a hot skillet*Saute until onions are translucent(maybe 10 minutes)*Next up add in some sliced roast beef..I get mine at the deli counter at the local grocery store. It tastes better than the pre packaged crap.*Cook until thoroughly heated..then add some A-1 sauce...*Slice open a long roll and add some Provolone and Munster,put it under the broiler for like 2 minutes until its all eewy gooey, melted.*Pile up the meat and veggie mixture over the top..*Enjoy...p.s. have the napkins handy..this is disgustingly messy!Now..for something a little more healthy...*For lunch today I gathered these items...3 parsnips, one celery root..(that's the weird monstrosity sitting there) and 3 potatoes.*Clean and peel all veggies. Be prepared to get a serious workout when shredding these..that celery root is a bitch to grate! Use your cheese grater.*Put all this in a bowl and add some salt, pepper and olive oil.*Heat your skillet with some spray and throw down a pile of that shredded goodness. Cook for about 5ish minutes on one side..(you'll see it turning golden brown..that's when you flip it)Cook for another 5 minutes.Add some sides if you want..I used a bit of sour cream and fire roasted salsa..Lily LOVED this...Jack..well whatever..hes so freaking picky these days..I made some Oatmeal Scotties for a man at Justin's work..he always loved it when I made those, so he got a huge tin for Christmas...Kids put together a authentic German gingerbread house...and finally, Santa was pleasantly surprised when he stopped by our pad... :) That's all for now..I will be a regular blogger that all the holiday stuff is over...pinky swear![...]

Crockpot Cassoulet


I have been wanting to make Cassoulet for a long time.. its a hearty slow cooked bean dish originating in the southwest of France.Being that I have been working constantly (hence the lagging on this blog) I found a quick and easy 4 1/2hour Cassoulet recipe. Here's the how to: *Dice up one medium onion and saute in a large skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil.*Chop up about 4 boneless,skinless chicken thighs *Add in 1/4 lb of turkey sausage.(However..I miss read this and I ended up buying Italian sausage and I added more like 1/2 lb and it was fabulous). *Add the chicken and sausage to the skillet along with 3 cloves of garlic..*Cook until browned. Remove from heat *Add 4 tablespoons of tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of water...mix well to evenly distribute *Put in crockpot *Next add 3 cans of Great Northern beans..rinsed well and drained.*Cook in crockpot on low for 4ish hoursWhen its ready chop up some parsley and sprinkle seasoned bread crumbs over it. Enjoy... I really loved this fact I think it would be way better if you don't even use the turkey sausage and go for the Italian has much more can taste the fennel..its wonderful. In other news, Lily and I visited a ranch where my sister in law has her horse. Lily was so thrilled to be going as she loves horses.We will be going hopefully every Saturday (weather permiting) so Lily can help out and maybe feed the horses or brush them or any thing she can. Eventually Justin and I may allow her to have riding lessons..Here are some pictures I took..She was so happy and very brave too! I was intimidated to say the least..I was terrified a horse would bite me when I fed some carrots...Lily had no care in the world. Didn't even think of that. Litia,(my sister in law) showed Lily the proper way to do it). [...]

Our Thanksgiving


This Thanksgiving was very mellow and relaxing. We really got excited because it rained all day and was kinda chilly. It was pretty much close to a perfect day with the exception of missing family... I made a few new recipes this year for an appetizer and dessert. Dinner..we were pretty simple..turkey and stuffing. No one wanted potatoes or cranberry sauce....whatever..less work for me.I made a artichoke spinach dip and it was so good!Here's the how to:*Cut up 14oz jar of marinated artichoke hearts..throw in a bowl*Chop up 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach..toss in bowl*Add in 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese*Toss in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese*Add 3/4 cup mayo*1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder*Mix up*Put in a pie plateand bake until heated through, maybe 20 minutes on 350..(However, my turkey was in and set on 325 so I put it in there at that temperature and it was fine for 20 minutes.I bought a loaf of french bread and a bag of white corn tortilla chips for the dip. I must say the chips were far superior ..the bread was tasty, however way too dense and filled you up too quickly..(which I guess could be a good thing..)I had a 19lb turkey. Put the giblets and neck in a pot with water covering it and set it on low..through out the process I added the drippings to the pan to make gravy.I created a herb butter compound and that is what I basted the bird with.In the cavity I put in carrots, celery and tarragon.Here's the how to for the butter:Gather these things..(one stick of butter, fresh, organic tarragon, rosemary and chives)*Melt butter and dice the herbs and put in butter. Add a few cracks of black pepper and we're good to go.Paint on the mixture all over the bird and the leave whatever is left on top of the stove..the butter will stay melted from the heat of the oven. Next up..stuffing...My mother in law told me how to make this years ago...I love this..I would be totally content just eating this covered in the gravy.First you need to tear up a loaf of white bread. (The kids always do this for me, they love itNext...add in a stick of butter, bunch of diced onion and celery, cook for a few then add in a handful of raisins and one apple diced..(skin on). Now add in the bread and some poultry seasoning. If needed add some more butter...I think I used 2 sticks..(yeah I know not figure friendly..but c'mon its thanksgiving...!)Cook until browned and some parts are good! Finally the dessert. I made a cheesecake pumpkin swirl...And unfortunately I don't have the photos for the step by step guide because Jack and Lily were fighting the whole time over who got to add this or stir that so I was being the referee instead of the photographer.Here is the end result and it is so good..just think cheesecake with a hint of pumpkin and spice. Yum. Justin doesn't like pumpkin pie so this worked out good.And lastly we were feeling so festive yesterday and with all of us bugging Justin, our holiday tree went up, how could he say no to these faces?It was fun, the kids had a blast and all the presents are wrapped and underneath. Jack woke up this morning shouting Santa came! I guess he forgot that I put those there last night. Maybe its not such a good idea to put them there a month early. Oh well, its pretty and I am done, yay![...]

Best ever potatoes...


I got this from one of my very favorite guys in the world. Not Justin or Jack third favorite guy... Sam Zien...a.k.a.' Sam The Cooking Guy'This is just called 'Roasted Potatoes'...which really doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.Really it should be called 'The best ever, make your house smell so good it seems like you were cooking all day, melt in your mouth and leave you longing for more potatoes' Yeah..that sounds good.Here's the how to:*First get a bunch of those small red potatoes and quarter them and toss in a large bowl.*Next, cut up a red onion(I used half of one, but next time I will use a whole red onion and cut it in bigger pieces).*Get 4 cloves of garlic chop it up good and small*Grab the rosemary and starting from the top run your fingers down the stem and the leaves will fall off..then chop it up..I used maybe 5 stems of fresh rosemary.*Drizzle in maybe 4 tablespoons of olive oil*Mix it up in the bowl so everything is coated..add a few cracks of black pepper and a pinch of salt.*Pop in a 400 degree oven for 30ish minutes.*Next..put the potatoes on a dish and bring on the cheese!Feta baby..The more the merrier!It is so good, especially after the feta melts a bit. You will get rave reviews...Pinky swear.[...]

This And That.....


I know, I know...its been like for ever since I posted..seems like the computer mouse has spider webs! hahaMy sister even yelled at me today!I have a few things to post..nothing too fancy..but a few simpletons that were pretty tasty nonetheless...Cheeseburger Pie...* Brown up some ground beef.and 1 onion diced, and set aside...*Chop up 2 or 3 pickles (Jack loves chopping stuff..)*Add the pickles and then some ketchup and mustard..(can't tell you how much cause I don't measure...just what ever looks good.)* Put beef mixture in casserole dish* Add some shredded sharp cheddar over the top* Put over the mixture one pie crust and then poke some holes...* Cook on 350 for maybe 20 minutes or so...* Enjoy....Then I made this salad...I bought some bagged lettuce and mixed herb stuff at Trader Joe's..(organic) washed it and tossed it in a large bowl...*Cooked up some chicken on the grill pan which was previously marinated in oil and herbs..then chop it up..*Add some Herb Feta* Some nice, huge, croutons...*tomatoes..*Pomegranate*And to top it off some Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola DressingSo good...However, after realizing that the pomegranate had those tiny seeds, I didn't add them, we just gobbled them up prior to dining on the salad The dressing was superb..I highly recommend it..**Everything was purchased from my favorite I gotta give a shout out to them....Trader Joe's!Ciao![...]

Great Day...



Let there be food!


Finally, I have had a few days off in a row and its been a fabulous mini vacation.First off Halloween...and the carving of our had a blast...Lily was the Devil's Bride..Jack insisted on Thomas the Tank.Halloween was really mellow this year...we really didn't do much..Lily got invited to go to some carnival and Jack just wanted to go trick or treating.And we actually got *gasp* 2 trick or treaters this year...woo hoo!!!On the food front you all may know I love my jumbo muffin tin, and when those cute little apple pies turned out good, well had to make something else in those too!So meatloaf muffins it was..Everyone got an individual meat muffin thingy and it was so cool!Yesterday was cool and drizzle-ish all day and today was pretty much the same, grey clouds, cool crisp in spirit of some chilly weather what better excuse to make some clam chowder!Here's the dish...First in a huge pot cook up bunches of bacon..(I used a whole package)Meanwhile drain 2 cans of minced clams and reserve the juice..( the juice should equal one cup..if it falls short can use water to make it up to a cup)Peel and chop of 2 huge potatoes..After doing this you should have some cold white wine, it goes great with this dish! *When the bacon is nice and crisp remove from pot and drain..reserving about 2-3 tablespoons left and leave it in the pot. Chop up bacon.*Now add the clam juice, potatoes, one diced onion..a bunch of thyme, one teaspoon of chicken bouillon..(although I was out of this..but you would have never missed it, so you may omit this step), freshly cracked pepper, and a teaspoon of Worcestershire and bring to a boil.*Turn down heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. *Add 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of cream or half and half ,*2 tablespoons of flour *With a masher or the back of a fork mash potatoes slightly. *Stir in clams. *Cook for another 5 or so minutes.*Ladle in bowl and top with crispy bacon.*Enjoy!(**Oh and for the person who was asking about the color for their living room, yes I will take another picture, but I will wait to do so in the daylight so you can see it better. Hope it works out for ya...its an awesome color!)**Cheers![...]