Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I will share this little clip, though, that I was able to capture in the green room during intermission. I wish I had captured the entire 15 minute intermission, because it pretty much was all like this, but by the time I was able to get my camera, it was just about time to start the second act.
Look out, SNC! ;-)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
“Where are you going, Coochy Coo?” asked the wife.
“I’m going to the bar, Pretty Face,” he answered. “I’m going to have a beer.”
The wife said, “You want a beer, my love?” She opened the door to the refrigerator and showed him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different countries: Germany, Holland, Japan, India, etc.
The husband didn’t know what to do, and the only thing he could think of saying was, “Yes, Lollipop…but at the bar…you know…they have frozen glasses….”
He didn’t get to finish the sentence, because his wife interrupted him by saying, “You want a frozen glass, Puppy Face?” She took a huge beer mug out of the freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills holding it.
The husband, looking a bit pale, said, “Yes, Tootsie Roll, but at the bar they have hors d’oeuvres that are really delicious…I won‘t be long. I‘ll be right back. I promise, OK?”
“You want hors d‘oeuvres, Poochie Pooh?” She opened the oven and took out 4 dishes of different hors d‘oeuvres: chicken wings, pigs in the blanket, mushroom caps, and little quiches
“But, my Sweet Honey…at the bar…you know… there’s swearing, dirty words and all that…”
“You want dirty words, Cutie Pie? LISTEN UP, CHICKEN SHIT! SIT YOUR SORRY ASS DOWN, SHUT THE HELL UP, DRINK YOUR FUCKIN’ BEER IN YOUR STUPID FROZEN MUG, AND EAT YOUR DUMBASS HORS D’OEUVRES RIGHT HERE BECAUSE YOU’RE FUCKIN’ MARRIED NOW, AND YOUR SORRY ASS IS SOOO NOT GOING TO ANY DAMNED BAR. THAT SHIT IS OVER, GOT IT, DUMB ASS?”
And, they lived happily ever after.
Isn’t that a sweet story?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Just in case it won't enlarge, and/or you can't read Kindergarten, here's the translation:
One upon a time there was a guy called Abiyoyo. He was as tall as a tree and could eat people up. He goes to the sheep pasture. He grabs a whole sheep. He grabs a whole cow. The End.
Abiyoyo is one of my babies' absolute FAVORITE stories. I love that he drew from his prior knowledge (don't you love those buzz words!?) to write this story for me. And, check out some of that inventive spelling. I love that he wrote "hoe" for whole. Too funny!
If you aren't familiar with Abiyoyo, you have GOT to check out this video I found on YouTube. SO COOL!
Oh my hell, I just found this one. It's even cooler!! Oh, how I wish YouTube wasn't blocked at school. I would be showing this to my babies ASAP!
I have the entire collection of Between the Lions videos, and there is one that features Abiyoyo. I can't even tell you how many times my babies have watched it. I also have it on tape for my listening center. They have yet to tire of listening to it. Our version is read by James Earl Jones, which makes it even cooler.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Cleaning for a Reason
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
This is what I did while I was waiting for Stud to get dressed this morning...
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
I was just about to pull it all apart, but then it occurred to me that it just might be the right size for a preemie. Anyone out there have any thoughts? I'm starting to think I should just make a whole bunch of them, pink and blue, and donate them to the hospital for all those sweet little preemies. They need to stay warm, don't they?
But, good Lord, it's tiny!!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I went online this morning and found the most amazing baby booties and really cute hats that I'm going to tackle this week. They seem pretty easy to make, and they have videos that I can follow, so I'm pretty confident that I can handle them. According to the video, the hats can be made really quickly. If I could crochet as fast as the guy who made the videos, I can whip a hat out in about 20 minutes. So, I'm giving myself an hour. :)
I'm even more excited about these because I already know who I'm making them for. My brother's on-again-off-again girlfriend (of over 10 freakin' years!) has a sister who is expecting twins in about 5 months. AND, she's having a boy and a girl! JACKPOT!! I'm so happy for her. I figure, if I can't get these right this week, I have a few months to practice, right?
This is from about a year and a half ago, at my uncle's 80th birthday party. This is my dad, my uncle and their older sister. Oh, yeah, I said older! This photo doesn't really do her justice, but trust me, she does NOT look like an 85 year old woman. Thank God there are some great genes in this family. This is my uncle who has been quite ill lately, so it's almost hard to look at this picture, because he looks so healthy here.
This actually from my dad's birthday 2 years ago. We had just opened the bar exactly a week before this, and we had a big bash for my dad's birthday there. This is a horrid picture of my parents, and they would kill me if they knew I was putting it out there for the world to see (well, ok mostly just my mother would kill me!) but I wanted to show you what my dad actually wore for part of his party. One of my silly cousins bought him a card that punched out to make a crown. Can you see what that crown says?! BIRTHDAY SLUT!! Bwah hahahaha!!! This was my dad's 65th birthday, and he actually wore THIS on his head!
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.
The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
The first man a little girl falls in love with is her Dad.
-- Author Unknown
The lucky man has a daughter as his first child.
-- Spanish Proverb
To her the name of father was another name for love.
-- Fanny Fern
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I also couldn't resist picking up another book. I don't know if I'll actually be able to tackle a project of this size just yet, but what the hell, I'll give it the old college try!
I wish this picture wasn't so blurry, so you could see how pretty and lacey this scarf is. I'm SO pissed at myself now for making the last scarf twice as long as it was supposed to be, cuz now I ran out of yarn in the middle of this one. Since this is really still a practice piece, I went so far as to use the left over pieces I had cut for fringe for the other scarf, and tied them together to go a little further with this one. But, now I'm completely out. Ugh!! I wish our Walmart was still open 24 hours, cuz I'd be there right now instead of typing this.
Well, you'll know where I'll be first thing in the morning. Oops, it's actually about 1:45 AM, so I should say where I'll be in a few hours. Yeah, I'm a loser....
Friday, April 9, 2010
I may have mentioned in the past that I wanted to learn how to knit and crochet. (Strangely enough, I knew how to do both as a kid, but as an adult, I just couldn't get the hang of it again.) I bought myself a little "kit" last weekend that came with a bunch of needles and a book. I decided to tackle the book last night when I couldn't sleep. I started one of the projects, which was a cell phone bag, but I just couldn't get it. The project is done on an afghan needle (which came with the kit) but I just couldn't seem to get it to work. The whole thing kept curling up on me. After the second time I pulled it apart, I was done. But then, this morning, after some refreshing iced coffee, I thought, what the hell, let's try something else.
This scarf didn't seem too hard, although I did get it about a foot long, when I realized I somehow did something to make it wider at some point, so I had to pull literally half of it apart, and start over. But, once I got the rhythm of it going, it went pretty fast. So fast, in fact, that I ended up making it literally twice the length that the pattern called for! The pattern called for a 34" scarf with 1' of fringe on each end. I ended up making a 68" scarf, so I only made the fringe about 7" on each end.
I just can't believe I made it. Now, the real question is, who's gonna use it? You ALL know I would NEVER wear a scarf. Hell, most of the time, I don't even wear a coat! My sister is the queen of the scarves, so maybe she'll want it. If she doesn't, I know my sweet mother-in-law will wear it. Well, she'll wear in next winter. Hey, I just remembered that I tried making a scarf a while back, which I DID give to my mother-in-law. Wait, didn't I do a post about it? Let me check...
Holy crap! I just spent an hour going back through old posts. What the hell is wrong with me!!? If I did post about my last attempt at crocheting, I can't find it. Why the hell I just wasted an hour looking for it is beyond me! Sheesh, I could have spent that hour crocheting!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I just cracked myself up while preparing to write this post. Cheesy Potatoes is one of the recipes that we've been enjoying in our family for about 25+ years. I'm fairly certain all of you have eaten them, if not made them yourselves. My Bestest Friend makes them, but calls them Party Potatoes, so I'm sure there are probably other names for them, as well.
What made me laugh was that I looked in my recipe box to see if I actually had the recipe written down somewhere so I could give you the real deal. I tend to modify most recipes I make to better suit my taste, as I'm sure most people do.
Anyway, I came across a copy of a recipe from Ore Ida for something called Country Potatoes. I included it below. I'm pretty sure this is the "real" recipe, however, when you read my recipe below it, you'll see it's been significantly adjusted to add a substantial amount of fatty yumminess. Trust me, my version is awesome. And, truthfully, now that I'm thinking about it, it's probably not really any more fattening than the original recipe because the original calls for the addition of a full stick of melted butter. A full stick! I don't put any melted butter in mine, but I use more sour cream and cheese, so who knows. Maybe it's a wash? You probably could even use reduced-fat sour cream and/or cheese if you're really interested in saving some fat.
This is a great recipe to make with your kids (or even for kids to make by themselves) because outside of the onion, there's no chopping involved. And, you can easily substitute frozen chopped onions, so it's really a dump and mix recipe.
2lb bag Southern-style hash browns (the kind that are cubed)
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup chopped onion
1 stick melted butter
1 ½ cups cornflake crumbs
4 TBS melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Mix hash browns, sour cream, cheese, soup, onions and melted butter together. Put in a 9x13 casserole. Mix crumbs and remaining butter, and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
16 oz container sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of chicken)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese*
1 small or ½ large onion, finely diced
salt and pepper, to taste
2lb bag frozen Southern-style hash browns
1 ½ cups cornflakes
4 TBS melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Mix sour cream, soup, cheese, onion, salt and pepper until well blended. Add hash browns and mix well. Spread evenly into 9x13 baking dish. Toss cornflakes with melted butter, then spread evenly over potato mixture. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until cornflakes are golden and edges of casserole are bubbling.
*I don’t usually do the cornflakes anymore, only because I don’t typically have cornflakes in the house. Now, what I usually do is reserve some of the cheese, about ½ cup, and then sprinkling that over the potatoes instead of the cornflakes. The cornflakes, however, are very yummy, and I use them whenever I actually have them in the house. Truthfully, I used Special K once, cuz I didn’t have any cornflakes, and nobody was any the wiser. ;-)
Finally the teacher gave them all HONEY lifesavers.
None of the children could identify the taste.
The teacher said, 'I will give you all a clue. It's what your
mother may sometimes call your father.'
One little girl looked up in horror, spit her lifesaver out and
yelled, 'Oh my God! They're ass-holes!
The teacher had to leave the room!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Taffy Apple Salad
• 1 can chunk pineapple (drain & reserve liquid)
• 2 cups mini marshmallows
• 1 Tablespoon flour
• ½ cup sugar
• 1 ½ Tablespoon white vinegar
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 8oz container Cool Whip, thawed (I use 2 8oz containers, usually the extra creamy)
• 1 ½ cups Spanish peanuts (I use a can of nut topping, intended for ice cream sundaes. It more like what’s actually on a taffy apple!)
• 3 cups diced apples w/peel (I only use Granny Smith apples, [cuz that’s what I like!] and I run it through my apple/peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef, so it’s not chunks of apple, it’s smaller pieces)
Mix pineapple chunks and marshmallows. Cover with foil and refrigerate.
Mix flour, pineapple juice, sugar, vinegar and egg. Cook until thick over medium heat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
In a large bowl mix Cool Whip, apples, peanuts and Bowls #1 and #2. Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. (I have a goofy, kinda anal-retentive way that I put this together. The first thing I do is put the custard sauce [bowl #2] in a huge mixing bowl, then I add the apple pieces, and mix thoroughly, so each piece is coated in custard. Then, I add the nut topping [reserving a few tbs for garnish] and mix again, so that each piece of apple is coated with nuts. I then mix in the pineapple/marshmallow mix [bowl #1], again mixing thoroughly. Finally, I add the Cool Whip, one container at a time, mixing thoroughly after each container. I then transfer it to whatever serving bowl I’m going to use, and top it with the reserved nut topping. Refrigerate at least 6 hours.)
Monday, April 5, 2010
2 boxes no-boil lasagna noodles (I use Barilla) (you'll use about 1 1/2 boxes)
2 jars Alfredo sauce (any variety you like, I usually buy the one with mushrooms)
1 10oz box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 16oz container ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: mushrooms (fresh or canned, I usually use canned. If you use fresh, you should saute them first), roasted red peppers (I use jarred)
In a large mixing bowl, mix spinach, ricotta cheese, eggs and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to incorporate all ingredients. In a 13x9 baking dish, place approximately 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce, or enough to coat the bottom evenly. Layer on lasagna noodles to cover bottom (my pan fits 3). Carefully spread 1/3 cheese filling over noodles, being sure to spread evenly. If using mushrooms and/or peppers, layer these over cheese filling. Sprinkle with Parmesan, to taste, and mozzarella (about 1/2 cup). Top with Alfredo sauce (about 1/2 cup, or enough to evenly coat filling). Top with another layer of noodles, and repeat filling layers and sauce. Repeat for a third layer, ending with noodles on top. Cover with remaining sauce, making sure to completely cover top layer of noodles with sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover dish with foil (it helps to spray it first with non-stick spray) and bake in a pre-heated 350 oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until top layer of mozzarella is golden and edges of lasagna are bubbling (about 15 minutes). Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving.
Ok, I'll have to come back for the others. Maybe I'll post one recipe a day, since it takes a while to type them out. (All the things I made for Easter are things that I don't have written out anywhere.) JLo, if you actually try making this, let me know how it turns out. This is a recipe I cobbled together on my own, so writing it out kinda forced me to think about actual measurements (just like when I sent it to you, Tiffany!) and I'm sure it's not exactly the same amounts I use, but you really can't screw it up. I mean, come on, it's essentially just pasta and cheese!! YUM!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Well, flash forward to this morning. I woke up at about dawn, per usual, and I was watching the morning news programs in bed. I had opened my bedroom window last night when I went to bed because it was really warm in the house (hmmm...could all the baking have anything to do with that?) and so this morning, I actually awoke to the sound of birds chirping, and was enjoying the delightful breeze. A little while later, I thought I heard what sounded like raindrops, and thought, "well, that's good, we could use some rain." I wasn't surprised at all, because the weather forecast called for rain today.
I went into Stud's room to check his windows, since I knew they were opened, and I saw that rain was actually coming into his room, so I walked over to close them. Well, guess what was directly below his window. Um..yeah...my WIDE OPEN SUNROOF!!
I ran outside with my key and closed all the windows and the sunroof, but the inside of the car was already soaked. Now it's raining, so I can't exactly go out there to dry things off. I can't even sit IN the car to dry things, because my seats are soaked. That's just craptastic, isn't it?
This all happened over an hour ago, and I've been sitting here trying to figure out what I should do. I really need to get the store, and I really want to start drying the car. I'm afraid that no matter how many towels I put on my seat, when I get out at the store, my whole rearend will be wet, and I'll have to walk around the store looking like a 3 year old who had an accident. I suppose I could put some plastic over the seat, like a trash bag. Hmmm....I may be on to something here....
Friday, April 2, 2010
Here's his head two weeks later. This is actually longer than the length his father gets his hair cut. How freakin' cute is my baby?!I had to take a bunch of silly pictures before I could get the cute one above. He's such a goof!