Sunday, September 27, 2009

sUnDay sUpPeR

~okay, so i know by now you are all
sick and tired
of my "oh i want to be donna reed" and stuff.
and i know that by now you are all
gagging with
"geez j, enough of the food already, is that all you do, EAT?"

but seriously.
we had sunday supper.
{insert squeel}
and i felt all norman rockwell.
and like any second i should turn on the radio and listen to
and one of his fireside chats.

so grimace if you must.
but deep down i KNOW,
you wish you had some a 'dis

::rosemary scented pork loin with dried apricots, cranberries, & port wine gravy::

::pork, strawberry salad w/edamame, cheesy garlic bread, mashed potatoes, zuchinni, & fruit salad.
::i have no idea why::
if you are interested in the recipe, leave me a comment and i'll email it to you, it's kinda long to post. ;)

i heart donna reed

i have always thought that the perfect era for me would have been the 50's.
the aprons.
the cooking.
the focus on family.
and of course...
donna reed.

today...i was donna reed.

today lu lu and i baked creamy banana bread.

bubba gave direction...
lu lu practiced patience...
while it baked we cleaned and reorganized the dry goods drawer
::and when it was done, we enjoyed our work::
here is the recipe for creamy banana bread {pam}

1/2 c. butter, softened 80z cream cheese, softened 1 1/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs 1 c. mashed bananas (i use more) 1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 T brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. cream together butter and cream cheese. gradually add the white sugar, and continue beating until light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time. stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla. add flour, baking powder, and soda; mix until batter is just moist.
2. in a small bowl mix together cinnamon and brown sugar. you may add pecans if you like.
3. divide batter between greased loaf pans.
4. sprinkle sugar mixture over the batter.
5. bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Friday, September 25, 2009

*a little dab'l do ya**

for whatever reason, a "to do" list is a lot more fun if you make it in fun colors.

case in point.
i even put the laundry away.
i know.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Preschool Field Trip

Macy and her bff Cole.

pickin' and eatin' right off the vine!
calling the cow missy moo over so they could see her.
mixing chocolate milk
learning how to make butter with teacher tracy
chris, the owner/operator/one man show of the farm
making kazoos from recycled materials
planting a lima bean seed
sorting seeds

Macy's preschool had their first field trip for the new school year.
We visited our local CSA farm (community supported agriculture)
You can read about what they did here.
Lots of fun!

Friday, September 18, 2009

i'm writing it down

{whenever i tell a funny story about something macy has said, or done, the typical response is..."oh you really should write that down!"} so. i am.

me:: "lu lu (my nickname for macy)...if you could have any name in the world...what would it be, what would you choose for yourself?"

macy:: (without missing a beat) "STUNNING"

love it. that's my girl.

please tell me...

....that i am not the only one with this pRoBleM?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

hot dog 101

:: i thought i would be fUnNy and make up my own
"how to eat a hotdog"
as a slight joke to my dear uncle ron::

unfortunately, i couldn't figure out where to start.
as a likely next move, i did what any computer savvy person
would do in this day and age.
I gOoGleD it.
wouldn't you know there's a whole slew of this crap.
no seriously, they take it SERIOUSLY.
wouldn't cha know.

wikihow is full of answers.
  1. Determine the environment. How you prepare for this meal will depend greatly on the circumstances and surroundings. Is this a quick lunch; a party with friends; a “working lunch” with a business contact; something for the kids? Each of these situations require different methods of preparation and consumption. If you must be mundane and a quick lunch is your objective then these are the proper steps to follow.
  2. Prepare the ingredients.
    • The Dog: The recommended option is the standard sausage hotdog. However, if you must avoid sausages, beef is acceptable. If you choose turkey, chicken or vegetable, this may not be the best place to use those – try one of the other serving techniques.
    • The bread bun: Definitely white bread buns are in order. Avoid wheat or more exotic breads such as Italian or other flavored breads. Those will cover the meat and confuse your pallet..
    • Accompanying drink: The soda of your choice is recommended. You will definitely want to avoid more esoteric drinks such as wine or fine tea.
  3. Cook the hot dog.
    • Microwave oven: For the quick-and-dirty preparation, this works fine. For a thawed, standard hotdog, between 30 and 60 seconds is quite enough. Hotdogs are precooked so you are only heating them to the right temperature.
    • Pay Fry: This is the preferred method. It takes a bit longer, but the taste is well worth the effort. Use a non-stick spray and turn the dogs frequently. The objective is a golden brown with just a few dark streaks.
    • Boil: For straight from the hot dog cart taste you can boil the dogs. They're already cooked so just leave it in until its hot or it splits! (NEVER BOIL a hot dog, heat gently until they float to the top. NEVER let them split, they become water logged!
  4. Prepare the Presentation. Even a fast lunch is more appealing when served appropriately. This takes very little time but the rewards are substantial.
    • Type of plate and utensils: Use paper and plastic. This type of meal must be served on a paper plate. The use of a plate support is optional but recommended. Never use ceramic or china or you will destroy the effect. Similarly, you should use plastic flatware rather than metal. A fork is appropriate for potato salad; a spoon should be used for beans.
    • Condiments: Mustard, mustard, mustard. Ketchup may be used sparingly, but is not recommended. Mayonnaise should never be used in this preparation (except in France). Place the dog on the bun and squeeze the mustard on the dog (not on the bun) so it forms a long serpentine effect.
    • Garnish: Chopped onions and relish are de rigueur. Place these on top of the dog and mustard.
    • Chips and side dish: Add chips and a side dish. Do not let the beans touch the potato chips or the hotdog bun.
  5. Serve. Delivering the finished product is important to the event. The best method is the “drop and call” technique--set the plates on the table and call the diners. They should not be seated before being served.
  6. Eat. The way to eat this preparation is entirely casual. It is not uncommon to drip mustard on clothing and that is perfectly acceptable for this weekend afternoon family fun.
I'm not quite sure what manual uncle ron read, but his included everything but the kitchen sink. SERIOUSLY.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

:: folded ::

remember this post?

i pretty much have two options right now.

#1: put it away. {ugh}

#2: wait till the hubs gets home to ro-sham-bo. {sigh}

it's official.
i choose #2.

Friday, September 11, 2009

{ just desserts }

dEsSerT was pretty yummy tonight if I do say so

Berry compote over Costco's high butter fat % ice cream
{i seriously cannot think anything else about
costco's ice cream now that i know that it contains
such a high butter fat content. sheesh.}

Three snaps in a "Z" formation.
(you did...didn't you?)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

would you?

A childhood friend of mine has been diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a debilitating blood disease that at times has left her covered in bruises, beyond exhausted while she continues to care for her young child. She is currently going through her 2nd round of chemotherapy treatments. The hitch is this, she needs to find a bone marrow match because the chemo treatments were unsuccessful. There have been quite a few drives held to try and find a match, but they have yet to find one that matches all 10 DNA traits.

my question is simple.
would you?
could you?
...swab the inside of your cheek and see if you might be her match?

i know. you have heard all the stories about bone marrow being so painful...but did you know 80 percent of the time, the donor will undergo an apheresis procedure: one needle will be injected into each arm and blood will be drawn from the left? The blood will go through a machine to retrieve T-cells, immature blood-forming cells. The rest of the blood is returned to the right arm.

The other 20 percent of the time, a hollow needle is used to withdraw liquid marrow from a patient's hip bone.

Donating is simple.

Go to and register for your FREE kit by entering the code: Summerhope

Her story can be read here:

if you are so inclined...please pass this story on. the more people that register, the better.

she's a mom like me.

she's a daughter like me.

she's a friend.

you could save her life.

please get swabbed.

tickle me "irobot"

Zachary has a "small" fear of the irobot. he typically won't go anywhere near it. however, he finds it amusing to go over and give it a little "tickle." And yes, I know...I get mother of the year for the ginormous diaper he's sporting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

camping gone sick.

We left for camping on Friday, stocked with medicine for throat ickies.
We exited camping in Wishon on Sunday because of the sickies.

Mommy and daddy didn't sleep well at all.
Came back home to give the Dr. a call.

Now armed with Robitussin the pharmacist laced with Codine
These kids sound like the weirdest circus seals you have seen.

Take a gander at our photos that depict some of the fun,
Just picture me at 3am screaming..."I'm SOOOOO done."