Are you kidding me?

I just found this on the Police Daily Activity log for my city….
“Officer responded to burglary report.  Marijuana plants stolen from subjects lawn.”

There’s a video going around Facebook right now about “Donna the Deer Lady” <~~that’s a link to the original radio station blog post. Basically this woman calls in saying they we need to move the Deer Crossing signs to a safer area for the deer to cross. She’s pretty sure we are “encouraging” the deer by having the signs there and they should be moved to safer locations…like school zone crossings. There’s a follow-up call in which she tries to explain herself. But seriously??? When my oldest was about 4 she would see those signs and say “Look Mommy, a deer crossed there!” So yeah…except she was 4 YEARS OLD!!!

On a serious note, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone being affected by Hurricane Sandy!

 

Monday again?

How the heck does that happen? I’m pretty sure it was Monday already this week. Oh, that was last week? Whatever…

I’ve been trying out a lot of new/different recipes lately. My family thinks I’m a little crazy because I keep taking pictures of my food. Granted, it’s with my phone camera and they kind of suck but at least they are pictures! That being said, there will be none with this post. At least not until I can get the pictures off my phone and onto my computer at home. I’m pretty sure my boss will frown on me downloading pictures onto my work computer.

Anyway, a short list of some of the things we’ve been eating lately.

  • Pork Ribs in Mushroom Gravy – I actually have pictures for this one!
  • Homemade Taquitos (Chicken adn Beef)
  • Pot Roast
  • Potato Soup – I have pictures for this one too!
  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Homemade Yogurt – It turned out ok but I need to tweek it a little to make it work for me.

Those are the ones I can think of right now. I have a bunch more “Tried and True” recipes that my family really likes. Those will be coming too. I promise not to make this all about food tho!

Random thought for today…

This morning I stood in the dark, in the rain, to wait for a bus. I haven’t done that in over 20 years! I must be a mom!

 

What’s for dinner?

So I’m going to try to add some more content to my page. What??? What I really mean is I have another idea of things to blog about. I’m going to share some of my recipe ideas with you all. All 2 of  you that read this anyway. 🙂

My goal is to only post recipes that I’ve actually tried and not just the ones that I have saved everywhere. I have determined that looking at food blogs when I’m hungry is a really bad idea. It just makes me more hungry. I’m working on getting a decent camera so I can take better pictures but for now, I’ll be using the camera on my phone. Gotta work with what I got!

If you have any recipe ideas that you’ve actually tried and your family likes them, I’m all about trying new things. Except tuna fish. I have an “allergy” to canned tuna. It makes me throw up. That counts as an allergy, right? I can honestly say I’ve never ever made Tuna Noodle Casserole and I refuse to apologize for it! My family knows that if they want tuna they better hide it from me. I have been known to throw away* cans I find hidden in my cupboards!

So if you have something you think I might like, let me know! If you have crockpot recipes that you love, let me know about those for sure! I’m also trying to get into the “freeze it” thing so I can just do a bunch of prep work one day and have it all ready to throw in the crockpot in the morning or the oven when I get home so I don’t have to think about it.

* I actually donated them to the foodbank not the garbage dump. I know SOME people actually like tuna (blech!)

I’ll start with what we had for dinner last nite.

Tangy Mustard Chicken adapted from “Worlds Best Chicken”

This was a recipe I found on Pinterest originally. The first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly. I’ve made it a couple more times since then and have changed it to suit our tastes a little more. Last night I made an extra-large batch so I’ll use the quantities I made for that but it’s easily adaptable for smaller amounts. This batch made enough to serve 8.

  • 5-7 lbs chicken (I used the hindquarters I got on sale last week. I think there were 12 pieces in the package)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped garlic (I use the kind in the big jar from Costco but you could use fresh also. Probably 3-4 cloves of fresh would do it)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (I used pancake syrup simply because that’s what I had. Real Maple Syrup would probably be even better!)
  • 1/2 Cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken in single layer in baking dish. Salt and Pepper chicken. Mix garlic, maple syrup and mustard in bowl until blended. Spoon over chicken pieces. Top with crushed Rosemary (I just use dry and break it apart a little in my hand before sprinkling it on the top). Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Remove foil for last 15 minutes so chicken can get a little more color. The sugar in the syrup browns up very nicely and quickly without drying the chicken out.

The first time I made this I thought the Dijon mustard flavor was a little to strong. The second time I made it I mixed a smaller amount of Dijon with mayonnaise. It tasted pretty good but the mayo separated and made the sauce look weird. This time I just used more syrup to make enough sauce for the amount of chicken I was cooking and didn’t add the mayo. The chicken I used was also still partially frozen so I had to cook it much longer. I think the first time I made it I used fresh chicken breast and bone-in thighs and it only took about 40 minutes total.

This isn’t my picture. It’s from the website of the original poster of the recipe “worlds-best-chicken”

This is a recipe that I actually enjoy but my family thinks it’s just okay. I’ll keep playing with it to find just the right thing to make them love it so I can eat it more often 🙂

Reflection

I haven’t posted anything for a few days because I’ve been leading up to this one.

On this day 27 years ago, my life irrevocably changed. I was a child and I watched my dad die.

That’s not something any child should ever have to experience. Death of a parent is hard any time it happens, whether it is natural causes, accidental or illness. Going to bed, falling asleep thinking about tomorrow but getting woke up in the middle of the night because there’s something really bad happening… sucks. When you’re a child, you think your parents are going to live forever. When something happens and you lose one of them, it changes everything you ever thought you knew about life.

I wonder how different things would have been for all of us if he had lived. There are 15 of his grandkids and great-grandkids that he never got to know. Home much would my life be different if he hadn’t died that night? Would I have made the choice to start a relationship with an older man simply because I was lacking that love in my life? I have to believe that I would still have ended up there because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have my children who mean everything to me. Would he be disappointed in some of the major life decisions I’ve made or would he be proud of the woman I’ve become? Would he look at my oldest daughter and see how much like him she is? Would he see the similarities between my youngest daughter and myself?

Things would be very different in my brother’s life. The reason he met his wife is because my mom belonged to a support group and met a man. We had a BBQ and met his 2 daughters. One of them ended up becoming my sister-in-law. If my brother had not met her, he would not have the 2 children he does.

My mom would not have met and married the man who became my step-dad. He is a good man and he loves my mom. Both he and my mom are aging and have some of the health problems that come with that. How much different would our lives be if he had not come into her life?

Would I have gone on to have the singing career I dreamed about? My dad is the one who gave me my love of music and the joy of singing. I remember every time we got in the car for long drives my dad and I would sing. My mom wold just listen because she couldn’t carry a tune but my dad just had an amazing voice that I loved to sing with. He taught me lots of songs, including the one that got me 1st place in a talent show! Would he have encouraged me and pushed me in a ways that no one else did?

This morning one of my daughters friends gave birth to a baby girl. As I mourn the loss of what could have been, I rejoice in the new life that begins today.

Why I love Pinterest

A few weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest and found a link to a blog (I would link to it but apparently I didn’t pin it so now I have no idea what it was called!) where the lady had like 20 gift ideas for under $5. There were a few things on there that I thought I might try with MiniMe. One of them was using 3″ ceramic tiles (you know, like the stuff in your shower) and decopage different stuff on them (One of her ideas was using scrapbook paper) put little felt feet on them and make them into coasters. Same idea could be used to make trivets. Well, I work at a thrift store of sorts and we happen to have a whole bunch of tile that exact size for $5 a box! There are 50 tiles in a box! Well, yesterday MiniMe came to work with me and she found some boxes of even smaller tiles. Like 2″ size. I think they’re actually used as the edge pieces. Anyway, we each got a box of 20 for $1 each. Last night we went to Michael’s and got some different papers and some ModPodge glue stuff and some magnets.

This is the cast of characters. We used ModPodge, various kinds of scrapbook papers and stickers.

After the second layer of MogPodge

TaDa! There are a few here that MiniMe painted with acrylic paints because she just wasn’t patient enough to way for me to get ready to do the rest of the stuff.

Anyway, this is why I love Pinterest. For a few bucks, my daughter and I actually had a good time for a few hours and got to make something that didn’t take much effort. I’m all about easy here!

Nothingness

Ok, so I had all these great ideas floating around in my head for this blog. Well, they’re still there… somewhere.

Right now my head is filled with all kinds of randomness. Most of it isn’t newsworthy. Here you go anyway…in no particular order…

  • I really wish the guy would call me about buying The Beast my van so I can get a different vehicle that gets better gas mileage.
  • I really wish this legal situation would be over so we can all move on with our lives.
  • I can’t believe she said that!
  • Why wasn’t Grey’s Anatomy on last night? Oh yeah, some political blah blah blah…
  • It’s funny that we had 87 days of no rain this year. About 20 years ago we had 87 days straight of rain!
  • My desk at work faces the county jail. Literally! The wall in front of me is 95% glass and I look at the jail all day long.
  • It’s kinda cool to see the daily progression of the foliage on the tree out front change from green to red.
  • I’m really glad I took yesterday morning off and got some sleep. Apparently I really needed it.
  • I miss my oldest child. She is in a difficult spot right now and I don’t know how to help her.
  • I made myself look like an idiot in front of my boss today. Think I should ask for that raise now?
  • I don’t want my mom to die.
  • I don’t want to turn 40.
  • I will not cry right now!
  • I appreciate my family so much but sometimes they make me crazy.
  • I wanted to start walking in the mornings but my body is telling me that might not be a good idea. I hope I don’t need knee surgery.
  • How am I going to come up with the money to go to the doctor?
  • Don’t forget to pay storage!
  • I need to find my costume for an upcoming Halloween party.
  • Yesterday I was craving bacon. So I cooked some last nite and took pictures of it to post on Facebook.
  • I hope tomorrow doesn’t suck really bad.
  • I have to learn to let go of the things I can’t control.

Yep, lots of random crap floating around in there. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

 

Even in her sleep…

My children talk in their sleep. Not just one of them actually. They both do. When they were younger and shared a bedroom I used to hear them yelling at each other and fighting. When I went to check on them, they were both sound asleep. They were even fighting in their sleep! There’s no way to win when your children even fight with each other in their sleep. Seriously… Now that Miss Drama Mama is older and not living with us anymore, you would think things would have improved. Nope! Lastnite MiniMe was asleep in her bed. All of a sudden, I hear “Mom! Mom! Moooooom!!! It’s over there! Sissy took it!” Yeah, she was asleep and STILL blaming her sister!

At least it’s not as bad as the woman who was telling us about the time she and her husband were on vacation. Apparently he fell asleep watching TV. Out of the blue he starts whispering to her “Honey, you have to hide! Hurry! They’re coming! We have to hide!” Not realizing he was asleep she asked him who was coming. In a loud whisper he said “The Oompa Loompa’s!”

So beware ladies and gentlemen! Those cute little guys that make yummy chocolate? They might not be all sunshine and rainbows like WW wants us to think!

By modeejae Posted in kids

Go ahead. Make my day!

For the last couple of days I’ve been feeling a little confrontational. So far I’ve controlled myself pretty well. I haven’t snapped at anyone, yet. It’s a little weird for me to be feeling this way. Usually I just try to stay calm and rational and…HAH!!! Who am I kidding? I just keep my mouth shut and don’t make eye contact, that’s how I usually deal with it. But I’m sorry, when you actually say “This person doesn’t know what they’re talking about” and the “This person” you’re referring to happens to be ME? Well, I’m just waiting until the time is right to stand my ground and very diplomatically show you that, yes, I do in fact know what I’m talking about and you are a stupid head. Oh yeah, and YOU owe me an apology! Ok, so maybe I won’t really insist on the apology but it would be really nice to hear anyway. The thing is, this particular confrontational feeling isn’t just about one situation. I have a couple of really big things being thrown at me right now. Maybe that’s why I’m so ready to just explode on the first person who looks at me wrong. Combined with the fact that I’m working 6 days a week and my chronic illness is currently kicking my hiney, well, yeah, I’m pretty sure I should just go take a nap and avoid everyone for a while.

Unfortunately, my life doesn’t work that way.

 

What weekend?

So I heard a rumor that there was a weekend recently. And since apparently today is Monday, I guess it’s true. I think I missed it. Oh wait! I know, I DID miss it! That’s because I work 6 days a week to try to get out of this mountain of debt I seem to be buried under. I did get to sleep in a little at least. Now that Miss Thing is older you would think she could get herself off to school. In the case of this particular child, you’d be wrong. You see, I set MY alarm in the morning and make sure she’s up and getting ready for school. I crawl out of MY bed and grab a jacket and a cup of coffee and walk out to the bus stop with her. All before 7am! The last couple of weeks it actually worked out for me because I had to be up getting ready for work that early anyway so it wasn’t to big of a deal. However, I’m back to my “regular” schedule now. Which means I don’t have to be at work until 9. Which means when the alarm goes off at o’dark-fifteen, I want to cry. But because I want to make sure that the teachers at her school are blessed with her presence every day, I crawl out of my nice warm bed, heat up a cup of yesterday’s coffee, and stumble my way to the bus stop hoping I don’t faceplant on my way back to the house. She actually loves that we get to spend a few minutes together every morning. That’s why I do it. What she doesn’t know is that while she is happily visiting with her friends on the bus, mommy is crawling back in bed for a few more minutes.

By modeejae Posted in kids

Sleep Deprivation

A few years ago, my mom had her 3rd open heart surgery. The morning of the surgery came at about o’dark-thirty. None of us had gotten any much sleep the night before. Imagine 11 people sprawled in chairs in a hospital waiting room yawning big enough to make you think of the Grand Canyon. We had probably gotten about 20 minutes an hour of sleep collectively. A bunch of them decided to go to the cafeteria to get coffee and food. My sister and I decided to stay in case someone came out to talk to us. We were sitting on one of the little couches together. I looked at her and said “I think my consciousness level has hit a wall.” What she heard was “I think I have walnuts in my crotch.” Ummm… Seriously, we laughed all day about it!