Little White Lies

February 14, 2011

10 years ago today I ditched the guy I was actually dating to hang out with Mike. I remember saying to Mike, “I just am not ready for the commitment of going out with him for Valentine’s Day… I mean that means you are like REALLY dating.” To which my good friend Mike replied, “Just come hang out with me, I’ll make you spaghetti.” I called the guy at 3 o’clock in the afternoon to tell him I wasn’t feeling well. He showed up at my apartment with a huge bouquet of flowers that he had already bought. I am not a liar, I am not even a little white liar. I am tell the truth whether or not it hurts kinda girl.  But I totally wrapped up in a blanket and tried to look sickly when I answered the door. The day after Valentine’s Day I told him the truth and broke up with him. Six weeks later Mike and I were engaged and five months later we were married.  The best little white lie ever.

Let’s Eat

Okay, before we move on to this week’s food, can we just chat a bit about how gross my food from last week was…. The Chinese Cheese Burgers=Gross. What the what was I thinking? They got great reviews on, I followed said recipe and they were bad news ballet. The Chipotle Orange Taco’s from the pioneer woman’s site= also Gross and also got great reviews. They were tolerable, but I repeat do NOT make the Chinese Cheese Burgers.

On a good note, the Egg Drop Soup was so good and so easy and felt super fancy to make. I also ended up making Sloppy Joe’s from a Whole Foods seasoning mix on leftover night, since we obviously weren’t eating anything I had already made and they were great!

Monday: Valentine Dinner with the kids… Spaghetti (Mike’s favorite) Crab Legs (Scott’s favorite) Bread (Nate’s Favorite) Dessert (My favorite)

Tuesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

Wednesday: Blackened Mahi Mahi, Rice, Veggies (didn’t end up making the other week)

Thursday: Grilling out Kabobs it is going to be 74 degrees!

Friday: Out

Saturday: Date Night

Sunday: Pizza Movie Night

PS This is a pic of our Sunday night Valentine Calazone Movie Night… Impressive, No?  

Valentine Calazone



Blue Lining

February 11, 2010

I feel boring right now. I am 99% sure that it is the weather and I have not had an unexplained loss of happy cells, but I could be wrong. Part of me wants to start on a fun project and then the half of me, the half that I have been listening to, looks out the window into the never ending greyness that somehow passes for the sky these days and sighs and says, “What’s the point?”

Debbie Downer? Yea, I know. I almost wore a tank on Tuesday just to somehow will summer into getting here faster. Remember on Monday how I had all sorts of fun Valentiney things to do? FLOP. Major flop. Tomorrow for Scott’s party, he will be taking hearts (cut out by me), not colored, with melted crayon hearts (made by me) taped to them, with “You Color My World! From: Scott” (written entirely by me). He refused to even sign his name. The Heart Hunt got cancelled on Tuesday when Scott found his heart and threw a fit, screaming that his present was good enough and that I “had” to get him a new one. To which I very maturely answered, “(evil mom eyes) Fine! Christmas is cancelled!”

Which leads me once again to why I love my family (you didn’t see that one coming did you…). I love that with your family you can be your worst version of yourself and they love you anyway (at least a good family does). I love that one day my kids are poking my last nerve and the next day they shock me. I love that Mike and I can get in an argument, he can come home and say to me, “Are you still upset?” and I can say, “Yes, but I am to tired to talk about it, let’s just lay here and watch something stupid on TV.” And then we forget we were even mad.

Today, my kids shocked me. You know how I always whine about volunteering and HAVE YET TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT… well, today we sort of did. My motives were not entirely altruistic, but the result gave me so much hope. We went to a play date at a “retirement village” (whatever that means), our group reserved one of the activity rooms, the (ahem) good parents that remembered to bring toys brought enough to share with my kids, the kids played, the mom’s made Valentines (the kids were to busy) and as we were leaving the plan was to pass them out to the residents we saw. I honestly thought, Valentine Party, yummy snacks, get out of the house, my kids won’t pass out the Valentines, but whatever. As we were leaving, I handed Scott some of the Valentines and told him the plan. He said “Okay!” And off he went. He passed out some to people in the lobby and the walked into the dining room and was going up to the tables and talking and handing them out. He was saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Smiling, telling people his name. We were there forever BECAUSE Nate made it his personal mission to shake everyone’s hand. I didn’t even know he knew how to shake hands! He would walk up to a table, start with one person and work his way around, say bye and move to the next table. Scott went with him and told everyone his name. THEY WERE EVEN HUGGING PEOPLE! I had to pull them out.

That was my blue lining on the grey sky today. I hope you had one too.

PS Scott is now sitting at the kitchen table coloring his hearts…

PPS Thank you Denise for planning the play date. I know it was a rough week for you!

Cupid Eats

February 7, 2010

I have been a blog slacker this week. My best friend of 18 years (or 19, I can’t remember if we met in 5th or 6th, which we should figure out because I think a celebration is in store when we hit year 20!) has been going through what I would say has been the hardest week of her life. It is not my story to tell, so I won’t tell it, but my every still thought has been a prayer for her and her family. I also have had sick kids wiping a lot of boogers on me so my mind has been distracted. In the midst of sadness I have I had a renewed sense of love for those close to me and have held my babies a little tighter. Which is fitting since this is Valentine’s Week!

You know those mom’s that are really good at doing cool crafts and cooking projects with each holiday…. I envy those moms. I don’t plan ahead enough and then at the last minute I think “Oh oh oh, let’s do this” and we don’t have the supplies to do it. SO this Valentines I am trying…. I am hiding a heart with special message for each boy around the house that they get to hunt for every day (for the week). We always have pizza and wine for Valentine’s Day dinner. So I bought these:

To make the kids drinks a little more fun I am going to add red juice heart cubes to apple juice. I am going to have Scott help me make these cupcakes for Valentine’s dessert. AND last but not least. I am going to break out the glitter (shudder) and let Scott make his own Valentines to take to his friends at school. I know you crafty moms are thinking, “Big deal lady, I dress up as Cupid on Valentines morning and put on a play about the life of Saint Valentine while simultaneously making homemade heart shaped scones.” I applaud you, I bet you also didn’t just spend 5 minutes re arranging the letters in “simultaneously” trying to get spell check to recognize the word enough to correct it. You win (but my kids are still cooler). Maybe not smarter judging by the video below…. but still cooler….

Okay, the point of this post. Menu plannin’.

Monday: One Pot Spaghetti* (I am also going to add pepperoni to mine)

Tuesday: Baked (but actually kind of fried) Pork Chops (double the sauce to use as topping for mashed potatoes), Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Jambalaya

Thursday: I feel the need to cook something boring tonight since I am trying 3 new recipes in a row. Soooo, it will be French Toast, Eggies (as Nate says), Fruit

Friday: Date Night

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Happy Valentine’s Day! (I actually wrote Happy Vday but from some reason that sounds a little inappropriate) Heart Shaped Pizza (Thank You Papa Murphys) Wine, Salad, and Dessert

PS The Crispy Beef and Broccili from last week was a hit! As was the Tom Ka Gai soup, although, I did add extra cayenne and it was to spicy for the kids.

*One Pot Spagetti

2 tbls oil

1 onion minced

1/2 lb lean ground beef, turkey, pork sausage, or turkey sausage

1 tsp dried basil

1tsp dried oregano

1 14 ounce jar spaghetti sauce

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

Salt and Pepper

8 ounces dried pasta (I use fusilli to pretend the dish is fancier than it actually is) (the author wrote that, but that is what I am going to try)

2 cups water

Grated Parmesan to top (optional)

Heat oil in large pot and saute onion until translucent. Add meat and herbs and cook slowly. Drain fat if you feel like it. Add sauce and sauce and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes. Add salt and pep to taste. Add pasta and water. Bring to boil. Lower heat and cover pot, simmer for 1/2 hr. Stir frequently to make sure it scorch bottom. If it looks to dry add up to 1/2 cup water, but you are unlikely to need to do that.