Archive for May, 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Meep Meep!

So I’m not totally exhausted tonight.  I actually felt like writing something here for a change.  My poor blog has been suffering and lonely lately.  In spite of feeling less than  sprightly lately there has been no shortage of exciting events going on.  One of our cars was totaled a couple of weeks ago so we had to put some time into finding a new one.  We finally settled on a Prius and after much haggling we finally drove off the lot satisfied that we probably got a reasonable deal.  I’ll tell you, there is nothing fun about car shopping… nothing.  It was literally a fight to the death right up until the moment I signed on the dotted line and drove away from the dealership.  A deathmatch of wits and stamina to see who would get to keep the last 700 bucks on the table.  That must be the appeal of Saturn and Carmax.  I had no idea that we were going to drive away with a new car but we went for a test drive and I fell in love.  It has a back up camera!  I pulled off the lot on Friday with a full tank of gas and as of today have only used 1/8 of a tank after running errands all weekend.  Did I mention that I love it?  

With the car out of the way we spent some time this weekend thinking through the week’s dinners.  So far so good.  Tonight I made this chili from Fine Cooking and was really happy with the results.  Pureeing some of the beans with the tomato and chipotle is really an interesting technique and it really made this a quick dinner.  I bastardized this salad from Ina Garten (courtesy of Erin, thanks for the great tip!) and subbed it in for the plain avocado topping called for in the original recipe.  The chili is REALLY good with lots of limey avocado on top and a dollop of sour cream.  I’m just glad I did it.  It’s so easy to fall into a rut of take out.  So easy, too easy.  My only goal for tonight is to pick which of the 5 meals we planned to do tomorrow.  It’s my only goal, I can do this!  Right?

Here are a few pictures from memorial day:


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Monday, May 25th, 2009

Really Good Cake

library-1688This recipe comes from last month’s Everyday Food.  Growing up we would make lemon cake from a box topped with dream whip and sliced strawberries.  This is the ideal homemade substitute.  I wish I knew the proper name for the type of frosting that accompanies the recipe because it’s dreamy.  I’ve never made anything like it.  

The recipe is a basic recipe for vanilla cake with chocolate and lemon variations.  Next up chocolate.  You can find the recipe here.

I hope you had a great long weekend!

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Hump Day

library-1656Memory followed us home from Target last week.  I was curious about whether Chase would be ready for it or not.  It turns out to be a pretty fun way to pass a few minutes if you limit the game to about ten pairs or so.  We’re still working on it Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, May 4th, 2009


library-1568I should have called this a month of Sundays.  Sigh, I vowed that this week I’d actually post on Sunday but this is all about the speed I’m moving these days.  So, instead of feeling bad about it, I’m just going to focus on getting in one post a week.  My goal is to focus on that and feeling ok about it.  I’ve been doing a lot of nothing.  Well, not nothing exactly.  I’ve been working and taking care of everyone and making sure everyone has clean underwear.  That kind of stuff.  That being said, I haven’t touched anything even remotely creative in weeks.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get back on the horse pretty soon.   Read the rest of this entry »

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