Monday, January 14, 2013

Oh Hunny!

So, this post is about my husband. 

Right now, I am sure he is quaking in his boots.....wondering what else I can share about him.  I mean, there are so many embarrassing stories to share. 

I mean, I did share the hot tub story.

I could share the one where for a good week straight, Abby shared at daycare that daddy has black underwear with holes.

Even better would be the story about the prank I played on him one evening, but that one IS pretty embarrassing and I did promise NOT to blog about it (so because it is on the hush-hush, you will have to e-mail me if you want the details on THAT one!)

Nope this one happened on Saturday while he was fixing my car.  He was just finishing up and decided to put air in the tires.  I watched him take the air cap off and pop it in his mouth.  My first thought was....uh....he puts parts of stranger's cars in his mouth?  What I said to him though was:

"Don't you ever worry about how many dogs have peed on that?"

He smiled and laughed and shrugged it off.  On to the next tire...I watch him closely and notice that he doesnt' pop the next 3 in his mouth!  I did get that hamster in his head thinking ICK!  It's only 15 years worth of working on cars = how many caps in your mouth and could have been tinkled on?  Perhaps that explains the receding hair line!

Love you hunny!  You make me smile everyday! See, I didn't even share the OTHER story from Sunday, which was even worse than this one!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back Into The Land Of Grown-Ups!

First off...I gotta say, being an adult is not all it cracked up to be!  I am pretty sure my parents had it know, in the "good 'ol days!"

I either didn't get the "grown up" gene or I suck at it!  Leaning towards the suck at it aspect!

Some days when I am home...I stand and look around and think....hmmm...I don't know how I got myself into this responsibility crap!  It was so much easier when mom and dad made all of my decisions.  Anyhoo...I'm rambling!

In the spirit of being all grown up like, I decided it was time to start meal planning again.   It wouldn't be such a concern for me if I didn't have to go to work, but if I want food to use in my meal's a must.  I stopped planning quite some time ago and have suffered for it.  Life felt out of control and we went from eating out very little to eating out too much.

It used to be that Tuesdays was the only real problem night, but now Hayden has started hockey and Abby is in skating our weeknights look this this:

Monday - my later night at work and possible hockey at 6
Tuesday - my TOPS night
Wednesday - possible hockey at 6
Thursday - clear and free
Friday - skating at 6:20

So, as you can see, it's pretty busy.

My meal planning was spurred on by a GREAT cookbook I got for Christmas from one of the guys I work with.

Thanks for the picture

This cookbook is hands down, funniest book I have ever read!  It's a complete parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey series and it nails it.  It's the first time in my entire life that I have actually sat and read a cookbook, cover to cover.  Even the recipes are humorous.  Plus, they are good recipes, ones I could see myself making and they don't need about 1000 special ingredients that I have to find in a back ally somewhere.

Here is a little peek from the introduction of  the book:
How have I gotten myself into this?  I glance around the spotless, meticulously organized kitchen:  trussing twine, skewers, mallets - is that a cleaver?  Holy crap......Instantly I feel hands on me, lifting me carefully from the tiles. Long powerful fingers cradle me from underneath and expertly tuck my giblets back in place.  Holy cow.  Something clenches deep inside me.

I loved the book so much that I had to go and grab it for the gift exchange with my family.  Costco sells it for about $14.  Well worth the money. 

I also downloaded an app for meal planning called Pepper Plate - I haven't used it too much other than meal planning, but it looks like you can use their website and add recepies, shopping lists, etc.

So, here is the meal plan for the next two weeks, starting Friday.

Friday, Jan. 11 - waffles and bacon
Saturday, Jan. 12 - Fifty Shades of Chicken night (Crisp baked chicken with honey mustard and lime)
Sunday, Jan 13 - Roast beef, mashed potatoes, corn and Yorkshire pudding
Monday, Jan. 14 - Hockey night = toast
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Chicken fingers and tater tots
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Pulled pork and onion rings
Thursday, Jan. 17 - Lasagna, Caesar salad and garlic bread
Friday, Jan. 18 - Sandwiches
Saturday, Jan. 19 - Fifty Shades of Chicken night (Roast chicken with brandy-vanilla butter)
Sunday, Jan. 20 - Pork Chops, baked potatoes and carrots
Monday, Jan. 21 - Hockey
Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Tacos
Wednesday, Jan. 23 - Shish kabobs, bread, corn and potato

To make things go smooth and fast, it means that I have to spend some time in my evenings to prep and get stuff ready.  For example, I can cook the meat for the tacos the night before and grate the cheese, etc.  This is one of the parts I hate the most.  After a long day, there is nothing more I like to do better than sit down and relax, but I will thank myself for it. 

If you don't meal plan and you feel things are a bit hectic, I suggest you try it.  It does make a difference.  Throw in a "new recipe night"....if you are like me, you have TONS of recipes you want to try out, but end up sticking to the same ol', same ol', pick a night that you have lots of's why I pick's the least stressful night for me. I would love to hear some of your favorite meals!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

We Survived Another Year!

Nope, my family did not succumb to some sort of Apocalypse  but I did brush up on "The Walking Dead" for research, you know just in case we got over run by Zombies or something.

It's been no time for myself, don't go to bed before midnight each night, busy!  I'm not complaining, just stating fact and the reason for my lack of blogging.

But it's a new year and I want to get back into it.  For me, it's a way to journal the events of my life and my children's lives.

But as is customary at the start of a new year, I need to share my resolutions.  I make the same ones each year, the typical, get healthy and lose weigh ones, but this year, I have added a new one.

Each time I do my big grocery shop (every 2 weeks) I will spend $10 towards food for the food bank. I have said this before but not actually gone through with it.  It's something simple and cost effective I can do to make a big impact on the lives of others.  I am lucky!  Both my husband and I have secure jobs with the money to allow us extras like dinner out and a woman to clean my house on a regular basis.  We throw out servings of food each day because I have cooked too much or it wasn't as tasty as I had hoped.  In the back of my mind, as I do this, I am aware that there are people out there that would be so grateful to even have half of the food I throw out available to them.

So, are you looking for something simple you can do?  Why not try this one out with me!

Happy New Year everyone!