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Dear,

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Dear Next Door Neighbor, Right now I have TWO sick kids, you don't know that, but I do. I try my best to be a courteous neighbor and I lock my dogs up by 8 (so they won't bark and wake your kids) and I don't let them out until at least 9 (so they won't bark and wake your kids) SO when you are whacking, slamming, banging on your truck until 11pm and then flipping a bookcase in your driveway end over end and dragging crap out of your house at 7:30AM, which causes my indoor dogs to bark, which then causes my 7mo old to wake up when he has only slept mere minutes...I hope you enjoy my present of letting my coonhound out so he can bark until his little heart is content. Dear Giveaway Gods, I know I was lucky enough to win an AWESOME giveaway this morning...but please, please, oh please...let me win the Scooby-Doo giveaway for Lil Miss. Dear Dish Network, I think it's total and complete CRAP that you are dropping Fox. It really pisses me off that I won't be able to…

Chicken A La Bonne Femme

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at least that's what it's called in the cookbook...but either way..it was good! I can't remember where I read it/heard it/whatevered it-but the other day it was asked "Do people READ cookbooks anymore?". Um...I do..all the time! Then again when I was a kid I liked flipping through the encyclopedia (I still do actually). When I'm out at the farm I snoop through my parent's kitchen cabinets-my Mom calls it shopping. They are bulk buyers and graciously take me along for the shopping trip (Friday-yay!!) AND give me free range of all their freezers (2 deep freeze), fridges (2 standard) and plentiful cabinets. When it's the end of the month and we're out of groceries..I shop at Mom and Dad's first! So when I was 'shopping' the other day I opened a cabinet and there were cookbooks staring back at me...a bright yellow one with a green binder seemed to pulsate and call out an eerie "yuuuuuuum" to me. I tenderly plucked it from it&#…

A little bit of help, please

Two seconds..seriously...just click, click..done..and you can vote for Little Miss! Please oh please?? Also if you could ask everyone you know to vote too? That would be awesome! xo

Dear,

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I had so much fun doing my "Dear" post..I'm gonna make it a weekly thing? You mind? Hope not! Let's have fun with it! It will have to be a mix of serious and silly, b/c that's what I am...let me start with the serious- Dear Cancer, I HATE you. I know hate is a strong word, but I really do. Last week I got the news that my friend Joanna lost her fight with you. Does it really make you feel good that she's leaving her 4 children (all under 10 btw), her sweet husband, and all her friends that loved her crazy personality? I know, I KNOW that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us. I KNOW that when it's time for us to go home to him, we'll go. But in the meantime, you are making our brief earthly existence even more heartbreaking than it needs to be. Dear Hayfever, You suck. You make it impossible for me to enjoy this luscious fall weather we're having without the foggy, drug haze of an allergy pill so I can breathe in said fall air. You make it impossi…

A weighty matter...

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I know it's not impressive to any of you....but it was a HUGE deal for me. UNDER 200. I know, right? You might have been thinking I was mortified to see that my weight had gotten to 199...no..I'm relieved..happy..thrilled..that it is DOWN. Do I still have about 60lbs to lose before I'm where I want to be? Yes. Did I make my birthday goal of losing 20lbs? No Did I lose about 11 by that time? Yes Do even my feet look fat? Yes..blech. Weight is a weird thing. There are lots of things for me to consider...so stick with me a sec- 1. BOTH of my parents are overweight-they have NEVER been critical of my weight..ever. My Mom is the first to offer to take me shopping when I need a bigger size. And my Dad will be the first to tell me when I've gained weight, but he would never tell me to lose it. 2. I purposefully didn't try to lose weight between pregnancies and I used being pregnant as a food excuse. BAD. 3. I constantly use the kids as an excuse to NOT exercise-but real…

Chile-Cheesy-Chini-Casserole

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So the other day I was with my Dad and Little Miss at this roadside stand for pumpkins and I spied some zucchini...I love zucchini (Husby..not so much)-they were 3 for a buck and the PERFECT cooking size. You know what I mean right? Just like eh...and inch and a half in diameter and not gigantic but not tiny. And zucchini season is quickly ending. Sad. That and strawberries are my summer loves! But what to do with them? I was at a loss for dinner the other night..so I played on Swagbucks a little while looking for zucchini recipes and found one at About.com (btw...both about and swag are awesome sights, just sayin'). However, I didn't have the recipe components that I needed...I had most of the them...but not all of them. AND I had my in-laws to feed too. So what does Suzy do? IMPROVISE with what you have! And I did..and it was goooooood! 1 package Roasted Poblano turkey sausage 3 smallish-medium zucchinis-cut in half moons Cheddar Cheese (shredded) Pepper-Jack cheese (I had sli…

The Great Green Pumpkin

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Have you ever seen a wooly worm THAT tiny?! Hades dread steeds...I'm in love! (If you didn't pick that up..it's a reference to PC Cast's Goddess of Spring) Holy smackerelli...Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars the ONLY things I did differently was I subbed honey roasted peanut butter, didn't put in the peanut butter chips (b/c I didn't have them)-I used honey roasted peanuts..about 3/4 cup and the same amount of chocolate chips. Good right out of the oven, better the day after! Gut-bomb...or Chili 5 way..and chili that I REALLY should have written down exactly what I put into it b/c it was AWESOME! And..the Great Green Pumpkin Monster! the pumpkin/greek yogurt mix from the parfait two handfuls of baby spinach a pumpkin spice coffee that I'd already added 2 sweeteners and some half and half to 1 frozen pumpkin ='s DEEEEEELISH!! I've been running back and forth to the farm this week helping out my parents. They've got a new set of triplet baby go…

You know what else has layers?

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Parfait. Errbody likes parfait. You ever met a person you say "hey let's go get some parfait" and they say, "Hell, no I don't like no parfait." I got the inspiration here. Pumpkin Quinoa Parfaits (very loosley adapted from the above link) 16oz vanilla greek yogurt 2/3 cup canned pumpkin 1t cinnamon 1/4 t ginger 1/4 t nutmeg 3 packets of sweetener cooked quinoa 'crumbly stuff' Layer and devour! Now...let's discuss the crumbly stuff for a second. The original recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs..then I thought that gingersnaps would be good...then I remember that I had a bag of oat/gingersnap/pretzel crumbs from a Strawberry Pie this summer (for the record the pie was AMAZING-but fugly. seriously..my Dad said it tasted great once he got past the fact that it looked like dog puke-thanks Dad.) So my crumbs at the bottom was oats, gingersnaps (for the life of me I keep trying to type gingerspans...geez), and pretzels that got zipped in the …

Cat hate...

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Soooo a couple weeks ago my cats (we have two) were acting like complete jerks. Typically they get a little food in the morning and a little food at night when they get put away downstairs (we put them up at night b/c my cat-Tapioca is a hellion at night and had a tendancy for breaking things at 1am). Well...again I say they started being jerks. When it came time for bedtime, they wouldn't go. They'd scoot under the bed, they'd avoid us at all costs...and when we could finally catch them they'd scratch and fight.. not typical behavior of them. So I nixed the a.m. feeding so that way they'd be ready to go to bed when it was time b/c bed would equal feeding time. However Trump-my husband's cat..continues to act like a douche. Example....grabbing random things off the counter and dragging them about the house. Today's victim? My half full bag of powdered sugar I didn't put up. Trail from the kitchen to the hallway..and that white thing? That's my dau…

Dear,

Dear Body, I know I've put you through alot these past few years. I mean Hell, two babies in two years, it's not easy. However I don't really think it's fair for you to retaliate in the form of Stomach Flu, a Head Cold, a week off, then Stomach Flu again. I get that I need to sleep more, I get that I should take better care of you, but you aren't making it any easier. Dear Monday, You don't mean anything to me anymore really. We used to be enemies you and I...now I silently long for the daily work grind that I no longer have. Dear New Neighbors (x3), I really preferred living on this street before you moved in. Dear Kids, Mama is sick. So if there is any chance that you guys could be quiet and sleepy today I'd love it. Really. My body won't cut me a break...maybe you will? No, ok..just thought I'd ask. Dear Mother in Law, Thanks for the incoming drop off of Pepto....and handling a business call for me. Do you guys have any "Dears" for…

Mocha Tiramisu

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Mocha just means 'chocolate', right? Mocha Frappe is alot more fun to say than Chocolate Frappe..or Latte or whatever-te. Husband-who could eat spaghetti 7 days a week mentioned he'd like that for dinner. *sigh* It's quickly becoming meatloaf to me. Meaning...my Mom made meatloaf ALOT when I was younger and now..I don't really like meatloaf...ie spaghetti='s meatloaf. So..since I knew I wasn't going to love the main course...I had to make sure I'd like dessert, right? I love me some tiramisu. And honestly..the last couple of times I've had it out at restaurants...I've been disappointed. So yesterday I took to the internet...searched out some recipes...tweaked them a bit and made my OWN. It's better that way anyway right? Chocolate Lady Fingers-the easy way (adapted from here) 2 eggs separated 1/3 cup white sugar 1/4 cup + 1T ap flour 2T dark cocoa powder 1/2 t baking powder Oven at 400 Parchment line (and spray with cooking spray) a baki…