Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My house was invaded by
superheroes over the weekend.
Meet Hero of Sparta...
I am still laughing at
these two crazies.
This makes up for
the tent fiasco.
Monday, July 27, 2009
This is my last week of real vacation. Next week I head up to school to get my room ready for another new class of kindergartners.
So I am loading up the kids and going to The Hill Country. We will be here and here. It will be time spent with friends and family.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
These are just a few of the things that brought a smile to my face this week....
Friday, July 24, 2009
A couple of weeks ago I posted about summer salads. Thank you for all the suggestions. I am anxious to try each of your favorites.
This is a salad that I have made many times. It's a Lia creation. I even refer to it as "Lia's Chicken Salad". It is also known by its alias: Basil Aioli Chicken Salad.
It is easy, filling, and practically no-cook. I use extra chicken that we have grilled and frozen. All I have to do is defrost it and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
To make the aioli, I add a big bunch of fresh basil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and some mayo to the food processor. I like Smart Balance mayo. I think that its flavor is better than regular.
I use that tried and true method of "eyeballing" the amounts. I go by my own taste and the consistency. You want it to be thick but not gloppy.
Pour the aioli over the chicken and stir to coat. I add a little shredded carrot for color, crunch, and a bit of extra nutrition.
I prefer to serve it on top of salad greens with some cucumber, green pepper, and red onion.
Sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives are nice additions.
It might seem excessive, but I also toss in some sliced fresh tomatoes and feta cheese. Then I top it with Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette.
I have been transported to Salad Heaven.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Not bad for a couple that met
at a Slobberbone show.
I was on a date with a jerk.
The Mr. was my knight in
Levi's and Chuck Taylor's.
We eloped five months later.
for all that you do,
all that you are,
and all that we've built.
You're still cool.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It was a good idea in theory: set-up a tent outside and let The Offspring play.
I got out The Boy's new tent and found a nice, semi-shady spot in the backyard. However, there were no instructions included with the tent. That should have been a sign. I persevered and tried to figure it out on my own...to no avail.
We have three collapsible play tents that could serve the same purpose. I dug into the hurricane supplies, found the tarp, spread it out, and lined them up. Instant tent condos.
The Boy and The Girl wanted to cook marshmallows. We were missing both fire and the air filled balls of sugar.
We roasted fruit snacks...
While The Offspring ate pretend roasted fruit snacks, I took out a hook and some yarn. All was going so well.
It is a fact. My children would never survive the wild. Or perhaps the wild wouldn't survive my children.
We are back in the A/C.
And all is quiet.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The ingredients are simple:
Some applesauce, sugar, and vanilla.
Whole wheat flour.
Really. No joke.
Cocoa powder, of course.
A bit of baking soda,
baking powder, and salt.
My sous-chef did the mixing.
Spread the batter evenly.
Sous-chef is serious about his work.
He doubles as quality control.
While the treats bake,
choose a pretty platter.
This one will do.
When cool, cut and stack neatly.
It's OK. You can eat one now.
Remember...these are good for you.
"You've Got To Be Kidding Me" Brownies
1 cup apple sauce
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mix applesauce, sugar, and vanilla.
Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
Pour batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
Bake 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted cleanly in the middle.