Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
1. My mother is a little nutty when it comes to food. She once made mashed celery root as an alternative to mashed potatoes because potatoes are starchy. She buys $6 applesauce because it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it and she's been known to make spinach brownies. All of this is only the tip of the iceberg.
2. I make weekly dinner menus for our family. (It makes grocery shopping easier in addition to actually making the meals. There's never a night when I go "Hmmm, what are we going to eat tonight?") Generally, potatoes are on the menu probably 4 nights every week. What?! We're a potato-lovin' family!
Ok, so here's the dream: My parental units came up to visit us. I had made the menu for the week and decided that it was a good idea to let my mom go along to the grocery store. I didn't have potatoes on my list because I already had some at home. We went through the store and had managed to get everything on the list without me losing mom in the store once (a MAJOR accomplishment, trust me). We were walking to the check-out and passed the produce department where my mom stops and announces that I have forgotten to get potatoes. "No mom," I say, "I have potatoes at home." She stomps her foot, looks at me like I've lost my mind and proceeds to inform me that the potatoes I have at home have starch in them and she will not allow me to feed her grandchildren such a horrible thing. She then tells me that I have to buy the starch-free potatoes. Then I woke up.
Ever since I had this dream, I've been a bit irritated that I woke up when I did, though. I wonder, did my mom actually find starch-free potatoes in the Wal-Mart in backwoods Kentucky?! If she did, I'm quite impressed because I can't even find regular potatoes that haven't begun to sprout eyes in that place!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Now, no blog about my enthusiam for cooking would be complete without mention of my crock pot. (You knew it was coming!) What got my thinking about all of this stuff to start with was a stew I make in my crock pot pretty often. It started off as a basic recipe from my cookbook and I have tweaked it a bit to make it my own. (Of course, I don't eat it but the boys and Martin love it.) And of course, I'm gonna share it with you :)
Meatball and Veggie Stew
16-18 oz pkg frozen meatballs
10 oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
3 medium potatoes, diced
14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
12 oz jar mushroom or beef gravy
1/2 cup water
Place meatballs, potatoes and veggies in crockpot. Mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl. Pour over meatballs, potatoes and veggies. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high.
And there you have it. Another creation from my beloved crock pot.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We went to Wal-Mart after the hubby got home from work to look at a crib. (I saw it on clearance for $100 yesterday afternoon but didn't want to buy it without him seeing it and of course it was sold before we got back last night....anyhoo, back to the story...) The boys were not thrilled about the excursion and arguing soon ensued. On the way home they were still not happy campers. Caleb started complaining about something. Jacob, with the most exasperated look on his face, turns to Caleb and says "OMG! It's not my fault!" Needless to say, Martin and I laughed so hard we were nearly in tears.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I drove home yesterday and now it's back to the chaos that is my life. I left Martin a honey-do list and he finished it plus did some other things around the house for me. Yep, I'm a lucky girl....except him finishing the tasks means that I really created more work for myself. (He move the bookshelves, so now I have to unpack the books and arrange them....with my OCD, it'll take hours!) Plus, I have to replenish the kitchen (3 boys home alone for the weekend = empty kitchen upon Mom's return) and write thank-you notes. Guess I had better tear myself away from the computer and go start on my to-do list.
Thank you to everyone who was at the shower for making it such a fantastic celebration of Baby Kacey and for the fabulous gifts! And a big special THANKS to Katie for hosting the most fantabulous shower ever :)
Friday, January 16, 2009
Now, don't get me wrong. My kids have spent nights away from me. They went on an ill-fated trip to Minnesota once many moons ago. When we visit the fam back in Arkansas, they generally spend at least one night with Martin's mom. But, all those times, the kids went somewhere and I stayed home. Actually leaving them at home is totally different. (Unless you have kids of your own, this is really hard to explain because I'm pretty sure it's one of those crazy mom things.)
Anyways, I'm a bit sad about leaving my babies at home. (And I'm a little worried that my hubby seriously will decide that on "Man Weekend" the only food necessary is pizza...) However, I'm really looking forward to my baby shower. So, bring on the cake (it's gonna be sooo yummy!) and those of you coming had better bring me something really good to make up for me missing my babies (just kidding....sorta).
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I have been blogging on MySpace for a while now. A few months ago, I was reading an article about blogging and decided that I might want to expand my blogging horizons beyond MySpace. So, here I am. (Yeah, it took me a bit to get here, but you did note "chaos" in conjunction with my life, right?) I'm an English major, so I can basically BS about anything. In my blogging, though, I generally just write about my life. So get ready to hear a lot about my kiddos, my hubby and other randomness that pops up in my day-to-day life (which might or might not include numerous odes to my crock pot).
Thanks for reading and enjoy the chaos!