Friday, November 30, 2007
The 20 worst foods in America
My favorite is the one pictured to the right. I think it is from Africa. I love that they have lions, zebras, and elephants at the manger scene with an African Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
This morning we went and volunteered as hosts! I'll be honest, I had a lot of fun. We had the very first shift from 11-1 and nobody came so we (six fun women from the ward) just got to talk and walk around and enjoy ourselves. There are some great pluses to being at home with the rugrat and not working all day! I absolutely loved it. Kent and I are doing a shift tomorrow night together as well. Hopefully the Saturday night one will be lots busier than this morning.
Most everybody left their kids with a sitter (hooray for Cynthia) but I did bring the little rugrat along cause I thought he would just nap. He DOES not nap if there are people and lights and music around! He giggled and laughed a lot and then crashed immediately when we got home. He did fall on his head though. It has been happening a lot lately because he wants to reach for something while he's sitting up. When he reaches, he topples. He looks a little roughed and bruised up, but I'm sure it's good for him. This picture is for you Laney, since you only want to see Zeb. No more pancake mixes, I promise.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Today has been a most ridiculously busy day. I've enjoyed it immensely. I really like having all the hours in my day blocked out with a purpose, even if the purpose is something regular like walking group, enrichment meetings, or hobby lobby.
I was out and about lots longer than I had initially planned so I went straight to school to get Kent before I made it home to make dinner. This meant we had to come home and figure out what we were going to eat. Luckily we had my current favorite food in the world!!!! when I find something that I love, I can't help but tell everyone that I know about it. Yet another purpose for my blog.
Hodgson Mill's whole wheat buttermilk pancakes. They are absolutely delicious. The texture, consistency, flavor, and everything else is just splendid. I used applesauce instead of oil and so they were low fat too. I love the texture of whole wheat. I must have Grandpa Howell taste buds or something (although growing up I would cry when he forced us to eat his whole wheat mac and cheese).
I'm not sure if they sell them out West (they are made in Illinois) but I highly recommend them to everyone.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, MELTED
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (I used 1 tsp accidentally and they were fine)
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325. Line pan with wax paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. I made mine a lot smaller than this! Cookies should be about 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted (DON'T OVERCOOK). Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
The melted butter and lower baking temp are KEY to the recipe working out.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I couldn't believe how many people ran! At the beginning of the race we could barely move because it was so crowded. It was especially hard with the stroller because I couldn't maneuver anywhere! at one point somebody cut right in front of me and clipped the wheel of the stroller and we jerked forward and zeb got a little whiplash! had he not been buckled in, I may have lost him! He got quite the fright. There was a big light parade after the race but our sweat was freezing to our bodies so we decided to head home and warm up! This will be another continued Ohio tradition. We had a lot of fun.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I have been called a scrooge, but there is no need to name call any more. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas celebrations can commence! We put up our tree and all of our decorations! We have lights adorning our windows and we keep them lit all night long (I am unplugging other appliances and household items and turning down the heat at night to make up for the excess energy consumption)! We have our Christmas candle filling our home with great smells! and we have cheeseballs coming out our ears :) We hope you enjoy the music playing on our blog as well, it is one of our favorite Christmas songs!
We had to get an artificial tree this year because of the whole leaving to Utah thing. I remember the first year we got a fake tree at home. I bawled my eyes out and accused my parents of destroying Christmas and all of its associated traditions. Our fake tree is actually quite nice, especially considering that we got it for FREE! a nice family in the ward was giving it away and I snatched it up lickety split :)
We head to Utah just three weeks from Tuesday! That is way too soon! I can't wait for Zeb to meet everybody! Laney...no squeezing him to death when we get there.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I really thought this one was funny and fitting. Yes, I can be a bit overwhelming, but at least I'm willing to admit it.
|You Are a Red Crayon|
Your world is colored with bright, vivid, wild colors.
You have a deep, complex personality - and you are always expressing something about yourself.
Bold and dominant, you are a natural leader. You have an energy that is intense... and sometimes overwhelming.
Your reaction to everything tends to be strong. You are the master of love-hate relationships.
|You Are a Blue Crayon|
Your world is colored in calm, understated, deep colors.
You are a loyal person, and the truest friend anyone could hope to find.
On the inside, you tend to be emotional and even a bit moody.
However, you know that people depend on you. So you put on a strong front.
Your color wheel opposite is orange. Orange people may be opinionated, but you feel they lack the depth to truly understand what they're saying.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
1 large potato (cut and peeled)
1 bag mixed veggies (I used the carrot/pea/corn/green bean variety..NO LIMA BEANS)
1/2 large onion
1/2 c butter
1/2 c flour
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme
1.5 c chicken broth
3/4 c milk
Cubed cooked chicken (I used two small breasts)
pastry for 2 pie crusts.
Boil potatoes until almost done. While boiling potatoes, saute onions in the butter. When onions brown, add flour, s & p, and thyme to make a gravy like mixture. We used less butter and flour so it wasn't as thick. You can always add more flour if it's too runny. Boil for two minutes and then add cooked chicken (I let mine sit in the crock pot four hours so it was super tender) and all veggies!
I don't like for the pie to have a bottom crust but kent does. Either way works. If you put in a bottom, let it bake by itself for 7-10 minutes at 425. Put all of the filling into the pie tin, cover with crust, cut slits, and bake for 15-25 minutes at 425. It is delicious! it makes 1 large potpie.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
So, back to Z's jeans! They didn't have any on sale but they certainly did have a plethora of other items! I couldn't believe the prices! Yet another benefit about living outside of Utah. Fewer children means lots more stuff for lots cheaper! normally the sale racks at our Gap at home are picked through and chaotic! Here they are fabulous.
I have posted just a few of our spoils! We got the coat for Zeb for SEVEN dollars! originally priced at 49.50! both pairs of shoes were 2.97, each originally priced at 24.50! Plus we used my gift cards that I bought with my discount way back when so we got an additional 30% off of those prices!!! I even got some halloween costumes for three dollars a piece! I am so pleased with my trip. All in all we made out like banshees. It is so easy to shop for the rugrat. Everything's cute when it's this small.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
AMMENDMENT to post: he may go to sleep wonderfully but waking up is not so dang cute. This morning he woke up at FOUR FREAKING THIRTY and STAYED up. I showered and got ready for church at five-thirty and then cleaned up the house. ew GROSS. I cursed myself with that post last night. yzhacc.
Today is the big day. The Michigan/Ohio game. The reason I post about this event is because it's outrageous! BYU/Utah games are NOTHING compared to this. Really I couldn't care less about the outcome of the game, but Toledo has been put on hold this week as everyone prepares. There have been tailgate parties at the grocery stores all week! Everybody is wearing either Michigan or Ohio clothes. People are NUTSO. Plus, Meredith Viera and Rachael Ray are doing parts of the pre-game show so I am watching that.
I think the pandemonium is relatively widespread across both states, but it is especially intense here in Toledo because we border Michigan. All of the choas is pretty fun. The city is full of fans from both sides and I have a feeling the bar parties get pretty heated! I am also assuming there will be a lot of drunk drivers out this evening. Every bar is advertising a shindig of some sort! I guess out of loyalty I should be cheering for OSU--but like I said, I'm pretty indifferent.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Since the first day that we arrived in Toledo the mystery of "Big Boy" has intrigued me. Scattered throughout the city there are all of these old looking restaurants that have giant plastic statues of a big boy in front of them. Tonight we decided to put our questions to rest and go in! plus it is customer appreciation week and mini hot fudge cakes were only 99 cents!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Definitely one of my favorites of the enrichment groups here in Toledo. These cooking groups will most likely never be rivaled in any ward that I am ever to attend! Every 2nd Tuesday of the month I skip dinner so that I can indulge at this little activity. When I attended for my first time I was SHOCKED at the amount and caliber of the food. Tonight was no exception. There is always some sort of theme. Tonight was Thanksgiving. We had it all. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, jello, rolls, sweet potatoes, veggies, and every pumpkin dessert imaginable. I loved the pumpkin roll and the little pumpkin sandwich cookies. Besides the good food, the company is fabulous. At the end of a day filled with a very cute but also very non verbal baby there is nothing better than a group of raucous women! Especially when you've got a foul smelling husband (due to the cadavers). I was going to take some more pictures but my camera got crabby. The one will have to suffice.