Monday, April 30, 2007

What's for Dinner? - April Version

4.01.07 - (mike)Thai Red Curry Chicken from this cookbook , Thai Rice, Feta Stuffed peppers, Organic Wolfgang bread from Whole Foods

4.02.07 - Chile Relleno Casserole from Eating Well, Broccoli (the kids wouldn't eat this)

4.03.07 - Parmesan Tilapia*, Cheddar/broccoli rice, sauteed spinach, heirloom tomatoes

4.04.07 - Macaroni & Cheese with Spam (a special request from Sam) What? Are you kidding? OF COURSE I DIDN'T EAT THAT!! I had Nachos with low-fat turkey, low-fat cheese and low-fat sour cream.

4.05.07 - Pork chops, Asian Chicken Salad, whole wheat vermicelli with garlic and herbs

4.06.07 - DiGiornio Pizza (pre-planned for Sam's sleepover. This wasn't an "I don't feel like cooking" excuse.) Ana ate at Panera with friends. Karen and Mike ate this.

4.07.07 - (mike) Grilled Ribs, Black Eyed Pea Salad

4.08.07 - (mike) Grilled Orata, Salmon Burgers, Green Salad
Karen foraged. Mike cooked.

4.09.07 - This is the day I bought my car. I didn't get to dinner.

4.10.07 - Spinach souffle stuffed chicken breast from South Beach, steamed artichokes

4.11.07 - Turkey burgers on whole wheat English muffins, sauteed mushrooms, fresh green beans

4.12.07 - Salt & Pepper Salmon, sauteed spinach, brown rice

4.13.07 - Grant's birthday party. Pizza at Strike Zone at Sunset Station

4.14.07 - Lunch at Lucille's Bar B Que(their spelling, not mine)- no one made dinner

4.15.07 - (mike) Grilled steak, grilled red pepper, olive bread, tapenade, broccoli
(Happy Anniversary, Laurie & John)

4.16.07 - Chicken, potato wedges, pesto pasta salad, hard boiled eggs
A picnic in the park during soccer practice. Karate test night.

4.17.07 - Tacos, refried beans, Spanish rice

4.18.07 - Whole wheat angel hair pasta, Italian sausage. I served a vegetable, but I didn't write it down.

4.19.07 - Crispy Tilapia, Broccoli, pierogi, taquitos (looking like the United Nations around here!)

4.20.07 - Chinese take out from China-a-Go-Go $23.71

4.21.07 - (mike) Smoked scallops, Halibut braised in chicken stock with vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh peas & carrots, homemade bread, fromage fort

4.22.07 - (mike)Oven roasted chicken, roasted white potatoes with onions, organic baby lettuce salad and leftover homemade bread with Irish butter

I know what you're thinking. "What? No grill this weekend?" Well, no, in fact the wind was blowing, GUSTING EVEN, which is not conducive to outdoor grilling.

4.23.07 - Curry in a Hurry chicken salad over mixed baby lettuces and arugula
I used the leftover chicken from the weekend instead of store bought.

4.24.07 - Stovetop Tamale Pie, goat cheese stuffed mushroom caps
I was trying new stuff this week. This wasn't very good.

4.25.07 - Turkey burgers on whole wheat english muffins with tomato & avocado, cole slaw
This is pretty clearly a family favorite. Everyone will eat it!!

4.26.07 - Sundried tomato and goat cheese chicken wraps with avocado, tomato & arugula (inspired by this recipe which had ingredients that some of us don't like so I changed it), cole slaw (again)

4.27.07 - Girls Night Out! Karen ate at Elephant Bar ($14.00) with friends, leaving Mike and Sam to buy DiGiorno pizza and Henry Weinhards Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda. Ana went to a church youth group event and I guess she ate there but I really have no idea because she's 13 and eats irregularly.

4.28.07 - Karen & Ana ate ball park food (nachos and hot dogs $14.75) at the 51's game. Mike grilled burgers for himself and Sam.

4.29.07 - (mike) Grilled pork loin roast, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, bratwurst, homemade bread with olive tapenade

4.30.07 - Ana's Choice. For herself and Sam she chose "Red Box Meals" so named because Banquet and Smart Ones both come in red boxes. Mike gets Sushi (chosen by Karen) and Karen is having Chinese Chicken Salad.

*I tried to apply Parmesan Chicken to Tilapia. It wasn't very successful. The fish is too delicate.
Only ordered out one time for $23.71 for the month. Not bad. Karen and Ana ate out a couple of times, but that is what allowance is for!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

I know where I'll be on May 18th (or maybe the 19th)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

We're goin' to Vegas

Ana and I will be travelling to
Las Vegas in July to attend the ITC.
Ana will be competing in kata and fighting.
Karen will be judging (I think.)
Now that I'm a black belt I'm eligible to do that.
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa
We'll be spending Saturday night
at the South Point Hotel, which
is where the event is being held.
I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking, "You're already in Vegas."
But you would be wrong!
We live in Henderson!
We have to travel 8 miles to get there.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Note to Self

Daytime TV is crappe.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

What time is it? TIGER TIME! Rrrrrrrrrrr.....

They finally won a game!!! 3-0

Friday, April 20, 2007

First Day of School

Today was Sam's first day of school. In April, you ask? Yes, a Friday in April. After 2 3/4 years of homeschooling through Odyssey Charter School, I decided now would be a good time to get him in to a traditional public school. He needs to hang out with 10-year-olds instead of his mother all day. I enrolled him in 4th grade at Twitchell Elementary School near our home. He is now officially a Twitchell Timberwolf. His first day was very successful. He said it was more fun than being home with Mom all day. That is what I was striving for. Let's hope it continues.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Seeing Red

Ana passed her karate test for red belt tonight.
It was my first time sitting on the testing board as a black belt.
Which explains why there are no photos.
One can't take pictures from the board.

A new quote for today

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow
is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
Anne Shirley
Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Quote of the Day

Life is short - never turn down a perfectly good orgasm.

Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Happy Birthday

Color Change

It seems that my car has changed from red to blue. Hmmm.......

I liked it so much I bought another one (used) in blue this time.

Mike is now driving the red one.

Monday, April 09, 2007

How to get a solid chocolate bunny...

I've never been a big fan of hollow easter bunnies. I always felt so cheated. Presented with what looks like a pretty decent sized hunk of chocolate, it was always disappointing to bite off an ear and discover nothing but empty space inside. This year I took matters into my own hands and created my own solid (white) chocolate bunny for 96 cents.

This is the result of making the bunny run errands on Easter when it's 90 degrees.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Eggs

Although my kids are 10 and 13, they still
enjoy coloring Easter Eggs. We don't hide
and hunt.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

because I laughed out loud

These two photos were taken by Sam. Lately he has taken an interest in photography and since the camera is digital, he can take as many as he likes!!

I thought is was only good for crushing cans!

Why all of my future cars MUST have a sunroof.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Things I like which you may not have realized I like

  • mustard - all kinds: yellow, brown, deli, Dijon, grainy, champagne, sweet hot
  • The Bee Gees - perfect for mopping floors
  • Pipe smoke - but not cigars
  • Little House on the Prairie - never watched it as a kid, had to catch up as an adult
  • my Kenmore Two-Speed hardwood floor polisher from the 1950's that I use to clean my kitchen floor (does anyone besides my mother know I own this monster?)
  • Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper Fudge dipped Mint Cookies in the 100 calorie pack
  • really strong black freshly brewed coffee
  • the song Jessie sings in Toy Story II after the girl leaves her in the charity box
  • Ana's impersonation of the young hound howling in The Fox and the Hound
  • the smell of Vick's VapoRub
  • mechanical pencils
  • grammar
  • the announcements in Japanese at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I learned it from my dog

If you miss the couch on the first jump, you can try again.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

A Very Good Question

This is a great post.