Monday, December 29, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

or...How do you want your ham?

Brought to you by Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

I went out on Christmas Eve and stood in line at the Honey-Baked Ham Store to get a ham. When I returned home, the box on the porch held the ham that Mike's brother sent us. We have (had) over 15 pounds of ham to consume. Not easy when only three of us will eat it.

Monday - Curried Ham Popover Pie, broccoli, couscous

Tuesday - pasta with Red Pepper sauce (courtesy of Ana who volunteered to cook tonight!) The recipe calls for gnocchi but Ana is using pasta (probably penne) which is easier.

Wednesday - New Year's Eve! How many ham appetizers can I come up with? We usually snack all night instead of eating a meal. So far I've come up with Glazed Ham Balls and Ham and Cheese Puffs.

Thursday - New Years's Day! Leftover leftovers.

Friday - Mike has the day off, so he will work his magic

Happy New Year everyone. Drink responsibly and drive safely.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Money Saving Tip

from Sam, age 12

The best money saving tip is...

Don't spend it.

Monday, December 22, 2008


I'm on vacation, so you just get a quick note. The review will come later.

It was a Disney movie, so you KNOW it was a single parent household. No Dad.

At least they didn't kill the mother.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thanks to this blog, I love Germany!! I traveled there as a teenager to play soccer one summer. I liked it then, but I really, really want to go back.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

News Flash from Las Vegas

It's snowing!

This is our neighbors palm tree.
Photo courtesy of Ana

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Small Piece of Culinary Advice

If you should happen upon a recipe for Clam Chowder that does NOT call for black pepper, skip it and move on!

Who wants Clam Chowder without black pepper? Also, minced clams are better than chopped.

One other sad note; we're out of saltine crackers.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Results

Holiday Family Fun Night was a great success!

Tamales, cheese and chili.....delicious
Tamales, shredded pork.....yummy
Tamales, beef.....ask Mike
bunuelos.....not what I expected, but still very good
brownies.....TO DIE FOR!!
atole.....not so much
horchata.....pretty good
punch (apple cinnamon with fruit chunks).....tasty
diet Coke.....whatever
popcorn, freshly popped.....good
chicharrones.....didn't try them

We sampled most of the available fare. Drew the line at chicharrones. I didn't know what they were but they were fried and the kids couldn't get enough of them served with hot sauce. I thought they might be fried pork rinds, and they are. Never did find a churro. They must have been too hard (or expensive) to come by.

The tamales were all homemade by the moms from the school. They were so good we bought some to bring home. At a dollar each, it was a steal! The bunuelos turned out to be deep-fried tortillas with cinnamon sugar on them. Also good enough to bring some home.

Sam had a great time hangin' out at school and our money was well spent. We had a really good time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Holiday Family Fun Night

Thursday evening is Holiday Family Fun Night at Sam's school.
Since the school is in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood,
the food is usually great!!
This week it's tamales, horchata, atole, bunuelos and churros.

I can't wait!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


My first attempt at making bread.
I left in the middle of the job to drive Ana around.
When I got back home it was already baking.

Kneading the dough (by machine. Are you kidding? Not by hand!)


The finished product.

It was delicious and not really very hard.

Next time I could do it myself from start to finish.

But I thank Mike for taking over when I left.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Photos by Ana

Taken near Hoover Dam.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Economy

Doing my part.

I spent $493.86 today.
Of which $291.70 was on Christmas gifts.

This does not include the electic bill of $124.50 which automatically comes out of my account.

Not a single penny went on a credit card.
I've started a new family policy.
Nothing goes on the credit card.
If we don't have cash, we arent' buying it!

The family is not really liking it, but that is what the economy has done to us.

Happy holidays everyone. I hope this Friday of shopping left you feeling merry instead of frazzled!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Thanksgiving came with all the traditional dishes.Turkey carcass
I wasn't there to see the whole turkey.
Someone carved it while I was elsewhere.
No, I don't have a picture of this finished dish either.Olives
Big enough for some people's fingers.Pumpkin pie
It's still in the oven.
That's how I managed a picture. Ana made apple galette.

Be patient

I'll get to it. I'll post after we eat. Then I'll have pictures.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Drive

What she does for fun on the drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
Look carefully to see Sam in the back seat.
I guess the scenery isn't to her liking.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Not a good sign

If your hand weights are sprouting cobwebs,
you should probably use them more often.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Late Birthday

Sam invited his friend to go to a movie, eat cake and play video games as a late birthday party, of sorts.
Happy Birthday Sam!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Sock

Is this your sock?
It appeared at my house.
It doesn't belong to me.
It's a Champion.
You know I'm too cheap to buy brand names.
If you'd like to claim it, leave a comment. And there's only ONE!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

National Adoption Day

This is my contribution.

Did all of you know my children are adopted? They are.

I also rescued these two.

And this one.

Friday, November 21, 2008


ir·re·gard·less (ĭr'ĭ-gärd'lĭs)
adv. Nonstandard
[Probably blend of irrespective and regardless.]

Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

Irregardless of your opinion, this stupid word got it's very own post on my blog!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Whenever we travel to Phoenix, the kids drive Go-Karts
I actually had to yell out onto the course for Ana to get off her cell phone while driving!
She wants to get her driver's permit in February.
I'm not so sure. Sam will clearly never be able to drive a subcompact car.

They look pretty good moving at speed.

Sam liked to skid the back end around the turns.

When Sam was an infant, I had a recurring dream that he died in a car crash.

This does not help me sleep well at night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I composed yesterday's post over several days last week. It took me that long to think up six things about myself. In number five, I urged you all to wear seat belts.

My daughter's classmate was killed in a car crash on Friday. She was ejected through the front windshield when the truck she was a passenger in rolled. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Her memorial service was Tuesday afternoon.

These are the links to the newspaper article about the crash.

The crash.

The father (a local judge) of the boy who allegedly caused the crash wants him out of jail.

Ana sat next to this girl in three classes. She was supposed to try out for the soccer team with Ana on Saturday.

Saturday never came for Olivia.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Six Things

Six random things you may not know about me.

  1. I dislike doing crafts. All crafts! I've tried many of them; scrapbooking, beading, Foamy things, sewing, knitting, selling Mary Kay. I'm bad at all of them and have no patience to spend time improving. That's why God made craft fairs.
  2. I would like very much to be a karate instructor. I don't want to run my own school. It's entirely too much work. Since I don't have anywhere to teach, I'll just keep training. It's a sport I really enjoy.
  3. I applied for a Discover card just to see if I could get one. I am not gainfully employed, have NO income and therefore, no means to repay any amount charged on the card. I was promptly issued a card with a $13,000 credit limit. Does anyone still wonder why we're in a credit crisis in this country?
  4. I dislike Disney films because they often kill the mother. (Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Lilo and Stitch, Tarzan) If the mother survives, they kill the father. (Lion King, Tarzan) If both parents manage to survive, they are replaced by others who care for the children. (Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Lilo and Stitch, Peter Pan) I was once asked in a job interview who my favorite Disney character is. I replied, in my surliest voice, "Grumpy. Next question."
  5. I have survived two major car wrecks. The first happened on July 4th, 1980 when I was just short of my 14th birthday. It was a head-on collision that resulted in a fatality. I only put my seat belt on because it was a holiday. I have worn my seat belt every time I get in a car since then. Wear your seat belts.
  6. I sing along to whatever music is playing in my car. I don't care that I look like an idiot to other drivers. I'm a happy idiot.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

If I call it Menu Plan Monday, I'm supposed to link to the website that actually does Menu Plan Monday. So here it is from I'm an Organizing Junkie.
We're doing things a little differently around here. I got tired of planning meals no one would eat so I've enlisted the help of the family. I make a list of 10-12 dinner entrees and they all have to choose five. Whichever dishes get the most votes go on the menu.
Sam only wanted to choose three so I told him he only gets to eat on three nights.
The choices this week are:

Easy Chicken in Wine Sauce
Savory Chicken Saute
Coconut Chicken
Chicken Capri
Grilled Salmon with Rosemary
Bombay-Style Sole

Turkey Burgers
Sicilian Chopped Sirloin Steak
Vegetarian Chili (with meat)

The winners are:
Savory Chicken Saute*
Chicken Capri*
Bombay-Style Sole*
Turkey Burgers on sourdough English muffins

*The first three recipes are from The South Beach Diet.
I don't know the order. We'll eat them as my mood strikes and time allows.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Helping Hands

There was nothing accompanying this sign, so I really don't know what my hand can do.
The list is endless, I suppose. Ana and I snickered terribly in public at this sign.
I guess we have dirty minds.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Delaney is quite good at making Rice Pudding.
She made it for us twice when we were there to visit.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Miles to go

before I sleep.

I drove 146 miles today just going on my appointed rounds.

I'm just about ready for sleep.


It's not what you think. This is NOT on a t-shirt worn by my teenage daughter.

It was on the apple pie box at McDonald's.