Chocodiles?!

March 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

We get on the most random conversation topics at my work, I swear.  We are currently working on something that has need for Hostess and Little Debbie cakes (I work in advertising) so we have about 20 boxes of this stuff laying around the office.  We started talking about these things today and someone brought up Chocodiles.  I was like, what in the world are Chocodiles?!  Apparently these are chocolate covered Twinkies and they were way more popular about 20-25 years ago than they are now.  They sound pretty gross to me, but I had to look them up. 

 They look like poo in my opinion.  However, one of my co-workers and now my husband are wanting these things.  However, upon studying further on the website http://www.freshchocodiles.com/, I learned that they only sell these on the west coast.  So…..next weekend I happen to be seeing some of my friends who are from the west coast.  MAYBE one of them would buy me a box and bring them and I can pay them back?!?  : )  I would have a lot of happy people around me…

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Q&A meme from Clara

March 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Posted in Fun | 1 Comment

 Clara is the queen of random meme on her blog.  She has left me out of being tagged lately and I got onto her last time so this time she made sure to tag me.  LOL  : )  This one is long!  Dang Clara!  That is what I get I guess…

 On Culinary Arts…
Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. Balsamic Vinagarette

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. Culver’s but I don’t allow myself to have it much

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Angelo’s – local Italian restaurant.  YUm!

Q. On average how much of a tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. Usually 20% unless the service just completely sucks

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
A. Pizza or nachos

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. chicken and potato

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Usually just butter

On Technology…
Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. A wedding picture of Tommy and I

Q. How many televisions are in your house?
A. 5 – one in each of the bedrooms, the living room, and the garage

Q. What kind of cell phone do you have?
A. A very crappy cheap one that Cingular gave me for free.  LOL

On Biology…
Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Right

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Um…does a mole count?!

Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A. I helped Tommy carry out our old stove last night

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. Knocked unconscious, no, but passed out too many times to count

On Psychology…
Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. I don’t really think so

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
A. I wouldn’t change it – I have a month named after me after all!

Q. what color looks good on you?
A. Tommy says brown,  Sheridan says purple.  Who knows?  🙂

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. I don’t think so

Q. Have you ever saved someones life?
A. Hm…I had a suicidal friend in high school.  Long story on that one.  Possibly?

Q. Has someone ever saved yours?
A. ???

Truth or Dare (or a Bribe)…
Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. $100??  Maybe depends on the person.  HA! That is a pair of shoes!

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
A. Wow.  Possibly…

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. Um, yes

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. Nope

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
A.  Not for $1000.  I’m too much of a wuss.  : ) 

Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
A. No way

On random stuff…
Q: What is in your left pocket?
A. Nothing right now

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A. I found it to be hilarious

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A. Both – Hardwood everywhere except bedrooms and bathrooms

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A. stand

Q: Could you live with roommates?
A. I don’t think so.  I always enjoyed having my own apartment in college

Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
A. Probably about 20

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops
A. When some crazy person hit me in the parking lot at WalMart. 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. I have no clue.  A good wife and a good person I guess?

Q: Last person who called you?
A. Tommy

Q: Person you hugged?
A. Tommy

On Favorites…
Q: Number?
A. 28

Q: Season?
A. Spring

Q: Holiday?
A. Christmas or Valentine’s Day

Q: Day of the week:
A. Saturday

Q: Month?
A. July

Current Events…
Q: Missing someone?
A. My dad always

Q: Mood?
A. Antsy to get out of work

Q: Listening to?
A. A co worker playing “Ground Control to Major Tom”…is that the name of that song?!

Q: Watching?
A. My computer screen.  : )

Q: Worrying about?
A: Flying next week and money

In conclusion…
Q: First place you went this morning?
A. Bathroom

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A. Go to Chicago next weekend!!!

Q:What’s the last movie you saw?
A. Horton Hears a Who

Q: Do you smile often?
A. Too much apparently…I have smile wrinkles on my face!!!

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A. Unless you make me not be  : )

E for Excellent!

March 28, 2008 at 1:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

I have seen other blogs get this “E For Excellent” award before and thought it was very cool.  So imagine how cool it was when I saw that someone had given me this award?!  Jen at The Look 4 Less awarded me with this recently and it made my day!  Jen is such a sweetheart and her blog is AWESOME!  If you haven’t seen it before – shame on you!  Make it a favorite!  : )  Thank you Jen!!!!

 In the spirit of this award, I am now supposed to list 5 of my favorite blogs in no particular order and award them an “E” for “Excellent”.  I have SOO many blogs that I just love, so I will try to narrow it down to 5, but I could easily list about 20…  : )

1.  BB’s Fantabulous Life:  Amanda’s blog is so fun!  This is a blog not only about her trials and tribulations with cooking but also her life which definitely has some funny moments.  She is one of the funniest people that I know!

2.  Born to Entertain:  I really like Andrea’s blog for a couple of reasons.  One, she is awesome.  HA!  Two, she is my twin.  It is so bizarre how many things that we have in common!!  Three, her food tastes are very similar to mine – she loves good food, but she also likes to watch what she eats, so I love to look at her blog for great recipes.  Especially good pasta recipes.

3.  Frantic Home Cook:  If you haven’t been to this blog – GO NOW!  I love it!  Awesome recipes, easy recipes mixed in with no so easy ones, good kid food, and most of all hilarious blog entries.  I love this one! (Mom, you will like this one!)

4.  Irish Girl who Cooks and Drinks:  Kat is such an inspiration to me – she is a personal trainer and nutritionist who owns her own gym – what an awesome career!  Her blog is full of great healthy recipes and I love to make them.  Her Fancy Fast Chicken has become a staple in our house!

5.  Jamie’s Life -LIfe is Hard:  Jamie is just funny.  Period.  She cracks me up every day and her blog is the same way.  : )

My new stove!

March 28, 2008 at 1:10 am | Posted in kitchen | 6 Comments

As some of you know, we are going to build a house in the next couple of years.  We are designing it and doing most of the work ourselves so we are still a couple of years away, however we are planning for it already. 

One of the things I knew we needed to do before we sell this house is to buy a new stove.  For some reason when Tommy bought this house, all of the appliances matched except for the stove which was almond while everything else was black.  We had no intentions of buying a new stove for awhile but we were at Lowe’s last weekend and saw one that was  a good deal, so we bought it randomly!  I was super excited!  Our old stove did not have a flat cooktop and this one does – YAY!  It is nothing super fancy but I LOVE it!

I received the phone call today that it was in and I was so excited!  Tommy left work early and when I got home it was all set up for me to fix dinner.  🙂   See below my new toy:

NFR: The Aforementioned Bunny

March 28, 2008 at 1:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

As I mentioned in my “random” post below, we have a bunny who has become fond of our back yard.  He is there every morning and every evening and has been for about two weeks now.  Somewhere along the way he went from, “Oh look, there is a bunny in our yard!,” to someone who I consider to be a pet and someone who I look forward to seeing every day.  : ) 

I was talking to my good friend Clara who actually has two pet bunnies, about how to care for him.  I was asking her if I could give him any particular snacks.  She sent me an awesome list of things so I promptly went outside and put some baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and romaine lettuce in our yard.  It was funny because the first day the stuff was out there, the bunny didn’t go near it.  The next day though, not only did that bunny go near it, but there were TWO bunnies!!!  : )

Here is a kind of not so good pic of Bunny #1 (which I might add Will has named “Go Fish”…can you tell my mom just taught him how to play Go Fish?!)

 The bunnies haven’t been in the yard for the past two days now, but it’s been raining so hopefully they are hiding out somewhere.  I want them to come back!!! I love them!  : )

Random thing about me: 76-100

March 23, 2008 at 12:55 am | Posted in Randomness | 6 Comments

I had forgotten that I hadn’t yet finished the “random things about me” posts, so here is the final installment in case anyone cares to hear any more random things about me…  : )

76.  Sauvignon Blanc is currently my wine of choice
77. We currently have a bunny who loves our backyard and I have become attached to him
78. I am more comfortable in heels than flats any day
79. Some of my friends have nicknamed me the “bikini boss” because I am good at motivating (ie, driving people insane) people to workout & eat healthier
80. M&M’s are my favorite candy
81. I am much more of a salt lover than sweet lover
82. When I was little, one of my favorite things to play with was She-Ra Princess of Power
83. My best friends from roughly age 3-10 were boys. They had He-Man toys which were the equivalent of Princess of Power. It worked out well.
84. I love to wrap presents. I’m a freak about it.
85. My area of the country is currently flooded. As in state of emergency flooded. Tornadoes, ice storms, now this. Geez…
86. I am currently obsessing over the beginning signs of wrinkles on my face.
87. I will never tan again due to this. I will be the one in the big floppy hat on the beach.
88. My dream vacation is Italy – I’m dying to go to Tuscany and drink wine for 2 weeks straight.
89. I love to read – mostly chick lit. I love escaping from reality sometimes.
90. I have “white coat” syndrome. I’ve passed out in every doctor’s office known to man for no good reason.
91. I am extremely sentimenal about random things- I have an entire trunk full of “my life”
92. I am absolutely NOT a morning person. At all. Don’t talk to me until at least 10am.
93. I want a Bischon Frise so bad I can taste it. However, the responsibility scares me. (Lame, I know.)
94. I prefer black ink to blue ink.
95. I hate when I am baking and I mix up a bunch of stuff that includes powdered sugar and the powdered sugar flies everywhere. That really annoys me.
96. My favorite cuisine is Italian. Our favorite restaurant in town is this little Italian place on the walkway called Angelo’s. It is Fierce.
97. I can’t stand to be around people who think they know everything. It is completely annoying.
98. I have actually never done karaoke in a bar
99. I love the beach. I would love to live near the beach someday year round.
100. I leave you with…I am addicted to the internet. Blogging, Facebook, etc. I’ve made some of my greatest friends through the internet and I never thought that would be the case. Weird huh? : )

Penne w/ Vodka Sauce – Cooking Light & Andrea style!

March 20, 2008 at 9:33 pm | Posted in pasta | 3 Comments

I love pasta dishes so much.  I could eat pasta every day if my waistline and booty would let me.  I would never get tired of it!  I try to limit our pasta dishes to once a week or once every two weeks but when I saw this one on Andrea’s blog, I knew that I had to make it.  I love penne with vodka sauce and I liked that she got this one from Cooking Light.  She modified it a bit, but I think it’s still not completely bad for the approaching bikini season.  : )

Ingredients
1/2 pound uncooked penne pasta (I used wheat pasta)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons sliced fresh basil

Directions

– Cook pasta according to package directions, ommitting salt and fat.
– Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
– Add onion and saute 4 minutes until tender.
– Add 1/4 teaspoon slat, pepper, and garlic; saute for 1 mintue.
– Remove from heat and add vodka; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes or until liquid reduces by 1/2.
– Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil.
– Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
– Use immersion blender or transfer sauce to blender and process until smooth.
– Stir in cream and cook for two more minutes, stirring constantly.
– Remove from heat.  Stir in cooked pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and basil.
– Serve immediately.

 Pig Rating:  He really liked this one – score!!!  Thanks Andrea!!  He was already asking if there would be leftovers to eat the next day.  : )

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This was AWESOME!  This is seriously one of my favorite pasta dishes that I have made so far.  I think next time I may add some chicken to it, but this one is fantastical! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 18, 2008 at 1:50 am | Posted in bread, Cookies, Fun | 5 Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  I found out this weekend that I am 1/3 Irish (I’m a mutt basically…LOL) so that means I must celebrate even if it means not going out and getting drunk and stupid (I’ve certainly NEVER done that on St. Patty’s day….Umm……errr…..).

We had a “food day” today at my work.  Everyone brought in something – kind of a pot luck for St. Patrick’s day.  I made a cheese dip and the now famous “Erin’s sugar cookies” in the shape of shamrock’s of course.  🙂 Everyone brought so many awesome dishes to work….quite the mish mash of things.  On my plate at lunch were lasagna, barbecue chicken, cajun chicken, pickles, cheese and chips….um….LOL  Totally not my  healthiest day.  I went to the gym beforehand…does that count for something?!

Here are my festive St. Patty’s Day cookies….

And this was super funny.  One of my coworkers brought in green snake bread that she bought at our local grocery store.  LOL  : )

And finally tonight, Tommy and I finished off the day with our green beverages of choice.  : )

Dying Easter Eggs

March 18, 2008 at 1:37 am | Posted in Fun, kids | 5 Comments

It’s that time of year again…time to dye Easter eggs!!!  I love dying eggs.  My mom and I did it every year and I intend on doing it every year with our kids as well.  It’s such a fun time!  It’s magic as a kid to watch pure white eggs turn colors in a matter of a few minutes  🙂 

 Saturday night we had the egg dying night at our house.  A week before Easter, but again, have to do it when we have the kids.  It was so much fun!  Sheridan loves to write on the eggs with the waxy crayon before she colors hers and Will loves to get to pick out which colors “his” eggs will be.

Pictures to follow….

Colors coming to life!

Does anyone ever actually play that matching game that comes with Paas egg dye?!  We did.  You have to entertain a 4 year old somehow while eggs are “cooking”…LOL

Will waiting “patiently” for the eggs to dry so he could put football stickers on his…LOL

Even Daddy joined in on the fun when putting the stickers on!  : )

And finally….the finished product!  Happy Easter! 

Easter Bunny Cake!

March 18, 2008 at 1:29 am | Posted in Cakes, Fun | 6 Comments

This is pretty weird….to be having Easter celebrations before St. Patrick’s Day even occurred?!  Totally weird.  But it happened.  On Saturday we had Easter at my parent’s house.  We do not have the kids next weekend so we kind of have to do things when we can and thankfully I have parents who are extremely laid back and undertanding of this (thanks MOM!).

 Our job on Saturday (by “our” I mean, Sheridan and I since we are the “cookers and bakers” of the house…Ha!) was to bring a dessert.  Mom mentioned a bunny cake.  The story behind the bunny cake is that my mom used to make these for my high school and 4-H bake sales back in the day and we had a good time with them.  So…I bought the stuff for Sheridan and I to do one. 

This was really fun and easy to make.  : )  You just use a box of cake mix (we used white) and used 2 – 9″ circle cake pans, bake them, and cut one circle so that you have ears and a bow tie, and viola!  A bunny cake!  Then you can ice and decorate however you choose.

Here is ours….

Isn’t it cute and festive for Easter??  The kids loved it.  : )  We used M&M’s all over it…one of Tommy’s faves!  Clara, do you love it!?  It’s a bunny! LOL

 

 

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