Thursday, July 31, 2008
Don't be...I'm doing this instead of the cleaning and packing I need to be doing for our Summer Tour of the Midwest!
So posting will be light for the next few weeks, but then we'll be back to fill you in on all the crazy from our trip and Ainsley's surgery.
By the way, if you ever want to annoy me, here's what you can do...Fax my son's medical records to the new doctor's office, but leave the immunization record blank, so that while we're in the office waiting for shots that I had to practically drag him in for, we can be told that we can't get the shots until the office can verify his records to make sure he's getting all the shots he needs. And then when I call to let you know that the page you faxed over was blank, you can tell me that since it's been a year since he was a patient, all of his records are in "storage" and therefore not able to be faxed over while we're waiting. So then I have to drive home and get my copy of the records and then drive back again for the shots (all 4 of them!) so that he can start middle school. Seriously.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Anyway, I like Kirby a lot better than Jack's other brother, Emile. I met him the other day when I was giving Jack his bath. "Mom," he said, "my brother, Emile, is in the bath too. He's a rat." I tried to remain calm. After his bath, Jack made a little bed on the floor next to his for his rat brother, Emile, and I'm sure they talked and laughed and played cars into the night. We haven't seen much of Emile since Kirby showed up. And I'm okay with that. Because, really, I just don't like rats. Especially the ones I can't see.
Monday, July 28, 2008
The following is an actual message I got today. Ridiculous.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Internal Revenue Service"
Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 4:44 PM
Subject: You have get a Tax Refund on your Visa or MasterCard
You have get a Tax Refund on your Visa or MasterCard.
Complete the formular, and get your Tax Refund. (Your Refund Amount Is $620.50)
(Inserted here was a link I was supposed to click on to "complete the formular" and no doubt, actually give these morons my Visa or MasterCard number.)
Copyright © 2008 - Internal Revenue Service. All rights reserved. (Nice touch here, the little copyright thing. Wow, I almost fell for that one!!)
And the sad thing is that some people will probably actually fall for this. Please don't fall for this!
She doesn't have my eyes, my hair or my nose, but my OCD? Check.
So they spent a good hour pouring over cookbooks and came up with Sloppy Dogs and Oven Cheese Fries.
Now, the Sloppy Dogs are a variation of the Sloppy Joe, served in a hot dog bun. Also, not as sweet...more of an Italian Sloppy Joe (and in fact, the leftovers were very good on some leftover pasta!) The recipe called for ground beef, but we decided to substitute ground turkey instead. Then once the meat has browned you add some tomato sauce, onion, basil and oregano and let it simmer for about 15 minutes and then you end up with this:
Then you load the meat into a whole wheat hot dog bun and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
The method for cooking the fries was a little different than anything I'd seen before. The recipe called for the kids to dip the potatoes in egg white, bake for 10 minutes, flip, and then bake for an additional 20 minutes. The egg white made them extra crispy! Then you load them up with cheese (and Emily's addition of crumbled bacon) and then they go back into the oven for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted.
Then you add a little watermelon:
And dinner is served:
It was really very tasty. And all I had to do was buy the groceries and clean up!
I love baby shoes.
And preschool shoes. (Don't these look like Ryan's skinny ankles and big feet?)
These even light up. Go Speed Racer!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Jack: Yesterday Dad used that kind of baby shampoo for my hair.
Me: Oh yeah? Well that's okay. (Really, it's more than okay, because sometimes there is just too much fun going on during bath time that washing with soap/shampoo can get overlooked!)
Jack: No! It's not okay!
Me: Why not?
Jack: Because that shampoo is designed for babies. Not kids.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Jack: Mom, is that poop Ainsley has in her hands?
Me: (breathing a sigh of relief) No, sweetie. That's a potato.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I don't really know how it happened. I mean, one minute Ainsley was screaming and I was opening a box of Nilla Wafers so I could give her a few with the hope of keeping her quiet for 10 minutes, because really, I just wanted to be able to make dinner for the next couple of nights. And then Ryan started freaking out because he was sure I was going to get arrested for opening a box of Nilla Wafers without yet paying for them, even though I assured him I would pay for them when we checked out and Jack kept asking if he could get a car (Hot Wheels - although I'm sure discussions about a real automobile are not far behind) and I think somewhere in the chaos, Emily sneaked in the, "Remember last time we were here and you said maybe we could try these crackers someday?" And the next thing I know, these are on the conveyor belt.
These kids are good. I'm quite sure they were giving each other high-5's in the car while I finished loading all the groceries.
And I could tell you that these really do taste like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but then I would be admitting that I tried them. Which I'm not going to do. And so instead, I will change the subject...
Hey, this is my 100th post!! Yay me!! (And you, of course, for reading! Yay you!!)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
When they were here last Christmas, the favorite dessert - by far - among the Quandt kids was our family's famous peppermint bark. I think I just heard a collective "Uuhhgg!" from some of you, but just try to remember your first taste many, many moons ago, before you ate enough in one sitting to feed a small country. Remember how you loved it? I told Jenny how easy it was to make and she asked if I could show her while they were here. Now, back in the old days, the kids would have been sent outside with hammers to crush the peppermints, but the thought of this crew with hammers was just a little scary to me...
(thanks for the picture, Jean!)
So, I cheated and used a food processor to pulverize the peppermints. Done in about a minute with no mess and no broken fingers!
After the candy had cooled, it was ready to be broken into pieces and Gavin and Megan got in on that action:
It was a bit like Christmas in July.
The next fun thing we made were these adorable Corn-on-the-Cobcakes, courtesy of Family Fun Magazine. You decorate vanilla frosted cupcakes with yellow and white jelly beans, sprinkle with decorator sugar (for the salt), put three together with corn holders on the ends and a semi-melted Starburst (for the butter) on top and voila!
I had to promise to make them again once Ryan and Emily get their braces off since they could only have the cupcakes (no jelly beans, no Starbursts!). Again, very easy and tons of fun!
And last, but certainly not least, the perfect dessert for the Fourth of July - Flag Cake. There are lots of recipes for this kind of dessert, but this particular one comes from my culinary hero, The Barefoot Contessa. Her recipe actually calls for raspberries, but I had many requests to use strawberries instead. And the frosting...oh my goodness. One pound of butter, one and a half pounds of cream cheese, one pound of powdered sugar and a little vanilla. As Ina herself would say, "Now, how bad can that be?"
Not bad at all...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Jackson: Oh, is that my Spiderman underwear?
Me: Nope, it's my underwear.
Jackson: No it's not!
Me: Sure it is!
Jackson: You don't have Spiderman underwear!
Me: I don't? Well, what kind of underwear do I have?
Jackson: Uh, big ones!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I think I may have solved the "mystery" of how the Aerobed has so many holes in it.