Monday, April 26, 2010
It was Thursday... I realized I had some mold growing in my shredded mozzarella and some Pizza sauce in the fridge that needed to be eaten, stat.
I thought I would make Thin Crust Pizza again, because I made it about a month ago and it was delicous, see?The only problem? The recipe calls for the pizza dough to be made ahead and refrigerated, which is usually great, but under my circumstances, not so much. So, Frugal Girl to the rescue! I e-mailed her asking if there was any way I could make the dough and bake it right away. Thankfully, she was Johnny-on-the-spot in getting back to me, told me to add more yeast and let it set for about an hour, and then I was on my merry way.It was perfect! (Please forgive me for not taking a picture of the final product... we ate it so fast, I forgot!) And, the best part... it led to only one thing being photographed for Food Waste Friday, the old and moldy cheese.
Thank you, Frugal Girl 911!!
Black Bean & Avocado burritos, recipe by Rachael Ray.Southwestern Fruit Salad, recipe by Wegmans.
And finally... Paula Deen's Peanut Butter Parfaits. These were so huge we split them, twice. And, I put the leftover peanut butter/cream cheese mixture on a bagel... wow.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Okay, I'm going to be honest here. I come off as a great hostess. But the truth is, I can't stand to have people's stuff all over the place in my house. I'm a little bit.. how you say... anal? Oh well. It's not that you're not welcome, it's just that we're living in an apartment right now and the whole air mattress thing gets old, you know? Thank God we have two full bathrooms!
I digress.... the great thing about my sister coming to visit is she has this same problem, so she understands when she leaves a glass on the table and it instantly disappears into the dishwasher... what happened and why. And I love her for that!
Tracy and Brayden came up for a quick visit, just one day, during Brayden's Spring Break from school. Brayden is 8 years old, he's really into history and money! Kids are so funny with their random interests, aren't they?
We took T & B all over DC. We went on a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to see how our nation's money is made. We went in the White House (just for a tour of the Press Briefing Room where I work, to do the full on tour would have taken more planning). We ate lunch, bought some random stuff from street vendors and went to see the War stuff in the Museum of American History. By the end of the day, Brayden's little 8 year old legs were SPENT, he had a WASHINGTON DC backpack full of stuff and we were all falling asleep on the Metro.
It was GOOD TIMES. Love family visits. Love spending a little bit of time with my nephews before they grow up, which, by the way, happens when you blink!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
These grapes couldn't be eaten fast enough! They got tossed. I guess that's not too bad. There is some homemade bread on the counter I just remembered... Guess we better wolf the rest of it down tonight or we're going to have to take another food waste picture.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Recently, though, I've had a few chances to go to a local Goodwill store to drop some of our unwanted junk off and take a look inside. I've been quite lucky lately! Check out some of my finds:
This is the best one! A table that we'll be using as a desk. It's like brand new! For $35.00. I almost had to fight off a Chinese lady for this one, but fortunately another skill I learned from my Granny Nora is how to protect your thrift store purchase from other suitors, so alas, it's in our living room.
I scored a brand new, in the package from Target, chocolate brown bedskirt, for $2.00. It's actually king size and our bed's a queen, but a little fold over job under the mattress and no one will ever know! It's remarkable the difference this has made in pulling our bedroom together and making it look more "finished." For 7 months you could see the box spring and it made me nuts pretty much on a daily basis.
I also picked up this wine rack at Goodwill for $2.00. It's fake leather, and also brown, which apparently we're obsessed with.
Striking gold in the thrift store brings such joy! I love showing off my prizes. It's like a sport!
Mike: Oh yeah.
All was well, in the end. Love it when I can cover up my mistakes that easily! :)
Easter will always be a special holiday for us because it's when we really "met" for the first time, "in person." I was compelled, somehow, to get out of the generally cautious, pre-planned mindset that I'm usually in, and I took a big risk Easter weekend of 2007 and got on a plane in Pittsburgh, PA and eventually ended up in Nacogdoches, TX, where it SNOWED. That should have been a sign from God, right there, that this was anything but ordinary!
I think this may very well be our first photo together! It's framed on my desk at work :)
I don't think either of the two people in that photo had any idea that three years later, they'd be waking up to this:
Easter gifts, yippee! I gave M an iTunes card and six Snickers eggs, I have only eaten one so far. He gave me my favorite perfume, Clinique's Happy In Bloom. The bottle I bought for that TX visit in 2007 just ran out a couple of months ago, so it was a perfect gift.
We had our friends Ginger, Victor and Caleb over for lunch. Ginger and Victor made this fabulous lamb recipe with this awesome sauce we ended up eating all week. After we ate, we went on a walk together and took some family pictures.
Don't the pups look great! Love those tongues!
You think my husband could get his own memorial? He makes a good statue.
What a glorious date day! So glad we get to enjoy all of this stuff together now. We're so blessed to live close to the city. So much fun free stuff to do! :)
Friday, April 2, 2010
At work yesterday, I was cleaning out my drawers and re-organizing. Doesn't that feel good!?! Something about Spring makes me want to delete so much stuff, at work and at home! I always want everything NEW!
We get up early. EARLY. Like 2-4am early, depending on the day. I love the look on people's faces when we tell them, "we have to get up early," and they're like, "oh, we do too." Then we drop that 2am bomb and people get that "whoa" look on their faces. It's kind of funny.
Kind of. Getting up at 2am can be TOUGH, people! We have a lot to do in the mornings to both get ready for the day. Some mornings are better than others. I took the picture above AFTER I had walked and fed the dogs, changed the laundry from the washer to the dryer, picked up a little around the house, and got things in place to get Michael up. I was waiting on the coffee to brew.
So, we got up a little earlier so I could head out and catch the bus. Felt like the first day of school! I was definitely almost hit by a car that came speeding out of our apartment complex. It was pitch dark outside. New York license plate! That's all I'm saying.