Sunday, August 31, 2008
My parents and sister evacuated on Saturday to Shreveport and are staying with friends. I have several cousins who evacuated to a hotel in the Houston area. And another aunt went over to Panama City. As you can imagine, I am GLUED to the TV or internet, watching Gustav.
I feel particularly horrible for my best friend's sister, whom had a baby on Tuesday, got home from the hospital on Thursday, and had to pack up her family (3 other children plus this new baby and hubby) to leave. I could not imagine getting on the road with a four day old baby!!!--and then wondering if your home will be there when you get back!
But being from Louisiana, and now living in Florida, I know that everyone is safe now. Their lives are what are important, not the belongings. Thanks for asking--and please pray for everyone on the Gulf Coast.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
The 2008 Great American Seafood contest is underway, and man oh man, is this year's competition tough. There are five wonderful seafood recipes and you get to help pick the winner of this great cook off at http://www.greatamericanseafoodcookoff.com/. Unfortunately, I am biased and voted for Louisiana's Chef Brian Landry and his Shrimp and Andouille Cassoulet recipe. (Brian is a chef at one of my favorite eateries, Galatoire's. There is a location in New Orleans and another in Baton Rouge. YUM!)
I plan to try his amazing recipe next week, but I will probably use smoked sausage instead of andouille sausage (since that's not an easy thing to find in Florida--and I don't have any in the freezer right now! Dad, you hear that!?)
While on the subject of seafood, let me add this comment....Now y'all know a Louisiana girl like me loves to cook shrimp, crawfish, and crabs on a regular basis. I tell you, I only use domestic seafood. You can really taste the difference--much freshier! I try to buy fresh seafood whenever possible and always ask "where is it from".
So, okay, now it's your turn-- enter to win a trip to New Orleans by voting in this year's contest. Imagine a few days drinking on Bourbon Street, visiting the awesome Zoo, eating good seafood, breakfast at the Court of Two Sisters! So enter now...and good luck!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Father, all the elements of nature obey your command. Calm the storms and hurricanes that threaten us and turn our fear of your power into praise of your goodness. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ear rings at $5 each!This is my favorite find. It is the perfect little dress for the Holidays (it's shiny and soft!--silver black and blues)
I am on this "I have nothing to wear" kick. (You know what I mean, right!?)
So, I went to Macy's yesterday, looked for one hour, and found nothing!! I am not into the Babydoll tops that are popular right now (hell I wore them for the last 2 or 3 years while pregnant!). I found some great tops at Ann Taylor on clearance but there were none left in my size. SO I went home quite sad.
Today, I think I will hit the Ann Taylor and Banana Republic outlet stores. (Gawd, so happy hubby doesn't read this blog--ha!) Wish me luck!
P.S. Did you notice NO WEEKLY WEIGH IN THIS WEEK!? I don't even want to know what the scale says this week as I am sure I gained back one pound of the six lost! We had pizza twice last week and I made chocolate chip cookies with the kids yesterday afternoon.
Well, this is the easiest --and tastiest -- slow cooker recipe ever.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
You Are Bobby Brady
Ultra competitive, you will do almost anything to win. From pull ups to pool sharking, you're very talented.
And while everyone is aware of your victories, they still (affectionately) consider you to be a little brat!
Friday, August 22, 2008
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup of water (or chicken broth)
1 onion, finely diced (or 1 Tbsp. minced dried onion)
Pinch of Black Pepper
Handful of frozen peas (optional--I try to sneak them in for the kids)
1 cup Egg Wide Noodles or Dumplings (I use the No Yolk Brand)
Place all ingredients except the noodles in a slow cooker. Cover, and cook for 6 to 7 hours on LOW. About 30 minutes before serving, turn cooker up to HIGH, and throw in one cup of Wide Egg Noodles or Dumplings. Enjoy!
I found the Jo-Jo costume on sale a few months back at DisneyStore.com. And the lion costume, I got for $5 at Old Navy last November. (I told you guys that I bargain shop!) So we are going as Jo Jo and Goliath from Playhouse Disney!
UPDATE: I just received an email from DisneyStore.com. They are doing free shipping on Halloween items if you enter the promo code TREATS. This weekend only.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
FYI: This storm will not go away! In fact, the schools in my county were closed Tuesday and Wednesday; open today (Thursday) but will close again tomorrow (Friday). The winds tonight are the highes they have been in 3 days--gusts around 46 to 50.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Actually, schools should have been opened yesterday and closed today in my area, but it's just the opposite. I bet school officials are second guessing their decision. Too late now. (Okay even crazier, I live on the border of two counties. If I leave my neighborhood and go left today, schools are closed. If I leave my neighborhood and turn right, schools are open.)
I shouldn't complain though. I am very glad that Fay turned out to be less of a threat than they thought. I am glad we were prepared. It was a good exercise for the next one.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Now you have probably heard me say this before, but I am a dog lover, not a cat lover. So when I married hubby, I made sure he knew I was never to change the litter or take care of his cat. I have requested over and over that he change the litter daily, but sometimes in the morning rush he forgets, and then I am left to deal with the smell the rest of the day. I will try spraying Lysol but it doesn't always mask the smell.
So when I received my Renuzit TriScents Transform Your Home kit, I knew exactly where I was going to test it--yup, near the cat litter box. And let me tell you, I was amazed!!! In fact, I thanked hubby for cleaning the litter box everyday that week, and he laughed & admitted that he had not been doing it daily. He's also sold on the TriScents.
Next time you are at the store, you really have to try this product. It's available in two fragrances, Seaside Breeze and Morning Meadow. (The starter kit is about $10.00, with refills under $5.)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Last year, I purchased matching outfits for the kids. I enjoyed the look, but no one else really noticed it.....afterall, I couldn't get them to pose together for one photo (our card ended up with two separate photos), and we skipped Church on Christmas (yes, bad Catholics!).
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
So all and all, the pictures came out okay. (It was a lot of work and planning for just average looking pictures. I really wanted a GOOD family picture to hang in my house and I didn't get "that" shot.)
Tom-Tom did NOT want to cooperate. (afterall he is only 17 month olds!). He was running all over the place and when I tried to hold him in my lap, he was not happy. The photographer made the mistake of giving him a rubber duck to keep him quiet--thinking she could pull it away at the last minute--but of course that just pissed him off, so rubber ducky is now part of the family.
Anyhow, there was one that was pretty
Enjoy your weekend...
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
- 3 or 4 chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup rice
- 1 cup salsa
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
- Cilantro (optional)
- 2 cups of Mexican blend shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x11 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine rice, salsa, water, cilantro, and 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheese. Mix well and then spread evenly into your casserole dish.
Lay the chicken breasts on top of the rice mixture. Sprinkle entire dish with taco season. Spinkle remaining cheese on top of chicken breasts.
Cover tightly with foil and bake for one hour. YUM!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
BUT then I also discovered this cool feature on the Wendy's web site--you can personalize your sandwich to get the exact calories & fat info (based on ingredients and toppings!).
For example, look at the grilled chicken page: http://www.wendys.com/food/Product.jsp?family=2&product=117 and hit "personalize it". I took off the honey mustard sauce --hit "recalculate it" ... and saved 3.5 fat grams!
Pretty neat, uh?
Update: I just learned you can do the same on McDonald's web site. Try it here: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal/itemDetailInfo.do
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Let me tell you why...I hate the darn things. They drive me nuts.
I swore I would weigh in weekly--and only once a week (each Tuesday).
My starting weight was 136.5. I want to get to 125 pounds.
At week 1 it was 134 (lost 2.5 lbs)
At week 2 it was 132.0 (lost another 2.0 lbs)
Okay, I am so excited about my recent weight loss, so I got on the scale on Thursday (I know It wasn't a Tuesday weigh in) and saw 131--yay! I emailed my best friend, my mom, and hubby. I had lost 5.5 pounds total.
And then today, I ran to the grocery store and jumped back on the scale (yes, third time this week!--I'm telling you I am OCD!) and got 133.5!!! UGH. IT HAS TO BE WRONG, right!? ;)
How could I have GAINED in five days!? I've on the treadmill every single day.
I'm so not happy. I went back to the check out line and bought a 12 pack of light beer. (Come on, it's better than chocolate cake right!?) I will never own a scale, and I swear I am only doing once a week weigh-ins!
(gulp, gulp, gulp--ahhhh!)
Friday, August 08, 2008
I had no idea today was 08.08.08 (very cool date!)
Although I knew the Olympics were about to begin, I didn't realize the opening ceremony was tonight.
And I had no idea President Bush would be in attendance (in China!!!).
Guess I need to start making it a priority to watch the news sometimes, uh!?
- The heat is unbearable. I feel like the kids and I are stuck in the house. It's even too hot to enjoy the pool or the patio.
- TV is nothing but re-runs or (very bad) reality shows.
- Hubby's ride home is an additional ten minutes due to lost tourists on the Interstate.
- My yard is dried up and the plants looks horrible.
- And we are always wondering if a Hurricane is looming.
- College football is in full action.
- As the temperatures start to drop (slowly, but surely),I can put in new fall plants, & pretty orange and yellow flowers at my mailbox.
- Mimi turns three so I can plan a "Princess" celebration.
- I can light Pumpkin scented candles in my home.
- And, the kids are settled into their school routine.
Oh, I'm counting the days! September, beautiful September. How I long for thee.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Chicken Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles
3 cups heavy cream
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
5 mushrooms, diced
1 roasted chicken, shredded
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
In a saucepan over low heat, mix together heavy cream, cream of mushroom soup, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Simmer, stirring frequently, until well blended. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion in olive oil until tender, then add garlic and mushrooms. Mix in the chicken, and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
Lightly coat the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with enough of the cream sauce mixture to coat. Layer with 1/3 of the lasagna noodles, 1/2 cup ricotta, 1/2 of the spinach, 1/2 the chicken mixture, and 1 cup mozzarella. Top with 1/2 the cream sauce mixture, and repeat the layers. Place the remaining noodles on top, and spread with remaining sauce.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until brown and bubbly. Top with the remaining mozzarella, and continue baking until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008