April 30, 2011

Eating, Reading, Watching

Instead of the Weekly Wrap-ups I had started doing, I'm going to change it up to this format. I know, I live for big changes. *snicker*

Eating: Nothing exciting. Since I've been sick, dinner has been re-runs of my easiest dishes.
Turkey Patties
Tofu Stir-fry
White Bean and Spinach {I made this with black beans...holy yum}
Crock-Pot Chicken {made into soft tacos. Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in the crock-pot? It doesn't get all crispy like a roasted chicken does, but you can stick the whole thing frozen in the crock, season and the whole house doesn't heat up. Winner winner chicken dinner}

Reading:
Finished: Goldie Hawn's  memoir. Amazing!
Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
Started: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Watching:
Little Fockers
Season 1, 2. 3. 4, 5 of Nip/Tuck
Tangled
Black Swan
The Fighter
How Do You Know (skip it)
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I have so much to do around the house...There's 20 days of school left and I HAVE to get this house Summer ready. If not, well there will be consequences.

And thank goodness for Pinterest, I have a board of Things To Do With My Kids. Plus there's a pretty sweet Star Wars Craft book I want to pick up at Hastings. I vow to make something this summer. Even if it's just one thing.

hand 'picked'

Now, since I have so much to clean...I'm going to avoid it all by escaping to watch the Royal Wedding again...and again...and again.

April 15, 2011

Make These This Weekend: Donut Muffins

It's a donut that looks like a muffin but tastes exactly like a powdered donut. ~Caedon
Donut Muffins
I've seen a lot of recipes for donuts 'round the interwebz. Glazed, chocolate, cake, birthday batter, strawberry, fried, baked...there's a lot out there.

I have three kids who wake up and needbreakfastlikerightnowOMG.
Donut Muffins
{This is where I show you how I make batter that matches my counter.}

I came across these on Rootie Tootie Fresh and Foodie {right now the post that's up is a delicious Strawberry and Buttermilk  Pudding Cake with Mascarpone. I'm in love.} and how could I say no? I could have powdered donuts in 25 minutes. Sign me up.

Donut Muffins

April 14, 2011

Stuff in my Fridge

Ground breaking blog content right here. Hold on to your pants.

All joking aside, I like looking at other peoples refrigerators. I suffer from Trader Joe envy, so when you post that you got specialty hummus that is only available at Trader Joe's, it's like you stab me a little in the heart. Plus they have this amazing dried mango with  red chile powder. ZOMG it is so good!

A couple of weeks ago I went spending shopping with my mom. She came to visit and we drove to Roswell so I could fondle items at Target and Sam's Club. I don't really know how long the trip from Carlsbad to Roswell is, so I describe it as being at long as A Bug's Life. If the movie starts at the end of our street, it ends right at the Walgreens on the main street of Roswell.

These were last weeks favorite finds:

Pepper Grinder
There really is no excuse to not have freshly ground black pepper {unless you don't like it, I mean. I don't judge. My husband is an over-pepperer and for a long time, I avoided it} This plastic grinder cost less than $7 and its disposable. Then you just go and buy another one.

Sweet Peppers
Now that I'm on peppers, I figured bulk is the way to go. Especially since we make Tofu Stir-Fry twice a week. I actually jumped ahead on this and roasted all of these and kept them in a container in the fridge.

Hummus
I like Hummus. I like it a lot. My favorite is the Roasted Garlic variety, but this large tub was inexpensive enough and OMGSUCHAGREATDEAL that I couldn't pass it up.

Cinnamon Rolls
I didn't eat one...I ate four. This was a request by Brandon and Grandma was in a yes mood.

Almond Butter
Do you know how expensive Almond Butter is? A lot expensive. I can get a smallish jar for $11 at my natural foods store. A large jar like this is marked at over $25!! At Sam's I found this large {26 oz} jar for $6.50. $6.50!!!  Boo-yah. Pass the bananas.

Any good stuff I'm missing? We always get frozen pizzas and cereal, stock up on vitamins and a gallon of vanilla extract. Okay, I'm exaggerating about the gallon of vanilla, but it's damn big.

April 8, 2011

Friday Randoms

  • We tried to watch Little Fockers last night, but the electricity went out about 25 minutes in. The whole neighborhood was pitch black and I have to admit, it freaked me out. I'm scared of the dark, so streets and streets of black just...I'm going to stop before I hyperventilate. 

  • The more I watch the *new* Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, the more I like it.

  • I have an after-school Wii date with my seven year old. 

  • We rented Wipeout for the Wii. The boys giggled for a good 2 hours yesterday afternoon. (Okay, it was longer. Much much longer than 2 hours but I shouldn't admit that I let them play the Wii for that many hours on a school night)

  • Last weekend, before I caught the sickness, was the last weekend of Spring soccer. No more practices, no more socks. I'm not quite sure how we ended up with so many pairs of soccer socks but those thing love static. I've pulled a sock off the back of my husbands shirt before he left for work more times than I ever imagined I would.

  • My husband and I spent a good hour yesterday discussing men's hair. What makes good hair on a guy? A decent part of that hour was spent on sideburns. 

  • I'm still sick. At least now I'm reading emails instead of weeding them out. Puffs with vicks are amazing...and amazingly hard to find. 

April 5, 2011

Uninspired

I've been feeling rather blah for the last few days. If you are one of my facebook friends, you'll know that I have spent a couple of evenings at one with my couch and blu-ray. Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan and season one of Nip/Tuck.

Thank goodness for the Crock-Pot. I have this family and they want to eat dinner like, every night! ;)

Saturday turned into one very long day...beginning at 7:30 and not ending until well after eleven that night. It was a very good day, a day well spent but it took whatever I had out of me. Sunday I felt worn down, sore, hot and snotty. Seksi.

So unless you want a recap on how Puffs with Vicks are way more awesome than Puffs with aloe...give me a day. I'll come up with something more inspired.

xo,
Trysha

How-To: Aaaaagh-nts! **Update**

Last week I paused to show you my plight.

Aaaaaagh-nts!

I mixed 4 tablespoons of sugar and about 1/2 cup of Comet Cleaner. I honestly didn't measure the Comet, it was a few good shakes. I had the ant hill at the front of the house that I showed you, plus one in the backyard.

I liberally sprinkled my sugar/comet/mix of death on the ant hills.

Later that night, I noticed there were some very sluggish ants. There were noticeably fewer ants and they were not moving at their usual pace. This seemed promising.

Day 2-3 didn't show any fewer ants than Day 1. I figured the evening progress would continue and they would be eliminated by the third day.

This was not so promising.

But...Last night when I went out to water the lawn dirt, I saw this:

Aaaaaagh-nts! Gone!!

Oh yes. Eliminated!!

I didn't add any additional mix, I watered the front yard a couple of times in the last week, but didn't flood the ant hill like I normally would.

So I would call this a success! A couple of household ingredients, some patience and it all worked out.

I expect more ants, its just what they do; so next time I think I'll up my sugar/comet ratio to about half and half. (I would guesstimate it was around 1:3). It worked much more efficiently on the backyard ant hill than the front, although based on my very limited ant expertise they were the same type of ant.

But for now, I'm going to enjoy my ant-free sidewalk.

Aaaaaagh-nts! Gone!!