Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Slow Cooker Success

Just incase you want to know how many individually wrapped treat packs of candy corn I have had this morning... the answer is 6.

Oh, but you REALLY wanted to know about dinner. Yes, dinner was awesome... of course!!! I did not smell burnt chicken when I walked into the house. Yippee!

After I verified that our dinner was not burnt, I loaded our counter top with lots of other goodies from the kitchen:
tortilla wraps
tortilla chips
shredded cheese
sour cream (or "our keem" as Bro likes to call it)
spanish rice

... and we all made individual chicken tacos for ourselves. Voila!!!!!

Easy Peasy!

Where did I find this great recipe? (Frozen chicken breasts + 1 jar of salsa + cook on low all day long) I have to credit according to Kelly for the recipe idea. Thanks Kelly... even though you have no idea who I am.

Secondly, Yummy Mummy has these great and fun printables on her blog. I printed out the lunch survey and put it in Lulu's lunchbox today. I rolled it up and tied with a cute yellow ribbon and attached a pencil. It is either going to be a big hit... or really embarrassing. Lulu has no idea that it is in there. I can't wait to see what type of reaction I get.

Thirdly, I don't know how to put my e-mail address on this blog... some sort of widget or something... looked at my settings... can't find it... tried to google it... whatever... I am going to create a little something for my sidebar. In the meantime, you can always reach me at

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Slow Cooker - Take 2

I'm trying another slow cooker recipe. I've decided that I have slow cooker troubles because my slow cooker is oval shaped and everyone else has a round one. I borrowed a round one from Fairy Grandmother, over the weekend. I am currently slow cookin' some "chicken tacos" and the recipe is quite simple. Add 4 frozen chicken breasts. Dump in one jar of salsa. Cook on low "ALL DAY LONG." Serve with your favorite guacamole and sour cream.

I followed the directions exactly, this morning. The recipe came from a fellow blogger (who will be credited later, but I can't remember who it was) who PROMISES that this is the easiest and tastiest dish EVER. We'll see about that!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


It is 8:49 p.m. and I am listening to my husband play the guitar while I contemplate this post.

The confession is... that... for the first time since Kindergarten... Lulu is NOT currently enrolled in any extracurricular activities. At this time every year we are juggling sports, scouts (cookie sales are coming), theater, and homework... with homework often taking a backseat to the other activities (sorry). It is just a mad house around here in Spetember.

Add baby Bro to this and it gets worse.

Add in the fact that Dear Husband is a real estate agent and things get even worse. Let's face it... people can't meet during the day. Real Estate agents work NIGHT and WEEKENDS. Thus, leaving me as a single mom, from time to time.

I dread back-to-school. I dread it.

This year is sooooooooooo different. I thought that Lulu needed to start out slow and take some time getting used to middle school. Thus, she is going to theater as part of an after-school activity (means no chauffering her back and forth) and she'll cheer this winter. Admittedly, scouts will start soon - Friday, to be exact.

Anyways... the point is... things aren't crazy... they are peaceful... I like peaceful...

It is now 8:56 p.m. and I'm going to get ready for bed.

How about you? Do you just feel like back-to-school is just crazy???
Or is it just me???

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm So Competitive

We had a great time at trivia last night. The grab bag categories (a small sampling of questions in each round will be from these categories) were Great Expectations (classic book) and the Breakfast Club (80s movie).

Unfortunately, I was confused so I studied Grapes of Wrath instead of Great Expectations. How well do you remember Great Expectations?

1. What was the name of Miss Havisham’s estate?
2. What was the name of the convict who befriended Pip?
3. What was the job that Pip was projected to have when he grew up?
4. Parts of Great Expectations were published in two editions of a periodical in 1860. What was that periodical?
5. I forgot what this question was.

So, you see, obviously these were hard questions (for someone who hasn't read the book in 20 years) and obviously I needed to study. Oh well.

Other questions that I remember are:

1. In what part of your body is the labyrinth found? (I knew this one actually - lucky guess.)
2. What animal lives in a formicarium?
3. Who was the only bachelor American President? (Ben Franklin was our guess.)

It was fun to go and it makes for a cheap date night. We eat dinner ahead of time (grilled cheese and vegetable soup last night - napmom was really in the cooking mood) and just sit for drinks at the restaurant. I think that we are going to try to go the first Monday of every month. That sounds reasonable, right???


Great Expectations Answers:
1. Satis House
2. Magwitch
3. Blacksmith
4. All the Year Round

Other Answers:

1. Ear
2. Ant
3. James Buchanan (Apparently, Ben Franklin had a common law marriage with Deborah Read AND -drum roll please- he was never a President. Hello??? Maybe I had too many drinks at this point. No, wait - I wasn't drinking.)