All shades of Purple

Because purple is my favorite color.

Monday, July 31, 2006

In the Oven and on the Table

Monday: For dinner I tried an interesting experiment: Spaghetti, using cooked lentils in place of the beef. It was very good, though I think in future I will go 50/50 beef and lentils. Lentils cook very fast and, being bland, they take on the flavors around them. Lately when I serve meatless meals I worry that our daughter will grow up to be a vegetarian. While I don't think vegetarians are evil, we are meat people and it would be traumatic for me to be confronted with a vegetarian at such close quarters. That said we try to be frugal and healthy so the portions of meat are often small.
Tuesday: Spicy Indian Chicken for dinner with Brown Rice.
Wednesday: Leftover Spaghetti for dinner.
Thursday: I don't remember what we ate - sorry!
Friday: Pasta Salad for dinner.
Saturday: Lunch was our big meal, a California Tamale Pie we took to my grandparents. And then dinner was leftovers.
Sunday: Oktoberfest Pockets for dinner. And I made a loaf of bread too!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The current vibe

My in-laws are coming for a visit in two weeks and I am feeling jittery. This will be their first time to visit us here and I want them to be overwhelmed with how "right" a place it is for us. And naturally I want them to be reminded of (because they should already know) what a great wife and mother I make for their son and granddaughter. Everything should be fine because, honestly, I have fantastic in-laws. The few quirks that annoy me are so very minor that if I mentioned them it would melt the world-wide-web with envy. They are the nicest people you could ever hope to meet and they live very far away. What is so hard about a short visit? Well, that bit about them living so far away is a double edged sword because it makes me feel that I have that much less opportunity to impress them. If your in-laws visit once a month and they only see your floor dirty 3 times a year then they can assume that your house is clean about 70% of the time, right? If they visit once in 2 years and they see your floor dirty once they will conclude your house is never clean. Isn't that the way it works?
I mentioned my nervousness and my husband began making the usual soothing noises. But when I said "I'm going to wash the light fixtures and clean the windows tomorrow," He looked up.

In other news: I've discovered the best thing about living in a little apartment. You can say, "I'm going to wash the windows," And everyone is impressed. Twenty minutes later, you are too.

Monday, July 24, 2006

In the Oven and on the Table

Monday: I made just a small batch of tortillas to try using oil instead of solid shortening. They seemed easier to roll out. Will report further comparison later. Balsamic Chicken over Brown Rice for dinner. Not a big hit with husband or helper. Bah!
Tuesday: Made bread. Porcupine Meatballs for dinner.
Wednesday: The little helper and I made carrot cookies. For dinner, Chicken Quesadillas with the oil tortillas made Monday. The tortillas seemed a bit more brittle than those made with solid shortening but I think a better judgment could be made if we had tacos.
Thursday: Meatball sandwiches for dinner.
Friday: For dinner I made fabulous fried chicken breast sandwiches. I mean, they were stinkin' exquisite! Crisp and juicy, not greasy or limp. Sadly, the husband had eaten out a late and large lunch and the urchin was more interested in playing so my scrumptious dinner was not appreciated to the extent it deserved.
Saturday: Our nephew's birthday so the extended family had burgers out.
Sunday: Our traditional pizza for dinner on a non-traditional night and at a thoroughly un-traditional though perhaps not un-godly hour.

Friday, July 21, 2006

In the Background

On the phone with my sister today I heard this conversation with her son:
"You licked that cupcake!? Well don't think that means you get to eat it now! I'll just mark it for you to eat tomorrow at your party!"
Meanwhile I am telling my own offspring: "No you may not have another cookie, you crumbled the last one all over the table!"

Monday, July 17, 2006

In the Oven and on the Table

I really need to work on these posts as the week progresses. When I procrastinate we end up like this:
Monday: uh, beats me! Tuesday: we ate . . . food! Wednesday: yeah, something or other. It was the best!
Thursday: Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole for dinner. I made the best Linzer Cookies in the world using my snazzy linzer cookie cutter. The little helper did not help but she loves the finished product especially when I tell her that she gets the ones with the heart in the middle because mommy loves her so much. I love that she doesn't roll her eyes and think "cheesy mom" at that.
Friday: I baked bread, the usual. Chicken Pasta Salad for dinner.
Saturday: Yummy hamburger pizza for dinner. Now with oregano, the missing spice!
Sunday: Leftover Chicken Pasta Salad for dinner with fresh cantaloupe.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Further evidence that our two year old is a genius

I think I mentioned before that our daughter corrects her own grammar but at the time I couldn't think of an example. Well, we had a classic today so I rushed in here to share it.
"The heart shape broke. I didn't want it to broke. Break. I didn't want it to break."
I told you people* we have a brilliant mind here!

*you people = my readers = my husband

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My take on it

Those French! I’ve had them all wrong it seems. They can get worked up about something. Pity it is over something that matters so little in an eternal sense. This American lacks the European worldview to analyze the “soccer situation” in any way that could seem rational to the “true” soccer fans, but I have to put in my two cents. Or maybe three. I’m sitting here scratching my head over the way France is so readily forgiving Zidane. Yes, I understand he is a star, a good player, a hero and all that lovely stuff. But I’m thinking: “Okay, so they’re saying it is naughty but excusable (if you are their star of the moment choice) to retaliate against somebody because they hurt your feelings? Come on ya pansy, toughen up! But at the same time it is inexcusably wicked, mean and evil to retaliate against somebody for hurting* another human?” I know, I know, we are talking about two vastly different incomparable realms, but come on, folks, this is a game versus real life and death issues.

*torture, rape, extermination, is what I mean of course, not words, for goodness sake!

Monday, July 10, 2006

In the Oven and on the Table

Monday: Grilled Hamburgers and Tatertots for dinner. Braum's Peppermint Icecream for dessert.
Tuesday: My Mom's spinach Manicotti for lunch. I made Kaiser Rolls / Semmel and my granny made a beautiful patriotic layered fruit jello for accompaniments. As if we were not popping full already, we then consumed my mother's delicious fried apple pies and granny's cupcakes with thick yummy frosting. Um, and that was just lunch, folks! Dinner was at the Catfish Roundup with my other grandparents. I am sitting here on Wednesday morning wondering how much ground was lost in the battle against Stress (brought on by a cross-country move, temporary unemployment and thereafter confinement with a toddler) Related Weight Gain.
Wednesday: Pancakes for dinner.
Thursday: The little helper and I made "Chocolate Chunkers" cookies from my birthday cookbook. FABULOUS! Spicy Baked Chicken and Brown Rice for dinner.
Friday: I baked a loaf of Buttermilk Honey Bread and made a bit of the dough into rolls to accompany: Squash Casserole for dinner.

Saturday: Pizza for dinner. We are such creatures of habit! We like to call it tradition, though.
Sunday: Leftover Squash Casserole for dinner with open faced cucumber sandwiches.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

In the Oven and on the Table

Monday: The little helper and I made "Chocolate Chip Strips" from the new birthday cookbook. They are quite good for a crisp type chocolate chip cookie. (I prefer soft and chewy but the beloved husband likes them crisp.) Anybody both reading this blog and paying attention (ah, yes, there are none of you, just as I thought) will be pleased to hear that this is yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe I can add to my itsy repertoire of chocolate chip cookies that survive my curse. That could be a whole post of its own! For dinner we had Crusted Chicken (recipe from a back issue of Cuisine at Home), baked potato and green beans. Chicken could be another whole post! In my kitchen, chicken has two alternatives: raw or dry. I have a couple safe recipes but even they can be a struggle if my chicken hasn't been thawing for a fortnight. Most of the dishes we eat I can make out of thin air, bending and twisting memories of recipes and shadows of techniques to create appetizing and often easy meals. But chicken? Chicken! Maybe I don't know chicken all that well. In any case, I am babbling when all I meant to say was that the chicken turned out wonderfully and I have added another "safe" recipe to my chicken repertoire.
Tuesday: Small green salad and our standby Lentils with Rice for dinner.
Chicken and Rice for dinner.
I made English Muffins to stash in the freezer. Yum! Meatloaf and a potato disaster for dinner. Friday: Pasta with "Telephone Wires" for dinner. Apparently, melty mozzarella cheese looks like telephone wires to The Frugal Gourmet to whom I am indebted for this garlicky recipe.
Saturday: Breakfast at IHOP for dinner. :)
Homemade Canadian Bacon Pizza for dinner - a joint effort between my mother and I.
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