Archive | November, 2007

>What the HECK?

26 Nov

>So apparently, in the state of Utah, it’s now illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving. Good thing everybody knew about THAT one. Sam got pulled over while talking on his cell phone to a guy from the company he’s interviewing with this week. Isn’t that awesome? The funny thing is, he was actually driving under the speed limit. Whatever.


>Poor Clarkie…

26 Nov

>So Clark was really good today until we hit 5:00. Right at 5, he decided he was super tired and needed to go to bed. While I’m all for an early bedtime, I also don’t want him waking up at 5:00 am, so I tried to stall him. Besides, he hadn’t even eaten dinner yet.

Well, there was much hysteria, but we finally got him to eat half of a peanut butter sandwich and drink a little milk. I put his jammies on him (and we’re at about 5:30 in our timeline) and went to change Meredith’s diaper. When I went back into the living room, this is what I found:

Poor guy! I felt so awful.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve decided that to get back into shape, I need a goal, so I’m going to run a 5K in March! I don’t love running, but my biggest workout obstacle has been finding time to do it with two kids who are on completely different sleep schedules, and I figure jogging is something I can work around (or with…I’ve been looking at double jogging strollers on craigslist.) So there you have it–now that I’ve announced it to the world, there’s no going back!

>Just Because…

25 Nov


>Southwestern Beef Wraps

25 Nov

>This is another recipe I got from my friend Jen and it’s a good ol’ standby for feeding a crowd or making on a busy day because you use the crockpot. Roasts can be expensive, but considering how many people this meal feeds, it’s a pretty dang good deal! It’s easy to freeze leftovers, or even portion half of it out, cook one half, and keep the other half in the freezer for an easy meal in the future. This is one of the meals that I made and froze to have on hand after Meredith was born.

Southwestern Beef Wraps

1 onion, chopped
2 1/2 lbs chuck roast
1-2 bell peppers, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles (NOT Rotel–Rotel comes in a 10-oz. can. Make sure you’re getting the 14-oz. can; most stores carry a generic brand.)
1-2 tsp. cilantro
In 3 1/2 qt slow cooker, place onions in bottom. In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Rub spices onto all sides of the meat. Place meat over onions.
Place bell pepper over meat. Pour tomatoes over everything.
Cook on low for 8-10 hrs or high for 5 hours. Or you can do my Magical Meat in a Crock Pot Method and cook it on high until everything starts to boil and bubble and then turn it to low for 6-8 more hours.

Remove beef from slow cooker, shred, and return to slow cooker. Mix meat with the juices in the pot.
Right before serving, add cilantro. Using a slotted spoon, fill warm tortillas with veggies and meat mixture. Serve with whatever you like on Mexican food–we have sour cream, cheese, guacamole, limes, olives, lettuce, and salsa on the table and let people put whatever they want on them. Enjoy!


24 Nov

> Sam and I took the kiddos to see Enchanted this afternoon. I’d heard rave reviews, both from friends and family as well as the “pros,” but I was expecting nothing more than a kids’ movie that adults wouldn’t hate. Well…we loved it! It was the story of an animated princess, a kind of combination of Disney’s Cinderella + Snow White + Sleeping Beauty who, at the hand of Prince Charming’s evil stepmother, finds herself un-animated in New York City.

It has just about everything going for it; gentle Disney self-referencing mockery? Check. Fantastic leading actress? Check. Wicked future step-mother-in-law (played by Susan Sarandon)? Check. Dr. McDreamy (well, Lawyer McDreamy here…)? Check. The music was written by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), so there was no way they were going wrong there.
I think the thing I liked about it was the same thing I love about Pushing Daisies–it was sarcastic and ironic, but not in a mean way (not surprisingly, Barry Sonnenfeld had a hand in both projects). When it’s over, you feel a little bit giddy and a lot happy. It was almost like it took this Disney Princess archetype and improved her for the 21st century–she remained sweet, but more strong and world-wise, someone you really would want your daughter to admire.
So Sam, Clark, and I all loved it. Both Sam and I cried. We both agree that it was one of our favorite movies we’ve seen this year (we both also loved Casino Royale and Hot Fuzz. I’m pretty sure that movies don’t get more different than Enchanted along with those two!) And the beauty of it is that it’s something everyone will love, a real, true family movie. So grab the kiddos (or don’t!) and run out right now and see it!

>Thai Peanut Noodles

21 Nov

>This is another super-easy, super-tasty recipe with some ingredients that you might think are kind of scary, especially together. Chili sauce and peanut butter? Really? Yes. I guarantee you, those things you think are so yummy wherever you eat Asian food have MUCH stranger ingredients in them. Speaking of weird Asian ingredients, whoever said oyster sauce doesn’t taste like oysters, well, they lied. I tried something new last week with a promise that oyster sauce is yummy and completely non-oystery and ended up throwing the sauce out. So lucky for you, there isn’t any oyster and/or fish sauce in this recipe!

Oh, and you can use any Asian hot chili sauce, but I really like Sriracha. I’m sure you’ve seen it before–it’s that tangy, spicy, orangish-red sauce with the green lid and the picture of a chicken on it. Oh, yeah, I have a picture 🙂 :

Thai Peanut Noodles

½ c. chicken broth
1 ½ Tbsp. minced fresh, peeled ginger
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 ½ Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
8 oz. Udon noodles or linguine
¼ c. chopped green onions
¼ c. chopped peanuts
¼ c. cilantro, chopped
2 limes, cut into 8 wedges

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain. While pasta is cooking, combine first 8 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Add noodles and toss to coat. Garnish with green onions, cilantro, peanuts and lime wedges (use 2 lime wedges per serving and you’ll want to squirt the limes over the noodles for maximum tastiness…) Serves 4.

Since Sam’s rather carnivorous, I usually make ours with chicken (shrimp would also be super-yummy). You can cook it however you want, but tonight, I thinly-sliced a partially frozen chicken breast and then heated a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When it was hot, I added the chicken, about 1 tsp. fresh ginger, 1 clove of minced garlic, some chopped tops from the green onions, a splash of soy sauce, and a squirt of Sriracha. It was really good, probably the best thing I’ve done in terms of chicken and this dish.


20 Nov

>So I’ve definitely been a blogging slacker the last week or so. No particular reason why other than our lives have been pretty uneventful. I did make baby back ribs on Saturday, and I have pictures of about half of the process, but I forgot I was also making mashed potatoes about 5 minutes before our friends were supposed to arrive, so all picture-taking stopped in the madness that ensued. But I got an awesome deal on ribs and have a ton in my freezer so don’t worry, I’ll make ribs again soon and post some recipes! 🙂

Clark’s been super sick the last few days–he’s had a fever ranging from 102-104. We ended up taking him into Urgent Care tonight, but the tests for strep came back negative, meaning it’s probably viral. The doctor said it may be the croup that’s been going around here lately–it starts with a fever and ends with croup. Yippee. I’m praying a) Meredith doesn’t get it and b) it doesn’t turn into croup and Clark will get better so we can go to Logan for Thanksgiving.

Sam’s getting ready to go to Louisiana for his interview next week. He had an interview with a local engineering company this morning and thought it went well and then he had another guy contact him and has an interview with him on Friday or Saturday. So things are looking pretty good on that front, but we’re not counting our chickens yet.

So not much else is going on here! We’re feeling very thankful this holiday session–for our kids, our home, our jobs, our potential jobs. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving and we love you all!

>Merry Soup

16 Nov

>Today, Clark and I were out raking leaves. He offered me a rakeful of leaves and said, “Here, Mom, would you like to eat this?” I said that I would and I asked him what it was. He said, “It’s a beautiful soup for a beautiful day. It’s Merry Soup!”

He also apologizes profusely for just about anything lately (except, of course, for things he really SHOULD be sorry for). During the last few days, “I’m sorry” has become “I’m sorry, Sir.” Sir? Really? It cracks me up every time.

>A Gilmore Girls Tribute…

13 Nov

>Or Grilmore Grils, as Clark calls it.

Season 7 of one of my most favorite TV shows of all time comes out on DVD tomorrow. You may say that I’m not a true Gilmore Girls fan because, by and large, I didn’t get into the show until it was almost over. And I haven’t seen any of Season 7 because I wanted to watch it all in one sitting, not getting bits and pieces while I was still enjoying the first 6 seasons. But I love it. If I knew I was about to be stranded on a desert island, it’s the first show I’d grab, not because it’s perfect, but it’s like an old friend I never get tired of hanging out with. If it’s been awhile and I catch an episode or two, I get that cozy feeling like when you talk to a favorite friend from a long time ago and there’s no weirdness, you just pick up where you left off four years ago.

I think I didn’t start watching it earlier because I was put off by the title and the fact that it was the WB and then the CW–I thought it was another silly teenage drama. After Clark was born and I was home a lot more, I started catching it in the middle of the day on ABC Family when I had a chance. But I couldn’t watch it when there was a chance that Sam would be around because he would mock me endlessly. He thought TV didn’t get more stupid than Gilmore Girls.

Well, for Mother’s Day this year, he found Seasons 3 and 4 used for a great price. He begrudgingly gave them to me, but I couldn’t watch them out of order. Then Target and Amazon each had amazing sales (similar to what’s going on now–you can get several of the seasons at Target for $14.88). Being hugely pregnant and on the emotional rollercoaster that pregnancy is, I got the rest of the seasons super-cheap and planned on watching them after I had Meredith.

About a week before I had her, I started Season 1. I finished it up as well as part of Season 2 while I was in the hospital and I loved it. It’s sweet without being schmaltzy, smart without being condescending, poignant without being melodramatic, and hilariously funny without being obnoxious. The REALLY funny thing was Sam’s transformation–he went from mocking, to lingering, to staying until a scene was over, to offering to help me put the kids to bed early so he could go to a movie with his brother, then telling me to go to sleep, and when he came home, he’d wake me up and we could watch some more Gilmore Girls.

So here’s to Rory and Lorelai, Emily and Richard, Luke and the diner, Kirk and Cat Kirk…Miss Patty, Taylor, Sookie, Michel, Lane, Paris, and everyone else from the world of Stars Hollow. Thanks, friends. I’m loving you like a two-dollar whore.

>5 Months Old!

13 Nov

>Wow, time is certainly flying! It feels like I just wrote her 4-month-old post yesterday! Boo. Babies grow up too fast.

Meredith’s latest skills and interests include blowing spit bubbles, drooling, making Clark recoil in horror with her drool, blowing raspberries, and putting anything that looks even remotely interesting into her mouth as quickly and as earnestly as possible.

Today, she was sitting up in her swing, grinning at Clark, and I said, “Hey, Clark, Baby’s smiling at you! Can you say ‘hi’ to Baby?” He looked at her with a withering stare and said, “Bye, Baby.” No sibling rivalry here…

Happy 5 months, Baby Girl!