People Just as Crazy as Me

Friday, September 27, 2013

Birthday Party Planning Post #5: Candy Bar Sign

So I finally decided that I wanted my Candy Bar Sign to say : SINFUL SWEETS

Since I had the name down, it was time to start the crafting.
I went to AC Moore and purchased a whole packet of very cool cardstock paper. Even better, it was my color palette... Basically, maybe not EXACTLY purple.. but, FUSCIA... I loved all of it. From bold pages to basic pages... I knew I had exactly what I needed.

What I did first, was I counted how many letters were in SINFUL SWEETS... Seriously, I had to do this. Blonde moment!!!

Then, I decided sizes, I cut 5 different types of paper, into 3 sizes. (I used the paper cutter at work... Cutting in a straightline? Not this chick!)
4" x 6"   3" x 5"   2" x3"
 
(Please forgive most of these pictures, I did most of the crafting while I was on my lunch yesterday)

Once I had the sizes down, I laid out the paper, in the color patterns I wanted to make each letter "square". 

Then it was a really easy process, you take the biggest piece, and you glue the slightly smaller piece on top of it... THEN repeat with the even smaller one.  I used this really great brush glue, that I found in my "office supply" drawer... I confiscated it for the cause.

 
Since they were super wet, and I didn't want them to stick together, I laid them out on the radiator to dry.


While they were drying, and with the very little time I had to spare, I printed out the individual letters, in 72 Font. 

When I got home last night, I cut out the letters. Given the size of the INSIDE box.. I found that using HALF of a business card was just the right size to trace around each letter, as a guide. You know, because I can't really cut in a straight line.
 
Then, Well, I glued it right on top... And allowed to dry. I only got the "Sinful" part done last night.
Emry's school had Open House... so, that kind of took precedence. 

Overall, I am really happy with the letter blocks. I plan on using a hole punch and putting two hole in the top middle of each block. Then I have very cool Black - to -White fading yarn... So I can hang them. 


So, tell the truth: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Birthday Party Planning Post #4: Alcohol

I have been going back and forth about the amount of alcohol.. and types that will be at my party.
This is a family friendly event, so I didn't really want an open bar. It's also not the type of person I am, and want to personify...

Klay is brewing a blonde ale for the occasion, I really wish he would have went with something thicker and more FALL... but, pickers can't be choosey. 

I finally hammered down exactly what I am going to do.

Hot Spiked Apple Cider - The Warm Option

Take equal parts Brotherhood Winery - Holiday Wine and Apple Cider.
Heat in a peculator... Serve warm, with a Cinnamon Stick, and a spray of "Special" Whip Cream 

Pumpkin Pie Punch - The Cold Option

15 ounces - Pumpkin Puree
1 cup - Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp - Cinammon
1 tsp - Ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon - Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon - ground cloves
1/2 gallon - Apple Cider
2 liters - Ginger Ale
1 bottle - Caramel Vodka

(which can also be topped with special Whip Cream... if people want.)


Then, of course there will be normal, non-alcoholic options... Sodas and waters. 

Even though I do not have a "Fall" themed party.. It is still October, and I still want accents of fall at my party...

What do we think? 
Would these be things you would drink?

 



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I spent 24 hours in bed

At 5:30p on September 23, 2013, I GAVE UP.

I did not feel well.
I could not continue...

I made my lunch for work on the 24th, Emry's school snack...
And I... I WENT to BED.

And then, I stayed there...

5:30am on September 24, 2013... I awoke feeling just the same...
But, I tried... I pushed on...
I brushed my teeth, washed my face... Fed the cats... took my morning vitamins...

Then, I read my phone... Last night, while sleeping... A friend messaged me that she has been sick with ASMATHIC BRONCHITIS....

I thought back, about 10 days ago, she was coughing ALL OVER ME at faire, saying it was Hay Fever and/or her allergies. That she didn't need to go to the doctor.

And now.. THIS?

I did the time check.. yup 7-10 days.. that's a good incubation period. I AM SO NOT GETTING BRONCHITIS... 

SO what did I do?
I went back to bed.
I texted my boss... 

I stayed in bed, except for bathroom breaks, get more water, and mild food sustenance ALL DAY.

Last night 5:30p - 24 hours later... I started to feel, myself again. 
I felt cool as a cucumber, and the bed started to feel uncomfortable.. Which is a sure sign that I spent WAY too much time in it. 
This was good. But, I stayed there a little longer... Just for good measure.

At 8p last night.. I got so hungry, that I had hunger pains in my toes.
The.. YOU NEED TO EAT RIGHT NOW.. AND IT HAS TO BE HUGE....type of hunger.

So, what did I do?
I went to Five Guys.

My order? 

Bacon Cheesburger w/ grilled jalapenos, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, tomato, and peppers. Topped with A-1 sauce. Not too mention Cajun Fries.

Ate 2/3 of the burger, and 1/2 the fries.
Felt fulfilled.

WOKE UP at 100% this morning.

Had an amazing workout, amazing breakfast.. and I might be ready to tackle the work on my desk!

It goes to show you.. REST IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

Tonight, I plan on taking Emry to karate, and then... I am going to CRAFT my butt off!

How was your time apart from me?
I know it was hard... but, tell me... I missed you all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

This week in food - Loaded Vegetable Egg Bake

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My friend, Rose, has chickens that are laying a dozen eggs, every other day? 
So.. needless to say, we have an OVER ABUNDANCE of eggs in my home at the moment.

Eggs are a vital source of protein, and are very tasty!

So, this week, the men folk and I will be enjoying: LOADED VEGETABLE EGG BAKE

Ingredients:
  • 18 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese (roughly 2 cups)

Seasonings I used:
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Curry
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Chiptole Chili Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cinnamon
Instructions:
  • Whisk together Eggs, Milk and Seasonings.
  • Pour over diced vegetables, and shredded cheese, which have been placed in a LARGE pyrex baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven (375) for about 20 minutes.
  • Test if the quiche is set, by sticking it with a toothpick (if it comes out clean.. it's done. A little liquidy, give it a couple more minutes).

This makes about 15 thick, wonderful, cheese filled pieces.
 
Nutritional Info :
Calories - 153
Fat - 10.4 grams
Carbs - 3.6 grams
Protein - 11.1 grams


Whether you eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner... An Egg Bake is kind of warm comfort food.
You can put it with a salad, a fruit, toast... Home fries... There are so many ways you can serve up this amazing treat!



Still here

I took a nap during lunch.
I woke up feeling zonked out...
But, as the cobwebs begin to clear...
I feel.... slightly better than I did when I came in this morning.

Klay got sick, well, was FEELING sick, last Friday. 
He felt a little better on Saturday.

We went to the Beer Festival and had a really great time.
There was amazing brews and foods...
I really enjoyed myself.

The amazing food I tried:
 
Chicken Satay in a wonderful peanut shiracha sauce.
Pumpkin Whoopie pie
Pulled Pork flat bread pizza
Reuben Slider and Chicken Beer Battered Egg Roll (with a horseradish cream sauce)
Beer cupcakes (Pumpkin Stout and Espresso Stout flavored)
Spring Rolls (Vegetable and Chicken) with an earthy (yet spicy) dipping oil.

The amazing beers came from all over the Tr-State area.
There were some good, some bad, some ... meh?

The weather was perfect, except towards the end, when it started to get crowded.
At that point, the sun came out in FULL FORCE, and made it uncomfortable. 

We got home around 4p, and were able to spend some alone time together.
My dad and Emry were having fun times!

My sister came down from upstate and arrived around 6p.

Dad and Emry got home around 7p.

We had pizza, and ziti... 
Desserts..
Cheese and crackers...

And just relaxed... Chatted...

Had an amazing time. I was very relaxed... DEHYDRATED but relaxed.

Sunday, was the last day of the NYRF. 
We had a volunteer meeting at noon... 
And then spent the rest of the day at faire, as a family.
My sister and I, for the first time in a while... REALLY enjoyed each others company...
Were calm, and not rushed from bouncing one place to the next.


Our children are great.... But, they do take away.... well, the "sister" bond we share.
Can't act goofy, when you are supposed to be the "adult" in the group.

Ah, the joys of parenting!

On the way home from faire, everything began to ache. 
I was cold, I was hot... I was snotty...

I had dinner, and took some cold and cough medicine...
Then I got a fever.

This great weekend, and then I get sick?
I blame this on Klay...
Really... I do.

*giggles*

I barely slept last night, which is why I probably felt so horrid when I got in here today.

I was so uncomfortable in bed. Between the constant temperature change of my body.
I went to sleep with a water bottle next to the bed. 
I got up and refilled it at least 3 times during the night.

I know that between the dehydration from the beer festival, staying up late that night, pushing myself through an amazing fun time at faire, that I did not rest my body properly. That there is only so much one can take.

I am hoping, that I can sleep a lot of this off.
My symptoms at the present moment are just, achey, tired, and a slight headache/sore throat. 

I have so much to do, in getting ready for a visit with Emry's grandmother this Saturday, a pampered chef party on Sunday,  Then I have a work conference the weekend after. And my birthday party the weekend after that.

So, I will rest.. Tonight and Tomorrow. I am praying that is enough to get me back on the horse, and allow me to get everything I need to get done. 

How was your weekend?

Amazing

My weekend was amazing.
I had an amazing time.

I got sick on Sunday afternoon...
And honestly, can barely focus on work at the moment....

I'll try to post later.
But, I think I may just...
Go home...

UGH....

Friday, September 20, 2013

This is what happens when you forget your vitamins

Forgot them at home.
I was very sad.
It won't be a big deal, I thought, I can due without.

Then, lunch time started to approach...
And my B-12 was nowhere near...
And neither was any of the other pills....
That I hold so near and dear.

My body figured it out.
No Breakfast Vitamins and now no Lunchtime ones?
CRASH
      CRASH
             CRASH


Why hello, exhaustion, how are you today?
I know, it is rather early, why have you come to play?
This chick forgot her vitamins, her afternoon pick me up.
So, instead of you kicking in around 9pm... Noon is your new friend.


Exhaustion just giggles, 
It knows how long of an afternoon I have.
A pile of work.
     An hour of grocery shopping
           Two hours of PTA helping....
     Another hour or so at the WAL*MART
Dinner for the week to prepare
     A kitchen to clean...
           Laundry to do....


It knows...
It laughs...
I say to myself..
You can do this.

A little seltzer...
Some extra protein...
Come here almonds...
YOU NEED TO SUSTAIN ME.

THE END

This is what happens when I forget my vitamins.
You get a weirdo poem, instead of a weirdo post.

I should have known better, I dressed super casual to work today...
So casual, that I am afraid to leave my office, for fear HR will notice...
Leggings, A sweater dress? HERE? Jeez, I must have been half asleep this morning.

Dressing like a teenager AND forgetting my vitamins... It's a conspiracy... I TELL YOU!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Taking Advice

A received a couple of emails and a couple of comments about Emry and his homework. 

A lot of them implied that I was doing his homework for him.

I really didn't see it that way... but, I decided to take a step back, and do the homework in stages.

Let me clarify: The homework did have to be neat, and legible, as per the instructions of the teacher. Any homework sent in that didn't adhere to the rules... well, would not be counted, and would asked to be done again the following week. So, yeah, I had to make sure it was neat.

We did it in stages:

Stage 1 - I had Emry do the heading. I walked away, and I let him use the day before as an example. 
I came back. It was fairly neat. The month was missing the "m" and he still had the date as "17". 
I had him fix those things, and we moved on to 

Stage 2 - We read the assignment. "-at" words, and how many can you list. Then pick one, draw and label a picture. I asked him to number his page from 1-4. And see if he could name that many. When he was done with the 4, I would check it, and we would see about more words.

It went fairly well. He hates the lower case "a"... for some reason, it's a letter he HATES making. it always comes out looking like a square... unsure... no biggie. We fixed some "a"'s... 

And then I asked him if he could think of any other "-at" words. He said he could.
I told him he had to number next to each one, do it neatly, and call me when he couldn't think of anymore.

He came up with a total of 8 "-at" words. 

We fixed a total of 6 a's, and 4 t's.... 

He drew a picture of our cats... 

Homework took... 20 minutes. If that.

I know this was a good day.
I know that there will be bad days.
Because Emry is human, and humans have BAD days.. and GOOD days...

But, thank you for the advice.
All of you.

Taking a step back, and not hovering... did a good job. 
I still need to check it's neatness. I still need to make sure he is following the "1st grade homework rules"....
But all in all... this system worked much better.

Less stressed... Thank you very much!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I found a recipe that I need to share

Fudgy Bourbon Balls 

THEY ARE CALLED FUDGY BOURBON BALLS.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of pulverized Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers (approx. 1 package)
1/2 cup bourbon (or rum, well whatever you really have on hand is fine)
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups of pecans
1 1/2 cups of confectionary sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey

Instructions:

  1. Pulse cookie crumbles and pecans together until the nuts are finely ground
  2. In a separate bowl: combine rum, 1 cup of confectionary sugar, cocoa powder and honey.
  3. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, and pulse until both are evenly combined.
  4. Let the dough rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 4 hours
    OR
    Lightly covered, in a refridgerator, over night (this method will dry out dough a little).
  5. After the "sitting" period, roll dough into little balls.
  6. Using the confectionary sugar, roll the balls in the sugar, coating them evenly.
     
  7. Store in an air tight container is like them moist or uncovered if you like them to have a little crunch.

Super easy.
Sounds Super Tasty.
And I'm making them...

THIS WEEKEND.

For no other reason, than, I WANT THEM.
 

Monologues of the Dating Divorcee Working Mother - Homework is the devil

Monologues of the Dating Divorcee Working Mother

(aka: The Life of a
Quasi-Single Mother)



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(DISCLAIMER: I do not mean to offend anyone. There are different strokes for different folks, and we all have different lives, goals, aspirations. What I write about in these posts is not meant to be the "only way", "the right way", "better than you". It's just my opinion, use it where you can. Comment or Criticize too, how else do we grow as people, if we don't listen to a little criticism?)


I was in bed at 6p last night. Why was I in bed so freaking early? Because HOMEWORK is the DEVIL.

Emry is in First Grade now, and that means nightly HW. The teachers have assignments written out for Monday - Thusday, that go in a notebook, and get returned to the teacher on Friday.

This is the first week we are doing it. And, I have to say, getting into the habit of doing HW... Not fun for me or for Emry.

There were specific instructions.
Each Assignment is to go on a new page.
Each new page is to have a heading - Name and Date
Each assignment is to be written neatly and clearly.

I got a bunch of "Why's" on Monday night.
And I gave a bunch of "Because that's the rules" answers.

Monday, was a whirl wind, between dinner, hw and getting out of the house for karate.
I felt this was the reason HW felt so strained.

Tuesday, there was no time restraints. We'll eat dinner first and then do our homework. If you get it done fast, we'll have time to take a walk, and go to the park up the street.

Sounds like a plan right?
Didn't quite work out.

Let's do our heading...

WHY

Because That's the Rules

He begins to write, Upper case and Lower case.. all look the same.

I'm sorry honey, try this again, The first letter in your name is CAPITALIZED and then the rest are lower case. The lower case should look small then that first letter. Then the first letter in your last name is CAPITALIZED, followed by lower case.

WHY

Because that's the way to do it. Now, write the date, completely.

Other kids are doing this. Writes out the abbreviation.

That's not what the instructions say, please write out the month completely.
He starts to write everything in Captial. Honey, like your name, the month is a proper noun (I knew I would have to explain this.) and the first letter gets CAPITALIZED.

WHY? 

Because that's the rules. **TWITCH**

What's a Pupper Now And?

HUH? Oh a Proper Noun. . . . names a person, place or thing. It will name a specific, usually one of a kind item and will have a capital letter no matter where it appears in a sentence.

WHY?

Because that's the rules. **TWITCHING MORE**

The assignment last night was to take a handful of words, sight words from kindergarten, and use most of them to write 3 sentences.
The words were:
I, my, with, see, can, like, me, (and another one I cannot recall.. damn memory...)

So, I had the bright idea.
Why don't we speak the sentences first, I will write them down on a piece of paper, and this way we won't have to keep guessing for another word. 

OKAY!

He came up with:

I like to play with my toys.
Can I see the trains?
I can play with all my friends.

Pretty good sentences! Okay, let's write them.

He starts to peer at my paper. No honey, you know these words. I'll read the sentence, and you can write it out. We can do it really slow. First one: I like to play with my toys. Let's start with "I".

Write a lower case 'i'. 
Honey, the word I, as in when you are speaking about yourself, is always capitalized.

WHY?

Because that's the rules. **TWITCHING INCREASES**

Now, I can do this all day...
But, these three sentences took 45 minutes to do.

For lack of focus.
For not remembering how to write a letter.
For spacing.

For neatness sake!

He's in first grade, and that says something.
This is the first week of hw.. that says something.
But, I am getting the feeling this is how it will be.

He is a strong willed child, who wants to do things his way.
There are some things that need to be done the proper way.
Handwriting, and penmanship is one of them.

He has a lot of my ex-husband in him.
The lack of focus, the laziness... I can see it in his face.
It's easier to do it quick, and messy. 
It's too hard to actually do it with purpose.

Now, this is not a personal thing. 
I love my son.
My ex-husband has genetic code in there...
It comes out when we do tasks. 
Tasks that have rules.

Pray that this gets easier over time.
Pray for my strength.

Did we go to the park?
No.

Why?
Because, Emry left his coat at school. 
It was cold... Can't take him out in the cold. 
Not even with a light hoodie.

And, I kind of broke then.
He would leave two to three coats in his class last year...
They never came home.
This year, we figured, one winter coat, one thick hoodie, one light hoodie. 
So, he wouldn't have the choice other than to bring it home.
That didn't happen.
So, today, for school.. he is dressed in heavy layers.. WE HAD A FROST ADVISORY FOR GODS SAKE. 

I think I may need to actually buy a winter coat before they get into the stores. 
**SIGHS**

SO, yeah, I broke,.... Because HW is the devil.

I announced to the house, that I was going into my room.
I bundled up.
I layed under the covers...
And I went to sleep.

Woke up at 9p, packed my breakfast for tomorrow, and went back to bed.

Praying for a better day today.

Hw, Dinner, and then Karate...

Jeez... Just need to keep breathing through it.

Tell me?
What are your biggest struggles with HW and your KIDS?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Here's the Skinny: Confessions from a Social Binge Eater - #3

 
 
 
The big question in my world that I have been asked, are you maintaining?

Kind of? 

I lose weight during the week, and I gain it back on the weekend? 
I stay between 130 and 135 pounds?
Sometimes, if I am being particularly crazy in the gym, I can get down to 128...

So is that maintaining? I suppose so.
I am staying within a 5 pound range.
I am staying consistent with my weekday workouts.
During the week, I am eating super healthy.

The weekends are hard.
I can't shade that, or lie about it.
Food is everywhere, I love food, it loves me...
THUS, I tend to eat it.


Now, when I say, I love food... I know you are all thinking that you love food too, and we ALL must love food... 

But, this is kind of why I am a Social Binge Eater....

If, I allow myself to have a little of something tasty... it just... flips a switch.

I am working on figuring out how to have a stronger hold on that switch, or if duct tape will keep it in place longer... But, as of now, it's an easily flipped switch.

And this weekend, I really just said FUCK IT.

I have been agonizing over the weekends. Packing myself what I would eat at work... Making lunches for everyone.

Now, it saves us money if I pack food. So, I would do it regardless... But, not allowing myself to snack in our Volunteer Food tent... or sadly walking away from the Bakery that makes the warm apple pastry with Soft Serve and Caramel on the top... Wasn't helping.

It was actually making the binges WORSE.

Because I would go home... and devour the freaking house.

So...
I said fuck it...
How bad could I be? 

Honestly?
Not that bad.

I didn't buy every sugary or oily thing in site.
I had two drinks... 
I had some chinese food for dinner.

It wasn't the worst thing that happened...
And I am not going to feel bad about it anymore.

Even with the 5 pound weight range.. I am still under the maximum weight for a healthy BMI.
There will be weeks and months that it will be easier for me to maintain a more consistent number, and there will be months like this.... Where I will have to lose, everything I have gained per weekend.

If this didn't happen.
I would get complacent.
I would trick myself into thinking that I shouldn't workout anymore.
I would get out of my rhythm.

SO, in essence, in some sick kind of way...
Eating like crud... is helping me.

Now, it's about balance.
I know I can't do it all the time.
I know that if I do it.. I need to get my ass back in the gym IMMEDIATELY.
That food is what got me HUGE...
And Food and Exercise is what TOOK IT AWAY.

That food is a part of life...
Come on, we need it to live.

SO.

Maintenance? Sort of.
Clarity? Completely.
 
What is the biggest hurdles you overcome during your Healthy Journey?

Monday, September 16, 2013

He's my responsibility

This weekend, at NYRF was romance weekend...
And, oh boy, were there people just in LOVE everywhere...

Klay was being very sweet with me... not that he isn't normally, but, he was being OVERLY sweet. 

I half thought, that maybe, well.. would he drop a question on me, on the only day at faire that I thought he WOULDN'T?

No. He didn't... Just a fluke.. romantic moment...probably from all the gushy people around us.

No biggie.. It will come... whenever it comes.

As a family (Dad, Klay and I) we were invited to the cast party for our volunteer contributions.
Dad had a date, and I had Emry.. So Klay went to represent our family.

I did some great crafting. I may take pictures of it, and show you all tomorrow...
We'll see....

Sunday, 
Well.. I didn't really want to go to faire. I was tired. I was cold... I was disappointed... 
yeah I said it's okay and that Klay can propose to me whenever... but, it's becoming very evident that this faire season is not going to be that time... and I honestly thought it would be... and I'm disappointed.

Second day of romance weekend, we go, we're having fun... Someone mentions to me that "my husband and I could renew our vows.".... I had to tell them, that he isn't my husbands.. so there's nothing to re-new... That kind of cut a little bit more.
We kept getting caught up in great conversations, which is fun, but for Emry.. not so much... He gets bored, he's 6... and well, you got to keep him moving, or at least supplement every hour of adult time, with a ride or a snack.. or a run to the volunteer area for a free snack! Klay wanted to stop and watch this harp player. Which I am completely down for, but Emry wasn't.. I could see it in his eyes Mama, please don't stop again, I am SO freaking BORED. So, I told Klay that he should do this for him, and I'd take Emry to get a snack or something.

"What have you done for you?"

I love him, he's a dear sweet man... I cherish our relationship.

I looked at him and said, "This is going to come out wrong, but understand it is under the best intentions. You are a great help to me, and I love our family... but, at the end of the day, Emry is my responsibility. You watch this, do this for you.. I'm fine. Really. Have fun."

"But, what have you done for you?"

"I had my baby. That's what I did for me, and now that's why I'm going to take him for a snack or something."

And I walked away. 


Emry got Peach Sorbet in a Peach.
We watched a lively band, with loud music.
We walked around and did nonsense.

By ourselves... for 2 hours.

Sooner or later Klay found us. 
It wasn't a big deal.

It just ... 
Well ....

I think buying the house kind of shaded my perception...
We bought something together, something that married couples do.
We split funds... we save together... we raise Emry together.
In essence, we are kind of married... Just without all the Sparkle and Title.

That should be enough?
Right?

And it is enough..
But is it sad that I want the Title.. that I want the sparkle...

Is it wrong that I am starting to think that he doesn't.
That it's never going to happen? 
That it's just not what he wants for us.

That this ENOUGH.. is the permanent enough.

It makes me sad...

It makes me want to withdraw...
But, I love him, and he loves me... and we're really happy... 

I'm just.. being selfish, and wanting something that isn't in the cards at the moment.

I should be over the moon about what I do have... and not even put my head in this dark place.

I think that my expectations were high.
And that I really should have kept my head on the straight and narrow.

Just keep making positive steps, in a positive direction... Good things will follow... In their own time and their own way.

Right?

Chicken Bacon Ranch Stromboli


I am one to make things in bulk, and freeze them in individual meals. 
Emry has been doing really good with his healthy eating, and is consistently trying new things.

I wanted to make him something that was:
  1. easy for me to make
  2. tasty ingredients
  3. comforting
  4. easy to portion out, and reheat

Thus, the Chicken Bacon Ranch Stromboli was born!

What you need:
  1. FOUR big handfuls of shredded cheese (I used Mozzarella)
  2. TWO containers of Pizza Dough (I used Great Value brand)
  3. HALF POUND of Deli Thin Sliced Chicken (I used Price Chopper Brand)
  4. 1/2 cup of Bacon Ranch Salad Dressing (I used Hidden Valley)
How do you make it? :

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Roll out the containers of pizza dough.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup of Dressing on each dough.
  4. Place 1/4 pound of Deli Chicken on top of the dressing.
  5. Sprinkle 2 handfuls of cheese onto each dough.
  6. Roll doughs into stromboli shapes.
  7. Place on baking sheet, lined with foil, and sprayed with Pam.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until Crust is browned, or insides start slightly oozing.

What I did next was I allowed the Strombolis to cool, and then I sliced them into individual pieces. I managed to get 8 pieces out of both strombolis. I wrapped each in plastic wrap, and then I wrapped over that with tin foil. This way, they will remain as fresh as physically possible.

I put 6 of them in a ziplock bag, and then in the freezer. These will be for future use.
The other two are sitting in the fridge for dinner options this week.

The only thing is that he will need to pick his side, whether it be a food or a vegetable.
And that's easy enough to do!

How do I plan on heating it up?
Well, the defrosted/refrigerated pieces can either be microwaved (for quick dinners) or they can be thrown into the oven heated to 350 for about 15 minutes, just to get them warm enough.

The ones in the freezer, well, I plan on taking them out, as needed, and allowing them to thaw in the fridge. And then repeating the above steps.


QUICK.
EASY.
TASTY.
And not so unhealthy.

Just a way to keep cool options for the kiddies... and well, you too, if you think this looks good!

Think of the possibilities?

You could make Chicken Parm ones... or even a Taco one!
Possibilities are endless..

All you need is a

PROTEIN
CHEESE
SAUCE

How easy is that?!

Enjoy Friends.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It didn't explode.

I've been on pseudo-strike this week.
No one really helps maintain the house, and I honestly don't mind cleaning it...
I do mind that people don't clean up after themselves, say if, they make a sandwich, and leave crumbs or pieces of cheese smooshed in the granite counters.... But, I digress...

SO this week.
I let it go.

I said to myself: "SELF (because isn't that always what you say when you address yourself?) Do nothing this week. No extra sweeping. No extra counter wiping. No extra Laundry... You, my dear, are on strike... See what happens."

Well, I am happy to report the house didn't explode from filth, and that the Laundry that was done on Sunday, was put away on Tuesday by Klay... and that the only reason I did Laundry last night, is because it was over flowing... but I have no intention of putting away.. until.. well.... Maybe tonight or tomorrow. 


Crumbs are there. Men still didn't clean them up... But.. it's not like I am wading through huge chunks of food.. and it's not.. HORRIBLY dirty... it's just a little crumby for my OCD to usually allow.

There is cat hair all going up the stairs... no one cleaned it.. but...

I got some well needed down time. 
I actually did a Google Hangout Chat with my sister last night...
I've been relaxing in bed after I take my bath.

I took a nice walk on Tuesday night.

All in all.. it was nice not to be constantly DOING...

But, since I have tomorrow off... I think tonight is going to be spent OOBER cleaning. 
Just so I can have a peaceful day of CRAFTING and LOUNGING and GRAPE PICKING on Friday.

 Oh, and meeting with the ex... to sign something...

But, that's wicked early, and I will not even let it weigh on my day. 


So, my OCD survived living in filth.. (READ: a few crumbs, pieces of cat hair and laundry on the dryer)... and I am in a far better mood than I have been.

All is right in the world.

How's your week going?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monologues of the Dating Divorcee Working Mother - "Ex Husbands Suck"

Monologues of the Dating Divorcee Working Mother

(aka: The Life of a
Quasi-Single Mother)



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(DISCLAIMER: I do not mean to offend anyone. There are different strokes for different folks, and we all have different lives, goals, aspirations. What I write about in these posts is not meant to be the "only way", "the right way", "better than you". It's just my opinion, use it where you can. Comment or Criticize too, how else do we grow as people, if we don't listen to a little criticism?)
 
 
 
It has been a long time since I have done one of these installments... And after yesterday... I think it was time to throw one up into the mix. 
 
My ex-husband.. is... oh, come on, just type the words... He's a fucking moron.
 
My son on the other hand, is a gem.. a smart, forgiving, loving boy.... And as much as I know these are positive attributes... I really wish I could kick the forgiving and loving aspect RIGHT OUT OF HIM.
 
But, I won't. I love who my kid is. I wouldn't change him for the world. 

I haven't spoken much about my ex-husband... he hasn't been, a problem... He and Emry would talk every week... up until around July 4, 2013... And then..........Ex just stopped calling.

2 months and 6 days later I get a text. a freaking text, with a cryptic excuse of why he couldn't drop a note... why his work schedule was SO crazy. And that he wanted to call and apologize to Emry. 

I emailed him back.
I sited how WRONG it was.
How this is so HURTFUL to my son.
How inconsiderate... how detrimental...

But, because I am a good mother, and understanding woman.. and obviously a fucking saint, I would ask Emry. And get back to him.

Klay and I took Emry to dinner. This way the negative energy wouldn't be in our home... It wouldn't sit with him... It could stay at the Buffalo Wild Wings. 

Emry... is a Saint... a 6 year old version.. but, a Saint none the less. 
He decided that, no he did not want an apology from my Ex... that he doesn't want him to even call anymore. But, Emry would like to call HIM, whenever he wants to... as often as he wants to...

I thought that was a mature solution, from a small child. 
I explained, because I am that kind of mom, that there may be days that he calls Ex, and if Ex is working, he will not answer the phone, that we will have to leave a message.

"That's fine mama, he can then call me back, and leave me a message". What kid says that?

I was amazed.

I called back Ex... related this... Told him that this was an amazing reaction, to something that I would have just said, GO AWAY to. He agreed. 

And then I let him have it.
Because I have the right to.

The question I asked, and pushed: "Would you allow someone to do this to you? Would you allow someone to treat you this way?"

His first response was: "I am not doing this intentionally." 
 
I told him it didn't matter, and I asked him the question again.
 
He said "No."
 
"Than why do you do it to Emry?"
 
 
I followed with the fact that he is going to meet with me, and sign something.
That when he drops the ball again, because he will, that he will stay gone... 
That he will know longer hurt my son. 
That this is his last chance. 
 
I told him, and have always told him, "If you are not ready to be an adult, or to be a father, than just go away... grow up... get settled, and then call me."
I rather him make a legitimate effort, with him in a good place, then for him to continue to half ass this.
 
AND THIS.. IS HALF ASSING MY SON... Who does that to a child?
WHAT MAKES THIS OKAY?   

*Sighs*

It's one of those things that happens... 
And, I am done with it happening. 

This is his last chance.

I will not allow for him to hurt my son anymore.
Regardless of how forgiving my kid is.


What about you?
Want to share any of your family dirty laundry?
Any opinions? or Suggestion?

All are welcome

 
 
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Birthday Party Planning Post #3: Progress...

I recently started purchasing items off of my "shopping lists".
The things I am stocking up on, is the things that won't go bad between now and the party.
I am also looking for sales... so I can possibly save a little money. I know, it's unheard of, but, you know, I got to try!

New developments in the epic world of party planning.... Since my dad had a moment... We have now over 60 people invited for my BIRTHDAY PARTY... 

Guess who's picking up all the alcohol... My dad... because he had his moment.

So, I am now getting ideas in my head for fall themed, easy.... "adult beverages"....

Hard and Hot... Apple Cider... Jeez what did you think I was going to say? 
A local winery makes something called a Holiday Wine, and you mix it with equal parts Apple Cider... then you heat it up. I was thinking we could top that with some of that special Vodka Whip Cream. I know.. It sounds delicious.. and I can make a whole CRAP load of it... :)

I cannot think of any cold drinks... other than just WINE... Anyone have any easy cold cocktail recipes that would be good for a FALL party? (or that will make you fall... either way... Add them to the comments!)

This past weekend, while on Emry's YES day, we ended up at AC Moore, and I purchased 200 lollipop sticks, and 6 bags of melting chocolate (3 dark chocolate and 3 orchid colored white chocolate).

I have purchased the cake mixes and I chose Red Velvet, Cherry Chip, Funfetti and Carrot. 
I know I have to limit myself to 3 boxes... but... well... I'm having issues choosing. I may make 3 boxes as cake pops, and a box as cupcakes... I mean... They have to be used.. RIGHT?!?! 

I have also purchased the salad dressings, and some trays, the sodas, Klay is working on the beer, 

I think this weekend, I am going to pick up the necessities for decorations... So I can make the mobiles, and the streamers. Not to mention have the containers for the cake pops, the foam blocks, and yada yada...

I may even do them this weekend... and take some pictures of them (I know.. *GASP*).

The party is 1 month and 2 days away... and I feel like I am very behind in the party planning and organizing. So, I really need to change that.

I should make a schedule for things that need to get done, and when they need to get done by....

Someone offered to make me pulled pork for the party... But, I don't know... it's a guest, and I really don't know if that's proper.. inviting someone to a party.. and them cooking? But, they like to cook and entertain.. so will I turn down the free food? No.. I guess not. It just felt weird when they asked. 

I hung up most of the pictures in our hallway, and my dad is beginning to hang the pictures for the "pirate wall"... .In case you are new here... We attend the New York Renaissance Faire, and volunteer as a family. The pirate wall basically catalogs all of our years doing that. It's a lot of fun. Most of the time

I'm sure, as we progress, things will start to firm up. . . And start to make me feel more... secure.
But, until then... I feel like I am going to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

Although, I am excited to see what this looks like...
When it's ALL done...