Wednesday, August 11, 2010


If you have access to this:
And have this:
You can make this. Pioneer Woman's Peach Crisp with Maple Cream:
I promise you won't be disappointed! I mean seriously? This is good stuff, man! Crack through that sweet, crunchy topping to the juicy peaches below. Yum!

Top it off with Ree's maple cream and you'll be in heaven!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - on Tuesday

Shhh...pretend that it's actually Monday (I was going to post date this, but since I actually had another blog post today, I've changed my mind)! I've fallen behind on my meal planning. We've had houseguests two weekends in a row and I had to get ready for our garage sale, so we've been kind of throwing meals together. We are finally back to normal (or, as normal as our family gets!) so I'm back to meal planning!

Monday - Leftover Bacon-Wrapped Maple Pork Loin, roasted potatoes and corn (I've linked the recipe before, and it's divine!)

Tuesday - Make-your-own pizzas, salad & peach crisp for dessert.

Wednesday - Spaghetti (Hannah's request), garlic bread and roasted broccoli

Thursday - Chicken Fried Rice

Friday - Garlic-Rosemary Balsamic Chicken, Champagne Risotto (a recipe from my sister that is so, so, so yummy) and Chive Biscuits (another from my sister)

Going, Going, Gone! more ways than one!

Last weekend, my mom, sister Lisa, nephew Tyler and cousin Kelli all came to help me have a garage sale. We got rid of so much stuff, and have a ton left over to take to Goodwill! It was a little sad, seeing all of our baby items go! We've had the high chair for over 8 years now - it's a part of my kids' childhood! It did make it better that I got a little cash, and that I know new babies will love our stuff! One soon-to-be first time grandma cleaned me out! She left our house with a bouncer, 2 exersaucers, a baby swing and various toys. Hope her new baby enjoys it!

Speaking of "going, going, gone", so is Megan! While my family was here, my sister decided that it was high time that Meg learned to ride her bike without training wheels. Truthfully, it probably was (she is 8, after all) but we never really pushed it. Megan is pretty timid, and she doesn't ride her bike all that often, so when she turned us down last summer (to try and teach her) she was scared and said no. Lisa wasn't taking no for an answer, and within one afternoon (and a couple of bruised up legs), Meg was off!
Thanks for helping us out, guys! With Kevin out of town that week, I couldn't have done it without you!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Right Now...

Borrowed from Well-Mannered Frivolity:

Outside my window… it's frickin HOT!
I am thinking… of all the laundry I have to do (but the rest of my house is clean)!
I am thankful for… my loving family and good friends.
From the kitchen… Owen just dragged his potty chair in front of the fridge - again. :-(
I am wearing… grubby, house cleaning clothes.
I am creating… a brine for tomorrow night's dinner (bacon-wrapped maple pork loin).
I am going… to jump in the shower before heading to the grocery store (after Kev gets home).
I am readingAmerican On Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by late-night host, Craig Ferguson. He's hilarious!
I am hoping… to start (another) diet after the weekend and get back into the habit of going to the gym.
I am hearing… all three kiddos actually getting along and playing together! Trying to hide out so I don't spoil it!
Around the house… my basil plant is wilting in the heat. I think it needs mucho agua.
One of my favorite things… is the first cup of hot coffee in the morning!
I don’t understand… too many things to name! ;-)
I wish… my nephew lots of luck! He's moving into his college dorm next week!
A few plans for the rest of the week… we have our sweet, former next-door-neighbors from Iowa coming to visit this weekend! We haven't seen them (aside from "seeing" them on Facebook) since we moved a year ago! Can't wait until the Hill's arrive!
A picture to share... my sisters (Lisa & Karen) and I many, many, MANY years ago!