Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Babies in costumes just melt my heart.  My two favorites?

A Hamburger and Hot Dog from Young House Love (and to give a complete picture - the dog's name is Burger)

The Cutest Gnome on the Block (It's Baby Truman over at My Life in Transition - you MUST go and check out the rest of the photos - his shoes, oh, his SHOES!)


A Well Stocked Pantry Means A Well Stocked Stomach

In the past year, I’ve gotten exponentially better at cooking.  I’ve gone from a repertoire of grilled cheese and frozen pizza to … well … you name it and I’ll try to cook it.  (Successfully?  That’s another story.  But at least I’ll try!)

We’ve had dozens (perhaps hundreds) of different main dishes, side dishes, snacks, and desserts over the past year, and our grocery bill has shown it.  I’ll tell you one thing – cereal and milk for supper is quite a bit less expensive than spinach and ricotta stuffed shells or bangers and mash.  In addition, I find myself making several trips to the grocery store every week, when I’d really like to spend my time doing anything but standing in a long checkout line.

To streamline, I chose our ten favorite main dishes, and I’m going to become an expert at them.  I’ll stock up on ingredients (ideally at low prices on less frequent trips to the store) so we always have them on hand, and then have a larger base of recipes to choose from without having to stop at the market for eight ounces of mozzarella or a pound of ground sirloin. Hopefully, as I continue to make them, I’ll memorize a few recipes and they’ll be no problem to whip up.

Here are the main dishes we chose:

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chicken Pot Pie

Can you tell we live in Wisconsin?  Pretty hearty food.  Sometimes I wish we were the salad eating kind, but it just doesn’t do it for us on a regular basis.  Once in a while – absolutely.  Could I base my diet around salads?  Definitely not.  We balance things out by eating light lunches and veggies on the side.

I gave my grocery list a bit of a makeover to correlate with out new meal plan.  My next task is to figure out the best price of each item using Grocery Hop and add that to the list.

So what do you think?  Is this going overboard, or do you do something similar?

Because we didn’t have 28 candles…

One will have to do.  Happy birthday, Paul!  We had a fantastic celebration for Paul’s 28th this week, which included breakfast in bed, a trip to HuHot (with three times through the buffet line), and two games of bowling (neither of which I let the birthday boy win).

Bringing Blogs to Work

At our staff meeting on Monday, our principal declared we’d all be writing webpages.  We have a volunteer web designer (thanks, Mr. A!), and she was expecting him to run, maintain, and update all 15 of our teacher pages, which she envisioned us updating weekly or more frequently.  I’m not sure exactly how much time that would entail, but my guess is more than a volunteer dad would be willing to commit.

Enter: the blog.

Edublogs, to be exact.  My plan, if our principal approves, is to show the other teachers how to create a blog.  Our staff is made of people at every stage of the technology spectrum, from tech-savvy (okay, maybe the low end of tech savvy) to “I don’t do e-mail.”  What’s the chance that all of them will be able to create and maintain a blog?

Fingers crossed, it’s pretty good.  Maybe it’s just because I have a decent amount of experience blogging now, but I think Edublogs is a piece of cake.  Edublogs and WordPress (the blogging platform that I use) are somehow related, and Edublogs seems to be a bit more simplified – which is what at least a handful of our staff members will need.  I’m hoping that my principal will even spring for an upgrade ($40 per year) to turn off ads and get a bit more control.

Gotta love blogging at work!

a few things i’ve intended to blog about, probably won’t get to, but wanted to show you anyway

chicken enchiladas…

refried beans (this is obviously the “before” photo)…

chicken pot pie…

and the best cat in the world.

On The Bookshelf – Food

I’m focusing on cooking this month, and have developed an interest in eating “real food” – food that doesn’t come from a jar, can, or box.  My last trip to the library was productive, and I’ve got a few more books that look good on hold!

Happy Anniversary, Babycakes!

Dear Paul,

One year ago today – the 365th happiest day of my life.  Thanks for making each day better than the one that came before.

Love, Your Wife of One Year,