I have a 6 year old! Five things #20150223

1) As of today, February 23, 2015, my boy is 6 years old. He’s reading everything in sight and he needs TWO hands to show you how old he is, which is positively unheard of. I asked him very kindly to stop growing up, but he would not agree. Sigh.

2) This will be a bit of a rant. I’ve been considering how I speak and write a bit lately. I’ve noticed a number of articles lately about removing the dreaded words “just” and “but” from your vocabulary. Personally, I don’t appreciate every sentence being as short, direct, and authoritative as possible. I like a modifier or two, and happen to think they can make things sound a bit more friendly.

Please let the record also show that I would rather see an exclamation point than an emoticon or “emphatic periods.” Why time.com would recommend those options over exclamation points completely beyond me.

Here’s the moral of my story: Yes, I do want to be more conscious of filler words and excessive punctuation. But no, I don’t like your approach or your results when you demand that we “must” eliminate words or use alternative punctuation. I feel like I should be in a rocking chair, yelling at these folks to get off my yard and waving a hardcover copy of The Elements of Style.

3) Meals! Here’s the plan.

  • Monday Birthday burgers, fries, Caesar salad, and chocolate cake. Partyyyy!
  • Tuesday Red chicken curry with veg & rice. No kids- so extra spicy.
  • Wednesday Shredded beef burritos. With guacamole. Enough said.
  • Thursday Garlicky-chicken skillet, smashed & roasted red potatoes, spinach.
  • Friday Lasagna because it’s already in my freezer. Woop! Side dishes will most likely be broccoli & bread sticks.

4) In January I made three pies, and I haven’t made any yet this month. What does this mean, you may ask? It means that to keep my new year’s resolution, I need to make two pies this week. Two! I want to try my hand at some sort of chocolate pie. Potentially this chocolate satin pie with this cinnamon graham cracker crust OR this vanilla wafer cookie crust. The other pie will be apple, because I need to keep working on my recipe.

5) The end.


Monday Marketing, with a side of Menu Planning

The internet is a-buzz. And this pollinator is not happy.

Many of you may have heard of this thing called Facebook. I suppose it’s a bit popular. If you’re like me, you have carefully adjusted your news feed, going to individuals and pages that you don’t care to see, and marking that special “don’t show in my news feed” option. Then, like magic, your news feed is filled with delightful things that you care about.

That is, until the Facebook Grand Sorcerers cast a nullifying incantation and mess up your whole cauldron. My particular blend was lovely! Family, close friends, local business, and food craft. It was everything I wanted to keep up on regularly. Two of my favorites were Seward Coop, and Bossy Acres, who just happened to bring this nonsense to my attention.

These fine folks post regularly about community events, provide some gorgeous pics, a funny meme or two, and always have great folks commenting on their posts. This is not a paid or requested advertisement. This is honest love and devotion, inspired by great social media use, and backed up by stellar in person interactions. Luckily Seward already told me how to sneak them back into my regular rotation. Consider yourself thwarted, Facebook Overlords.

Wasn’t that fun for you?


Just me?

Here is this week’s dinner menu! It’s new! Yes slightly similar to every other menu plan I’ve made!

  • Monday Baked lemon-pepper chicken drums, greens with smoked turkey, cornbread, dirty rice. Leftovers for lunches!
  • Tuesday Lasagna rolls (similar to this, but of course I mess with it), green beans, this garlic bubble bread because I just can’t get enough.
  • Wednesday Entree salad! Base of lemony, garlicy, parmesan-ed up rice. Middle heap of romaine lettuce, Craisins, mozzarella cheese, other assorted veg tossed in balsamic dressing. Topped with shredded chicken and croutons. Delicious, delicious layers.
  • Thursday Breakfast for dinner- buttermilk waffles, turkey sausage, cheesy hash brown potatoes, and the all-powerful grapefruit supremes.
  • Friday Terikayi beef & broccoli stir fry over white rice. A dash of sesame oil stirred in after cooking makes this so bad, yet so good.
  • Saturday Dinner out for my lovely friend’s golden birthday! Followed by dessert potluck and games! I’m making chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and definitely bringing Outburst.
  • Sunday Some kind of soup, that reheats for lunches, fresh bread, and some kind of simple baked chicken.

Spring is in the air here in Minnesota (I’m ignoring the fact that it’s currently snowing), and I hope it is wherever you are as well. I’m not above cooking hot things in any weather, but it helps that our spring is still a bit frigid and I can cool leftovers rather quickly just by placing the pot of soup in a snow bank. What are your favorite soups? Inspire me please!