Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Day In Pictures - Sailing with My Boys

A couple weekends ago, my husband, my oldest son, and I went sailing on our Hobie 16 Catamaran. We had so much fun riding over the water, and didn't mind so much when we got stuck in the wind. Although I was not able to capture anything on the water (didn't want to ruin the camera, you know), I did catch the fun of setting up the boat, hoisting the sails, and launching. We had a blast that day!


Easy now . . .
               Watch Out For that Tree!

Gotta Have Drinks
                                    The Mast

The Lake is That-a-way

          Lifting the Mast

Hoist that Sucker!

And I Hey-elped

Garrett pretending to be Captain Morgan. Still trying to decided weather or not to be disturbed . . .

The Mast is Up!

Hoisting The Jib

 . . . And Now For the Main

Ready to Sail!

The Result of our Day at the lake - the SPF 50 spray-on sunblock I bought failed - MISERABLY
Ended up with a 3rd degree sunburn on my ankle there. YIKES!
It was WELL worth it!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Menu Time! What's for dinner? Week at a glance! *BONUS RECIPE*

Every week I make my home sing by creating a meal plan. This saves time, energy, and money! If you would like to join in the fun, go see momstheword and make YOUR home sing today!
Making your home sing Mondays

Menu for the week of June 28-July 4, 2010

Meatless Monday
Cheese Stuffed Shells
Garlic Bread

Terrific Tuesday
Barbeque Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Wonderful Wednesday
Arroz con Pollo (one dish wonder)

Thrilling Thursday
Chicken Burritos
Refried Beans

Fabulous Friday
Pulled Pork
Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob

Super Saturday
Pizza night!

Saucy Sunday
Fourth of July! Grillin' party at the lake!

*Bonus Recipe*

Arroz con Pollo
4-6 servings

Every family has their own version of chicken and rice - some (like us) have quite a few! This is a "traditional" Spanish recipe that uses pre-mixed, fresh,  and frozen items, in the spirit of Sandra Lee's "Semi-Homemade". The traditional version would use whole cut up chicken. Add mussels, shrimp, and/or chorizo and you would have a quick and easy version of Paella.

1 10 oz package of Saffron rice mix
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 c roasted red bell peppers, chopped
1 c frozen chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper mix (also known as seasoning mix)
1/4 c frozen peas
1 carrots, chopped or 1/4 c frozen carrots
(an omit both and use 1/2 c frozen peas and carrots)
4 c water or broth
1 t margarine
1 t olive oil

Preheat oven to 375
Heat olive oil in a non-stick saute pan over medium high heat. Add chicken and saute until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside. Add onion mix and carrots and saute until onions are translucent and carrots are almost tender. Spray a 9x13 casserole with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in casserole and mix to combine. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes or until rice is tender. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Menu Time! What's for dinner? Week at a glance! *BONUS RECIPE*

Don't Forget to visit momstheword for Making Your Home Sing Monday!
Making your home sing Mondays 
Make YOUR home sing this week by having your meals planned ahead of time!

Menu for the week of Monday, June 14, 2010.

Meatless Monday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Soup
Dinner: Corn-Zucchini soup with basil

Terrific Tuesday
Breakfast: Breakfast wrap
Lunch:  Chef Boyardee(kids), leftover soup (me)
Dinner: Taco Night

Wonderful Wednesday
Breakfast: Omelettes
Lunch: Sandwiches, fruit, carrots
Dinner: Italian Grilled Chicken, Pesto stuffed portobello mushrooms

Thrilling Thursday
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Chef Boyardee (kids), Chicken on salad (me)
Dinner: Tuna Helper, salad

Fabulous Friday
Breakfast: Breakfast wrap
Lunch: Sandwiches, fruit, carrots
Dinner: Pizza burgers, sweet potato fries

Super Saturday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Turkey dogs, fritos

Breakfast: TBD
Lunch: Sammies
Dinner: Spaghetti

Corn Zucchini Soup with Basil 
(Original recipe courtesy Kathleen Daelmans, with my own flair added)

1 t olive oil
2 medium zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces
1 c frozen corn
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 small onion, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced OR 1/2 c diced roasted red bell pepper
1 T itallian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 16 oz box chicken stock
1/4 c fresh basil leaves, torn

In a soup pot, saute zucchini, onion, and bell pepper in oil until just tender.  Add corn and tomatoes with the juice, mix to combine.  Add seasonings and mix well.  Add stock.  Mix well.  Bring to boil over med-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15 minutes, or until veggies are tender.  Remove from heat, add basil, and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


It's time, folks, for another edition of
Wanna play and get some free therapy? Go see KMAMA at The Daily Dribbles!

To my children for refusing to get along for longer than five minutes.
i really didn't need to finish photoshopping those nature photos for my portfolio

To my landlord for replacing our dishwasher with the cheapest disposable model around
i thought the whole point of a dishwasher was that I wasn't supposed to have to do them . . . ?

To the birds who think my car is a battle zone
i always wanted a polka dot paint job

To mother nature for making me a woman and putting me through torture once a month
no, i really didn't need "special time" with DH this week

To all the authors of the photoshop "help guides" that you find all over the internet and teach you absolutely nothing
who needs to make money doing what they love anyway?

And a very, truly sincere THANK YOU VERY MUCH! goes out to my friends, family, and other loved ones for keeping my family and I in your prayers over these past few weeks, thank you for the phone calls, the hugs, and the food. And a very special THANK YOU VERY MUCH! to my Lord and Savior for bringing Grandpa Home where he belongs!

God Bless!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Menu Time! What's for dinner? Week at a glance!

It's been a rough past two weeks, but I'm back in the swing of things!
This should be a great week of blogging for me - I've been stockpiling this past week.
Don't forget to visit MomsTheWord for another great edition of Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Here's this weeks menu - Since Summer is here, I planned breakfast and lunch as well as dinner this week!

Meatless Monday
Breakfast - Sausage Biscuits
Lunch - Hot Dogs, chips, broccoli and ranch (DD6's favorite)
Dinner - Squash casserole, cornbread

Terrific Tuesday
Breakfast - Omelets, toast
Lunch- PB&J, carrot sticks, bananas
Dinner - Pork Fried Rice, Pot Stickers (frozen - I'm cheating)

Wonderful Wednesday
Breakfast - French Toast, Sausage
Lunch - Baloney and Cheese sandwiches, chips, Apples
Dinner - "Crock Pot Comfort", noodles

Thrilling Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal, fruit
Lunch - Mac and Cheese, Broccoli/Ranch
Dinner - Oven "fried" chicken and potatoes, corn

Fun-Tastic Friday
Breakfast - Ham and cheese scramble, toast
Lunch - Grilled Cheese, chips, Carrots
Dinner - Corn Dogs, Fries

Super Saturday
Breakfast - cereal, fruit
Lunch - sandwiches, chips, carrots
Dinner - Taco Night!

Sweet Sunday
Breakfast - TBA (hubby surprises me on this day)
Lunch - Sandwiches, chips, apples
Dinner - Loaded Chef's salad