Saturday, May 29, 2010

no sirens involved

This is what we were up to between 11 last night and 3 this morning. Because you always wanted to know, right? The call came shortly before 11 saying "Graham's doing well, but he is being transported (by ambulance) to a nearby hospital."
Warning: NOT PRETTY! If you are his mother or grandmother or queasy in any way, you may not want to look.

Like his new shorts? One of my first questions(after seeing that he was smiling being unloaded on his stretcher) was "are those your new jeans? They weren't. More on what went down later, I've only had a couple hours of sleep.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

number four

uh huh.12 weeks along.heard a tiny heardbeat this happy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

tweet, tweet

My baby is turning 2 next week! So, of course I am turning my sadness about that into party planning! This post from Party Perfect is perfection! Tweet, tweet! {I am such a copy cat, I know} Late last night I was madly finishing invitations and tonight I had my girlfriend over here slaving over stuffed birds(as in fabric and cotton, not turkey and seasoned bread). Tomorrow I need birdhouses. And who thinks I can pull off the cake in the top photo?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

penne rustica

recipe and photo found here
Look at me! 2 posts in 1 day! I had to share this with you, I am just popping it into the oven for dinner and it is so yummy! Warning though, the recipe is HUGE!I made a few changes(in brackets) to suit our family's taste and what I had on hand. It took some time to prepare all the steps, but I probably ended up with at least 4 meals for our family.

12 oz. grilled chicken breast (marinate in olive oil and garlic salt overnight, then grill on barbecue for best flavor)-{rotisserie chickens are my best friend}
½ pack thick bacon-{used whole package, who doesn't like more bacon?}
48 oz. (3 boxes) penne pasta-{I used rotini}
2 large red bell peppers- diced-{I used 4, I don't want to cook a separate vegetable, do you?}
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
½ tsp paprika
Gratinata Sauce:
2 tsp butter
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 cup marsala wine OR 1/3 cup apple juice + 2 tbsp red wine vinegar +enough chicken broth to equal 1 cup
1 tsp dijon or dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped rosemary
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
8 cups heavy cream-{I used 4c.cream and 4c. half & half}
Saute garlic in butter in large pan. Add marsala wine, mustard, salt, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and heavy cream.Cook pasta according to directions. Cook bacon. Slice chicken into medium-bite size pieces.Combine sauce, cooked pasta, diced chicken, cooked bacon, bell peppers, parmesan cheese, and paprika and mix thoroughly. Spread in pans. Top with chopped rosemary and mozzarella cheese.
Bake @ 475 for 10 minutes. If frozen, thaw in refrigerator the day of. Cover with foil and bake @ 375 for 1 hour. Remove foil during the last 15 minutes.
Number Of Servings: Yields one 8×8 and two 9×13 casserole dishes.
Preparation Time: More than an hour

olivia taps


Olivia started taking tap lessons this fall. This is what we get to watch every Monday afternoon. I took this video through glass, so it looks a it funny.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

winner winner!

**Let's say I will pick a winner for the giveaway below on Friday morning**
UPDATED: All right girls, thanks for playing! The winner is...
km said...
would LOVE it!
October 26, 2009 10:04 AM
Please send me your mailing address and I will mail you your prize!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

here again, and a giveaway! hip hip horay!

I've had a bit of a break, haven't I? Besides the recipe, that is. Have you made that pie yet? You really should. mmmm. I realized this week I turned 1 over here! Blogging for a whole year. Not as frequently as I hoped or imagined, but I won't make excuses for that. Instead, I have a treat to share with you, well one of you anyway. I would like to give one of you a copy of Ultimate Cookies, (Better Homes and Gardens Special Publication) and a Wilton Cookie Scoop! I noticed the mag/book on the newsstands the other day and thought it would be perfect inspiration to start planning holiday baking. And the photo's are really pretty. So, leave a loving comment and in a few days I will pick a winner!

And in the meantime, let's hope that the 'scoots' pass through(no pun intended) my children quickly.