Archives for June 2010

10 Things That Make Me Happy When I Am Not

Here are 10 things that are sure to put a smile on my face when I am not happy:

1. This picture…

2. Tater telling me “Don’t cry mommy…I love you” and hugging me

3. Reading

4. Being around my family

5. Remembering the song that the locals sang to us on our honeymoon in Fiji

6. Thinking of a time a friend and I were at the river…it was nighttime and we were walking her dog on the golf course and she said something funny (I don’t even remember what it was!), and we laughed until we couldn’t breath, had tears running down our faces, and were rolling around in the grass. I can’t remember another time I’ve ever laughed like that!

7. Being by myself somewhere quiet (which usually leads to reading)

8. Thinking of the early days with hubby…when we were in “new” love

9. Looking at old photo albums

10. A glass of wine, preferably red, after the kids have gone to sleep and the house is quiet…

And so it goes…

Mama's Losin' ItThis post was written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #3: Write a list of 10 things that are sure to put a smile on your face when you are not happy.

You Know You’re a Mom When-sDaze

You know you’re a mom when…

You get good at picking up things with your toes because it’s much easier then bending over
Your favorite times of the day are nap time and bed time

You will get up earlier or stay up later than you know you should just to get a half hour or hour of peace and quiet to yourself

You realize that your life will never, ever be the same as it was “before kids”, and mourn over your loss and all the things you took for granted (like sleeping and peeing alone…not at the same time of course!)…even though you know your life is better now
You realize that a vacation with kids is really NOT a vacation at all

Ms. M definitely did not enjoy boating as much as we had hoped!
You love that your little boy picks you beautiful purple flowers…even if it is the Society Garlic and it stinks up not only the kitchen, but his little hands too!
You have mommy aches like back pain and neck pain from holding the baby(ies) all day long

I also participated in Wordless/Wordful Wednesday…with pictures from our vacation from hell! Check out the pictures here!

And so it goes…

Proof of Our Worst Mistake Ever!

So here is the evidence that we did in fact take all three kids on vacation. Crazy, I know. If you missed my post about our jaunt through hell weekend getaway, you can read all about it here.

Day 1…Father’s Day. Me with Ms. L, my dad, and my mom – all is going well so far…
Little did we know what was in store for us…
Tater saying “Cheese” and playing on the shore.
Things are still good.
My niece L, my sister, me and Ms. M and Tater on Day 2. Where is hubby and Ms. L you may ask? Up in the room because Ms. L didn’t sleep but a few hours the night before and ended up taking a 4 hour nap that morning. Hubby sacrificied fun at the pool (ha ha) to stay in the room and nap with Ms. L. My sister’s daughter woke up too early too. Nerves are a little frazzled.
Me and the kids at the pool. Tater saying “cheese” again.
No idea what the heck the two of them are looking at.
My nieces S and N, and my niece L holding Ms. L. Day 3.
Kids are having fun. Adults are beyond done.
Ms. M and my niece S. Here is what happens to kids when they are put in the torture devices otherwise known as lifejackets. Crying/screaming/tantrum throwing, and then…sleep.
Ms. M voicing her disapproval of the heat and the sight of the lifejacket.
End of day 3. Ms. L and Ms. M have had enough. In picture 2 (sorry about the quality), Ms. L rolls over on Ms. M and she doesn’t even budge!
Yet Tater is still having fun and enjoying himself!
Yes, we will use this picture for blackmail purposes in years to come.
The only semi-family picture that we got together. Dad is tired, Tater’s tired…I’m calculating the hours left until we get to go home!
Yes my friends, proof we did in fact take all three kids on vacation. And I can tell you, it won’t be happening again for at least another 2 to 3 more years!
This is for Wordless/Wordful Wednesday…Check out some other fantastic posts below, or visit any of these blogs to link up!

I also participated in You Know You’re a Mom When-sDaze meme, which I absolutely love! Check it out here !

And so it goes…

My Former Addiction

I have a confession to make: I am an ex-TV addict. Before blogging took over my life sucked up all of my free time became important to me, I used to watch A LOT of TV. I blame it on the DVR, not on my laziness to find entertainment elsewhere.

Before blogging, I used to get up in the morning and watch whatever we had taped the previous night. Every night had at least one show, usually more, and I had to watch them before Tater wanted to watch Max & Ruby for the 9 millionth time. In the afternoons, I watched People’s Court (huge fan), Oprah, and Ellen. Early evening, Family Feud and Jeopardy. Evening…sitcoms.

And no, I’m not kidding. Although I guess technically I wasn’t really “watching” it because half the time the TV was on and I was running around cleaning, taking care of kids, and whatnot. I watched just about anything that was on The Food Network when nothing else was on. I’m a huge fan of A&E. GSN (Game Show Network) is also a complete waste of time a lot of fun to watch.

Since blogging? I watch almost no TV. Sure there are a few shows before they finished up the season I watched (Law & Order SVU, Two and a Half Men, Modern Family), but for the most part, I watch none.

And then…a couple of weeks ago…True Blood came back on. And then this Sunday, Hung and Entourage is back on. Damn! Sunday night and I’ve got a couple of hours of TV I must watch! Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia both start in July (I think). There’s another two hours. Rescue Me starts this week (another hour). The Next Food Network Star started a few weeks back, and I didn’t even know it because I haven’t been paying attention, so I have three or four hours to watch to catch back up…and another hour a week is added to my To Do list. All in all? At least 6 hours of TV that I am going to be watching again because I can’t not watch these shows!!

But you know what? When I wasn’t watching TV, I didn’t even miss it. And 6 hours is much, much less than I used to watch. I guess I can watch and blog at the same time 😉

Check out my Tasty Tuesday post for my recipe for Chicken Curry!

And so it goes…

Healthy Curry Chicken Recipe

This healthy Curry Chicken recipe is a staple at our house. It’s easy to make and it’s good for you. The recipe originally came from the Dr. Atkins (all protein) diet, and the first time we ate it, we were hooked! Since years ago when we first started eating it, it has morphed several times into what it is today. You can put your own spin on it too!

Healthy Curry Chicken Recipe

This healthy curry chicken recipe is not only good for you, it's also versatile and easy to prepare.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound chicken breast fillets, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper (less if you like less "heat", or more if you like a lot of spice!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup coconut milk -or- heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Optional: frozen peas and/or carrots, roasted broccoli

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in a heavy casserole over medium-high heat until foam from butter subsides. Add chicken strips and cook in batches until browned, 5 minutes per batch.
  2. Add spices, onions, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add hot water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add vegetables.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer chicken and sauce to a serving plate. Garnish with cilantro. Serve over brown rice.
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Fast, easy, yummy, and healthy curry chicken recipe! If you want to make preparation even faster, you can buy cooked chicken from the deli counter and chop it up and throw it in instead of cooking chicken. Another tip would be to buy already prepared curry seasoning and use about two to three tablespoons instead of buying turmeric, cumin, ginger, and cayenne pepper (but the homemade way does taste better).

Looking for more ways to get creative with chicken? Check out all of my chicken recipesCilantro Lime Chicken is another one of our favorites. I’ve also got more healthy recipes here. Still want more? You can visit my Healthy Eats and  Chicken board on Pinterest.