Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I've moved!

Hi Everyone! I finally got everything up and running! Hooray! Please join me at:



This will be the official last post of 30-something! It's been fun, but time to explore new frontiers! For those of you that have a link to my blog, please update. Cheers!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A change is in the air...

Hello to all my faithful readers! I have been in a bit of a quandary lately as to what I want out of my blogging. This blog has definitely become a major outlet for my creativity, however, I have been a little wishy-washy as to where I want it to go. At first, this was meant to be nothing but a trial run, then it turned into something bigger! But I feel like I need a change of scenery so to speak. So bear with me as I strive for something better. Within the next week or so, I plan to launch a new blog, hopefully a better blog with with more of a focus on what makes me and my world tick! I hope you will continue to read and enjoy our adventures! So stay tuned....

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

It was a beautiful day to fly a kite...

Cleaning out the garage has its perks. We came across our one lonely little kite, but due to the hectic nature of life, I once again forgot that we had it until the Monkey Man asked if it was windy enough to fly a kite today. And although math was not 100% finished, dirty dishes cluttered the sink and three loads of laundry needed to be started, we marched out the door with our little kite in hand. There is a large empty lot at the end of our street next to the playground that is perfect for flying a small kite.

I wasn't sure how long a kite would hold their interest, after all, this is the computer age and flying a kite might not be as thrilling as feuding with minions of voracious beasts or clones on the internet! Much to my surprise and pleasure, I witnessed two children filled with great joy, dancing around the field with a little dinosaur kite! They laughed and screamed and jumped and ran, dodging the kite when it took nose-dives! It was sheer heaven to watch them, so full of innocence, enjoying something so simple! And they even SHARED! It was strange, like I was being granted a moment of respite from the fighting and the whining because they were so focused on the object in flight, they forgot to piss each other off!

So it was a beautiful day to fly a kite and a beautiful day to play with my kids!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Triple P

I packed the kids up and took them to park day yesterday. It was a gorgeous, sunny, 90* day, it couldn't have been more perfect. Now this particular park has what I call the bird's nest in the middle, a place with benches and what not that the mommies like to congregate in so we can have as much of a view of the kids as possible. I'm sitting there, chatting with friends when one of the other mom's starts yelling, "Trina, oh my god! Stand up quick you HAVE to see this!" I stand up and peer out toward the parking lot to see, much to my great horror, my son with his pants around his knees, bare-arsed, and whizzing on a tree! I could have freakin' died! Well of course the entire "bird's nest" is roaring with laughter as I race out to confront my child about the COMPLETE inappropriateness of his actions. I mean for crying out loud, the bathroom was less than 100 ft. away!! And it wasn't like he picked some inconspicuous tree behind the playground, no, no... he chose the one tree between the playground and the parking lot! I think I'm still blushing! Needless to say, trying to keep a straight face with all the cackling in the background was damn near impossible, but I did manage to pull off my best June Cleaver and gave him a stern talking-to in regards to appropriate vs. non-appropriate places for urination. Besides, this kid has a lot to learn about being stealth IF public urination is ever necessary. I mean you just can't drop trow and leave your shiny, white hiney hanging out for the world to see! We need to discuss what the "fly" is for on his briefs! Or better yet, maybe that's a job for Big Daddy!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

Well I don't know about Mary, Mary, but MY garden is growing great! The rain last week really got things going. It's amazing how much better a garden does with rainwater, mostly since we've hardly seen rainwater in 2 years! Both cauliflower and broccoli almost doubled in size, and carrots, spinach and lettuce sprouted! The only downfall being the pesky rodent that inhabits my neighbor's shed. That rat is eating all of my beautiful spinach! So this weekend I plan to erect some sort of cage around that bed. It may not stop him completely, but hopefully it will be a deterrent. I also plan to sprinkle the bed liberally with cayenne as soon as the wind stops! Maybe if Willard gets a big snoutful of pepper, he won't be so inclined to come and steal from my garden. But knowing my luck, he'll be a fan of pepper and he'll come back for twice as much! Rat nibbling aside, the garden looks great, the cauliflower and broccoli are starting to make florettes (if that's what you call them) and they are so cute! Ian is looking forward to the day he can start pulling up carrots! I am looking forward to the day we eat our first head of cauliflower! I heart my garden!

This may look like a lot of mud to you, but it looks like teeny carrots, teeny lettuce, some rat-gnawed spinach and some onions to me! I have high hopes for this bed!

Itty bitty lettuce, Aaaawwww!

Look at that broccoli... can I get a YEE-HAW!

And that cauliflower! I've never seen anything so cool!

Green, growing and gorgeous!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Making every little bit count!

In this hellish economy, you just have to make the most of everything you buy, especially when it comes to food! I am not a fan of cheap pre-packaged foods, nor am I a fan of wasting food. So, I thought I would share how I make 1 Costco rotisserie chicken into at least 4 meals to feed a family of four.

Meal 1: Chicken Pastini
Begin by boiling the water and starting your noodles (I use about 3/4 of a 12 oz. package, enough to fill a decent sized oval baking dish) preferably curly noodles or even bow-tie. Start tearing into that chicken and use about one half of ONE breast and alot of dark meat from one side of the chicken, cube into small pieces. Saute red bell peppers, onions and garlic, (mushrooms are good too) in a large pan, then once they're tender add the chicken, one 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes (with juice), about 1/2 - 1 small can of tomato sauce, salt and pepper to taste and some fresh or dried parsley to taste. Once the noodles are done, mix pasta with the chicken and veggie sauce. Mix in about 1/2-1 cup mozzarella cheese. Put into a baking dish (about 2.8 L), sprinkle with bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and dot with a little butter. Bake for about 20-30 min. on 400*.

Serve with broccoli or a salad, YUM! This dish feeds my family one dinner and usually has enough left over for hubby to take to work the next day!

Meal 2: Chicken and black bean quesadillas
Chop up the rest of the first chicken breast and a bit of the dark meat. Lay out about 4-6 tortillas, sprinkle with cheddar or monterey jack, or both, open one can of black beans, drain and rinse, and put a couple of spoonfuls of beans over the cheese, add some chicken, and a little more cheese (if you're feeling spunky a little Rotel is good too). Fold in half and bake in a 425* oven for a couple of minutes, until the cheese is melty and tortillas are lightly crispy. Serve with salsa or fresh guacamole!

Meal 3: Chicken Salad
Use about 1/2 of the SECOND chicken breast, chop into small pieces. Add chopped celery, onion (green onions are super yummy, but regular onions work just fine), apple, halved grapes, slivered almonds and chopped cilantro (VERY important ingredient, makes the dish so fresh and luscious!). Add a yogurt to desired consistency. If you like, you can add a bit, just a bit, of Miracle Whip to give it a little kick, but it's not necessary. Serve on iceburg lettuce cups, or fresh bread or wheat crackers! The nice thing about this recipe is it is so full of other ingredients you really don't need to use that much of your chicken, yet it is completely satisfying!

Meal 4: Sante Fe Chicken Skillet
Pick the rest of the meat off the chicken, cut into cubes. Saute thinly sliced or small cubed potatoes, green bell pepper, onion and Hatch green chile (if you have it) in olive oil cook until tender. (If you're using HOT green chiles like I do, cut them up and leave them to the side to add later if your kids are whimpies like mine!) Add the chicken to saute, just to get hot, remove it all to a plate and keep in a warm oven. Start frying eggs. We like ours over medium. Add a bit of the potato and chicken mixture to a plate, put a fried egg on top, then sprinkle with cheddar or monterey jack cheese. Cut up the egg, so the yolk runs over the rest of the goods, add a bit of Tabasco and ENJOY!

Now, if you're really industrious, toss the carcass into water and boil it to get broth! Then it could lead to at least a portion of meal #5! So there you have it, 4+ meals from one Costco rotisserie chicken! Cheers!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ouch! That hurts!

I just got my car back yesterday. Turns out my transmission went bad. Just my luck, I was 3 payments away from paying off my car and now BAM! another $2600 in payments. I don't know what it is, but I seem to attract lemons! Everyone that heard about the transmission was SHOCKED to hear that a Honda was having transmission issues, especially when it's under 70K miles! Oh well, I suppose things could be worse. It is now fixed, it has a two-year written warranty and money is just money! But I was sure looking forward to that extra $300 a month! Transmissions suck!