Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

I will be taking a short break from blogging to enjoy this magnificent holiday with my family. My wish for you all is a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

God Bless,

Friday, December 18, 2009

Silent Monks

I saw this one on American Papist. I had to share with you as well. This one made me smile!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Menu Wednesday #5

This is such a crazy time of year. I have simplified my menu to reflect our hectic life. Everything is easy and pretty fast to prepare.

Wednesday: Crock Pot turkey breast (held over from last week)


green beans

Thursday: Quesadillas

tossed green salad

Friday: Dinner out

Saturday: Chicken Milanese (held over from last week)

rice pilaf

Sunday: Chicken enchiladas



Monday: hamburgers

oven fries

Tuesday: Pizza bread

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Loss of a Good Man

I am so sad today! I just found out my neighbor died today from complications due to cancer. He was the most generous, kind hearted person and his loss will be greatly felt. My kids adored him and his wife. They would host movie and pizza night and have the boys over. The boys deemed them the coolest neighbors. We have lived in this home for about 8 years and it was happenstance that Bill and Terry were our neighbors. I have actually known Bill for over 20 years. He owns a fantastic store in our area called William-Glen. It is the go to store locally for wonderful home decor and gifts. Bill and I use to go to the same parish. He attended my wedding and I had seen him off and on through the years. It was such a wonderful surprise when we moved in and we found out that he was our neighbor. Bill was such a funny, compassionate and generous person. I am still in shock that he is gone. My prayers are for his wife, Terry and his kids. Bill just became a grandfather and I am so sad that his granddaughter will not know this incredible man.

The Harmonica Man

This made me smile today!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Teacher's Gifts

This year, I haven't had the time to make any gifts to give. To be honest, I was plum out of ideas. So, when I came across these cute candleholders, I knew just what to give. The glass candle holders are from IKEA and they hold both tealights and tapers. All you have to do is turn them to the side you want to use. How cute and clever! I found the scented tealights and tapers at IKEA as well. Even the santa gnome sack was from IKEA. The best part of all, these candle holders were only 49 cents!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top Chef Ending

Drats, Michael won! I really didn't see that coming. I truly thought it was between Kevin and Bryan. Even listening to the judges comments, I didn't think Michael would win. Overall, a very exciting season and I had fun spending my Wednesday nights watching these insanely talented chefs.

Top Chef finale

I can't wait for the finale tonight. I think Top Chef is my favorite show and this season has been one of the best. I am hoping for Kevin or Bryan to win. Just anyone but Michael. He is so arrogant. He is probably a great chef, but I would want one of the other two to win. It's going to be good!

Menu Wednesday #4

I haven't been posting very much, I know. This is such a busy time of year. The kids seems to have more activities and the days seem to go by too fast.

Here is this weeks menu:

Wednesday: Honey Hoisin Chicken (I saw this recipe and had to give it a try)
cut up veggies

Thursday: homemade pizza

Friday: Slow cooker turkey breast ( I know, I know but this is so good)
winter panzanella salad

Saturday: Salmon (held over from last week)
Fish sticks for the kids
rice pilaf

Sunday: Antipasto
garlic bread

Monday: Fried rice

Tuesday: chicken Milanese
Parmesan pasta

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Menu Wednesday #3

Are you tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? I know I am. Here is our menu for the week.

Wed. Spicy stir fried chicken with fresh veggies

Thur. Fresh Dungeness Crab (Yea! it's back in season)
crusty bread
cut up veggies with ranch dip

Fri. Tacos
Spanish rice

Sat. Grilled salmon

Sun. Chicken yakitori
soba noodles

Mon. Philly cheese steaks
cut up veggies

Tues. appetizer dinner (I put out a bunch of finger food and the kids go wild)
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