Saturday, February 28, 2009
After picking Clayton up from preschool, I met my birthday buddy, Ronda, for lunch. We had our little guys with us. We both love Coke Zero and Ruby Tuesday's has fountain Coke Zero. Bonus! So, we ate lunch and then went back to her house for cupcakes. When Pete got home from work he took the family out for dinner. We tried a new place called Say Sushi. It was a lot of fun. Kendall told the waitress it was my birthday and at the end of the meal, she brought out a bowl of ice cream with a candle in it. A special touch.
At the end of the evening the kids were in bed, the husband and puppy were asleep on the couch, and I watched my netflix movie Vicky Christina Barcelona. I hadn't heard of this movie until the Oscars. Penelope Cruz got the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role. It's a quirky, but good film by Woody Allen. I really liked it. Scarlett Johansen is in it, too.
Friday, February 27, 2009
People I share my birthday with:
February 27, 1981 Josh Groban, American Musician
February 27, 1980 Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton, 1993-2001
February 27, 1968 Loy Vaught, NBA forward for the Los Angeles Clippers
February 27, 1968 Mike Sullivan, Marshfield, NHL center for the Calgary Flames
February 27, 1968 Ron Cox, NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears
February 27, 1968 Michael Vartan, French Actor
February 27, 1961 Grant Shaud, actor, Miles Silverburg-Murphy Brown
February 27, 1961 James Worthy, NBA forward, Los Angeles Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP
February 27, 1951 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman, 1989-91
February 27, 1943 Mary Frann, born in St. Louis, Missouri, actress, Joanna-Newhart, Days of Our Live
February 27, 1941 Paddy Ashdown, British Politician
February 27, 1940 Howard Hesseman, Salem Or, actor, Dr. Johnny Fever-WKRP, Head of Class
February 27, 1934 Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, Unsafe at Any Speed
February 27, 1932 Elizabeth Taylor, born in London, actress, Cleopatra, violet eyes
February 27, 1930 Joanne Woodward, born in Thomasville, Georgia, actress, 3 Faces of Eve, Rachel
February 27, 1928 Ariel Sharon, Israeli Leader
February 27, 1902 John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California, author, Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962
February 27, 1807 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland, Maine, poet, Hiawatha
February 27, 1622 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, Dutch painter
February 27, 274 Constantine I, Great Roman emperor, 306-337, adopted Christianity
My friend, Ronda. Happy Birthday!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Our electric raclette maker came via UPS today. Pete is going to the store for some cheese, gherkins, pickled onions, and salami on his way home from work. I have a feeling it will be just Pete, Clay and I eating dinner. I did make some jello for Kendall but she isn't a fan of jello. I don't like it, either.
Well, not much more to talk about. I need to get out one of these days...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I took Buddy to the vet today. They x-ray'd, drew blood, and manipulated this leg around. Poor kitty. The vet thinks he jumped or something to injure his lateral ligament (something like that). She said he is a 13 year old cat and was acting like a 3 year old cat. That sounds about right. Anyway, just waiting on the blood work results so we can see how to treat him for the next few weeks to try to get the swelling down. For now, I'll carry him around some so he doesn't have to hop along.
And if that isn't enough. The other little man in my life (Clayton) had me up last night throwing up! Poor fella'! He had fever, too. So, today, no play group for us. I had even made cup cakes since the mom hosting play group and I share the same birthday (this Friday). Oh, I can't wait until summer when we are all healthy again!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Or at least it seemed like it last week and this weekend. I feel like I can get organized and take control of my life again. Hallelujah!
I should have taken the cat to the vet last week. Buddy has a gimpy leg and it's been this way since a week ago Friday. Poor kitty. In my defense, he looks OK one day, and then he's gimpy the next. So, I called and got him scheduled for tomorrow AM. I hope it's nothing serious. He is about 15 years old, so who knows?
I must get back into my Bible study on Esther. I really let it slide last week because all I wanted to do was sleep. I will definitely catch up in the next few days!
I need to clean the house! I was so sick and guess what? The man didn't pick up the slack! I know you are all shocked at this revelation, but alas, it's true. The dog fur and laundry seemed to get piled higher and higher over the last few days.
I did cook a yummy meal last night (if I have to say so myself ;))! I was in a funk this weekend and it really felt good to get in the kitchen and try something new. I know it's weird. It's called Chicken with Saffron Rice. I got the recipe out of the Williams-Sonoma March catalog we received in the mail last week. I will definitely do it again!
Olives and saffron and rice, Oh my!
And one more thing. My birthday is coming up on Friday! Woo hoo. I'll be 41. My daughter wants to get me a ring (I like the way she thinks) but Pete said I'm not getting that! Pete's birthday is two weeks after mine so we usually get one present together and go out to dinner without kids. He wants to get an electric raclette maker for our combo gift. I think it might just do!
Happy Monday, everyone!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here is Rich giving Pete a friendly kiss. I'm sure he'd had plenty of wine at this point. :)
We had roasted chicken, green beans, potatoes, spinach salad, and I made roasted vegetables.
Here is Clayton after the older girls dressed him up as a girl. He loves being the clown and making people laugh.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I took Clayton with me to the doctor and he was good as gold. He sat there quietly and patiently. He is growing up. The doctor asked him if he had a girlfriend. Clayton smiled and said, "no." That's my boy. You stay away from those girls.
Here's hoping for a brighter tomorrow.....
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I really must get the energy to clean and tidy this house. Tomorrow, we are having a home visit from Kendall's teacher. I don't know why this school does this, but they do. The Character Ed teacher is coming with Kendall's teacher tomorrow, also. Kendall is being awarded the "Citizen of the Month." On Friday, there will be a ceremony at school and this award is one of them being acknowledged. So, I need to get this place looking a little better than it looks now.
It's been so quiet in the house today. The three animals and I have just been lying around and sleeping. I always thought I could have been a cat.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I was supposed to go to the dollar theater with the kids and some friends but didn't feel like being on duty! Pete took the kids out with him so I could get some quiet.
So, no pictures of pretty cakes or pies today. I think I'll go have some Tylenol with water.
Friday, February 13, 2009
- I did finish my Bible study questions and readings for the week.
- I did help the kids with their valentines for school.
- I mopped the kitchen floor.
- I cleaned the master bathroom (it was bad).
- I stayed up and watched The Office and 30 Rock.
- I did some never ending laundry.
- I sat for an hour with Clayton and watched Kendall do her ballet.
- I got my blood drawn today.
- I dropped by the hospital to see if anyone is taking off so I can work some!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I spoke with my in-laws the other day and my father-in-law mentioned that they had eaten an onion tart (not sweet) for brunch at some restaurant in Cambridge. This sounded good to me and I was convinced I could make one.
1 Pâte Brisée (tart dough) for one 10-inch tart (see method for making pâte brisée) or 1 packaged, flat pie crust (Trader Joe's has one in their frozen section)
3 medium sized red onions
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup (not packed) roughly grated Gruyère Swiss cheese
1 If you are making a crust from scratch, prepare the dough and let it chill in the refrigerator while you are cooking the onions.
2 Peel and slice the onions.
3 Heat olive oil and butter in a large, heavy-bottomed sauté pan on medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onions and sprinkle a little salt over them. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes, until the onions have softened and are translucent. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for an additional 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are well browned. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for 10 minutes more, until onions are completely caramelized. Remove from heat.
4 Preheat the oven to 450°F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand for 5 minutes before rolling it out. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10-inch diameter. Remove the crust dough to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
5 Place all but a couple tablespoons of the cheese in the center of the dough. Spread to within 1 1/2 inches from the edges. Add the caramelized onions, layering them on top of the cheese. Fold the edges of the crust dough over so that a small circle of onion is still showing in the centre of the tart. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the tart.
6 Place in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 10 minutes at 450°F. Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Today, I slept in (tired from all the standing over the stove last night) and we skipped church. Pete didn't mind, of course. I'm not sure what I'll do the rest of the day but planning to take it easy....