Monday, September 29, 2008

What my sniffer means to me...

My nose is a powerful part of me. DH always comments on my sensitive sniffer. Of course, when I was pregnant its powers were magnified. I've always been able to sniff out things that others seem to miss. Maybe that is why I'm so proud of our Beagle's sniffing abilities. Hmmm...interesting thought to ponder...

Today I went to Home Depot to have some keys made. Have you been there? Can you smell it just thinking about it? It smells like fresh cut wood, mixed in with some other scents. All of those combined remind me of my dad. I also think of him when I smell the exhaust of a diesel engine or a boat.

The unique, musty scent of a horse and/or saddle reminds me of Thing1 and her passion for horses.

Dreft (baby detergent) reminds me of Thing2. We used Dreft on her clothes for a very long time b/c of her sensitive skin.

The smell of anything cooking reminds me of my mom's house. Even if it something that she's never made, just the scents of homecooking in the kitchen. Mom is a good cook...from the comfort foods to new recipes, I don't think she's ever made anything we didn't like.

Bacon and eggs and Dove soap...Grandma Violet and Grandpa Jim's house...

After shave tinged with cigarette smoke...Grandma and Grandpa's house at the lake...

The smell of old, musty wood will always remind me of my Texas Grandma, Erna. And the smell of oatmeal cookies in the oven. Mmmmmmmmm....makes my mouth water!

The sensory center is your brain is located next to the memory center...which makes total sense. (For an explanation click here!) The smells trigger the memories. So what are your trigger smells??

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We're gonna party like its your birthday!

Yesterday our sweet middle child turned 6. I know you all think we're nuts, but she has been a part of our family since she was just a pup. Yep, you read it right, we celebrated (in great style) the birthday of our Beagle daughter, Avery Copper...the hound dog. She had a blast at her Petsmart party!
Well, someone was not enjoying her party hat!

Waiting patiently for the store employee to offer her a treat.

Happy 6th Birthday, Avery Copper!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy 90th Birthday, Grandpa!

We just got home yesterday from a long awaited trip to Indiana. My grandpa turned 90 years old last week and we had a lot of fun at his party over the weekend. Its amazing to think of all that he's seen and accomplished in his life. And he's still going strong!!

The weekend was wonderful...and provided the opportunity to catch up with family that I hadn't seen in years . My kids got to meet their long lost cousins and play play play!

The kids played so hard that when their heads hit the pillow they just passed out. I always get them up to use the potty when we're on a trip like that, mainly to avoid puddles on the mattress in the middle of the night. This trip was no exception. The second night we were there I was trying to wake Thing1 up for a trip to the bathroom. She was hard to rouse, and then started doing the sign of the if she were praying. I finally got her into a sitting position and she did it again. When I told her again what we were doing, she stood up and started walking to the bathroom. She was like a rag doll, and put most of her weight on me walking up the 2 steps (in a travel trailer). Then she turned and tried to walk into the shower. I reminded her again what we were doing. I had to sit her down on the toilet and remind her again what to do. She was basically doing all of this in her sleep. My brother and I were very entertained, though! She has absolutely no recollection of the story I'm sharing here. I'm sure she'd be mortified if she knew I was sharing it, though!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shrimp in Love Pasta

No menu planning this week, its a crazy one. I was gone all day yesterday as a volunteer at an Ike evacuee shelter, and will be gone all day tomorrow. My sweet husband is stepping up around the house (as if he doesn't help so much already) and making my life easier. I am posting a recipe today so I can link to a friend's Tasty Tuesday blog entry.

I borrowed this recipe from the Kraft website last Valentine's quickly became a family favorite. I must confess, I use extra cream cheese and add some garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

4 oz. linguine, uncooked
1 cup cleaned medium fresh shrimp
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
1-1/2 cups torn cleaned spinach

Cook linguine as directed on package.
Meanwhile, heat large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp, tomatoes and cream cheese spread; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through and mixture is well blended.
Drain pasta; place in large bowl. Add spinach; toss lightly. Stir in shrimp mixture.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Menu Planning Tuesday? Just doesn't flow...

Yesterday was a bit crazy so I am late the menu this week. Oh well, at least there is something on paper now. Oh, and last week got all messed up, so there are several repeats this week. It just didn't happen last week.

B: pancakes, milk
L: kids at school
D: out

B: cereal, milk
L: soup, popcorn shrimp
D: shrimp pasta, salad, breadsticks

B: muffins, fruit, milk
L: kids at school
D: chicken chow mein

B: cereal, fruit, milk
L: taco salad
D: tacos

B: yogurt, fruit, juice
L: kids at school (taco salad at home)
D: pizza, salad

B: donuts, fruit, milk
L: out after soccer game
D: farfalle and zucchini, grilled chicken

B: breakfast casserole
L: hamburgers and french fries, fruit salad
D: pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole

School lunches: We pack lunch every day but my kids have lots of options. They get 4 main things, plus a drink. I'd much rather they have too much than not enough. If they bring something home I let them eat it for their after school snack. If they don't have anything leftover they get a piece of fruit, yogurt or fruit cup.

Group 1:
sandwich kebabs
roll-ups (sandwich in a tortilla)

Group 2:
sun chips
carrot sticks
string cheese

Group 3:
orange slices
apple slices

Group 4:
'nilla wafers
granola bar
fruit snacks

flavored water pouch

Monday, September 01, 2008

Menu Planning Monday!

B: cereal, bananas, yogurt
L: soup, chicken nuggets, fruit
D: popcorn shrimp, rice, green beans

B: oatmeal, milk
L: playdate: salad with chicken wraps
D: sausage wraps, corn on the cob

B: smoothies
L: PB&J, veggie sticks
D: tacos

B: cereal, fruit, milk
L: taco salad
D: farfalle and zucchini, grilled chicken

B: pancakes, milk
L: sub sandwiches, chips or macaroni salad, fruit cups
D: pizza, salad

B: donuts, fruit, milk
L: out after soccer game
D: chicken spaghetti, salad, breadsticks

B: breakfast casserole
L: hamburgers and french fries, fruit salad
D: pork chops, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole