Monthly Archives: June 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

Last week I was busy making some delicious fruit things! I’ll share more later!

Monday – Beef Pitas
Tuesday – Chicken Taco Bar! (Goodbye meal with friends who are moving)
Wednesday – Baked Potato Bar
Thursday – Homemade Pizza
Friday – Special Anniversary Dinner
Saturday – Food at Graduation Open House & a Wedding! Yum!
Sunday – Father’s Day at the Baseball game in Ohio (hot dogs and nachos I’m sure!) 
Join in all the fun of Menu Plan Monday!

Holy Freakin’ Crap, I Got In!

Holy Freakin’ Crap, I Got In!

I cried three times today.

First, I was notified that I was no longer on the waitlist for Blogher and I get to go! So, I did what every blogger does when she hears good news, I cried. Then I wrote about it.
Second, the realization that I’ve taken more than a 50% pay cut since I applied for the waitlist hit me in the pit of my stomach. We can’t afford for me to go to Blogher. I did what every blogger does when she hears bad news, I cried. Then I wrote about it.
Third, I called my husband and told him the good news and the bad news. We both agreed to starve, put off oil changes, skip some outings and our medications and carpool in order to buy my entry into the Blogging Convention of the World! Then I cried again. Then I tweeted and facebooked about my wonderful news. Now I’m writing about it.
In my head I’ve painted a wonderful picture that Blogher will be like the colorful candy store at the mall where you fill your bag with a little of this and little of that. You like pink jelly bellys? Here’s an eighth of a pound. Gummy Oranges? Here ya go. Fill ‘er up!
Now I just need to find a hostel or a homeless shelter to crash at and pack some sack lunches and dinners. I’ll also need to find some parties with an open bar or with a “Bring Your Own…” on the invitation.
If this is the ideal blogger buffet that I have imagined, I’ll get a chance to meet (and maybe even talk to) this blogger, this one, this one, these gals, this one, this one, this one and this one.

OHMYFREAKINGGOSH! I’M GOING TO BLOGHER!

Garden Update

Garden Update

 Here are some current photos of my garden. I’m seeing a lot more of my plants come up this week! I wasn’t sure that most of my seeds took but it appears that maybe some did and just took longer than others. A lot longer!

I see some flowers on my peas and my green beans are still going wild! I also finally see a sign of life on my squash/zucchini plants! A lot of these are pepper plants but a lot are also weeds, I just can’t completely tell the difference on the younger plants yet.

In garden box two, I have carrots and green onions finally showing up! My corn might actually be knee high by 4th of July! I had such little faith on these little guys.

Besides all of the tomatoes growing,garden box three has lettuce! Can you believe it? There are a quite a few weeds mixed in here so I’m hoping that I haven’t pulled much of the lettuce on accident! I’m certain that we will accidentally eat at least one weed in our salad this summer!

Here’s a beautiful garden I’ve been looking at this week!

Weekend at the Lake

Weekend at the Lake

 

On Saturday, 13 of us went out on the boat and inner tubed, water skied and knee boarded. Well, scratch that. When I was 13 years old I learned how to knee board on a summer trip with my youth group. I never could water ski, inner tubing was easy and required no skill or work so when I was able to pull myself up onto the kneeboard, put the strap across my legs, jump wakes and do a complete 360, I was stuck on knee boarding. Not all of this happened that first summer but by the time I turned 15 or 16 I was thrilled at my skill level improving every summer.
I’ve always wanted to buy a kneeboard and use it at my parent’s lake house. The kneeboard wasn’t the problem, we don’t have a boat. This summer we’re taking a bunch of kids on a boating week so I bought a kneeboard and we tried it out this week with the youth group from my husband’s church. I was so excited to show off my awesome skills and teach some of the kids how to do it.
All of the kids had a hard time getting up on water skis and I just talked about how easy the kneeboard was. When it was time to kneeboard I jumped in and … failed every time! I made it look so bad that not a single kid wanted to try. Even the previously excited high school boys weren’t willing to give it a try!
Later we went out for another run with a different group of kids and I attempted again. I did a lot better but this isn’t saying much since I was pretty much sucking lake water both times! Imagine this though, a 11 year old girl asked if she could try. She asked how to do it, I told her and she got up on her first try! I’m going to try to make myself feel better and just say that those who can’t….teach. 

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

 

Tuesday – Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot. We may or may not end up eating this on this night, we’re visiting my husband’s parents to see some out of town friends and it’s around dinner time AND I have a meeting at work at 7pm. Either way, I need to have the meat for tomorrow’s recipe.
Wednesday – Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup in the Crock Pot. We’re not big fans of sweet potatoes but I have some regular potatoes that need to be used ASAP!
Thursday – Dinner Out
Friday – Baked Potatoes (IN THE CROCK POT!) Remember those potatoes I said needed to be used?
Saturday – Wedding Food!
Sunday – Dinner @ the Non Profit
This time I’m not going to use a whole can of beer when I do the whole chicken, I need it to be less moist so I can make some chicken salad sandwiches for lunch at work. I might also have a day of BBQ chicken sandwiches too! 

This Weekend

This Weekend

 

This weekend, my husband and I accompanied the youth group from our church on a trip to the Lake. We spend the evening eating yummy guacamole and playing Loaded Questions. Tomorrow we will play on the lake all day; skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding.
Every time that we’ve come on this trip I’ve become even more jealous. The house that we stay in is gorgeous and in perfect location. It’s far enough away from home that you actually feel you’ve gotten away for the weekend and yet it’s close enough that you CAN go away for the weekend. Jay and I have wanted to purchase a piece of property in this area for a long time. At one time we had a group of 5 or 6 friends that wanted to go in on it and share, kind of like a time share or group getaway.
I don’t want to do that anymore. I want something of our own that we can build and decorate exactly as we want it. Partly because I want to be able to share it with the youth groups and not have to worry about how our investment partners have decorated or when they want to use it but mostly because I want something of our own that we can invite people to when we feel like sharing.
For the time being it doesn’t even need to have a structure on it. That can be something we work up to but I do want it to be our own. And have a lot of land for roaming, 4 wheeling, gardening and building when we’re ready.
My parents have a home at the Lake in Arizona but we’re too far from Arizona to actually get to enjoy it more than once or twice a year. I do love when we go there. If it was closer, I’d be happy with that and not even worry about spending money to invest in land of our own. But, we’re not. 

 

Please Help: Puppy Needs Good Home!

Please Help: Puppy Needs Good Home!

My friend Sara is looking for a good home for this CUTE AND CUDDLY PUPPY!!! 

“We found her out in the country curled up on the side of the road.  She is a 3-5 month old shepherd/chow mix, very sweet.  She is a very good listener, goes right outside and goes potty and will come right back to you.  There have been people walking dogs and running by our house and she will look at them, but she will come right to me when I tell her to.  She is just very sweet and is looking for a loving home.  She does get along with other dogs and doesn’t really care about the cats!”

Please email me if you live in or near central Indiana and would provide a good home to this dog or know someone else who will. Kat at theburbblog.com

Summer Garden Update

Summer Garden Update

 

Thank you for all of your advice! Here are a few photos of my garden. I’m still really far behind other gardens in the area but I’m starting to see a few things grow. My peas are still going wild, as are my green beans. My squash, zucchini, cucumbers and pumpkins are growing; they just aren’t excelling at this whole growing thing. A friend gave me two more mature tomato plants to add to my collection of cherry tomatoes that I planted. I think I see a bunch of peppers coming up but it’s too soon to distinguish them from the weeds. I see some carrots growing and what appear to be two corn plants. Here is a garden that I covet.
 
Don’t worry that the soil is too dry, it’s very moist below the milimeter of dryness on top.
My flower gardens are coming along well also. One group of flowers is done blooming and now I’m waiting for the next batch to fill in. I have three more peony plants to get into the ground in the front yard and I’m considering alternating them with hydrangeas.

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

 

It’s time for Menu Plan Monday!
This weekend went very well but I’m left with a crap ton of leftover meatballs that have already been thawed out so they MUST be cooked and used this week!
Monday – Meatballs with Gravy and Rice. Green beans and strawberries on the side.
Tuesday – Spaghetti with Meatballs and a salad. Then off to the Wine Afficianados Meeting!
Wednesday – Taco Night for One
Thursday – Dinner with peeps from the Non Profit
Saturday – Weekend at the Lake
Sunday – Leftovers (Probably meatballs)