Thursday, January 12, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


--- 1 ---
Edmund brought his birthday treats to school on Tuesday, because going back to school in general was a big enough project for Monday.


Set me loose in a Williams-Sonoma store with a gift card, and who knows what I'll bring home. I have gotten quite a bit of use out of these cookie cutters. I have never managed to ice them like it shows on the box, I use colored sugars sprinkled on top.




--- 2 ---


I read about these in a ShopSmart magazine (which I like because it's like the Reader's Digest version of Consumer Reports). Then a friend told me she that her 13 year old son made dinner with one. You had me at "13 year old son made dinner."

They are good! And unlike other convenience food, the McCormick's Recipe Inspirations have no preservatives or fillers. You get the pre-measured spices and the back of the card tells you what else you need. You don't need canned condensed cream of anything to make them!

Peter made the Tuscan Chicken Stew on Tuesday. Lucy made the Chicken Marsala on Wednesday. Edmund made the Apple and Sage Pork Chops last night. All were easy to make and delicious. Tonight we are having the Asian Sesame Salmon. The Chef will have to make some risotto as a hearty side, because he is my pickiest eater and he won't eat fish.

--- 3 ---


This was my most recent Mom read. (A Mom read is a grown up book written for grown ups that I choose to read on my own for fun, as opposed to books about organizing, parenting, sainthood and other things that I struggle with, that I read for help.) The same friend who recommend the McCormick Recipe Inspirations recommended this book.

The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet takes place in Seattle during WWII (my favorite time period) during the Japanese internment. The main character is the son of Chinese immigrants, whose best friends are a black saxophone player and a young girl of Japanese descent. Though-provoking enough to avoid fluffiness, but gentle enough not to shock or horrify (unlike so much adult fiction today), I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I even kept The Chef up way too late discussing it with him: what the internment must have been like, what we would do if we were facing something similar.

--- 4 ---



Our latest television obsession. After Baby J falls asleep, and the others are in their beds (for the most part), I like to work on my needlepoint and feel all proper while we watch Downton Abbey on Netflix. Oh, but alas. We have caught up to the current season and stayed up far too late on Wednesday eve to watch the Season 2 premiere. I blame Barefoot and Pregnant entirely.

--- 5 ---
Along with needlepoint, no I wasn't joking about that, we are beginning a Bridge Club. For playing bridge. You know, with cards? Like spades or hearts, but a billion times harder. I had a pre-Christmas brainstorm. Fearful that my husband's brain is deteriorating, seeing lots of forgetfulness, I purchased card table, chairs, bridge cards, tallies and the cheat sheet tablecloth.The Chef and I used to play all the time when we were first married. In fact, we created a Bridge for Three version that we played with his cousin, the Colonel. When he couldn't come over, we each bid two hands. We had no TV back then and we could remember stuff.

We played a few hands last weekend, and for some bizarre reason, I discovered that I crave gin and tonics when I'm counting my points. I don't even like gin and tonics. It has something to do with late summer nights in Michigan and short, sweaty glasses with a wedge of lime. I think I'm craving summer.

So we are back at the Bridge table. My grandmother is remarkably sharp for her age, and I think it has something to do with the seven bridge clubs she's in. And she plays Duplicate, which is to Bridge as Go Fish is to Spades.

--- 6 ---

In preparation for this weekend, I cleaned out the "Front Hall Closet." I bagged up all of the single mittens. (Why do I keep them?!) I finally put the lost dry cleaning away. The baseball hats have been weeded and put away for Spring. Yes, I know it's January, but it just started snowing today.

I have been putting off this kind of cleaning/organizing because I want to do the 40 Bags in 40 Days thing for Lent this year. I sort of long for Lent right now. Stale fudge has no hold over me. The Christmas decorations are starting to look dusty and need to be put away. My pants are too tight. You get the idea.

--- 7 ---



Tomorrow night, baby. Tonight's low of 4 degrees should put an end to the snarky remarks about the reflecting pool in my backyard. And just in the nick of time. I have been storming Heaven with prayers for a frozen rink. At least a dozen third grade boys are coming over tomorrow to celebrate Edmund's birthday and go skating. Now, if we could all petition the guardian angels to keep the boys' safe. Amen.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

2 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I have to admit that I'm happy to take the blame for that one. Downton Abbey is a miracle in television format.

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  2. It is official....we are going to go get season 1 off Netflix! I have heard many a fond memory of your bridge nights! :)

    ReplyDelete

Thursday, January 12, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


--- 1 ---
Edmund brought his birthday treats to school on Tuesday, because going back to school in general was a big enough project for Monday.


Set me loose in a Williams-Sonoma store with a gift card, and who knows what I'll bring home. I have gotten quite a bit of use out of these cookie cutters. I have never managed to ice them like it shows on the box, I use colored sugars sprinkled on top.




--- 2 ---


I read about these in a ShopSmart magazine (which I like because it's like the Reader's Digest version of Consumer Reports). Then a friend told me she that her 13 year old son made dinner with one. You had me at "13 year old son made dinner."

They are good! And unlike other convenience food, the McCormick's Recipe Inspirations have no preservatives or fillers. You get the pre-measured spices and the back of the card tells you what else you need. You don't need canned condensed cream of anything to make them!

Peter made the Tuscan Chicken Stew on Tuesday. Lucy made the Chicken Marsala on Wednesday. Edmund made the Apple and Sage Pork Chops last night. All were easy to make and delicious. Tonight we are having the Asian Sesame Salmon. The Chef will have to make some risotto as a hearty side, because he is my pickiest eater and he won't eat fish.

--- 3 ---


This was my most recent Mom read. (A Mom read is a grown up book written for grown ups that I choose to read on my own for fun, as opposed to books about organizing, parenting, sainthood and other things that I struggle with, that I read for help.) The same friend who recommend the McCormick Recipe Inspirations recommended this book.

The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet takes place in Seattle during WWII (my favorite time period) during the Japanese internment. The main character is the son of Chinese immigrants, whose best friends are a black saxophone player and a young girl of Japanese descent. Though-provoking enough to avoid fluffiness, but gentle enough not to shock or horrify (unlike so much adult fiction today), I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I even kept The Chef up way too late discussing it with him: what the internment must have been like, what we would do if we were facing something similar.

--- 4 ---



Our latest television obsession. After Baby J falls asleep, and the others are in their beds (for the most part), I like to work on my needlepoint and feel all proper while we watch Downton Abbey on Netflix. Oh, but alas. We have caught up to the current season and stayed up far too late on Wednesday eve to watch the Season 2 premiere. I blame Barefoot and Pregnant entirely.

--- 5 ---
Along with needlepoint, no I wasn't joking about that, we are beginning a Bridge Club. For playing bridge. You know, with cards? Like spades or hearts, but a billion times harder. I had a pre-Christmas brainstorm. Fearful that my husband's brain is deteriorating, seeing lots of forgetfulness, I purchased card table, chairs, bridge cards, tallies and the cheat sheet tablecloth.The Chef and I used to play all the time when we were first married. In fact, we created a Bridge for Three version that we played with his cousin, the Colonel. When he couldn't come over, we each bid two hands. We had no TV back then and we could remember stuff.

We played a few hands last weekend, and for some bizarre reason, I discovered that I crave gin and tonics when I'm counting my points. I don't even like gin and tonics. It has something to do with late summer nights in Michigan and short, sweaty glasses with a wedge of lime. I think I'm craving summer.

So we are back at the Bridge table. My grandmother is remarkably sharp for her age, and I think it has something to do with the seven bridge clubs she's in. And she plays Duplicate, which is to Bridge as Go Fish is to Spades.

--- 6 ---

In preparation for this weekend, I cleaned out the "Front Hall Closet." I bagged up all of the single mittens. (Why do I keep them?!) I finally put the lost dry cleaning away. The baseball hats have been weeded and put away for Spring. Yes, I know it's January, but it just started snowing today.

I have been putting off this kind of cleaning/organizing because I want to do the 40 Bags in 40 Days thing for Lent this year. I sort of long for Lent right now. Stale fudge has no hold over me. The Christmas decorations are starting to look dusty and need to be put away. My pants are too tight. You get the idea.

--- 7 ---



Tomorrow night, baby. Tonight's low of 4 degrees should put an end to the snarky remarks about the reflecting pool in my backyard. And just in the nick of time. I have been storming Heaven with prayers for a frozen rink. At least a dozen third grade boys are coming over tomorrow to celebrate Edmund's birthday and go skating. Now, if we could all petition the guardian angels to keep the boys' safe. Amen.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

2 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I have to admit that I'm happy to take the blame for that one. Downton Abbey is a miracle in television format.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It is official....we are going to go get season 1 off Netflix! I have heard many a fond memory of your bridge nights! :)

    ReplyDelete