Friday, April 12, 2013

7 Quick Takes

1.   If you're not reading all of the comments on my previous posts, you may have missed this little gem.


Yes, I get a lot of spams.  I want to keep it easy, peasy for folks to comment, so I delete a few Anonymous comments every day.  I guess I didn't get to this one soon enough and fellow blogger and soon-to-be-mother-of-six, Shannon, noticed.

She wasn't the only one who noticed.



It's all fun and games here at housewifespice!

2.  Does Washingbeard sound like a name you've heard before?  Maybe you're remembering it from this video?  I keep encouraging people to use this video as a source for new and interesting sounding baby names, but no takers yet.  Shannon, are you listening?



3.  This girl...

happy bubble baby from yesterday, turned into wild child at the most critical moment of my day yesterday.

Between 4 and 5 pm, for four days this week, I have to get Lucy and Edmund costume ready with full stage-makeup and hair and to the theater.  They also need to be fed and have all of their homework done and tests studied for.  Easier said than done.  I've been getting it done, every day, myself.  With this nearly two-year-old breaking my stride. Just the stuff every mom does every day.

Then yesterday, right at crunch time, she falls off a chair at the dining room table.  Stop practice spelling test.  Comfort and scold.  Warn her again about the chairs.  

Get a text saying that my dear friend, Sara, had her baby!  It's a girl!  Can Peter drive her son home from school?  Texting Peter.  Left the room for ONE SECOND!  

And she fell off the same durn chair AGAIN!  Or in her language...AJEN!

And this time, she was bleeding.  Back of the head wound.  Half inch split.  Give or take.  And I have to get them to the theater...and it's not bleeding anymore...

Taking into account that she is a girl and it's the back of her head, well under her hair, I superglued it.  

Long pause while you judge me.

Good thing her guardian angel talked me into that, because shortly after returning from the theater, she fell backwards off of the ottoman...AJEN!  But the glue held.  

The Chef was home by then and checked her pupils for concussion, because this was an unprecendented number of falls in one evening.  They looked fine.

Then Peter asked her, "How many beers have you had?"  

"Two." was her reply.

4.  We have been priming her to recite lines from this gem:




5.  Hey Guys!  I found a slow-cooker recipe in Cook's Country that DOES NOT involve cooking the meat BEFORE you put it in the slow-cooker!  I only have a few slow-cooker recipes that don't use either canned cream of soup concentrate (I don't do that) or involve browning all of the meat first.  I treasure them.  

And now I bring you...

  

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff adapted from Cook's Country October/November 2006
Serves 6 to 8

1 1/2 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed and patted dry
2 T vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped fine
2 T tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
1/3 cup soy sauce
4 pounds boneless beef chuck stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (I used the stew meat from Costco.)
1 pound white mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
6 T all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup sour cream (I used Daisy Light.)
2 T chopped fresh dill
salt n pepa

1.  Combine 1/2 cup broth and porcini in bowl and microwave until steamy and mushrooms have softened about 1 minute.  Line fine-mesh strainer with one paper towel and strain porcini, reserving liquid.  Chop porcini fine and set aside.

2.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Cook onions and tomato paste, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.  Stir in wine, soy sauce, remaining broth, copped porcini, and reserved porcini liquid, scraping up any browned bits with wooden spoon.  Bring broth mixture to boil, then transfer to slow cooker.  Add beef and white mushrooms to slow cooker to high, if necessary.  Skim fat from surface. Transfer 2 cups sauce from slow cooker to large bowl and whisk in flour.  Stir flour mixture into slow cooker and cook, covered, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in sour cream and dill and season with salt and pepper.  Serve.

They show it served on egg noodles, I had mine on sliced baguette from Costco.  

6.  

Double Link Up Time!  Double Link Up Time!  Woo-Hoo!  Double Link Up Time!  

Too bad you couldn't see the funky chair dance I did while I was type-singing that jingle.  It was similar to the Wayne's World Theme.

I'm linking up with Bobbi at Revolution of Love.  Bobbi is hosting a Pinterest Party every 2nd and 4th Thursday, and since you know I have this thing where I can't pin anything if I'm not going to actually do it, I had something already in the works.

I saw these gorgeous bookmarks on Pinterest.  They are actually designed as DIY Wedding Favors.  Loving all things bookly, I made some for friends, family members, and of course, myself.



  


If you look carefully at that last picture and your name is Sherlock, you would deduce that the aqua-colored one is mine, because of the tell-tale chocolate smudge near the tassel.

Lucy owns the purple one, the black belongs to Edmund.  The rest will find their way to their owners probably via birthday cards and thank you notes.


7.  

Friend, cousin's wife, and fellow blogger, The Happy Mother, put a quote from One Fit Widow on Facebook this week.  Intrigued I clicked over and found a very cool website with great ideas for healthful meals.

In fact, I pretty much made a complete Trader Joe's grocery list based on what I read on the One Fit Widow site.  I plan on having the Salmon Burgers but the fish-hater Chef will be having something else.

Joining Grace this week, because Jen's baby is in the NICU and could use our prayers.

Also, please add UD senior Jill Prosocki who is recovering from pneumonia.  She's off full life support, but could still use our prayers.  I'm so proud to have graduated from this school that has had three full nights of non-stop adoration on her behalf.

Maybe, if I can keep it together this weekend, you'll see another triple dose of WIWS in a few days.

You never know.  It could happen.


 


12 comments:

  1. Yay, I made your blog! Beef stroganoff is martins fave, but I've never tried it in slow-cooker... Intrigued. Seriously, baby J, lay off the beers! Oh, and our boy name was Suitcase Francis Jefferson:(

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love anything ATK or Cook's Country. Have you made their beef burgundy? So good, but you do have to cook half of the meat first.

    And I have Trader Joe's Salmon Burgers in my freezer! I gotta go see that link...

    ReplyDelete
  3. My birthday is in November and I am coveting your aqua bookmark. Chocolate and all! Beautiful! Praying, praying, praying for Jen (and your little Head Wound Harry). We took E Man to the hospital twice in as many weeks for head wounds when he was about the same age. I had to fill out the "Subtle questions to determine if you are abusing your child" form. I don't think it's titled that. But he has one little pupil and one big pupil All. The. Time. so it freaks the freak out of all medical personnel. Haha funny unless you are in the room actually waiting to see if your child does have a concussion then...not so much.

    ReplyDelete
  4. very clever trying to distract me with beef stroganoff and shiny, pretty bookmarks...I'm still shocked (but not in a judgey way) regarding the super glueing of J babes head. I'll get over it, just one for the books. THanks for adding to my encyclopedic collection of crazy $%&* mom's do:-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. You know how we have six kids, right? Do you know that in 10 years of parenting, we've only been to the ER thrice? And of those three times, only once was for a kid? The other two times were for Ken and some shop accident.
    One of the times, the nurse surveyed the utility knife cut in his hand and said, "You know, you probably could have gotten away with just super gluing this one".
    I'm still kicking myself for not have thinking of that BEFORE spending the 4 hours at the hospital.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hah!! Skeezy McSkeezyson blog comment ftw! Of course, I didn't write a full out troll letter. Sad. :/

    I _am_ still looking for baby names, sadly for a girl child. And as much as I loooooved all those names, not sure they bring to mind flowery-princessey-girly girldom.

    Buuuuuuut you did just give me an idea for a 7quick takes! Hah! Win!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Number one made me laugh so hard. That was great!! I too have left responses for my spammers. Why delete the stuff? It's perfect material.
    And I ain't gon judge you for glueing your baby's head. Besides it says right on the Crazy Glue bottle "Scalp Salve! Just Right For babies." so what else were you supposed to do?!?!?! Heaven's to freaking Betsy, you did the right thing, Jessica!
    lol. Head wounds are the worst.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am
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    Is there anybody else getting the same RSS issues?

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    Thanks!!

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    Replies
    1. Dear dude Sir,
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      I have encountered no RSS issues, but some PMS issues.
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      I have no RSS solution.
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      THANKS!!!
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  9. My friend had to take her daughter to the ER and wait forever...just so they could superglue her chin closed. Works just as well in the kitchen as the ER.

    We told Heidi so many times, "You can't talk to me like that Pearl!" that she would start yelling back, "I not a PEARL!". Incidentally she also vehemently denies being a lady soooo, there's that too.

    Love the book marks!

    ReplyDelete

Friday, April 12, 2013

7 Quick Takes

1.   If you're not reading all of the comments on my previous posts, you may have missed this little gem.


Yes, I get a lot of spams.  I want to keep it easy, peasy for folks to comment, so I delete a few Anonymous comments every day.  I guess I didn't get to this one soon enough and fellow blogger and soon-to-be-mother-of-six, Shannon, noticed.

She wasn't the only one who noticed.



It's all fun and games here at housewifespice!

2.  Does Washingbeard sound like a name you've heard before?  Maybe you're remembering it from this video?  I keep encouraging people to use this video as a source for new and interesting sounding baby names, but no takers yet.  Shannon, are you listening?



3.  This girl...

happy bubble baby from yesterday, turned into wild child at the most critical moment of my day yesterday.

Between 4 and 5 pm, for four days this week, I have to get Lucy and Edmund costume ready with full stage-makeup and hair and to the theater.  They also need to be fed and have all of their homework done and tests studied for.  Easier said than done.  I've been getting it done, every day, myself.  With this nearly two-year-old breaking my stride. Just the stuff every mom does every day.

Then yesterday, right at crunch time, she falls off a chair at the dining room table.  Stop practice spelling test.  Comfort and scold.  Warn her again about the chairs.  

Get a text saying that my dear friend, Sara, had her baby!  It's a girl!  Can Peter drive her son home from school?  Texting Peter.  Left the room for ONE SECOND!  

And she fell off the same durn chair AGAIN!  Or in her language...AJEN!

And this time, she was bleeding.  Back of the head wound.  Half inch split.  Give or take.  And I have to get them to the theater...and it's not bleeding anymore...

Taking into account that she is a girl and it's the back of her head, well under her hair, I superglued it.  

Long pause while you judge me.

Good thing her guardian angel talked me into that, because shortly after returning from the theater, she fell backwards off of the ottoman...AJEN!  But the glue held.  

The Chef was home by then and checked her pupils for concussion, because this was an unprecendented number of falls in one evening.  They looked fine.

Then Peter asked her, "How many beers have you had?"  

"Two." was her reply.

4.  We have been priming her to recite lines from this gem:




5.  Hey Guys!  I found a slow-cooker recipe in Cook's Country that DOES NOT involve cooking the meat BEFORE you put it in the slow-cooker!  I only have a few slow-cooker recipes that don't use either canned cream of soup concentrate (I don't do that) or involve browning all of the meat first.  I treasure them.  

And now I bring you...

  

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff adapted from Cook's Country October/November 2006
Serves 6 to 8

1 1/2 cup low-sodium beef or chicken broth
1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed and patted dry
2 T vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped fine
2 T tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
1/3 cup soy sauce
4 pounds boneless beef chuck stew meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (I used the stew meat from Costco.)
1 pound white mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
6 T all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup sour cream (I used Daisy Light.)
2 T chopped fresh dill
salt n pepa

1.  Combine 1/2 cup broth and porcini in bowl and microwave until steamy and mushrooms have softened about 1 minute.  Line fine-mesh strainer with one paper towel and strain porcini, reserving liquid.  Chop porcini fine and set aside.

2.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Cook onions and tomato paste, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes.  Stir in wine, soy sauce, remaining broth, copped porcini, and reserved porcini liquid, scraping up any browned bits with wooden spoon.  Bring broth mixture to boil, then transfer to slow cooker.  Add beef and white mushrooms to slow cooker to high, if necessary.  Skim fat from surface. Transfer 2 cups sauce from slow cooker to large bowl and whisk in flour.  Stir flour mixture into slow cooker and cook, covered, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in sour cream and dill and season with salt and pepper.  Serve.

They show it served on egg noodles, I had mine on sliced baguette from Costco.  

6.  

Double Link Up Time!  Double Link Up Time!  Woo-Hoo!  Double Link Up Time!  

Too bad you couldn't see the funky chair dance I did while I was type-singing that jingle.  It was similar to the Wayne's World Theme.

I'm linking up with Bobbi at Revolution of Love.  Bobbi is hosting a Pinterest Party every 2nd and 4th Thursday, and since you know I have this thing where I can't pin anything if I'm not going to actually do it, I had something already in the works.

I saw these gorgeous bookmarks on Pinterest.  They are actually designed as DIY Wedding Favors.  Loving all things bookly, I made some for friends, family members, and of course, myself.



  


If you look carefully at that last picture and your name is Sherlock, you would deduce that the aqua-colored one is mine, because of the tell-tale chocolate smudge near the tassel.

Lucy owns the purple one, the black belongs to Edmund.  The rest will find their way to their owners probably via birthday cards and thank you notes.


7.  

Friend, cousin's wife, and fellow blogger, The Happy Mother, put a quote from One Fit Widow on Facebook this week.  Intrigued I clicked over and found a very cool website with great ideas for healthful meals.

In fact, I pretty much made a complete Trader Joe's grocery list based on what I read on the One Fit Widow site.  I plan on having the Salmon Burgers but the fish-hater Chef will be having something else.

Joining Grace this week, because Jen's baby is in the NICU and could use our prayers.

Also, please add UD senior Jill Prosocki who is recovering from pneumonia.  She's off full life support, but could still use our prayers.  I'm so proud to have graduated from this school that has had three full nights of non-stop adoration on her behalf.

Maybe, if I can keep it together this weekend, you'll see another triple dose of WIWS in a few days.

You never know.  It could happen.


 


12 comments:

  1. Yay, I made your blog! Beef stroganoff is martins fave, but I've never tried it in slow-cooker... Intrigued. Seriously, baby J, lay off the beers! Oh, and our boy name was Suitcase Francis Jefferson:(

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love anything ATK or Cook's Country. Have you made their beef burgundy? So good, but you do have to cook half of the meat first.

    And I have Trader Joe's Salmon Burgers in my freezer! I gotta go see that link...

    ReplyDelete
  3. My birthday is in November and I am coveting your aqua bookmark. Chocolate and all! Beautiful! Praying, praying, praying for Jen (and your little Head Wound Harry). We took E Man to the hospital twice in as many weeks for head wounds when he was about the same age. I had to fill out the "Subtle questions to determine if you are abusing your child" form. I don't think it's titled that. But he has one little pupil and one big pupil All. The. Time. so it freaks the freak out of all medical personnel. Haha funny unless you are in the room actually waiting to see if your child does have a concussion then...not so much.

    ReplyDelete
  4. very clever trying to distract me with beef stroganoff and shiny, pretty bookmarks...I'm still shocked (but not in a judgey way) regarding the super glueing of J babes head. I'll get over it, just one for the books. THanks for adding to my encyclopedic collection of crazy $%&* mom's do:-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. You know how we have six kids, right? Do you know that in 10 years of parenting, we've only been to the ER thrice? And of those three times, only once was for a kid? The other two times were for Ken and some shop accident.
    One of the times, the nurse surveyed the utility knife cut in his hand and said, "You know, you probably could have gotten away with just super gluing this one".
    I'm still kicking myself for not have thinking of that BEFORE spending the 4 hours at the hospital.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hah!! Skeezy McSkeezyson blog comment ftw! Of course, I didn't write a full out troll letter. Sad. :/

    I _am_ still looking for baby names, sadly for a girl child. And as much as I loooooved all those names, not sure they bring to mind flowery-princessey-girly girldom.

    Buuuuuuut you did just give me an idea for a 7quick takes! Hah! Win!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Number one made me laugh so hard. That was great!! I too have left responses for my spammers. Why delete the stuff? It's perfect material.
    And I ain't gon judge you for glueing your baby's head. Besides it says right on the Crazy Glue bottle "Scalp Salve! Just Right For babies." so what else were you supposed to do?!?!?! Heaven's to freaking Betsy, you did the right thing, Jessica!
    lol. Head wounds are the worst.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am
    encountering issues with your RSS. I don't understand the reason why I can't join it.
    Is there anybody else getting the same RSS issues?

    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?

    Thanks!!

    My web page how to get a flat stomach

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear dude Sir,
      Oh my goodness!
      You are having RSS issues. This is a shame.
      I have encountered no RSS issues, but some PMS issues.
      Not the same issues, but still issues.
      I have no RSS solution.
      Jimmy Dean sells exquisite wonderful seasoned piglet for cramps and discomfort issues. Nothing like warm sandwich to solve issues.
      THANKS!!!
      my web page how to eliminate mites.

      Delete
    2. Exquisite wonderful seasoned piglet is my favorite.

      Delete
  9. My friend had to take her daughter to the ER and wait forever...just so they could superglue her chin closed. Works just as well in the kitchen as the ER.

    We told Heidi so many times, "You can't talk to me like that Pearl!" that she would start yelling back, "I not a PEARL!". Incidentally she also vehemently denies being a lady soooo, there's that too.

    Love the book marks!

    ReplyDelete