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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Things I'm currently obsessed with

For the last few weeks, we’ve been getting our house ready to put on the market. The house looks great – it’s freshly painted and totally updated – but it’s meant that I’ve pretty much had zero time to do anything but work on the house. No fun for me. Ugh.

(As an aside, if you’re in the Sioux Falls area and you’re looking for an awesome two-story house, call me!)

Anyhow, the projects and recipes have been piling up, and I’m dying to bake, cook and create.
  • Homemade mozzarella cheese. I have no idea why, but I’m obsessed with the idea of making my own cheese.
  • Strawberry cream pie. Homemade will be even better than McDonald’s. Have you tried theirs? It’s a little bit of yumminess from the drive-thru.
  • Playing with my new metal stamps. Hello, fun jewelry!
  • Try pretty much everything in the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. I bought it almost two months ago and I’ve barely thumbed through it.
  • Read the second two “Fifty Shades” books. (OK, so I took a break from painting to read the first one and then got so distracted I couldn’t paint for two days.)
  • Read the book club book. I can’t remember the title, but I’ve got to finish – OK start – it so I don’t have to bluff my way through the discussion again.
  • Organize all of my digital photos. I used to be so good at this, and it’s not just the house project that’s derailed me. I blame the second kid.

Operation fun begins in 3, 2, 1…

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pop culture parenting fail

That little green guy. Or, as I prefer to call him, Kermit.

The other day, I was flipping through channels and saw that “Muppets Take Manhattan” was just starting. Love the Muppets. Love the movie. Totally watching it. Better than another “Real Housewives of Atlanta” marathon anyway. (Don’t get me wrong – I’m not knocking the “Real Housewives” – I’m totally an addict. I’m just not a fan of the Atlanta ladies.)

Anyhow, I made Josh watch it with me. What good are kids if you can’t use them as your excuse to not feel guilty about an afternoon movie when I could (and should) be doing other stuff?

Josh liked the movie. Obviously. Who doesn’t? But one little question gave me pause.

“Did you see what that little green guy just did?”

“By that green guy, you mean Kermit?”

“Yeah, him.”

How can I have a 7-year-old kid who doesn’t know who Kermit the Frog is? And it wasn’t just Kermie. He called Miss Piggy “Princess Piggy.”

What have I done?

My kid’s a smarty-pants. He really is. But seriously, how can he not know who Kermit the Frog is?

Pop culture parenting fail for sure.

So I’ve decided to start a list of movies Josh and Kate need to see to become well-rounded people – or at least just to get the inside jokes my husband have with each other.
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Stand by Me
  • ET
  • Grease
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Animal House
  • Office Space
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Star Wars
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Ghostbusters
  • Gremlins

This is just a partial list off the top of my head. What movies would you add?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Perpetually late

I’m not known for being on time. Well, that’s not true. I can always make it to work meetings on time.

But for social gatherings, I’m usually fashionably late. This drives my husband crazy, because he thinks if you’re not five minutes early, you’re late. I blame his parents for that. They called us once, 10 minutes before we said we’d meet them for brunch, wondering why we weren’t there yet.

So getting my son to school on time has been a challenge for me. You think I’d be used to the morning routine by now, considering he’s just a couple of months shy from finishing the first grade. But nope. We still rush, rush, rush every morning, usually getting to school just as the bell rings, with me yelling at him to run - run! - to the door. (I told him one morning that he was going to have to tuck and roll. He thought that sounded fun.) It’s no wonder that my blood pressure drops significantly when I pull out of the school’s parking lot.

I’m sure you can guess where this is going. He was late again to school today. I feel bad about it, of course, but I’m not going to take all the blame. If he were waiting for me in the car, honking the horn to get me to hurry, it’d be one thing. But the kid is not exactly one to hustle in the morning. Like mother, like son, I guess.

Maybe we’ll get our act together by the time he’s a senior in high school. I’d hate for Josh to be late to his own graduation.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hello, cookie.


You know how kids are always forgetting to tell their moms when they need to bring treats to school the next day until just before bedtime? Well, that's kind of my husband. There's a Super Bowl potluck in his office tomorrow, and he needed me to make something.

Because I'm the best wife ever (and I made him promise me a backrub), I whipped up my go-to potluck dish in record time. This big cookie couldn't be easier. Just stir up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. No need for anything fancy, like the Jacques Torres recipe printed in the New York Times. The standard, back of the bag Toll House recipe will be just fine. Eat a few spoonfuls of dough, then spread the rest in a pizza pan (lined with aluminum foil) and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. (Your baking time may vary, depending on the size of your pizza pan.)

Let the cookie cool and invert it onto a serving platter. Spread about 3/4 of a can of vanilla frosting on top, then put chopped candies on top. I use whatever I can find in our candy dish (usually stocked with at least Snickers, Kit Kats and some M&Ms, which are a must because they're so colorful). And then just for good measure, I toss a few sprinkles on top, too.

Super easy and people love it. I guarantee you won't have any leftovers.

Monday, January 23, 2012

You want a what?


Josh: Mom, I want a vagina.
Me: A what? You want a what?
Josh: A vagina.

I stifled my laughter and resisted the urge to call my sister and make Josh repeat what he said to her. This could be A Very Serious Conversation, you know, and I don't want to be responsible for that therapy bill.

Anyhow, turns out he wants a murphy bed, ala "2 Broke Girls." Only he doesn't want his to be pink.

Roman's birthday

My favorite little nephew is 2! To help him celebrate, I made him a car shaped cake. Isn't Roman just about the cutest little birthday boy ever?

To make the car, I followed the basic instructions found here. It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And it tasted great -- that's the most important part.

Make a wish, Ramen Noodle!