Saturday, February 19, 2011

Excused Absence

Once again, I have been taken down by sickness.  Hence, my absence.  I'm sure it went noticed too.  I even got a phone call regarding this matter.  I was (and still am) dying people!  Okay, not DYING.  But I can't breathe - so, close enough.  Lucky for you, I still have people to feed and pictures to take even while sick.  So here's your recap.

Day after Valentine's day - everyone enjoyed their treats from the day before except for me.  I just laid around gasping for air.

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Day after that, Avery entertained the weak and sick by tormenting the cat.  I never miss turn down an opportunity to sit and watch Mux get bugged for once.  Normally SHE is the one doing the bugging.

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She secretly loves this attention though.  If she didn't, she would have left.

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"Hug, Milly????"

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"I don't have time to look at you, woman.  I've got a cat to love on."

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"Milly, look at my toes.  Look at how cute they are."

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"Cute enough to EAT!"  thinks Mux.

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She just pulled her foot away and gave me a "look."  Don't mess with me cat.  I'm bigger than you now.

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Dylan requested pizza last night and in my weakened condition, I said yes.  Pizza is my crack.  And my crack will make me feel better, right?  So we made pizza.  This is the dough recipe I used this time.  Good stuff!  This pizza is the one Dylan made.

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And here is my pizza.  My very own spinach, chicken and ricotta pizza.

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And in an effort to cram more veggies into my system (in the hopes that they would cure me), I made this salad today.  Its Wheatberry Arugula Salad from America's Test Kitchen Best of 2011 book.  And while I'm mentioning it - why the heck do they call it best of 2011?  Shouldn't it be best of 2010?  2011 hasn't happened yet!  Anyway, it was good.  Made a TON of salad.

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There was no way I could eat all of it!  It was very good though.

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Well, that's all for tonight.  I would say that I was going to go lay down.  But that would be silly.  My nose would plug up even more if I did that.  If anyone knows how to cure me, PLEASE let me know.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yes, I love technology

The title of this post makes me laugh.  Recently, Dylan was using my phone to play games and he loves the DVR so I was singing the song from Napoleon Dynamite to him.  He didn't like my rendition.  Not that he knows how Napoleon sings it, but oh well.  Anyway, I'm testing this again.  I emailed Mars Edit (the platform I'm using now) to see what I could do about the text spaces and they said I needed to edit my HTML code.  Oh good, a chance to deal with technology.  So thats what I did.  And now we shall see if it worked.

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Yes, I love technology! Not as much you, you'll see.  But I still love technology.

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Always and forever.  Always and forever.

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The blog is being a bad, bad blog and I must try to fix it.  Bear with me.

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Was it the pictures being too big?  I just don't KNOW!

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Anyone getting hungry?

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No alignment this time.


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Humor me here, blog.  WORK!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I woke up to a wonderful gift this morning!  And it's the kind of gift that just keeps on giving.  A runny nose.  And now I'm the brand new owner of a red, chapped nose too.  A big thank you to my Valentine's - Dylan and Avery for that thoughtful gift.  I'm pretty sure I know when it happened too - Avery coughed INTO my mouth.  Think thats what did it.  So now I have an insane head cold.  I think I'll get over it faster than they did tho.  Cuz see, I actually DO eat my VEGGIES (seriously, the green monster can cure anything!).  And I have access to copious amounts of Emergen-C (which is fabulous stuff, I must say).

So what did we do today, you ask?  Well, after school was over we came home and made these pretty babies:

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I give you - Vegan Cupcakes with Vegan Buttercream Frosting.  I'm looking out for my digestive system here, people.  It needs gentle nurturing.  And I knew there was not going to be much nurturing going on at dinner time.  So it was the least I could do.  Not that these are HEALTHY by any means.  Just because they are vegan, doesn't mean they are healthy.  I know - I made them.  Sugar, sugar, sugar.

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And there definitely wasn't a sugar shortage in this guy's system today.  "Mom - can I have a treat for being nice to my sister?"  "Mom!  I was reallllllly good just now, can I have a treat?"  "Mom!  Its been 5 minutes since my last treat!  Can I have a treat now?!"  It's like Halloween and Christmas all over again.  Treat detox is in the near future.  He has an insane amount of treats from his school party and now I've added to the madness with cupcakes.  What?! I need treats too!  And I would prefer they are NOT in the form of sweet tarts and pixie sticks.

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Avery enjoyed her cupcake.  Thoroughly.  She made sure that every last crumb made its way to her belly.

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What did NOT make its way to her belly was this fabulous dinner I made.  Homemade Enchiladas from America's Test Kitchen's Best of 2011 book (you can get it at Walmart, I just noticed).  These were awesome!  Why in the heck she didn't want to eat them - I don't know.  Eric tried bribing her with "treats" and it didn't work.  Perhaps b/c the treats were peanuts and croutons.  I just love listening to her beg for croutons though.  Wish I had a video clip of it because she is just way too cute!  Anyway - I made the meat in the crockpot (not what the recipe said to do, but whatever - it worked just fine) and so it simmered all day long and made the house smell yummy.  Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow at lunch!

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Treat boy and his balloon that his sister so lovingly picked out for him at the store.  Okay, I'm lying.  I suggested she pick one for Dylan, but I know she was just thinking "MINE! MINE! MINE!"  Sharing is not her forte.

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I have bad news for the persons who made this valentine for Avery (and the ones for us too).  She took all the letters and all the misc decor and ate them.  Okay, she didn't EAT them.  But she TRIED to eat them.  So they had to be tossed.  And I know you all worked so hard!

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See - this is what she gets for not sharing and eating valentines!  Take that Avos!

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Well, I must take my nose to bed.  I suppose it will be pleasant sleeping.  Ha.  Later!