Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Thirteen 10/28/2010

The last two weeks have been rough and I REALLY need a break from reality.  Usually, the only "break" I get is a workout, whether it's a run, some circuit training or intervals OR watching the Grey's episode off our DVR because there's no way I can watch it when it's actually on.  But even both those things are interrupted by the constant bickering of my kids or the continuous "Mommy!  Mommy!" by my daughter (She's calling me to blow me kisses.  Cute I know, but not so much when I'm trying to get my workout on!)  GOOD GRIEF!  On with it:

1.  My daughter and I made Pumpkin Muffins.  She was so helpful.  I wish I had pictures of her helping but I had to do quality control and couldn't hold the camera at the same time.  Besides, I was sick and just wanted to get them baked!  I will tell you that she wanted to add lemons to the batter.  Two whole lemons.  Anyway, the muffins were melt-in-your mouth delicious.  They came out very light in texture, similar to a Goldilocks Mamon.  They weren't too sweet and had the perfect taste of pumpkin without being overwhelming.  Look!

2.  My son had his first parent-teacher conference of the school year.  It went really, really well.  Despite some behavioral challenges early on, he is doing extremely well academically.  Plus, he's the only one in his class with all his homework stars for turning in his homework each week.  (I'm patting myself on the back for that one because I'm the homework Nazi!)

3.  My son had a play date at Chuck E. Cheese with his weekly playgroup.  It's actually a social class that helps them learn to interact with others.  He had a great time.  It reminded me of the last time we went for his 7th birthday.  He had never been prior to that birthday and we haven't been back until last week.  He always wanted to go to Disneyland which, for as long as we live in SoCal, we are happy to oblige.  However, on his 7th birthday after I had a planned on Disneyland and arranged a few surprises he changed his mind at the last minute and said he wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese.  I was shocked.  SHOCKED!  Anyway, I think he wants to go there for his 9th birthday now.  We'll see.

4.  I've started Christmas shopping (please don't hate me).  I always start early.  I used to love the challenge of the crowds and finding the right gift during the months of November and December.  I would wander the malls in peace, by myself, on a mission, but I just don't have the patience or time anymore.  To be honest, I only have patience for my kids, which leaves very little patience for anything or anyone else.  So, to avoid "going Raquel" (as a friend put it recently) I shop early.  One year I was done in August.  That's when my son was still a baby.

5.  Speaking of Christmas shopping, my hubby took the day off so that I could attend a scheduled event to pick up a very special Christmas present.  I obviously can't blog about it just yet.  It will have to wait until after the holidays.  I even have pictures I can't post yet.  I'm very excited!  Yeee!

6.  My husband and I attended an event at our church starring married comedians Kerri Pomarolli and Ron McGehee.  We had a great time!  My husband and I were overdue for a date night and we had a wonderful time.  I like that it was clean need for vulgar language or topics to get the crowd laughing and it was VERY funny!  Oh, and we learned they live around the corner from us!  Awesome :-)  Check out their websites and "Like" them on Facebook!

7.  Our favorite Greek place is George's Greek Cafe.  It's located in Long Beach.  We LOVE Greek food.  Love, love, love it.  If you ever happen to be in the area order the Saganaki.  A Greek cheese dish that will tantalize your taste buds with it's creamy cheese and tart lemon flavors.  I guess the best way I could describe it is that it's like mozzarella cheese sticks on super crack!

8. I found a recipe in the September issue of Whole Living for an allergen free cookie.  It's for an "Inoffensive Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookie" courtesy of Cybele Pascal, author of  The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook.  It's said to be gluten-free and diary-free as well as egg-free, soy-free and nut-free, so it's pretty safe for all!  Click here for the recipe.

9.  Five days and I was done with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It's a good book filled with intrigue and mystery with a dash of "ick".  If you've read it you know.  If you haven't you will.  All in all I enjoyed it.  I hadn't planned on reading it but after seeing a segment on Stieg Larsson on a Sunday Morning episode I got curious.  Plus, it was on sale at our local grocery store.

10.  One thing I like to do is figure out what to do with leftover rotisserie chicken.  My favorite thing to make is Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Easy, healthy and it's a family favorite!

11.  Originally, this blog was going to be filled with thirteen pictures of "Frankenfoods", things that I think are an odd combination.  I couldn't come up with thirteen.  I think I only came up with three and that's mostly because while I loved the idea, I had little time and energy to invest in it.  So, I'm going to wrap it up with pictures of the "Frankenfoods" that I do have to finish out the thirteen.  Here ya go:

On their website they say they combined some of their most popular flavors.
From the taste it's Sea Salted and Honey BBQ with a hint of Chipotle
It's a very odd but delightful combo!

Yes, Green Tea Oreo Cookie Bar.
You have to be a green tea lover to consume
and enjoy.

Now, if they could only come up with
a wine and cake, preferable chocolate, amalgam

That's it!  Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Halloween.  I need to bake cookies for my son's class party.  He requested candy corn cookies.  You'll see them next week!

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