i am outa here!

i am going somewhere special this weekend.
with one of my favorite ladies.

i am leaving these behind this time.

i am going to get a little of this....

this is quite.
peace and quite.

and i will be able to snuggle with her...

and look at these....

well, maybe, if we're lucky they'll look like this....

i am just so happy to be getting out of town for a much needed breather!
just add one more pair of boots to this picture and that's what i'm dreaming of...



oh yum!

oh yum.
i think i am one of the only people that (as of yesterday) had yet to try pho.
well, somehow, i convince my kids to come with me to try it.
yah....no idea how i got them to agree.
i must be getting real good?
(i'm not. i can't believe they came. with no complaining.)

it was really super good.
i followed my pal, lena's advise and got just plain chicken pho.
the boys shared one order of that too and also an order of chicken teriyaki.
but they both agreed to get their own order of pho next time, and no teriyaki!
who are you people!?

pretty rad, right?
lookit my baby using chopsticks!
if you haven't tried this yummy dish, you should.
it's simple but good.
and there seem to be places popping up all over around here!



a recipe, some pictures, and a bad attitude

hi friends.
i am having my quarterly questioning period, where i get kinda put out and attitude-y about blogging....mostly cause i can't think of anything that i even think is interesting to share.
since i have gone through this before i am more familiar and accepting of it this time.
i have pictures.
pictures are my thing....
and today i am just going to give you some randomness and call it a blog post.

this is my favorite brussel sprout recipe.
my friend lois gave it to me.
i've made it twice and my kids each eat one...because they have to.
then i eat the rest.
and that's my dinner.
nothing else.

Sweet  and sour Brussels sprouts

1 pint fresh, or 1 package (10 oz) of frozen Brussels sprouts, cooked (i microwaved them in a bag with slits for 3 minutes).
2 Tbs cooking oil
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese

Prepare sprouts your favorite way,  cut in half, or cook whole If they are small
Drain and arrange in a shallow baking dish
Combine oil,vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper & blend.
Pour over sprouts and sprinkle with cheese
Cover and bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 15 minutes or until sprouts are tender.

**my only addition is that i broil them for about 2 minutes at the end.

makes 3 to 4 servings
(that picture is before they were cooked)


look at his accomplishment......
 that is all the seasonal stuff.
6 christmas.
2 fall.
1 spring.
1 summer.
all in reedo's matching tubs.
the garage is his.
he keeps it cleaner than my kitchen.

this just has to be shown.

i finally finished this lamp.
i got the base at target.
it's the color of #2 pencils.
i love it.

i took reedo too a cool place where you can order flights of beer and meat and cheese and olive plates.
i'm not a beer drinker, but i tried it that night.
i thought it was pretty awesome of me.
i was impressed with my wife skills.

then he followed me around in an antique shop.
i think he can tolerate antique shops just a tad better with some beer in his tummy.

monday it rained all day.
i helped in ty's class and it seemed so crazy to have all of those 6 year olds in one room all day.
the poor teacher.
i decided to pick him up early.
we went to target and got stuff to make bread, soup, hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies and little sparkly valentine critters.
we were so happy to have him with us.
i just love that guy.

this week, my job is to get the house cute.
it still has that bare, after-christmas look.
maybe some valentine stuff?
maybe some spring....am i ready for spring though!?
this is the only area that looks good so far.....

so, that's me.
i'm a bit of struggler lately.
not feeling like sharing.
i'm not sure why.
thanks for reading and caring about my little life and adventures.
even when i have an attitude.


ballerina beauty

so, i'm sure you can guess that i've been patiently waiting to get my real camera on my tiny dancer.
the time just hasn't been right.
plenty of iPhone pics.
but i haven't been brave enough to bust into the studio with the canon and ask for everyone to clear out while i do as i please...
not sure if that time will come.
but today i asked ella if she wanted to do a photo shoot with me and she enthusiastically started styling this shoot.
she knew what costumes she'd wear and what she'd do.
so i obviously went with it.
i set up a little mirror and some treats in my favorite 4 o'clock corner of my house and she showed me her stuff.
the high point was her lying on the ground with me dropping pink heart marshmallows on her while she giggled.
i was in heaven and she felt so special.
(you know the brothers were swarming in the background wanting at those marshmallows...back off boys!!)
i will love these photos forever.
i know it.