Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Obsessions, Doozies and Lemony Recipes: An Update

Okay, I know that this last blog-iatus (blog hiatus) has been pretty long. Sorry peeps... I've got butts to wipe, noses to wipe and floors to wipe. All that wiping doesn't leave much time for typing.

So, I thought I'd celebrate my return to cyberspace with a post choc full o' randomness for the masses.

To begin.... I am currently obsessed with (in no particular order):

1. These cups!!!!

They are reusable to-go cups, and they are amazing!!! I love mine sooooo much. They give you the Starbucks experience without spending all the money! I use the cold one for iced coffees, and it feels just like going to my favorite coffee shop!

P.S. More on DIY Starbucks in my next post! :0)

2. But if you decide you'd rather just buy a coffee.... then PLEASE for the love of java, go buy this one at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. It is SO SO SO delicious! It is my #2 Obsession o' the moment.

3. Traditional Olive Tapenade from Trader Joe's.

In all honestly, it deserves it's own post as a "Trader Joe's Product O' the Whenever" but I am being lazy. All I will say is that this tapenade's deliciousness cannot be rivaled. If you like olives, you will die a slow, tragic and happy death when you eat it on crackers or a sliced baguette.

Next, on to Doozies... a.k.a. things Bennett says that are cute, offensive or otherwise appalling.

Like the way he recently asked if a visiting male missionary at our church had a baby in his tummy...

Yep, my worst Mama nightmare happened recently. We were at church during our weekly kids club, siting in the front row. Like I said, a nice missionary couple was visiting that night, and the husband got up to give the prayer. After he finished, in the DEAD SILENT moment following the prayer, Bennett said in his loudest voice, "Mama, does he have a baby in his tummy?"

My reply:

1. Turn bright red.

2. Look around indignantly to see whose rude kid would possibly say something like that.

3. Once in private, teach Bennett the cardinal rule of humanity: NEVER ask anyone if they have a baby in their tummy. Just wait for them to tell you. This rule will never steer you wrong.

For more rules about what is and isn't acceptable to say to people who actually are pregnant, read this insightful post by my friend, Suzanne.

Here's another doozer:
A few days ago, we were in the car on our way to to store. Bennett brought a nerf gun with him and was "shooting" it left and right (Mama accidentally "lost" all the little foam darts, so he was just pretend shooting).

In a very proud voice he said, "Mama... I'm not going to shoot any of the people in the store."

Me: "That's good, Bennett. We don't shoot people.

Bennett: "I'm going to shoot you, though."

Me: Hey! I'm a person too!

Bennett: (in awed confusion) You are?

Apparently mothers are devoid of humanity in the eyes of their children

Moving on...

The final stop on today's Tour de Random is Lemon Recipes! I've been on quite the lemony kick as of late.

First I made PW's Lemon Pasta. All I have to say is this:
Heaven must be missing angels. And those angels have manifested as lemon-sauce-coated noodles.

I served the pasta with... you guessed it -- lemon-rosemary grilled chicken, which was scrumptious if I do say so myself.

  • one lemon, thinly sliced
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • one big sprig of rosemary, take the leaves off and chop 'em good.
  • 5 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded until they are an even thickness.

In a shallow dish, combine all ingredients (except chicken). Stir to combine. Add chicken and turn to coat. Marinade for 30 minute to one hour... not too long.

Have your husband grill the chicken for you. Lovingly remind him to not overcook it. It won't take too long because you pounded out the chicken. The McPreacher did a fabulous job on the chicken... he has become quite the accomplished griller.

My last lemon recipe is for a DELICIOUS chicken soup that I made for my sick family yesterday. It is the PERFECT soup when you have a cold. I actually used some leftover rotisserie chicken instead of the chicken breast, and it worked great! (Thanks to my wonderful friend, Suz for bringing said chicken to us the night before. She brought us a delicious meal because we've all been so sick.)

Well... I hope you enjoyed this trip down Random Road. Ta Ta For Now!

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