Sunday, May 15, 2011

Food log #1

Thought I might make ''food logs'' of seven different meals to make. THings that have been tested by the jury, things we might want to eat again and again. Then I can make shopping checklists to go along with it.

1. Homemade Pizza
2. Chicken Tenders
3. Baked Potato Soup
4. Linguine with clams
5. bbq beef burgers, crealy soleslaw and pickles
6. BLTs
7. broiled steak, watermelon, texas toast

Last week in the kitchen

I cooked some new things this past week, but didn't get great pictures, unfortunately.

Some of my new endeavors...barbecue burgers, creamy coleslaw, grilled vegetable salad, BLTS, Coney sauce for hot dogs, baked beans.
Mir, Grace and I love the coleslaw.
The burgers were a hit. They tasted great, as I have not made burgers in forever.
But the grilled salad, which I loved, was not a hit. It's low in weight-watcher points, so that's what i'll be eating tongiht!!
Nobody liked the coney sauce or baked beans. I kinda turned the sauce into chili and plan on serving it at a later date.
I have many things in the freezer, ready to be thawed in case I have a busy night. I 've got extra burgers, extra hot dogs, keilbasa and a bowl full of chili in there.
Tomorrow, I will be at sporting events all night. Grace has a track meet at 430, and Mir has a soccer game at 6. Both at the same venue. So we will be hanging out at the middle school fields for hours. In the rain. Yay.
My plan is to pack sandwhiches, friut and snacks for dinner for those two, and some weight-watcher-freindly fare for myself. Holly is on her own. I may buy her some of her fave soup so she can heat it up whenever she wants.
I plan on making more things this week....potato salad, cookies, a trifle, some marinated chicken. Maybe more burgers, who knows. I have today free of work and kiddies...they are at the ex's. I plan on 'precooking' as much as I can.

Well, off to do something productive, if possible.

OH, here are the recipes by the way!!

 half bottle bbq sauce
1/4c spicy brown mustard
1/4 c Worcestershire sauce

1 lb ground round
1 tsp chilli powder
pinch cumin
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Mix first three ingredients together to make a bbq sauce. Add that to ground round and rest of the ingreds. Form into patties and grill. Serve on buns, top with coleslaw if desired. I loved cole slaw on it, and of course the pickles were a perfect side!!

1/2 c mayo
2 tsp cider vinegar
pinch sugar
pinch salt
hot sauce to taste
cole slaw mix

Mix first six ingredients together in a bowl. Add to slaw mix.

More tales of tails....May's litter of kittens

The new mother cat, Alice.
Yep, the litter from April are all adopted out to good homes. Which means I was free to take ANOTHER litter of kits in May. This time, the momma cat was surrendered when her owners realized she was pregnant and about to have kitties. They claimed they could not afford their heating bills and worried about the newborn kits. At least they didn't toss the kittens in a dumpster like some people do.
Times are tough up here, which means more work for us at the Humane Society as folks have to leave their homes and move into apartments that don't allow pets.
Before I get to the kittens, let me rant a bit. I was at the dollar store yesterday buying cat toys and items for Miranda's friend's birthday gift (she wanted donations to the humane society instead of presents, inspired by us!!) The young clerk at the store asked me if I liked cats, so I told her what I did. She then proceeded to tell me how she wants to find a home for her cat because she does not want her anymore. ''Cleaning the litter box is just something I don't have time for anymore", she said. "i love the cat, but I want someone to take it. What do I do?"
By that I believe she meant, ''oh, Humane Society person, take my cat because I am an idiot." I explained to her that we cannot do that. Even if an owner has a good reason to give up a pet (moving, allergies, etc), we cannot take care of the pets that aren't in dire need because there are so many that are. So many rescues from unkept hoarder houses, so many kits dumped on farm properties. So many cats that WILL die if we don't intervene.
And who doesn't have time to clean a litter box?? This is a young young girl, probably early twenties. And, to be fair, I know nothing about her. But I am a single mom with three very active girls, a full time job, a large house and a big yard to take care of. With no family around, and no boyfriend in the picture to help me out. And at the moment, I have SIX cats to take care of. I have to clean three litter boxes daily. When I only have my own cat, I only clean it out two or three times a week, which takes me all of five minutes. REALLY??
Okay, rant over.

This latest litter comes from a tortie mom, ALICE. She has two tortie girls (Carmen and Autumn) and two black boys (Smith and Augustus). All four kits are spoken for. Two left today.

This is Augustus, or Gus, or Gussy. He is so freakin' darn cute. He is funny, too. Loves to roll on his back and have his tummy rubbed. Last night, he sat on the couch and watched 'Pirates of the Caribean with Holly and I. Cuddled near us and just wanted some petting.
He went to his forever home today, a young couple who were quite excited to get him. They seemed like great people, too. The guy was pretty cute, very likeable. He said he works long hours and his girlfriend wanted a kitty to keep her company. Gus will be happy there, he'll get plenty of attention.
This is Carmen. She is so beautiful. Both tortie girls are so calm and precious, the kind of cats who don't mind being wrapped in blankets and carried around like newborns. Which is good, since that's exactly what Miranda and her little friend did last night!! She will leave on Tuesday.
Here is little Autum. She is a sweetie-pie. She was sick, and I have had to give her antibiotics twice a day. Which makes me love her more, because I get to take care of her. She is JUST too sweet. She left today with this woman who I really really like. She came last week to meet her, and I immediatlely liked her and her two older teenage children. They were nice, sociable, cat-loving people. Today she brought her boyfirend, a very nice, good-looking man. She was just ecstatic to take this little kitty home.

And there is not a doubt in my mind that she will be loved more than any kitten deserves!!!

I still need to take pictures of Smith (short for Blacksmith. Yes, we are running out of cat names!)

Monday, May 9, 2011


What a beautiful weekend we had! Springtime...a time for shadows

blue skies and bubbles

and sidewalk chalk!

Old bay deviled eggs

I tried this recipe for old bay deviled below. My kids said, and I quote, ''they aren't as good as Gramma's deviled eggs!" Well, my mom is a great cook, so i suppose losing a deviled egg contest to her is not that bad :) Here is the link..

And here are mine.
i think i will just make a classic version next time.

last litter ...all adopted!!

Cupcake and Cookie have both been adopted by my friend, Alicia. The family is ecstatic to have cats once again, for they just recently lost their long-time pet. They are now called Abby and Brady.

Little Leyla, the runt, was adopted by a family with four kids. She is now called Zena. My friend Bev knows the family and says she is SO happy and adored. She showed my a pic of Zena and her new little girl owner.
The torties, Lollipop and Chirp, went to a couple who have a cat already. They not only took the kitties, but their mom, Daisy, too!! I am so happy they get to stay with thier mommy.

So that litter is gone. And i have another one. I haven't photographed those guys yet..maybe tonight. THey are a little shier than these guys were. Two of the four kits are already pre-adopted.

pictures from Easter

First off, a little inspiration. These eggs were made using rubber bands before dying. I did this!! I liked it. Easy and cool-looking.

My mother was up visiting from Ohio over the kid's spring break. She let Miranda invite some friends over and they made some cute cupcakes with Mir's BabyCakes cupcake maker. We had mini mallows, jelly beans and peeps on hand, as well as some little umbrellas. I guess you can call these tropical easter cupcakes.
We had a great Easter...spent the night Saturday at cousin Susan's house. We had Easter dinner Saturday night, then the girls and I spent hours making Easter eggs. My girls are so creative that it takes FOREVER to color eggs. I am guilty,too. I like to experiment and use all materials available. So we were up til midnight!!!

Grace is in love with House (TV doctor). So here is an egg to commemorate him! I don't know what's up with the target. She's silly.
AND HERE's my litte rubber band egg. I like this tecnique.