Sunday, October 9, 2011

more food the kids liked

Sorry, no pictures. My camera battery charger was MIA. Got it back....but I do have somre recipes to file.

COWBOY STEAK-
GRILLED MINI PEPPERS
Super simple. Used the George Forman since it has been too rainy to grill. Used my Cowboy rub from previous chicken dinner. That stuff is good. It's a good idea to have a handy rub nearby. I usually make my own, but things have been busy....

1 1/2 lb Skirt Steak
Cowboy rub (or any rub of choice)
olive oil
mini bell peppers

Cut steak into serving size peices. Coat with rub. Skewer the mini peppers.
Brush steaks with oil and grill til done. Peppers will take longer to grill.

NOTE- My local super Walmart sells these mini bell peppers and the kids love them. However, I cannot find them anywhere else. I use a regular red pepper and cut it in chunks, on a skewer. Grilled peps are a very simple, healthy thing they love....



GREEK STYLE TILAPIA

Easy, light and simple. My kids love fish. Tilapia is mild tasting, and they like it. Although they do prefer salmon...Anyway...

1 lemon
1 1/2 lb tilapia filet
fresh oregano
salt, pepper
grape tomatoes, cut in half

Preheat oven 400.
Grate and squeeze juice from lemon
Arrange fish in a baking dish. sprinkle evenly: lemon zest, oregano, salt and pepper over the top of fish.
Add tomatoes around dish.
Cover with foil and bake about 16-18 minutes, until fish is opaque.



SAUTEED SHRIMP

My kids love shrimp. I buy frozen bags once in awhile, when on sale. I tried doing fancy things with the shrimp, but they prefer them sauteed in butter....easy.

PROSCIUTTO PIZZA

I tried a new pizza recipe, and I really screwed it up. But, lo and behold, they liked it. I changed it up a bit to suit their tastes...It was quick and easy, and a little different. Tastes more like an appetizer than a real pizza, which we have too much of, anyway.  I did overcook the crust..it was too burnt for me. I will have to watch it more closely next time.

Pizza dough- I had to use the refridgerator roll, but I would have prefered the balls you can buy.
red onion
black olives, sliced
olive oil
fresh mozzerella cheese
prosciutto

Preheat oven to 450. Stretch pizza dough onto desired pan. Prick holes in it with a fork.
Cover with sliced onion and olives. Drizzle with oil.
Bake about 8 minutes or until dough is slightly golden.
Remove from oven and add slices of cheese.
Bake again for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is softened.
Place prosciutto on pizza and drizzle on more oil, sprinkle with pepper.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

done painting!!

I am done...it's 11:30 exactly!! Right in time for SNL.
The room looks great! I am pretty tired, so i just washed my hands and paintbrush.
I will put the room back together in the morning.

It looks really cute!! I am so happy, and so DONE for the night.....if i can find my camera charger, I can take some pics...BUMMER....

Holly's room

This is my favorite weekend of the month. It's the weekend when the ex has the kids and I don't have to work. I don't have to cook for anyone, or drive anyone around.
I planned on watching Miranda's soccer game, but it is like 44 degrees here, rainy and windy. Plus it's an hours drive from here, so I skipped it. My kids know that I no longer sit in the rain to watch soccer....I have done it too many years!!
So I decided to paint Holly's bedroom.

When we first bought the house four years ago, Holly wanted lime ceilings and lemony yellow walls with purple accents. WOW....okay.

Over the years, we have bought many lime and purple things for her room...bedding, a chair, a rug...things that went along with her color scheme. But we never painted.
Once my husband and I split up, I really couldn't afford to do much on the house.

I did paint her ceilings three years ago. They are VERY lime! And I used a hand roller brush where I should have used the extended handle. So the cieling has a very ''spongy, swirly"  look to it. I wanted to fix it, but Holly LOVES it that way.

Now things are better and I can relax a little financially. Plus I have occasional weekends off with no kids!!

So, today, for some reason, I decided to paint her walls. She is a sophomore now, and will only be in that room for three years more, so I'd like her to have a nice room. I am not telling anyone I am doing this, either. I hope to have her room all done by the time she comes home tomorrow.

I work one wall at a time. I have always painted this way..it keeps me from getting bored or tired. Holly's room has six walls. Most of the walls have a pock-mark areas from the previous owner removing a border.
I used spackle and putty knifes to smooth this out. When I painted the cielings, I did not tape the walls, so lime green paint spills over the tops of the walls. This was not a good idea on my part, for now I have to prime the top of the walls all around the room.

Well, I prepped wall #1, the largest wall. As I waited for the primer and spackle to dry, I put down the painter's tape and moved on to prepping the next two walls.

Wall #3 has foam tape stuck to it, so that will take some time to remove. I use ''Goo-Be-Gone" and an old credit card to scrape with....HELPFUL HINT: I use duck tape to tape the credit card to the "Goo-Be-Gone". That way it is always handy when I need it. And any time I have ever used that product, I had to have a scraping tool.

Once done with that, I started painting wall #1...it looks pretty good! I love the color. Another advantage to doing it one wall at a time: you can see if you'll need two coats, or if you like the color, or brand of paint.

I am taking a break to eat. I am starving! Painting like this is a good workout, too. I use a step-ladder and a hand-roller, and am constantly up and down on that thing. My butt will be sore tomorrow!! My arms, too!

I took some before pictures, but now my camera battery has died and needs to be recharged.

Holly's room is very big, and I am just starting to realize I may be painting until 2 a.m.!! We shall see, be back later!!