Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
There are over 100 merit badges that a Boy Scout can earn including archery, bugling, bird watching and dentistry....really! I'm thinking we as parents deserve merit badges of our own. For example, there would be your typical run of the mill badges like the endured teething badge, Boogie man disposal badge and the kiss it and make it better badge. Most parents would get these badges quite easily and of course be proud in the process. However there would be a few badges that would take some extreme parenting skills to come by. These badges would be the caught projective vomit in hands badge, the used tweezers to remove a hard booger badge and my all time favorite....used bare hands to wipe poo from hiney badge. These badges would be worn with pride and be the envy of other parents all around the world.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
...and then there's this guy. This look also sums up his present opening experience. GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY GIFTS. We're working on the whole sharing thing and he's slowly learning! He opened one gift, two tractors from my Grandma M.E and was done for the day. He didn't want to open any more. Geeze kid, if we knew that before we got you all of this stuff! We convinced him to finish opening his gifts which included a Mr. Potato head, a Spiderman fishing pole (which can double as a sword) and some Matchbox airplanes. He carried his fishing pole into the kitchen twice proclaiming, "I'm going to grandpa's...see you later!" It was priceless.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
That says happy birthday Jesus....just in case you couldn't read the psychedelic green frosting covered in red and green non perils.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Much to the dismay of our relatives in far away places, we made the executive decision to stay at home this year for Christmas. There were many factors that were included in our decision to plunk ourselves right at home during the holidays, including 1. The fact that we are the only ones (so far!) with kiddos and traveling long distances in a car where the boys can touch and poke each other is considered cruel and unusual punishment for the parents. 2. We want to establish our own family Christmas traditions with the boys 3. The stress that accompanies traveling and getting from here to there stinks. Don't get me wrong we LOVE seeing family and we will do our best to go where we need to go in order to see our loved ones. We're just taking a sabbatical this year.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I'm pretty much a non stop kind of guy. My new nickname here at the Speidel house is Smiley Monkey. Reason being 1. I like to climb things....mostly things I'm not supposed to like the stairs (see exhibit a) and 2. I am always smiling. (Exhibit b) Except for when Brody takes away my food, then I don't smile at all. I'm pretty sure I could take him if he wasn't sore from his surgery.
We have played and dumped just about every single toy in this house and my most favorite is the blocks. Both boys seem to like me and the older one keeps asking for another brother. Maybe they could just rent me for a while. I come back tomorrow for round two!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Okay...so we tried. We tried very hard. I tried to make my hair as 80's as possible....and failed. I tried to get the ugliest 80's Christmas sweater and look like Ellen Griswold....and failed. Lonnie on the other hand, looks awesome. We had Lonnie's staff party last night and the theme was National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. It was absolutely hilarious. I have many incriminating photos, but I'll save those for blackmail later. Tons of fun.
Friday, December 11, 2009
My mom took the day off because we had planned a cookie baking party with my grandma. We ended up making this caramel instead. This day was planned before she had run in with a feisty race horse and tore her rotator cuff and bicep far away from any bone. I'm thinking she might need those later. Needless to say, Grandma ME is in a lot of pain (prayers much appreciated) and was super bummed that we could not come bake cookies with her. She's such a trooper though. When I'm 81, I hope I'm kayaking, walking four miles a day and getting up at the butt crack of dawn to take care of feisty racehorses.
So the boys really really really wanted to play in the snow even though it was 6 degrees outside. So I bundled them up and sent them outside. Baylor was hiding...probably because I made him wear a pink scarf. Sorry dude.
Brody was thrilled, he just grinned and grinned. Probably because he couldn't move due to the fact he had seventeen layers on.
Do I see a pocket protector in your future?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Ranch marinated chicken, baked taters and green beans
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 packet ranch mix (dry)
3 T or a glug of olive oil
3 T Worcestershire sauce
Place in a bag and marinate in fridge, turn
Roast , grill or pan fry…your choice. Serve with baked potato and green beans.
Ranch mix packets
Can of green beans
Crock pot southwestern chicken
1 small bag frozen corn
shredded cheddar cheese
1 can black beans
1 small bag frozen corn
1 16oz jar salsa
Pulled BBQ pork and coke sandwiches
1 pork roast without bone (shoulder perhaps)
2 bottles (small ones) Coca-cola (seriously)
BBQ sauce of choice
Put roast in crock pot, pour coke over it. Pour a generous amount of BBQ sauce over it. Cook all day on low. Add onions, salt, pepper or garlic if you’d like. Serve with buns and chips.
Shoulder roast of pork
Bottles of coca-cola
BBQ sauce of choice (I like cookies)
Zesty shrimp and pasta
1 pkg linguine noodles cooked
¾ cup Italian dressing
1 small red onion chopped
1 jar artichoke hearts drained and chopped
1 1lb cooked and cleaned shrimp
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
Cook pasta according to pkg. In skillet combine dressing, artichokes, onion, mushrooms and shrimp. Toss until mushrooms are tender. Add to pasta. Sprinkle with parm. Cheese.
1 1lb frozen shrimp (cooked)
1 sm red onion
Jar of artichoke hearts
Pkg fresh mushrooms
Scrambled cheesy eggs, whole wheat toast, smoothies
Mix eggs and cheese in skillet, make scrambled eggs. Smoothies: vanilla or plain yogert, OJ, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries, blend.
Marinated salmon, wild rice
4 small salmon filets
Marinade in bag: 1 squirt lemon juice, dill, brown sugar, soy sauce, olive oil, salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Marinate all day. Grill or broil. Serve with wild rice.
Pkg frozen salmon filets
Pkg Uncle Ben’s minute wild rice
Marinade ingredients (if not in pantry)
Chicken Cheese and Spinach manicotti
1 ½ cups finely chopped and cooked chicken
Minced garlic (2 t)
1 pkg frozen spinach thawed, drained, chopped
2 C. cottage cheese
2 egg whites
10 manicotti shells cooked
Jar of spaghetti sauce
Oven: 350, Mix chicken, garlic, spinach, cottage cheese, egg whites and ½ c. mozzarella. Spoon into manicotti. Place in 13x9 sprayed pan, cover with spag. Sauce and remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.
Baked Lemon pasta (yummy, not lowfat) From Pioneer Woman
· 1 pound Thin Spaghetti
· 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter
· 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
· 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
· 1 whole Lemon, Juiced And Zested
· 2 cups Sour Cream
· ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt, Or More To Taste
· Plenty Of Grated Parmesan Cheese
· Flat-leaf Parsley, Chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti until al dente.In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over LOW HEAT. When butter is melted, add minced garlic. Squeeze lemon juice into the pan. Turn off heat.Add sour cream and stir mixture together. Add lemon zest and salt. Taste, then add more salt if necessary. Pour mixture over drained spaghetti and stir together, then pour spaghetti into an oven safe dish.Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes. (Don’t bake too long or the pasta will dry out.)When you remove it from the oven, squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top. Top generously with Parmesan cheese, then chopped parsley
1 1lb thin spaghetti
Tuna Casserole, fruit and yogert
375 for 40-45 min
1 pkg egg noodles cooked and drained
2 cans tuna drained
½ mayo (or light)
½ c. minced onion
¾ t. salt
1 c. milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 c. mozzarella cheese shredded
Combine noodles, tuna, mayo, onion and salt and set aside. In sauce pan melt cheese, soup and milk until smooth. Add to noodles. Place in greased 4 qt pan. Bake.
Cream of mushroom soup
Pkg Shredded Mozzarella
2 cans tuna
Cream wild rice and chicken soup, crusty bread
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked and cubed. 2 cans cream of celery soup. 1 box uncle Ben’s long grain rice (original) Milk.
Cook chicken, cube. Cook rice. Add chicken and rice and soup and then milk to desired consistency. Heat and eat.
Crusty bread loaf
2 cans cream of celery soup
Uncle Ben’s original wild rice
Grilled club sandwiches, veggie slices
Sliced turkey (thin) sliced Ham (thin) Bacon (cooked) Mayo, tomato, lettuce, toast and swiss cheese. Toast bread, add mayo. Layer on lettuce, tomato and meats. Melt on cheese.
Whole wheat toast
Sliced deli meat (turkey, ham)
Carrot and celery slices
Ranch for dipping
Greek Pasta Salad
1 ½ C. penne pasta cooked
½ C. cubed cooked turkey or chicken
1 can sliced black olives
¼ c. chopped green pepper
¼ c. chopped red pepper
¼ crumbled feta cheese
1/3 c. Caesar salad dressing
Crutons (if wanted)
Cook pasta. Mix other ingredients except dressing. Add together and drizzle with dressing. Chill until eating.
Can of sliced black olives
Sweet red pepper
Caesar Salad dressing
Chicken or turkey
Crust: 3 t. active dry yeast, 1 c. warm water (not too hot) 2T olive oil, 1 t. sugar, 3 c. bread flour. Dissolve yeast in large mixing bowl with warm water. Add oil, sugar and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Add in remaining flour. Turn on to floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Place in cooking sprayed bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hr. Punch dough down and divide in half. Transfer to two 14 inch pizza pans greased. Let rest for 10 more mins.
Toppings: 2 cans diced tomatoes (drained) 20 fresh basil leaves, 8 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 t. dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste, 2 T olive oil. Place tomatoes on pizza crust, add other toppings and drizzle with oil. Cook at 450 for 15-20 mins.
Lg. bag shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cans diced tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves