Friday, May 27, 2011

Water Troubles

We had a little incident with water in our basement this week.

The good news?  Our major investment in landscaping last year is paying off, since we aren't having water come in from the endless rains this spring.

The bad news?  My washer has a major leak.

Thankfully I had put the load in shortly before Doug came home.  We were eating supper and I heard water running and went to the bathroom expecting to see the faucet left on part-way by a little boy.  Then I went to the basement door and opened it, and thought "Uh-oh" as I heard the sound of a waterfall.

It wasn't a terrible mess, and about half of the water was still in the base drawer of the washer, but still not a lot of fun.

Hopefully I'll have a working machine sometime next week, otherwise back to the laundromat!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - May 23

As per the recent norm, this week is probably subject to many adjustments. :)

Monday:  Baked Southwest Sandwiches and Snow Peas

Tuesday:  Chicken Ranch Tacos

Wednesday:  Graduation Party

Thursday:  Stromboli, although I'll probably make a Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese one to use up some leftovers

Friday:  Shingling

Saturday:  Shingling  OR Zesty Grilled Ham, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Sunday:  Breakfast - Butterbraid
              Dinner - Doug's parents'

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I Love Photoshop


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(He wasn't too sure about the ferris wheel at first)

And some of the other highlights from our visit to the Tulip Festival:

Sitting with Grandpa and Grandma after we all got covered in powdered sugar from our funnel cakes.

He saw some kids across the street hugging the other cup, and he wanted in on the action.

Watching Dad drive our town's float, and catching a golf ball (with Mom's help) from him.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cozumel, Mexico

Earlier this year Doug and I got to get away on a peaceful, relaxing vacation that involved a lot of sitting.

And I got to use my 7-year-old passport for the very first time.  :)  Although we had to renew Doug's since it expired 2 months before our trip (at least his had been used a few times!).
And this is where we spent almost every day.
I didn't take enough books along - apparently I'm not used to having that much uninterrupted time to read!
We saw some Mayan Ruins.
Lots of iguanas.
A few crocodiles.

And even some dolphins, crabs and pelicans.


Around 5:00 we'd be sitting at the snack bar,
watching the sun set as we waited for the dining area to open for supper.

We had a good time, relaxed, and had some time to sit and talk.

I have no desire to be one of those couples who go every year, where 10 days still isn't long enough for them.

But then again, we were the ones sitting in the shade without our own insulated mugs for beer.

How uncool of us.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - May 16

It's definitely going to be a fairly unscheduled week this week.  Between shingling and the Tulip Festival, I barely know what our schedule is going to be this week.

Monday:  Lettuce and Hot Feta and Artichoke Dip for me and Henry (I have some Feta that needs a purpose)

Tuesday:  Nachos

Wednesday: Chicken Stuffed Shells and Snow Peas  (Shhh - don't tell Doug all the "herbs" actually include spinach...)

Thursday: Turkey Wraps or Tulip Festival

Friday: Tortilla Pizzas or Tulip Festival

Saturday: Chicago Style Pizza and Chips (Yes, bumped again)

Sunday: Breakfast: Banana Muffins
              Dinner: Leftovers/Missed meals

I'm trying to make the transition from "winter" meal planning to "summer" and have been sorting through my recipes to find my throw-together-at-the-last-minute, light, minimal-cooking-required meals.

Anyone have any favorites to share?  I'm also struggling with grilling recipes since I'm not a huge fan of mostly-meat meals.  And this is the first full summer that we've had a grill in many years.

Menu Plan, Um, Thursday

Some weeks I follow my menu plan almost religiously, which is much easier than debating what we should have at 5:00.

Some weeks I barely have a plan to follow.  Between Doug planning to shingle (which hasn't happened yet this week) and the hot weather when Doug doesn't feel like eating and I don't enjoy cooking as much, and my lack of organization at the end of last week, I only had a vague plan.

To maybe give the rest of you a little more inspiration than I've had this week, here's what our week (sort of) looks like:

Monday: Grilled Burgers, Carrot Sticks, Broken Glass Jello Salad (leftovers)

Tuesday: Grilled 7-up Chicken, Snow Peas, and Cornbread Biscuits

Wednesday:  Pizza (delivery because I spent the afternoon mowing and staining our porch and was supposed to leave for a meeting 15 minutes after I finished.) 

Thursday: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and Corn Pudding (bumped from a few weeks ago)

Friday: Baked Fish, Salt Potatoes, and Salad (bumped from last week)

Saturday:  Chicago Style Pizza and Chips (bumped from last week, but we'll see since we just had pizza...)

Sunday:  Breakfast - French Toast Sticks
               Dinner - Doug's parents'

Hopefully I'll be a little more timely next week!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - May 2

I made the Oatmeal Cinnamon  Bread Saturday morning before my day disappeared.  It was a hit: in less than 24 hours, the first loaf is gone. 

At least I can tell when Doug really likes something even though he doesn't always tell me. :)

Here's the plan for this week:

Monday: Chicken Quesadillas

Tuesday: Pit Beef, Coleslaw, and some kind of bread/rolls

Wednesday: Busy Baked Fish, Syracuse Salt Potatoes, and Peas

Thursday: Pancakes, Sausage Links, and Fruit

Friday: Bacon Ranch Chicken Mac & Cheese (I use sour cream instead of the cream of mushroom soup), and Green Beans

Saturday: Chicago Style Pizza (I just use a jar of sauce, or an easy overnight version I like), and Chips

Sunday: Breakfast - Amish Baked Oatmeal
              Dinner - Leftovers or Egg Salad Sandwiches