Friday, August 31, 2007
3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1 can black olives
Cook noodles according to package directions. In a large skillet add 2 Tbs of olive oil and sauté onions for about 4 minutes then add tomatoes. Toss a in a pinch of Kosher salt and continue cooking until the onions are translucent. Toss in your shredded chicken and 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar; continue cooking on a medium heat until the tomatoes are totally soft and separating from their skin. You may need to add more olive oil to keep the mixture moist.
Toss chicken mixture and drained black olives with cooked, drained pasta. Cover and chill. Before serving you will need to re-toss and will probably need to add a little more olive oil and balsamic. Top each serving with feta cheese.
This keeps very well and is actually better the day after it is made. Plus you can change it up in any number of ways depending on what you have on hand..I have made it with artichoke hearts, and instead of just topping the servings with feta have added chilled cherry tomatoes and fresh sweet basil. Serve it with some nice crusty French bread and you can’t go wrong…..
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is him trying to slip on the field last year to play:
Coach sounds mean huh? Well check out the next picture:
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Generally my bizarre utterings are warnings of some kind....
"MonkeyBoy! Put the knife down or take off the skates for the love of God!" It was a butter knife and he was making a hot dog-but dang..
"Magnuts! Don't jump off the back of that sofa again until we get THIS cast off!"
"Miss-D! Put down the cherries and get off of the top of the refrigerator!"
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN I DIDN'T TELL YOU THAT YOU COULD NOT PAINT MY CAR!!!??"
"Miss-D! That is your Grandfather's brand new car not a place for your giant muddy rock collection!" *she responded by sweeping from one side of his hood to the other where they eventually hit the ground, but not before leaving several long deep gashes*
"Quit whining-I have to use cold water to get the raw egg out of your hair or it will cook-suck it up dingus you should not have had an egg fight in the house!!!"
And my new favorite "Magnuts-put those magnets back on the fridge NOW!"
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Miss-D -"Mom this tooth is loose help me get it out please"
Me-"It is not even wiggly, gross leave it alone"
Miss-D- "No it is ready to come out"
Me-"Well I'm not helping you that is nasty. Leave it alone.."
Several hours later, almost an hour after bedtime, Miss-D comes into our room proudly holding a bloody molar. I gagged and sent her to clean up...
About 1am Magnuts came to our room and got in our bed-bad dream he said. Well the next morning I got the whole story. Miss-D frustrated over her inability to get the tooth out herself attempted to enlist her little brothers. They didn't want to help, until.....Miss-D told them that it wasn't really a tooth but an alien tracking device. She told them that time was running out...the giant scary aliens could be upon them at any moment....and they loved to eat children.
Miss-D looked quite refreshed that morning-eating oatmeal and counting her money....those poor boys had trouble sleeping for a week.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
I will pass this along but at the moment I am all foggy-again with the writing in the morning-not so good. So thanks again Crazy Working Mom, you made my week!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Nutshell: Miss-D became extremely ill yesterday-I noticed this when I picked them up and she was crying saying that she didn't feel good. She did not feel well because her 7th period teacher had her and half of the class standing in a straight line, directly in the sun for at least 45 minutes. They were standing there watching as the other half of the class dug through 50 gallon trash bins looking for aluminum cans. It was in the 100 degree range yesterday and this happened at 2pm. When Miss-D started feeling ill she tried to ease over and lean under a tree-she was yelled at and told to get back in line.
At first the nurse thought we might need to just go straight to the hospital, but 45 minutes later it was safe for me to bring her home. She had to take Dramamine to keep from being sick and ran a temp. of over 100 until well in the night.
The kids that did look for cans got a 100 for that day's grade, those who didn't got nada
- digging for cans is not in any curriculum I have ever heard of
- this is dangerous, nasty and stupid-
- my suggestion of taking any one of the 15 trash cans and putting a "cans only" sign on it have been ignored.
Hum....ok one cup of coffee does not seem to help with the ranting....
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Dad - "Putting on deoderant."
Magnuts - "Dad is that the Axe?"
Dad - "Yes"
Magnuts - "Dad are you trying to make Mom be naughty?!?"
Bow chicka wow wow......
Monday, August 20, 2007
Seriously, at one time I might have freaked out when money got tight, now I KNOW that there can be a day that you would love to have money as your biggest worry-perspective....
I just deleted 2 follow-up rants about the events of last week. There is no need to keep letting it eat me up-it is over-MonkeyBoy is fine-life goes on.
This post is sponsored by the nightmare from hell that I am still gasping from. I dreamed last night that Magnuts was very ill and that there was no hope-he was going to die a slow and agonizing death. I woke with a start-SO FRICKIN HAPPY THAT IT WAS JUST A DREAM! There are people out there who will not wake up from their nightmare....although they would dearly love to.
I am so grateful that it was a dream.....perspective and priorites....
Friday, August 17, 2007
I finally made it in the door. Sat down to start paying bills and the phone rang. I was being summoned.......to the school. I can't say more now because it is still developing...be back to update around noon....stay tuned.
Lets start with a little question, how many of you have ever heard of Mentos? Now lets see a show of hands for all of those who have seen the experiment where a Mento is dropped into a bottle of Diet Coke.
Last week during homeroom MonkeyBoy's pal was telling him that he would like to shake up some cokes so that they could spray each other at his upcoming b'day party (pal's party). MonkeyBoy asked him if he had ever tried it with a Mento. The boy had not so MonkeyBoy proceeded to draw up a schematic of a Coke/Mento prank that he had watched on YouTube with his father.
Here is a link:
MonkeyBoy was waiting in the office for me when I got to the school-he was then suspended until a Board Of Education hearing. I was speechless. He had labeled the drawing "Coke Bomb." You will notice on the video that it is labeled bomb. It had a drawing of a 2 liter labeled "coke" and small piece of candy labeled "Mentos," string and the other things needed to complete the prank. I tried to explain to the Principal that it was just a candy experiment and how MonkeyBoy had come to see it. MonkeyBoy had no idea why he was in trouble until I got there and we were told together.
We went to the hearing and the boys were able to return to school. I am still so shaken up by the hearing that I can not post the details....The Superintendent and Principal were fine-more later when I have time to calm down and not do something rash.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
One of the goobers was actually spotted running through the woods right towards my house. Did the Sheriff call me to alert me? No, a neighbor did. Even though they asked the neighbor who lived over in the direction that he was running and she told them and gave them my number, and told them to please call me. I spent 3 hours with the doors locked, alarm on, loaded gun at hand waiting to see what would happen. When they eventually did arrest this guy it was my neighbor, not the Sheriff who called and gave me the all clear.
So, for my own peace of mind I would like to know what is going on around here. If they are chasing some armed and dangerous nut job near my house I would like the oppertunity to call the FlyingMonkeys inside. Yes-I know every Mom on earth would just love to see their child used as a human shield but it would really interfere with our afternoon routine.
For those of you that know our history I am sure that you would agree that THE VERY LEAST the Sheriff's department could do for us is warn me when they are up to something right next to my house.
On a lighter note:
I was tagged by the Crazy Working Mom for the 7 P's.
1. Passion: Whah? I have been married 13 years what the heck is that?
2. Purpose: To get kids to school so that I can have some peace and quiet
3. Pursuit: Teaching them to drive so that they can get themselves to school.
4. Position: Sloutched in computer chair blinking eyes trying to wake up.
5. Pummeling: All the idiot meth heads that are trying to ruin our area. Seriously, if you are stupid enough to be driving around making meth in your car don't expect anyone to feel sorry for you when your car bursts into flames.
6. Progress: I have quit wishing death to all meth heads every time I have to stand in line to get Sudafed.
7. Personality: Snarky but sweet....kinda after lots of coffee
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It is gonna happen, and there is NO cell service out here, click click click boom......
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I left at 2:45 to go pick up the FlyingMonkeys from school.
It was so frickin hot that I was unable to grip the steering wheel until I was almost to their school.
In a genius move I double pumped a blob of hand sanitizer into my palm.
I screamed in pain and proceded to try to smear the
Spreading it out does not make it cooler.
"Put your hands in front of the air vents stupid" said my inner child
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, sweet relief
Reach to rub tears from eyes forgetting the high alcohol content of blue goop
Begin screaming again
Pick up FlyingMonkeys with tear stained face and hands that will no longer leave a fingerprint.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Pay attention this will be followed by a quiz....
- 4 different kids of fried chicken
- Boston butt with homemade bbq sauce
- 4 different kinds of corn casseroles
- 2 different kinds of squash casseroles
- Homemade chicken and dumplings with lattice work crust
- 4 different kinds of tiny little field peas *The reason everybody loves MeMaws*
- 2 bowls of butter beans *again, NOT Lima beans-these are tiny and cooked in lots of butter or bacon grease*
- English peas
- Broccoli casserole
- English pea and asparagus casserole
- Homemade potato salad
- At least 2 sweet potato casseroles *oh yeah babe, with the pecans and brown sugar..*
- Homemade mac-n-cheese
- Homemade pimento cheese
- 2 different kinds of deviled eggs *you can not have a reunion or holiday of any kind without these*
- Sliced Vidalia Onion, bell peppers and cucumbers in a cooked vinegar/sugar sauce *this is wonderful over a mound of field peas*
- 2 kinds of green salad *this is really going to throw you-there is not a single leaf of lettuce in this-it is cream cheese, lime jello, pecans, and sometimes marshmallows and/or pineapple....*
- Fresh sliced tomatoes *ummm dab of mayo and a dash of salt and pepper.....*
- A bowl of seeded watermelon *love it with a little dash of salt*
I am sure I probably forgot something-but y'all this was just the lunch stuff I have not gotten to the dessert table yet!
- 3 different kinds pound cake-coconut, chocolate and sour cream *I could live on just the crust alone*
- A gallon of fresh sliced peaches *I mean fresh-picked on Friday and peeled on Saturday*
- Yellow cake with cooked chocolate icing *I have never made cooked icing but it sure is good!*
- Chocolate pie
- 4 lemon pies
- Chess pie
- Peach cobbler
- Caramel Cake
- Blueberry crumble
I am betting I forgot a few of these too, I was still pre-coma but going fast by the time I got to the dessert table.
All of this was washed down with GALLONS of sweet tea.
So which of these foods have you never heard of? Which ones do you have at your family gatherings? Do y'all have some strange ones of your own?
Friday, August 10, 2007
Last year I met some new people, people from Texas that had discovered their connection to our family while tracing their family tree. How cool is that!
The food, ohhhhhh the food......Some EXTREMELY generous MeMaw
There will also be casseroles of every kind, fried chicken, rolls and iced tea. Then the dessert table- that's right people we have an entire table, sometimes two, of desserts! Seven layer caramel cake, chocolate cake, cookies, brownies and pies-oh my!
I have to get some laundry done today, I am guessing that I will be in a food coma most of the weekend.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
What did I do all day? Laundry-No, Clean up remnant summer funk-No, Remove the 800 bottles and cans + plus other assorted crap from my van-No
I drank my weight in iced tea while playing EVERY one of the games they loaded onto my computer this summer and winning top score.....When they get to play again they will not see this:
They will see this:
So, what did you do yesterday?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
"The handheld device using light-emitting diodes to emit super-bright pulses of light at rapidly changing wavelengths, causing disorientation, nausea and even vomiting in whomever it's pointed at."
Alrighty then....I can hear the news stories now-"Family of 5 staggers in circles in store parking lot vomiting -Police are mystified, all blew 0.00 on the breathalyzer-Wal-Mart has no comment." No one saw the 10 year old giggling maniacally while pointing the barf beam through the rear window of his Mom's Taurus.
Don't feel like going to school-turn on Daddy's funny flashlight. Seriously some kid is gonna make a mint helping his buddies get out of tests they forgot to study for. 6th period math test-$10 + a 5 minute detour to the bathroom and you are golden.
I do realize that the fact that I am seeing all the
It's still funny.......
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Me, my parents and the FlyingMonkeys at the lake swimming. I am watching as they do backflips and practice diving off the end of the pier.
Magnuts: MOM! Miss-D just said something inappropriate and gross to me! She told me to stop "humping" the ladder!
Miss-D: I DID NOT! I said quit HOGGING the ladder!
My Parents: SNORT SNICKER SNICKER
Later on the car ride home my 3 children turned into four with the simple mentioning of a certain name....Mike Rotch.
MonkeyBoy: If we get a new dog we should name it Mike Rotch
Me: Don't start this again!
Husband: *snicker* please I have a really good one...
Me: NO! it will get completly out of hand, stop!
Magnuts: yeah, we could say "Mom ran over Mike Rotch"
Me: NO stop it!
Husband: *snort* Please I have a really good one?!?
MonkeyBoy: Mike Rotch drinks out of the toilet!
Me: Stop it, I am not kidding, someone is going to get in trouble!!!
Husband: PLEASE!!!!! just one!!!
Magnuts: MonkeyBoy petted Mike Crotch!
Husband: Enough, didn't you hear your Mother tell you to stop?!?!
Monday, August 6, 2007
1. Put our 10yo on an airplane bound for DC by himself
2. Have faith that some unknown adult would meet him at the DC airport and get him safely to the hotel
3. Believe that other unknown adults would make sure that he was safe in the hotel, make sure he ate and ferry him to all of the activities.
4. O' yeah, and they wanted several thousand dollars.
They do not encourage parental attendance but they would allow a parent to accompany him, but only as far as the hotel, we would not be allowed to attend the events - and one of us going doubled the cost.
Yesterday we got a new letter. Now they want him become a member of the official state of Alabama delegation traveling to Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. It will be a 14 day trip with a group of 40 5th and 6th graders who will be "accompanied by four specially selected and trained local teachers." Have they lost their ever loving minds? One "specially" trained chaperon for every 10 kids?!?!
People To People-hear this: I would not let him be in the care of complete strangers for 7 days in DC-What in the world makes you think that I would send him to Hawaii for 2 weeks with more strangers?!?!?
I am sure that this is probably a wonderful opportunity-I just can't get past the whole sending my child off with complete strangers. With all the sicko kiddy touchers and child abusers in the news I just can't do it. Plus the letter talks about them "mastering their snorkeling skills" and sailing a catamaran-With one chaperon per 10 kids there is just no way they will provide adequate supervision for those activities.
Ok, rant over.
Friday, August 3, 2007
#6 is the doozy, what is he a dog-boy, does he walk on all fours? It needs a good caption, perhaps it could even be turned into blog bling - maybe as a "Don't Pee In My Cheerios" sign?!?!
So what would be a great caption for #6---discuss.....
Thursday, August 2, 2007
School starts the 8th, Praise the Lord, God Bless America, pass the Motrin......
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The end of May saw my first post, the one where I talked about 2 of my favorite things coming to an end-free cold air and school. Well, I do live in south Alabama so the free cold air is still months away-but school-just around the corner!
Making a list checking it twice-a school supply list that is. I have noticed that the supply list seems to be inversely proportionate to age of the child. K-5th grade are the worst, there was a time when I had all 3 in that age group and I needed a bank loan and a U-Haul to get all of the stuff to school. Seriously-on top of all of the glue sticks, pencils, scissors, graph paper, construction paper, notebooks, steno pads, and crayons-each child needed 2 packs of copy paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and tissues.
This year the FlyingMonkeys have missed their friends and are ready to go back. So...all school supplies have been acquired and labeled accordingly. I even managed to find the red shorts and thick white t-shirts Miss-D will need for PE, they have been washed, folded and added to her stack of school supplies.....
Its the most wonderful time of the year...
With the school bells a-ringing
And mommies a singing "school time is here!"
It's the most wonderful time of the year!