Thursday, November 30, 2006

Climbing the Walls

You may think that it is me that is climbing the walls - a stay-at-home mom, two kids and one on the way, no money, no hobby - but you are wrong. Climbing the walls is not an expression here. I mean it quite literally, and it is Kenley doing the climbing.

In the last 2 days, Kenley has climbed her way onto a number of things; the computer desk, her dresser, her booster chair and the table, to name a few. And she does it so stealthily. When she first climbed into her booster chair and seated herself for a meal I was standing in the kitchen and didn't hear a thing until she started banging her fists on the table in her request for food.

Yesterday she climbed onto her dresser via a children's chair and the toybox and apparently "jumped off" by Isaac's account. I was in the shower when it happened and the only reason I knew she had been up there was because she had in her hands some barrettes that I was certain I had last placed in the basket atop her dresser. I told her she was going to end up with a broken head ("like Humpty Dumpty" Isaac added.)

So I guess I'm going to have to pay closer attention to the placement of all items in our home and be on the lookout for anything that should now be viewed as a climbing hazard.

As a side note: I've been getting a lot of headaches lately. I'm hoping they're caused by the eyeballs in the back of my head growing in because those would really help!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Tryptophan Trip

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. For anyone who knows me, you know I like love to eat. All of it. And lots of it. My parents usually serve Thanksgiving dinner around 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. That gives us all time to eat, digest, and repeat. I love it.

So in anticipation of all the turkey leftovers, here is a recipe that is completely delicious!

Turkey Roll-ups
4 C cubed turkey

3 oz cream cheese, softened
chopped onion and celery to taste
2/3 C mushrooms
½ C slivered almonds
3-4 cans crescent rolls
4 Tbs margarine, melted
seasoned bread crumbs, or crushed croutons
1/3 C chicken broth
1 can (10 oz) cream of chicken soup

Combine turkey, cream cheese, onion, celery, mushrooms and almonds. Unroll and separate crescent rolls. Place 2 Tbs turkey mixture at wide end of roll. Bring the two wide points together, pinch and roll toward narrow end. Roll crescent rolls in butter then in crumbs. Bake as directed on roll package. Make gravy out of broth and chicken soup, serve over roll-ups.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Domestic High

I just made an apple pie. And not just any apple pie. No, no. The pie I made I made completely from scratch. I sliced my own apples, prepared my own filling, cut together the flour and other ingredients for the crust and everything.

But the "icing on the cake?" I made a lattice-top apple pie. No small feat to anyone who has ever tried to do so. Usually I have such a hard time with the pastry that I have to piece together my crust. But I guess today I was in the "domestic zone" and if there were an Ultimate Housewife contest with an apple pie category I would feel very confident in my entry.

I'm not sure how it will taste - it's baking as I type - but D-A-N-G does it look good! If I ever get my memory card for my camera cleaned up I will certainly be adding a picture. You'll have to see it to believe it!

The Things Kids Say

Isaac (with no preliminaries): "I am the future of King Underwear!"

The same: "I can burp my ABC's!"
(Perhaps he should spend less time around the uncles...)

After all the hassle with the insurance from the car accident, and my being emotional because I'm pregnant, last week I finally just laid on my bed and let it all out through some tears. Isaac came in, laid down beside me and comforted, "There's nothing to cry about. Isaac's here."

Gotta love those kids!