Monday, April 15, 2013

This weekend was sponsored by coffee

1. MFD won 90s Trivial Pursuit.
2. I sank all the ships.
3. Gus channeled Yoda. Or ET.

Misc: we watched Chopped Champions. I'm so happy Jun Tanaka won. 

1. My first of four cups of coffee. Which meant that even though I was dead on my feet, I was up at 12:30 googling "Why is Jay-Z called Hova."
2. I took some roast beast and scrambled it with eggs and cheese. Boom. 
3. Ipsy arrival!
4. Front yard work-it took me more than three hours to clean up that one bed, replant perennials, and plant some new stuff. 
5. My dad put the base for my laundry contraption in. Thanks Dad!
6. Carol sent veggie pizza. We had it for lunch, and a snack later. I'm also having it for lunch this week. It's one of my favorite foods. Thanks Carol!
7. A few new perennials, annuals, and herbs. 
8. Lori and I hit Target. 
9. Roast beef at Sandy's - I was the DD for my day drinking brother and his friends. Lori, MFD, Aubrey and I met up with them for a late dinner. 

Misc: My lily of the valley never flowers, and my Grandmom's always thrived so we discussed it every spring. This is the first year she wasn't here, and the first year it flowered. Thanks Grandmom!

1. The flip flop mat went to the back door. I got this awesome colorful one at Target. 
2. Flowers, veggies and fruit from an early morning Produce Junction trip. 
3. Cross body polka dot purse on clearance and much needed new ankle socks = fruit of the Target tree.
4. Lovely spring. 
5. The result of 3+ hours doing yard work, shed cleaning and general clean up out back. The girl who hates taking the trash out took it out, y'all.
6. My boys loved being outside all day. 

Misc: My boys also got a bath, had a long walk with Treat Lady, and had their dinner topped off with leftover pork from a Sandy's cuban. It was the best day ever for them. Except for the bath. 

1. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs - these were so simple and so awesome. 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3/4 cup whole milk, 1 egg, lightlybeaten, 1 cup shredded cheese, 1 cup cubed pepperoni, pizza sauce for dipping. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan. In large bowl, whisk together the flour and bakingpowder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; letstand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffincups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through.
2. I've been lacking in cucumbers lately. 
3. Trying something new for vegetables throughout the week at work: asparagus. I will steam it there with some white wine vinegar. 
4. I only cut strawberries up to two days ahead. Any more and I think they get weird. 
5. Banana split cake, recipe courtesy of Jennifer Spera Commale. The recipe is in the comments. I can also email it to you!.

Sunday night was watching TV until 9:30, painting my nails and being so worn out that I didn't even feel like talking or breathing. 

I'd like to say huge thank you to Lori, my aunt and also one of my best friends. This is the second time she's come down from three hours away since MFD has been out of commission just to help me. She cleaned the inside of my house and saw to the dog walks so I could concentrate on the outside, helped me bathe the dogs so they didn't stink anymore, and was my side kick on errands and outings. I am so grateful to have such a generous and loving spirit in my life. Everyone should have a Lori. 

This week: the forecast looks lovely, I'm getting the grays eradicated from my hair, I have a Relay For Life meeting, I don't have to think about taxes until next year, I have to come clean to you on my most recent spending freeze (tomorrow!), and it's cousin Gail's birthday week. Let's make it a good one friends!

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  1. Whew! All that work makes me tired!
    Happy Monday,
    Lulu and Daisy

  2. I'm exhausted just reading about your weekend!

  3. Banana Split Cake
    1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1 stick of butter; melted
    Combine above ingredients in a 9x13 pan & pat down until it covers the bottom
    1 stick of butter; melted
    8 oz. cream cheese; softened
    1 lb of confectioners sugar
    2-3 bananas; sliced
    16 oz. crushed pineapple; drained
    1 large cool whip container
    Combine the first 3 ingredients & spread over the graham cracker crumb. Place the sliced bananas over the cream cheese mixture. Drain the crushed pineapple & spread over the sliced bananas. Spread the cool whip over the pineapple.
    Optional: add maraschino cherries & chopped walnuts to garnish
    Refrigerate overnight.

  4. OKAY, I'm LOVING that doormat, and must get a colorful one soon! I think it will make me so happy!! =)

  5. I love your new doormat! I might have to get that.

  6. Amen on Lori. Our fairy Godmother.
    Agree on cutting up strawberries.
    Very productive weekend, which included the fun time with Stephen and friends. Very important to always have fun time.
    Will try those pizza puffs, too!
    Enjoyable blog, as always!
    your momma.

  7. it seems everyone is gearing up for spring! i need to plant some plants so it our yard looks half way decent.

  8. Oh my gosh, loooove that door mat, so pretty! And those pizza puffs look awesome, I may have to try that this weekend!!! PJ would love those!!

  9. Yay, Treat Lady!

    I need a new welcome mat but I need a BIG one or else it looks dumb because of how big our entry is. And it has to be kind of heavy or the wind will blow it away.

    Love that your lily of the valley flowered!

  10. I'm worn out looking at your weekend!

    Can't wait till Spring actually stays around here.

    So glad you have a Lori!!

    Thanks for always making me hungry with your food pics!

    Hope you have a great Monday!!

  11. I definitely need someone to come and clean my house and take care of my idiot dogs.

    Totally bought that door mat at Target as well, however, do not have any flowers to match it.

    HOWEVER, it is 60 here today. I may be blinding the world with my pasty white legs.

  12. Every weekend is sponsored by coffee. And every day for that matter! I am Boy Band crushing on that door mat!!! Gorgeous! Me likey the polka dot bag!!! Great find!! I really need to join Ipsy or one of those other monthly treat things. I love getting stuff.

  13. Well done!!! Great pictures! I friggin love that picture of Gus as Yoda - I laughed out loud when I saw it. Sandy's Beef and Ale - you can't go wrong with the Cuban. That is my favorite! I hear you on the yard work...I am so sore from it all, I think we have 10-15 bags of crap. The trash men better take it or I will be pissed.

  14. You are one of the most productive ladies I know! Those pizza puffs look incredible. And I think I need to go find that is so cheerful!

  15. DYING over that doormat! SO SO CUTE! :)

  16. The dogs crack me up! WHAT?!?! I;m jealous of your Target -mine did NOT have any polka dot bags! ARGH!!!

    The flowers - that was all your grandma! :) I love it!

  17. FUN times!!!! Thank you SOOOOO much for sharing the recipes! Have an awesome Monday!

  18. So why is Jay-Z called Hova?? (BTW some weekends I would have called finding out that info my big accomplishment and called it good)

  19. Chopped gives me major anxiety! I love cooking but being put on the spot would kill me. lol!

  20. I have come to the conclusion that you take more pictures than I do on the weekend!! :) Love it! And I will sink your battleship!!! :)

  21. Those dogs. Seriously, so freaking cute.

  22. Your furbabies are kinda adorable ;) I couldn't make those pizza bites, cuz I would eat them all!!

  23. Looks like a great weekend! Love that polka dot purse :)

  24. I feel like this post was part confessional, no? Sorry to be an enabler, but I remember some of the birthday stuff you bought, and you made some excellent choices!

  25. I was thinking the dog photos couldn't get any better, and then Gus goes all Yoda/ET on me. Love him.

  26. '90s Trivial Pursuit is my favorite. It's the only one I can win. How do you like Ipsy? Those Pizza Puffs look awesome! My kids would love them.

  27. That is so cool about your lily of the valley. The pizza bites sound like a must-try for a night when my son has a baseball game. Gotta love quick and easy recipes that the kiddo will enjoy.


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