Archive for January, 2007

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Looking forward to Spring…

Yeah, a little early I know but around here Spring arrives pretty early in the year.  We have had a horrid week…tummy bug.  From Hades.  I had the kids to the pediatrician on Friday for sinus stuff…I suppose we picked the little gem up there.  OH MY.  Ben started Sunday, then I joined him Monday night.  I didnt get out of bed yesterday except to go to the bathroom.  I ran a 102.9 fever for several hours yesterday and finally Hannah force fed me a couple of extra strength tylenol.  I was so sick I was afraid to put anything in my stomach. But my fever broke last night just in time to start taking care of Rachel.  She has had a horrible night. Hopefully she will be much better today.

I am actually drinking a little black coffee to ward off the caffeine monster that lives in my brain.  He was using both fists on my skull this morning as it had been way too long between his doses.  I am feeling a little less punk (one of my dad’s terms for not feeling well).

When I talked to Husband last night he told me to be sure and get everyone well before he arrived back at the house tomorrow.  Tall orders.  I usually try to prepare him a really good meal the night he comes home but I cant even think about food right now.

Later on today when my tummy isnt quite so spongy I will type up a recipe for today…and post a picture of an apron my mom gave me a week or so ago.  One she embroidered when she was just a little girl.  How wonderful is that???


Recipe of the Day: Nutmeg Tea Cookies

These little cookie logs are perfect for afternoon tea or coffee…yeah…go ahead…dunk them!

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter softened

1/2 cup shortening

1 egg

3 cups flour

2 tsp vanilla

1 TBSP freshly grated nutmeg

Frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 TBSP butter softened, 1 tsp vanilla, 2-3 TBSP heavy cream and more freshly grated nutmeg.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter and shortening, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and nutmeg and mix just until incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least an hour. Heat oven to 350. Divide dough into 6 equal portions and on a lightly floured surface, shape each portion into a rope 1/2″ in diameter. Cut into 3″ lengths, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool. When completely cooled combine frosting ingredients (except nutmeg) Frost tops of each cookie and then sprinkle with nutmeg. Allow frosting to set and then store in a air tight container. Makes 4-5 dozen

Some notes on Nutmeg: Did you know that mace and nutmeg come from the same fruit? Mace is the outer shell and nutmeg is the actual seed. Both are yummy but I have a great attachment to nutmeg. I add it to lots of things…like homemade mac and cheese…yeah…its very versatile. Go here to read all about nutmeg!


I have been tagged…6 weird things…hmmmmm

Cherry tagged me!

Well…this is harder than I thought. I know many, many others think I am weird…odd…crazy…but, I think I am going to end up being boring instead of weird.

1) Valentine’s Day 2007 will be the anniversary of my first date with Husband 33 years ago. We have been together for much longer than we haven’t. WAY longer.

2)One thing I hate with a burning passion – panty hose. OH MY GOD – I detest them in so many, many ways. They are by far my least favorite article of clothing. And I think they are actually a torture device. Invented by a man of course. As a very cruel joke. Side bar: My favorite “uniform” is overalls and a white t-shirt.

3)I wore overalls everyday – EVERY DAY for 5 years. I still wear them at least 4-5 days a week. I do however own a couple pair of jeans now and will wear them “as dress up”. I am a very casual person and am very leary of an invitation that includes what I should or should not wear. I kinda figure if I cant wear my overalls, I dont really need to go. I intend to be buried in my overalls because I think it is very bizarre for a person to not look like themselves at a time when almost everyone you know will look at you and go…AWWW doesnt she look natural…when nothing could be farther from the truth. Not only do you look dead, but they wonder where you got those clothes. AND if whomever arranges my funeral allows them to put that god awful pink blush on me, I will haunt that person for the rest of their life. I think I have given this too much thought.

4)I am brutally honest. I get called out fairly regularly for this. However, people who know better will still ask my opinion when they know good and well I cannot in good conscience, pay lip service…if you dont want to know, dont ask. AND rest assured I will always say “are you sure you want my opinion?”. And they still do. Oh…and just for the record, I am often accused of not being a team player.

5)No one’s and I mean NO ONE’S voice bothers me anymore than George W. Bush. NO ONE’s. I dont think anyone’s even comes close. In the past 6 years I haven’t heard the man speak more than 10 words at any one time, before I either run from the room screaming or turn the TV off. Even if I read transcripts…which I am prone to do because I actually DO CARE about what goes on in the world and especially here, I hear his silly, nerve-wracking voice in my head. So most of the time I call my mom and ask her what was said. Short version please. And for those of you whom I have had endless conversations with about this administration, four words: I TOLD YOU SO. Man, I hate being right all the time. 😉

6)I am obsessed with Vermont. I know where almost every town/hamlet/villiage in Vermont is located. I know the average EVERYTHING about the state. I think almost everyday about moving there and would move to Vermont with Husband and children without ever looking back.

A little something extra: I own about 20 pairs of socks (all different) with cats on them.

I told you…boring.

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