And there it is

As hinted at in the last blog post I have more than a couple topics I could post on.  Of course I never write these things down to actually, you know, remember what the whole damn post was supposed to be in the first place.  Right now I’m gonna lay blame on Final Fantasy XIII.  Lately when I’m done with the Kyle stuff and the cleaning stuff and the work out stuff (yeah I’m doing THAT now too) I can either blog, FarmVille or FF.  I’m pretty much going to choose FF.

Why?  Because it’s a beautiful game.  I mean, they all are, but this one is almost surreal in it’s visual looks.  The story and game play are fun too but I’m going to reserve more thoughts until after I actually, you know, finish the game.

Yesterday I had to chase Chugger through the house yelling “Give mommy back her d10’s!  You can choke on those!  And not a Kao choke!”  He really seemed to enjoy playing with them and my bag.  Hmm, I bet someone could make good money if they game up with an RPG for toddler to play with their parents.  And a good one too, not “Super Fun Rainbow Counting Horseies!”

And because female nerds are already sexy I’m going for the “blow ’em outta the water make the boys WISH they were my husband” road soI’m working out now.  This started because occurred to me that if I quit smoking losing weight should be easy and no one tell me different and blow my dedication you hear!

I’m also trying to eat healthier and get more veggies and less fried foods/pre packaged snacks into me and I love to dip pretzels and other veggie goodies in a nice dill dip but have you ever read the actual fat content on those?  Yeah, they’ll blow any health benefits of your rabbit food out of the window.  So, I came up with my own.

2 cups plain yogurt

1/4 cup mayo (yes, you really need this.  the fat gives a good constancy and the taste really adds to the whole thing)

1/2 cup sour cream

dill, to taste, about 2 teaspoons

garlic POWER, to taste, about 1/2 to 1 tea spoon

salt to taste

cayenne powder to taste a tiny goes a long way.  use very little and there is no heat at all (trust me I’m not a spicy food person)

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate 1 hour minimum.  Longer will give the flavors a better change to really soak through, but a hour will still give good taste.

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What a busy week!

It’s finally fall here and I just love fall, it makes me all domestic and stuff.  The last week around the place has been busy.

Last Sunday Jason’s mom took us all to the zoo.  Kyle seemed to enjoy it and we lucked out with him.  He likes to walk and hold your hand and ride in his stroller, not one melt down the whole day.  While many of the animals weren’t all the interesting to him (the people had a lot of appeal though) he did really like the elephants.  I ended up getting one of those plastic ones that you put your money into the machine and it punches out for you.

The Milwaukee County Zoo also has a really neat train that runs around the zoo.  When I was a kid that was the last thing we did for the day and that’s what we did too.  The train he loved.

Monday my dad called me at work and I didn’t fully understand him, I just heard “need car, mom not well, doctor.”  Thankfully I work for a place that actually means it when they say they are family friendly because I didn’t even fully get the words out of my mouth before my boss was telling me just to leave.

It turns out my dad was having a lot of stomach pain and needed to get to the doctor.  My original plan was to pick him up and having him drop me back at work but when he started telling me his feet were numb and his back was bad and that he was in a lot of pain I asked him if he was sure he could drive.  In typical dad he just said that I needed to go back to work.  I pressed him and he just said “well if you don’t have to go back.”  Yeah, that’s dad speak for “I really shouldn’t be driving, can you help.”

Karen took Kyle for the night, her new A/C and heating unit was being installed Tuesday so she was going to have a Kyle day, and I spent the next few hours taking my dad from the doctor to the hospital for tests.  All I can say is St. Luke’s once again did nothing to impress me at all.  I’m so unimpressed by the hospitals around me I’m tempted to move back into Waukesha County again.
At any rate, dad’s doing ok, though they are still not 100% sure what’s causing the issues.  Fact is, he’s had them for years but over the last 12 months he’s only getting worse.  Scares the hell outta me, I even joked with him that he couldn’t die because then mom would have to live with me.  Between her MS and now having a total knee replacement on October 14th and his GI issues it’s hard not to worry.

Friday Jason, Kyle and I went to meet Ms. Betty to see if she was a good fit to watch him 3 days a week.  Her living room is full of cars, trucks and trains.  Kyle was pissed when it was time to leave.  Betty has three children, two grown and one 15 year old at home.  He came out and started playing with Kyle, it was even sweeter when he heard Kyle fuss because we’d taken away a toy and came around a corner to make sure he was ok.

Two family’s Betty has worked with or is currently working with, are in CPS.  Two license foster homes and one licenses day cares.  If that doesn’t make you feel a little more comfortable I don’t know what will.  She was genuinely excited when I called her Saturday night and asked all sorts of questions about what Kyle likes and who the little dude is.

I’ve also been indulging in home making.  I have a little pillow that’s the perfect size for a toddler, that is encased in plastic.  Of course you can’t find pillow cases to fit so I made 3, with a 4th getting there.  I found I actually liked sewing better than I remembered.  Of course, I’m not all that great at it, but it was still nice to make something just for Kyle from his mommy.

Thursday I made Breakfast Cookies .  Some mornings it’s just plain hard to get something together for him while getting myself ready and these seemed way more healthy than store bought bars.  Also a hell of a lot cheaper.  They’re pretty darn easy, though the dough is sticky so I used gloves while rolling them out.

Saturday Kyle and I made Lemon Ricotta Cookies.  He had fun sticking his hand in flour and watching the beaters of my mixer.  In fact, he got mad because I put him back in the living room while I was putting the cookies on the cookie sheet and into the oven.  He really, really, wanted to see what I was doing.  Kyle really likes puttering in the kitchen with me while I cook.  I give him a big plastic spoon and an old coffee can and he’ll ‘mix’ while I cook.  When he’s bored with that he’ll come over to the computer.  Yeah, I know.

After he went to bed I made meatballs for meatball subs this week while talking to Betty on the phone.  You gotta love Bluetooth there.  It’s a weird feeling having a phone conversion while you’re up to your elbows in meat.  In my continuing efforts to try and get more veggies in all of our diets I put some carrots in the mix.  I’ve done it before and it honestly doesn’t change the taste, except to make them a tad sweeter.

Tonight I made chicken pot pie, and crunchy chicken fingers.  The chicken fingers I par-fried and will finish them in the oven this week when we have them for dinner.

Kyle also went to grandma and grandpa’s today for a little of the Packer game.  Dad is really hopeful Kyle will take after him and not his daddy when it comes to the Pack but he’s happy just to have a little guy to watch the game with.

So that’s about it.  Life around my place.  Exciting no?

Some of the odd phrases.

I’ve had two people click on my blog by entering “roll 4chan” or “how to roll on 4chan”.  People, I wouldn’t tell you how even if I knew.  I sure as hell wouldn’t post it on my blog.  For the record, I’m not a ‘member’ of that board.  I only know of it through Fark.com (linkey pops).

Anyway, I wanted to get a new recipe I’ve been making with good results here.  I got it from Next Food Network Star. The winner Melissa d’Arabian made it on one of the final episodes.  BTW, her show, Ten Dollar Dinners is pretty good for ideas on how to make new dishes on a budget.  And it looks like a lot of her recipes are actually mommy friendly.  Meaning you can make them with a toddler tearing down a baby gate in frustration because you’re having so damn much fun.

Monday Night Chicken (I don’t know if that’s what she calls it but that’s what I do).

1 medium onion

2 cloves garlic chopped

2 tablespoons ( or enough to coat your skillet) olive oil/vegetable oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup left over wine (if you have it, if not no worries)

2 tablespoons butter.

In frying pan (not a none stick one) brown chicken breast once cooked through remove then heat the oil.  Add chopped onion and about few pinches of salt.  As the onion begins to become translucent add garlic.  Pour in the liquids and use a whisk to get all the good, brown stuff from the bottom of the pan.  Add butter.  Cook until the sauce thickens.  Add chicken breasts back and warm.  Serve.
Tip: Chop the chicken up into smaller bits and it will cook faster and be in toddler bite sizes already!

Either tomorrow or Saturday night I’m going to make her salmon cakes.  I’ve been looking for ways to get more fish into our diets and I’m hoping they’ll be tasty.