It’s not about me.

I really hate my neurotic days, you know the ones where I am actually so foolish to think I’ll get through my to-do list with 4 children around.

I tried to take a shower and watched as Ruby got into my makeup and intentionally sprinkled gold dust powder all over the snow clothes we borrowed from our neighbors. She looked right at me as I told her “no” through the shower glass. She shook her head, smiled and devishly dumped it right into the CLEAN pile of clothes.

Next, I tried to sit down and check email. I then realized that Ruby and Eli had disappeared into my room for what appeared to be 2.5 minutes. They locked the door and ate at least 15 Hershey’s kisses while using my duvet as a napkin. THEN! as I am in the horrid laundry room (stepping over the piles of dirty laundry) trying to get the chocolate out of my duvet, a fight breaks out between Tommy and Lucas, so I go into referee mode and pull out the yellow card (see previous soccer entries). Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, responds by throwing a cup across the island and shattering it.  Meanwhile, Eli was still screaming in time out and Ruby started winding herself up in the silk drapes (I don’t have many fancy things in my home for this very reason, but my drapes bring a somewhat sense of tranquility to my being) and it was right about then that I wondered…why I stopped doing drugs all those years ago.

As my nerves were getting more and more frazzled, I yelled at the kids “You’re ruining everything. Can you guys just stop destroying things?!!” and then from the mouth of my five year old son came something that literally took me to my knees and made me cry.  “No Mom! YOU ARE RUINING ME!”

It’s almost noon and the kids are still in their PJ’s. Lucas has been playing Lego Star Wars for over 2 hours (ya ya, I allowed my kid to play for 2 hours instead of reading a book…shoot me now), I put Ruby to bed and Tommy and Eli are watching TV (ya ya, I know).  UNCLE!  Why doesn’t that work in real life?

So there it is folks.  It’s not about me, or the things I need to accomplish. Clearly. I am now taking a sip of my cold coffee.

melissa - January 7, 2011 - 12:54 am

How can kids seriously be so destructive?!!! We have had quite a few similar incidents lately also. When do they go back to school?

I wonder if this was her view.

Tomorrow, we sled!

In preparation, we begged, borrowed and stole (well not really) all we could so that we’d be warm and comfortable while visiting the snow.  I am not a snow type of person myself but thanks to our wonderful neighbors we are now prepared.  Even down to Ruby.

I really don’t think she knew what was coming when her big brother Eli convinced her to get on the sleigh, sit still and hold on as they went down the stairs.

I found them laughing together, at the bottom of the stairs.

Easy Wedge Salad

Easy Wedge Salad

What Goes Into it?

Salad Ingredents
  • 1 Head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 Pint of grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 Ripe avocado, diced
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced thin
  • 1 Cucumber, chopped and seeds removed
  • Blue cheese crumbles
How Do I Make It ?

Cut the Head of lettuce into 4 (or 6) depending on how many kids you have. Add green onions, avacado, grape tomatoes and assemble on a plate.  Sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles on top and dress with Blue Cheese dressing (still trying to perfect a homade version, Bob’s big boy is a good option).

[…] garnishes on the table so everyone can pick their favorite. Serve with Buttermilk Corn Bread and East Wedge Salad. Posted in […]

Vicki Strauss - January 3, 2011 - 5:41 am

Anji- Here’s a great blue cheese dressing I’ve been making for years:

1 Tbsp good white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil (garlic olive oil is excellent here)
1/2 cup fresh cream
1-2 Tbsp mashed blue cheese (I use Point Reyes brand – mild and creamy)

Whisk all together well, then add sprinkle of pepper, dash of cayenne and a squeeze of lemon. Mix again and adjust seasoning as needed (more blue cheese, etc.) Then mix in new additions and allow dressing to sit at least 20 minutes. Thin, if necessary with milk or cream.

anji - January 3, 2011 - 5:50 am

Thank you Vicki! I can’t wait to try it. Sounds great.

Buttermilk cornbread with honey butter

Buttermilk cornbread with honey butter

What Goes Into it?

Cornbread Ingredients

  • 2 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature, well beaten
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and
    cooled slightly

Honey butter Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
How Do I Make It (corn bread)?

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9×13 metal baking pan.

Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a seperate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, eggs and butter until just combined. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture until combined, don’t over mix. The batter will be much thicker than most boxed mixes. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the center. Let stand in the pan for at least 5 minutes. Serve with Honey butter.
How Do I Make It (honey butter)?
Let the stick of butter soften on the counter for an hour or so and add honey, then whisk until it’s whipped and fluffy.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

[…] in the oven and set out garnishes on the table so everyone can pick their favorite. Serve with Buttermilk Corn Bread and Wedge Salad. Posted in […]

G e t   S o c i a l
B u t t o n ,   B u t t o n   w h o ' s   g o t   t h e   b u t t o n ?