The day that JRob came to town

You remember JRob, right?  He’s Elias’ BEST buddy and he came to town last night.  We even got to visit with him for a couple of hours!  Actually it’s not just JRob who rocks, but his big sister Kayden and his awesome parents Jamie and Rick!

Eli had been checking the door all day long with the other two boys and they were finally here!  Jimmy and Eli gave each other a HUGE hug and Ruby nearly tackled Jamie when she saw her. Seriously, what 3 year olds have you ever seen with a friendship better then most adults?  They were only Ruby’s age (18 months) when they met and it still blows me away the bond that these two have.  It really breaks my heart that his best buddy is so far away.  We’ll have to make Skype-ing a regular thing because Elias cried for over an hour when he left. :(

Sometimes one photo says it all.

Christi - February 19, 2011 - 6:11 am

Oh that pic is so cute!!!! I seriously miss seeing those two play together. “Eli…ba…ball” “ya” =) every morning and all day long. So stinkin cute!!!

Hey LOOK! A naked lady!

Well not really, but MADE YOU LOOK!

Actually this post is about a Naked Lady or really the Amaryllis.  One of my friends was over this evening and she asked me what traditions we had for Christmas. While this one may seem silly, I just love it!

I plant Naked Ladies at Thanksgiving and this gives them exactly enough time (in California) to bloom by Christmas.  The roots to this tradition stem from my Grandma Barbara who always planted these and Narcissus during the holidays (roots, stem, planted…get it…we’re talking about Amaryllis).  Unfortunately, the very strong perfume that the Narcissus lets off is offensive to some (wink, wink, the hubby) so I started planting only the Naked Ladies.  But the part about this that really makes me smile, is that the very first time I learned about what an Amaryllis was, was while driving with my Grandpa Milt.  He worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture and his main job was to go on the road and inspect dairies. He’d ALWAYS take me on the road with him whether I liked it or not, whether I had school or not and, whether I had a date or not.  I’ll never forget the first time he shouted “Hey LOOK! A naked lady!” and pointed out my window. I of course looked and said “Where? Where?! I don’t see a naked lady.” He was pointing to a bunch of Amaryllis on the side of some, what we call, “chicken” road, which is basically an old 1 lane farm road to nowhere that will take you ten times as long to get to where you are going.

And that’s pretty much how my Grandpa Milt has taught me things throughout my life.  With a story (and oh, what stories they are!), a funny example or just taking the time to sit with me and watch the naked ladies grow.

Ruben - December 22, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Your shots are amazing. Please tell me that grandpa knows how much he has influenced your life.

Jalapeño Artichoke Dip.

Yum!  This is a winter party staple, good ‘ole dip!  This time I made a triple batch and it seems to me that you have to make at least a double for most normal size parties and you’ll need to forgive that I didn’t get a final plated picture. It was devoured before I could break out the camera!

I started making this after a good friend brought it to a SC football party at our house, It was a nice change from a typical spinach dip.  Thanks Susie!

What Goes Into it?

Dip Ingredients

  • 1 box cream cheese (rectangular)
  • 1 small can of diced jalapeño
  • 1 small can of diced green chilies
  • 1 small jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 container of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 scoop of mayo

How Do I Make It?

Take the cream cheese out 1-2 hours before you make the dip to soften properly.  When ready to prepare, drain the green chilies and jalapeños, drain and rough chop the artichoke hearts (if you eat one or two here it’s OK, it doesn’t seem to mess up the balance too much). Start mixing with a wooden spoon until smooth.  Add in the mayo and Parmesan cheese and mix until combined.

Put into a baking dish (corning wear or similar works great cause you’ll serve it in the baking dish, and you want it to look nice) Bake at 400 for about 30-40 minutes or until top is brown.  Serve hot with chips, little toasts or crackers.

Oh, and save the artichoke jars…they are great for when you make dressings and need to store them for a bit!

Pork Chop.

No, this isn’t a post about a pork chop recipe.  In fact I have never attempted to even make one, it is however on my list of new things to try for the family.

Tonight while putting down the beasts, (I mean) tucking in the boys. I started with my usual first tuck in, Eli.  Then to Lucas, then Tommy, back to Eli ’cause his blankie wasn’t just so, then to Lucas ’cause I didn’t give him a big enough hug, then to make sure the lights were not too bright or to dim. Then over to Lucas and Eli to break up a fight over the smuggled in Cheese-its.  A glass of water, a potty break and finally they were all back in bed.  “GOOD NIGHT GENTLEMEN!” I exclaimed.  I call them Gentlemen because one day I hope and pray they will turn out to be Gentlemen.  People in the market always snicker when I clear my throat and firmly say…”Let’s go Gentlemen”, or “Okay Gentleman that’s enough”, it’s usually as they are doing something especially bad that this word comes into play.

Where was I?  Oh yea, “GOOD NIGHT GENTLEMAN!”.  That’s when Tommy said, “hey where’s my kiss?”, I said, “I already gave you a kiss” and then he replied “WHAT AM I? A PORK CHOP? YOU GAVE ELI AND LUCAS AN EXTRA KISS”.

Me: “Tommy don’t you mean, What am I? Chopped liver?”

Tommy: “Yeah whatever, Dad says pork chop.  Now, give me a kiss”

Me: “You know Dad always gets those sayings wrong… (smooch) good night, Pork Chop.”

melissa - December 20, 2010 - 9:40 am

HA!! Very funny!

Ya, that’s right he rocks!

So proud of The Hubby!  He was selected as a 2010 FIVE STAR Real Estate Agent!  Go Ruben, Go Ruben, Go Ruben. He really does work so hard and it’s so nice when he’s recognized.

If you pick up the December copy of Orange Coast Magazine you’ll see it for yourself.

FIVE STAR Real Estate Agents are selected as a result of a rigorous research process. The resulting list represents no more than 7% of the real estate agents within their market area.

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