Dinner from the Pantry/Freezer/What Have You

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The other night our dinner plans fell through, and I was faced with either taking my children to the grocery store at 4 PM, which is a though too terrible to be faced, or getting a little creative with what was around.

Chicken thighs out of the freezer, baking staples, carrots, celery and frozen peas became Ellie Kreiger's Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie.  I omitted the green beans because I didn't have any, so I just upped the rest of the veggies.  It was delicious- and tasted even better because no Kroger trip was involved in its preparation.

 A bag of butter beans was unearthed from my freezer.  I boiled them up with some chicken broth and a generous amount of butter to disguise their lack of, um, youthfulness. No freezer burn was detectable.  Success!

Finally, some baked cinnamon apples.  Just slice up some apples, toss with a little brown sugar, little butter, and a lot of cinnamon.  Maybe a dash of lemon juice, if you have it/  Then bake for about 45 minutes at 375 degrees until the are soft.  A side dish and dessert!

I was perhaps excessively proud of myself for the way this all came together.  No one else in my family appreciated how amazing it was that I pulled a complete meal that pleased everyone out of thin air.  Obviously, they do not understand domestic genius at work.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, always keep some chicken and vegetables in your freezer, carrots, onion, celery and apples in your fridge, and flour in your pantry.  Prepared in the face of any culinary emergency.

Five on Friday

Friday, September 18, 2015

1)  My new bedskirt and oversized bolster is now on my bed!  Operation Master Makeover is now getting kicked into high gear- I can't wait to show y'all the finished product!

For the commenter who inquired, the fabric is Robert Allen Neo Toile Coral, and it is gorgeous!  You can find it for quite a steal if you do some poking around online.  I found it on Amazon of all places, for less than $20 a yard, plus free shipping (thank you, Prime!)

2)  Dell Harper has begun dance classes (she has now roped me into soccer, dance and is still doing "nastics".  I am that mom I vowed never to be and she's only 3.5).   First class went well- her bestie is in the same class, which always helps, even as an adult.

3)  New rug in the living room- as part of my updating of decor, I snagged this 9x12 oriental style (made of poly-whatever) from Rugs USA,  over the Labor Day weekend- 80% off!  It takes some digging through the website, but their deals cannot be beaten!  Free shipping and a great rug for under $250?  Very pleased.



I'm reading her new book, and just subscribed to Hulu to watch season 4 of The Mindy Project.  It's been so long since I have watched a tv show that I cared about!

 5.  Although it's still ice cream weather here (hurrah for free baby cones at Bruster's, right kiddos?), I do have fall clothes on the brain.

I'm not interested in the weather falling below 70 degrees, mind you.  Or the days shortening.  My interest only pertains to fall fashions.

Like this fun dress and wrap coat from the Limited, both on sale for 50% off currently.  The Limited is my secret weapon for mall clothes that other people don't have- great deals, good colors, and great basics for work or nights out.

Here I am in my dream Boden life. . .
Look how cute I my imaginary self is!  Just chilling in a big cozy sweater, free of child yogurt stains, and pointy toe heels, free of foot pain, grabbing a book out of my perfectly organized bookshelf.  Tra la!

Instead I am in pjs, typing away as I ice my foot (plantar fasciitis), and trying not to doze off while the kiddos watch Sesame Street and fling (my) Fage all over the place.  Ahhhh, reality.

Thanks to the Five on Friday ladies for hosting the linkup!  

On a far more serious note, please say prayers for Christina and her family as they need them greatly, with a scary diagnosis for their infant son.

Thank you as always for reading and commenting!  

The Best Diaper Rash Remedy!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In decidedly  prosaic matters, Deeds have a perfectly awful diaper rash a couple weeks ago- the kind that just spreads and spreads.  Not wanting to go to the pediatrician to get the prescription cream that zaps it, I pleaded with one of my favorite nurses for some home remedy wisdom.  Here it is!

Mix equal parts athlete's foot cream, cortisone cream and zinc oxide diaper rash cream.  Spread it on the rash, and voila!  Deeds' was cleared up in about 6 hours.

My life is so glamorous, I know.