Five on Friday

Friday, April 24, 2015

1.  Sangria Tea:

I know I should be drinking water, water, water (if we lived in the perfect world the prescribed regimen would be diet coke, diet coke, diet coke, but whatevs).

I drink a lot of water, but I also drink a TON of iced tea.  I would happily drink a gallon or two a day. Luckily for my waistline, I prefer unsweet with no sweetener.  Usually I make big pitchers of Lipton, but sometimes a girl gets lazy and doesn't feel like boiling water.  I spotted this black tea concentrate from Tazo- I can't stop drinking it.  I found it at Target- go try some!!

2.  I ended up cooking last night, foiling my plot to not dirty up my kitchen all week.  Luckily this barely counts- super simple, super easy, and little fuss or mess.    Oven Baked Fajitas for the win!  Delish- especially with guac, and a little queso drizzled on top.  And refried beans.   And some more cheese.

I used two bell peppers  instead of one because I had them on hand.  Next time I will cut the chili powder waaaaayyy down, because it was too much for the kids and me.  Sidenote- I used to LOVE spicy foods, but ever since pregnancies I have no taste for them.  Bizarre, no?

3.  Crispy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Trader Joes:
Morgan just came in and said "There's some cookies in the pantry from Trader Joe's- what happened to them?  Didn't you just go there on Monday?"  Hmmmm.  My reply?  "WHAT?!?  I can't hear you- I'm drying my hair!!" (frantically pulling out hair-dryer and blowing it on desert-dry hair).

These little boogers are good.  I made the mistakes of (1) taking both children to the grocery store without a list (that has actually happened 3 times this week, thanks to lack of menu planning and list making- a hell of my own devising, people),  and (2) going when I was feeling quite peckish.  Snack foods aboundeth in my little red cart.  I will never buy these again.  They are addictive, and not too bad for you.  That's a problem because I will justify another few without hesitation.  Also, broken ones don't count, and I think my box went through the ringer.  Oh, well.  Oatmeal is healthy, right?

4.  The bathing suit hunt is progressing- I finally realized that I am not going to have time nor the inclination to go to an actual store and try on bathing suits.  Enter a couple of online shopping sprees- thank you Zappos for free return shipping, Land's End for returning to Sears, and hopefully I will like the Modcloth ones (thanks, Kate, for the rec).

Thanks to the above-mentioned cookies and guacamole, I also had the foresight to order some cute coverups- Zappos had a great selection.  I loved all these from Echo Design:




5.  Finally, I hope everyone enjoys these FNL parody and a ginormous glass of white wine this weekend.  Thanks, Amy Schumer for making me laugh while thinking about gender issues.



Thank you to the Five on Friday ladies for hosting the linkup!

Thoughts for Thursday

Thursday, April 23, 2015


  • DH is having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in a week.  I am alternately terrified of the recovery process, and thrilled that she will start sleeping again once she can, you know, breathe at night.  Sorry dear child for all the times I fussed at you/didn't let you watch your favorite show/bribed you with toys that you never could get due to your recent inability to sleep through the night.  Sleep apnea is a bitch.

  • I need a cute bathing suit for an upcoming girls' weekend at the beach.  I am forcing myself into a two piece.  COURAGE. But therefore I need the cutest, most flattering, bestest swim suit EVER.  Easy right?


  • I have had no desire to cook a thing this week. I think I am going to manage the entire week without having to- Monday I picked up a casserole from a to-go place, Tuesday made a veggie frittata, last night was church, tonight spaghetti from the freezer, and restaurant food hopefully Friday.  Busy work week + laziness = clean kitchen.

  • I have been finishing up my paintings- bright, happy colors to match my mood.


  • I have a great idea for a website.  www.whatplantisthis.com  You just upload a picture of the plant you are trying to identify, and someone e-mails you back with the answer.  Genius and useful, no?  Don't steal it.  Right now, I just use texting my mom, but a website might be easier for all.

  • Not a two-piece, so not applicable to my bathing suit quest, but I really like this number from Anthropologie.  Normally I am averse to boy-leg styles because 1) I am a girl and 2) don't like things chopping into my thighs.  However, this seems really cute, and helpful on days when you have been quite as, um, dedicated to a hair removal regimen as one should.

  • Whelp, that's about all that's rumbling through my brain.  A sad state of affairs, indeed.  Find me bikinis, ladies!  Old lady ones preferable.
Thanks as always to East Coast Chic and Home of Malones for hosting the linkup!


Thoughts for Thursday


Kid's Strawberry-Almond Quick Bread

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Dell Harper received a subscription to Highlights magazine from my mama for Christmas.  I eagerly awaited the first issue, fondly recalling the great craft ideas and little stores. As an adult?  Hmmm, not so fond.  The stories are not as I remember, although I believe DH enjoys them, as I have had to read them several times.  I do like that's she's getting into the "spot the difference" game.  This will serve her well later in life, when she is playing bar games with the guys.  Photo Hunt was a perennial favorite at our local watering hole- especially the version featuring scantily clad ladies and gents.  Ahhh, the dollar bills I wasted on computerized bar games and jukebox selections in my youth. . . a life well-lived, indeed.

Back to a less-risque topic, I still remember when I (i.e. my mom) made this AMAZING aquarium out of a sprite bottle, some pipe-cleaners, and cardboard fish, as instructed by Highlights craft page.  It sat on my desk, and served as an excellent distraction to homework.  Soooo, when Dell Harper came running up begging to  make "this cake with strawberries, MOM!!!!! We can mix it!!!!!!"  my resistance was futile.  Especially as we had the ingredients on hand.



To my surprise it was good!  Miss Priss thoroughly enjoyed it, and made Pop-pop eat it as well.  With some trepidation, we were all relieved to find it quite tasty.

I modified the amount of spice and vanilla, and used almonds instead of walnuts.

Strawberry-Almond Quick Bread:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced into small pieces



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl.  Beat with a mixer until batter is pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice to the bowl.  Stir.
  5. Fold in the nuts and strawberries.
  6. Pour into a greased 8 inch loaf pan.  Bake for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Dell Harper had a great time making and eating her creation.  Surprisingly, my stress level and kitchen-cleanliness level remained at acceptable levels.  Enjoy!