Archive for April, 2012

April 26, 2012

I can’t cook meat, ASL is so cool and WHAT…its almost Mothers Day!?!!??!

I know this might sound pretty much like the biggest lie you have ever heard, but life in Fargo is pretty busy. Since not blogging in what I am too scared to actually check on a lot has been happening. I started singing on my new praise team, Kelsey skated in her 2nd annual ice show, the Currys came for their spring break and we went to the Mall of America, K and I started learning ASL (American Sign Language), my parents came for a visit, Zac attended his Junior Prom and I got accepted to Minnesota State University Moorhead…to name a few. Yeah, I love this crazy life. It is busy, and my house isn’t nearly as clean as it used to be on a daily basis, but I laugh quite a bit.
K and I started watching an ABC Family show titled Switched at Birth. We watched the entire first season (what has been aired) on Netflix. We fell in love with it immediately. If you are not familiar with it, please click here and be enlightened. I have always wanted to learn sign language, and Kelsey has some deaf kids at her school that she always wonders what they are saying to her, so we decided to learn ASL and possibly in the future be able to communicate with the hidden deaf community around us. We are currently on lesson 2 of 30. We have a long way to go, and practicing with hearing people doesn’t really cut it, but we are going to do our best until we meet some hard of hearing or deaf people.
Zac went to prom with his girlfriend.
I had the huge honor of styling her hair. I think it turned out pretty OK.
Doesnt hurt that she is adorable anyway. Zac didn’t look too shabby either 🙂 I was a proud mama. Fun times were had by all.
As far as MSUM is concerned, I don’t know what that holds. I have to meet with a transfer specialist first and see where I stand. I will keep you posted.
Because this blog had an original purpose to include food and recipes, I shall share what I made for dinner last night. We were supposed to have grilled chicken, corn and salad last night. Healthy enough, right? Well, yesterday was a work golfing day for Mike…and he is the meat cooker. I always end up making it dry and rubbery. He tells me lower longer, but I don’t ever get it right. So I figured I would BAKE the chicken. This is what I came up with and let me tell you…it was FABulous!
Preheat oven to 375.
Cut 4 chicken breasts lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil, then spread 1/2 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish.

Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/2 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes.

When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese.

Put dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, just until cheese is melted.

After I melted the cheese for 5 minutes I switched my oven to broil and broiled for 5 minutes more, just long enough to get the cheese lightly browned.

I served with whole wheat angel hair pasta. So tasty! 2 thumbs up from the whole Savory Clan.

And finally…this morning I realized that Mothers Day is approaching. I could have completely forgotten, what with Mike’s constant Fathers Day hints he emails me. Usually Mothers Day is filled with constant questions the week before about what I want. I hate this question. I really do. Just surprise me. Or just be nice to me…all day. I NEED for nothing and barely want for more than that. I like my life.

For birthdays I have started looking at it as a day to appreciate who makes my life what it is. Inevitably, we usually end up travelling for soccer on Mothers Day weekend. People always ask me “dont you hate to do that on Mothers Day of all days?” It seems like such a silly thing to say. I wouldnt BE a Mother if I didnt have kids. Why would I ignore them on that day. Odd.
Today during my lunch break, enjoying leftover baked pesto chicken, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about WHAT I like about my life. Here it is:

I love that my kids can scream at me at the top of their lungs, slam doors, tell me they hate me and that I am the worst mother in the world, go to the basement and ignore me for 2 days because they actually have to do something other than game and I still get a gift card from Starbucks, a massage certificate, a Maroon 5 CD and a bouquet of flowers waiting for me when I wake on Mother’s Day.

I love that Mike calls me on my crazy. It’s not always pleasant, but he knows when to humor me and when to confront me if I’m being irrational or oversensitive or generally a mad woman. He could just ignore me, but he cares enough to let me know (sometimes gently, sometimes not-so-gently), that I need to take a look at how I’m acting, and I’m thankful for the checks and balances. He gets me. We’re different….what partners aren’t… but he understands our differences and takes care of me and knows when Im frustrated with the kids and need “in the nook” or a kind word. He’s a keeper. (Don’t tell him I said that.)

I love that I lost 10 pounds my first 2 weeks of going to the gym and counting Weight Watchers Points. I love even more that my parents came and cooked great food for 10 days and I gained 4 back 🙂

Yeah… I’m a happy little mama right about now.


April 13, 2012

My thoughts about butter!

Mmmm…butter!  My assignment is to blog about butter.  Well, I am a fan!  : )  I have lots of memories of cooking with my mom and grandma, especially at Christmas, and we used butter!  I think it makes everything better.  It makes cookies so much better and other things a lot creamier.  One of my jobs when I was younger was to “cut” the butter so my grandma could mix it in to her cookie recipe.  I would just take a stick of butter and cut it and cut it until it was small pieces.  When choosing butter to cook with, I choose real butter, not margarine.  I know there is a big push to eat the fake stuff to be healthier, but it doesn’t taste as good!  What are YOUR thoughts on butter??