Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Homeschooling 101

Chairs are so confining.

Sometimes, the best thinking is done upside down.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Recipe (Take My Word For It)

Nate came home from work and asked me what was for dinner. I told him, and he looked horrified. "That sounds terrible," he told me.

"Pretend it sounds good, "I said. "I want Macieo to eat it."

One of these days, that man is going to learn to trust me when it comes to food. I have yet to steer him wrong.

Once he was actually sitting down and EATING the dinner he said, and I quote, "This is amazing! This is seriously so good, I can't believe it!"

Obviously :)

But in reality, this recipe was great. Even Macieo loved it. So that means you should try it for dinner tonight. Or tomorrow. Or whenever. Just try it!

Grilled Goat Cheese and Strawberry Sandwiches

  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked

  • 2 oz. goat cheese

  • 8 slices whole grain bread

  • fresh spinach

  • jalapeno jelly

  • butter

  • strawberries, sliced

Butter one side of each piece of bread.

On the other side, on 4 of the pieces of bread, spread a layer of goat cheese (I bought goat cheese crumbles at Trader Joes, warmed them for 15 seconds in the microwave, and it was very spreadable).

On the other 4 pieces of bread, spread a layer of jalapeno jelly.

Arrange bread in a frying pan, butter side down, over medium heat (you may have to do this in shifts, depending on the size of your pan). Cook until bread is golden brown (pretend you're making a grilled cheese!)

Take one slice of bread with goat cheese, and one with jalapeno jelly. Arrange 2 pieces of bacon, some spinach leaves and some strawberries, and assemble sandwiches.


How Does Your Garden Grow (Day 1)

Here's hoping we get a few edible things out of this mess!

Friday, April 1, 2011

For Now

I'm still thinking that I'll leave the fireplace "au natural" (for now), but did think there were a few things I could do to give it a little update. The outdated gold-ish metal on the grate was really not my style, so I decided to give it a little facelift. I bought a can of spray paint, and some frog tape (which is SO worth the extra money), and went to town. BEFORE: DURING: AND AFTER: Before: After:

I think it gives it a much more updated look, which is great! And the whole project only cost about $15, so you can't beat that.

I'm learning you can do some pretty amazing things with a little paint. A friend of mine recently painted her tile floors, and they looked amazing. I didn't even know you could do that, but now I'm seriously considering it!

I did decide AGAINST painting the kitchen counters. From what I heard, they don't hold up that well, so I guess I'll learn to live with blue.

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