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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good not for me

I am making belgian waffles for dinner.....(mcdaddy might not be impressed...maybe that is why he isn't home yet)

and...I had lunch meat (honey turkey..if you really want to know) for breakfast.

I can do that....I am the mom, or at least I keep telling myself that.

I need an intervention, I needa, needa almost demand a  hypnotist....

I needa, almost demand an aversion to bread...and pasta....and sweets....and ice cold cokes....

but I can't know it......or I will fight it....

but heaven knows my mommy muffin, thunder thighs and bubble butt need an intervention.

But maybe tomorrow...I have to scarf a waffle with homemade buttermilk syrup made with real butter.....that was churned by the 8th graders on pioneer day.)  It is good not for me...well maybe the amount that I will probably consume, I will probably pass up the antelope sausage though....see I can say no to some things...

I will only eat one, I will only eat one, I will only eat one, I will only....

Maybe I can even exercise too......and get a  tan.....while I work on gettin the farm...

I did however buy a planet saving BPA aluminum water bottle....and remembered to bring the camera to #5's preschool graduation and picnic.   There, I feel better about myself. 


too fat for her fat pants but saved the planet....that's a potato...not me..though I could probably be one...all the starch flowing thru my veins

Monday, May 24, 2010

102 Reasons (ok...ten) why MY Kids Need the FARM

I have thought this through...since I was like eight......

and stayed my cousins that did live on the farm....

and they had it all.  They still do!

They were my inspiration.....still are....

They knew how to work hard and play hard.....still do!

In fact, if you go to my grandma's house....and look really hard through the stacks of magazines that probably date back to 1952, you will find my renderings of my ranch.  I had it all planned out...down to the fence.  It's the type A in me.....unfortunately for my kiddos, I didn't get the ranch and take my type A personality out on it ....they get me to plan their lives ........one day they will thank me for it......

at the therapists office....I tried, I really did!

#10 - The kiddos need a few garden rows to weed before they can go out to play - and I want the warm fresh tomatoes that I can bit into and have the sun ripened juice drip down my chin and onto my white blouse....because that always happens...to me.

#9 - The kiddos need a screen door to slam and a front porch to jump off of as they run to meet their friends....and I need the sound to remind me of how grateful I am for each one of those slams as my kids come and go.

#8 - The kiddos need a high wooden pole fence to scale and sit on as they watch dad work, big brother ride....or just the sunset. And I need to admire and oogle at my wrangler clad husband leaning up against it.  It's good for the blood.

#7 - JD...and all the mckiddos need a dog..not a lap dog..a goodness for real dog that keeps them company and protects them...and barks for joy.  I need one to scratch behind the ears as |I go up the porch to remind me the jo9ys of childhood...and to lick the floor clean underneath the said mckiddos!

#6 - The kiddos need to pull in their jeans and sheets, and white shirts off the clothes line, drink up the sunshine smell right then and there before they put them in the basket.  They need to feel the crisp cloth of the jeans as you pull them on - I need to feel how they make my stomach feel flat...because we all know that isn't going to happen anytime soon!

#5 The kiddos need to be able to pull on their cutoffs and sneakers, grab an inner tube and go float down the crick (Phonetically spelled...cuz I don't say creeeek)  kicking an splashing the whole way.  The girls shrieking when they realize the boys are going to dunk them.

#4 - My kiddos need to gather the eggs, and watch the foals play in the field, they need to watch the lambs being born and they need to milk the cow.  They need to watch the life cycle and realize that it is as God intended.

#3 - They need to know that their neighbors will not only tell their mama when they do something naughty, they will protect them when someone else tries to mess/gossip with/about them...because that is what you do in small town USA....and so that the cops don't get called when you are out on the four wheelers/throwing firecrackers/shooting bb guns.

#2 - They need the farm so that they can grow up with the door unlocked, the windows wide open and taste/feel/breathe in the night air, the curtains blowing in the breeze and the crickets making music, the rain on the roof and know that they are safe.

#1 - They need a farm because their mama needs the farm...to teach them to work hard, play hard and enjoy doing it both.

My city dwelling friends...I will visit you...I promise....I still love to feast on Sushi and see and feel the rush of humanity in the city.....but I need my space the rest of the time.

Love yer guts, one and all, city and country folks.

Keep praying for me.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Reasons for Lasagna in the Morning.....

Yesterday was a day that was busy...but not much got done....two of my 10 reasons......you can't argue with these....

You know those days?  No..you are always productive...your knitting leprosy bandages as we speak....

Well at least there is one of us...

As for me.....I got dinner ready at ten in the morning.....because well.....I knew it was going to be one of those days....it was....my bread rose....and then fell...because I took to long at VT.....still edible, just not pretty.

.....but even after that dinner was a success..........My mackdaddy loved it....that is ALWAYS a good thing.

The old saying if momma aint happy......well in our house....

If daddy aint fed right........jk...my lover...who does read this.....

I made Chicken Veggie Lasagna....I have heard it called white lasagna and tuscan lasagna.....any way you call it.....just get into my belly....

Can you name that movie...there will be a prize at the end if you can....HA....

Here is the recipe as I made it, but I am sure there are many good ones out there......but you know this one was a keeper if the kids ate it...and it had mushrooms and spinach in it!!!!

9 to 12 lasagna noodles
1 c. cooked chicken, chopped (you can use more chicken, but I wanted to concentrate on the veggies)
2 c. water (you can use chicken broth, but again I was avoiding the sodium)
2 c. milk (I used powdered milk)
1/2 c. flour
2 c. (16 oz.) Mozzarella cheese or whatever cheese you have on hand
1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. (16 oz.) cottage cheese
1 (10 oz.) pkg. chopped spinach, thawed and drained and excess water squeezed out
1 (10 oz) can of mushrooms
1 med. onion, chopped (approximately 1/2 c.)
2 cloves garlic,or garlic powder
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
Cook noodles...the best way I have found.  Bring water to a boil, put noodles in, bring back to a boil, boil 3 minutes, turn off stove, cover pot and let set for ten minutes.  Perfect pasta! 
Using left over chicken for this recipe would be perfect, or open a can or if you are like me, grab a couple of tenderloin pieces and boil in a small amount of water.  Pull out, cool and then dice.  Smaller is better...it goes further.
Melt butter in saucepan, add flour, garlic, salt. Smells wonderful! If you are using your food storage powdered milk, stir the powder into the flour and then into the butter, then pour in the water when it call for milk. It will make the white sauce a little thick, but it will come out just fine once the water is added. 
Cook, stirring constantly until bubbly. Remove from heat. Add milk and Water/chicken broth a little at a time, beating to a smooth consistency each time. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. 
Add onion, basil, oregano, pepper, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese,  cheese, chicken and mushrooms, stirring until cheese melts. Use 9x13 inch rectangular pan.
In ungreased 9x13x2 inch rectangular pan, pour in a thin layer of sauce, I strained out all the veggies and chicken and put it back in the sauce. Layer 3 or 4 lasagna noodles, overlapping if necessary. Spread 1 cup of cottage cheese over noodles, 1/4 of cheese sauce, 3 or 4 noodles, 1 cup cottage cheese, chopped spinach,  Layer 3 or 4 noodles,1/2 of the remaining cheese sauce, slayer generously with cheese. (Com'on this is lasagna...don't be stingy with the cheese!) 3 or 4 more noodles, remaining sauce, sprinkle with parmesan.

I let this set for a good 7 hours before I cooked it (I think that is the trick to a good lasagna!) I cooked for an hour and a half at 325...which was perfect...I was gone.  But I think most people would cook it at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes, then take out of oven, layer generously with mozzarella....I had the real nice gooey stuff today...so all was right with the world!  But any cheese would be good too!  Put back in oven until top melts!!

I have to say, this lasagna was almost better then the "regular" lasagna.....it just melted in your mouth!!!

Let me know how you like it!

Mackdaddy said it was a keeper.....so you know it was good...in his eyes....
...and it was a good thing I had such a yummy dinner to hold me through the night......we (I...mackdaddy was awake but laying there listening and rooting me on to my motherly duties, while he laid cozily in our blankets) were up with one of the twins about every hour....fun times...I hate teething!  I was ready to pop some leftovers in the microwave last night...but only one eye it would focus...I just went back to bed....
it might work for breakfast though....

Love yer guts all you!  
Thank you for you comments, your emails, posts and calls......thank you for being such wonderful examples of superheros!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Few Thoughts

To blog or not to blog...that is the question...

Ha...it should really be..I have to wait for the hot water in the shower being that three large family members have already had showers.....and two of them take a really long time.

I should probably be folding laundry...never ending...but I already made sack lunches, so I figure I am good...for a few minutes....and the mctwins are still sleeping!

Everyday I am in constant amazement at the awesome wonderful women that surround me...that blog..that cook..that take care of their families...dress beautifully....look gorgeous..have babies....make dinners for their neighbors...are soccer coaches, run or bike 60 miles....I am tired just typing that...but you do it all!  And your homes are organized too!!!

How do you do it?!

So as you ponder that....let me tell you what I am pondering.....

Should I homeschool...yes....really...that is what I am thinking.

My sister is on board with me...that is important....

My husband, not so much...that is very important!

I am also pondering where we should live...and should I give up my dream of owning my little piece of farm pie for the sake of my kids getting a little more room to stretch their burgeoning wings and not having their mother all up in their business....all the time.  Though I think as a mother...that is my business.

I ponder how and when my milk will finally dry up...because my milk ducts are killing me! And will I survive this end of a chapter to my life saga.....my babies quit me...on their own...they didn't ask....just quit!  First mctwin #1..in Hawaii...I thought maybe it was too hectic....

Then mctwin #2...she picked up strep...and decided it was too painful to eat...she didn't even think what it would do to her poor mama!!! (and daddy....no touch, please!)  I can totally relate to the bawling cow when her farmer is late or her calf has run away from home! The agony.  .....and no...cabbage leaves didn't even work....

a week later...we are still goin strong....er ...rather...rock hard...I wouldn't weigh in with my sister....the milk jugs weight ten pounds each!

I wonder if you really see all the dust on my floorboards when you come over...or if you care...

I care...I just have time to get to them....and my kids did them...but they think that every other foot is fine.  It might have to be.

I think about how long until my mackdaddy can retire, so he can stay home with me all the time.  I miss having him all up in my business.

Oh, wait thanks for the reminder, I have like..... 20 more years......

Just a few thoughts that ramble through my mind.  I would like to hear your comments.  really..I would....well some of them...

love yer guts,
Painfully Engorged Deep Thinker

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Anything is possible......isn't it?

I had a wonderful post all ready to go...it was all thought out in my mind about why my kiddos needed the farm...

but today.....

I wonder.....

can I handle the added responsibilities of it all.....

how did my aunt and uncle do it all.....

how have the millions of others before?

I can't seem to get a handle on my house....

one mess after another, I think that if I could just get it all clean it would stay there....or I could keep it there.

Maybe I should just move!  And just throw away, throw away, throw away!

That's right kiddos...mama is throwing away...now if I could just throw away my books.....I am pretty sure that everything else in the house would be easy.

Now, listen, I am not a hoarder...I just have seven kids...and a husband, and a scaredy cat fish....in a town home.  We need to move...

but is "the farm" the right answer...tell me Marnie...how's it going down that way?

Can I handle the farm?

Maybe if I get dressed for the day...I could better answer that question.

but in the mean time.....I will share this with you.....it made my day better, click on the title...it will change your day too.
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