Party Time

June 18, 2008

I decided to have a MidSummer’s Eve party.  It’s a party/art show for my kids.  They love to draw and create- this way they can show off their work and we all can enjoy some nibbles and a beautiful night.  It’s been in the low 80*s recently after a spate of 100*+ days, so it will be perfect.

I’d love to say I thunk it up all by myself, but I didn’t.  I found the art show idea here.  I was researching summer projects for kids.  Isn’t that great?  Although instead of kids coming over and doing the art, I decided to just have my kids do it.  School JUST let out, and most people are coping with the new schedule.

 What am I serving?  Glad you asked!  I plan to have decorated cut-out butter cookies; a sort of bean dip with black beans, brown rice, lentils, peppers, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, etc. (with tortilla chips); cheese and crackers; curried chickpeas;  strawberries and grapes, and baby new potatoes.  And then I’ll have a variety of drinks like lavender lemonade, sangria, blackcurrant juice and fizzy water, etc.  Sounds good, doesn’t it??  Not very Scandinavian, but that doesn’t matter.

Well, the chickpeas are finished baking and my laundry is done, so I should get some shut-eye.

OH!!! One last project- I started this Martha purse– and I will finish it and make another one. 

I didn’t think it was hard- I only have the stitching on the handles yet to do.  I DO suggest clipping and pressing the seams open- something they fail to do.  I mean, with all the curves- DUH!!!  And the outer and inner fabrics don’t lay together right if you don’t. The handles are a bit wonky- you can’t clip the seams, so the curves aren’t exactly smooth.  But it’s quite easy and looks cute.



Where have you been??

June 15, 2008

Where have I been?  Where have YOU been?!?!?

I’ve been……..busy.  Like one-armed paper hanger busy. I had 2 jobs for a while, in addition to my job as chief bottle washer and meal maker. (This is where I do my bad imitation of the Jamaican family on In Living Color- remember that??)

But, now it’s Summer, and rug-rats are out of school…….whooo HOOO!!!  At least I don’t have to pack lunchboxes or get up at 6:30 a.m. for a while.  But, I will be constantly surrounded by the kids.

I’ll give an update on other stuff later (isn’t that the death-knell for me?  hopefully I’ll do it).  I’m working on the Father’s Day meal. The typical ribs, macaroni salad, spinach, coconut cake, etc. DH and the kids are out canoeing and I’m ALONE!!!! Happy MOTHER’S Day!!!!

Here is something funny:
Logo There are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


It even gives one stats about your given and surname!

Here’s my maiden name:
Logo There is
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I SO want to know who she is!!! 

I made these refrigerator pickles yesterday- pretty good.  I added pickling spices and an extra 1/2 c. of vinegar- and i used 1c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. apple cider.

If you are a former 80s teenager, this video will bring back lots of memories.

And lastly, if you like utterly stupid humor, watch this. Hilarious! At least the first time you see it……..

I’m off to cook and do a little cleaning.

P.S.- I’m still doing my photo-a-day project! Half done, 6 months to go.