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He Said, She Said: Parenting

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}

Setting the Scene: I went over to help a friend of mine last weekend and left all the kids here with Matt. I was gone from early in the morning until well after the kids went to bed. I came home to find the house a disaster and Matt comatose on the couch. The following conversation took place after I roused him from his stupor and asked how his day went.

He Said: I don’t know how you do this every single day.

She Said: Do what?

He Said: The feeding, the drinks, the screaming, the fighting….the endless loop of that stupid whiny kid cartoon. It never stops.

She Said: Oh you watched Caillou. Welcome to my life.

He Said: Does it ever get easier?

She Said: Well. The twitching eventually stops sooo….

He Said: That’s good to know. I guess.

She Said: But that usually just means that you’re dead inside.

He Said: Huh. Great.

The End.



Show Us Your House: Front Porch

This week’s tour takes us to the Front Porch! We made a huge change to our house a couple of years ago by replacing the old blue hardboard siding with gorgeous tan premium siding. I love it. The blue was just….very blue. Take a look at the house in 2010 before we did the renovation.

See. It’s very blue. Of course, the landscaping was top notch back then before Matt started working a gazillion hours a week. I always have grand plans for what I want to do with the front porch but other projects always seem to come first. Anyway, here’s what the house looked like after we did the big renovation.

Isn’t that so much better? The color is kind of a light khaki with a burnt red accent in the front door and the shutters. I love the change. It felt like a brand new house once we made this change. Just ignore the people who refused to get out of my way so I could take a picture. And also ignore the half dead landscaping, this picture is from the beginning of this year when it was still technically winter time.

This is the only picture I found on this computer of the front porch area. Don’t look at my sad half-dead plant, ok? It’s well documented that I have a black thumb, and there is the evidence sitting on my front stoop.  And see that bench up there on the right side of the door? The one that’s waiting for me to find time to actually paint it the same burnt red as the door? My dad made that himself out of scrap wood that he had lying around his workshop. He’s amazing.

So that’s the front porch! Come on in!



What’s for Dinner: Weekly Menu

Monday– Pesto Ranch Chicken Pasta

Tuesday– Grilled Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn on the Cob

Wednesday– Leftovers

Thursday– Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spinach Salad

Friday– Pizza Night

Saturday– Breaded Pesto Tilapia, Yellow Rice, Sugar Snap Peas

Sunday– FFY (Fend For Yourself)

Pesto Ranch Chicken Pasta

1 box Penne Pasta
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2-3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1 can Asparagus tips
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook penne pasta as directed on package. Pour strained pasta back in pot. Stir in asparagus tips, pesto, and ranch. Stir in 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Broil for 2-4 minutes until cheese is slightly browned and melted.

Breaded Pesto Tilapia

8-10 Tilapia Fillets
4-5 cups breadcrumbs
5 T pesto sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Coat each tilapia fillet with pesto sauce on both sides and dip into breadcrumbs until evenly covered. Bake for 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Shared with Menu Plan Monday.



Southern Style Mud Brownies Recipes

 

Southern Style Mud Brownies

 

 

I love Mississippi Mud Brownies, I grew up stuffing my face with them whenever I had the opportunity. I’ve made them before for my own kids but they are not so much a fan of peanut butter or nuts in their brownies. Who are these kids? So I made a new version for them and these were a hit! Plus, they only have 3 ingredients- Hello Easy! Matt wasn’t in love with them but he’s not a huge chocolate lover. I know, I was aghast too.

 

 

 
 
 
Ingredients:
 

1 Box Family Size Brownie Mix (for 13×9 pan)
1 jar Hot Fudge Sauce
1 bag large marshmallows

 

 

 

Prepare brownie mix as directed on package.

 

 

 

 

Pour into a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish.

 

 

 

 

Bake as directed on package.

 

 

 

 

Allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes. Heat fudge according to jar and pour 3/4 of jar over top of brownies.

 

 

 

 

Line top with rows of marshmallows.

 

 

 

 

Broil for 2-3 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and toasted, watching carefully because it doesn’t take long for that lightly browned to turn to charred black.

 

 

 

 

Let brownies cool completely. Pour the remainder of the hot fudge sauce over the top of toasted marshmallows.

 

 

 

 

Slice and serve to a pack of hungry kids hovering by your side. Maybe that’s just my house.

 

 

 

 

Look at all that gooey goodness right there.

 

Southern Style Mud Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Box Family Size Brownie Mix (for 13x9 pan)
  2. 1 jar Hot Fudge Sauce
  3. 1 bag large marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package.
  2. Pour into a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.
  3. Bake as directed on package.
  4. Allow brownies to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Heat fudge according to jar and pour 3/4 of jar over top of brownies.
  6. Line top with rows of marshmallows.
  7. Broil for 2-3 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and toasted.
  8. Let brownies cool completely.
  9. Pour the remainder of the hot fudge sauce over the top of toasted marshmallows.
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He Said, She Said: Olympic Sports Edition

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}

Setting the Scene: Matt and I have been enjoying watching the Olympics every night but it has led to some interesting discussions on which sports to watch. I admit, we are not really into some of the sports. Matt has an interesting habit of trying to turn one sport into a combination of other sports. The following conversation took place while we were trying to pick a sport to watch this week.

She Said: We can watch Field Hockey.

He Said: Isn’t that like a cross between real Hockey but with short sticks and no ice and Polo without the horses?

She Said: It’s Field Hockey. It’s a real sport. How about Hand Ball?

He Said:  Basketball with no dribbling and a smaller soccer net but you use your hands, right? Why don’t they just play either soccer or basketball?

She Said: Again, it’s a real sport. Let’s try Cricket.

He Said: That’s just a weird combination of baseball and that sport where you hit the balls through the little wire things with the mallet looking things.

She Said: Croquet?

He Said: Yeah. That one.

She Said: Canoeing?

He Said: Get real.

She Said: Volleyball it is. You really have no culture.

He Said: Women’s Beach Volleyball. Now that’s a sport.

She Said: I’m going back to Canoeing.

The End.

{Let it be said that I adore beach volleyball. Matt, however, was only interested in Women’s Beach Volleyball and I think we can all guess exactly what captured his attention. Ahem. Canoeing, indeed.}