Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lasagna Night



Today at work, I was inspired for some reason or other to make Lasagna for dinner.

We love some good Italian food in this house, so I wanted to make an extra-fattening, ricotta cheese filled, whole bag of Italian cheese, kind of lasagna.
And, man did we succeed.
In fact, except for my fingers typing, I cannot move a muscle in my body.
Hello heart attack at 24.

The best part though, is that while this cooked:


This occurred:






Lasagna Noodle War!!!
(and after the noodle war, a full 1/2 hour search for the "missing noodle!" that never was)



Welcome to my life.
Truth be told, 
It's pretty awesome.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

The most disgusting, and creative set of Valentine pictures you will see this year...







And yes,
that is my boyfriend's pee art.

Hope your Valentine's Day was as interesting as mine. :]

Friday, February 12, 2010

TGIF

Nothing fixes a bad day like some of this:


1 Part goofy boyfriend



2 Parts Awesome Fire



And a splash of Russell Snuggles.


I love my home.

Hearts

If you've spoken to me recently, I'm sure you've picked up on the fact that I am a little bit addicted to this 'blogging thing'. 
I read all different types of blogs,
a lot of them 'mommy blogs'. 
I don't know what's so appealing about them.
Maybe that I want to have some rugrats of my own someday [NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE THANK YOU],
Maybe the fact that I am 100% TERRIFIED to have some of my own someday.
Maybe mom's are just funnier, wittier, more real about things.
I don't know.
But, one of the blogs I've become addicted to is The Spohrs Are Multiplying .
And I think I know the reason this blog means so much to me.
You see, their little girl Maddie was born premature, and later tragically died of a severe respiratory infection.
At least 4 children in my family have been born premature, 1 died.
It started with my baby brother Cole, moved to my third nephew Brady, and then we faced a tragedy of our own when our precious Lily was taken from us.
Katie, and Carter followed, too early for this world. 
But my mom, my sisters, they were the perfect moms, even before their kids were born. 
They did everything right.
And STILL, their babies were born premature.
And STILL, Lily died,
tearing a gaping hole in our family, in my sister.

I am passionate about this for those reasons.
For my Mom, for Melanie, and for Corinne. 
For the miracle babies they gifted me to love,love,love.
And most of all, for Lily.





If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, or just care,
please click on the link below, and Educate yourself:


I will continue to feature links like the above.
I hope you will click on them.
I hope we can all make a difference.
I hope, most of all, that someday ALL babies will be born Healthy .

Step Two

Secondary Fermentation

Test the specific gravity
[Perfection!]


Set your purchased carboy on the stairs, and secure it - in this case, with B's legs

Have your incredibly sexy boyfriend set up the complicated part

Let it Flow



When the slow trickle annoys you,
move the carboy down a few steps
and the tube up a few inches

Once all liquid, and hopefully minimal sediment, has been transferred to the carboy
Attach the airlock

And snuggle your wine in for another 10 day nap
[Yes, I realize this picture is blurry. The lighting in this house is the suck.]


2 more steps to go!




Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Memorable

Gifting my niece one of her first Barbie's:




You will forever be my beautiful fairy princess, Katie Jade.
and I will always, Always, Love you.


[PS. All props for these photos go to my beautiful sister Corinne, who is the mother of that beautiful child]

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Linen Closet Winery, Take Two

No one seems to believe me that making wine is truly Easy.
Even I, with the help of Mark, can manage not to screw it up.

So, to prove my point
[and because I think it's fun to document]:

The Linen Closet Winery is "brewing",
Italian Pinot Grigio

Step 1
Primary Fermentation

I know it looks like a lot of words, but basically it says this:


Sanitize the materials




Pour the juice from the box you bought, into the bucket you bought. All while the cat watches intently, of course.

Add some water and stir



Test the specific gravity while you cook some crab for dinner
(still on sale at Marsh!)



Add Yeast



And settle it in the linen closet for a five-seven day nap.


To Be Continued... :)