Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yummy Dinner

It feels soooooo good to make a dinner that has your honey purring and later telling you, "That was really good", especially if he is a man of few words and scarcely uses adjectives. Since dinner tonight was a success (and really easy), I think it deserves posting. It is inspired from something I saw Jessica Seinfield make on Oprah the other day, but I didn't get the recipe, and I don't measure, so... here it goes!


Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Root Vegetables


Lemon Rosemary Chicken

1 whole fryer (I used a 3lb. chicken)

1 lemon

rosemary sprigs

olive oil



kitchen string

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Clean the chicken, removing the innards, neck, and tail. Place on a large baking sheet. Rinse the lemon and use a pairing knife to cut random 1/2 inch gashes in the lemon. Stick the whole lemon in the cavity of the chicken. Add 4 or 5 rosemary sprigs to the cavity. Pour about 2 Tbsp. olive oil on the outside of the chicken and give it a good massage. Salt and pepper both sides of the oily bird generously. Tie the legs together tightly with the kitchen string, tuck the wings under the front of the chicken.

Root Vegetables

Parsnips (Look like big white carrots)

Carrots (I used baby ones to save on time)

New Potatoes (I used purple potatoes from Randall's-- AMAZING, and very pretty)

Peel parsnips and carrots. Cut in 1/2 inch chunks. (You can leave the baby carrots whole.) Cut the potatoes in halves. Place vegetables around chicken on baking sheet. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast chicken and vegetables in the oven at 375 for about an hour and a half.


I cheated and used Pioneer baking mix, and they were YUMMY! :)

Hope you and yours enjoy this meal as much as my little family did! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Surf's Up!

This is the border that the previous residents thought was a good idea. It is also the border that Fannie Mae thought was so great they would take the time to paint around it (they painted right over all but one other-- the turtle mosaic in the guest bath--equally impressive).

This is what I discovered when I removed the border! The khaki on top is the paint color original to the house. The blue is the color the room was to coordinate with the surf board border. The WHOLE ENTIRE ROOM (minus the border) was that color blue.

Wall one: completed.
I started wall 2 during Emma's nap today, and I hoped to have it finished before I went to bed tonight. HOWEVER... Emma choked on a Nilla Wafer in the car on the way home from the store and threw up in her carseat. Later on this evening, Clark, while helping me look for something, knocked my glass grease jar onto the kitchen tile. Then, the Cowboys game was on, so I got bath duty. Because these "projects" got a lot of unplanned attention, normal chores have been pushed to this time instead of continuing my dewallpapering, but hopefully I will get much done tomorrow!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Today I took note of the projects I have started or in which I have invested some time and/or money, and I noted how many of those projects have reached completion, and I have determined I have Attention Deficit Disorder.

I bought tons of flowers, ribbon, and clips because I was going to go into the bow making business (at least for Emma Jane). I think I made maybe 5 bows, 3 of which I gave away... The flowers and ribbon are in my craft closet waiting to be used.

I bought yards of assorted flannel to make baby blankets for shower gifts. The flannel is folded neatly, untouched, ungifted, in my craft closet.

Emma's big girl room, currently a guest room, has a nardly surfboard border wrapping around the 4 walls. The first step in getting this room ready for Emma is taking this horrendous border down. About 3 weeks ago, I pulled up a corner just to see how well stuck it was. Three days ago, I tried the fabric softener/water trick. Tonight I tried the iron. As of right now, one wall is done. This is the furthest I have gotten on a remodeling project other than taking out the shower door, but Clark helped on that one.

At MOPS last Wednesday, we made these super cool clip boards that I decided I would make some more of for Christmas gifts. So, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought all the materials (Modge Podge, scrapbook paper, embellishments, etc.) minus the actual clipboards. I figure I will get those at Wal-Mart when I can set aside my dislike of that store and go there.

Just Friday I went to Hobby Lobby and splurged on 6 yards of beautiful decorator fabric to make curtains for the playroom. It is still in the Hobby Lobby bags in my room. I did, however, move a desk and my sewing machine into my room, showing I have great intentions...

Looking at this post is overwhelming! There are so many fun things (yes, these things seem fun to me) that I want to do, but just so little time to get them done. I go from one good thought to another, reaching completion on so few! The craft stores have got to LOVE me!!!!! Imagine the shoes I could buy with the money I would save from not having as many crafty compulsions!

My goal for tomorrow: During Emma's nap time, do my Bible study, and then get out of this comfy yellow chair and get my butt up to the guest room and de-surfboard at least one more wall! I will try to post tomorrow evening to see what really gets done!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fantastic Switch

Lately Emma Jane has been very mommy-centered, partially stemming, I think, from lack of Daddy time. He had some late work nights, softball games, church, etc., and she hadn't gotten to see him much this week. My name (Mommy) was being said more often than ever, and it felt like I was the only one in the world who could meet her needs... slightly overwhelming at times. Last night, Emma re-fell in love with her daddy, and today, Daddy has been the only one she needs. They have made trips to Lowe's together, planted Amaryllis bulbs, carryied dirt around the yard, played football, and eaten meals together. She has insisted that Daddy get her out of her carseat each time and that Daddy change her diaper. I know it's a small thing, but it just assures me that God intended us to parent together... in a pair... Just when I had reached my breaking point, Daddy was there to meet the needs and wants of a somewhat needy and wanty 22 month old! Maybe by the end of this weekend I will be jealous for her time and affection, thus ready to face another week with little daddy time, but at this moment, I am in love with my little girl's love for her daddy!