Easy Pesto

Got a lot of basil?Mad at your doctor?Like to use your blender?Make pesto. It’s what basil bearing, doctor bashing, blend-aholics eat. No pressure.Easy Pesto2 giant handfuls of basil leaves (1 1/2 – 2 cups)Olive oil (about 1/2 cup)1-2 cloves of garlic1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated1/4 cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pecans all work well – you can toast them for even more flavor for 10 minutes in the oven on 425. Not necessary though.)Salt, to taste1. In a blender or food processor, add basil, Read more […]

Chicken Lo Mein (Better than China Express Down the Street)

Sometimes during the day I don’t do what I’m supposed to. I don’t wash the dishes. Or clean the floor. Or pick up toys. Sometimes instead . . . . I blog. I love to blog.I love to write down all the crazy thoughts that go on in my head that scare me sometimes.And probably scare you too. Sorry about that. The other day I was blogging. I was very serious. Type, type, typing away.But my kids wanted to play.Sheesh. But I wanted to blog.”Calm down.” I’d say.”Quiet please, so Mommy can work.” “Mommy Read more […]

Hearty Vegetable Soup with a Basil-Garlic Dressing (Pistou Soup)

It’s definitely full on Spring in my lovely town of Houston.Though, some days it feels like summer.  Hot, hot, hot. And by hot I mean 84 which isn’t really very hot. Only just PERFECT.For me, this means its time to start digging in the soil, and roaming around the plant nursery in search for really wonderful FLOWERS.Not leaves.I’m no horticulturist.I don’t love all types of plants. Well in theory, I love all plants. Maybe.  But if I’m truthful, the petalish ones have the upper hand. Basically, Read more […]

Creamy Bowtie Pasta with Cheese, Tomatoes and Peas

This is my nephew, Cole. He’s 3. And really cute. He has been flowering up my life for the last 5 days as he plays, and smiles, and hugs, and kisses. He’s very, very, friendly. With a very small bladder. The combination can be lethal. On a recent trip to the public restroom after a long ride in the car watching DVD’s, Cole told a stranger in the restroom that we were watching a movie about her. She chuckled, looked at me and smiled. “What movie are you guys watching?” she asked eagerly. “Oh. Read more […]

Whole Wheat Crock Pot Lasagna

New Year’s Resolution #2 :  To Lose Weight. Maybe. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – So here’s the deal.  My butt giggles. I mean jiggles.  Who am I kidding,click here it probably giggles too. In a related matter: I had pee in the sheets 4 times this week. Not my pee. Other peoples pee. See yesterdays post. The toilet exploded. Guess who had to clean that up. Also, that precious pudding pie that I like to call angel sent from heaven, left this for Read more […]

Product Review – Jovial Einkorn Pasta

Something you don’t know about me.I am a complete Prehistoric History Nut.Love, love, love all things Caveman and Dinosaur Age.  Maybe that’s where my love of Halloween stems from.  Big headed hairy men with gigantic brown teeth. Super scary repitilian monsters.  My kind of party.So, if you want to get me to eat something, tell me it dates back to Neolithic Period, and my mouth quite literally starts to water.  Tell me to try this pure, ancient species of wheat that was grown roughly12,000 years Read more […]

Homemade Garlic Soup – How To Cure An Upset Stomach

It’s 12:30 am.There’s a knock on my bedroom door.It’s Shelbi. “Mommy, I don’t feel good.”I roll myself out of bed, head first, completely out of it because I had only just arrived there 30 minutes prior.I convince myself to move one foot in front of the other, as I sleepily go answer the door.Yawning I say, “Huh? Who are . . .I mean what do you want?””My stomach hurts. I don’t feel good.  Mommy, please.” She stammers.”Yeh, um, sorry ’bout that. Come into my bathroom and I’ll get you some medicine.”We Read more […]

Pasta with Peas, Beans, and Bacon – Back to School Easy Weeknight Dinner

Yesterday was the first day of school in these parts.  We planned every. single. detail. out.Shelbi informed us she would set her alarm for 5:45 a.m., get dressed, and then wake Bella up at 6:15 a.m. so they wouldn’t be late.Bella informed Shelbi that she was crazy.Lunches of pudding, juice, and cheese and meat sandwiches were gathered and placed in their appropriate lunch boxes.Fancy shoes were worn, and hair was curled and tied.Warwick took the entire day off to chronicle the event.  We thought Read more […]

Asian Garlic Noodles

I have this little girl, who is the bee’s knees.I love her till the end of forever.  But, this little girl, has a bit of an old soul.  She’s so responsible, so incredibly reliable, and completely steadfast about following rules.  Sometimes it’s a little scary.  I just want to tell that chick, “Calm down.  It’ll be alright.”  But I know it won’t work, because somehow she wears the weight of the world on her shoulders, almost like she’s some reincarnated world leader.Anyway, this little piece Read more […]

Spaghetti with Homemade Marinara Meat Sauce

Today everyone is getting on my nerves, being totally obnoxious and not getting my jokes. Which might mean that I’m not really very funny, which in turn really urks me.My eldest daughter, Shelbi is trying out for next year’s school play, Alice in Wonderland, and has refused to allow me to help her. She wanted no coaching, no tips, no suggestions, no nothing. I tried to explain to her that Mommy is an excellent actress with a real knack for the dramatic, but she wasn’t trying to hear it. “Did Read more […]