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February 23: Home again

Posted on February 24, 2012

Well, we’ve been home for a day, and although I miss everyone terribly, it IS sometimes nice to be back home!

QUOTABLES.

“There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.”

Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

I read this as applied to a number of places…my current home, and other places that feel like “home”, such as the house of my husband’s parents.  My parents divorced when I was in Law School, so I’ll never be able to go “home” again, and that’s been hard for me to think of lately….I really do miss it….ah…well…I suppose that is just life!

CELEBRATIONS.

February 23, 2012 is…

Curling is Cool Day

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

National Banana Bread Day

National Chili Day

Play Tennis Day

I have always wanted to try Curling!!  I wonder if there’s anywhere near me that offers this sport.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Ooh, we found a couple of Valentine’s books on clearance, and just had to get them for Wee One’s next Valentine’s Day.  Of course, even though they’re for NEXT year, The Mister read one to her tonight!

The Berenstain Bears’ Funny Valentine

By Stan and Jan Berenstain

I can’t wait until Wee One is able to make Valentine’s!

DO RE MI.

I remember first hearing this song when I played it in one of my early piano books.

Lavender Blue

Sung by Burl Ives

To download “Lavender’s Blue” sung by Burl Ives, click below:

Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)

Lyrics 

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

Call up your friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen
Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

Oh, and how I love Burl Ives…especially during the holiday season!

NOURISHMENT.

I had a spicy chicken salad while out to eat recently, and it was delicious, so I tried to replicate the recipe.

Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad from Rally and Meels

Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad from Rally and Meels

Dressing (based on this recipe from the Food Network)

The Food Network’s recipe wasn’t quite right to me, so I modified it as follows:

8-9 cloves garlic, minced

2T Dijon Mustard

2T Vinegar

3-4 T Mayonnaise

1/2 C Olive Oil

Juice from 1 lemon

3/4 tin of anchovies (chopped)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: In a blender, mix garlic, mustard, vinegar, and mayonnaise.  Stream in olive oil.  Add lemon and anchovies, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Salad

Enough romaine for 2-3 people (however many you are serving)

Tomatoes

Rotisserie Chicken

Wing Sauce

Croutons

Directions: Shred the breast meat from the rotisserie chicken using a fork (don’t use the skin), and place in bowl.  Top with Wing Sauce to taste (we used quite a bit).  Set aside.  In a large bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing.  Toss.  Top with chicken and croutons.

This serves 2-3 as a main meal, with lots of dressing to spare…

After modifying the dressing as mentioned above, I REALLY enjoyed the salad….I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the chicken, but The Mister liked it.  I may try a different type of chicken next time…or maybe salmon or shrimp.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 23: Loafing about (aka Bread!)

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ACTION.

Wee One really enjoys viewing things from a variety of vantage points.  So, she just had a blast when The Mister did today’s activity.

Pretend to fly

She loves sitting, standing, being upside down, and flying!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

This is the type of story I find SO interesting!

Why Astronauts Crave Tabasco Sauce by Joe Palca

Excerpt:

Why this sudden interest in hot peppers? Part of the reason may be that after arriving in space, astronauts lose their sense of smell, which largely governs the pleasurable taste of food. An example of this is coffee. “If you hold your nose and sip your coffee, you’re getting just a bitter liquid,” says Hunter.

Why do astronauts lose their sense of smell, and what’s this got to do with a preference for fiery food? No one is sure, but there are some plausible ideas.

I don’t think I’d be very good in space!

WORK IT.

Side Leg Raises with Glute Kickbacks

(from shape.com)

Targets:  Hips, thighs, butt, obliques

Stand behind a bench and hold on to the back. Lift your right leg straight out to the side until your foot is about 6 to 12 inches off the floor, and hold for several seconds. Keep your torso erect throughout the movement and slightly bend the leg that is supporting your weight. Return your leg to the starting position.

Now, slowly move the leg back as far as you can, feeling the contraction in your butt. The knee of your weighted leg should be slightly bent. Don’t arch your back or overextend your leg. Hold for a few seconds before lowering. That’s one rep. Repeat 25-50 times on each leg. Do 2 sets.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

We tried another homemade baby food today: Green Beans!

As with the peas, MUCH more colorful than the jarred stuff, and Wee One just gobbled it right down!

WWW.

A site with wonderful recipes and food photography!

A Food Centric Life

I found this in my search for vegetarian chili.  The Mister makes a WONDERFUL beef chili, but I wanted to find something without the meat.  This recipe looks GREAT!

Vegetarian Chili with Smoked Spices from A Food Centric Life

There are a lot of winning recipes on this site!

HMMM.

Which sport would you rather play: curling, or tennis?

It’s almost the weekend….are you excited?

February 22: And Lent begins.

Posted on February 23, 2012

What a long road trip back home!  But, it was well worth it.  And we got to listen to the GOP debate, which was…interesting.

QUOTABLES.

I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.

George Washington

What a man of foresight.

CELEBRATIONS.

February 22, 2012 is…

Ash Wednesday

Be Humble Day

George Washington’s Birthday

Lent Begins

National Sweet Potato Day

National Margarita Day

Walking the Dog Day

I cannot believe that Lent has begun already.  One of my favorite of all church observations (other than Christmas), at least from when I was growing up, was Maundy Thursday.  Have you heard of that?  My home church did a really moving living last supper….

THE WRITTEN WORD.

I had never read this before, but what a fun way to learn the alphabet!

Dr. Seuss’ ABC

By Dr. Seuss

The rhyming really DOES get stuck in one’s head!

DO RE MI.

I think I sang this to Wee One on the night she came home from the hospital, as my mama used to sing to me

Kum Ba Yah 

Sung by Fran Bea

To download “Kum Ba Yah” sung by Fran Bea, click below:

Kum Ba Yah

Lyrics 

Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah.
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Oh, this song almost makes me cry a bit…I love it SO much.

NOURISHMENT.

In celebration of Margarita Day….

Raspberry Margarita from My Life as a Mrs.

Great blog….and tasty looking drink!  Definitely on the list of summer cocktails!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 22: You say potato, I say sweet potato

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ACTION.

Well, this activity worked a few times in the car.

“AH!”

I said “AH!”, and opened my mouth really wide, and Wee One mimicked this a few times in a row.  We haven’t gotten her to do it since, but we’re trying!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

I’ve always thought waiting tables was a study in psychology…..

How Waiters Read Your Table by Sarah Nassauer

Excerpt:

Called “having eyes” for a table, or “feeling” or “reading” the table by restaurant workers, it’s how the best waiters know what type of service you prefer before you tell them. From fine dining to inexpensive chains, restaurants are working to make service more individualized as the standard script (‘I’m so-and-so and I will be your server tonight”) is sounding dated.

Even chain restaurants like Denny’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill are focusing more on personalized service by training staff to note body language, eye contact and offhand remarks, hoping to make service feel less mechanical. Traditionally, eateries taught waiters to follow a script and push add-ons like desserts and drinks.

Have you ever worked in a restaurant?  If so, have you learned these things?

WORK IT.

Goblet Squat

(from oprah.com)

Targets:  Thighs and hips

Grab one end of a dumbbell with both hands and hold it vertically in front of your chest (pretend it’s a big goblet). Stand with your feet slightly beyond shoulder width [A]. Keeping your back naturally arched, push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body until the tops of your thighs are at least parallel to the floor [B]. Pause, and push yourself up to the starting position.

If that’s too hard: Do the same movement, but without the weight. (You can hold your arms straight out in front of you for balance.)

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

It was a loooooong trip…

Especially for our puppy!  I think he sat/slept like that for quite awhile!

WWW.

Great site with oodles of great content!

Lesley Graham

Gorgeous pics, DIY, recipes, decor…and so much more!  Definitely a super fun read!

Winter Root Vegetable Soup from Lesley Graham

Yum!  Lesley had a former blog at Homemade Grits…I’m assuming she copied her content over to the new site, but wanted to post a link to the old one, just in case she didn’t….it’s a wonderful site, too!!

HMMM.

Are you giving something up for Lent?

I miss everyone already!

February 21: Mardi Gras

Posted on February 21, 2012

Getting ready to head back home…I’m going to miss everyone here!

QUOTABLES.


My grandma always says this, and it is so true.  What a great reminder when things get tough.

CELEBRATIONS.

February 21, 2012 is…

Mardi Gras

National Sticky Bun Day

Paczki Day

Have you ever had a Paczki?  I can’t say that I have!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Such a classic…SUCH a classic!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter

What a little rascal, that Peter!

DO RE MI.

I grew up singing this song…

Kookaburra

Sung by Twin Sisters

To download “Kookaburra” sung by Twin Sisters, click below:

Kookaburra

Lyrics 

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must beKookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for meKookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That’s not a monkey that’s meKookaburra sits on a rusty nail
Gets a boo-boo in his tail
Cry, Kookaburra! Cry, kookaburra!
Oh how life can be

What a fun little tune!

NOURISHMENT.

You know, I don’t think I really understand what a “sticky bun” is…around here, we’re big cinnamon roll folks.  So, I was definitely interested in what a “sticky bun” recipe entails.  This recipe IS different from a traditional cinnamon roll recipe, and uses pre-made biscuit mix, which definitely would make things easier!

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring from The Jones Way

I also found a recipe for lemon sticky buns, which I think I may try someday…an interesting twist, eh?

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 21: Hot Potato!

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ACTION.

I saw this activity in a book, and just had to try it with leftover spaghetti.

Play with cold spaghetti noodles

I thought Wee One would like the feel of the slimy noodles, but she seemed a little grossed out by them!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Who IS Ron Paul, anyway?

Party Crasher by Kelefa Sanneh

Excerpt:

Paul is running for President again this year, in a field that many Republicans find disappointing. And yet, while Paul is doing better, state by state, than he did in 2008, he has conspicuously failed to establish himself as this year’s Tea Party candidate. Polls have shown that voters who support the Tea Party are actually less likely to support Paul—some have gone for Newt Gingrich, whose denunciations of Obama are pithier, or for Rick Santorum, who is more forthright in his defense of “traditional American values.” In South Carolina, where Paul received thirteen per cent of the vote, behind Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Santorum, he did his best among voters opposed to the Tea Party. The Ron Paul movement has grown, but the events of recent years—the rise of the Tea Party, the fights over corporate bailouts, the messy passage of Obama’s health-care reform bill—have done surprisingly little to raise Paul’s standing among Republicans. Last summer, Jon Stewart mocked cable news channels for “pretending Ron Paul doesn’t exist,” and asked, “How did libertarian Ron Paul become the thirteenth floor in a hotel?” The answer is embedded in the question. People don’t think of Paul as a top-tier Republican candidate partly because they think of him as a libertarian: anti-tax and anti-bailout, but also antiwar, anti-empire, and, sometimes, anti-Republican.

What are your thoughts on Mr. Paul?

WORK IT.

Bowling Throw

(from self.com)

Targets:  Shoulders, biceps

Stand with feet staggered, left foot in front of right, a weight in each hand. Rest left hand on front of left thigh; extend right arm behind you, palm down. Curl right arm forward as if throwing a bowling ball (as shown). Lower arm. Do 20 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Wee One’s Grandpa brought tulips home for “the girls” yesterday…

Tulips are my ABSOLUTE favorite!!

WWW.

Looking for recipes?  Looking for DELICIOUS recipes?  Looking for delicious recipes from AROUND THE GLOBE?  Look no further!

Globetrotter Diaries

Yum.  Yum.  And YUM!

Since today is Fat Tuesday, jambalaya seems fitting!

Jambalaya from Globetrotter Diaries

One spicy bowl of goodness…coming right up!

HMMM.

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?

I hope your work week is off to a productive start!

February 20: How very presidential

Posted on February 20, 2012

We sure had a busy day today….how was YOUR President’s Day spent?

QUOTABLES.


There are times I vacillate between wanting things to just remain the way they are, and wanting to make life even BETTER…this quote is inspiring to me.

CELEBRATIONS.

February 20, 2012 is…

Love Your Pet Day

National Cherry Pie Day

President’s Day

World Day of Social Justice

Social Justice—-something that should be appreciated, and attempted, DAILY.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

An Easter book from Grammy, a little early!

The Bunny Hop

From Sesame Street

Hop, hop, hop!

DO RE MI.

Wee One’s Grandpa works on the railroad, my Dad collects model railroad train cars, and my Grandpa loved trains.  So, today’s song is just perfect!

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Sung by John Denver

To download “I’ve Been Working on the Railraod” sung by John Denver, click below:

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Lyrics 

I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
All the live long day.
I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
Just to pass the time away.
Don’t you hear the whistle blowing?
Rise up so early in the morn.
Don’t you hear the captain shouting
“Dinah, blow your horn?”

Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.
Someone’s in the kitchen, I know.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo.

Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o-o-o-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Strumming on the old banjo.

To download “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” sheet music for piano and voice, click here; for the easy piano sheet music, click here; for the piano duet sheet music, click here.

Yee haw!

NOURISHMENT.

Growing up, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of any pie other than pumpkin.  As I’ve gotten older, however, I’ve come to appreciate different flavors, and one of them is that of a good cherry pie!

Cherry Pie from Whisk Kid

Don’t you love the star crust toppers?  Gorgeous!  There are quite a few tasty-looking morsels on this site, including this recipe for “fauxreos”.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 20: Cherry, Cherry Bo-Berry

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ACTION.

Wee One just grabbed onto my water glass today, so I let her try…

Drinking from “big” glass

And, she LOVED it!  She actually slurped up the water, and DRANK it, and even blew some bubbles!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

At this moment, we are watching the American Experience series on the Clinton presidency.  So, this article seems PARTICULARLY appropriate.

The Role of Political Spouses: Decoding an Image

Excerpt:

“Nobody votes for a president based on kind of what issues [his wife will take on] or how competent [his] wife will be,” she says. “It is more a reflection of the man himself.”

Do you have a favorite political spouse?

WORK IT.

Boat Pose

(from lhj.com)

Targets:  Abs, lower back, quads

Sit on the floor with legs straight out in front of you; keeping them straight, raise your legs until they are at a 45-degree angle from your torso. Your torso will naturally fall back, but instead of letting the spine collapse, make a V shape with your body.

Bring the arms out straight in line with the shoulders to balance yourself. Beginners, bend your knees if necessary, bringing the calves parallel to the floor; this is a Half Boat Pose.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Homemade babyfood: Peas!

Definitely much more colorful than the jarred stuff.

WWW.

So crafty, so creative, I am SO JEALOUS!

Dana Made It

This is on the list of “you must visit this site TODAY” sites.

Check out this cool freezer paper stenciled President’s Day shirt…Or, if you don’t need a President’s Day shirt, you can still use the concept/process for other types of stencils!

President’s Day Shirts from Dana Made It

By the way, Dana just had a beautiful new baby this month…a BIG and HEARTFELT congratulations!!

HMMM.

What is the role of political spouses?

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday!  Who’s excited?

February 19: Mint + Chocolate

Posted on February 19, 2012

And even MORE family time…just can’t get enough!  :)

QUOTABLES.

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.  

Leonard Bernstein, The New York Times, 30 October 1988

I wonder if the same thing can be said about conservatism?

CELEBRATIONS.

This week is:

National Engineers Week

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week

National Entrepreneurship Week

National Future Farmers of America Week

National Justice for Animals Week

National Pancake Week

February 19, 2012 is…

National Chocolate Mint Day

WOW.  I really appreciate each of this week’s weekly celebrations….SO MUCH to celebrate.

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Oh, this book is so super cute!

Just Like You

By Jan Fearnley

Wee One, you are VERY SPECIAL…

DO RE MI.

Such a classic.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Sung by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell

To download “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” sung by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell, click below:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Lyrics 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!When the blazing sun is gone,
When there’s nothing he shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!In the dark blue sky so deep
Through my curtains often peep
For you never close your eyes
Til the morning sun does rise
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

To download “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” sheet music for piano and voice, click here; for the easy piano sheet music, click here.

The perfect lullaby.

NOURISHMENT.

Chocolate + mint.  Yum!

Chocolate Mint Pixies from Shared Sugar

This is a great site…I mean, how wonderfully artistic is this picture?  I’d like to try this recipe for Toasted-Coconut Custard Tart.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 19: A fruit of grapes (aka grapefruit!)

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ACTION.

I think Wee One may be getting the hang of this activity…

SO big!

We say her name, followed by “…is SO big!”, and raise her arms up.  FUN!

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Oh, Downton Abbey, how I love you so!

Dining After ‘Downton Abbey’: Why British Food Was So Bad For So Long by Maria Godoy

Excerpt:

Before the war, Britain had a robust food culture. As cookbooks of the era attest, middle and upper-class cooking standards were actually quite high, Day says. “Some of it was very technically dazzling and difficult to do.”

Cooks and their assistants, he says, were often highly skilled at very advanced cuisines. Take, for example, the “fancy ices” that were all the rage at the end of the 19th century. Ambitious cooks would use specialized copper and pewter molds to create elaborate ice cream delicacies in the shapes of swans, doves, even asparagus — all without the benefit of modern refrigeration.

Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?

WORK IT.

Wide-Stance Squat

(from realsimple.com)

Targets:  Inner thighs

(A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.

(B) Slowly lower for two counts into a squat position. Hold the squat for one count, then straighten your legs for two counts to go back to the starting position.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

The Mister made a spaghetti and meatball dinner tonight for everyone….SOOOOOO good!

Ah…I just have to say it again…SO GOOD!

WWW.

Warning: Do not visit this site while hungry!

Scarletta Bakes

This site has some MOUTWATERING recipes…especially if you like baked goods!!

Dulce de Leche Sheet Cake from Scarletta Bakes

I should mention….this site has more than just baked good recipes, so even if you don’t have a big sweet tooth, I still urge you to head on over to look at the recipes!

HMMM.

How would you define “conservative” and “liberal”?

For those of you with tomorrow off for President’s Day, I wish you a wonderful extra day of “weekend”.  For those of you heading back to work, wishing you a wonderful Monday!

February 18: Cheers!

Posted on February 19, 2012

Oooh….lots of family around today.  I JUST LOVE IT!!

QUOTABLES.


Sometimes I’m in a wine mood, and sometimes I’m more of a mixed drink gal.  Now, by “sometimes”, of course, I mean once a week or so!  (Don’t want you to get the wrong impression!)

CELEBRATIONS.

February 18, 2012 is…

Crab-stuffed Flounder Day

Drink Wine Day

National Battery Day

Pluto Day

Hmmm….I wonder if there are days to celebrate EVERY planet….

THE WRITTEN WORD.

This book is one of Wee One’s favorites from her Grammy…they read it every time we go to visit!

Pajama Time

By Sandra Boynton

Oh, Sandra Boynton, you DO write such wonderful stories!

DO RE MI.

Wee One’s great grammy said today, “It’ll be what it’ll be.”  Which, made me think of this song!

Que Sera Sera

Sung by Doris Day

To download “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, click below:

Que Sera Sera

Lyrics 

When I was just a little girl,
I asked my mother, “What will I be?
Will I be pretty?
Will I be rich?”
Here’s what she said to me:”Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”When I was just a child in school,
I asked my teacher, “What will I try?
Should I paint pictures”
Should I sing songs?”
This was her wise reply:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”

When I grew up and fell in love.
I asked my sweetheart, “What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows
Day after day?”
Here’s what my sweetheart said:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”

Now I have Children of my own.
They ask their mother, “What will I be?”
Will I be handsome?
Will I be rich?”
I tell them tenderly:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.
Que Sera, Sera!”

To download “Rolling in the Deep” sheet music for piano, voice, and guitar, click here; for the easy piano sheet music, click here.

For some reason, the only memory I have of this song is playing it on the piano at MY grandma’s house…such GOOD memories.

NOURISHMENT.

I like crab, and firm white fish.  The combo is okay to me, but I guess I prefer them separately.  However, in honor of one of today’s celebrations, I looked for a “Crab stuffed flounder” recipe.  And, ya know what?  This looks pretty good!

Crab Stuffed Flounder from The Butter Dish

This site has lots of great looking recipes…you should give it a look!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 18: Time for wine

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ACTION.

Wee One has a LOT of toys.  (I say they’re more for the Mister and me than they are for her!)  But, I should have known that today’s activity is one of her favorites!

Play with bowls, and other (SAFE) kitchen utensils.

She constantly wants to play with big kid stuff (computers, remotes, cell phones, dishes, etc.), so it’s really no wonder that she had a BLAST playing with plastic bowls and a spatula today!

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Republic?  Democrat?  Independent?

What?  Me Worry?  By David Weigel

Excerpt:

The headline spoiled the column. James Pethokoukis, the chart-loving opinion-maker at the American Enterprise Institute, started with a warning: “How Republicans can win even if the economy keeps improving.”

How they can win? Had Pethokoukis lost the rights to his old pieces like “Obama Faces Worst-Case 2012 Scenario” and “If Obama Loses, It Will Be Because of This One Chart?” All of a sudden he was drawing up Republican battle plans based on contingencies, concluding that the party “just might” win if everything remains stagnant.

We’re living through the phony war of the Republican primary. Barack Obama’s buoyant poll numbers aren’t surprising anyone. The bigger worry is that Obama will get to preside over a solid economy. Republicans will re-enact the Bob Dole juggernaut of 1996. That’s not how this was supposed to work.

Do you have any thoughts about the upcoming presidential race?

WORK IT.

Tailbone Lifts

(from marieclaire.com)

Targets:  Lower ab muscles

Lie on your back, arms stretched straight over your head and legs fully extended and crossed in the air. Exhale and lift your tailbone, then slowly lower as you inhale (don’t just drop — resist on the way down). Repeat 30 times.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

Wee One’s Grammy made cookies today.

They are bakery-worthy!

WWW.

I want to learn to sew SO badly, ESPECIALLY after viewing today’s site.

See Kate Sew

It. Is. PHENOMENAL!!!  Kate is one awfully talented chica, FOR SURE!

Don’t get me wrong, though…this site has more than just sewing!  There are lots of OTHER wonderful projects, too.

I think I could maybe manage this scrap map…if only I had fabric scraps!  (Any suggestions on where to find some??)

Scrap Map Tutorial from See Kate Sew

This would be SO perfect to hang somewhere in our house…argh!  I need to get crafting!!

HMMM.

Do you have a favorite type of wine?

Still a few more days of family bliss….yay!!!!

February 17: Acts of kindness

Posted on February 18, 2012

Spending time with grandparents is always SO WONDERFUL!  Wee One is one lucky wee one!

QUOTABLES.

I read this quote to mean beautifying things, not only in the “physical beauty” sense, but in living a life that is kind and honest and full of grace….helping to ensure that those around me are content, and happy, and feel cherished….

The features of the week are:

TOYLAND.

I had no idea Wee One would like these cups as much as she does.

Green Sprouts Stacking Cups

They’re inexpensive, and she loves to watch us stack them, or chew on them on her own.

WEARABLES.

I adore one-piece rompers/outfits for Wee One.  It makes the decision of “what to wear” quite easy, and they are SO cute, too!

Rompers

The rompers we’ve had for Wee One so far are mainly from Old Navy…they are long-sleeved, with hoods.  However, I saw this at the Gap, and thought it was aDORable for spring!  (I think they paired it with a little jean jacket.  I mean, how cute is THAT?)

FABULOUS FINDS.

SUCH a neat idea…make a mold of your pet’s paw print, and form into some sort of accessory.

Paw Print Accessory


This is made as a necklace, but I also think could make a great keychain or something….

WEEKEND TO-DO LIST.

We are visiting relatives, so this weekend’s to-do list includes:

1.  Baking!

2.  Visiting with family

3.  Date night

Regular features are:

The Dailys:

CELEBRATIONS.

February 17, 2012 is…

Random Acts of Kindness Day

What a wonderful celebration!  An entire day to do something kind and fun for others….oooh!

THE WRITTEN WORD.

Wee One’s Nana got her some books for Valentine’s Day, and this was one of them.

Fox in Socks

By Dr. Seuss

I had never read this before (shocking, I know!), and it almost made me chuckle out loud!!  Love it!

DO RE MI.

Oh, musicals are SO FUN.  I saw Bye, Bye Birdie when I was a Wee One, and am such a big fan.

Put on a Happy Face

From “Bye, Bye Birdie”

To purchase and download “Put on a Happy Face”, from “Bye, Bye Birdie”, click the link below:

Put On A Happy Face

Lyrics:

Albert:

Gray skies are gonna clear up,
Put on a happy face!
Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
Put on a happy face!

Take off that gloomy mask of tragedy,
It’s not your style.
You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad ya decided to smile!

Pick out a pleasant outlook,
Stick out that noble chin,
Wipe off that full-of-doubt look,
Slap on a happy grin!

And spread sunshine all over the place, just
Put on a happy face!

Put on a happy face!

Put on a happy face!

And if you’re feeling cross and bickerish
Don’t sit and whine.
Think of banana splits and licorice,
And you’ll feel fine!

I knew a girl so gloomy,
She’d never laugh or sing,
SHe wouldn’t listen to me,
Now she’s a mean old thing!

So spread sunshine all over the place, just
Put on a happy face!

Sung by Dick Van Dyke…SO awesome!

NOURISHMENT.

In the fall and winter months, I often crave a warm bowl of savory goodness, with a slice or two of crusty bread or toast alongside.  This fall we were on the west coast for work, and this winter has been UNSEASONABLY warm, so we haven’t had THAT many days when I’ve just wanted to curl up with soup or stew.  However, this recipe looks DELICIOUS, and I hope to have a day like that soon, so I can make this!

Creamy Mushroom Stew from Paleo Diet Lifestyle

Actually…why wait for a bitterly cold or snowy day?  (After all, we may not get another one this year!)  I think I’ll make this when we get back from our trip!

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 17: Birds of a feather

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ACTION.

Oh my!  Wee One laughed a lot while The Mister did these with her…

Leg stretches

She especially liked doing the splits!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

Rap and Opera….I sort of like both, but I know people who are adamantly opposed to them, and refuse to listen to either genre!

Why Do People Hate Rap And Opera? By Tom Huizenga

Excerpt:

Opera and rap take work to appreciate — perhaps more effort than many of today’s music consumers are willing to expend. In an age when more and more music is available to anyone’s ears, are we turning into lazy listeners? Is it too easy to download too much, to acquire everything but actually hear nothing? Does any time remain to fully appreciate a complete hip-hop album, let alone an entire opera? It also takes work to enjoy music that’s as in-your-face as opera and rap are. With all the melodrama, social consciousness, violence and intense vocal styles, they certainly are not musical wallpaper.

Interesting….

WORK IT.

Pilates “Swimming”

(from prevention.com)

Targets: Whole body

Get Started:
1) Lie on your stomach with your arms extended in front of you. Legs are straight and squeezed together. Squeeze your butt and abs and imagine you’re drawing everything into your belly button.

2) Keeping your legs on the floor, lift your upper chest and flutter your arms up and down like you’re swimming. Do this for 10 breaths and bring your head and arms back down to the floor.

Make It Harder:
Lying on your stomach, keep your arms and head down. You can use your hands as a resting spot for your forehead. Lift your legs and kick them up and down without touching the ground. Do this for 10 breaths.

Try the Challenge:
1) Lying on your stomach, this time lift your arms and legs simultaneously and alternately kick the legs and arms like you’re swimming.

2) Continue until you’ve inhaled and exhaled for 5 seconds, then release. Do 3 sets. Eventually work your way up to minute.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

I am definitely NOT the world’s best decorator, so I definitely admire people who are good at this.

Even something as simple as a wreath can really spruce up a bare wall.

WWW.

A site with the categories home, family, food, life, and fun…um….WONDERFUL!  :)

Blissfully Domestic

Lots of great ideas for nearly every aspect of life!

I mean, how cute are these Oreos for Valentine’s Day?

Oreos for Valentine’s Day from Blissfully Domestic

Cute + Easy!

HMMM.

What type(s) of music do you prefer?

Time for more family time.  I love it!

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