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


“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!


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.


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!


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)


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!


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.


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


Rotisserie Chicken

Wing Sauce


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.


February 23: Loafing about (aka Bread!)

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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!


This is the type of story I find SO interesting!

Why Astronauts Crave Tabasco Sauce by Joe Palca


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!


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.


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!


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!


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

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