Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I just had to send you this recipe. It's SO much better than that last one I've shared. I am hooked!!! (I think it's the lime)

2 cans black beans, drained, about 30 ounces
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced green onions
1/4 cup diced pineapple
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch ground cumin
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.


P.S. It's a (hunky) Guy Fieri recipe.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Sorry I haven't written in a bit. To be honest, I haven't been in the mood for chit chat and letters and such. I am trying to have a better attitude though so....

I am also trying to eat healthier. I read something not long ago that listed 8 foods that we should be sure to eat daily, and that's what I am focusing most on right now is being sure to consume these certain foods, maybe later I will omit other foods that I shouldn't be consuming- but that's not what it's about for me right now. Anyways, sweet potatoes were one of the things on the list. So last night I tried this Sweet Potato Hash that was in a magazine I recently got. It was so very oddly delicious.

I finally finished the Blind Side. I bet you thought I already had finished it. But I hadn't, I kept pausing and reading other books. It was just so.... nonfiction! haha! But near the end it got into Michael Oher's childhood more and it was SO sad but just amazing to read what he's overcome. Sometimes I think I have this thing called life way too easy.

I better go, I left my cell phone at my mother in laws, as you know, and I need to run and get it today.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dear Lorinda,

It is an absolutely beautiful day here so I'm going to have to make this short so we can get out and enjoy the weather.

Since you do dessert pretty much every Monday night, then maybe you could move breakfast night to Tuesday or Wednesday. That's the simplest solution, wouldn't you say? Then maybe Monday could be Mexican Monday! Enchiladas, tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, burritos...the list could go on and on.

I must be going now. Little Judson and I have some outdoor fun we need to get to!


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dear Ani,

It sounds like you had a fun and exciting weekend. You asked about mine, but I can't even remember it. So I reckon I didn't have as much fun as you did, eh?

My last couple of days have been interesting though. Rae has a friend in Hilton Head that she spends a few days with every break they get in school and another family friend of ours said the next time Rae stays with her friends to please bring Naomi so she can stay with her daughter that is Naomi's age. And that was this Sunday. So Naomi and Rae have been gone since Sunday. I've known for a while the difference it makes to have a child away from home, it changes everything. Now I see the difference of having two away from home. And I really don't like it. And yet, it's been just me and Zoe for the girls and that's been fun. I keep asking her if she misses her sister and she doesn't hesistate to give me a "nope".

I like your idea of Monday Night Breakfast, I've even thought of it, we even often have a breakfast for dinner on Monday. BUT we always (almost always) have dessert on Monday for Family Night and dessert after something bready like French Toast doesn't seem right. Although dessert after omelettes do. Is that weird? But I know it doesn't have to be Monday. But it's just been a part of my thought process.

Right now I am reading The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. I love his description of the main character. I think I've discovered that it how one can know if someone is a good writer, in their description of people. I must share-

His name meant Prince, but he was anything but princely in appearance, with his oil-splashed vest, his untidily knotted longyi and his bare feet with their thick slippers of callused skin. When people asked how old he was he said fifteen, or sometimes eighteen or nineteen, for it gave him a sense of strength and power to be able to exaggerate so wildly, to pass himself off as grown and strong, in body and judgement, when he was, in fact, not much more than a child. Be he could have said he was twenty and people would still have believed him, for he was a big, burly boy, taller and broader in shoulder than many men. And because he was very dark it was hard to tell that his chin was as smooth as the palms of his hands, innocent of all but the faintest trace of fuzz.

Well I just got the call to meet up with my friend to pick up Naomi. I don't get Rae until tomorrow, and I always meet up with that friend at the movie theater. Isnt't hat fun, her trip always ends with our families meeting for a movie. This time Rae and her friend and I will watch The Last Song while Naomi, Zoe and my friend and her son will watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Nolan, I am not sure about it, if he's coming, and if so, what he'll watch, because neither one is his kind of movie. Although I think he'd get a kick out of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Anyways, gotsta run! :)


Monday, March 29, 2010

Dear Lorinda,

It's Spring Break and I'm SO excited!! Oh wait, I don't have any kids in school so it's just like any other week.

How was your weekend? Mine was quite good. It started out with a good dinner Friday night. You may have had a million calories in one day on Thursday, but I had a million in one meal Friday night! We went to Olive Garden. As you know you get salad and bread sticks with your meal, however, we couldn't resist ordering an appetizer. I can't remember the name of the appetizer, but it was amazing and thinking of it now makes me want to go back and get it again...RIGHT NOW!!! Then we ate the salad and bread sticks. Then our dinner came, and by that point we were pretty much full. However, we still ordered a dessert! I don't know what was wrong with us. Ok, maybe I was the one that really wanted the dessert. I can't remember the name of the dessert either, but they were fluffy little Italian donuts that came with chocolate, raspberry, and caramel dipping sauce. I mean really, can you believe we ate all that in one sitting? See, a million calories!!

After dinner we went bowling. It's been a couple of years since Jud and I went bowling. It was a lot of fun, but of course a lost, which meant I had to give Jud a massage. That's what I suggested we play for, and of course he agreed because he knew I would lose! Can you believe he'd take advantage of me like that?

Saturday morning our family ventured out to go on a little hike. Unfortunately, we didn't realize how cold it was outside. Poor little JT was freezing by the end of it, and I felt guilty since I was the one that suggested we do it. Then, after we went home and little JT had a nap, Jud took him to Home Depot while I went out to some antique stores. Unfortunately by that time it was almost time for them to close, but I still enjoyed it. I got little JT the most darling little hat from the 1950's. Unfortunately when I say little, it is so little that it doesn't fit little JT. But for only $5 I don't regret the purchase and I know that there will be other little ones that came along that will be able to wear it before it's too small for them. One of the cutest parts about the hat was that it still had the original sales tags on it. One the inside was the tag that said the hat was $1.98, and on the outside was a bigger tag that said "SPECIAL SALE....98 cents"

Of course we had church yesterday. The parts that I got to hear were good. Little JT was on one yesterday and it was impossible to sit through the meeting with him.

So that was my weekend. Was it way more than you wanted to hear about? I do apologize. It just feels nice sometimes to have another adult to "talk" to about what I've been up to.

I've been thinking about your asking for my suggestions to add to your Friday Pizza Night and Saturday Night Lunch. My only suggestions are Monday Night Breakfast and Wednesday Night Appetizers. But if I think of anything more, I'll let you know. I was going to suggest a soup night, but I think the weather is getting a little too warm for that. But perhaps that could be a night instituted during the Fall and Winter seasons.

Sorry this letter is so long! Hopefully you made it through with out falling asleep.


Friday, March 26, 2010


Yesterday I consumed a million and one calories. I ate puffy Cheetos, I drank soda, I had lots of different kinds of chocolate. It was insane. I kept waiting for my body to scream no more but it never did, it just kept letting me, without the slightest ache in my belly. I didn't stop until guilt set in. It was crazy! I think I'm crazy! But today is a new day and I am determined to do better. So far I've only consumed water. But... it is only 8:30 AM.

Just an FYI- there is no need to read The Notebook before reading The Wedding. The book stands on it's own. But you never told me, did I remember right, that Noah died in the movie?

Today is the last day of school before Spring Break. The little girls have Easter Egg Hunts at the school today that they are pleading with me to attend. It's always after Spring Break that the kids start gearing up for Summer Break and fizzling out on homework and such. And I start fizzling myself, forgetting to sign papers and all, so I need to try not to do that this year.

This year Naomi ran for May Day Princess. I've complained to you in the past about how each class in the girl's school elect Princesses for their class. Well in 5th grade, the 5th grade girls can run for THE May Day Princesses. The biggest honour. And I don't know if you remember, but she's always been extremely sensitive about winning (well, losing) and many a tear have been shed over this (stupid) Princess thing. Well, she ran this year and didn't make it and she handled it all quite well. I could see the disappointment in her eye but she took it like a big girl and focused on how happy she was the a friend made it and she moved along with her day. I think she's growing up!

So when I mentioned expanding my Friday Pizza Night and Saturday Night Lunch to more assigned nights, I somehow expected you'd have some ideas and thoughts on that. Do you not?

Next weekend in Gramma and Grampa's Easter Egg Hunt. Maybe you should have saved your trip here for that! It's so much fun, the kids look forward to it every year. It's SO big, the hunt, that we don't even do an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday morning anymore. And really, the kids could go without candy in their basket come Easter morning because they'll still have a billion pieces of candy left over.

I better get along with my day. I hope your weekend is great and hug and kiss that baby for me!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dear Lorinda,

I don't have much time. Well, I do because little JT is napping, but I want to utilize this time to read my book (The Nanny Diaries.)

I took little JT to the pediatrician this morning for his 18 month check up...3 weeks late. He is weighing in at 28.5 lbs and is 34 inches tall. He just keeps growing and growing. When will he stop?!

Glad you survived your camping trip, and had fun even! I think I want to read "The Wedding." I have actually read "The Notebook" (I own it) and would love to read more about their families story. Although I kind of feel like I need to read "The Notebook" again so I can remember it all.

Ok, must get to my book!