Camping Recipes?

29 06 2008

In making menu plans for camping this summer, I found this neat site: Chuck Wagon Diner. I really like how the site organizes its recipes into categories including those made in a pie iron. My mouth is drooling for portabella melts and cherry cream cheese pies. Bet you’ve never heard of a grog cake either! With clever use of foil and cast iron, I am going to see if I can get away without doing dishes for the whole trip!
If you have great camping recipes, I’d love to hear them! Thanks!

Building Towers

28 06 2008

I’m very impressed at what our little architect has been coming up with lately!  

My new name

27 06 2008

My little boy is growing up 😦  My two year old is now referring to me as mom rather than mommy.  It’s a little bittersweet.  It’s cute to hear him sound so grown up, but I thought I’d be his “mommy” until he was at least in school!

Organizing Dressers: Works for Me Wednesday

25 06 2008

Works for Me Wednesday!
Is it called a dresser or a bureau?
Either way, life is nice when it’s organized and you can find what you’re looking for. Organization is particularly a challenge for kids’ clothes because they seem to be all over the place.
Well, little labels work for us! I just took a slip of paper and taped it to the inside of the drawer to mark the locations of shirts, onesies, pants, etc. They would look nicer if I had a label maker, but scraps certainly do the job. Now, dad can put away toddler clothes without having to ask where things go. And as new clothes sneak in, it’s a reminder to put or give away clothes that are too small.
When our toddler is older, I’m planning to put larger labels on the outside of drawers so she can practice reading and putting away her clothes!
Visit Rocks in my Dryer for lots of fun Works For Me Wednesday Tips.


PS—–For more labeling fun, visit My Personal Organizer!

Sad Breakfast

24 06 2008

I’ve been trying to eat healthier meals, but breakfast is still a challenge. Here’s my sad breakfast of curves cereal that I couldn’t seem to finish, especially because we ran out of milk this morning. Eating it dry with a side of water is not the way to go. I would have never bought this cereal either if it weren’t half off and then some with a coupon. Yet, since I paid for it, it must be eaten. I can get past the fiberous flavor, but the cereal leaves an aftertaste sprinkled with memories of my old apartment in Brooklyn which was directly above a Curves. This particular branch played ethnic techno at extreme decibels from before I woke up until late at night. But, a few more days and the box will be gone! Please don’t think of sending me a box for my birthday either. I will not laugh!

PS-Kudos to you who stick by Curves. I hope your branch plays more inspiring music and that your workouts are paying off!

Meal Plan Monday in MA

23 06 2008

 Wow, last week has flown by. Our fridge looks stuffed, so I’m putting in 2 days of leftovers, but that might turn into 3… I have a lot of eggs, so I’ll make a couple quiches to freeze.
I’ve also come up with a lunch idea for the pregnant lady (me) to make sure I eat well. See below for more.

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Baked Fish and creamed spinach 
Wed: Teryiaki Chicken and stir fry veggies 
Thurs: Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche and a dark leafy salad
Friday: Leftovers
Sat: Spaghetti and a veggie medley
Sun: Split Pea Soup and ham

Wacky Mac Pasta Salad
Use any noodles you like, but I think the wacky mac is a colorful mix of spirals, wheels, and shells. Add whatever veggies you can stomach–(chopped tomato, cooked broccoli or zucchini, canned artichoke hearts, diced onion, shredded carrot, olives, fresh spinach…)  and some cut up pasteurized cheese (I cut up 2 slices of mozzarella). Use your favorite dressing or pesto and mix everything together. Make it in advance, so that you don’t snack on cookies while making lunch! (Yes, I’m guilty!)

Mock Rootbeer
Pour half of a 5.5 oz can of prune juice in a large glass. Add a can of seltzer (preferably with lime) to fill the glass. Please keep in mind I said “mock”—nothing tastes exactly like rootbeer, except rootbeer itself. I wonder what would happen if I put a 1/2 tsp of rootbeer flavoring in it though?

Eat well at I’m an Organizing Junkie with more meal plan ideas.

My Avid Reader

21 06 2008

I peeked in to check on my toddler at naptime yesterday and found he had fallen asleep reading.  Can you tell he likes Sesame Street?


The baby, on the other hand, has decided to boycott naps the past few days.  Maybe his first teeth will make an appearance soon?  At least he’s happy right now surrounded with a bunch of toys!


Workout Fun

21 06 2008

I just had to share my favorite item from’s Top 10 Ways to Lighten Up at the Gym.  This list gave me quite a good laugh.


Join a spinning class. Halfway through, act like you’re speeding uncontrollably down a hill. Crash into an imaginary tree and jump up, shouting, “I’m okay! Nothing to see here, just keep moving!”



Fun With Fajitas

20 06 2008

I had such a craving for fajitas this week, and a chunk of beef already defrosted in the fridge, that I wasn’t about to be deterred by having forgotten to buy the tortillas. I thought, I’ll make my own! Then I laughed at the insurmountable task of making them from scratch, and tried to figure out what else I could make with the beef. But, curious, I started looking for recipes anyhow. There was no stopping me once I read the taste-bud tantilizing description by the Home Sick Texan that accompanied her recipe for flour tortillas. The recipe was simple to follow, and pretty soon, we had yummy tortillas! I had to substitute 1/2 the flour with barley flour since I ran out of white flour, (A rarity for me!), so I’m looking forward to making them again, because I know they’ll taste even better.

Oatmeal Bread and Sourdough in Alaska

19 06 2008

I tried my hand yet again at making bread yesterday by trying the recipe for Oatmeal Molasses Bread found at  The bread came out tasting a little too yeasty, but overall was very good.  I think part of the problem was that I didn’t read the directions closely enough and put the bread into bake before letting it rise a second time.  Maybe next time I’ll try less yeast and more rising time… My two year old didn’t seem to mind a bit!  He scarfed down his PB&J and asked for more! 

Every time I make bread I think to myself “why don’t I make this more often?”  I find the hardest part is getting started.  The recipe above was pretty easy.  I don’t own a bread machine, I didn’t even use a mixer.  So, reinspired, I forge ahead yet again into bread making.  This weekend’s project is getting a sourdough starter started 🙂 

Sourdough is a big thing in Alaska. The fact that it’s so versitile might inspire me to create a lot more homemade staples (ie the obvious bread, pancakes instead of eggo type waffles, etc). 

Just for fun I looked up ‘sourdough in Alaska’ and here are a few things I found… the Sourdough Mining Company  (we’ve been here- they have the most wonderful World Famous Korn Fritters!!); the Sourdough Visitor’s Lodge; Sourdough Campground; Sourdough Bed and Breakfast; Sourdough Tours; and the list goes on!!

Wikpedia also has some great information on the chemistry and history of sourdough.