Thursday, May 7, 2009

The best laid plans....

why do they always fall apart? Today HC and I looked forward to having our day together, shopping, eating, bonding. What happens? I get sick-4 times-at the Mall of America. Nothing like a crazy looking woman running through the mall looking for a bathroom. We never made it to Ikea, so no meatball for lunch, half the items on our list are still on the list, and 12 hours later I still feel like doo-doo.

We did manage a few tasks before it went to hell in a handbasket.

We found this:

This is her Graduation dress. We went through about 18 before this became the winner. Please ignore the shampoo and squeegee behind it-I cropped a photo, but accidentally trashed it and didn't want to start all over since my head is bobbing up and down now......

I found a few lame things for my hubby for our anniversary next week-after all this time together you wouldn't think we would each need a list-we did, and I couldn't find the stuff on his. I improvised!

We also made it to Penzey's

and found some great smells I can't wait to use.

My garden is showing a little progress.

Got in some tomato plants, the peppers were expanded and the onions are starting to pop through the earth.

I also picked this tonight

and am trying to come up a recipe to use this and the strawberries in the fridge. I have a recipe, but want to jazz it up and hoping inspiration will come to me soon and my sheets are in the dryer and I want to put them to good use!

I hope to have some inspired dish up tomorrow, but it is our weekend to work so sometimes sleep just takes priority over cooking :)

Now I am looking at a disaster of a house and no one is inclined to help me pick it up. These next 4 weeks will probably kick my butt. I'll be so glad when 6 o'clock rolls around on June 13-there will be a cooler of beer next to my lawn chair that is sitting by the fire pit.

I tried something new on Tuesday for dinner, but have no photos of it. I put it in the crock when we got home for work and before crawling into bed. I dished it up and popped it in the lunchbox while my camera sat in the bedroom. I was going to make some individual pot pies for dinner the night before, but we worked in the yard so long we ended up with a beer and a hotdog. I couldn't do them in the individual baby pie plates I bought since I couldn't warm them up at work in metal. I took all the ingredients I was going to use in the pot pies and put them in the crock pot. I cut up 4 potatoes and put in bottom of crock. I took a bag of mixed frozen veggies and pour that on top of the spuds. I took skinless, boneless thighs and breasts and placed on top of veggies. I took a large can of Cream of Chicken soup and poured on top, spreading it over all the meat and squished it down in the pockets of space. Put that baby on low and slept for 7 hours. It was so good! The chicken was tender, the veggies were tender and the soup made a nice sauce. I will definitely make it again as I got thumbs up from everyone at home.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there-hope you have a great day being treated to all sorts of fun stuff (we work-yippee!). Call your Mom, if you are able to, and say thanks.
I'm off to bed-only 1.5 hours of sleep in last 40 plus hours, so I think my head may have hit the keyboard a time or two, as this post is all over the place. Had it not taken me well over an hour to get all the photos and such in, I would probably delete it. Hope you can make heads or tails out of it!


Donna-FFW said...

The dress is gorgeous. It was worth trying 17 others on!! I wish I had a Penzeys near me!! Sounds like a fun day!

Melissa said...

Your garden looks like it is really coming along. Before you know it you will be showing us what you are cooking with all of those fresh veggies.
Happy Mother's Day!

Happy cook said...

Beautiful dress, sorry to hear you got sick during your shopping day, 2 weeks ago we went to ikea and we had their meatballs, i think even before we get there we all tell hmmmmmmmm we are going to have the meat balls aren't we.
I have delicious recipe with rubharb and strawberry, will post them on Monday.

Bob said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well. I love Penzeys, I wish I had one closer to me.

Dawn said...

I love IKEA! I do not like those meatballs. When I ate those I was running for the bathrooms a few times. Nooo thank you.
God bless ya for gardening....I hate that stuff

noble pig said...

Okay, the dress, I want it when she's done with it. A Penzy's field trip...I am so jealous.

I hope you feel better!

Spryte said...

I hope you're feeling better by now. =)

Very pretty dress! I have a Penzey's a couple miles from my house and go there often!! I LOVE it!!

I LOVE to see garden pics!!