The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-11-14

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weekend round up - Ghetto Bay, Swatching Frenzy, Filofax love, and a whole other language

1.  Bay leaves - Or is it bay leafs? - I'm making a bean soup and as always when I make soup I think, Should I put in a bay leaf? Because they drop those puppies like crazy on cooking shows and then I think, Ugh.  No. 

So - Do I have low-rent bay leaves - or bay leafs -  Are there good bay leaves...and ghetto bay leaves?

2.  Painting the bathroom - Well, not so much.  I've only got as far as swatching the bathroom but Boy Howdy! do twelve shades of aqua make a design statement.

3.  My kid  changed his college major to English, it was originally Science. He loves Science but that involved all this high fallooting edumatcational math - Calculus being the least offensive turn of mathematical events.  He didn't want to make English his major because he'd have to take a language (French, probably) and he hates languages.  

I told him, Go ahead change majors -  French you can pass, Calculus is a whole other language.

Which if you think about that statement, makes less then no sense.

4.  Planners - Yes, again. Planners. I'm addicted, I think but I guess there are worse addictions.  I've changed planners.  Again.  I've gone to an old Filofax that I already had in the Personal size which is 6 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches and while it's a great purse size I really want the larger A5 size.  5 3/4 x  8 1/4.  I know from personal experience that while that's harder to lug around it's the easiest for me to write in - therefore use.

The problem is I can't buy a big one now (any planner worth having is over $200 - period. Don't argue with me on this - plus all the new refills) so I'm stuck with the smaller one -  I don't know if it will work for me.  I asked Freecycle and nothing. No bites.  So no new big planner for me and I'll see if the small one works.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Disney's freaking my kid out...

 Not in the way Disney freaks little kids out when they go and meet like a giant six foot tall Tigger - Get this   Have you seen the trailers for Disney's new movie Tangled?  


He's Flynn.  Hes fearless...And  um, dangerous... And animated.  And omg he's...he's....


My kid.

My son's been going on about it for quite some time and just blogged about it ( The Chair Fort) because Holy Moley I've just been animated, Batman!  I think he may be right about this one.


The really odd thing is,  his girlfriend looks a lot like Rapunzel and I'm not even kidding.

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Those two could seriously rock the Tangled Parade at Disneyworld with no make-up.


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The chocolatiest time of the year

Wait.  That's technically every time of the year, but follow me.  Every year I buy Mrs. Prindable's  apples as gifts - and okay, for me too but that's besides the point - and I've blogged about it (here and here) because really...



Who wouldn't feel loved if this came with their name on it?

 When Mom Impact offered to send me an apple I said, I think I love you.  Clearly not my most dignified moment but look at it...


And the single apples come packaged so pretty...


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 My apple was described as...

A dark chocolate lover's dream! ( And it was)  A fresh, juicy Granny Smith apple is dipped in creamy caramel, rolled in chunks of chocolate and doused in premium dark chocolate. A treat not to be missed. (And it was so good for me too all that dark chocolate full of antioxidants and 8 to 10 fruit servings... I can't tell you how healthy I feel now.) Net Wt. Approx. 1.25-1.5 lbs. Serves 8-10.

Just to give you an idea how big these apples are because you can't imagine...


I ate the one on the right.

Okay, not just me.  Okay, a lot of me.  But I shared because how much can one person eat?

Don't answer that.

Don't even try to imagine how good these apples are and Mrs. Prindable's has more then apples.  I have always wanted to try this:



I really really want to try that.  A lot.  

If you're looking for a great gift for teachers, or the person who does your hair, of gifts to keep in the house for SURPRISE! We just wanted to stop by, here's a little something for you! People...  Mrs.  Prindable's is just perfect.  

And the best part is if you don't give it all away you get to eat them yourself!



This post made possible by Mrs. Prindable's through Mom Impact, who provided me with a sample apple to facilitate this review.



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Poppingly Good Giveaway

Speaking of Giveaways....

So I've been dieting for over a year now...





And I still snack.

Not that snacking on a diet is always a peak experience.  I've tried a lot of light snack options in the interest of my weight loss and sometimes after one bite I have to look at the label and make sure I didn't buy packing peanuts by accident. 

So when  MomCentral emailed about participating in a Pop Chips Blog Tour ( Nutritional info: each single-serve bag of popchips contains just 100 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. Made  from all-natural ingredients. ) I was up for it.  And I love their tag line - Love.  Without the handles.


And they have so many flavors...

There is Original Potato, Barbeque Potato, Sour Cream & Onion Potato, Cheddar Potato, Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato, Salt & Pepper Potato, and Parmesan Garlic Potato.  And they aren't baked or fried - They are popped.  Popped just sounds light and airy.

I got a wonderful box of assorted poppingly good flavors (and you can win the same thing below).  I really, really liked them.  A lot.  They have tons of flavor and a TON of crunch and  it was a nice serving size, too.  Around twenty chips and a thousand crunches per bag.

So.  Want to win your own cruchingly satisfying box of snacking heaven?  You do, believe me...  Popchips would love you to friend them on Facebook and  I'd like to hear what flavor you think you'd like best.  I loved Salt & Pepper but Ginger was partial to the barbecue chips I dropped. 

One person will win a box of Love without the handles just like I got from Mom Central and Pop Chips.  Eighteen years or older, US only and the giveaway runs until November 26, 2010   9 pm Eastern. 

I'm trying something new  - If you really ( REALLY ) want this you can comment on this post once a day.

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of popchips and received a “Get Popped” box of popchips and a $30 gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My floor's clean now! Giveaway

So to continue from yesterday...

This here has to do with a giveaway...

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These messy - Shall we call it an avant-garde arrangement? - bits of falala were residing on the kitchen floor prior to Libman Company sending me a broom and I know, I know.

It appears I store refrigerator magnets, fall foliage and important bank statements at sea level.

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And I find the things that turned up rather baffling because some of it's gots some girth to it and  isn't all that bendy - Not like that containers gonna smoosh easily -  So where was it hiding?

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Just for giggles here's an entirely unfortunate picture of my stove's evil underbelly.

Here's the thing; I've never owned a broom because, I have a vacuum so who needs a broom, right?  Vacuuming seemed to make all this sense to me and I have a really expensive one but as you can see I don't use it nearly enough in the kitchen.

Okay, anywhere but right now we're doing the kitchen.

As nice as my vacuum is it's not all that convenient. That thing is never on the floor I want to vacuum.  Or someone is sleeping and complains if I start vacuuming or I don't have an attachment small enough to get under my appliances (apparently), or I broke a glass and don't want to be sucking up glass shards into a five hundred dollar vacuum - Or something.  So pretty much stuff just ...

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Accumulated.

A few weeks ago The Libman Company offered to send me the Large Angle Broom and dustpan, Oh yes, please.  And hurry!

  I told my family about it and they were all, Yay! Mommy's going to clean the floor which you know, I thought was weird that they were SO excited till I took these pictures and now I'm all, yeah. 


So who wants to win their own Libman Broom and dustpan?   

Libman is going to give away THREE OF THEM and there has to be at least three more people in the world that want one - Make that need one as much as I did? 

Just look at the ends of the broom...

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They look like split ends to me...

Libman calls them flagged fibers.  I call them my grabby little friends.

Leave me a comment and tell me you want,  NO, YOU NEED, a Libman broom!  Maybe tell me where you'd clean first...  Or why you think it's better then a vacuum...  Or just tell me, I need that broom, man!  That's it!


This giveaway will run until November 30, 2010 at 9 PM Eastern Time - 18 years or older and US only please.  I will announce the winner and they will need to contact me by December 8, 2010.

* I don't normally do this but if you want to post your own floor picture - like the embarrassing one's I did - on your own blog...  I'll add a second entry.   Comment a second time with a link so I know.    You don't have to do this but it would be nice to know I'm not alone...*

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Guess what this is...

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If you said banister, you'd be wrong because everyone knows it's a coat rack.

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From time to time I've had it up to here - and I'm so pointing at my forehead if I was two feet taller- and yell Enough! to myself because no one listens and start leaving notes.

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Because a banister without a note is a coat rack and a banister with a note is a banister.  And I got another one for you so guess what this is....


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If you said  the carpet Tracy hates more with each passing day and the first thing people see when they walk in her front door - Well, okay you'd be right but really and get this, guys - It looks like an ordinary staircase but no!

It's a magical transporter - albeit covered in the worst carpet in the history of worst carpets -  and anytime you don't feel like going upstairs you can leave - Well, anything apparently - And enchanted ooompa loompas  whisk the items upstairs and deposit them (neatly) in their appointed locals.

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But this oompa loompa's tired, man.  And since I was making notes anyway...

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And in case they thought I only meant that particular step...


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One more.  Any guesses?

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I'm going to talk about that tomorrow. 

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yummy, walnutty, sticky goodness lite

All weekend I've been trying to come up with a few new Thanksgiving Recipes because frankly, I think everyone might be getting sick of the same old same old.  After almost forty-eight hours of surfing all I knew I was making was Waldorf Salad.

I made it the first time a week ago, loved it and immediately decided to make it for Thanksgiving and that's the problem - I already knew I was making that.

Finally.  After I gave up I found something new to make.

I'd packed it in by late Sunday afternoon and moved on.  There is an " I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!" Twitter event tomorrow (more on that later) and I'll be there because there will be recipes and prizes and what could be better then prizes and new recipes?

I wanted a recipe to share and found this:

Honey-Nut Glazed Brie


Ingredients
8 ounces Brie cheese (wedge or round)
1/4 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!®
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)

2 Tbsp. honey
2 large green and/or red apples, cored and thinly sliced
Instructions
Arrange cheese* on serving platter; set aside.
Melt I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and stir in walnuts until coated. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg until blended. Stir in honey and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture is bubbling. Immediately pour over cheese. Serve hot with apples.


*If desired, arrange cheese on microwave-safe plate and top with cooked nut mixture. Microwave at HIGH 15 seconds or until cheese just begins to melt. OR, arrange cheese in 1-quart shallow casserole and top with cooked nut mixture. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until cheese just begins to melt. Serve as above. 

* FYI - A few things I did differently - I used 'lite brie' for the recipe because why not?
-  I toasted the walnuts in a dry pan and continued making the rest of the recipe in the (non-stick) pan. 
-  I  used freshly ground cinnamon and more honey that was called for.

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Yummy, walnutty, sticky goodness...  

The heavens opened up, by the way and they were singing a happy tune when I ate this and yep, that's my picture  and will so make it again at Thanksgiving.

I usually serve Brie with Hot Pepper jelly on Melba toast (or French bread) at gatherings...Usually as in all the time and this is just what I was looking for!  Something unexpected and delicious!

The Taste & Tweet will be a fun evening of eating, Tweeting and sharing better for you holiday entertaining tips with fellow participants and our better for you cooking and lifestyle co-host, @GirlGoneHealthy (Girl Gone Healthy ), who will be sharing her expertise on how to “Reach Right” by choosing better for you foods throughout the holiday season.

We’re also excited to have Chef Normajean Longfield from the Unilever Test Kitchen join us, who will be Tweeting with @ICBINotButter to give you tips on all of the great ways to use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Our hashtag for the event will be #Better4UHoliday, so please be sure to include it in your tweets to follow along with the conversation.  Your first tweet including the hashtag will automatically be entered in our sweepstakes to win one of two grand prizes each valued at $200! The prize features:
* I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! VIP kit with a coupon for a FREE tub
* Cuisinart Food Processor
* Sur La Table porcelain cake stands (set of 3)


*I received a package from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! to help me prepare a recipe for the event.*

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