Archive | May, 2011

This Is What’s For Dinner

31 May

After gorging myself on BBQ this past holiday weekend, the hubby and I definitely need something LIGHT for dinner tonight.
So we’re going for this:

Marinated Grilled Shrimp
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings

“A very simple and easy marinade that makes your shrimp so yummy you don’t even need cocktail sauce!”



Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 273 | Total Fat: 14.7g | Cholesterol: 230mg


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • skewers



  1. In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

We’ll make a side dish of brown rice (with some of the leftover juices over top).



Blog Hoppin

31 May

I found The Mom Adventures by doing a Google search on Mommy blogs.

She’s a single Mom and parenting alone.  Her blog was/is inspired by her son, LM who has autism.  Beautiful little boy!
She talks about how she was 5’4″ and 290 lbs when she left her husband.  I love following her weight loss story as I myself have struggled off and on with my weight for almost 8 years now.
She’s funny.  She’s smart.  She’s real.  And she does this thing called “Triple Threat Tuesday”.  I would post the button and link but for some reason it’s not working out for me.  Head on over to her site to see what it’s all about (hint: it very well could help you find some more blogs to stalk and there’s a way to post your blog so more people can stalk you.  Win / Win!)

I miss you. I love you.

30 May

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13

In Memoriam to all of the men and women who have served in the armed forces and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect the freedoms we treasure today.

Also remembering my loved ones lost but not forgotten.

Grandma Bernie-
I have been thinking about you a lot lately.  I talk to you often.  Like when I say, “Thanks Grandma” when Cale stubs his toe after nagging at me for buying a new pair of shoes.  Haha.  Karma from Granny.  Anyway, I wish you could have met Cale.  I know you would’ve loved him.  He makes me feel like a Queen.  He makes me the happiest girl in the world.  I’m very lucky and thankful to have him.  And the boys – well … as I’m sure you can see … they’re a handful.  But they are the sweetest little boys.  They are so full of energy and love.  One hug from Cash and you’re smitten.  He’ll have you wrapped around his little fingers.  And then Chris … my little sweetie … a smile from him lights up the room.  He looks at you like you’re the only one around.  My Dad did a good job raising me.  You would’ve been so proud.  I hope I’m making you proud too.  I’ve made mistakes … But I’m trying.  And I’ve learned from those mistakes.  Isn’t that what life pretty much is:  Trial and Error in a sort of way?
Thanks for answering some of my questions and prayers.  I know a few of them were tough.
I miss you.  I love you.


Thanks Cale … you effing sailor!!

30 May

You never know what kind of “present” the dog is going to leave us when we get home from being away for a little while.  (She has seperation anxiety and is extremely spiteful).

Anyway … we put the baby gates up in the kitchen so that it’s easy to clean up if she decides to get revenge

The garage door is attached to the kitchen so everyone knows to flip on all lights and “Watch where you step!” before entering into the kitchen.

After returning from an hour long trip to Target, my three-year-old was the first to open the kitchen door.  He turned on the light and looked ahead of him.

Obviously my husband is usually the first one that walks through the door because I would’ve swore he was home early from work from what I heard…

Not even 15 seconds from opening the kitchen door I hear my three-year-old very loudly say: “OH DAMNIT CHOO-CHOO!”

Thanks CT.  GO TO TIME OUT!!

Day 2

28 May

…Of having a very sick little boy.  
Day 2 of a very sleep deprived, delirious mama. 
Day 2 of “you’re on your own for supper” night.

{ignore the Eeyore pants … I’m also on Day 2 of “I could care less what I look like”}

And So It Begins …

27 May

Cash:  “MOMMMMY!!!!!!!!”

Me:  “Yes, Cash?”

Cash:  “Baby Christopher is pulling choo-choo’s hair!”

And so the tattling begins …


25 May

Well if you say so CDC.  I know how I’ll be spending my Wednesday afternoon ….. (Getting a Kit and Making a Plan)…

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared.