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Do things have a tendency to disappear around your house?

And no, I’m not speaking of goods like this, I know exactly where these have gone…


I’m specifically inquiring about these items, the three that my husband or I have trouble locating from time to time.


Take the time, for instance, four years ago. Buster was a mere toddler then, and Husband and I lived with the in-laws. Yes, it was a joyous time in our lives.
One day Husband’s wallet went missing. What a surprise! He was not able to find it for many months. You can imagine the bantering that took place. He insisted his wallet had to be somewhere in the house. I insisted it was a lost cause, probably in a garbage dump somewhere, and that he needed to replace his Driver’s License and other items. I think he was just about to give up and see it my way when Lee, his mother, decided to redo her flower garden. She spent the entire day pulling up all these sword ferns that had been there for years.  What should appear after she finished her task? Husbands wallet. Covered in mud, it had definitely been buried by some chubby little hands. We both had a good laugh, but wondered when little Buster ever had the chance to bury that wallet? I only had one child at the time and we were constantly together. Especially in the front yard.

Then yesterday, Sunday afternoon… we had finished lunch, church, all the crazy tasks of the day and agreed we all wanted to relax together in front of a family film.

We could not find the remote. I know this happens in every family, but ours always turns up eventually. We tore the living room apart looking for it. Along with the children. We were very puzzled and I have a tendency to blame my sweet husband for it. He did have it last. He was up late on Saturday evening playing Xbox. He was the one who saw it last, alive…we never found it that day. However it is important to note that as we were going to bed that evening he pointed out that he had my keys and was placing them on our bedroom drawers.  In the back of my mind was this little nagging voice that said “He has my keys! He’s going to lose them!” But I was ready for bed and not about to get up and put them back in my purse.

So this morning my son was a tad late to school, but I was determined to make it there quickly, he would be in time for his gym class. Low and behold my keys were not on the drawers! I looked around quickly and  carefully before I called up poor hubby to begin bawling him out. “Where are my keys!”  I asked as soon as he answered his phone.

“On the drawers! You saw me put them there!”

 “I knew I shouldn’t have let you handle them you have a losing keys curse on your hands!”

“Did you look everywhere?”

 “Yes I’ve looked and am looking everywhere…No Keys There, No Keys There, and No Keys There! They are officially lost! Buster is late for school and there’s no milk in the house!” (I’m laughing now but this was Oh So Serious this morning.) 

 “Well I’ll come bring you some keys.”

We parted amiably and Buster piped up. “Mom I know where the keys are. Bubba came and threw them at me this morning. There in my room in front of my laundry basket!”

Sure enough they were. I called the Husband and apologized. Wait, did I apologize or just tell him they were found? Probably the later.

So Buster made it to school in the middle of P.E. and I got some milk. After arriving home and sitting down to my e-mails little Missy came walking over with her Hello Kitty purse and pulled out THE REMOTE! All she said was “Here you go, sorry mom.” And walked away.


I think so. And I apologize to my husband. I know I always blame you honey, I’m sorry. Never again. From now on I will corral the little ducklings together and interrogate them till someone talks! 



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My friend Jen is an amazing cook, though she won’t admit to it. She is a tornado in the kitchen and can throw together anything at the last minute. She is a wonderful entertainer and never afraid to have THE PARTY at her house. LOVE HER!

Anyway, here is something I love her to grill for me. Scrumptious!

Grilled Artichokes

Trim off the tops of the artichokes then cut in half.  Remove the fuzzies with a paring
knife; be careful not to cut off any of the heart (the best part).
Lay the artichoke face up on a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap it.
Next, drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil & a squeeze of fresh lemon, make sure to
get the leaves and choke.
Lastly, season with garlic salt, ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to
taste; but err on the generous side.  Of course you can use regular salt & pepper, but
the other is far superior and worth the effort, if you haven’t already been converted to
Wrap them face side down, then flip over while your waiting to grill them so the marinade
soaks in.  You could even do this over night.
I trimmed the artichokes and showed my ten year old daughter how to season them and they
turned out rad!  Definitely a great job for your kids.

Place cut side down on preheated grill for 10 min.  Flip over for 5 min. Then cook for 5
more minutes face down.  Check one to make sure they aren’t burning too bad, some color
is good though.
They are great just as they are but for a real treat you can make a dipping sauce or use
your favorite salad dressing as one.

Dipping Sauce:
Mix equal amounts of Mayo (You can use soy based) and your favorite pesto.  Yummy!!

Jen's Artichokes

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