Romaine and Turkey Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing Thursday, Feb 4 2010 

This recipe is Eleanor approved.  (Note that all the good stuff is gone from the salad, and most of the lettuce remains)

This recipe was suprisingly good. Remember how I cooked a 24 lb turkey last December and froze it? Well I still have some. I have mainly been using it in thinks that have to be cooked as I worried the flavor would not be all there. I was wrong. I used some in this salad and the turkey complimented the dressing quite well. I didn’t make the bread, we had croutons instead. I also used more than just romaine. We have red lettuce and baby spinach that needs using up.

I am very excited to have leftovers of this tomorrow!

I have been cooking….I promise…. Tuesday, Jun 9 2009 

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Whole lotta low point dinners….and Eleanor approved to boot.  Perhaps one day I will be able to get back on here and post actual recipes.  It has been all about summer foods here, zucchini, feta, and mint salad with tilapia, beef stir fry, avacado sauce on chicken, whole wheat sausage pizza on the grill (with dough made with my new stand mixer!), and tomato and brie sandwiches on the grill.  Mmmm…..

Peeps! Monday, Apr 13 2009 

I loved the homemade marshmallows I made last Christmas. I swore of bagged marshmallows forever! So when a friend made homemade peeps for her daughter I had to give it a try!

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So a couple look like they have broken necks.  This is my first time!  I should have added eyes, but was lazy.  Even though they looked a little funny they were awesome!  Much better than Peeps!  I had family members love these who actually don’t like Peeps.  I will try again next year to see if I can get them to look more normal!!

 

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Corbin and Eleanor enjoyed the process as well!

The perfect Saturday night! Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

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I am old.  What you see before you is my Saturday night.  I was wicked excited about it.  Corbin was at his dad’s this weekend.  I had a girls night planned and Ben had a guys night.  My girls night got cancelled.  So I made better plans:-)

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We went to Whole Foods and picked up remenants of different cheese.  We also bought sun dried tomatoes and caper berries.  I chopped them up and mized with goat cheese.  Yum! 

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I have a magazine ripping issue.  Once Corbin was reading a toy catalog that came into the mail.  He suddenly ripped a page in half.  I got upset and asked him why he did that.  He looked at me, shocked, and said “I readin like you Mommy”. So I amass these recipes that need to me added to my book.  While watching 8 episodes of Big Love I did just that.

 

 

 

 

 

Magazines to catch up.  This weeks time, this months Alumni magazine for K-State.  My book for book club….which is the 19th and I still have over half to go.  It is not doing it for me.

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But of course I was not completely alone.  She like Big Love as well.  And the remote.  The remote is very chewable.

How I spent my Valentines Day Sunday, Feb 15 2009 

We took Corbin to see Bob the Builder

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Eleanor and I before we left.

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Bob the Builder was at the Municipal Auditoriam.  Most shows lately have been at the Sprint Center.  Which is new and  in the P&L district.  I prefer Municipal.

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Municipal was built in the 1930s.  It is very art deco.  Words like “Gatsby” or “slipped out of the Bentley into the Algonquin” come to mind.  My grandma was actually from Kansas City (not my posh suburb on the Kansas side that she moved to right before my mother, 6 of 7, as born) back in it’s heyday.  I like seeing buildings that existed in her childhood.  Ask Ben, I love anything “vintagey”.

After that we came home and had a heart shaped meal.

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Fun had by all!

Red velvet cupcakes Sunday, Feb 15 2009 

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I signed up (again) to make cupcakes for Corbin’s Valentine’s Party at school.  Corbin picked out the yummy Valentine sprinkles to decorate them with.  I thought red velvet cake would be festive so I turned to my old standby, the Food Network website.  I had to choose the Paula Deen recipe.  That woman is pure evil.  These cupcakes were soo dense and soo good.

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour batter into 3 (8-inch) round greased and floured pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting.

 I used frosting that I had in the freezer from our cinnamon rolls and Christmas.  The recipe came frommy Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Ingredients-

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 c butter, softened

2 tsp vanilla

5-6 c sugar

-In a lg mixing bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on med speed until light anf fluffy.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach speading consistancy.

I have found it is best to use the entire 6 cups.

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The kids loved them!

The paper anniversary Thursday, Feb 12 2009 

Yesterday was Ben and I’s first anniversary.  We went to McCormick & Schmicks for dinner.  It was good, but I think I prefer M&S.   I did have some of the best oyters I have ever had!  I didn’t take the camera so there are no pictures until we got home that evening. 

My present from Ben!

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My present for Ben

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We brought out the top of the cake from our wedding.  Ben and I did not have any room for it!  So we let the kids have at it!  This was Eleanor’s first taste of cake. 

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Little bit O’ Elmo, little bit O’Irish Tuesday, Feb 3 2009 

Saturday we took Corbin to Sprint Center for Sesame Street Live, Elmo’s Green Thumb.  He said “Elmo’s thumb is green?  Does he suck his thumb like me??”

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I take comfort in that fact that Corbin got bored half way through.

After we walked to Raglan Road for lunch.  It was restaurant week and Ben has been wanting to try them.

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I had the Shepard’s Pie.  I did not care for it.  The sauce was much too bitter.

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Ben had a steak sandwich that was very good.

Corbin got the grilled cheese and chips.  They made the grilled cheese with munster.  For a kids menu.  I ask Ben why they did not use cheddar.  “That’s not Irish”.  Well neither I am, but my maiden name is Kelley.  Call it O’Cheddar.  Anyway, he loved the chips and the ice cream.

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See.  He looks distressed by the cheese situation.

Oh what a year! Sunday, Dec 28 2008 

 

So 2008 began with a sleepover on the floor of our family room.  I fell asleep before Corbin.  On February 9th Ben and I got married at the church I spend the vast majority of my childhood in.  I wish my Grandma Corbin had been alive to see it. 

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Feburary was also the official change of A.G. Edwards to Wachovia Securities.  So my business cards and e-mail address changed 3 times! 

On March 2 my baby, Corbin Dalton Glaser, turned three.

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On March 9th, his 65th wedding anniversary, my Grandpa Kelley died.  Corbin did well understanding the death of his “pappy”.  Although he does not understand why we put his body in the ground if Jesus lives up in the sky.  But the music played my the American Legion men distracted him. 

 

Also in March, Ben and I went on our honeymoon.  We went on a Caribbean cruise.  I was 26 weeks pregnant, but still had a good time.  I learned that there are waaay too many places to buy diamonds and tacky jewelry.  I also learned that the beach is fun, but not my thing.  It is a good thing I come from Kansas.

 

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(Us at a bar in St. Thomas)

Our only other trip was a weekend in Iowa.  Long drive for a very pregnant woman.  Long weekend of nothing but football.  Ben likes to drive up there is visit a good friend of his from his Army days. 

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(Corbin with Cody and Tanner.  Their mom, Mandi, took this photo and some other neat ones of Corbin!)

In June 30,2008 brought Eleanor Jeanette Roberts.  This is the same day my grandma, Lois Jeanette Wilson Corbin, was born back in 1925.  Since me and Eleanor share her middle name, I found it fitting. 

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So I spent the summer home with my kids.  Corbin took a couple weeks of from Canterbury Academy to spend time with his new sister.  He also filled his summer with soccer camp, swim lesson, and dance camp. 

The summer also brought on my desire to learn to cook.  Since then we have done extremely well in the banishment of processed foods from our home.  I have learned to make pretty much anything from scratch (as displayed here in my blog). 

October brought a turbulant stock market, which is news to no one. It made for interesting times in my career.  Wachovia was caught in a tug of war with Citi (who did not want the securities division) and Wells Fargo.  Wells Fargo won out and in the next couple of months my company will have a new name.  It has not yet been decided what that name will be.  Do not fret, they have hired a consulting company to help with that decision. <insert eye roll here>  So our clients were  losing 50% of their portfolios and had no clue if our doors were going to stay open.  Not for the faint of heart 🙂

November brought the discovery that my Grandma Kelley (Corbin’s omie) has Stage 4 lymphoma.  She is going through Chemotherapy and we were unable to see her over Christmas due to our colds.

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On December 9th Eleanor had her baby blessing.  My mom made her and amazing dress!  I was sad that we were unable to have her blessing at Countryside like we did with Corbin (the same church we were married in).  Mom now works at a very tiny church about an hour a way in St. Joseph, MO. 

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Next week Eleanor will turn 6 months old.  Ben will decide if he wants to remain at the University of Kansas to finish his undergraduate degree or go in another direction.  I have a feeling next year will be just as busy as this one…  God Bless and Happy New Year!

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The best things in life…. Monday, Dec 1 2008 

A conversation with the nesties tonight triggered a thought in my mind.  Perhaps it was watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with both my kids that has me feeling slightly sappy.  But it is my blog and I an be as sappy as I want :-).  So here it is.  A list of all the reasons I would not trade having kids for anything.  I really am lucky to have two pretty babies.  I can’t imagine life without kids.

Baby toes

The way babies position their arms when they sleep

When your 13 month old learns to put together a puzzle.  He clapped and laughed for 10 minutes.

The way Corbin says “my mommy pitty” (he meant pretty….I think)

The first cry….bar none

When you son informs you that he is going to grow up to have a baby in his tummy

The way a four month old puckers her lip to cry

The way the same four month old’s face lights up every time she sees you….even out of the corner of her eye

Four words “I love you mommy”

Realizing you are responsible for the upbringing of a really, really intelligent boy

Buying Christmas presents and letting Santa get the credit

The ticked off look babies get on their face the first time they try cereal

That lavender baby shampoo….I wish I could wash my hair in it

When you son dances around in Thomas the Tank Engine underwear….like a Chippendale dancer

When you have a bad day and your son accidently sees a tear on your face and says “You mad at me mommy. I was on green at school today.  So you would smile”

Oh and let’s not forget….being able to drop them off at Grandma and Grandpa’s at the drop of a hat when I am needing to feel like an grown adult!

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So the best things in life certainly aren’t free!  But worth the stretch marks…

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