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Connected!

October 29, 2009

I think it must have been a much simpler time…back before TV, phones, internet.  When the day was done, what was there to do in the evenings besides chat with neighbors, spend time loving on your family, read a good book, or just enjoy snuggling into bed on time?  Much simpler, indeed.

As you can probably tell from my blog absence, my DSL has been down for the last couple of days.  I’ve never thought of myself as having an “internet addiction”…no iPhone, no email phone, no Twitter…just your average email/Facebook/(and now blog)/ internet surfer kinda’ girl.  However after two days offline, I must confess, when at last I finally saw that beloved Google search page pop up again I offered to send the tech-support guy flowers!  (he laughed nervously and said I really didn’t need to do that)

I’m sure my husband and I looked a sight, wandering around the house the past two days like lost sheep, not having a clue what to do with ourselves!  Can’t pay bills, can’t find any phone numbers, can’t find a restaurant to go to, can’t check the weather, neither of us could catch up on anything for work, couldn’t email anyone to let them know (had to use a phone instead!), didn’t know what was going on in the news, well…you get the picture.

Although I still can’t imagine having to go back to “before”, it was almost freeing for a few moments to have nothing pulling at you.  Ok, moments over and I’m back to blogging way too late at night when I should be sleeping instead ;-)

I’ve got a pack of boneless pork chops thawing in the fridge for some evening soon; I’ll let you know how they turn out!

Friday Fun

October 23, 2009

Friday nights should be fun…friends, family, good food, and memories!

Before leaving the house I grab an old blanket, a roll of paper towel, one small candle lantern and lighter, and a couple bottles of water.  On the way out we stop by Little Caesars for a $5 peperoni, and then head out to the lake.  Sitting cross-legged at the end of a pier; eating pizza right out of the box; watching the water change colors and sparkle as the sun begins to set; talking with Eli (my 16 month old) about the ducks as they fly by and honk, the breeze, the rippling water; scooting together under a blanket as the moon and stars start to come out, and chatting around the tiny, twinkling lantern.  This is what family memories are made of.

Have fun making your own this weekend!  Picnics don’t need to be elaborate, and the ones that taste best are often the easiest.  Here are some ideas to get you started…

Location: pick somewhere the whole family can enjoy

  1. park, playground, nearby camping ground
  2. lake or pond (have fun feeding ducks and fish with dinner leftovers!), stream bank
  3. large, grassy field where you can play frisbee or toss a ball.

Food: keep it simple; meals that don’t have to be a certain temp, don’t make a mess, and don’t require special utensils (soup is a pain because it inevitably spills, and you have to bring bowls and spoons)

  1. sandwiches and chips
  2. pita pockets stuffed with chicken salad (or other favorite filling)
  3. pizza out of the box
  4. or if you happen to be without children…a warm loaf of french bread, a good block of cheese, some grapes and strawberries, and a bottle of wine!

Activities: think of something your family loves that you haven’t done in a while

Memories

Memories

  1. play ball or toss a frizbee
  2. take a simple board game or cards (I don’t recommend cards if it’s at all windy!)
  3. take old bread or crackers you can feed ducks and fish
  4. candlelight is always a plus!

Please feel free to share!  What is your favorite dinner-time picnic memory???

Family Time

October 17, 2009

Hey, friends! 

Please don’t leave…I’m visiting family this weekend, but come Monday night I’ll be back online with more recipes and tips for Super Quick Suppers!

For now, here is Friday night’s dinner…

Supper with friends and neither of us wanted to spend a pretty Saturday in the kitchen trying to make dinner with two hyper toddlers running amuck.

Solution:  two large pepperoni pizza’s from Little Caesars ($5/each), a side salad with what was on hand, some fruit, and ice cream floats for dessert!