Archive for September, 2007

Meal plan Monday 9/10

Monday…was meat lasagna, salad, bread

Tuesday…vegetarian split pea soup (crockpot)

Wednesday…Tuna pasta salad

Thursday…Crockpot chili, not so heavy on the chipotles this time (I’m the only one that appreciates a good sinus cleansing dish)

Friday…homemade pizza (I think I may actually be getting tired of pizza. babe?)

Saturday…I have to work, and I don’t want to plan.


Happy Birthday to my Honey

Jason turned 37 today. Wow. This feels big time for some reason. Getting into major grown up territory.

I sensed a little indifference from Jason toward the vegetable lasagna I made last week, even though I thought it was the best lasagna I’d ever had. Lasagna is Jason’s favorite dish. So I had to make it up to him with a nummy birthday dinner. It was a meaty, cheesy lasagna without a stitch of vegetable (except the mushrooms in the “hearty mushroom” spaghetti sauce I used).

Than I went wild in the kitchen and made a lemon cake from scratch. I’m just going to come right out and confess where I got the recipe, although I am a bit embarrassed.

Its like when I used to listen to nothing but Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Grateful Dead, etc and started to secretly listen to Toni Braxton in my dorm room. Next thing you know, I was full on singing hip hop/R&B in my car at the top of my lungs.

Anyway, I’ve never been much into cooking and have only recently started these weekly menus and taken more of an interest in making things from scratch and getting creative. And here we go…I got the cake recipe from the Paula Dean cooking show on the Food Network. After watching her show, I looked it up online for the birthday dessert. ack!

The frosting was delicious and the lemon filling was good, but the cake was a little dry. waaah!

Play by play candle blowing action…

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Beer goggles in town

This is why I don’t shoot weddings. I cannot figure out the flash and if I can’t find the good light I’m a fish out of water! I’ve read the manual for the mounted flash over and over and it is still like a second language.

Anyway, we ventured to Portland to see March4th play at a new gallery opening. Its a traveling marching band with dancers and stilt walkers. I was a bit skeptical about a “marching band” but a guy from my college days is one of the stilt walkers and I had to see what it was all about.

These are not the band geeks from high school! This band ROCKED!!! The music was great and the entertainment was fun. Here’s a video from their site that shows what they all about…

I tried to get some photos, but we walked up as they were already getting started and the crowd was spilling into the street.

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Like I said…beer goggles. Impressionism, we’ll call it!

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Then we walked through the gallery. The kids loved looking at the art (me too!). There was an entire room of paintings showing a single naked woman and a some sort of barnyard animal, not interacting, just on the same page. I’m not sure what the artist was going for there. Very interesting stuff.

We stopped in a brewery and Jason had a couple drinks, we all shared a couple desserts and someone surprised us by picking up the tab anonymously. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen!

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Its getting cold!

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And late! Time to find the car and go home. I like how Xander is giving me the karate chop or something. He is such a goof ball.

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Everything is BIG at Costco

Ever since the new-kitty-potty-training-transition (that left no surface safe), our dog Luke has been without a dog bed. He cannot stand sleeping on the floor and will find any piece of cloth to put between him and the floor, even on the cushy carpet.

I’ve seen these beds at Costco, and the price really can’t be beat for the quality but DANG!!! That’s a lot of bed for a little dog. I had to coax him on it a few times but, hopefully, he’ll get used to the new digs.

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Meal Plan Monday 9/3/07

Update…I had to add in the link to the vegetarian lasagna. absolutely delicious and going down as Zoe’s lasagna from here on out! Thanks to “Mille” whoever that is.

Monday…was BBQ at my mom’s house

Tuesday…enchiladas and spanish rice (turning into a favorite for Jason)

WednesdayVegetable lasagna

Thursday…breakfast for dinner

Friday…pizza night

Saturday…spending the day out for Jason’s birthday (actually on the 10th) and eating out!

Sunday…improv night

I tried to squeeze in my lentils, navy beans or split peas somewhere in the week, but Jason gave the scoff of disapproval. Its almost his birthday, so he picked the dinners this week. I could seriously binge on the lentil loaf it is so yummy, especially with the hot sauce. Unfortunately, the the rest of the family does not feel the same way. waaaah! Its going to be a cheese filled week. Yikes!