Archive for August, 2012

Dinner Success

Serving a successful, i.e. “mom, this is really good”, dinner to your family is not normally a post-worthy moment for most people but for those of us who are fundamentally culinary challenged, its kind of big deal.  So much so, that I’ve even created a blog category on this site, “Recipes My Family Actually Enjoys” which includes my rare gastronomic successes and my amazing “dinners out of nothing” where I miraculously whip up a tasty meal from various food scraps I have sitting in my refrig.

Enter last night’s concoction I call “Riding on Suddenly Salad’s Coattails“.

I used:  1 box of Suddenly Salad Ranch

  about 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 extra penne pasta

 cherry tomatoes


I grilled up the chicken breast topped with some poultry seasoning.  While that was cooking I put a large pot of salted water to boil.

Once boiled, I threw in the pasta from the Suddenly Salad box that I had on hand and added extra penne pasta to the pot.  Following the directions on the box I mixed up the Suddenly Salad sauce and added the cooked pasta and mixed well.  Chopped up some tomatoes and tossed them into the pasta.  I thinly sliced about 3 large chicken breasts and tossed them into the salad as well. Done.

The salad is supposed to be served cold but I kept everything warm and doled it out as I was in a hurry to get my son to his hockey game.

Verdict:  Everyone, even Emily who despises sauces of every kind, liked the dinner.  A true “This is really good Mom” moment.  Sweet!


August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Sad Endings and Bright Beginnings

Ah the waning days of summer.

Everything seems to be ending. The Olympics contests are complete, my summer softball is over (we lost is the first round of the playoffs – no biggie), my son’s golf league ends today and his summer hockey season ends next week. 

Everything is winding down, coming to a close.

We haven’t done a tremendous amount of things this summer since Mom and Dad had to work but we are going on vacation next week (finally!) and looking forward to the break.  Taking a vacation at the end of the summer is nice because it is something to look forward to and also offers a chance to relax and reset before the coming Fall and school, sports, holidays, etc.

We did manage to do a few fun things however, lunch and bbq’s with friends, cornhole games (your’s truly and partner regained our Cornhole Champion status! Whoo!) and cook-offs.  I tried some new things too: yoga class for the first time and tennis with the ladies.  (We should definitely try the tennis thing again gals – super fun.)

Summer is not officially over until I go on vacation so I’m having a little difficulty looking forward to and planning for September.  I still have to pack for our trip and make arrangements for someone to feed the cat.  Nothing like leaving things till the last-minute. Oh well, it will all work out I’m sure.

September will bring new beginnings for our clan, middle school, high school, college applications, driving tests, SATs – yikes!  I don’t know about the kids but I’m certainly not ready.  (Oh, and for those who believe in a higher power, please, please remember us in your prayers that my eldest gets accepted to Skidmore.  Thanks.)

I’m also going to try to do some home projects around the house in the midst of all that so wish me luck.  This post is all over the place – I’m babbling.  Way too much thinking in my head, again.  So I’ll leave you with thoughts of summer’s end and Fall’s beginning.

August 15, 2012 at 9:10 am 2 comments

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Well, sad to say, the Summer Olympics are officially over.  I didn’t catch all of the closing ceremonies last night but from what I’ve read, there were mixed reviews.  I personally turned off the tv when Russell Brand came out atop a psychedelic school bus singing a Beatles’ song surrounded by a few swinging-60’s glad dancers.  No thanks, too Superbowl half-time show for me.

I instead switched on my PM Yoga dvd and struggled to follow the instructor, Mr. Yee, for 20 mins of RELAXATION poses designed to “gently reduce strain and eliminate the stresses of the day”, blah, blah, blah. 

I found it hard to concentrate on my breathing while simultaneously holding a screamingly painful stretching pose and trying to remove the visual of a pasty-hairy faced, Jesus impersonator, Russell Brand gyrating to the Beatles surrounded by mini-skirted groupies. 

But by the end of the workout I felt better and much more relaxed.

August 13, 2012 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Olympic Fever!

Hi, my name is Karen and I’m a Olympicaholic.


If I was in London I would totally be like these guys, face paint and kitchy accessories, love it!

  But since I’m still in the good ol’ US of A, I have to settle for non-stop viewing of any Olympic sport I can get my hands or eyes on.  Which means I’m staying up WAY past my bedtime watching everything from fencing to water polo to the US lady gymnists putting a spanking  on the rest of the world!  Whoo! You go girls!

(What’s with the hideous gray uniforms?  Nike really dropped the ball there.)

I confess I can’t get enough of the swimming.  I could watch every qualifying heat with or without an American competing. I like watching the volleyball too, especially the inside 8-man team volleyball. 

Beach volleyball creeps me out though, all I can think about is how uncomfortable they must be with all that sand working its way into unmentionable crevices…..chills.

Are you watching the Olympics?  It is so addicting.

August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am 1 comment


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