Sunday, October 14, 2007

Jacob's Birthday Cake

Today is Jacob's 7th birthday, and this is the cake he requested. Six months ago Jacob showed me this book and told me that he wanted this cake for his next birthday. At that time I told him to remind me because I would forget otherwise. Yes, I forgot, but Jacob remembered! Happy Birthday, Son!


Monday, October 01, 2007

Lobster Tales

Here are a couple pictures from our Boston trip. One of the most memorable evenings was the clambake and lobster dinner that we were served in Plymouth. Neither of us have had much experience with eating sea food, so eating whole lobsters with quite an experience! We both felt a little queasy by the time we were done, but it was still fun! I liked the lobster meat, but I doubt it will be something I'll crave in the future. Justin, on the other hand, shudders every time I bring up the mention of lobster. He was really grossed out. =)

Eating lobsters is really messy, and requires bibs, nutcrackers, and picks. And of course clean-up towels afterward! Personally I thought it was a lot of work and mess for a little bit of meat.

Our trip was a whirlwind... lots of fun, but quite exhausting. I got to see downtown Plymouth and a lot of the Pilgrim related history there, and we got to see downtown Boston together. We toured Paul Revere's home, several of the old Puritan and English churches, and the 1st State building. The museum displays in these old buildings were really well done...we got to see actual tea from the Boston Tea Party. It had been shaken out of the boots of one of the "Indians" and saved and passed on through the generations. It was pretty neat to see the actual places and things from when this country began so many years ago.


Menu Plan Monday

Here's this week's menu. I scribbled it out really fast earlier because I was on the way out the door to go to the grocery store, but then I realized that I didn't have any keys (we left them at your house, Mom!). So now I have time to sit down and refine my menu. I love planning out a week's worth of foods....I love anticipation in general, and my mouth waters all week when I know what yummy foods are coming up. It also makes the cooking more enjoyable when I have been looking forward to eating something all week.

Mac and Cheese

Speedy Chicken Stir Fry
This is a Kraft recipe, and it is SO good. Very easy and yummy. Here's a picture. =)

Pork green chili with tortillas

Ham sandwiches

Leftover chili

Scalloped potatoes with ham, salad, and apple crisp


Pizza--ham and pineapple

Bonny's German pancakes with buttermilk syrup and bacon

Spicy Skillet dinner with rice.
This recipe is great...I need to post it...chicken, taco seasoning, corn,
black beans and salsa served over rice with sour cream and cheese.