Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Madly in Love

Every summer since Diva was little, we have had kind of a little home schooling session.  No, not math or science or anything that would be considered useful to her academic career.  Instead, we watch movies.

I pick a theme every year and then rent/borrow/stream movies that fit that theme.

Past themes have included musicals, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers films, etc.  This year, Engineer picked the theme - something he has never done before - and that theme is movies from the 80s.

He felt that we had somehow deprived our child of some classic films such as "The Neverending Story" "Rocky" "The Goonies" "Gremlins" and various others.

Yes, the movies from our childhood have been playing one a day while Diva is home.
Everything from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to "Adventures in Babysitting" to "Star Wars" (which I know is not technically an 80s movie but she had to see the first one before she could see the others right?) to "Can't Buy Me Love" to "Space Camp" have gotten screen time.

I had no idea how she would react to these movies that hold such nostalgia for her Daddy and me.
Here's the thing:  she is loving them!

It's funny to hear her reactions and observations.  Like the fact that all the same actors are in all these movies.  Or how the plots are all so predictable.  From the title, she will guess the plot...and is usually right.

Ferris has been her favorite thus far...until she saw "Back to the Future."  And they were both neck and neck until "The Karate Kid" was shown.  When it finished she shouted, "That.  Was.  EPIC!!!!!!"

Yes it was my dear.  Just as epic is was to me when I saw it in the theatre...30 YEARS AGO!!!!!

1-4-3 EM for making a great suggestion!
1-4-3 DM for validating my childhood viewing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Last week Diva returned home from her mission trip, Engineer went on a business trip, and I kept the home fires burning.

Ever since we have moved here, we haven't had a nice long stint of everybody staying in our new house to get completely settled.  Somebody has been gone at least part of each week.

School.  School will be what normalizes us I think. normal as we can be.

As for the name of our new abode, I think we have finally come up with one:  "Loved Bayou."  As in:

Engineer and I are in agreement, however, Diva still likes "The Habitat" which is rather appropriate seeing as the cat keeps bringing in all manner of varmints.  What are we going to do with that darn cat?!

The copycat cookbook turned out to be about 50/50.  The best things I made from it were the KFC biscuits, the Chili's chicken enchilada soup, and the Starbucks chocolate mocha cake; they were delicious.

This week I will be supplementing stuff from the freezer with recipes from Dori Sanders' Country Cooking (1995.)

Our menu is as follows:

Sunday - Nachos & Fresh Veggies
Monday - Chicken Curry over Rice w/Tomato & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday - Turducken, Fried Corn, and Mess o' Greens Salad w/Warm Pecan Dressing
Wednesday - Frog Legs over a Big Salad
Thursday - Braised Venison Steak, Mashed Potatoes, & Steamed Carrots
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Perfectly Practical #210 - Another Use for an Old Toothbrush

Do I have to go to another estate sale?
Am I in need of more milk glass plates?
The answer to those questions is absolutely yes probably not.

Yet I go...and I acquire...

I have a feeling my hoard collection of old things cause our friends to say things like, and I quote, "Your house is like my Grandmother's" or "it's like a museum in here."

Some may view those comments as negative; however, I choose to believe that people feel like our home is welcoming and they that appreciate I am a curator of historical items - artifacts, if you will.
Yes.  That will do quite nicely - I am a curator NOT a hoarder. 

Uh hem...

On my latest outing to an estate sale, I picked up a few things covered in filth.
Sometimes, to get the prime, you have to sift through the grime.

Yes m'dahlings, those plates came home covered in
grease, dirt, mouse poop, and dead bugs.  >Blech!<
The people running the estate sale said the lot came from the nastiest house they had ever seen.  The items were then moved to a separate location for the sale.

You cannot imagine the stench emitting from the furniture and linens; it was almost unbearable.  Almost.

Remember this list of ways to use an old toothbrush?  Well I forgot to mention one very important use.

Look how each little indent, nook, and cranny is dirt free.  
Never was an old toothbrush more handy than when I brought home those grungy lacy beautiful hand-painted milk glass plates.  I washed them first wish a dishrag, then a sponge, but all of the delicate grooves weren't being cleaned and that's where the toothbrush came into its own.

An old toothbrush cleaned all the crevices and edges in the dishes and made them sparkle.

Having an old toothbrush around to clean grot off of old dishes works for me.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Madly in Love

Cow Appreciation Day 2011

Our family has participated in dress-up-as-a-cow-and-get-free-food-at-Chick-fil-A Day (a.k.a. Cow Appreciation Day) at Chick-fil-A for years.  And each year, Engineer makes a fuss about it.

This year as we were cutting out our respective costumes, he look over at me and said, "A little part of me dies each time we do this."

Oh now Honey let's not be overly dramatic...only a little part of your dignity dies.

We laughed (as I'm sure all of the people who passed us by did) as we drove dressed as cows all the way to Chick-fil-A.

1-4-3 EM!  Thank you for putting aside your pride for free food.  ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014


Another week without Diva.  This time she was on a mission trip traveling all over the Republic of Texas.  She comes home tomorrow and we can hardly wait to hear about her experiences.  We will only have a few days though to catch up before she is gone again to church camp.
Diva is one busy young lady.

I am embarrassed to say that Engineer and I don't eat quite so well with Diva gone.  By the time I've canned produce all day, I don't want to make the effort to cook for just the two of us.  Sorry Engineer.

I did manage to clear out another cookbook though last week - a Mexican cookbook from the 70s.  And I have a made a couple of dishes from copycat recipe book that I'm not super thrilled with so it too has one foot out the door.

This week I am going to continue to try out the copycat book but I don't have high hopes.

Sunday - Pizza
Monday - Boston Market's Meatloaf, Tomato & Cucumber Salad, & Green Salad w/Olive Garden's dressing
Tuesday - Dinner w/Family
Wednesday - Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup & Salad w/Macaroni Grill's Roasted Garlic & Lemon Vinaigrette
Thursday - Breakfast for Supper featuring KFC's Biscuits
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.
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