Monday, May 31, 2010

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing!!

Yesterday at our Memorial Day picnic, I made a Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and it got rave reviews so I wanted to share the recipe with you!  It is super simple and tastes delicious!!!

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Triple Pack of Romaine Hearts 
1 pt. fresh strawberries (or more if you desire)
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
(Optional: Almond slivers, onions)

1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. 2% milk
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • Make the dressing the night before and refrigerate   
  • Chop romaine into small pieces
  • Wash romaine and dry well (I use a salad spinner)
  • Top off strawberries...rinse, dry and slice them thin.
  • Put the romaine and strawberries into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle shredded parmesan on the mixture
  • Toss well
  • Add the dressing right before serving

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Week Of Lasts....

I don't know why I do this to myself.  Everyday this week I have been telling myself that every time something involving Venti comes up, I say "this is the last time...."

I'm driving myself nuts!  But I can't help it!  If you just started reading my blog, then read this first so you can follow along!

Here are some examples:
  1. This is the last time I do his laundry.
  2. This is the last time I buy his favorite foods.
  3. This is the last time I make this for dinner.
  4. This is the last time he will be sitting in his chair at the dinner table.
  5. This is the last time he will take a shower here and have to remind him that he took too long.
  6. This is the last time he has his friends over and I'll have to listen to them playing video games...loudly!!
  7. This is the last time I have to keep Short quite in the mornings (Venti's room is on the first floor.)
  8. This is the last time I have to make huge amounts of food for dinner.
  9. This is the last time I have to listen to Grande and him fighting over where to park their cars.
  10. This is the last time I wait up for him to come home at night.
What I really mean is:    
  1. I will miss folding his size x-large shirts and his black socks.
  2. I will still buy his favorite foods and take them to him when I visit.
  3. I will still make those things he loves for dinner and invite him over.
  4. I will glance over at his empty chair at dinner and sadly miss him.
  5. I will not miss the large water bill.
  6. I will think that the house seems so quite and would actually enjoy hearing the laughter of him and his friends.
  7. I will see the sadness on Short's face every day as he misses his oldest brother who is his buddy.
  8. I will miss making dinner that actually gets all eaten!
  9. I will soon have to hear Grande and Tall arguing over parking their cars!
  10. I will still lie there at night wishing he were asleep downstairs.

      He is such a good kid and I know he will do well and succeed on his own. 

      That still doesn't make it any easier and I couldn't have prepared for this day in any way shape or form....I am a Mom....he is my child....and this is life...and boy is it hard.....

      Wednesday, May 26, 2010

      The "Lion"

      As you know we have 3 male cats.   Our youngest kitty, BoBo is 10 months old and when we got him we had no idea how long his fur would grow!!

      When we got BoBo, he looked like this: 
      Yesterday he looked like this:
       Today, he looks like this:
      Bobo is now sporting the Lion Cut!!
      When we picked him up at the groomer's I couldn't believe what he looked like!  I couldn't stop laughing....he looked so cute!!
      We couldn't wait to see what the kids thought!  Venti was the first to see him and he just cracked up laughing and said how cute he looked!
      Grande was next and he could not stop laughing!  He loved the cut!
      Tall came home from school and said, "what in the heck did you do that to BoBo for?"...."He looks like a poodle!!"
      Short was next to come home from school and laughed so hard I think he peed his pants!!!

      Since he got home, he hasn't stop washing....mostly his little boy parts!  I think he couldn't find them before!!

      Some people think that shaving a cat is cruel or is harming the cat in some way or that it is a form of abuse. This is NOT cruel to the cat! The lion cut can be done for several reasons:
      • Your love the personality of a long hair breed of cat but simply don’t want to or don’t have time to take care of all that hair!
      • If you live in hot climates, the lion cut can help keep your kitty cool.
      • If your male cat is not neutered, the lion cut will help keep him clean.
      • If your cat is a female breeder, the lion cut will help keep her clean and help her babies find mommy easier to nurse.
      • Older cats are sometimes poor groomers, and the lion cut will help keep them clean.
      • It cuts down on hairballs.
      • It cuts down on shedding!
      • And they just look adorable!! 
      What do you think?

      Tuesday, May 25, 2010

      Tuesday Beauty Tips!! Messy Bun!!

      I’ve been wearing my hair in some sort of messy updo most of the time as it only take a couple of minutes and it looks great!!   While it’s certainly a simple way to battle a bad hair day, I’ve surprisingly received numerous requests to see just how it’s done!
      It helps to have hair that hasn’t been washed for at least a day and the best thing is that it doesn’t have to look too perfect.

       There are 2 different ways that you can create this look:

      Method 1

      Short hair:

      1. You will need to pull your hair through the band at least three times, On the first time, pull hair through like a normal pony tail, then, pull it back through half way, creating a small loop. 
      2. Here you can get creative, pulling loose ends through the loop and what not, but that's for you to create and personalize if you wish, not necessary.
      3. Finally, double the loop over and secure with the band. 
      4. To give your hair the funky loose ends, you have to double the loop so the loose ends stick out 1-2 inches. 
      5. You may have to practice a bit, but its easy to catch on and personalize.  No two messy buns are alike really.

      Long hair:

      1. Personally I think long hair makes better messy buns, just because it makes a fuller bun, and gives you more to work with. 
      2. You follow the same basic steps as the short hair, but on the first pull, don't pull your hair through the whole way. 
      3. When you pull your hair through the second time, twist it around some, pulling it through half way again (not the full length, half of the second length.) repeat these steps until you get your full length into the bun. 
      4. Don't make the bun as tight as possible, because then you lose the messy-ness of a loose bun.

        Method 2

        1. Put hair in a medium or low ponytail.
        2. Put your head down and put it so your hair falls into a circle around the ponytail holder.
        3. Grab the part right around the ponytail holder and wrap another one around it.
        4. Take some of the leftover pieces of hair and twist them and tuck them into the ponytail holder.
         Great for summer and will keep you nice and cool!!

        Monday, May 24, 2010

        My tears...

        I can barely see my computer screen as I have continuous tears welding up in my eyes.... 

        Venti is moving out on Friday.

        He is moving 77 miles another State...not extremely far..but away from this house.  To start his life with Mocha and a new job.

        The house that has so memories of him here. 

        We moved here when he was 5.


        Just a small boy.

        And now he is grown.

          He has been packing for the past week.  I didn't really think much of fact the only thing that I was thinking was what a mess the house looks like with his boxes and stuff everywhere! 
        Then last night I waved goodbye to Joe at the window as he drove down the street to work.
        Venti had left after dinner to go over to Mocha's (Venti's Fiance) house.  Tall was at work.
        Grande and Short were downstairs.  The house seemed so quite for some reason.
        Venti's room is on the first floor and his door was cracked a little.

        I walked into his room just to see how far he has gotten with his packing.

        Its like the air was sucked out of me.

        I sat down on his bed and looked around me. 

        Tears just started flowing down my face.

        I sat there and looked around.

        Looking at the empty nail on the wall that once hung a picture of something....I don't even know what.

        Looking at the giant stuffed animals way up high on his shelf that he won one year at the boardwalk...he kept them all these years.


        Looking at the bottle of sea shells that he got one year at the beach...tucked in next to his college graduation cap and gown.

        Looking at all the trophies he has won over the years...covered in dust... 
        And then there...sitting amongst his prized trophies was his beloved Elmo...the very same Elmo that comforted him when he was sleeping...the very same Elmo that helped sooth the pain when he fell off his bike...the very same Elmo that Venti sucked on his nose when he fell asleep....

        That's when I lost it.

        I was so choked up looking at Elmo....remembering how Venti wouldn't go to sleep without him.

        Now Elmo was sitting way up high...on the top shelf...covered in dust...forgotten by Venti.

        How could this be?  My little boy...moving out of the house that he grew up longer will our family be the same.  Even though its a reality I still do not want this next chapter in my life to start.

        One day I will be writing that Short is moving out too...and for that day to come, well I cannot even fathom that thought.  Why does it have to be that way?  Why are we given these precious babies only to pack them up and watch them leave one day?  I know that is life...but I have a hard time comprehending it.

        I cannot stop crying.

        This is so hard for me.

        And then I saw his little t-ball glove....

        Lying in the to a dust small and tiny....belonging to the little boy....who is now a man...but in my mind....he is still my little boy.....and he is moving can I tell myself that this is ok?  Because right now I can't and I'm so sad.....

        Friday, May 21, 2010

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        • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
        • To sell your home faster, and for more money, paint it yellow.
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        • Deep Breathing gives you health benefits similar to aerobics.
        • Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
        • Most lipstick contains fish scales. 
        • Redheads require more anesthesia to 'go under' than other hair colors do.
        • Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches.
        • Surgeons who listen to music during operations perform better than those who don't.  
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        • When a person dies, hearing is usually the last sense to go. 
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        • There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S. Capitol Building - one   for every day of the year.
        • There are more fatal car accidents in July than any other month.
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        Thursday, May 20, 2010

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        Wednesday, May 19, 2010

        Wedding Dilemma #2!!

        Sunday was Venti's Graduation Party!   Lots of people were there:

        His Grandparents and Family Friends: 

          His Aunt (my sister) and Uncle
        His other Aunt (my sister) and Uncle: 
           His cousins
        More cousins, Grande and Tall: 
        More Grandparents, Uncle (Joe's Brother)and G/F

        Mocha's Mom, Grandparents, Aunt and Latte's (Mocha's Sister) B/F:

        Mocha's Aunts and Uncle

        Venti's Aunt and Uncle, and Cousins:
        The little one's are going to be the ring bearer and flower girl. 
          Mocha's Brother and G/F  (left),
        Venti's Friend, Venti and
        Venti's Cousin and Short:

         Joe and I
        It was a great party and everyone had a good time!  On the ride home, Venti says, "Just think...for the Rehearsal Dinner, it will be double the people that were there tonight!"

        Joe and I: "How do you figure that?"

        Venti:  "Well it will be all those that were there plus the bridal party and their significant others."

        Joe and I:  "Venti all those Aunt's and Uncle's and cousins won't be at the Rehearsal Dinner!"

        Venti:  "Yes they will be...they are supposed to be invited too and that's the way we want it!"

        Joe and I: "No you don't have all those extra's at the Rehearsal Dinner!  Its just for those that will be at the church rehearsing....the bridal party...any spouse's...girlfriends/boyfriends...minister....Grandparents and the parents of the flower girl & ring bearer!  The Aunts and Uncle's and cousins aren't invited!  Why would they come if they aren't "in" the wedding?  It could get way out of hand if you start inviting all of those..the list would never end!"

        Venti: "Well Mocha's sister had all the Aunt's and stuff at her Rehearsal Dinner and so we want all of them at ours....I will just pay for the extra ones!"

        Joe and I:  "Its not the money, its the fact of who is supposed to come and who isn't.  Why would you invite people that aren't actually in the wedding?"

        Venti: "Because that's what we want and I will just pay for them!"

        So that's my Wedding Dilemma #2!  Any opinions on this one??

        Tuesday, May 18, 2010

        Tuesday Beauty Tips!! 12 Ways to Delay Aging!!

        Growing old gracefully isn't a lost art―it's just a forgotten one!  I for one try to do everything possible to delay the aging process!!  I have found 12 easy ways to help delay this process and wanted to share it with you!!  About 80 percent of aging is caused by environmental factors....things you have control over! 

        Wear sunscreen every day. You've heard it before: Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging! Ultraviolet light from the sun―or a tanning bed―breaks down collagen and elastin, the substances that keep skin smooth and firm. To help minimize damage and wrinkles, stay out of the sun and follow these tips:

        Apply sunscreen liberally. A too-thin layer of SPF (sun protection factor) 15 is equal to only about SPF 7. Use a shot glass-size amount to cover your body and a teaspoonful to cover your face.
        • Don't forget your legs!  More cases of malignant melanomas are on women's legs than on their faces! 
        • Don't rely on SPF-enhanced makeup. Chances are you don't wear enough of it to defend your skin.

        • Choose sunglasses with UV protection. Good sunglasses help prevent cataracts, and they also keep you from squinting, which can, over time, break down the collagen around your eyes and cause crow's-feet.   
        • Avoid smoky situations. If you smoke, quit. And nonsmokers should be aware that chronic exposure to secondhand smoke can damage skin.
        • Be conscious of repetitive movements. Between smiling, frowning, and talking, your face makes thousands of movements a day. Over time, these repetitive motions lead to deeper lines.  If you're constantly drinking through a straw, chewing gum, or smoking, you're breaking down the collagen around your mouth. And the wrinkles will come earlier!!
        • Stop picking! It's hard to resist the urge to do a little at-home surgery on a pimple, but the mark it might leave is the most persuasive reason not to. As you age, acne scars often end up looking more like wrinkles.  If you have a pimple on your cheek near where a wrinkle forms, it will make the wrinkle deeper. 
        • Cleanse with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). They help remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal a fresh layer underneath.  Alpha hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid) unclog pores and help your skin look smoother.  Note: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try a cleanser with a beta hydroxy acid (BHA).
        • Use an anti-aging cream at night. New anti-aging creams arrive on cosmetics counters all the time―with bigger claims and heftier price tags. But good old retinoids, which contain a vitamin A derivative, are still the gold standard.  Retinoids encourage the skin to renew itself, smoothing fine lines and helping to repair sun damage. I use Garnier Nutritoniste Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.  
        • Try a weekly exfoliation treatment. Over time, your skin should respond by thickening slightly.   Thickening is good.....Thicker skin shows fewer wrinkles. I use L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Deep  Exfoliating Scrub.  
        • Remember the rest of your body. "Everything you do for your face, you should also do for your neck, chest, and hands.  Those are the primary spots that show aging.  At the very least, moisturize: Hydrated skin looks plumper and smoother.