Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eat Your Veggies


Every once in a while, I go into complete freak out mode and pick some "project" to torture my family, such as the following:
  • project vitamins
  • project laundry
  • project clean closets
  • project outside toys
  • project no TV

So I have recently decided that I need to revamp what my family is eating. This comes as a direct result of a week of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages....basically any unhealthy meat you can eat and smother with cheese.
Let "project vegetable" begin.

So I decided to look up the Jessica Seinfeld Book Deceptively Delicious. The whole concept being puree some spinach and hide it in a french fry or brownie and "nom nom nom" chow away. Probably won't work, but like all other projects I will try it, torture my family with it and let it die a slow and timely death.

Did I mention, I pretty much dislike vegetables

OK, so I went on line to see the reviews of this book. I really just want to see if this will work or not. Meaning if I bite into a delicious looking chocolate chip cookie, will I notice the chick peas inside of it?

Wow, there are a lot of angry nutritionists out there.

"Shame on you for trying to deceive your children"
"You need to teach them the food pyramid"

OK, I get it, I get it. My kids understand the importance of fruits and veggies, blah blah blah. So do I. They just don't taste that great to me, unless I smother them with butter or some kind of cheese sauce. So, I will smother cheese sauce on carrots and give them to my kids.

"Gee T, your daughter has high cholesterol but her eye site is great"

And yes, I do give my kids fruits in their lunchbox and veggies at dinner.

But wouldn't it be fabulous if I could hide some broccoli in a Popsicle?

I ordered the book from the author that is suing Jessica Seinfeld instead (got less angry reviews). I will let you know how "project vegetable" progresses.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reality TV Junkie

I am ashamed to admit it but.....I am a Reality TV Junkie. Especially American Idol! I love to watch all of those shows that invite people to display their lives to the rest of us while we sit safe & sound in the comforts of our own homes.
Trish joins me occasionally...okay, more than I laugh out loud at the tone deaf souls of the world that thank Simon Cowell for his words of wisdom after they have made sounds only dogs can hear.
I love it!!! It absolutely cracks me up!!
It drives Trish nuts how I love to watch those people go down in flames! I am truly a nice person....I don't kick animals and I help old ladies cross the street. Really! For some reason, I just love watching all of the "rejects" on American Idol!! Trish says it almost makes her feel uncomfortable to see them get shot down after their auditions. I say....if they will sing it, I will watch it!
So my Aunt sent me a shocker from the British Version of American Idol......
I also watch for the really, really good singers too! Enjoy!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Coming Home Again-Back from the Beach

My first thought today was to tell my tale of the beautiful week I spent at Cape Cod or the pit in my stomach I felt when I realized it was Friday and I needed to start the chore of packing my bags and cleaning the cottage.

But I decided it would be nice to talk about coming home again.

I know, I have only been away a week and I am a huge proponent of travel (although I haven't traveled extensively).

It started to happen as we crossed the Sagamore Bridge and we said goodbye to Cape Cod.

For the first time in a long time, I longed to be in my house.

I saw my first sign for route 495 and the pangs of leaving the lovely Cape started to go away. Although I had at least 8 loads of laundry, 75 emails to go through, dead geraniums and an angry cat to contend with, I was looking forward to my little house on the lane.

This was re-enforced today, when my little family went to our little church, fanned ourselves with the programs and ate watermelon with the minister at coffee hour. Then we went for a walk to a local farm up the street where a wedding was held just yesterday and the tulle markers were still up on the apple trees. Cal bought a pint of fresh blueberries and I bought a strawberry rhubarb pie. An old farmer tipped his hat at us on the way out as we walked home with our treasure. As I tried to revive some of my annuals, I can hear my older daughter Cat sharing pre-teen secrets with my neighbor's daughter, their painted toenails shining beneath July tanned legs.

As my Cape T-Shirt says "Life is Good"

Carpe Diem!!!!

Enjoy Summer wherever you are!!

There is no place like home!!!