Monthly Archives: September 2013

It’s that time of year….

I realize that there are tons and tons of school fundraisers out there, so I understand if you’re already overwhelmed.  If you have room in your life for more popcorn, holiday pies, or coupon booklets, though, Toby (and I!) would appreciate you taking a look!!!!!

ImageFirst up – popcorn sales! 

Boy Scouts across the country are selling popcorn to help their packs afford to do cool things.

There are a couple of ways to go about this – personal or online sales. For local people you can save a little bit of money by checking out this price sheet here:  http://www.moheganpopcorn2013.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Mohegan-Trails-End-Product-Selection-2013.pdf and emailing me your order.  If you have a paypal account you can pay me that way or by giving me a check.

An option for you out-of-towners is through this link:

http://trails-end.com?scout=2c90cafb71816a9

You do have to pay shipping and it looks like they upped the prices by $5 –  if you’re opposed to that I could work something out with the local form and I can figure out shipping which should be cheaper.  The smaller items (not the boxed gift sets) I can priority mail for about $6 cross-country.

Next up is the Special Education Parent Advisory Council Pie Sale.This is a huge hit – saves a lot of baking time around Thanksgiving!Here’s the link to the order form: SEPAC Pie Order Form

Again, you can paypal me or send me a check, or send it to Lori directly with the instructions that I will pick it up for you.  Yes, I will clean out my freezer just for you!

And lastly, to support Boylston’s PTO, is a fundraiser offering coupon books:

In Massachusetts you can save money at Toys“R”Us ($5 off $25 4x a year), Shaws ($5 off of $50 x2), Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, Loft, Children’s Place,  + more! Our school is selling KidStuff Coupon Books for $25! KidStuff ships all editions to our school and I can coordinate it so you get it! See all 20 editions in PA, NY, NJ, MD, OH, MA, CT, IL, MN, TX, and DE at http://www.kidstuffcouponbook.com/kidstuff-coupon-book-editions

Thank you for hearing me out – I know that everyone is bombarded with fundraisers so I appreciate your time!

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Baking day

Yesterday was baking day. I heated up the kitchen on a nice, crisp autumn morning with
“Health Nut” Blueberry Muffins which really don’t taste healthy at all. Probably not so healthy when I can eat about 6 mini muffins at a go.
Then I experimented with Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips which were delicious….unfortunately not so crispy the next day.
Finally, I finished up with my all-time favorite, “Infamous” Neiman Marcus Cookies.
And, I didn’t leave the kitchen a disaster!

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Apples, apples, everywhere!

We have this gigantic apple tree in our front yard which has been pruned by inept pruners throughout the years (myself included!) We have a coddling moth problem so some years we get no usable fruit and other years we’re covered in apples. This year is a fruitful one! 🙂
Sometimes I can only use 1/3 of the apple because of damage from the moths (we have sprayed with natural superior oil in the past, but it’s a teeny window of opportunity to spray and it’s always at a busy time of the year, so we tend to miss it) but 1/3 of a treeful is still a lot.
You know what this means?
Unlimited apple crisp!
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S’mores dilemma

This never posted last night
I had to make a big decision – do I use mini marshmallows or a jumbo marshmallow for my s’mores? I know, life-changing decisions. I didn’t have any regular marshmallows, sadly.
I opted to go with the jumbo, which aren’t my favorite because it’s hard to get perfection, but it beats lining up a bunch of teeny marshmallows on the stick.
I don’t really know what I was worrying about – any combo of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker is pretty damn good!

First world problems indeed!

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Don’t Mess With Perfection

After a frustrating night with Max (which is coming on top of a frustrating 2 weeks – is he teething or sprouting a tail and devil horns?) I self-medicated with crêpes, which really just means I needed a way of eating a lot of nutella without making it look like I was just eating nutella.
I always make my Don’t Mess With Perfection Crêpes as I’ve tried modifying the recipe and really, it is just too good. It’s from when I stayed with a family in France while in High School and it’s just awesome.
But what I found is you really need the right pan. I love, love, love my Green Pan
Green Pan
– it makes the crêpes the perfect size and even though I do butter the surface you don’t have to – it’s super nonstick.

I have an Orgreenic pan, too, and it works well, but I did find the grey-coated Green Pan my fave.
So yeah, I eat when stressed, and since I have kids, I’m stressed a lot!

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Home cooking….from a bottle

For dinner tonight I wanted to make a mix of  Allrecipe’s Peanut Noodles” and Lilias’ Sesame Noodles but with Max’s screwed up naps today I didn’t have time to go out and buy green onions.  No problem, I thought, I’m used to substitutions.  It won’t be ideal, but I figured I could use plain white onion.  Until I discover that I must have tossed my sesame oil since it was old.  How the hell am I going to do this without green onions or sesame oil?

I found that, while racing through Stop & Shop and apparently not label-reading, I grabbed a bottle of this:

LiteAsainSesame

It has all of the ingredients I needed to add – garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil – with the added bonus of MSG, caramel coloring, and natural flavors.  Whoops!  Yeah, I don’t normally add those, but it came out great, and in a pinch it works!

As an aside, James and I loved it.  Toby told me it was a crappy dinner.  Delightful!

 

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Parents say the strangest things

Things to add to the “Things We Never Thought We’d Have To Say” List:

R: “No, no, don’t brush your penis!!!!!!!!”

     R: “Okay, the brush can’t go in your mouth now!!!!!”

J: “Never, never make that noise unless you’re being attacked by a pack of wolves!”

     T: What about a bear?”

T: “Why, because you think I’m stupid?”

   J: “No, because I think you’re annoying!”

 

Okay, it’s funnier in person, but we never imagined saying them!

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