Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Band winding down for the (sophomore) year...

 Probably you would assume that  I would have a pic or two of Bubbie in a post about the last band concert of the year.  You might assume I would be on top of things in that regard, since I had ironed his clothes, gotten dinner in the oven on a timer, and gotten us to the thing on time.    You would be wrong.  Take my word for it:  the kid had clean and pressed clothes and was in the right place at the right time...
This is merely warm-up.  By 7 p.m., the auditorium was standing room only - after all, it was senior night.  He's in there somewhere.  Playing  euphonium on Amazing Grace, arr. by Ticheli, and Star Trek into Darkness arr. by Giacchino/Brown.  {I so wish he would practice at home.  I LOVE hearing my kids playing their instruments over the years!}  It was refreshing to hear concert band play something not intended for middle school band.  Really.  Stretch them a bit!
Hubby plopped down, saying in a voice that was a little too loud "I forgot about the darn concert".  That was after I reminded him at the door in the  morning, and by text in the afternoon...  Then he asked me twice what is for dinner.  I do not speak of dinner at a two hour band concert.  That's torture.  I do not condone torture.  And I already told you.  So, just wait til we get home and whatever I serve you will love, as you will be starving. 
And stop talking so loud or I will kill you.
Scout lent his undivided attention. 
Kidding.  
I know he's texting while listening to the band, but he's there, for his brother, and that's what counts.  And his calming presence brings out the calm in Hubby and I, too.  Sigh.  These days are slowly winding down.  It's bittersweet.  Two years to go til our youngest is out of high school...





Friday, May 22, 2015

5 thing Friday - stuff to store, art, graduations, sussies, fun at work

We moved The Girl from Waco back to Austin for a couple of months until she starts her new job in Houston.  This is the pile that could not fit into the spare bedroom so it is destined for the garage.  There was also a giant cooler of groceries, loads of paper towels and ziplocs, and enough laundry soap, softener, and bleach to last all summer.  The benefit of being the last to vacate the house.
 At some point I will find a spot for it in the garage.  (Insert insane hearty laugh here.)
I popped into JoAnn Fabrics for some pretty fabric to spruce up my desk area last week and found this giant canvas print/painting for $37.  It fits the colors in the room and the space better than what was there before.  Originally $99 though?  Get real, JoAnn.
It's graduation season and I am falling behind on getting cards and gifts out.  Aunt Gina and Uncle Mark will be late!  Please forgive us Olivia, Laura, William, Paxton, Emma....you people are growing up way too fast.  Congrats to all of you!
On Wednesday I took a belated Mother's Day gift to my mother.  Empty egg cartons for her chickie eggs, some boxes of Sure-Gel, a new ironing board cover, some packages of deluxe nuts, a couple of paperback novels, bread for the chickens, a few empty jelly jars, and her watch that I had the battery replaced in.  Plus, we cleaned out her clothes closet and ate lunch out, which is always nice.
I'm so glad to be back at work.  Can't say it enough!




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pimiento Cheese Spread

I'm a big fan of homemade cheese spread - as a child my mom would make her own version with grated cheddar, mayo, and bacon instead of pimiento.  While that was very delicious, I wanted to make the southern version of pimiento cheese.  So, recently I made it for dinner using a recipe from Martha Stewart and making slight changes.
It was creamy and sweet and cheesey and sooo good on ciabatta rolls!  An easy dinner and everyone loved it.

Pimiento Cheese Spread
1 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar
1 1/2 c. grated monterrey jack
1/2 real mayo
1 tiny jar of pimientos, undrained
freshly grated black pepper, salt
Mix all together and chill.  Serve on bread, rolls, toast, celery sticks...


With soup it was the perfect meal!
There's nothing like fresh grated cheese.  I used to buy the big bags of pre-shredded cheese, but what I found was that we ended up eating too much cheese and it didn't melt or taste quite the same - fresh is best.  Still, I made this a couple of hours in advance of dinner, and the next day it was even better!





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Friday, May 15, 2015

Mother's Day 2015 (recap)

 (I'm sorry, internet, the pics are not getting better)
 So, Mother's Day was fun.
 I was actually at work, but as you may know, I am happy to be back at work in general.  Nothing worse, for me, than being stuck at home.  And I mean that sincerely.  I have had a job since I was 15.  And there have been very short periods where I was between jobs.  But nothing like 5 months worth.  So.  We had plenty of food to snack on all day, and the work load was light.  Yay, job!
When I got home, Hubby had prepared a FEAST.  Yes, I think he should have made the "kids" help out.  But quite possibly, he enjoys cooking alone.  He fixed: Bacon wrapped and grilled scallops, Bacon "striped" grilled salmon, potato lasagna, sauteed kale, and jalapeno beer bread. Oh. My. Goodness.
The Girl came home and brought me a painting she'd done. (of a bridge in Waco) LOVE IT.  And Hubby put together a tub of gourmet sauces and cookies and schtuff - random, but so nice.  Included was wine from Flat Creek.  So I immediately opened the Super Texan and sat admiring my painting until dessert...
...which was vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, almonds...and a soft bed.  zzzzz.....
Hard to believe its Friday already! Hubby and I have a Happy Hour to attend, then it's back to the 40 hour loop.  Is is just me, or does this month seem to be whizzing by?




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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