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Happy {Heart} Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Oh, how I LOVE these vintage valentine cards!

And oh how I LOVE my Valentines….

It was peanut butter banana smoothies in their cute new mugs this morning…

Then we loaded up all the valentines and headed to school.

Elliott signed 25 {cheesy} Jonas Brothers cards all by herself and helped me seal them with a little pink heart sticker.

She also has a little candy treat for her classmates…

I had visions of hand cut hearts, glitter and handwritten notes to adorn these little trinkets, but the weekend got away from us and I found myself scrambling for my Avery labels and put my new color cartridge to work!

Now that I look back, I should’ve had the label read, “Please be a {Smartie} and be my Valentine!”

Shucks! Oh well.


Just wanted to add that yesterday, while I took Holden to a little birthday party, Jay and Elliott went and redeemed a certificate she got from school at Cold Stone. I found out when I got home that she chose cotton candy ice cream with m&m’s….how NASTY is that? Sorry, I know it’s not polite to comment that something that someone is eating is gross, BUT……they shouldn’t even MAKE cotton candy ice cream! Jay said it was blue! Yuck!

But I’m glad Jay & Elliott got to have some more one on one time. They also went to the park and practiced her sight words!


This afternoon I’m going to be busy in the kitchen preparing a special dinner for my other Valentine…

Chicken Marsala

Roasted asparagus with parmesan

Cheesecake {my first attempt, but I found a recipe that BEGGED to be baked!}

Almond champagne toast

{recipes to come}

Wish me luck as I try out my new spring form pan!

This N That Thursday

Well, Hello!

How was your Thursday?

I was able to run several errands in preparation for Valentine’s Day and Holden’s upcoming birthday next month. I found some super inexpensive treats for Elliott to give to her classmates for V-day:

I swiped this image off eBay, so it’s teeny tiny, but I found some ornaments filled with candy at Rite Aid leftover from Christmas for 90% off! {There’s nothing “Christmassy” about them other than they’re supposed to be ornaments, but you wouldn’t catch me hanging them on my tree! And yes, I inspected the date and the candy is good until Jan 2012…I am weird with stuff like that. Not that a Now and Later will be any more fresh in mid-February 2011 or a year from then!} They ended up being 10ยข a piece. I’m going to have her cut little hearts out of construction paper and hand write her name with a touch of glitter. The little balls are pink and will look very Valentiney with the added message on the red paper.


Last weekend we went to Sprouts and loaded up on veggies.

I roasted some last weekend and we added the leftovers to a salad with some beer can chicken and some blue cheese!

I also made quinoa for the first time. Super easy, but a bit time consuming as you have to soak and rinse it {I bought mine from the bulk bin, but you can also buy it pre-rinsed and ready to go}. I used about 3/4 cup water and 1 cup chicken broth. I read that a 1:2 ratio makes the quinoa too mushy, so I used about 1 3/4 cup liquid to one cup rinsed quinoa. Just bring the liquid to a boil, add the quinoa, stir, cover and put on low for 15-20 minutes {or until water is absorbed}. You can also just make it with water and eat it for breakfast with some raisins, a little brown sugar and a splash of milk or cream.

{BTW, the quinoa is under the roasted veggies in the pic}

To roast the veggies, I just cut up whatever I had: red pepper, red onion, zucchini, yellow squash and baby carrots. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss it up and put onto a cookie sheet into a 400* oven for about 20 minutes. The flavor is amazing and this is a great way to eat your veggies! Elliott loved them {well, at least the carrots} and they are just as good warm as they are cold the next day. Tonight I am adding some cauliflower to the mix and using a little truffle oil that I picked up today.


Today is my Dad’s birthday…

Happy Birthday, Popsi! Enjoy your special day!

{Next year he will celebrate a milestone birthday ~ I will let you guess which one}


Does anyone out there still watch American Idol?

I tuned in last night {yes, we still have Direct TV} because I love J Lo. I think she’s so beautiful. And talented. And funny.

For me, the new judges are a breath of fresh air…it’s nice not having Simon pop off every 5 seconds and his snide comments flying around!

We’ll see if I am still able to watch next week…… ๐Ÿ˜‰


That’s it kids….how can it already be Friday tomorrow? I don’t know, but I’m glad it is!

Have a great night!

Admit One

We rarely go to the movies.

I always tend to fall asleep, so $14 {or whatever the going rate at the local box office is these days} is a lot to pay for me to doze off.

I think the last movie we saw was TS3 over 4th of July weekend!

However, last night I saw the previews for Blue Valentine.


I SOOOO want to see this. However, I think my Valentine will have zero interest, but since it’s a Sundance film, maybe he’ll want to join me.

If not, I will be going to see this at the theaters.

Holla at me if you’d like to come along….