Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie

While using Stumbleupon a while back I Stumbled across the blog Tuesdays with Dorie. It started it out with one blogger wanting to go through the book Baking:From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Over the last eight months it has exploded and there are over 250 blogger participants. There are only a few rules, one of which include owning the book.

Since my birthday is coming up on Thursday I convinced Bobby that that was what I wanted for my birthday. Yesterday we headed off to Books-A-Million to pick it up. The website said the cost was $26.00. Um yeah that would be on the website...for club members. After writing down the recipe I thought I was supposed to make for this week we came home and ordered the book on for $11.57.

For some reason I thought I was supposed to make the Chocolate Banded Ice Cream was the recipe for last Tuesday. I made it anyway today with so-so results and thought I would post it anyway. If I get my book in time I will post on Tuesday about the Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters chosen by Stephany of Proceed With Caution .

As you can see these are the ingredients. The recipe called for Vanilla Ice Cream whirled with Raspberry's. Since I do not have a food processor..yet.. I chose to go with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Oh yeah, and I am the only one in my house that like raspberry ice cream.

I do not have a double boiler but this was what was suggested in the book anyway. Aside from being a little awkward to keep steady while stirring it worked out nicely.

Now this next picture looks kind of nice but it was melty around the edges and had to go back in the freezer for ...oh about 3 more hours.After we cut into it I realized how much longer I should have let each layer set in the freezer. It was really squishy.

I do have to say I was in a little bit of a hurry because I was trying to get it put together before our open house today. When I make this again I will make sure that the freezer is extra cold and that each layer sits at least 30 minutes.

Even though it was squishy we all ate it up! Delicious!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I have been tagged by Laura because she thinks I might have something funny to say....I guess that is to been seen....

1. I am a frustrated perfectionist. I want things to be orderly and neat or my scrapbook pages to be perfect artful creations. It doesn't happen as I don't want to spend a ton of time on stuff.

2. My bowling team, The Pink Panthers, was 10th in the nation in the Bantam Bowling League. I think I was 8. I have a picture of me in pigtails accepting some award.

3. Not long after I moved to Vacaville I was walking backwards yelling at some guy. I tripped over the curb and landed on my rear end. I told (shoot was it Nicole or Cyndi) "Hey! I found a place for us to sit!"

4. I secretly have no desire to decorate my house. Well, maybe it isn't so secret and maybe I didn't get the decorating gene.

5. I love to read but don't get to do it as much anymore. I thought I was a fast reader until I met Bobby...who speed reads. Yeah, I don't read that fast. The scariest book I ever read (and I don't scare easily) was either "It" or "Salems Lot". I still can't walk over a giant grate by a curb without hearing "We all float down here" in my head.

6. My favorite line from a song is from the Indigo Girls song Mystery. It is "When summers beginning to give up her fight, and every thoughts a possibility." There are days at the end of the summer when I can feel the line from that song. that you know these things. Here you's your turn.

Here are the rules.

1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules to your blog
3. Write 6 random things about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.

I am tagging:

Angela Jackson-because she has just discovered Facebook and how awesome it is.
Kacey Reese--because even though we are far apart friends are always close in heart!
Suzanne at Joyfulchaos--because she always has a great story
Tracy Brothers--Because she has a kindergartener
Davi from Band of Brothers--she's a super creative soul
Amy Bierman because she is at the blueberry festival and I am not!

New Puppy

We got a new puppy the other day! Oh wait was just the amount of hair that could have been a new puppy that I swept up in my living room. I swear I swept 2 days before!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mini Panic Attack

Yesterday Bobby and I dropped Munchkin off at Konnect and headed out to peruse the local bookstore with Little Man.
Since we were sitting by the train table I picked up and American Girl Book about things to talk to your parents about. As a mom I always wonder when THOSE questions are going to start coming. You know the ones I am talking about ladies. Of course in the intro of the book it says puberty starts anywhere from 8-12 years old. Yeah, that is where the mini panic attack set in. My little baby Munchkin is 6 Years 1 Months 2 Weeks and 4 Days old! You can see it over there on the side in my little ticker. That only leaves me 1 year 11 months 2 weeks and 3 days to start talking to her about the onset of puberty! WHAT? My little baby that has turned in to a little girl will be vanishing in a lovely young lady before my very eyes!

I had to go grocery shopping after school today. It is a chore I vary rarely experience alone. That is probably good since I end up wandering around in a daze and buying things like saffron or Thai rice noodles, ya know, for just in case. We had a big shopping trip ahead of us and half way through, of course, had to visit the ladies room.
Let me tell ya...sometimes having an early reader is a little trying. All of a sudden Munchkin looked up at me and asked "Why doesn't that machine have any napkins? And what are taamm-pons?" WHAT? I was just reading that dang book yesterday! She is too little to understand about the whole cycle of nature thing!
So, I tried to avoid but I don't want to do that because I want to always be open with her. Instead of totally avoiding I said "those are for girls and women that are older than you." "But, why Mommy?" "Um, well older girls and women need them but that is a little bit old for you. When you are a little bit older we will talk more about it but for now you know they are for girls over the ago of 8!"
The child doesn't miss a thing. Well, except when you ask what she did at school and she says "I don't remember." Yesterday she piped up from the back seat "Mommy,, what are drugs?"
Now, I know she didn't get that at school. The Police at the Night Out Against Crime were handing out Say No to Drugs tattoos and coloring books.

I reminded her about how we had talked about smoking being bad for your health. She remembered that and I just said there are some drugs that are good for you like antibiotics and allergy medicine but only if mommy or daddy give them to her. Bad drugs are even worse than smoking for your health. We talked about how she should never take a friends medicine or even hold it if someone asks.

SERIOUSLY! I was talking to my 6 year old about drugs. I guess it is good that it came from reading her coloring book and not from school. But still.....
I just pray she remembers what we talk about at home before she gets into any kind of sticky situation.
Did I mention she is getting tested for ENCORE this week? She is pretty excited about that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Magic Blue Smoke=Bad!

We woke up late this morning. Well, I take that back. My alarm went off at 6:30 and I hit snooze until 6:45. I really wanted a shower to wake up so I made poor Bobby get out of bed to help me get the kids ready. Munchkin finally drug herself out of bed and got herself dressed but not until after I had told her to get up at least 4 times.

While in the shower I hear "Karen, where is the toaster?" I didn't realize hubs had not put in his contacts yet so I was really annoyed that he handed looked for it. Of course I knew where it was after cleaning all day yesterday and told him exactly where it was. When I discovered he didn't have his eyes in yet I was slightly less annoyed.

Getting shoes on was a pain and we finally got out the door.

At the light just leaving our neighborhood I noticed the car making a little shimmy in 1st gear.
Munchkins school is not that far and we were already running late so I just kept going. The car would not get up to the right speed and in several gear was doing a bigger shimmy than before.

As we got to the intersection right before school the check engine light started blinking and the car stalled out on me. I rounded the corner, stalled out and all of a sudden had blue smoke pouring from under the hood. I wasn't planning on walking Munchkin in but I didn't dare pull up in the circle with the car acting like that. I was praying that I would break down and cause all of the traffic to back up around the corner. I managed to make it into the parking lot only stalling one more time. When Little Man and I came back after our short walk the car started right up and we drove home.

I was supposed to go to Moms In Touch this morning but had to go home and drive Bobby to work. I am afraid to drive the car and get stuck somewhere.

I am wondering if our oil tank is dry. I got an oil change a few weeks ago but just the last couple of days I have noticed a few oil spots on the street. I am not sure why it would just start leaking now. Who knows. I know we need a new transmission and a new catalytic converter but have zero dollars to fix it. We may be a one car family for a little while.

Ugh. So, by 8:25 I was already having a day that made me want to cuss! It is better now. Little Man and I are hanging out watching Between the Lions while he plays with our obnoxious dog.
Hopefully the rest of the day will be even better.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Precocious Moments with Munchkin

Tonight we were discussing ice cream flavors on our way home from dance class. Bobby came and met us so he could see Munchkin dance. In our discussion about ice cream he stated that he prefers a vanilla base. Munchkin piped up with "I like chocolate!"
Bobby responded "I know honey, you are your mommys baby!"
To which she exclaimed "Yours too! Cuz I pass and gas A LOT!!!!"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Brief Memory

When Bobby and I got married one of our favorite activities was going to the movies. We both had full time jobs and few bills. We would drive over to the AMC movie theater in Covina, check what was playing when, and go have dinner at Outback. It always worked out that we could find something we wanted to see and got to have a delicious dinner. We were a little more spontaneous back then I guess because we had to be. Now you can look up what is playing when on and plan around that. Of course we only go to the movies about once every 6 months now due to the price and not wanting to see kids movies every time we go.

Anyway, I was just thinking about how easy it is to figure out movie times with the Internet and how much I love technology and share it with my 5 faithful readers! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Release of the Magic Blue Smoke

Or this could also be titled "Where the heck is my brain?"

A few days ago I mentioned the delicious looking Snickery Squares that I am just waiting to bake. I bought some caramel topping hoping that would work, as I still can't find Dulce De Leche! This morning I finally got out all of the ingredients and started the process:

The recipe specifically calls for a food processor to "pulse" the ingredients. Since I do not have a food processor I thought "I have a blender with a pulse setting on it I will try that! How much difference can there be?"

My first clue should have been when I plugged the durn thing into 2 different sockets and it didn't work. I plugged the blender into the third outlet and it spun to life making me jump. Of course when it wouldn't blend the dry ingredients together I just got a spatula and started shoving them down in there. When they looked like they were mixed enough I tossed in the 1 stick of chopped up butter. This is where things got sticky (hardy har har). I was vigilant in trying to get those ingredients mixed.
All of a sudden the blender started to make a really bad sound. It also released the magic blue smoke that makes appliances work. You know...the smoke that is accompanied by a really terrible smell that won't go away for hours? After frantically unplugging the blender to make sure it didn't actually catch on fire I took the glass part off and dumped the dough into a bowl. I hadn't gotten to the part where I had to add the egg yolk and figured I would just mix it in by hand.

There was so much dough stuck down in the bottom of the blender I had to take it apart to get it out. Unfortunately, when I finally got it apart I realized the glass was chipped on the bottom. I have no idea how that happened. I didn't hit it on anything, wasn't rough while taking the thing apart... I found the great big piece but thankfully noticed that it didn't quite match up or I may have blissfully continued my tortured process. I looked in the bowl with the dough and saw something shiny. Yep, that's right, an extra tiny piece of glass. I had to throw out all of the dough.

Little Man went to the store with me this morning and had picked out a mint brownie mix. So, instead of my gourmet Snickery Squares I decided to make the box of brownies. While it was baking Little Man was playing the Wii and kept asking me to help him, I was trying to start a blog post and for some reason I walked in the kitchen half way through baking and turned off the oven.
When the timer went off and I opened the oven door I was so confused. I knew they weren't supposed to look like pudding. It took me a few minutes to figure out what I had done. Finally, after turning the oven back on the delicious smell of brownies filled the house...instead of the Magic Blue Smoke smell.

I just could not figure out where my brain was today. Oh, well. After I buy a new blender, and maybe a food processor I will try the Snickery Squares again. Maybe by then I will find someplace that carries Dulce De Leche.

Shhh...It's a secret

Photo by Joel Anderson

Or maybe it's not such a secret. Today was one of those days when I had to run to the store because of this one item I forgot. I have been a Secret girl for as long as I can remember. I dabbled with Degree and some other hoity toity natural brand that just leaves you stinky and arm pit ringed. This is the Antiperspirant/Deodorant that works best for me.

I have been using the platinum line for quite some time now. When I went to the store today there was a new line for $1 more. The Platinum line has now been converted to that weird gel stuff and the new "Flawless Touch" line, I am fairly certain, is the old platinum line.

Thank you secret for changing your packaging to include a flower shape for me to push the deodorant through. That will make my morning routine so much better! Especially paying $1 more for the pretty little flower.

Can I also say, thank you for not making the Shower Fresh Fragrance in the Flawless Touch line (only velvetly violet and orangy tangerine and vanilla latte...or something of the sort). I did see it in the new platinum weird gel line. That's ok, I guess I will go back to Powder Fresh. Some guy in high school told me he liked my perfume when I was wearing that one.

So, it's not a secret that Secret has changed it's packaging and raised it's prices AGAIN. I did flirt with the notion of checking out Degree again. Of course, Hannah Montana on the outside of one of theirs didn't win me over.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hey Look!

Bobby is playing close enough you can make it to his show!
The second one is on my birthday (September 4th) so come out and celebrate with me! :)

Salient at Center Coffee House w/ Knapsack Heroes

Date/Time: Sunday August 24, 2008
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Entry Type: MySpace Event
Location: Center Coffee House w/ Knapsack Heroes
City: Mt. Juliet


September, 4 2008 at The End- Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee
Cost : $5

The End with Manic Bloom

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Things that have made me smile today

1. My daughter running into school with a smile on her face.

2. My husband taking care of the dog.

3. My son doing kung fu.... or what he thinks is kung fu.

4. The TV has not even been turned on this morning.

5. The sweet prayer my daughter said in the car.

6. My son telling me he was going to push me in the pool with my clothes on. It was just funny.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Things that have annoyed me today

1. While walking our dog I cleaned up her poop at the park because I am a responsible pet owner. The thing that annoyed me? Coming home and finding fresh poop in my yard that didn't belong to my dog.

2. I made lemon bars last night. They were sitting on the counter this morning and the dog licked them. Why am I annoyed by that? It was a treat for the humans! Not the dog.

3. Paying bills always annoys me.

4. Calling the school district to find out about IEP testing and the call not going through.

5. Calling the school district (calling because the link on the website is broken) to find out about substitute teaching and being told by a computer that my call was not going to be answered and to call back later.

6. Our house still being on the market.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Tomorrow is my big girls first day of first grade. I guess I can't really call her a baby anymore after losing 3 teeth. She is not apprehensive...I am! It is a little strange and a lot different than last year. We had orientation the Friday before Kindergarten started so we all knew what to expect. This year we meet her teacher the first day of school. I had to go to the school and find out who she had by looking on the door.

She is excited because 2 of the kids from her class last year are in her class this year along with 1 other little girl from Daisies.

I think I am apprehensive because it is another whole group of parents to meet. I met and got along great with the parents from last year and I am sure I will this year as well. But still.

We have been praying for the right teacher for our little Munchkin. She looks nice in her picture and she she has to be good right? :) I have nothing to be apprehensive about at all.....

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Why can't I have anything nice for more than 2 seconds? I always carry my cell phone with me when I walk for "just in case". I just got my brand new Lg EnV2 on Saturday.
This morning at the end of my walk my neighbors dog leaped on top of my dog which sent my phone flying through the air.
I guess I should be glad it didn't break but all of the corners are scratched. I know it was bound to get scratched anyway but 4 days? Grr...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


That is pretty much my sin of choice. Unless of course you count gluttony...but really who can pass up a piece of delicious birthday cake or $1.50 cheesecake? Besides I am really working on that one.

Normally I can care less if my house is less than perfect. I despise cleaning and usually realize what a mess it is when someone is planning on coming over. Well, it is worse than normal due to the dog being back. Dog hair is my nemesis!

I am feeling pretty good about beating down the sloth monster today (forgive me I am a list kinda girl!).

I have:
Gone for a one mile walk with the dog and cleaned up her nasty poop.
Taken the kids to Walmart to pick up mini M&Ms
Baked mini M&M cupcake bites with the kids
Swept the entire living room and dining room ridding them of unwanted dog hair
Washed and dried 2 loads of laundry
Ripped up the upstairs hallway carpet
Removed all of the carpet tack strips and staples
Scrubbed the upstairs hallway with a Brillo pad trying to get the paint spots off from previous owners
And now I am posting about it all.

So, sloth today is not my sin. Yeah!
Hopefully tomorrow will continue in today's vein.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Capture Music City

The end of the process for the Capture Music City book is coming in just under two weeks. The photos for the book have to be voted on before then. I know some of you have signed up and voted on photos but it would mean a lot to me if you would go on and vote for my pictures. If you love them you need to click the love button before you vote for the picture. Or, if you want to leave a comment you can do that before voting on the picture.
It does require you to provide an active email address to sign in and vote. They do not sell your email address and will not spam you.
I am really hoping some of my pictures will get in the book and every vote counts. So, please come on over to and vote for my pictures. Make sure to check out Mandy Lemays, Amy Lafayettes and Miriam Brants as well!!
On the home page you can search for Karen Reinsch to find my page of pictures!