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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

under construction

i'm in the process of having a little work done... a nip here & a tuck there, basically a minor little face lift. you know - just some general sprucing up. i'm also in the process of a move, a virtual move that is. (although, if everything goes according to plan, you won't even notice!)

please bear with me while the changes are being made! things should be back to normal in no time, which means posting will hopefully be back to normal too. in the meantime, don't forget to subscribe to my feed HERE... you definitely don't want to miss a single post!

Monday, March 22, 2010

menu mania monday: week 12

today's post is short, sweet & to the point. so the only question i have for you, is what's on your dinner menu this week?

monday: chicken stir-fry
taco: taco tuesday
wednesday: meat loaf
thursday: chicken curry
friday: corn chowder

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

it's a bike. it's a stroller. it's a taga.

christmas is long gone & my birthday isn't for months, but i'm currently lusting after THIS piece of fierce machinery. it's part bike, part stroller, part wagon, part grocery cart, part trike, part people mover... & i'm looking for any excuse to park it in my garage. i'm already imagining the possibilities - trips to the grocery store, dropping the kids off at school, biking down the hungtington beach boardwalk, & "wheeling" around the neighborhood in general.

what amazes me most about this bike/stroller/wagon/grocery cart/trike/people mover is all the options! seriously, it really & truly is amazing... you can make it a double (which is perfect for ME... i can strap charlie & owen in, while gavin rides his own bike), there's a car seat attachment, a shopping basket, or even this crazy covered wagon type of wooden double seat. plus, did i mention that you can convert the BIKE to a STROLLER in about 20 seconds FLAT?! hello, A-MAZING!

i know, i know, by now you are thinking THIS is way too good to be true. but honestly, i've seen it myself... all up close & in-person, & THIS is the real deal. in fact, i've even taken it for a spin - & i'm here to tell you, that it is one amazing ride. of course, i was wheeling it around a hotel ballroom (i still can't believe i rode a bike/stroller/wagon/grocery cart/trike/people mover around the ritz carlton! but seriously, don't we look good together? this bike/stroller/wagon/grocery cart/trike/people mover definitely "suits" me!), but even with another adult in the "child's seat," it pedaled like a dream. (it probably has something to do with that "shimano nexus inter-3 internal gear hub" it's sporting. THIS definitely isn't your typical "beach cruiser.") it probably also helps that it's european. dutch to be exact. & the way i see, almost everything is better when it comes from across the atlantic.

so, i have to admit - i've already cleared out a space in my garage, to park my new taga... sure, you might think i'm being a little overly optimistic. but, the way i see it, if i put enough positive vibes out there, then the universe, my fairy godmother, or maybe my extremely loving hubby will ensure that one arrives on my doorstop - with or without a big red bow. however, until then, i'll be saving my pennies. because with a price tag of $1495, it is definitely something i'll have to budget for. although, when you think about it - buying a nice double stroller (like my personal favorite, phil & teds' dash), a bike & a bike trailer, makes $1495 seem like a steal. do you think my hubby will buy that logic?

ps. don't believe me that you convert the BIKE to a STROLLER (& vice versa) in 20 seconds FLAT? watch this demo... she doesn't even break a sweat.

pps. if you've got an "in" with the universe, a fairy godmother, or even my hubby, will you put in a good word for me? the taga is definitely calling my name, & boy is she loud!

Monday, March 15, 2010

the great soup exchange

hold onto your seats folks, because that thing you've been waiting anxiously for, has finally arrived. that's right! the great soup exchange is finally complete & available for your viewing & downloading pleasure. ready to get your soup on? then, your wish is my command. be prepared, you're about to feast your eyes on 52 pages (that's right! not 52 recipes, 52 PAGES) of deliciously yummy soup recipes. you'll find recipes for everything from black bean soup to italian wedding soup... to view in fullscreen or download completely go HERE.


menu monday mania: week 11

this week i'm feeling a wee bit adventurous. nearly every single menu item it something totally & completely new-to-me. although, i'm hoping to find a few winning recipes that i can share with you all. happy meal planning...

* monday: faith chicken
* tuesday: campfire casserole
* wednesday: chicken salad
* thursday: homemade mac 'n cheese
* friday: honey lime grilled chicken

so as always, what's your family eating this week?

Monday, March 8, 2010

menu monday mania

okay. so the craziness hasn't calmed down. but i can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. slowly but surely, things are starting to settle, & hopefully one day soon, life will resume regular programming. & trust me, at that time i'll have lots to share. right now, i'm just a little wrapped up in the "moment" of things. but even with chaos happening all around, my family is has to eat, so i still have to menu plan.

* monday: zesty crockpot chicken
* tuesday: beef stew
* wednesday: meatball sandwiches
* thursday: home made chicken noodle soup
* friday: pizza

so what are you having for dinner? i'm in definite need of some new ideas. especially crock pot meals. suggestions?