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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WFMW - Smoothies

We are THAT Family is hosting Works for Me Wednesday! I love Wednesdays - I learn so many tips!

Here's what works for me this week, or more this summer. My family loves smoothies! So I decided to share my smoothie "recipe".

Pour into your blender 2 cups of juice (my husband prefers orange juice)/lemonade/limeade.

4-6 oz yogurt, any complimentary flavor
2 handfuls frozen fruit
1-2 handfuls ice

Blend until smooth. Taste test for proportions (I usually want to add a little more frozen pineapple or peach).

Pour into cups with a straw (go skimpy on the kids cup though - I hate to find a half-filled smoothie cup later when I could have had more).

If you want to make it creamier, you can use some ice cream, frozen yogurt or sherbet instead of some of the fruit and ice.

And now that I've made myself want to go make a smoothie, that works for me!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Movies at Founders Park

2009 Movie Lineup - Just Released!-->
July 10 – “Singin' In the Rain” (NR)
July 11 – “The Bucket List” (PG-13)
July 17 – “Igor” (PG)
July 18 – “Ocean's Thirteen” (PG-13)
July 24 – “Madagascar 2: Escape from Africa” (PG)
July 25 – “He's Just Not That Into You” (PG-13)
July 31 – “Kung Fu Panda” (PG)
August 1 – “Iron Man” (PG-13)
August 7 – “The Tale of Despereaux” (G)
August 8 – “The Express” (PG)
August 14 – “Hotel for Dogs” (PG)
August 15 – “Swing Vote” (PG-13)
August 21 – “Wall-E” (G)
August 22 – “Hannah Montana The Movie” (G)
August 28 – “High School Musical 3” (G)
August 29 – “West Side Story” (NR)

I see several that I want to put on our schedule. Maybe we'll see you there.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Hawaiian Haystacks

I made Hawaiian Haystacks for dinner tonight and told everybody on Facebook that's what I was making. In just a short time, I got 2 requests for the recipe (or maybe they just wanted to come eat?). Do I'm posting it here for everyone to enjoy. Now this is the recipe the way I make it (following the instructions from my friend, Mom McIlquham). But if you want to cheat, you could use boneless skinless chicken breast and store bought chicken broth. But you won't feel like Molly Mormon :) if you do. I am a blogger but not a professional blogger - so no pictures of me making this or of a completed serving on a pretty plate.

First you make your chicken mix and broth.

Chicken Mix...
Place 4-5 lb whole chicken into 4 quarts of water with 4 carrots (peeled and cut up), 3 T parsley, 2 t basil, 4 t salt and 1/2 t pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Save the broth you've created and put it in the refrigerator. Let chicken cool. Then remove bones and skin. Cut up the chicken meat - that's your chicken mix. Skim the fat off your broth and freeze extra broth.

Hawaiian Haystacks

2 cups chicken mix2 cans cr. chicken soup1 cup chicken brothMix together in pot and heat until warm/hot.
Serve with rice and toppings - your choice what you put on your plate.Rice
Chicken Mix
Chow Mein Noodles
Pineapple chunks
chopped green onions
slivered almonds coconut
shredded cheddar cheese

You will need to then save your extra chicken mix and broth in 2 cup containers in the freezer. I actually prefer my own broth - much cheaper, I know how much salt is in it and I skim off the fat to make it "low-fat" broth.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

WFMW - Giving Beggar her pills

Today's Works for Me Wednesday has the theme of Mom I'm Bored. I haven't figured out how to deal with that yet. My 6 y/o has just started saying she's bored or that she has nothing to do. I normally respond with "Then go clean your room". That normally stops the complaining - although it does little to get her room clean. On that front, we'll be following LazyOrganizer's notebook idea for the summer and see if that works to motivate her.
But my tip of the week is how I'm giving my cat her medicine. We realized that our female cat, Beggar, has been having seizures. Her vet recommended that we try seizure medicine to see if it helped. The first day I tortured both her and me by sitting on my bed with the cat crammed between my legs, holding her head still and prying open her mouth with one hand while trying to toss the pill down her throat with the other. And no, she did not take this calmly.
I finally got a lightbulb and off to Dillon's I went. I bought her some new treats - soft ones. Now, I put her pill in the middle of a treat. Smash it around the pill. Add a couple normal treats and put them in front of her. She gobbles them whole and we're done. I'm thrilled because I know she's getting her medicine (and it is helping). She's very happy (and so is Malley, our other cat) because she's getting treats twice a day now.
And that Works for me!