Monday, February 18, 2008

Parties, fits & visits, Oh My!

I took my 3 kids to a birthday party on Saturday - those are always a fun filled experience, aren't they? No, really it was fun, just in a insane-sugar-high-lots-of-noisy-kids way.
There were 19 people in a small-ish house, 7 adults & 12 kids, with the kids ranging in age from 9-ish to 10 mo. The kids (mostly boys) ran crazy through the house, playing with cool toy guns that make shooting noises. I was killed many times over by the oldest birthday boy, that lil stinker! I'm sure you can imagine the noise. Then add the tons of sugar from cake & ice cream - wowza!

The kids did very well, right up until the end...we were there for almost 4 hours & I paid the price. You know how it is, the kids have a blast the whole time but really they need to leave after about 2 hours. Anything past that & they just get overstimulated & crazy.
So I gave them 10, 5 & 1 minute warnings that we were leaving but oh boy, when I announced it was time to get coats on I became the worst person in the universe. Sam & Eli completely freaked out, screaming at me & the whole works. Oh yes, every parents dream, my 5yo & one of my 4yo's acting just like 2yo's. SUCH a proud moment!! Eli finally calmed down, still mad, but listening to me at least. Sam was another story entirely. I had to manhandle him all the way to the car (over a sheet of ice) & wrestle him in there. He then screamed until we got home. I was just a teensy bit angry - why do I take them to parties??? Oh yeah, cos I'm a mom & therefore insane.

My parents came for a short visit on Sunday. My Mom is having surgery on her foot Friday & wanted to see the kids before she's off her feet for weeks. It was nice, no projects to do this time, just hanging out & playing with the kids. They took us out to lunch at the 4 star greasy spoon in town. Then I made Kelly's Herbed Lentils & Rice Casserole (see below) & served it with homeade baking powder biscutis & mixed veggies - yum!

We went over our budget with Mom & Dad after the kids went to bed. We have had major financial issues since we moved in Sept. Chris is in an apprenticeship program & I don't work - trying to make ends meet with our astounding wealth meager paycheck can be mighty interesting. Anyway, I just gatta brag on my mommy & daddy cos they help us out a lot & are super smart about money issues. Yes they annoy me sometimes, they are my parents for goodness sake, but they are really great people & have gone WAY beyond the call of duty the past several months. They are totally working with us to get a budget in place so we can get beyond living paycheck to paycheck after Chris hits journey level.


Kelly's Herbed Lentils & Rice Casserole

2 2/3 Cups chicken broth

3/4 cup lentils, sorted & rinsed

3/4 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup raw brown rice

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (divided)

In a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish add the chicken broth, lentils, onions, brown rice, water, spices and 1/4 cup cheese.

Cover and bake at 350 for 2 hours, adding more broth if casserole seems dry.

Top with remaining cheese and bake another 2 or 3 minutes until all the cheese is melted.

That is the basic recipe - I do make some changes. I double the recipe. I use bullion for the broth, also works well using veggie broth if you are so inclined. I throw in extra spices (I love to use LOTS of spices). And I use more cheese cos, well cheese is just yummy!


This is something goofy that I love, a blast from the past that the kids like too :)

Have a great day y'all!


Rebekah said...

Holy Cow! The Electric Company?! I LOVED that show.

I picked Gracie up from Mamaws yesterday. Mamaw told me that for about the last 45 minutes Gracie kept saying she wanted to go home.

I got there to pick her up and stayed about 15 minutes visiting. When I told her to get her coat she started into a bit ole fit.

Bill Cosby said it best- kids have brain damage-

Hope you get to feeling better soon

Kate said...

The party story made me tired. I was the rotten kid screaming when my mom wanted me to leave. Sigh.

Thanks for sharing that Electric Company-y-y-y clip. I needed the smile tonight.

A banana?!?

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