Friday, March 29, 2013

There's Something About: High 5 For Friday

1. I did my first Menu Planning Monday post. I completed most of the meals I had planned, but there's something to be said for flexibility, right? Gotta go with the flow. And in this house, the flow is altered all the time! That said, we're having pork chops tonight instead of last night.


Monday night's meal - yummy!

2. I visited my friend's first grandbaby and he is soooo cute! And I visited him TWICE! The mommy is nursing and wanted some assistance. I'm no breastfeeding specialist, but I've nursed 3 of my own, so I stopped by to see how she was doing and lend a few encouraging words.




3. It's Spring Break! So, my kids have been home and I've been bringing one of the little ones with me to work everyday. They are so cute. And so good, especially with an iPad and laptop to keep busy!



4. Bon Jovi radio on SiriusXM all week! What more do I need to say?




 5. It's Good Friday!


 
 
I'm linking up here. Have a good weekend!
 
~Michiko

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

There's Something About: Nanie's Birthday

Nanie is my mother-in-law. "Nanie" is what she likes to be called by her grandchildren. So, that makes it easier for me in that I don't have to come up with a nickname. Yay!


Nanie & me!

Nanie celebrated a big birthday milestone this year and wanted to have a family dinner at her favorite Japanese hibachi-style restaurant. That meant a reservation for 22 people! Thankfully, we all fit at one table, which I'm not sure you would really call a table. It was more like a donut shape with an opening on one side where the chefs enter to get to the center to prepare our hibachi meals. I'm just saying I don't know if there's an official name for it.

Anywhooo, each half of the "table" had a hibachi station where the chefs performed their antics - I mean, cooked our food. It was soooo much fun! They flipped their utensils in the air and sang funny songs.


The funny one!



One chef was absolutely hilarious. He really engaged us and made jokes and funny comments. Once he realized Nanie was the birthday girl, he kept calling her "mamacita" and it just cracked us up! Then he called Lightning "sexy sexy boy" which totally embarrassed him, but it was so cute.




The chefs threw food at all of us - one at a time, of course - and we were supposed to catch it in our mouths! Not as easy as it sounds! Some of the kids didn't even try to catch the food and just let it hit them in the face. They must've been so confused. Whoever heard of being allowed to throw food at people?

Lightning wanted more cake!

After we were done eating, Nanie opened her presents and then we had some cake. I think everyone had a great time. I'm trying to come up with a good reason to go again. Until then...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANIE!


~Michiko

Monday, March 25, 2013

There's Something About: My Meal Planning

Ok, I don't plan meals ahead - AT ALL. I already explained I'm not much of a cook. I've tried to plan in the past, but always felt like week after week we were eating the same thing. And I know it would be helpful in this oh-so-busy house. So, I made a small attempt today. I hit the grocery store with a couple of ideas in mind. Here goes...

MONDAY:
Stuffed artichokes and Giada De Laurentiis - Chicken Stew (I found this in my rarely touched recipe binder.)

Hubby & I enjoyed these!
The kids did not enjoy this.
 
TUESDAY:
Baked salmon with lemon pepper, steamed rice and veggies

WEDNESDAY:
Grilled cheese sandwiches

THURSDAY:
Baked pork chops with salad

FRIDAY:
It's almost always pizza night - whew!

I don't have pics or recipes for everything because most of it is just stuff I've always made and doesn't require a lot of prepping, therefore, no recipe needed. But I'll try to take pics the rest of the week so if I use these meals again, I'll have pics on file. That's called blog-prepping. Ok, maybe not, but that's what I'm calling it. I'm trying to sound like I know what I'm doing, you know, while blogging or cooking.

Anyway, I'm linking up here. Have fun planning your meals!

~Michiko

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~Michiko

Friday, March 22, 2013

There's Something About: Friday's Letters

Ok, I saw this at www.thesweetseasonblog.com and thought it was sweet, so here's my attempt. Although, not sure how good I am at writing letters!

Dear Buzz - Thanks for the wonderful concert performance last night. I can't believe you've been playing viola for so long now and am soooo proud of you!


Dear Tink - Thank you for unknowingly reminding me that I need to hear you out. Even though you're only 9, I have to remember that you have a voice, too.


Dear Lightning - Thank you for always making me laugh. I especially loved your new tune while getting dressed this morning: Go naked, go naked, go naked.

Yes, that's a sticker on his forehead.
Dear Friday - So glad you are finally here! Time to check out "The Great and Powerful Oz" with some family! And hopefully post about it later.


Have a good weekend everyone!

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~Michiko

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

There's Something About: St. Patrick's Day

If you're here to read about my Sunday, well, you have to read about my Saturday, first. Really. I'll wait...

Ok, just kidding! But you should still check it out.

Anyway, our Sunday was almost as busy as our Saturday. After a late night at our best neighbor's house, there was no way the kids were getting up for Sunday school. Ok, Mommy didn't want to get up for Sunday school, but whatever - same difference.

When I went down to make breakfast, though, I realized it was St. Patrick's Day, so shamrock-shaped pancakes were necessary - duh! I made them last year and I dyed them green, but the kids were a little unsure of the green pancakes, so this year I skipped the dye. Then Lightning asked why the pancakes weren't green, so I quickly decided to make his milk green instead. He loved it!


My shamrock still needs work, I know.

Then it was off to church and I had nursery duty. I love watching the babies! They are soooo cute. And right now, there's a huge influx of girls. Not one single little boy. And, it helps me get my baby fix, because I AM SO DONE. Famous last words, right? But I am done, really.

Our last "event" was a St. Patrick's Day party at our friend's house. There were several families there who all work with my husband and it was so nice to see everyone. The food was good, and the friends were better! I always love seeing them.


Hi "Sheena"!

Several of us go out to dinner occasionally, but the kids don't always get to hang out and it looked like they had fun, too.




We got home in time for the kids to take showers and get to bed only a little past their normal bedtimes, then tried to catch up on The Bible series. We both nodded off on the couch, so I guess we'll watch this week's episode later. But not tonight, since I'm nodding off trying to finish this post!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, too!

~Michiko

Monday, March 18, 2013

There's Something About: Costco, Tupperware & Dinner

Wow! What a weekend. They just seem to get busier and busier. I think this coming weekend should be a little more relaxed, but it's still Monday.

Hubby was out of town this past week and supposed to come home on Friday, but any of you familiar with the military know things change - ALL THE TIME. Which means, he came home Saturday instead. But the timing was great because he was able to pick up Tink from her church function on his way home from the base, while I hung out with some friends at a Tupperware party!

But first, a Costco trip was in order. Who doesn't love Costco? Me. Although it probably depends on when you ask me. Growing up in southern California, things always seemed to be close by. But here on Long Island - not so much. Nonetheless, it had to be done. Supplies were getting low!

Thankfully, I timed it well as I decided to take Tink with me so I could drop her off at church on the way home. We were there early - that never happens! Score 1 for Mommy. Yay! Anyway, the Girls Club had a banquet featuring different foods from around the world and other clubs from churches in the area all represented a different country and brought food to share. Tink had a great time. She even plans on taking a pencil next year so she can write down all the different foods that were there. (She only tasted one thing and didn't like it.)

By the time I got home I had about 2 hours till the Tupperware party, so I figured I could squeeze in a run. You know how when you're in the middle of a good workout and you think, "I could squeeze in 10 more minutes"? No? Me neither, but it happened Saturday, and I was late to the Tupperware party! Oops.

Exhausted!

Bought some stuff I thought I could use, but felt like I was cheating on my regular Tupperware consultant. Shhh! Don't tell. But who doesn't love Tupperware?!

After the party, and after Daddy picked up Tink from church, we had a couple of hours before heading over to our best neighbor's house for dinner. She's a great cook and the food was delish!



Salad, chicken cutlets, penne alla vodka! Yum!

Friday night I had baked cookies to take for dessert. I looked for a shamrock cookie cutter and couldn't find one. I had a small one, but didn't want to cut a thousand small shamrocks, so I made some dinosaurs (with a dinosaur sandwich cutter) and some hearts and stars, too. They all taste the same, right?




The kids had fun, like usual. What's better than playing with your friends all night? But Buzz, well, he found a comfy spot and played on his phone all night. At least he was with us.




And check out their beautiful dog. He's deaf, but we all still talk to him like he's not. He's so cute, and look how good he is.




Well, I'm exhausted just telling you all about my Saturday. Hopefully, I'll have enough energy to tell you about my Sunday tomorrow!

~Michiko

Saturday, March 16, 2013

There's Something About: My Cooking

I don't consider my self a very good cook. I think I already mentioned that before. I'm not a "bad" cook. It's not like I burn water or anything. Well, there was that one time. But that was a looong time ago.

Got distracted with blogging...

I cook for my family. But they don't like a lot of what I make. And it's not because it's bad; it's because they're PICKY! All of them. Ok, yes, even I'm a little picky. But as I've grown, I've learned to try more foods and my tastes are broadening. So there's hope for them, yet.

Until then, I have a really hard time making a weekly menu. You can only have chicken so many times a week, no matter how many different ways you make it. And since I can only make it a few ways due to the preferences of my family, well, chicken gets boring. We eat porkchops occasionally, but they are not preferred by my husband. I like steak on the grill, but it's still winter and I'm not going outside to cook.

Chicken burgers were sort of accepted recently.

There a few other staples and such that I can make, but my absolute favorite is salmon! And believe it or not, the kids will eat it. Tink smothers hers with ketchup (yes, I said ketchup) but hey, at least she's eating it. However, I can only cook salmon when Daddy is flying late or out of town.

Are you getting the gist here? There's always someone who doesn't like something. But I refuse to be a short-order cook, so the kids and husband pretty much eat whatever I cook. I just get a lot of whining, dirty looks, and general grumpiness from at least one person at the table. And then an hour after dinner the snack cabinet is barraged with hungry mouths.

I try new dishes but they are greeted with apprehension, and then quickly refused. Most of the time, I like them, but no one else does. It gets really old cooking when no one wants to eat what I've made, but I try my best to remind myself it's not my cooking, it's their taste buds.

I've come across some of these weekly menu planning link ups, but I don't have a menu of my own to offer, so I'm just trying to steal get some ideas for now. I'd like to be able to make enough different things, that will be happily eaten, to last a couple of weeks to a month. I don't need pasta and sauce every single Tuesday. Every other Tuesday is just fine.


 Maybe a professional chef would be good. The family might eat more foods, and I won't be crushed when they complain about it!

~Michiko

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

There's Something About: Make-Up

I decided to link up to Agape Love Designs for her Mother-Daughter Makeup Challenge. Now, let me start by saying I don't wear makeup. Well, I really haven't worn much makeup my whole life. But as I started getting a little older, yikes, I decided I should do something with my face. And it's the bare minimum.

When I asked Tink if she was up for this challenge, she was soooo excited! And she did a great job. I even wore my look to my workout spot (my living room treadmill). You almost can't even tell I have makeup on, but that's ok with me.






Then I thought it would be fun for me to give her a little make-over. She has a dance recital coming up in June, so I thought going a little extra fancy would give us an idea of what to do or not to do for her routine. Those lashes don't need mascara, but I put some on her anyway, and ooh la la!




Tink has asked me several times about doing our makeup again. She had a lot of fun, and so did I.



~Michiko

Monday, March 11, 2013

There's Something About: Busy Weekends

And boy oh boy, was it a busy one for me!

It started out okay on Friday (yes, the weekend starts on Friday). We had a bit of a snow storm and enjoyed Chinese food for dinner. Delish! Then Buzz showed off his shredding skillz! He started taking lessons back in October and has really excelled.


After Daddy dropped him off at youth group, we pretty much had a nice quiet evening. But I think that's where it ended - for me.

On Saturday, I made it out of bed early enough to do a mile and a half on the treadmill, but had to shower, change and wrap presents to make it to a baby shower. And what a great shower! Such cute decorations! The hostess explained to me that she hates to use "paper" decorations because they all end up in the trash. I'm going to have to keep this in mind for my next party. Recognize "Sheena"?


 


After the shower, I had to meet up with the rest of my family at church for a Royal Rangers Gold Medal of Achievement award ceremony and reception for 3 of the young men in our church. The GMA is equivalent to the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, so it's kind of a big deal. Anyhoo, it was a great event, with local town and county big-wigs, too. And the food was delicious!


While I was thoroughly enjoying my conversation with The Chatty Mommy (Looove her!), my husband reminded me that it was time to head off to our next event. Our best neighbor's youngest daughter was turning 4 and we were invited over for coffee and cake. Thankfully, hubby picked up a gift before church, and successfully picked out a present, with Tink's help, of course.


I love having great neighbors. In spite of "spring ahead" we were there till 1:00am. Needless to say, we were late for church on Sunday, but at least we made it! And then we came home and I caught up on I-don't-know-how-many loads of laundry. Yuck. I literally had 2-3 loads just piling up on the couch waiting to be folded. I know I'm not the only one!

After sewing on some new patches for hubby, we settled in to watch the second episode of "The Bible" which I am loving!


Oh yeah! And some wild turkeys stopped by to say hi. Yikes!


I really enjoying having stuff to do on the weekends. It makes me feel like my life isn't so boring after dealing with the day-to-day routine that is the work/school week. But after this weekend, I'm looking forward to the normal chaos that takes up our weekdays!

~Michiko