Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekend Happenings, Salsa Recipe, Blog Linkage, Pinterest Stuff (Housewarming Gift)

Good Friday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Roxie and I went out into the cold, wet rain yesterday and applied for her Passport.

We had our "package." We had the money. We had the passport pics.

It took only five minutes for a lady I have never met before help my Chick get one step closer to her goal of getting on a plane and flying to Guatemala in June.

I do not like that lady.

No, I definitely do not.

I have put her on "My List."

RANDOMNESS #2 - I have prom dress news... but still no pics. Believe me, you will see plenty of photos of the dress after the prom.

Hundreds. Nay! Thousands!


We went to Cullman Monday afternoon to pick up the newly-altered dress.

Everything was fine except for one un-altered alteration.

We did purchase the earrings, so our prom "outfit" is now complete.

It's just living in Cullman for a couple more weeks.

Kind of like Josh.

Ally was trying on her dress, too.

I'm not going to reveal Ally's dress either.

But here are their shoes. Ally is wearing the gold and Roxie is wearing the silver.

Pretty, arent't they?

Blog Linkage - Go to The Dating Divas under My Blog List and read today's post entitled "25 'Green' Ideas for St. Patrick's Day."

If you need a St. Patrick's Day idea, this is the place to visit.

Easy, Breezy Salsa Recipe

You will need the following:

1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1 7-ounce can green chiles, chopped
1 clove of garlic, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 green onions (scallions), chopped, including the green parts (about 1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup of very loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro

1. Remove just the tomatoes from the can of whole tomatoes, place in a medium sized non-reactive mixing bowl. Using your fingers, or a fork and a sharp small knife, shred or break up the tomatoes.

2. Mix in chopped green chiles, green onions, garlic (or garlic salt), olive oil and vinegar. Add back in about 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce from the can of whole tomatoes.

3. Sprinkle on about 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano. Mix in and taste. Adjust if needed.

4. Add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.

Refrigerate when not using. Will keep several days.

Salsa is another one of those recipes that intimidates me. (I have no idea why.) However, this is a good recipe and a very good salsa!

I'll be making it again!

Pinterest Stuff

Housewarming Gift

The person who pinned this idea said the following:

"I like to give practical gifts. Useful gifts. Needed gifts."

She purchased a white laundry basket at Walmart and bought the following items:

Bathroom – toilet bowl cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles, Clorox toilet wand, flushable wipes, hand soap, travel size first aid kit

Kitchen – dish detergent, soap scrubber, rubber gloves, sponges

Laundry – detergent, liquid fabric softener, fabric softener sheets

General Cleaning – Windex, Lysol Multi-Purpose, Lysol Wipes, dusting cloth, dusting spray

Paper Goods – toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, paper plates

Plastic Goods – sandwich bag, storage bags, kitchen trash bags, Cling Wrap, aluminum foil, plastic cups

I thought this was a great, big colorful gift.

It's thoughtful, too.

She just placed everything attractively in the basket. No need for wrapping paper or bows.

It wouldn't be the most inexpensive gift, so if you are on a budget, I would suggest buying this gift with a friend to split the cost.

Weekend Happenings

1. The Brothers are working tonight. Not together. One works in Cullman and one works in Jacksonville. But you already knew that, didn't you?

2. Roxie has a date tonight.

3. That means, Mike and I have a date tonight.

One of the hardest things about an emptying nest... The sudden awareness no one is going to be home, "SO WE HAVE TO GO ON A DATE... NOW" feeling.

It isn't like that anymore.

When the kids were smaller, dates had to be planned around their extracurricular activities and the sitter's extracurricular activities and the grandparents' extracurricular activities.

When the kids became teenagers, dates for me and Mikie popped up here and there when we thought they were all going to be busy with their plans.

We would be halfway to our destination when we got a call that two, three, four or more were headed back to our house because of a change of plans.

And that was okay, because we were painfully aware of how little time we had left with our kiddos in our daily and/or weekend lives.

Mike and I called these "drive-thru" dates, because we would find the nearest drive-thru, pick up a romantic bagged dinner and head to the house.

These days, we find out at 7:31 Friday morning all three of our guys have definite, set-in-stone plans... and we, the Parental Units, have nothing.

Then Mike and I are thrown into panic mode because of the aforesaid "WE HAVE TO GO ON A DATE... NOW" feeling.

It even happens in the middle of the week since The Brothers live out of town and Roxie has that "life of her own" thing going on.

We're learning to breathe deeply when the panic hits us.

We even ask ourselves, "Do we want to go out on a date? Would we rather just stay home and be quiet? The way things are going, we're going to have 21 available date nights in March, and we've NEVER had the budget to go on 21 dates in a month. EVER."

I don't know about you, but I don't have the wardrobe for it either.

All that to say, The Lovely Melia gave us a Gift Card to a restaurant we haven't tried before, and we're going there tonight.

2. On Saturday, Mike and I have plenty to do around the house, at the house, to the house, etc.

3. I haven't received the completely filled-out Weekend Plan Itinerary from The Brothers or The Chick, so I am at a loss to tell you what the rest of the weekend holds for any of us.

4. Except church. We will all be going to church Sunday.

And that's it for our family.

Right now.

Plans subject to change.

A lot.

Have a fantastic weekend. I hear the weather is going to be amazing in Alabama Saturday AND Sunday. SPRING-LIKE AMAZING!

Which means we could end up with 2 inches of snow, a bread and milk shortage and me and The Chick in the house alone... again... with no way out.

As we all know, I would love it.

Roxie... NOT SO MUCH.

Take care, and I'll talk to you TUESDAY.


The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. Below are a few more mountain pics. You may have noticed the lack of pics in the post today!

Roxie, Grandmother and Katie at Pancake Pantry.

Brad relaxing a bit.

Josh following Brad's lead. He's just in another chair in another part of the house... Wearing only one boot.

Don't ask. I have no idea.

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