I intended to write individual posts about most of the photos I'm posting today. However, time just would not allow, so you're going to get caught up on what's been going on around here - in a hurry, LOL!! Mostly, it's been life-as-usual with a lot of work (I'm glad to have a job!) and a lot of spring cleaning - we've been working on various household projects that are not very exciting to post about. But, I will post a couple photos of the Great American Closet Cleanup - the "after" photos, at least. Posting the "before" photos would have resulted in an immediate call from my mother, a call from the Goodwill people wanting to know if perhaps we have a few things we could donate, and possibly a call from the National Guard, wanting to know if there were any survivors in there, LOL. So I will just show you a couple "after" photos -
...this was AFTER I cleaned out a zillion things I never wear anymore, AFTER I put away the (way too many) pairs of L.L. Bean flip flops I've collected the last few years, and AFTER I cleaned up every last thing that had been thrown into the closet that didn't belong there (ask me where that stuff is now!**)...
Meanwhile, like most folks, we made some yummy food for the Superbowl, and it seemed like a good
*Which brings me to a side note regarding the title of this post. I hereby, officially and formally, blame every single calorie I've consumed in the last five days on PW. I don't think she'll mind, since she's
So, for our Superbowl feast, we made some of this cheesy olive bread (run, run, RUN and make this. NOW, even if you don't like olives... I promise, it's AWESOME...) and we ate almost all of it right off the baking sheet.
Later in the week, because man does not live by bread alone, we tried her recipe for this:
It was every bit as awesome as she promised, and hubby and I agree - it's better than any restaurant guac we've ever found.
Of course, we needed something to go with the guac...besides chips, even though hubby (guy that he is) declared that just fine for dinner (ha!)... so we made some of these - ummmm...yummm... steak quesadillas! This is my recipe, and never fear, I'll post recipes for all this stuff very soon. I just wanted to show you, for now, what we've been up to.
Now, normally I would be concerned that I might not burn off the 4,503,624 calories contained in the food I've eaten this week. But, when I get up and see this:
and this... (and no, that's not the same picture from a few weeks ago - promise! This one was taken this afternoon) ...
I start to shiver so hard that I'm pretty sure I'm not storing many calories these days.
We've made a few other yummy things - some that I have mentioned and just remembered to take pics of as I have made them recently. This is the Atkins Park Pork Tenderloin that I mention endlessly - a favorite that makes a great freezer kit -
And this is my new favorite - an Appletini - a sour-apple treat that's not too sweet (like many recipes I've had in restaurants)...
Here's the Cod with Lima Beans recipe that you've heard me rave about (a favorite from Giada)...
And then, of course, last but certainly not least, here are a few pics of the Munchkin. She really keeps me on my toes - in just the last 24 hours, she has eaten half of an invitation (sorry JW and Ashley!), Lord-knows-what from the fireplace (I only found the soot marks on her face and some disturbed "rocks" from the gas logs), and a bunch of other things that she snatches out of the yard before I can get to them... but we really do encourage her to chew on her toys - and as long as we're sitting right there with her, she's pretty good about that (see this look of mischief? You'll see that again soon, I'm sure!)
And occasionally I'm able to get a pic of her sitting - mostly - still. She's such a cutie.
So that's a quick sum-up of what's been going on around here. As promised, I will post the recipes to go with very soon. Meanwhile, to make this more of an interactive post - let me know if you can identify this freaky pic - you'll see why it's freaky when I post the "answer" next week!
Happy weekend! For more photo fun head over to Candid Carrie's!
**(would you believe it's actually been sorted and put away where it goes? Nah, I didn't think you would...)