Showing posts from June, 2013


Yesterday our family had three firsts:My first ride in a tow truck.  My starter went out.  Alex's first time babysitting his brothers. David's first time watching Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith. Tom's first time eating chips.

Fight Club

Three months ago I mentioned a plan to watch the top 50 movies on IMDb that I have somehow never seen. I've had Fight Club since March 6th and finally watched it last night.  This could take awhile!
Up next: either Pulp Fiction or The Matrix.

"Aunty Biffed It"

I was already in a post marathon running slump when I went for a 3 miler with Allan a week ago Tuesday.  I twisted my ankle and fell on my right knee so hard I saw stars and had to be rescued with the car.  I had major road rash on the knee and came home to my nephew's exclamation that, "Aunty biffed it!" and also, "I've never heard of an adult falling down!"   And then I went into Boston with the kids and walked for miles and carried a 45 pound kid for at least one mile and went up and down the stairs at Fenway and rode in the car for two hours and when I got out I could barely walk.

So I decided to wait until the scab is healed before I run again.  It's looking pitiful on my Daily Mile account:

I have a 5K July 6th and then I need to ramp up so I'm ready to run a half marathon with my sister in August.  I miss the endorphins.


Buttercup the library cat died. I will always look for her in the fee magazines basket.


We don't need to adopt a dog, a new one is forming behind the fridge!

Fresh Thai Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Yield 4 servings

2 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated, rinsed and dried
3 medium carrots,  peeled
4 scallions
1 red bell pepper
16 rice paper (spring roll) wrappers
32 fresh mint leaves
32 small sprigs cilantro

1 recipe peanut sauce (recipe follows)

Remove the tough vein from the center of the lettuce leaves and discard.  Set the lettuce aside.  Cut the carrot, scallions, and red bell pepper into 4-inch long slices resembling matchsticks.

To prepare rolls: Dip a rice paper into a bowl of warm water until soft and pliable, about 5 seconds.  Shake off excess water and place onto a clean, smooth surface.  Stack several lettuce leaves on the lower third of the rice paper.  Top with a few carrot, scallion, and bell pepper matchsticks followed by 2 mint leaves and 2 cilantro sprigs.

Fold the bottom of the rice paper up over the veggies.  Fold the sides in and then roll up.  Repeat to make remaining rolls.

To serve: arrange on a platter and serve immediately with peanut sauce.

Peanut S…

Spicy Beef and Cucumber Salad

Yield 4 servings

1 pound ribeye steak or flank steak marinated in half rice vinegar and half sweet chili sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
2 Tbsp fish sauce
juice and zest of 1 lime

9 oz romaine lettuce torn into pieces
1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced and rinsed in cold water to remove 'bite'
1/2 English cucumber sliced into thin rounds
1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Season steak generously with salt and pepper.  Grill or broil steak until medium-rare, flipping once about 3-4 min per side.  Transfer steak to cutting board with a well and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

To prepare dressing: whisk together chili sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and zest in small bowl, set aside.

To serve: slice steak into 1/8 inch thick strips 3 inches long.  Place steak strips, lettuce, red onion, cucumber, carrot, mint and cilan…

Classic Shrimp Pad Thai

Because I know I will lose this recipe.  Amazon has the hard to find ingredients.

Yield 4 Servings

8 ounces Chantaboon rice noodles

Pad Thai Sauce:
2/3 cup tamarind concentrate (see pic)
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup light soy sauce
1/3 cup fish sauce
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup sriracha sauce

Pad Thai
6 Tbsp oil
4 large eggs, beaten lightly
2 cups shrimp
3 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 to 1 cup phad thai sauce
6 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup ground, roasted peanuts

1/2 cup bean sprouts
lime wedges
2 Tbsp ground, roasted peanuts

To soften rice noodles: place in large bowl and cover with warm water; soak for 30 minutes or until soft.  Drain in colander and set aside covered with a dish towel.

To make sauce: place all ingredients in medium saucepan.  Boil over medium heat.  Cook sauce until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes.  Set aside.

Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat.  Add the oil and …

First Hole in One



The best part of my mom and Jameson's visit was:With Jameson: Six Flags where he braved even the biggest roller coaster and won four basketballs.
With my mom: taking a Thai restaurant favorites cooking class and learning to make shrimp pad Thai, cucumber beef salad, veggie summer rolls with spicy peanut sauce and mango sticky rice with coconut sorbet.  Yum!   And then going to the super Walmart of Asian grocery stores and finding the ingredients among shark, durian wafers and an entire aisle of noodles. 

Kids Cook Weekend

David made a chocolate and vanilla marble cake.  
Jameson made sticky chicken and mixed berries and white chocolate cream. 
And Tom made strawberry cake in between turns on the water slide.  


We planned to park near the courthouse but didn't realize the Whitey Bulger case was being tried there so that slowed us down. We took the T to the North End and had pizza and cannoli for lunch. Yum.  
Next we went to the Museum of Science but only had an hour and our pass only let four in so I left my mom in the lobby with Tom and sent Allan, Alex, Jameson & David in while I headed back to the courthouse to drop off the leftover pizza and grab our sweatshirts for the game.  
The Bruins were playing in the Stanley Cup Finals at the Garden so it took for freaking ever to get around. By the time we met up near Fenway and went in it was a half hour to game time. 

Unfortunately the Sox lost 6-2 but it was so cool to see the players up close and check a Red Sox game off my bucket list. We hit the team store and then spent an eternity trying to get back to the car, faced a closure of I-90 and hit home at 2 am. Fun day but so tiring.  I rolled my ankle running with Allan and skinned…

Last Day

It's the last day of school all around but our family's last day at The Little Nursery School.  We will all miss Mrs. Hodge.  She lights up when she sees the kids each day and has taught David and Tom so much.


Alex got a Kindle for his birthday and enough Amazon bucks to keep him reading all summer. This is how I found him this morning.


We picked Jameson and my mom up at the airport on Tuesday and whisked them to Five Guys for the best burgers in Connecticut. 
Wednesday we went to Six Flags and I rode the Hellevator with him and then felt a little shaken so my mom rode Bizarro with him.  Think the biggest, longest, scariest roller coaster and then you'll know what she went through for love!
Yesterday we went to a mall and then after school I took Alex to his new middle school to check out books for over the summer.  I think that is so cool, the librarian said she'd rather see the books read than sitting in the library all summer.  Jameson loves to read too and a few weeks ago he told me about a new YA book by Jeff Probst of Survivor.  We all love Survivor so I quickly reserved it at the public library and we've been waiting ever since.  Jameson and I were sitting and waiting for Alex and chatting with the librarian and she gave one of the book displays a spin and Jamie said, "there it is!"  So he …


Jameson gets here this afternoon!  I found some old pictures on the blog from his last visit.

Posts hereherehere, and more pics here.


It's Monday again!  I have a shit ton of things to do today:

Moms Club board meeting (hopefully one of my last ones since another sucker volunteer has stepped up to be treasurer.)

Laundry-my goal is four loads washed, dried, folded and PUT AWAY.

Grocery shopping-this will be more fun since I can plant a fake shopping list.  I thought of a new one: Metamucil, Colace, Miralax, Preparation H, Tucks, Anusol, Popsicles.

Clean as much as I can today for impending visit from my mom and nephew.

Five of the 5,4,3,2,1 countdown to Matt's last day.

Screen-free afternoon since David and Alex are in trouble.  David woke me up from a nap on the couch to troubleshoot the Wii and I was like a bear with a thorn in it's paw and told him he will be screen free today as a result and Alex was told to clean off the dining room table twice and didn't do it.

And, either a baseball playoffs game or more likely with the forecast middle school family reading night for me, Alex & Tom and Cu…

First Communion

Someone was feeling very rejected a the only member of the family who did not commune. He would make a sad face and have crocodile tears so we did our best to ready him early and he participated today.

Wonderful Words

Allan said the most wonderful thing this morning.

It was, "don't talk to your mother like that!"


Is it bad that I'm less mature than all three of my children?  I'm going to plant these shopping lists in local grocery carts. They give these notepads out to parents on the first open house at the schools and I can't think of a better use for them. Laughing my ass off will make my next two shopping trips more fun.


I made a dark chocolate tastes best cake and a small white looks best cake for the Mom's Club banquet. The best of both worlds.

He Likes Me

This is from my friend Jack.  He likes me! He really likes me!


I'm tired and it's my own fault.  I have a hard time making myself go to sleep when Allan is gone.  Add that to the fact that we had four unwatched episodes of Mad Men and I was up until two.  Dummy!

Free Lunch

When I was a kid our next door neighbor was notoriously cheap.  When the local small grocery store had it's annual birthday celebration and you could get a hot dog and drink for a quarter she would bring her family of five for lunch and dinner all week long.  She once bragged to my mom that she could get by with using only two disposable diapers a day. So I often compare my actions to hers, WWBID?  If my frugality crosses the line into BI cheapness I back off. A bit.  
Allan will be in Vermont for work this week and my mom bought us the meal plan at Six Flags this summer so every time we visit the park we get lunch and dinner.  I like to keep things as easy as possible when single parenting and making dinner is something I like to cut back on. Would it be okay to take them to Six Flags for dinner one night?  How long would we have to stay to call it a park visit instead of a free meal grab?  You might be chuckling but Allan is thanking his lucky stars that he doesn't have to go…

Fun Day

We had a great day yesterday.  Allan's Aunt Linda & Uncle Bill stopped by to visit on their way home from Boston.  They took us to lunch and we went to Alex's baseball game.  Lunch was great but our order was messed up, the bill was messed up, everything took waaay too long, and our baseball team lost 15-0.  So what should have been a terrible day was wonderful because of good company.  I really picked  a good family to marry into ;)  Here is the picture Bill took: