While I don't think my Walmart is as bad as some...it's not fabulous, either. On a long shot, I went and checked for the dishes. Nope. BUT, they did have that pattern in a different color...where you can buy plates one at a time, not in a set. I realized the pattern was pretty busy in real life...and then I saw these:
In stock, baby. Into my cart you go.
TWO. Best husband.
Iz was in Mt. Vernon, during the great Walmart dish hunt. And being the schweetie he is...he went and checked the Wally World there. The dishes were already in my cart, but look what he found me:
These were sold out in Bellingham. What a guy. <3 It's even prettier in real life.
THREE. Real life.
Volleyball was great this weekend, the girls played really well! Soccer...ugh. We won't talk about soccer. Ian's team won both their basketball games... And Rocket. Oooooh, Rocket. How we love him!!!!!
He's up to 7 pounds already! (He's a month old tomorrow)... What a sweet boy. Last I heard, he was showing a stuffed fox who's boss. That's my boy. <3
I had everything in my grocery cart to make this...and then Safeway was sold out of manicotti. :( It was on sale, too. So I had to go to the OTHER grocery store and pay more than double. grrrrr....
Again, mine didn't look like the picture, but it was good! I added shrimp too. So yummy. Thumbs up from the boys... (Belle doesn't eat seafood, silly girl)...
Here's the recipe: (I doubled it)
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 2 servings
4 uncooked manicotti shells
1 tablespoon butter
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
1/3 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Minced fresh parsley
Cook manicotti according to package directions. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan cheese.
In a small bowl, combine the crab, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, lemon-pepper, pepper and garlic powder. Drain manicotti; stuff with crab mixture. Spread 1/4 cup sauce in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with stuffed manicotti. Pour remaining sauce over top.
Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley.Yield: 2 servings.
**Whoever put prep time at 25 minutes is crazy. It took longer than that. But worth it.
Made these to go with it:
Oh. My. Word. Sooooo good. Delicious little buttery, cheesy crack biscuits.
TWO. Found these pictures...
While sorting through my Project Life photo files from last year...
From my nephew Marcus' wedding. My brother Ned was father of the groom.
He's always been special. :)
We have card night on Saturday, and I'm supposed to bring dessert. Ideas?????
It makes things feel bigger. Funny how it goes from feeling small to big, to small to big. Hopefully the walls will start being framed today or tomorrow. And the shop starts next week Tuesday!
TWO. The black and white update.
It seems like whenever I'm out there I have to snap a couple of non house pictures. Usually trees.
I call this one ' pile of sticks '. Not to be confused with a similar photo... 'pile of logs'.
THREE. The Birch Box update.
From left to right:
I haven't tried the big, fat, liquid black eyeliner. when I decide to perfect my cat eye, you all will be the first to know.
The white spritzy bottle. I love when you have to read and read and read to see exactly what the heck it is in the bottle. And half the label is French. I don't par les vous. Evidently it's a Super Comb Prep and Protect. And it repairs "too many weekends in Rio" hair. (per the back of the bottle) STILL not sure what it does. Maybe I should go to Rio so I can find out.
The purple Whish body butter. I was really excited about this. Until I smelled it. Patchouli and funk. Threw it in the trash. Gross. I tried it in the car on the way to a basketball game. Funked up the whole Burb. Tried putting antibacterial stuff over it. No go. Washed my hands 4 times at the gym. Could still smell it. It's evil.
The white tube thingy. Another 'what the heck is this' product. I guess it's Day Cleanser...with awakening radiance yogurt. After reading the back, you're supposed to massage it into your face in the morning. And then rinse it off. And not eat it.
The perfume sample. It's by Oribe...Cote d'Azur. And it smells really, really good. Finally. A winner.
I think I need to go and check my preferences. Because according to the crap they're sending me...they think I'm a French hippie chick who loves to wash her face with yogurt after spritzing her hair in Rio.
Yay! Figured out the septic/driveway thing. I spent about an hour out there yesterday...and while the septic guys were taking measurements, and doing septic guy things...I took pictures.
So here's my black and white series. I call it "Trees and Stuff."
"Trees with burn pile/beaver dam"
"Big tall trees with place for shop in front of them"
"More big tall trees"
"Stumpy thing with moss in sunlight"
"Stumpy thing with thing that looks like clam shell"
TWO. My dryer.
Remember my fire hazard dryer? The one we dumped and replaced? The one we replaced it with turned out to be a junker too. But a junker with a warranty. Oooh. Aaah. All the paint inside the drum began peeling. I'd take out a load of clothes and there'd be all these pieces of white paint. The dryer drum is now more silver than white.
Soooo.... my new replacement dryer is coming today. The nice part is, they don't make the junker dryer anymore, so they're substituting with a nicer, more expensive dryer. Yay me.
While taking the junker dryer out last night, and cleaning all the stuff that accumulates under your dryer, I saw a HUGE spider on the wall. And without thinking, I sucked it up with the vacuum. And now I wonder if he's dead, or just really dizzy. And ticked off. Did he escape, and now he's in my front closet? Is he just biding his time in the canister?
Is he this guy's cousin?
I'm a little freaked out.
On a happier note...
THREE. We're visiting the puppies again tomorrow!
And I can't wait. They are so Stinkin' CUTE!!!! Shameless, cute puppy pictures to follow.