Moms The Word

April 9, 2007

Suzy Homemaker Strikes Again

Filed under: Family, General Info, House and Home — mrslady @ 10:16 am

This week I have been shocking and aweing my family with delightful culinary masterpieces for dinner.  Is this a devious plot to ensure that my hubby will be rediculously homesick while working in Alaska and eating hotel food?  Absolutely not.  Yes.  Yes it is.

It is also because I want him to have something of nutritional value in his system before he goes because instead of eating normal food he just buys a bunch of pop tarts/cup o noodles to eat because he doesn’t want to “cook”.

So as I said this week is a feat of culinary proportions.  On Friday we had my super special meatloaf, on Saturday we had Nacho Beef Dinner Night which we all adore,  and yesterday we had Pot Roast

Tonights gastronomic gala?  Strada.  Wha?? You say.  Exactly-that’s why I’m posting about it.  It is one of my most favorite things of deliciousness, not to mention that it is rediculously versatile (think: of chili-like proportions).  Everyone has there own recipes for it, and you can find about a 1,001 recipes for it on Cooks.com (okay, 49). However, here is my recipe for simple egg strada for picky eaters (or people who have digestive issues-like me with the terrible heartburn induced by everything under the sun):

Pan

Butter 

8 Eggs

2-4 Cups of Milk

2 Cups of Cheese (any kind you like really, I usually do 1 cup of chedder and 1 cup of parmesan)

1 Loaf of French Bread

Spices

First things first-I don’t use spices.  I just use French Bread that already has spices on it.  (I like the Rosemary Oregano French Bread from Walmart for about $2.) Secondly, the reason that the milk says “2-4 cups” is that I do it by sight, but I seem to remember the recipe saying somewhere between 2 and 4.  I just add milk until it the eggs are a pastel yellow color (a little less milk than I use to make scrambled eggs).  And lastly, I will occasionally add bacon in the recipe.  If you do, make sure to pre-cook the meat before you put it in.

Strada is really easy-grease your pan (I like to use butter, but if you perfer something else I don’t think it would make a terrible amount of difference) then slice your french bread into medium thickness pieces.  Put a layer of bread down on the bottom of the greased pan then sprinkle cheese over the top.  Then put another layer of bread, then another layer of cheese.  If you want to add meat, just throw it in there after the cheese.  I like to avoid stacking them directly on top of eachother, like in a tall tower stack, but instead put them together like I’m building a pyramid (two on the bottom one on the top).

Mix eggs and milk and spices (if separate) together.  Pour it over the bread and make sure that you hit every piece of bread (hence, pyramid stacking rather than tower stacking).  Put it in the fridge and refridgerate at least 12 hours or overnight (whichever is longer).

The next day bake at 300 degrees for 1.5 hours or 350 for an hour.  Wait 10 minutes after pulling it out to cut it.

Like I said before there are all different kinds of strada.  If you can handle the spicey things you could do something like this Ranch Strada recipe.  You can even do a dessert strada like this one.  The only must-haves are bread and eggs-other than that YOU MAKE UP THE REST!

I hope you find a strada recipe that works for you because this is definately one of the easiest meals to make and one of the most yummy to eat!

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March 6, 2007

Awwww, Sweet!

Filed under: Blog Business, General Info — mrslady @ 2:32 pm

Today’s Search Engine hit was “ideas to keep tired mom organized”.  And it came up with ME!  (Well, my blog.)  I am so honored!  That is WAY more on topic than ‘pancake coloring page’ although maybe not as funny 🙂  I am glad to help tired moms, as I am a mom and get often get tired myself!

In some other blog business news, I am happy to report that my little blog is coming into her own.  As of now I have had a total of 820 views on the blog itself, which is an average of a little more than 58 views per day!  [Averages almost never work out evenly!]  I am always looking for ways to keep my blog new and exciting, so if you have any ideas, please share.

*A big thanks to everyone who has already commented/put in their 2 cents on my blog!*

I am thinking of having some sort of extra-cool something when I hit a thousand views-thoughts???

ALSO IN BLOG BUSINESS, WHICH I FORGOT TO POST BUT DON’T WANT TO MAKE A NEW TOPIC FOR:

I have put new discussion topics in all of the forums (the main age group pages).  I will post posting new Hot Topics! (the ones that you get through the link) in all age groups tomarrow~in addition to “Works for Me Wednesdays”~so check back!

March 4, 2007

What’s in a Name?

Filed under: General Info, Random Musings — mrslady @ 11:39 pm

Okay, so I totally stole this from my fellow blogger-pensieve, but I thought it was awesomely awesome so I will post it.

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There are:
5
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I think this is insanity!  This means there are FIVE OTHER PEOPLE in the country with the exact same first and last name as me.  I don’t know if that’s cool or creepy yet.  Get back to you later on that.

But it goes into more detail! 

  • There are 76,492 people in the U.S. with my first name.
  • It is statistically the 610th most popular first name (tied with 12 other first names).
  • ???If it’s in the bottom half of the top 1,000 names then why are there five other people out there walking around with my name???

    As for my last name:

  • There are 17,998 people in the U.S. with my last name.
  • Statistically the 1943rd most popular last name. (tied with 338 other last names)
  • I think this is also craziness!  My last name is in the bottom 100 of the 2,000 most popular names!  And yet-those people are still out there.

    And yet-the cool thing is when I get married I will be THE ONLY PERSON IN THE US WITH MY NAME.  So there.

    At least as of 1990, when this information was gathered.  Pretty awesome.

    March 3, 2007

    The Party Keeps On Going….

    Filed under: Family, General Info, House and Home — mrslady @ 9:34 am

    There is a special kind of party I like to have about once a month, and I invite you all to join.  It is not for the faint of heart, or the paranoid packrat, but is a LOT of fun (kind of) and keeps your house looking a LOT more tidy and organized (really!).

    I call it “Black Bagging” my house, but for the purposes of The Ultimate Blog Party week we will call it “The Black Bag Party”.  Here’s what you do-buy “super industrial size” black garbage bags (I usually buy 30 gallon bags).  Then, go through your entire house and THROW EVERYTHING AWAY. 

    Okay, maybe not everything.  My general rule is I am not going to use it within the next month or in case of an emergancy and/or it doesn’t “have a home” it goes. 

    To clarify if an object “has a home” ask yourself this-where do I put this item when I put it away?  Is it blocking something else when I put it there? Is it getting in the way of me doing something?  When I put it in it’s “home” does it look like clutter rather than something that has been put away?  If you answer yes to the last three questions, it’s probably better to just toss/donate it.

    Let’s talk examples. Books.  Books are hard to categorize, since you don’t often read them once a month (except the really good ones).  However, do your books have a home on the bookshelf that is out of the way and doesn’t bother anybody or get in the way?  If they do, why not keep it?  Just make sure they go where their home is. 

    If you find something that you really want to keep (I do this all the time!) but that has no home and no purpose, I will MAKE a home for it.  I just got files and started putting all the “loose paper” drawings my son did in the file.  Am I going to use them in the next month or in case of an emergancy?  No.  But now they have an out-of-the-way home.  [I wouldn’t have thrown them away anyway.] 

    So in conclusion-if you have nothing better to do today and would like to get organized/tidy join me in my Black Bag Party of the day!!!

    First stop, my computer desk…….

    February 28, 2007

    Why Snow is Good (Works for Me Wednesday Tip)

    Filed under: General Info, House and Home, WFMW — mrslady @ 11:10 am

    Believe me, I did not think that I would ever be posting ANYTHING under the title “Why Snow is Good”. I dispise snow! It is cold, and wet, and naturey-all things I dislike intensely. Also, I am VERY put out that tomarrow is March 1st and we just got almost two inches of snow! I am just not built for the antarctic-style climate in my new home, which is why I keep my house heated to “surface of the sun”. Just last night my in-laws were kidding about bringing shorts to my house in the winter.
    (They were only half kidding.)

    Now you understand the irony of this post.

    However there is something good about snow. It is an EXCELLENT excuse to stay inside and do some tidying and organizing. It’s not even noon yet and I have already cleaned the main parts of my house and finished updating my address book/to do list(things not done as often as they should be!).

    Want to get organized? Clean your house? Here are some sites that I have found that seem fun/informational.

    *www.organizetips.com/feature.htm
    Here you can find a list of free organizing helpers that you can print out, including a grocery list, a phone list, and a printable planner (if you don’t already have one).

    *http://www.cozi.com
    I haven’t used this one, but have heard good things about it! It’s basically a planner that is accessible to multiple users from any location. So you can your husband can share messages/calanders wherever you are-this might even be good for teenagers too! Wherever you have internet you can look on the planner. For instance, you can put on the schedule “Dinner at Grandma Johnson’s house 6pm” and then send a memo to everyone. I hear that it keeps things very organized when people in your family are doing a million different things.

    *www.flylady.net
    These tips seem like they would work very well. There is even a daily tip and newsletter than you can sign up for. The only part about the page that I don’t like personally is that it seems a little more abitious than I generally am. Still, the ideas on the page all seem like good ones!

    Do you have organizing tips? Please share!!

    February 22, 2007

    Looking for Tips?

    Filed under: General Info, House and Home — mrslady @ 5:20 pm

    A big Thank You to my MIL who directed me to the blog Rocks in My Dryer for Works for me Wednesdays. 

    The basic premise is this: Every Wednesday moms post links to their blogs which contain tips for everything from cookie making to chore charts.  You can even link YOUR blog, and give your own tips!  For more information on how to post/what it is, visit here.  To visit/post for Works for Me Wednesday visit here.

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