Ten on Thursday

by Cate on January 13, 2011

It’s like Ten on Tuesday.  Only not.

  1. I was planning to tell you about a Puerto Rican Chicken recipe we had last night for dinner, only I just don’t have the brain power to write the post tonight and have it not sound like “I had a cheese sandwich.”  Long-time bloggers will nod at the “cheese sandwich” reference.  Just one of those weeks where I am spent.
  2. If you need a new exercise DVD in your home library, you still have time to enter the giveaway Eat. Live. Be. is doing on The Voice of Mom.  For some reason, Bethenny Frankel’s DVD doesn’t seem to be a big draw, and for you that’s a good thing, because as of right this moment, there are only four (!!) entries and we pull a random winner tomorrow night.  Go get ’em!
  3. I landed another freelance writing job this week, this time for the fine folks at Betty Crocker.  Color me psyched!  I’ll be writing for them weekly on one of their sites, all about comfort food, seasonal items and more.  More details to follow.
  4. I have only had one Diet Coke all week.  I am trying not to get my caffeine fix from Starbucks, but it hasn’t been easy.  This girl needs a little extra oomph sometimes, you know?
  5. There are 67 days to go until Spring.  But it’s not like I’m counting or anything.
  6. Planning has begun in earnest for Madeline’s THIRD birthday.  A rainbow-themed party.  Or the “happy birthday to me party,” as she calls it.  I have the desserts and side dishes all worked out but am so far stumped on how I can incorporate the rainbow in a more “main” or lunchtime food.  Have divine inspiration for me?  Clue me in.  Please.
  7. The master bath was (finally) painted this week.  I told Sarah that it was the color of my happy place.  She asked if it was sand or water.  The girl knows me too well.  Can’t wait to show you pictures.  Once I put the artwork up.  Artwork that I amassed some five years ago.
  8. My littlest bunny has had a terrible cough all week, but is stellar at coughing into her “wings.”  She didn’t quite understand why the doctor she saw this morning didn’t ask to see her new earrings, but she did make out with two stickers, one for herself and one for Nick.  She’s thoughtful like that.  The doctor mentioned that it’s a sign of her awesome upbringing, which nearly made up for her being rude minutes earlier.
  9. Oh the stories I could tell you about some conversations I’ve had with Madeline lately, particularly the one this morning in the waiting room.  They would seriously have you rolling around on the floor with tears in your eyes.  Unfortunately they’re not all PG-rated.  She has, however, noticed that Eli does not have boobies, but he has a butt.  I’m sure he’s thankful the attention she’s paying to his body.
  10. TGIF.  I don’t know about you, but it’s been a l-o-n-g week here and we’re all due for some weekend rejuvenation.  Make every second of yours counts, because Monday comes way too quickly.

Project 365
January 13, 2011, Photo #13

Technology BasketOur technology basket.  BlackBerry charger, cell phone charger, DSi charger, camera battery charger and goodness knows what else.  I was aching for a way to keep it all reasonably organized and sometimes in a mess of black cables, it’s hard to know which one goes with what.  So last year, in an effort to curtail the madness, I grabbed a basket and started labeling Ziploc bags for the different things.  Works like a charm.

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Kate January 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Would fondue/queso with a variety of dippers be an absolutely terrible idea for three-year-olds? Use a white cheese, and have sausages or grape tomatoes, carrots, yellow squash, green beans, and blue/purple potatoes to dip in it?

(Or is it just me who thinks melty cheese = meal?)


annie January 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

How about a layered salad for the main dish??? You could definitely work in the rainbow that way. You’d have to find a great glass bowl for presentation. Good luck!


Joanne January 14, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hmmm maybe you could do a rainbow pizza? You could die pizza dough different colors and then roll it all out together. And then top it with just about every color of veggie you can find!

Congrats on the Betty Crocker gig! That is so awesome.


Kris #40 January 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

I was thinking veggies too for a rainbow. Other than that no idea.

I took charge of my hundreds of camera cords the other day and used the label maker and tagged them that way. Just folded in half with cord in middle.


paula January 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

I wouldn’t think too hard about incorporating the rainbow theme into the main meal (it’s really hard to work blue into savory foods!) You could do something colorful of course but it would probably be a lot less stress to just cook delicious normal food and then decorate the table around it in a rainbow theme.


Ramona January 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

Get some rest if you can. But, I already know your weekends are busy.


Elizabeth B. January 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

How about a tray of fruits/veggies/lunchmeats/cheeses? Cut everything up into child-friendly pieces, then lay it all out so that it looks like a rainbow. Everyone can pick what they like! You could also use a white cheese for clouds at the ends of the rainbow. Blueberries, grapes, carrots, celery, green peppers, ham, turkey, cheddar…good luck!


Claudia January 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I finally zip-locked and labelled all of our technology when we went on vacation and packed them that way. When it came time to unpack – lightening flash – why don’t I leave them packed?

Like the above comment of using small fruits for your rainbow theme and then cheese clouds! Yogurt clouds? Creme fraiche?

I’m having 1 diet soda every day. I need something to rev me up at 3 p.m. Tea just wasn’t doing it.


Jen January 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Congratulations on the job!

Thanks for the ziploc idea – just the tip I needed!


Laura January 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I am so going to do the tech bag~~~~great ideal!


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