Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Check out Andrea in the Kitchen for the recipe.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thank you to Rainbow Brown at Brown Interior for choosing this delicious recipe.
Things I learned from this recipe:
-I need an ice cream maker, I tried doing it by hand and gave up and went to bed. Once we got past the gummy layer on the top it was pretty good but still kind of icy
-I need a Kitchen Aid mixer....just because
-Nectarines are a good substitute for peaches and don't have to be peeled
-I should have washed out the ice cream container before throwing it in the trash to freeze this in instead of the giant bowl that is taking up my freezer at the moment
I thought this was pretty tasty as did both of my mini tasters. Hubby said "Oh! There's the peach!" It tasted vanilla to him with an aftertaste of nectarines but he said he liked it.
Will I make this again? Maybe but not until I get an ice cream maker!
Pictures to come. I taught my first class at the college I work at tonight after working a full day. So, I am tired.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
In my day....we knew what customer service was! If only I was joking. Last weekend I took 4 rolls of film at Little Mans birthday party. Yes, film. I love my film camera and was excited to bring it out for the party. Today I took my film to Walgreen's as it is one of the few places that still develops it without sending it out. I was given a time that the photos would be ready (an hour and a half after we dropped them off) and took off to run some other errands.
I am one of those people that rips into them as soon as I get them in my hot little hands. It is so unlike digital where you can see everything instantly and it is hard for me to wait. After I made my purchase I started looking through the rolls of film. On the third roll I called the girl from the photo department and told her we had a small issue. She had printed one of the rolls twice. She immediately got on printing out the correct roll and the correct photo CD. Thinking that they would just give me the second set of prints I stuck them in with the other set.
When the girl turned around she asked where the other set was so foolishly I handed them over. I asked what she was doing with them and she said she had to get rid of them. I asked her if she could just give them to me since she was going to throw them away anyway. She said no but said she could ask her manager. When she came back she said he had also said no.
Here's the thing. This was not my mistake. I turned in 4 rolls of film expecting to get 4 different sets of prints. After making my purchase I discovered THEIR mistake, I had to wait around for another 20 minutes for her to print out the correct set of prints and the right photo CD. Doesn't it make sense from a customer service perspective that one would say, "I am sorry for this mistake, please take the other set of prints for your trouble"?
Instead I get the manager who has obviously not had any customer service training. I explained the situation to him and that this was not my mistake. He said "well, we can't just give prints away" so I said "but you are going to throw them in the trash anyway so you are giving them away just not to a person" and he said "I will give you 20% off of your order". Seriously? I already made my purchase so you really want to make another cash register transaction?
I was level headed, I was not my grandmother (who was quite hotheaded), I was reasonable and told him I could just walk around the counter and take them out of the trash can they had just placed them in. Then I got logical. I asked him to tell me what 20% off of $30 was....uh $24. And then I asked him how much the prints would cost at $.24....uh under $6. So I said giving me the prints would be a better choice than giving me 20 percent off. I get the photos and they still come out ahead. He finally got tired of arguing with me set the pictures down that had been retrieved from the trash can and walked away.
I mean, I get it. There are people that take advantage of customer service but this was not one of those situations. This was their mistake and they should have been bending over backwards to fix it.
I did tell the girl behind the counter that she fixed everything just fine and that I wasn't mad at her. I wasn't mad but I was frustrated with the lack of customer service from the manager. This is the second Walgreen's I have had problems with at the photo department. We still have one that we may do business with but they are getting fewer and farther in between.
Film users unite! We are still out here and still want good service!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Dear Little Man,
My quiet one, my shy one, my once I get to know you I am a ham. My I Love you mommy, see you later mommy, I love you sign and kiss blower at preschool. My play really well by yourselfer. My want to do anything big sister is doing. My name writer, my person draw-er, my play with your cars and guys all day one. My Mario Kart with a good attitude even in 12th place one. My speech becoming more clear one. My cooperative one, my silverware unloader. My still napping one. My big squeezes around the neck and big kisses one. My peanut butter sandwich eater for any meal of the day one. My green bean eater (with a little coaxing), my sweet eater, my banana eater. My sensitive one that when crying will stop if someone else pretends to cry. My just starting to test the limits one. My Jesus Loves me, this I know one. My sing along in the car one.
There are so many things about you that I adore. You are so sweet and my heart just explodes with love when I think of you. Happy 5th birthday my sweet Little Man. My prayer for you today is that you will know Jesus with all of your heart and soul and mind and will grow into a responsible, God- loving, compassionate man. May you always be a sweet as you are now.
June 6, 2009
Little Man's 5th Birthday
7:30 AM – get up with kids and sing happy birthday to Little Man and let him open presents from us
8:00 AM – shower
8:45 AM – stuff treat bags, clean kitchen
9:00 AM – send Bobby to the store for a cake and ice
11:00 AM call McDonalds and order Happy Meals
11:05 AM – arrive at park, fill cooler,
11:45 AM – send Bobby to McDonalds to pick up Happy Meals
12:00 PM – kids start arriving, give them each a happy meal/playtime
12:30 PM – Spiderman arrives
1:30 PM – gifts
1:45 PM – Pinata
2:00 PM – hand out treat bags
2:15 PM clean up party stuff and head home
Things to take to the park:
chips and salsa
Peanut Butter M&Ms
knife for cake
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I have never in my life made chutney before and had no idea if it was going to turn out or not.
It was not that difficult and Bobby's dad helped out quite a bit stirring the mix until it turned more syrupy.
The asparagus (which I am apparently the only one that likes it) was delicious...in my opinion. I put it on a baking sheet and drizzled a little bit of olive oil over it, sprinkled a little garlic powder on it and baked it for about 10 minutes at 400. When it came out of the oven I sprinkled on some Parmesan cheese. Everything is better with cheese, right? :)
I was not a big fan of the taste of the fried pork chops but I really liked the chutney and the asparagus. Bobby said he would have eaten another pork chop had we had more and his dad said he liked them too. The kids did ok but Munchkin "doesn't like cooked fruit" so she didn't want to have anything to do with the chutney. Oh well, I am not a short order cook and they have to eat what I fix. So there. :)
This is a definite make a gain recipe.
When we arrived her group was already on stage for their first dance. One of the instructors informed me that we were supposed to be there 30 minutes prior to her rehearsal time. If you know me I do not like to be late for anything. It used to be a lot worse, to the point that I wouldn't want to go if I had to walk into a quiet room and have everyone stare at me. There is a reason we left and hour and a half before rehearsal for a 30 minute drive.
I looked the instructor in the eye and told her we had left an hour and a half before. We got stuck behind an accident on one road for 20 minutes and then when we got to Church street traffic was at a complete stop. I managed to navigate my way through downtown to get her there 5 minutes late. I was pretty ticked. She half apologized to me for being so rude and helped me pull the rollers out of Munchkins hair as fast as we could.
She managed to get out there for the second run through of her jazz rehearsal. We had quite a bit of time after that to go outside and take a couple of pictures in her tap costume. That rehearsal went really well and then it was time for ballet. I think this was my favorite dance of all. The little girls were so sweet and sort of graceful.
Recital finally finished after 8 and we headed for home a lot less stressed out than when we got there.