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Glorious

Today is a glorious day, I am the pround new owner of an AeroGarden.

I have been wanting one since High School! So when I signed up for their email list and saw that I could get a white one for $79.99 instead of $149.99 I knew that that baby would me mine. And today, it came in.

It was actually really easy to set up. Of course Jordan had the following comments:

“Holy crap that thing is bright. I can’t wait to see how much electricity that thing uses.”

“Did you feel how hot the top of it is?”

“I guess now we don’t need to turn on any other lights in the house.”

“It’s going to make this place so hot which is going to cause our AC bill to be higher.”

“That’s a lot of money for a couple dollars worth of herbs.”

“These better be the best damn tasting herbs in the world for how much it’s costing.”

So in eight weeks, I will be able to fully harvest mint, italian basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, purple basil and chives. If I can manage not to smack my husband from now until then I will be shocked.

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So ashamed

On Friday evening I was driving to College Station and jamming out to the radio. Now, normally I do not listen to pop music at all so I am kind of out of touch with who is new and hip. But the country stations were putting me to sleep and I think I have officially overplayed my Kings of Leon cd.  They start to play this song and I’m like “Hey! This is pretty catchy. Maybe I can buy it on itunes.”

Then the DJ comes on the air and says “Annnnnd that was the latest from Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA!”

I suck.

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Comfort food

One of my favorite meals growing up was what my mom used to call it “conchitas”. I loved it but she didn’t make it very much since my sister hated it (thanks a lot Ashley!). Ground beef is sautéed with tomatoes and spices and served with shell pasta. It’s generally a way to stretch your ground beef to serve a crowd. I have been craving comfort food this week and found myself with a craving for this. Again, I reached into the fridge and used a little of this and a little of that. Here is my adaptation of an old favorite.
 
Conchitas
  • 6 small new potatoes, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 bag Boca burger crumbles (or use 1 lb. ground beef)
  • 1 can diced tomato (14.5 oz)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • Salsa
  • Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked pasta (I used rotini but my mom always used shell pasta)

Saute potato and onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat until onions are translucent and potatoes start to soften. Add bell pepper, corn and burger crumbles*. Saute for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently. Add in diced tomato, sauce, and 1/2 cup water. Add a few tablespoons of salsa (to taste, I used about 4-5 tablespoons of medium salsa) and 1.5 TB of taco seasoning. Cover with a lid and reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in pasta and serve.

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Scene: Tuesday at lunch time.

Jordan: I found some of your triple chocolate cookies in my desk from a week or so ago. Do you think they are still good?”

Me: I’m not sure. Why were they in your desk? I would guess they are not good. 

Jordan: I think I brought some for lunch and forgot to eat them. Oh no. I was hoping they were good. I want them! I just ate one. It tasted ok. I’m now worried.

Me: When was it from? The batch that I made for the Dynamo game?

Jordan: Yeah I think so.

 Me: That is so gross! Did they taste ok?

Jordan: No, tasted good. I will throw the others away.

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“Can someone bring a diaper cake?”

Wise Wife’s Life presents: An idiot’s guide to making a diaper cake

Step 1: Commit to making the diaper cake.

“Is a diaper cake hard to make? Maybe I will try and make one. It can’t be too hard.”

Step 2: Do your research.

I chose Google and a few YouTube videos.

Step 3: Ask an expert.

I decided to consult with Tara via Google Chat.

Me: I can not believe I volunteered to make a diaper cake for Tiff’s shower. But I mean, it can’t be that hard. Right?
Tara: I don’t think so. I mean, it’s just a bunch of diapers.
Me: Yeah. That’s true.
Tara: Oooooh look at these fancy ones! (She sends me a link to fancy diaper cake website)
Me:ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME?! Who in their right mind would pay $150 dollars for a cake made out of something your baby shits in?!

Step 4: Buy supplies

Drag your husband to Target a week before your cake deadline. Spend 15 minutes trying to explain to him what a diaper cake is. Make your way to the baby aisle. Catch a glimpse of the diapers on the end of the aisle and shout “HOLY CRAP DIAPERS ARE EXPENSIVE!!!”. Blush when you realize that someone heard you. Stand in the diaper aisle for 20 minutes debating about which size to buy. Call a friend with a baby for help. Leave friend a panicked voice mail asking what size diapers you should buy. Ask random mothers for their advice. Settle on size two diapers. Buy the rest of your supplies. At the last minute, throw some boxed sangria in your shopping cart. You are going to need it.

Step 5: Begin rolling the diapers.

Unfold the diaper. Roll it up. Secure with a rubber-band. Repeat until you want to cry or until you have roughly 80 rolled diapers. Feel free to call in re-enforcement. Reward yourself with a glass of sangria.

Step 6: Begin stacking the diapers.

I decided to follow the directions posted here. They looked pretty easy. Stack, secure, stack secure. Realize its crooked and start over. Realize it’s still crooked and start over again. Finally say screw it and go to bed. Finish it the next night.

Step 7:  Choose your decorations

Go to Michael’s and buy embellishments. Spend 20 minutes picking out ribbon. Begin to realize that you spend way too much time over thinking things. Spend 20 minutes picking out flowers.

Step 8:  Decorate the cake

Struggle with the double sided tape. Curse the tape makers for lying about the tape being permanent. Deal with droopy ribbons. Re-do them five times. Add the flowers. Cut your hand with the scissors. Drink some more sangria.

Step 9:  Show off your diaper cake! 

Step 10:  Cringe when a someone asks if you would be interested in making them a diaper cake.

 

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Green wish list

I wanted to share some of the cool products out there on my “wish list”. If money were no object, I would buy all of these in a heart beat! Is it too early to be making my Christmas list? 😉

BAGit Trash Can– From the people who brought you these waterbottles, comes this super cool trash can. You can re-use your plastic bags and it has hidden hooks to hold them in place. I use plastic bags in our trashcans now but they are always falling in the trashcan and they just don’t look as cute the ones from Reduce.

Envirosax- I have been drooling over these reusable shopping bags for as long as I can remember. I would love to have a set of the five in one pouches to keep in my purse. No more lugging multiple bags to the co-op for me! Maybe some day.

SnackTaxi’s-These are reusable bags for snacks and sandwiches. I bring my lunch to work almost everyday so I would love to ditch the Ziploc baggies and trade them in for these adorable bags.

I Am Not A Paper Cup– Since Jordan and I bring our own coffee to work, I think  this would be so much fun to put our coffee in. Maybe I could even draw a little Starbucks logo on it so I can pretend it’s the real thing.

AeroGarden– I have a black thumb. I think I am the only person who can kill ivy. I have been wanting an AeroGarden for years. Oh to have fresh herbs right on my counter top without having to worry about pesticides and dirt and remembering to water them.

So here is my wish list. What’s on yours?

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Searching

One thing I love about wordpress is that it tells me what people searched to find my blog. Most of them are normal things  (wise wife, wise wife blog). But the ones this week cracked me up:

  • how to tackle wife to run smooth life
  • stuart holden lump on head
  • stuart holden melting the hearts of moms

Hope you found what you were looking for!   🙂

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