Thursday, December 12, 2013

Freezer Meal Update!

So my last post was about organizing the house and preparing freezer meals. The organizing hasn't happened yet, but the cooking did and I am happy to report it was a smashing success! The first 4 recipes I tried tasted delicious and the family loved them. I made the Baked Penne with Sausage and Creamy Ricotta, the Herbes de Provence Chicken, the Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells, and the Balsamic Braised Short Ribs. All were delicious, the family favorite was the Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells with a little added marinara.

I am going to blame my disorganization though on this little beauty, the newest member of the Wrinkly Family, Miss A. Miss L is absolutely smitten with her baby cousin.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Poor Henri

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Organization, Cooking, and Playdough....oh my!

Good Morning! It's 8:00 am and I have already done the dishes and the laundry and made some galaxy playdough. Miss L loves her sparkle!

Why not blog too?!? How much coffee can I drink?!? As we approach the holiday season, I am going to attempt a couple of new projects. The first is a complete organization overhaul of my house. We have lived here 11 years, and it's beginning to show. Thankfully I don't have to it all at once, I can do it one week at a time with 52 Weeks To An Organized Home. What I love is that you can even sign-up for email reminders of what to clean next! 

The second project I want to start is stocking the freezer with ready-to-bake meals, like What's Cookin', Chicago? With Scouts on Monday, and Ballet on Tuesday I am not getting a homemade dinner on the table. Hopefully with some crock-pot/ take-and-bake meals ready in the freezer, we will eat better! Here's hoping I get my stuff together!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Under the Sea


We recently had a shower for Rachael and Pete at the lake.  The nursery theme is Under the Sea.  I painted the background and then everyone at the shower left a fingerprint on it.  Rachael and I made them into sea creatures.  I love it when a plan works!

I got the background inspiration from www.wallies.com

This little orange guy is my fav.

Here is Rachael with the finished product.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pink Martini Concert


I am really enjoying my summer so far, lots of golf and now a Pink Martini concert.  Amber and I enjoyed an evening of fabulous music.  This band sounds exactly the same on stage as they do in their CDs.  The music is incredible and China's voice is divine.  If you ever have the opportunity to see them, do so by all means.



"Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland,
Oregon. Describing itself as a "little orchestra," its music crosses genres such as classical, latin, jazz and classic pop. The lead vocalist and principal songwriter for Pink Martini is China Forbes."  Via here

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Aren't they fabulous?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gluten Free Frittata

Ray-Ray came to visit, which gave me an opportunity to try a recipe I've wanted to try for a while. Ray-ray is gluten free, so I wanted to make a breakfast that was delicious and that accommodated her restrictions. My family won't eat spinach, which is why I hadn't made this before. It was delicious!! A keeper for sure! This came from the magazine Real Simple from last year:



Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and onion and cook, tossing occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix in the spinach, Cheddar, and ham.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the skillet, stir once, and transfer the skillet to oven. Cook until the eggs are set, 12 to 14 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, the remaining tablespoon of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the lettuce and toss to coat. Serve with the frittata.



The Curse of Pinterest

I love me some Pinterest, where else can I simultaneously want to run 26.2 miles while eating a samoa cake, knitting yarn fruit, and decoupaging furniture?!? However it's easy to forget that some of those pretty pictures belong to artists, and those images need to be credited and used with permission as that is said artists livelihood. Here at Wrinkly, we do our best to credit everyone whose image/craft/idea we have used. Sadly, we may have missed links or the links may not have been available in a couple of instances, and to those artists/crafters/bloggers, we sincerely apologize. If we have used your image without the proper shout out, please let us know, so we may remedy the situation immediately. 



Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Remembered



Thank you for your service.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

They grow up so fast.....

Michael became a Boy Scout in February, where does the time go?!? He goes on his first campout in a couple of weeks, sniff, sniff. These are a few of the fabulous things the scout moms made for our crossing over.


 Karen made the centerpieces with her son with a picture from the boys first year of scouting and their last year of. scouting. She also made the handkerchief programs based on a Pinterest post.
I repurposed the boys blue Cub Scout shirts into a badge display case. The Scout Store had something similar for $56.00!! I found display frames on sale for $5.00, so we saved a considerable amount there. Tara found us Cub Scout themed photo albums, so we could scrapbook their Cub Scout career. And finally, the belt loop display case the boys built for their Craftsmen Activity Badge.
And here they are, with their new handkerchiefs and hats. (Are we the Supersized Family or what?)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dreaming Of English Gardens


I've been wasting time relaxing this afternoon after a wonderful restorative yoga class this morning.  I came across some pretty pictures of English cottage gardens and they stirred up some memories.  My dad was in the Air Force and we were stationed in England in the late sixties.  The cottage below looks just like the one that was across the street from our house in Great Bardfield.  We watched it being re-thatched one summer


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We used to travel in the summers.  One weekend we got horribly lost, tired, and very cranky.  We came across a little coastal town in Cornwall called Fowey.  My parents got us a couple of rooms in a bed and breakfast. Imagine our surprise the next morning.  We explored this lovely town.  You could walk around private gardens like these.  Sometimes there were little containers at the entrance for donations.


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We loved Fowey so much that we came back the next summer to explore some more.  We went fishing on a rented boat and I remember catching a lot of mackerel.  The boat owner offered to clean then for us so we could have them for lunch.

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This picture reminds me of the Italian Coast except Fowey is much cooler in the summer.  What do you think? Isn't this a pretty little town?


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Admit One

Wow, I took a great big vacation from blogging for no good reason.  I'll start back with a DIY that I actually completed.  Ignore the crappy quality of the photo below.  I bought a shadow box at Hobby Lobby.  Don't forget to download your 40% off coupon that is always available. 


Then I downloaded and printed this background that just fit perfect.  My printer is running out of colored ink but I like the colors I got.  They match my stuff better.  I gathered up all the tickets I could find - old and new.  I am kind of a pack rat when it comes to collecting little memories.  This way they don't become clutter and it makes me smile and brings back great memories when I look at it.
                                                                                  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Another Month.....

Really. Where does the time go?!? It's been yet another month since either of us have posted. This is nuts! Oh well. Here are the pics from home made Christmas I meant to post last year. The first is the Snow White cape and dress for Miss L.


They are made from flannel and fleece, so she can be snuggley in this -5 degree ridiculousness we call winter. Would be nice if there was snow to go with! Next, I finally finished the Fairy Door for Mom with all the stuff she picked out.

We had a fabulous Christmas, and I hope you did too! Here is a pic of Miss L in all her Christmas excitement.