Mmmm...stuffed mushrooms

Dodo's Dad's Stuffed Mushrooms:

12 lg white shrooms
1 clove garlic
3 Shallots, minced
3T Butter
4T olive oil
1/2c bread crumbs
1/2c grated parm.
1t basil
3T parsley
salt, pepper

Saute garlic and onion. Chop stems, add to pan and stir until liquid is gone. Mix in rest; stuff caps. 25 minutes @ 350. Or steam in frying pan with water in bottom, covered, for 15 min.

Success at the thrift store

I started at the thrift store because they wouldn't take my children's books just before X-mas time. They said they had tons of books and nobody buys them. I went to look at the books and it was no wonder they weren't moving. They were old, dirty, dusty and moldy. I left the store slightly irritated, books in tow. By the time I got home, I'd decided to call and ask if they could use volunteer help.

Yesterday, my new manager told me she had put out nine big boxes of books last week. I organized and stocked four more boxes, and sold 23 books during my four hour shift. Two customers commented that they had start stopping in regularly to check out the books. I sent one grandmother out with an excellent start for her grandkids summer reading: Dahl, 'Johnny Tremaine', the Magic Tree House series and Junie B. It was a great day, topped off by a very entertaining show by the K and 1st graders.

O2 got up to the mic and said, "Good evening", and everyone laughed. He paused and said, "Good evening, I'm O2", then read his journal entry. The K performed a song written by a folksinger about the last panther killed in our town. It's called 'A Cage of Glass', as the panther is stuffed and resides at a local museum. I almost cried.

All in all, an excellent day.

I thought I was busy before

A local group that focuses on improving health and wellbeing invited parents to come to a meeting to discuss nutrition and school lunch. I was the only one who came. I am now going to be working with the school to improve the lunch program. I have a partner, a woman I have been enjoying getting to know through cubscouts, so that will be helpful.

I'm looking for really healthy, flavorful, inexpensive and easy recipes that could be adapted well to cooking for a lot of people. Any suggestions?

I'm excited to jump into this challenge. However, I'm realizing something may have to go. I won't be busy with Habitat until late in the fall and I won't be at the thrift store over the summer. But there is still the BRAT and scouts. I'm enjoying scouts and it's getting easier. We made marshmallow shooters this week and will have a massive battle (which they will clean up after as part of learning their outdoor code of conduct) at our next meeting. Memorial Day I am leading their first hike and earlier this month we attended a camporee where the boys did a service project, did cool stuff, and got to see a Black Hawk helicopter and meet the crew. 01 thought this was the best day of his young life.

Time to get the boys ready for school, then to the thrift store and tonight is the K-1 program. O2 will be singing and reading from his journal, he's been glowing all week in anticipation of performing tonight. Just another lazy day in the life of a stay-at-home mom. Bonbons anyone?

Still in recovery

I've been way too busy being Suzy Homemaker since getting home Monday evening. O1 developed an infection in his mouth, so most of this week was filled with doctor and dentist appts. He is better now. Now we are frantically working on the pinewood derby car, the race is tomorrow. Tomorrow is also the first day O2 has tee ball practice. And Bx comes home.
Sometime this weekend I have to finish painting the room at the office, and clean the house. I hung laundry wearing shorts and snow boots on Wednesday and Thursday, but the snow is really almost gone-any day now.

I've been thinking over all the excellent conversations and moments during 'thon. The food was just amazing, I can't even name favorites. I left feeling well nourished, if not well rested. It was the longest I've been at a 'thon since O1 was born. I didn't squander much of my time on sleep, so I'm still catching up. However, right now I am blowing off dishes and laundry and all the rest for a couple of hours to go run in the woods. hooray for spring!

Heading South

Here I am getting ready to head south tomorrow and I have no plans yet of exactly what I'm doing this weekend. (Other than, of course, at 4pm Saturday!)

I should really get this procrastination thing under control.

I've been extra distracted this week getting ready for KITTIES! We adopted two four-month-old kitties from the Human Society yesterday. The boys were totally surprised, they had no idea. The cats are adjusting very well, like they've always lived here. They purr really loudly and almost nonstop. It will be hard to leave them for the weekend, but they'll be in good hands with the boys.

I better finish laundry and make some calls tonight!

Gone missing

Yesterday it was reported that canoes had gone missing from the local YMCA camp. The only identifying marks are the canoes names: Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.

It's been an interesting week

Here's the quick rundown of our week. Last Wednesday, O2 got stitches for the first time. Once we wiped some of the blood from his face, things didn't look too bad. I just kept reminding myself that head wounds bleed a lot! He got two stitches just above his left eyebrow and learned that cinder blocks are hard and sharp.

On Thursday afternoon O2 choked on a grape. We got it out pretty quickly, he was a little shaken up.

Monday, O1 had a playdate and O2 had an appt. to get his stitches out. About an hour after O2 stitches were removed we got a call from the playdate's mom saying O1 had lost a chunk out of his arm when he bumped into a grindstone his friend was spinning. O1 got 6 stitches.

I'm hoping that is all three and we are done for awhile. In less shocking news, the garden is growing very well. This morning I made a list of more than 25 plants that are blooming right now. We have daisies in the thousands, and as pretty as it is here, I am totally looking forward to heading south next week!

7 songs on frequent rotation

1. Matt Costa - Cold December
2. A.L.O. - Barbeque
3. G. Love - Beautiful
4. Kings of Convenience - Know How
5. The Killers - Sam's Town
6. G Love - Superhero Brother
7. The Fratellis - the whole CD