Archive | March, 2013
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Happy Birthday, Dear Laura… Betsy….

5 Mar

We were talking about hair, and how Miss Laura was going to come and cut Little Miss and Middle Little’s hair soon. Then, I said, “Do you want to sing “Happy Birthday to Betsy”? She readily agreed, but was clearly a little confused.

Directly after asking to see herself she says, “Now we eat CAKE!!! I will get a fork for us.”

Happy Birthday to my good friend, Betsy! I wish I could spend today celebrating with you, but since I can’t, I will celebrate from afar!

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Cute Baby

4 Mar

I love when people tell me my kids are cute.DSC_0342_edited-1

Not like, “Oh, you have a new baby. He’s cute.” But, the unprovoked, stranger walks up to you in a store and tells you, “He is SO cute.”

They don’t have to tell you that. Your friends and family, they have to tell you that your kids are cute. Its a rule somewhere. I just know it. Anyway, I like when people tell me I have cute kids. It feels as though I have at least accomplished providing the world with some cute children. I don’t have to be the best cook, or the most knowledgeable mom, or the craftiest (I mean, I want to be all of those, but I  don’t have to be), as long as I keep picking the right genes when making children. Cause, you get to pick those things, you know. Maybe that’s why my kids are cuter than yours… because you didn’t know you were supposed to pick genes.  And did.

I also like when people tell me I have a cute dog.

IMG_1717Unlike the genes for my children, I actually DID pick him. And he is cute. And I like him.

 

This story is about a particular gentleman that I encountered at the grocery store.

I was standing in the cereal aisle, a man behind me says, “Oh, what a cute baby! How old is he?”

I replied with a polite, “Thank you. He is 4 months old.”

The man he then says, “Yeah… my brother has a baby who was born in October. I think he is 4 months old… counts on fingers 1 -2-3-4… Yeah, 4 months.”

Not really knowing what to say at this point, I grab a box of cereal and say, “It was nice chatting. Have a good evening.”

 

I finished my shopping and left the store. As I approached my car, I realized there was someone standing by my vehicle, talking through the window. When I got closer the person turned and looked at me. He says, “Is this your car?”

I told him, “Yes. It is.”

He says, “Then that must be your dog, too…?”

I kind of chuckled, “Yep. That is my dog, in that car, which is also mine.”

He said,  recognizing me from inside, “Cute dog and a cute baby. Seems fitting for a cute lady.”

Not quite knowing how to answer that, I said, “Thanks.” And awkwardly brushed my hair out of my face so as to not get poked in the eye by my bangs.

In doing so, I apparently flashed my wedding band, because he then says, “Oh… you’re married. Is your husband cute, too?” and laughs.

I quickly respond, “Well, I sure think so! Have a good night!”

I then proceeded to get in my car and laugh. For a long time.

 

Not only did a total stranger compliment my baby and my dog, and hit on me, he also, inadvertently hit on my husband. I love going grocery shopping!

 

Hope you had a great Monday!

~Mama

 

Hawaiian Style Ham Steak

1 Mar

Tonight, I made a new recipe. And by made a new recipe, I mean.. made it. Because, I didn’t have one. So, I made it up. And here is what I came up with:

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I call it Hawaiian Style Ham Steak. Or as Mr. called it: Ham Steak with some sort of really good pineapple gravy stuff.

Made with salty ham, sweet brown sugar and tart pineapple, it hits all the notes in this “Medley of MMMMMM”. And with the tangy bite of some Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes, its the ultimate pairing!

The recipe is simple. So simple, its almost not even a recipe.

Did I mention that its SO TASTY?!? It was so wonderful that even Little Miss couldn’t get enough.

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She kept asking for “More of that sauce, Mama!”

I love her. And I love this new recipe.

Oh. I’m sorry. I’ve been so busy telling you how amazing it was, I almost forgot to post it! (Just kidding. How could I forget to share this small piece of Heaven?)

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Here’s what you’ll need to serve 2-4 people:

2 Ham steaks (whatever kind you prefer)

3 Tbs. Butter

10 oz. crushed Pineapple

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

3 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbs. Flour

Salt and Pepper to taste

Start off by melting your butter in a large skillet, over medium-high heat.

You’ll want enough room to brown all the ham. If making more than 2 ham steaks, I recommend browning them first. Set them off to the side, and then start with the “sauce”.

Once your butter is melted, sprinkle brown sugar over bottom of the pan. Add in the garlic powder and some salt and pepper.

Allow the brown sugar and butter to start to cook down together, being VERY CAREFUL not to burn it!

After about 3 minutes, place the ham in the sauce. Pour the pineapple over the ham (Do not stir or mix or combine. Or incorporate. Or… never mind. You get the point.) and bring to a roll…That’s how I like to say, “Make sure it’s really hot and bubbling”. Now, I know I said don’t mix it, but some of the juice will inevitably run down into the butter/brown sugar mixture. This is fine… just don’t “mix” it. Once your mixture has come to a roll, reduce the heat, cover and allow it to simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

Next, remove the ham and place on a serving platter, leaving the pineapple, and brown sugar mixture.

Sprinkle the flour over the sauce that is taking shape!

You are almost done and ready to partake in your portion of Heaven.

Whisk the flour until there are no lumps. I mean, there will still be tidbits of pineapple, but those aren’t lumps… they’re tidbits.

Now you have perfectly browned, salty ham:

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And wonderfully tart, yet sweet sauce:

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Combine and enjoy:

IMG_3937Until we meet again,

Mama