Monthly Archives: April 2010

Monsters in The Playroom?

Lately after playing happily in her playroom for a bit, Darby will yell “Ahhh!” run out and say that a monster, or dinosaur scared her.  Sometimes she says specifically, “the monster with the apple” – I’m pretty sure she is talking about the witch from Snow White with that one.  No more Snow White movie, no more Snow White ride at Disneyland!  There is a part on the ride, where you turn a corner and the witch, holding the apple, comes out a door.  The last time we rode it Darby jumped and I realized it scared her for the first time!

While I don’t like knowing that Darby is scared, it’s hard not to find the whole – there’s a monster in the playroom – bit kind of cute and amusing.  After all, we know there’s not REALLY monsters or dinosaurs in there. If you ask her where it is, she will point and say ‘right there!” 

Here’s a video – it’s not as soon as she ran out declaring the monster had scared her, but right after.  What an imagination!



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LUCKY (plus a recipe!)

Yesterday Darby and I were lucky.  Lucky to have an Angel on my shoulder that told me to look to my left when I was making a left-hand turn through an intersection (on a green arrow), lucky to have 2 hands on the wheel (just as my Dad taught me) and lucky to have a great insurance agent who went above and beyond in counseling me after the accident! 

An old man ran a red light. Majorly ran a red light. If I hadn’t seen him coming and put the pedal to the medal, he would have run into my driver’s side door and who knows how that would have ended.  I am very shaken up.  Darby is ok, she was just concerned after the hit “What happened Mommy??”  I cleared the intersection and immediately dialed 911.  While on the phone with the Police Department, the “careless driver” approached me and asked if we were ok. He said he was fine, that it was his fault – he hadn’t “seen the light” and that he would give me all his information. The Police Department said it was not necessary for them to come out if we were comfortable exchanging information, the cars were driveable and there were no injuries.  So I said OK, and hung up.  I really regret not getting an officer to come out and write-up a report. This was my first accident like this. The only other one I’d been in was a rear ender about 7 yrs ago, and it was my fault.

Long story short, after an entire afternoon (exhausting!) on the phone with his insurance company and mine, he decided to change his story and say he had a green light. I. HATE. LIARS.  I am so upset. If he really thought it was MY fault, why did he not even write down as much as my NAME!?  I had called to report it to his insurance company, since he had admitted fault, made a claim, made a recorded statement with the adjuster, answered a million questions.  Seemed pretty cut and dry, then he said he wasn’t liable.  Moron.  So on we go to arbitration.  The Jeep is already in the shop and the insurance company has already put a check in the mail to cover the full price plus tax of Darby’s Britax car seat.  It’s a waiting game from here on out and we just have to wait, let the insurance company do their job and hope for the best. What a pain.

Obviously MOST importantly beyond all the stress of this accident is the fact that we are lucky enough to be OK.  It makes me so upset to think about what would have happened if I hadn’t seen him coming, of something happening to my little Darby who has barely had a chance at life. 

Please Drive safely! For yourself and everyone in the cars around you. EVERY life is precious, even the lives of careless drivers.  We each need to do our part on the road, and MOST importantly, PAY ATTENTION!

With that, it TOTALLY slipped my mind while I was throwing my recipe in the crock pot yesterday afternoon that I was supposed to be taking pictures for my recipe of the week.  So I don’t have any step by step pictures, but I have a final finished product picture for you.  I found this recipe on the Tasty Kitchen website and it fit my criteria – EASY and delish!  These Chili Lime Chicken Tostadas were super yummy and fun.  You could also use the chicken for a variety of things – tacos, burritos, enchiladas… lots of possibilities!

Chili Lime Chicken Tostadas

  • 1 can (4 Oz. Can) Diced Green Chilies
  • 4 cloves Of Minced Garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 whole Diced Medium Onion
  • 2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 can (16 Oz. Can) Refried Beans
  • Tostada Shells
  • Desired Toppings (we used: olives, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream)
  • Add chicken and onion to slow cooker.
    In a bowl, combine green chilies, garlic, chili powder, and lime juice.
    Pour over the chicken.
    Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
    (I was late (big surprise after my day!) at getting it in the crock pot, so I cooked mine on high for about 3 1/2-4 hrs)
     Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Mix in 1/2 cup of juice remaining in the slow cooker to the shredded chicken.

    Spread warmed refried beans on tostada shells.
    Top with the hot chicken mixture and any other desired toppings.

    It was a hit, and here are some happy faces to prove it!

    Thank God for protecting Darby and I in our accident, and for recipes like this that are manageable even with a crazy day like yesterday!

    Hope you all give it a try and enjoy it as much as we did!


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    I am “oops-ing” in advance this week.  Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe of the week. Well I do, I want to make this corn salad that is in my Pioneer Woman cookbook. It looks yummy and it’s completely made on the grill! I LOVE the grill, but the weather is so yukky right now I just do not think it is going to happen! If anything changes, there MIGHT be a post on Saturday (if I make it tomorrow night) but there are no promises. I failed you this week.  The only way I can think to make it up to you all is by posting new pictures and a video of Darby! Does that help? Hope so!!

    Hope that makes it all better!!! Again, please excuse the “Oops”, my recipe will return as usual next week!

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    A Special Surprise!

    Easter was full of surprises for Darby, but one of them was EXTRA special! 

    My Aunt Monica has a Etsy store called Warm and Sunny and sells the cutest little handmade chickens!  Each chicken comes with a name, Darby’s little chicken is named.. Darby! So cute!

    I have a big mommy chicken that my Mom gave me awhile ago. I love it! It sits up on a shelf in my hutch that’s in my kitchen. Once Darby realized she had one just like mine, she needed both together and I couldn’t deny her! (FYI: The band aids on her arms were a request earlier in the day. They are princess band aids and she just wanted to wear them for fun!)

    A big THANK YOU to my Aunt Monica, (Darby’s Great Aunt Monica!) for Darby’s adorable and oh so special little chick!  We love it and we love you!!

    Now go check out her Esty store and prepare yourself to want to buy some cute little chickens!!

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    Easy Banana Bread

    If you are anything like us, from time to time we end up with a few overripe bananas.  What do you do with overripe bananas? Make banana bread, of course! A friend of mine recently shared her easy banana bread recipe with me so of course I had to give it a shot.  The smell of this bread baking will torture you while it’s in the oven. It smells so good.. and tastes even better! Yummy!

    Easy Banana Bread

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup butter
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

    Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
    In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

    In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

    Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

    Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes (it was about 50 minutes in my oven),  or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
    Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

    I’m not a fan of nutty banana bread, but if you are, you could also add some walnuts! This banana bread is easy and yummy – just the way I like my recipes to be!


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    Easter 2010

    This week has been so packed with activities I am STILL not sure what my recipe of the week will be – BUT I am finally getting around to posting about Easter!

    Our Easter was perfect. It is so nice having so much family close by to celebrate with.  Darbys Great Aunt Lynne and Great Uncle Kevin bought her a special Easter dress again this year and she just looked adorable. (Thank you both!!)  We celebrated with Erics side of the family for brunch and then headed to Redondo to see my parents for dinner.  It was a fun-filled day.  Darby even had some firsts: eating jelly beans and the ears of a chocolate bunny. She now officially knows “candy” “jelly bean” and “chocolate”, not sure if this is a cute, good or bad thing.  She has tried asking for jelly beans  in the morning since, but that is just not gonna happen! She loved the egg hunts! The Easter bunny had them for her at every house! She started her morning off hunting in our livingroom, then hunted at her Grammy and Grandpas house, and of course at Grammy Cookie and Grandads house too!!

    Here’s a slideshow from our day:r

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    An Honest Observation

    Yesterday evening Eric was changing his clothes before his softball game, which included an underwear change.  When Darby walked into the room and saw what Eric was doing, she turned to him and said “Oh Papa, change your diaper?” 

    She just makes us laugh!!

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