Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three Things I Like

I have tried many brands of eggs in the past year because I eat quite a few of them. Out of all of them, Davidson's eggs taste the best!

 I had been taking along regular RXBars as a snack in my purse or while biking. The regular size is too big to finish in one sitting. SO I was very excited to see that they now have kid-size ones too. Just right!

Then, the best find this week was Fresh Farms Green Leaf Lettuce SINGLE CUT. This is lettuce already prepared to put on a sandwich or you can just chop it up and make a salad. I use lettuce as my bread to hold lunchmeat or taco fixings. This also comes in Red Leaf and Romaine. These are perfect! Found them at Marc's.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Date

It's not often that I surprise Don, but for Valentine's Day this year, I told him to be home at 5:00 because we were going on a date.

First stop was Simply Greek in the Uptown section of Case Western Reserve University. Simply Greek used to be located in Bainbridge, and we were regulars. Then one day they up and disappeared. We have missed them until tonight when we found out where they were relocated.

We had "YEAR-ROWs" not "JI-ROWs" because we did not want to have our mouths washed out with soap.

I actually had their "Unconstructed Gyro," which is a fancy way of saying "without the bread."

After dinner, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Art to see a 1945 romantic movie called "I Know Where I'm Going." Apparently showing movies at the Art Museum is a thing.  Don has seen almost every old movie, but he had not seen this one yet! It was a love story told only in the way a 1945 movie could tell it. A young English woman goes to the Hebrides (islands off the coast of Scotland) to marry her older, wealthier fiance. When the weather keeps them separated on different islands, she begins to have second thoughts. AKA she falls in love with someone else.

What a fun evening! We need to get out more.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bookstore Road Trip

When Katherine was here this weekend, she brought me a bottle of wine and some flowers for my birthday. We had our Snow Child book discussion, and then we planned our 30/60 Bookstore Road Trip.

She will be turning 30 in the fall, and I will be turning 60 next January, so we decided this September would be a good time to celebrate our big birthdays with a road trip!!

We are going to hit four cities and nine bookstores in three days.

First stop: Columbus, OH
Book Loft 
Village Bookshop
Gramarcy Books

Second stop: Cincinnati, OH
Booksellers on Fountain Square
Ohio Book Store
Blue Manatee Bookstore

Third stop: Louisville, KY
Carmichael's Bookstore

Fourth stop: Indianapolis, IN
Wild Geese Bookshop
Indy Reads Books

We plan to leave on a Thursday and come home on a Saturday. We're hoping to see Peter and Kendall while we are in Columbus, and we could run into Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy when we are in Louisville.

Stay tuned in the fall for all the photos and details!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders

I wish I had taken a photo of these little sandwiches immediately after they came out of the oven. Here, they are a day old. Everyone said they were really good! They are great for a party and so easy to make.

Baked Ham & Cheese Sliders

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. Worcestershire Sauce
1 t. poppy seeds
1/2 t. dried chopped onion
12 Hawaiian rolls
1/2 lb. Virginia ham or honey ham
1/2 lb. Swiss cheese (or cheddar if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and dried onion. Whisk to combine.

The rolls come unsliced and attached to each other. Carefully slice the entire package of rolls from one end to the other to make one huge bun. Lift off the top part of the buns and set aside.

Place bottom half of the rolls in a 9 x 13 pan. Layer ham slices on top. Then layer cheese slices on top of the ham. Carefully place the top half of the rolls over the cheese slices.

Pour the buttery mustard mixture over the top of the buns, spreading it with a pastry brush.

Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and sliders are warmed through.

When you take the pan out of the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes, then slice into individual sandwiches.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

When Roman Comes to Town

Photo: Liz Husk
There's never a dull moment when Roman comes to town! He has boundless energy, and he will knock you flat on your back if you aren't paying attention. His philosophy is - why take one step at a time when you can take five? He's also a big cuddle bear.

It's going to take Riley a few days to recover from this Roman weekend. 
Riley's toys may never recover.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fashion for the almost 60

The older you get, the harder it is to know what's in fashion. Women of a certain age don't want to look like they are teenagers, but they also don't want to look like their grandmothers.

I found the woman who knows what to wear! She is the same age as me, and she wears clothes that I like. I am so excited to get ideas from her. She has a blog, a Youtube channel and an Instagram account.

Her name is Beth Djalali.
Her blog is called Style at a Certain Age.
Her Youtube channel can be found here: Style at a Certain Age.
She's so pretty. She reminds me of Aunt Pam.

If you're of a certain age, I encourage you to check her out!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

That Time I Was a Bad Mother

Every mother has those moments when her children push her to the edge. I was no exception. It's hard being a mom!

But this one time (there were probably others), a particular child of mine got me to the edge and then pushed me over. I won't mention any names.

This child was very active and squirmy. He would not stay in his crib when he was a baby, and he would not stay in his car seat when he was a toddler. He also wouldn't stay in his clothes.

There were probably more factors than one that pushed me over the edge that day. This was just the incident that broke my proverbial back. I can remember it like it was yesterday, and he probably can too.

Before leaving the house one day, I buckled all my children into their seats as usual, like a good mom. I headed down the driveway and into the street. But when I looked into my rearview mirror, I saw my child standing in the van - out of his car seat. He was about four years old. I had told him five hundred times to stay in his seat and warned him about what would happen if we got in an accident. I guess he didn't believe me.

This is where the bad mom kicked in.

Without saying a word, I hit the brakes. Not terribly hard, but hard enough for him to lurch forward into the dashboard. I told you I was a bad mom!

There were tears.  I felt kind of terrible. I told him, "That's what happens when you aren't in your car seat."

Sometimes you have to learn the hard way. He never got out of his seat again.