June 27, 2014

Trip #1 = Success!

Our trip was fabulous! We spent 4 full days in the Colonial Williamsburg area, taking in some history and the amusement parks. The biggest surprise of the entire trip was that we didn't wait more than 5-10 minutes for any ride at Busch Gardens and walked on every water slide at Water Country USA. Crazy, right? The boys were pleasantly surprised and very relieved. It's no fun standing in long lines at every. single. ride. (cough, cough, Disney!)

Gunner survived his time at doggie daycare and even managed to handle the full group sessions. Major progress!! He came home exhausted though. I'm fairly certain he didn't sleep much while he was there. On his first day home, he only got up to pee, eat, and take a walk. Other than that, he was snoozing!  

More soon!

June 18, 2014

300 Freeze Pops

Ever wonder what 300 freeze pops would look like in your freezer? Wonder no more:

I think I mentioned awhile back that I was in charge of planning the 6th grade luncheon. Part of that plan includes freeze pops because it is June after all, and it's finally H-O-T in NJ. I miss winter already. I do. Sorry to all the summer-lovin' people.  I don't like having beads of sweat dripping down my back just walking to the mailbox and the hair I just straightened looks like I'm living in a sauna. I really don't understand why that is preferable to wearing a cozy sweatshirt and having a good hair day, while enjoying a cool breeze.

60-70 during the day and low 50's at night = my heaven. It's safe to say I'll never move South.

Anyway, those 300 freeze pops are hogging up prime space in my freezer. The luncheon is on Friday and I'm ready for it all to end ... the planning, the execution, and school in general!

I must say what a waste this week has been. We're in school this (full) week to make up snow days. The kids are doing absolutely n-o-t-h-i-n-g. So tell me, State of NJ, what is the point of making up the snow days? Free childcare?  The teachers still had to accomplish all their teaching points before the NJ state testing dates in May which were NOT changed! Makes no sense. My guess? A man is in charge.

June 17, 2014

Billing Fail

How many people remember to pay a yearly bill on their own?

Not many, I would suspect.  I got a "final notice" bill in the mail this weekend for our DOG LICENSE.  The funny thing is, I never received any notice at all until this final notice letter!  The dog license is only $10 but the late fee is $10. Really?

I'm revolting against the machine. We are a responsible dog owner and all of his shots are up to date. We clean up our yard and we don't let him ruin other people's lawns. Had I received any communication that it was time to renew the license, I would have done so in a timely manner. So because of this, I'm not paying the late fee. I never got the 1st notice, which is apparently a pink post card. My guess is the pink postcard is laying stuck somewhere, either in a mail sorting machine or between the seats of a postal truck.  Maybe they should stop with the stupid postcards and actually send a bill in an envelope because that found it's way to me!

June 13, 2014

Crockpot Chicken Casserole

I made this yummy recipe a few weeks ago and forgot all about it. But I must share it because it really was good.  Here's what you do:

4-6 boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 8oz package of cream cheese - - I substituted plain greek yogurt. Much easier to mix!
1 can cream of chicken soup - - I used fat-free version
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 Italian dressing (dry) pack 
~ add frozen peas and carrots at the end (I didn't measure) & continue cooking about 30 minutes.

Mix cream cheese (or yogurt), soups and dressing pack well. Add in chicken. Dump into crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Serve over rice or noodles. I think rice is a better option.


June 11, 2014

Great Book, GREAT Movie!

I mentioned before that I go hot and cold with reading books. I'm currently in a "hot" phase (5 books read in the past month) and it all started with The Fault in Our Stars which I started reading in early May.  My sister recommended the book and I knew the movie was coming out in June so I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.

I did this once before, reading The Silver Linings Playbook before I would let myself watch the movie. It took me a while to get into the book but once I did, I ended up enjoying the story. But the movie? That everyone raved over? And actors were nominated for awards? I hated it!! A major part of the story was altered in the movie and for me, it totally and completely ruined the movie. I ranted about that before so I won't rehash it again.

But The Fault in Our Stars movie? Absolutely fantastic, moving, funny, sad, inspirational - all of it.  I do recommend reading the book before seeing the movie but for once someone got it right. The story did not need to be changed or "Hollywooded" to make the movie great.  Shailene Woodley was phenomenal. I hope this movie isn't forgotten when it awards seasons rolls around again. After all, it trumped Tom Cruise's new movie at the box office on opening weekend!  Go Hazel Grace & Augustus!

Go see the movie (after you read the book!)  You won't be disappointed and do take tissues.

June 5, 2014

Corn Dip Good

I will apologize in advance for not taking a picture. I swore I did? I may be losing my mind. I forgot the donuts and bananas I was supposed to take with me to the lacrosse tournament on Saturday. Instead, I left them in the oven ... don't ask. I had a good reason though!

However, later that evening when I went to make cupcakes for the soccer party,  I bet you can guess what happened ... melted donuts and baked bananas. I am an idiot! I caught my mistake before A FIRE WOULD HAVE STARTED. 

Storing stuff in the oven is a bad idea! Don't do it!

Anyway, the dip. The dip is gooooood. Addictively good. I just now learned "addictively isn't a word?  Thanks, spell check, but I'm using it anyway!  I mixed two similar recipes that I found together. Here's what I did:

Corn Dip Good

1 11oz can yellow & white corn
1 11oz can mexican corn
1 4oz can green chilies, diced
1/4 c green onions, chopped (more for garnishment)
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup mayo
3/4 cup sour cream
12 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix it all up and let it chill in the refrigerator overnight to allow the flavors to combine thoroughly. Garnish with more green onions before serving.

Serve with tortilla or corn chips.


This will be on the menu for the next family party! It's a great summer dip and easy to prepare.

June 3, 2014

Wrapping Up the Weekend

Spring sports are OVER!  

Boo's soccer team WON on Sunday giving them a perfect, undefeated season! They won convincingly too, by a score of 3-0. It was a great game.  Right before the game we found out that the team we were playing was also undefeated which made us all nervous  but our boys did not disappoint.  They played well together and were BEYOND excited when the referee blew the whistle signaling the end of the game.  The win made the BBQ/Pool party scheduled for that afternoon even more fun!

I had the chance to talk in person to the coach about the roster-drama. We really had a good talk and he understands where I was coming from. He explained in more detail about what goes on behind the scenes, how the boys are rated at try outs, and did agree he didn't handle it in the best way. I told him to please come to us if there's a roster issue in the future because it would have made a difference in how Boo reacted.  

The Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday was disappointing. We had to win 2 of 3 games to get to the championship round to be held the following day but we only won 1 game. Overall, there is something about this team that doesn't work. Whether it's coaching or the mix of boys, I'm not sure.  There's a disconnect between the boys (6th and 7th graders - who are in separate schools) and I think that's the problem.  During the time off between games, you can totally see it. The 7th graders hang out talking with not one 6th grader in sight.  And it shows on the field too.  There is also the issue of daddy-ball blinders... but I'm not going to discuss that. There isn't enough time in the day!

Gunner behaved himself well enough that he's allowed to return for daycare and/or boarding. Thank God for small miracles!  He's apparently very anxious while he's there (which doesn't surprise me - shepherd's like being with their people) and because of that, they were only able to put 1-2 dogs with him at a time. Baby steps? Whatever. He wasn't banned. I'm calling it a win!

To wrap up:

Soccer over - check!
Lacrosse over - check!
Dog boarding covered - check!
Sleeping in this weekend for the 1st time in forever - CHECK!!

June 2, 2014

Droppin' off the Puppy

Gunner is going to doggie daycare today and I'm hoping and praying he doesn't eat anyone while he is there.  We're heading out of town soon so this is a test to see if he can handle this type of boarding while we're gone.  He stayed at this place when we went on the cruise last year but he hasn't been back, only because we haven't had the need to board him. He's a year older now (and bigger) so I'm hoping that helps?!

The funny thing is I could leave him at a children's daycare - in the room with babies - and I would have absolutely zero worries. But other dogs? Ugh. 

Stay tuned.