Monthly Archives: November 2009


A while back (don’t ask me when, my brain doesn’t work that way), I signed up for General Mills’ Pssst… program. It’s been a busy couple of months and I sort of forgot all about it… but General Mills didn’t forget about me (which, when you think about it, is kind of nice of them).  In my mailbox last week was a package from those nice folks and inside the brown wrapper were TWO meals, each serving 4 people!  PLUS there were a handful of coupons to purchase more or pass on to friends.

So on Wednesday night, when 2 of the 4 kids were off doing other things, I made this meal:

Romano’s Macaroni Grill® Chicken Piccata

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The green beans were my own addition.

I was asked to share my opinion with friends, so here it is:

+ I found the flavor to be pretty good and not too salty.
+ I doubled the chicken amount because I feed hungry boys, but we had plenty of leftovers, so I really didn’t need to do that.
+ It was truly ready in about 20 minutes, as promised by the advertising on the box.

– The sauce was a little too strong on cornstarch.  I understand the need to thicken a sauce, but it shouldn’t taste like you thickened it, KWIM?
– It was lacking in what I’ll term “improved healthy choices”… meaning, it could have been whole wheat pasta instead of pale white pasta.  I’m a whole wheat kind of gal.  But I suppose you could skip the angel hair pasta and use your own… that would certainly be easy enough to do.

Overall, it’s okay as a quick meal.  With some imagination, I could come up with this on my own, but for someone who needed to reach for a quick meal in a hurry, it serves its purpose.   I confess I’ve never eaten at a Macaroni Grill, so I can’t tell you how it compares.

I haven’t yet made the Wanchai Ferry® Orange Chicken.

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I’m waiting for another night when I am looking for a quick meal for 4 people.

You, too, can sign up for General Mills’ Pssst… program:  It’s easy, it’s free, and you get freebies! I’m having personal technical trouble giving you a direct link, but feel free to put in a quick search (google, bing, whatever) for “General Mills pssst” and you’ll get there. 😉

And, hey! Yesterday was my 365th post. Who’da’thunk it?


Still reeling


Mary Alice has written the post I could not write.

Ever have one of those moments?

when you just want to throw in the toilet paper towel?

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This is what I saw when I passed by the bathroom an hour ago.

Funny thing: the kid who has been driving me most crazy lately is the one who DOES change out the old roll and put in a fresh one.  He is also the one who notices if the cat needs water or food.

I guess that is nature’s way of making sure each kid reaches adulthood.


POTW   Post of the Week, from Hilary at The Smitten Image

from Hilary at The Smitten Image

This post is a runner up!

Please visit The Smitten Image for Hilary’s wonderful posts of prose and photography and links to many posts more deserving than this one.


Too cute for words:  Alex costume cropped

Thematic Photographic: RED

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November 2, 2009   On the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park

A red knapsack is a good idea 2 days after the opening of hunting season, even if you are hiking in a National Park.

To see more hiking/camping pictures here, you’ll have to wait a few more days.

To see more red, check out Carmi‘s Thematic Photographic challenge this week.


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I spent Monday getting high… about 4,000 feet above sea level high…

…and here’s the proof!

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Kilroy SnakeMaster was there, too…

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In fact, we took the whole family along!

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Stories to tell and pictures to share, but we still have camping gear to put away and dirty clothes to wash… and school in the morning. Our 4-day weekend has come to a close. 😦

I’ve got a pretty full schedule the rest of this week — several meetings, a class to teach, a final home football game (therefore, a final night of FEED THE BAND), plus the normal wear-and-tear of taking care of my family — but I’ll try to get another post up before the weekend.