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December 2010

Favorite Golden Punch

Ingredients

1 (12 fl oz) can frozen OJ concentrate

1 (46 fl oz) can sweetened pineapple juice

24 oz Sprite

*Optional – Vanilla Ice Cream or Orange Sherbet

 

Preparation

In a 2 gallon punch bowl, combine the OJ, pineapple juice and sprite. Add ice cream or sherbet as desired.

Yield: 40 servings

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2000 Vs. 2010: How the world has changed

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Interesting stats, esp Environment.

What a difference a year can make, eh?

Mom? How much older are you gonna get? You’re already old.

The 4 y.o. who gave the aforementioned ‘mom’ her half-chewed bubble gum as a Christmas gift.

Menu Plan for Week of 12/26/10 to 1/2/11

Sunday 12/26

B/ Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Orange Slices, Milk

L/ Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

D/ Leftover Roast Beef, Stuffing and Roast Veggies

 

Monday 12/27

B/ Oatmeal w Brown Sugar, Milk

L/ Turkey Curry over Rice, Apple Slices

S/ Sliced Fresh Pineapple and Yogurt

D/ Maple Salmon, Acorn Squash with Apples, Sliced Cucumbers; FHE/Cupcakes for Dessert

 

Tuesday 12/28

B/ Country Apple Dumplings

L/ Hot Dogs, Carrot Sticks, Raisins, Clementine

S/ Mini Ice Cream Cone or 1 scoop ice cream

D/ Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Carrots

 

Wednesday 12/29

B/ Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread, Yogurt Parfaits w Honey or Jam

L/ Roast Chicken Sandwiches, Easy Vegetable Soup

S/ Honeywheat Cookies

D/ Veggie Fajitas, Refried Black Beans

 

Thursday 12/30

B/  Fruit Salad, Amish Breakfast Casserole

L/ Fish Sticks, Annie’s Mac & Cheese (box)

S/ Cranberry Hootycreeks (double the recipe)

D/ Lasagne, Tossed Green Salad, Garlic Bread

 

Friday 12/31

Brunch/ Planter’s Punch; Greek Yogurt Parfaits w Granola, Honey, Jam; Bagel Selection with Cream Cheese; Maine Pumpkin Bread; Salt-Roasted Turkey with Lemon and Oregano with Cranberry-Orange Sauce and Bread Sauce; Sausages with Onion Gravy; Nutted Wild Rice; Candied Carrots; Petits Pois a la Francaise; Fig and Toasted Almond Brie; Holiday Trifle; Challah Bread; Fresh Fruit Kebabs; Dark Chocolate Fountain; Massacre in a Snowstorm

D/ Pizza Night

 

Saturday 1/1/11

B/ Leftovers 🙂

L/ Pioneer Woman’s White Chicken Enchiladas;

S/ Dad’s Popcorn

D/ Adults Fast; Pantry dinner for kids

 

Sunday 1/2/11

B/ Adults Fast; Cold Cereal for kids

L/ Irish Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans, Corn

S/ Fresh fruit

D/ Stuffed Flank Steak, Baked Potatoes, Tossed Green Salad

Massacre in a Snowstorm

Ingredients

  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons caster or vanilla sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 packet individual meringue nests

Directions

Hull and chop the strawberries and put into a bowl and add the sugar and pomegranate juice and leave to macerate while you whip the cream.

 

Whip the cream in a large bowl until thick but still soft. Roughly crumble in 4 of the meringues nests – you will need chunks for texture as well as a little fine dust.

 

Take out about half a cupful of the chopped strawberries, and fold the meringue cream and rest of the fruit mixture together.

 

Arrange on 4 serving plates or glasses or in a mound, and top each with some of the remaining macerated strawberries.

Source: Food Network/Nigella Lawson

White Chicken Enchiladas | The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Ingredients

  • 2-½ cups Cooked, Shredded Chicken
  • 2 cups Reserved Broth From Chicken
  • 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 12 whole Corn Tortillas
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole 4 Oz Cans Whole Green Chilies, Diced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Finely Diced
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2-½ cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Picante Sauce (optional)
  • Cilantro, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Fry tortillas for no longer than 20 seconds, just to soften (do not allow to become crisp.) Place tortillas on a large towel or stack of paper towels to drain.

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in separate skillet over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos and saute for 1 minute, just to start the cooking process. Add chicken, half of the green chilies, and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Stir together. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Add cream and stir, allowing mixture to bubble and get hot. Turn off heat and set aside.

In a separate large skillet, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat for one minute. Pour in 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. Whisk together and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the other half of the chilies. Reduce heat, then stir in sour cream. Add 1 1/2 cups grated cheese and stir to melt. Add 1/2 teaspoon paprika. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

To assemble, spoon chicken mixture on top of tortillas, one by one. Top with plenty of cheese and roll up. Place seam side down in a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

Pour cheese mixture all over the top of the tortillas. Top with extra cheese if you’d like, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle generously with chopped cilantro.

Serve with picante sauce, if desired.

Faint. Repeat as needed.

7 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before The Year Ends

In this article, I’ll share with you 7 powerful questions to ask yourself as you close off your year. I recommend you to allocate at least 30 minutes with yourself and use that time to earnestly answer these questions. This will be one of the most important exercises you’ve ever done. Here they are:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with 2010?
    This gives you a quick snapshot of how satisfied you are with this year. 10 is the highest, and 0 is the lowest. Interestingly, this number can give you a lot of insights.

  • Why did you score that way?
    For the score you gave yourself in Q1, why did you assign that? I believe it’s more important to understand the underlying drivers of the situation, rather than harp on the assessment itself. For example, if you gave yourself a score of 3/10, why did you give a 3? Is it because you feel that you neglected your relationships and health in pursuit of your work? Is it because you didn’t go all the way in achieving your goals? Write them down.
  • What are your biggest accomplishments this year?
    Accomplishments here refer to any results you are proud of. It can include business achievements, career, relationships, health & fitness, and more.

    For some people this question can be confronting, especially if they have been living on auto-pilot. Yet it’s extremely important because it makes us take a cold, hard look at how we’ve been spending our time. Did we put it to good use? Have we been working on our Quadrant 2 tasks? It helps us sieve out the unimportant and zoom down to what matters.

    When I first asked myself this question years ago, I had trouble coming up with meaningful answers. It made me realize that the bulk of my achievements that year were for my employer, whereas I had done nothing for myself. It gave me a wake up call, and from there I became a person on a mission. I became in tune with my personal dreams in life, and I was singly focused on bringing them to life. I knew in my heart of hearts that I want to help others grow and be their best selves, so I worked in that direction. In less than a year I had shed away my previous job and was pursuing my dream. By the next year, I had already turned it into a real, full time career. This year is my 2nd year and it’s my best performing year yet. This happened because this question made me conscious of what I wanted to achieve in my life.

  • What are the biggest lessons you learned this year?
    Out of all the things that happened this year, what are the biggest things you’ve learned?

    In life, we have countless experiences, and there are things to be learned in every experience. We can either let these incidences pass us by, or we can stop to understand, internalize them, and draw lessons from these experiences. When we do that, we literally become wiser than we were before. We can then use these important lessons and apply them to new situations we face.

    Since 2006, I took to the habit of writing annual reflections. Writing them down helps us to stack our lessons through time, so we can build upon our wisdom, rather than relearn the same things. This way, we can advance our growth much faster.

  • What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve next year?
    Alternatively:

    * “How can you make next year your best year ever?”
    * “If it’s now Dec 31 of next year, what do you want to see in your life?” Then, set these as your goals.

    What does it take to make you feel a 10/10 satisfaction level at the end of next year? What goals do you want to have achieved? What dreams do you want to see fulfilled? Write these goals down and set them as your key goals for the next year.


  • What new habits do you want to cultivate?
    Successful goal achievement come from having the right habits. What new habits do you want to cultivate? The most popular ones for me every new year include meditating, exercising, waking early, sleeping early, drinking plenty of water a day and more. When you practice positive habits, you naturally become a better person.

  • What are your immediate next steps to achieve them?
    It’s not just about writing, but about doing. Now that you have written your intentions for the new year, what are the immediate next steps you’ve to take to achieve them? What do you have to do to get the ball rolling? Write down specific dates to the actions.
  • Here’s an important tip – get started right away. Get a head start even and do them before the new year comes! You’ll feel ahead of everyone. I’m now already planning out my February-March plans for my blog and it feels great knowing what’s ahead! Do that for your life and you’ll immediately see the positive difference it brings.

    Share Your Reflections!
    How are your year end reflections? How do you feel about this year? Why? What have you learned? What are your biggest goals for the next year? Share with everyone here in the comments.

    The Anatomy of the Facebook Status Update

    Facebook’s users are updating their status millions of times per day. We know what those users were chatting about the most, but what do teenagers talk about most? What about users with more Facebook friends? How does time of day affect status updates?

    To find out, Facebook’s computers analyzed approximately one million status updates from U.S. English speakers. It then broke down those updates based on context, demographics and content to figure out just what its users are buzzing about.

    The social network first analyzed the correlation between the use of specific words and age. Unsurprisingly, they found that there’s a positive correlation between age and religious words, family, and positive emotions, while there was a negative correlation between sex, sleeping, first person pronouns, school, swear words and negative emotions. In other words, the younger you are, the angrier you are.

    Facebook () also analyzed the correlation between word choice and friend count. While the correlation is not as strong as age’s correlation to word choice, Facebook’s data team did find that there’s a positive correlation between friend count and second person pronouns, total word count, communication, religion, swear words and sex. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s a negative correlation between friend count and past and present tense verbs, family and emotions.

    Another interesting finding is the impact of the time of day on word choice. Not only do Facebook’s users tend to talk about sleeping the most at around 4 AM ET, but they tend to talk about their work right before they head into the office. Positive and negative emotions are also affected by the time of day: negative emotions tend to peak at around 1 AM ET, while positive emotions tend to peak at about 7 AM ET. More importantly, negative emotions tend to increase as the day progresses at the expense of positive emotions.

    What type of status updates tend to get the most attention? Facebook dug into this data as well and found that positive status updates tend to get more likes while negative status updates tend to get more comments. Check out this image for the breakdown:

    Mom? I’m always gonna be your baby, right? I mean you’re not planning to sell any of us, are you?

    The 4 y.o.

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