Friday, May 16, 2008


I'm a dork. Not that it really needs my confirmation, but today it's especially true. It was my marathon day. My niece and nephew arrived promptly this morning 15 minutes early...I'm sure I looked stellar. We made it to MOPS, made it through MOPS, and safely made it to lunch. So far, not too bad. I managed all 5 kids on the dollar menu at Wendy's. Came away for $7! I was feeling pretty proud! Then we made it through the agonizing decisions at Build-A-Bear for Abby's little mini party. Away we went with a bright pink bunny with sycadelic ears and a complete outfit...then the over-confidence set in. "We're doing all right...I should swing in New York & Company and try to find a black shirt for the funeral tomorrow..." Painless... grabbed 2 shirts to try on at home.
An hour later, the boys were sleeping, Nathan was playing the Wii, and the girls were watching a movie. I slipped into the bathroom to try on my hasty purchases. Now, the first problem was that I usually buy a medium, but they only had small or large. So I tried the small one on. At first I didn't realize the problem. It seemed to fit nicely...then I went to adjust the arms. Pretty snug! Really snug! PANIC! It took a nano-second to realize I was totally trapped in this shirt. I obviously couldn't ask my 8-year old nephew for help and I knew Cloe and Abby wouldn't be of much help, either. I wriggled and wormed and tugged...augh! Finally I started trying to put a finger in the arm hole to somehow give it a tug when I had the worst pain my little flabby inner arm has ever felt! I thought I was going to tear up! I really started praying that God would somehow help this stupid shirt come off! Finally it did, but not without some war bruises! Of course, the whole greedy situation had been so ridiculous, I actually took a picture as a memento! The shirts are going back. I know better than to be so greedy and hasty, why do I have to keep learning this lesson in hard ways! (I have no idea why I post these humbling moments from my life!)
The rest of the day was seemingly a breeze! I whipped together 2 things for the funeral dinner at church. Then some friends popped in around 9:30 pm (they obviously don't have kids yet) and chatted until midnight! What a day!

Here's my recipes in case you have to make a salad or dessert to feed a small army!

Key Lime Cooler Dessert

2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 stick of butter (melted)
Combine and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 small tub of Cool-Whip

Cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in Cool-Whip. Spread evening over cooled crust.

Top with 1 can of Key Lime Pie Filling. Spread top with Cool-Whip. Keep chilled until serving.

Pasta Salad (this really does feed an army!)

2 lb. Tri-color rigatoni--cooked al dente and chilled
1 bottle Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
1 block of cheese (cubed, small) I used Chipotle Cheddar--spicy!
Summer sausage (cubed) ham, pepperoni, or chicken would work great too
Assorted vegetables--I used green pepper, celery, cucumber, carrots, and tomato

Mix together pasta, meat, cheese, and vegetables. Top with dressing as desired. Toss and serve.