Sunday, June 11, 2006

Before and After Kitchen

Puddleglum is very handy when it comes to home remodeling. He built a wall around the opening to the basement because the rod iron railing around it was not safe for little kids. He just knew how to do it, and I was amazed. Here is what he did with our dining room and kitchen. The "Before" picture is one that we took when we were deciding on whether or not this was the right house for us. It definitely is.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Shish Kabob and Scorpions

I never make shish kabob, but Puddleglum does, and he does a great job with it. Sometimes he uses pearl onions, green peppers, cherry tomatoes and beef. Other times he has used chicken and tried different combinations. Here is a picture of his latest creation. He used large sea scallops, shrimp, pineapple, and maraschino cherries. Yum. He served it with rice and tater tots. Not what I would have chosen, but if you have little kids, it's a good choice. For future reference the only thing that would have made it better would be to go ahead and use onions too. Pearl onions would be good, or even squares of red onion or 10-15s would be yummy.

Also, I wanted to mention that I got stung by a scorpion Thursday night. I was wearing short pjs, and I jumped into bed. The next thing I knew I felt something like glass tearing into my skin on the front left side of my upper left thigh. I quickly jumped out of bed knowing something had got me and brushed around the area. Not seeing anything on me I pulled back the sheets, and there it was. It was one of the biggest ones we've seen. I yelled for Puddleglum. He was my hero. He grabbed my little pink house slipper and killed it. We were thankful to God because Baby had been in our bed earlier in the day watching a video.

The sting wasn't that bad. Puddleglum said that I probably was on top of it, and it didn't have a chance to grab a hold of me with it's pinchers. Again, thank God because then it could have been very bad. Speaking of scorpions, I'd like to remember one of my old favorite bands, the Scorpions. Wind of Change is a classic.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

German Sausage Dinner

I made sausage with fried potatoes and red cabbage. Not low cal, but it sounded good. Puddleglm was going to make mashed potatoes for the barbeque chicken yesterday, but he would up making spanish rice and refried beans. He had already boiled the potatoes, so I told him I'd make fried potatoes today. I decided that a German meal would be good. The red cabbage recipe I used is at It has apples in it. I added more vinegar than the recipe called for and less sugar. Some of the reviews recommended that, and they were right. The recipe says 8 cups of cabbage, and that is one medium cabbage. I don't know why they didn't just say one medium cabbage. I used three apples instead of two, and I used brown sugar and apple cider vinegar instead of white sugar and white vinegar. For dessert we had strawberry shortcake. Of course we used real whipping cream. Ever since I found out what Cool Whip was made of (Mom's favorite), I can't eat it. Baby ate all his strawberries and some of mine, but he didn't care for the yellow cake. Tae and Jax loved it.