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Monday, July 28, 2014

Delicious Dinner: Brats and Warm Slaw

A simple summer dinner - brats from Fischer's Meat Market and warmed slaw mix.

Truthfully, this was a use-it-up meal - the brats were in the deep freeze and the cabbage-carrot mix was nearing the end of its life. Taste of Home to the rescue!

Brat Hoagies with Coleslaw
Original recipe here

  • 4 uncooked brats
  • 3 T water
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1.5 t lemon juice
  • 3 c shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 4 buns, split

Place bratwurst and water in a skillet, cover and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Uncover; turn bratwurst and cook 13-17 minutes longer or until browned and centers are no longer pink. Cut bratwurst in half lengthwise; set aside and keep warm. In another skillet, cook 2 T butter, sugar and lemon juice over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, onion and salt. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until cabbage is crisp-tender; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream. Set aside and keep warm.
Toast rolls until golden brown. Divide cabbage mixture between roll halves. Place on bratwurst half, cut side down.




Sunday, July 27, 2014

How Bridget Spent Saturday

Honestly, it's how she spends nearly every day outside of stalking me throughout the house.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Best Surprise Gift EVER

There was a package waiting in the mailbox when I got home last night.

After I ripped off the outside, I found a little gift card:


What was in the package you wonder?

Only the BEST SURPRISE GIFT EVER.

Ever.

EVER.

(And proof that my dad reads my blog and has a great sense of humor.)



In case you're wondering, both Kelly and I can attest that the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smiling Smart Phone does in fact make you laugh (loudly) and smile (a lot).

Kelly hopes that it helps me learn not to drop my actual iPhone as well.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Staycation Time

So our niece, A, came to stay with us for a week - her first-ever flight, her first-ever long week away from family, her first-ever time to stay alone with us.

Good times.

Really - it was good times. We only had one bout of homesickness, no preteen meltdowns and a remarkably sunny attitude from both niece and aunt despite incredibly hot and humid weather.

We did all sorts of things around town, like get photobombed by a giraffe at the Dallas Zoo:


Ordered our own customized-pizzas:


Played around with new hairstyles:


Rode the trolley:


Got a 500-foot view of the city (that one was a little scary):


Got pedicures (and manicures!):


Helped Papa Holiday feed the catfish:


Got a princess-for-a-day makeover:


Had nail art done - twice!


And went swimming - lots and lots of swimming.


But my favorite part of A's trip happened this week - long after she'd returned home.

She sent me an IM, saying:

I hope you will be as fun as you were this time next time.

I hope so too, sweetheart.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's a iGirl to iDo?

My iPhone is not functioning properly.

For a while now photos have a mysterious filmy filter appearance. (And it does me no good to be told to clean the phone - I've done that and it's not the problem.)

Now I can't put it to sleep via the sleep button. It simply won't work. No problem you say? Sure - it's not a problem unless I look at my phone on the train and then have to wait for it to naturally fall asleep, risking pocket dials and garbled phone texts.

I need a new phone.

Kelly says I need to learn to not drop my phone before I can have a new phone.

Whatever.

Source

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Along Came Matilda

Just when I thought I could not take one more step on my 20-minute walk to the office on a horribly humid and warm morning in Dallas, along came Matilda.

Good girl.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Catching Up

Being "caught up" is a strange feeling. 

Somewhere beyond the to-do's and the someday-I'll's is the land of caught up, and once you arrive you feel a bit bewildered. 
  • Am I allowed to sit and pet a kitty?
  • Can I go to the pool and simply sit in a lounger and read a magazine?
  • Is it ok to be down to just two books in my eternal bedside reading stack?
Yet - here we are, caught up.

We'd been behind because of, truthfully, life in general. A vacation trip to Austin was immediately followed by a week-long visit from a niece. Wrap that together with typical responsibilities that were thrown by the wayside (Iron while on vacation? Heavens no!) and we found ourselves in a big pile of behind.
  • A smoked turkey had defrosted in the fridge and was waiting to be carved (next time I'll pay a butcher to do that).
  • Ten pairs of trousers needed to be ironed.
  • Six loads of laundry needed to be processed
  • A month's worth of receipts needed to be entered into our financial records
  • Stacks of documents needed shredding
  • Five months of weekly runs needed to be entered into my shoe mileage tracking spreadsheet
I could go on. It was overwhelming - and that's not even factoring in what awaited from a week away from the office.

Slowly, but persistently, we plowed through this weekend and by Sunday afternoon had absolutely nothing that had to be done.

How weird.

And wonderful.