I survived my weekend in Nantucket with the girls. Overall, we had a great time and it was very relaxing. THE Bride was doing well until someone started sending “3 Wise Men” shots her way, ouch. She was very, very sick and said in the morning that she vomited so much it felt like she’d been through an “exorcism”. I shared a room with her and heard the multiple trips to the WC throughout the morning and can attest that it indeed sounded like an exorcism was occurring! It’s a shame that we went out for a $350 meal of tapas and high-end cocktails.
Anyhow, she was unable to keep down even water in the morning, so we went in search of some homeopathic pellets. I have started using them with my family in recent years. My pediatrician recommended “Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child” and it has become our BIBLE. It is my favorite reference book for anything related to health for Princess and Bambam. I truly believe in homeopathy and have seen the benefits with my family and friends. This book is great for the family looking to dabble in more natural remedies because it lists various ailments and offers conventional treatments, dietary guidelines, nutritional supplements, herbal treatments, and homeopathy. It then groups everything together for “general recommendations”. It’s very easy to read and I like that it isn’t biased towards any one method.
I purchased some Ipecacuanha at the local pharmacy. THE Bride let the pellets dissolve under her tongue and within minutes the demon was exorcised. She slept comfortably for a few hours and bounced back enough to make the boat and the long car ride home. Congrats to THE Bride…and to THE Groom: for the record, she was very well behaved. We only had to delete 2 pictures from the camera
Yesterday I mentioned my friend's wedding. This morning I am off for a weekend on Nantucket with the girls...kind of a bachelorette party weekend. We leave this morning and don't come back until Monday. THE Daddy is in charge of the kids all weekend. On one hand, I'm not sure what I'm going to do without Princess and BamBam. I've never been away from them for that long...sure, we've had occasional "sleep overs" with family, but I've never been so far away that there's no possible way for me to get to them quickly.
On the other hand...I CAN'T WAIT to go away. I get to eat what I want, drink as much as I want and sleep in. I might even get to take a nap ON the beach. I haven't been able to do that since having kids. The beach is no longer relaxing for me b/c it just screams DANGER everywhere you turn. I'm leaving the mommy switch for my brain AT HOME...maybe THE Daddy will need it;)
What is it about bridal dresses and sizes?! You would think that dress makers would want women to feel comfortable and sexy in their dresses. HINT: my size 8 body does NOT feel sexy when I have to order a size 14 dress, WTF?!
OK, one of my best friends is getting married in a few weeks and I am her Matron of Honor. The wedding is in New York and the bridesmaids are located in DC, Nantucket, and Oregon...I'm in NH. We decided to go with “separates” from David’s Bridal to make purchasing dresses easier on everyone. It took about a month to get everyone to go to the closest store and try on the different tops and bottoms. Ultimately, we all picked the same style. I went for a final “try on” the day that I ordered the dress. They didn’t have my exact size on the rack, so they measured me and ordered what they thought would fit. Apparently, they grossly underestimated the size of my chest. I have always been, to put it politely, well endowed. Everyone swore that I would go down a size after having and breastfeeding kids…not so much…in fact, they are even a full cup size bigger, joy. I’m seriously considering breast reduction surgery, but that’s for future conversation. They called to say that the dress was in, so I drove over an hour to pick it up…and the size 8 top was WAY too small. They agreed to exchange it and measured me again. I tried on a different top in a similar style and believed that a size 12 would be perfect. They went over the measurements and convinced me to buy a size 14. I just picked it up and IT”S TOO BIG!!! I swear they did this just so that I would have to pay to get it altered.
SO, I took the dress home. There’s NO WAY I’m paying them to alter it and I’m sick of driving over an hour each way to deal with them. Anyone know of a good tailor/dress maker in Seacoast NH ???
It’s starting to cool down into the 50’s overnight. I know that summer is not quite over yet and we’re probably due for at least another week of HH & H days. However, this cool down is reminding me that fall is right around the corner…and fall reminds me of FOOTBALL! I’m very excited for the Patriots to start playing, especially now that we have a “tavern” in our basement. One of my favorite food staples for fall and football season is my “white trash” macaroni & cheese. I’ve dubbed it “white trash” b/c I use plain old cheddar cheese and plain yellow mustard…nothing frilly about this recipe. I've adapted this from a recipe that my dad gave me a few years ago.
2 cups (dry) pasta – I prefer to use penne
2 large eggs, well beaten
2 tbs. salt
¼ cup butter
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
2 tbs. yellow mustard
1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese- I use Cracker Barrel’s marbled cheddar. I like the color and taste.
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook the pasta according to package directions.
I usually prep my ingredients and shred my cheddar cheese while pasta is cooking.
In a large bowl, mix cooked pasta with butter (until melted), beaten eggs, evaporated milk, mustard & salt.
Scoop ½ of mixture into casserole bowl.
Spread ½ of the shredded cheddar cheese over mixture
Scoop remaining pasta into casserole bowl
Spread remaining ½ of shredded cheddar cheese over the top.
Sprinkle entire top of casserole with paprika.
Cook for about 45 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.
The mac & cheese will be nice and bubbly with a browned top when finished.