Shayne’s Project 365

Unexpected Surprise
July 31, 2009, 8:27 pm
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July 31After my recent post about pencils, where I lamented never having personalized pencils because of my unusual name, my awesome friend Barb somehow made my childhood dream come true. I received a package in the mail today. Inside the green bubble wrap, was a tissue-wrapped package tied with a green ribbon. I carefully opened the tissue to find these wonderful pencils. I squealed with delight!

Thank you, Barb!!! You rock!


Night Night
July 31, 2009, 8:21 pm
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Hubby tucking Peter into bed

Hubby tucking Peter into bed

No, The Other Left
July 29, 2009, 8:52 pm
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July 29Our kids’ latest obsession is Japanese comic books that are printed in English but still read from back to front and right to left. I guess it’s great that the love to read, but I hope Jacob doesn’t show up at kindergarten in a few weeks reading everything backwards!

The Great Wall of Chicken Lettuce Wraps
July 28, 2009, 8:57 pm
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July 28If you walked into my house right now with a blind fold on, you would not guess you were in my home. Instead, you would probably think that you had been kidnapped and taken to a Chinese restaurant. It smells delicious in here (it’s almost cruel, given that I can’t eat!).

A few weeks ago, I found this cookbook and bought it for the boys. I like it because it is well organized and has little culture tidbits–tonight we learned that the Great Wall of China is over 4000 miles long–and even the Chinese words for the basic ingredients and cooking tools. They also have Italian and Mexican cookbooks in the same style.

For tonight’s dinner, Peter decided to make The Great Wall of Chicken Lettuce Wraps. P.F. Chang’s has nothing on us! They came out wonderfully. I admit to sneaking a teensy weensy piece of chicken just so I could taste the flavor — yummy! Jacob was a little unsure about the lettuce wrap until I described it as a “Chinese taco.” That made it somehow more appealing. Because there was a lot of cutting to be done (my job) and because I was teaching Peter along the way (“This is a head of garlic; it is made up of smaller cloves. We need to peel the skin back to get to the cloves…”), prep took a while. But once we got to the cooking part, it went fast.

If the lettuce wraps are unappealing to you or just too messy/difficult, this would also be delicious over a bed of rice. Enjoy!

Calendar Girl
July 28, 2009, 8:41 pm
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July 27In order to keep myself heading in the right direction on any given day, I need a calendar/day planner. I didn’t used to be like this. But trying to manage the schedules of two active boys, plus Hubby’s and my already busy lives, led me to seek out the most user-friendly calendar I could find.

Several years ago, while searching for just the right Christmas gift for a teacher friend with 2 kids of her own, I stumbled on MomAgenda. I liked it so much that I then bought one for myself. Over the years, the product offerings have grown and changed based on customer feedback. I used to carry the “executive” size calendar. But this year, I changed to the “mini-daily” that I can keep in my purse. The calendar is a school-year calendar, and July 27 is the first day in my new, pink mini-daily. I love that each kid gets their own slot on the calendar, plus I can keep track of what’s for dinner and the things I need to do that day.

Five Star Dinner
July 28, 2009, 8:26 pm
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July 26My kids, picky as they are, rarely rave about anything I cook. Some things are pronounced “good,” others just “so-so.” But this simple dinner got me comments like “This is the best thing you’ve ever cooked!”

These are easy calzones made with Crescent rolls! The boys are cheese pizza fans, so the inside is just a blend of mozzarella and pizza sauce, but you could add pepperoni or veggies. The top is dusted with grated Parmesan cheese. All that + 12 minutes in the oven = super yummy meal!

Nap Time
July 28, 2009, 8:21 pm
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July 25Saturday was a hot, energy-sapping kind of day. Hubby went for a 4-mile run, followed by an 18-mile bike ride in the morning. I took the kids to play mini-golf. It didn’t feel that hot outside at first, but we were pretty sweaty by the end. And Jacob actually vomited at the 18th hole. He’s my puker, so it could have been for no reason whatsoever. Or maybe he was overheated and/or a bit dehydrated.

When we got home, Peter, who has shunned naps since age 3, requested to take a nap and went to his room. I told Jacob a nap would be a good idea for him too, given that he had just thrown up. He was reluctant until I told him he could sleep in “Mommy’s spot” in our bed. He and Hubby settled in for a nice snooze. Zzzzzzzzzz.