Friday, May 08, 2009

Write, Post,Repeat

We had company over for dinner last night and I served one of my favorite summer recipes.I knew I had posted about this recipe before, so I searched the archives. Below is the the post I wrote two years ago when I made Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips for the first time. 

I was going to write a whole new post, but it was fun to read and remember what life was about when we had just moved into the Arizona house... and had NO idea we would be living sometime very soon, back in NC (and the same NC House)!  So weird.

So this may be a repeat for some of you...But for a lot of you, its new!

"The Rant, Reveal, and a Recipe" Originally posted July 21,2007

Rant: I hate Playdough. I know as a mother of school age children I should be tarred and feathered for saying those words. But it's true. I have never liked it. Before we moved I thought I had thrown all of it out. But apparently there were two unopened cans in our house when the packers packed our stuff. Yesterday The Girl found them as we unpacked the last three boxes (We're done unpacking HOORAY!!!) I n the past I have allow the kids to play with it, but only outside, and afterward they had to shake down and scrub up. These days I can't send them outside because it is blazing hot the minute the sun comes up. 

Why don't I like Play-do? I don't like how it smells. I don't like how it crumbles, even when fresh, and gets all over. So I have pretty much banned it from the house. 

I know. I know I'm mean. That's what I get paid the big bucks for.

Reveal: I am totally loving my new kitchen counters. They are so roomy I could do just about anything on them (get your head out of the gutter! I'm only talking laundry). In this house I no longer have the luxury of an extra room to dump laundry in. Gone are the days of unloading the dryer to the guest bed, shutting the door, and not going back until the troops started to complain that they didn't know where their laundry had gone. Now I bring the clean laundry to my counter top and fold it up. This way, laundry must be dealt with immediately, which may or may not make my laundry woes easier. The good news is that for now, it is all done. (Picture below)

Recipe: Y'all I have a new online addiction, . I love the feature that allows you to type in the ingredients you have on hand and it will pull up recipes with those items in it.

Last night I found the best recipe for one of my all time favorite kitchen staples (after coffee of course): The Tortilla.

You can see the recipe here. I tweaked it a bit. I used grapes instead of kiwi, and I only added 1 Tbls. Brown sugar to the fruit, instead of all the other stuff because I didn't want it too sweet. I took flour tortillas, cut them into wedges, sprayed them generously with Pam spray and sprinkled them (before baking) with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Wow!

And something else, because I am feeling particularly chatty today. I often look things up in a thesaurus, so when I write things on this blog that talk about the same thing, I can use new words so you think you are actually reading something different. I was trying to think of a catchy title so I looked up 'housewife' in the online thesaurus. What came up made me laugh!

La Vida Dulce!


Anonymous said...

aww loved the old post! However, I have to say I love the smell of playdough! Its like childhood in a can! That recipe looks so yummy!

Carpool Queen said...

I, too, banned playdough, but not because of the smell or the crumbles. It's because my boys MIXED THE COLORS TOGETHER and that just spins me right around the axle.

And makes me have to take Paxil.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

FUN post.

I hate the store bought kind of play dough...I like homemade...but in my house, it is silly putty that is banned. I despise silly putty.

That salsa sounds yummy, but the tortillas sound yummier.

Hope you enjoyed your company last night!

Charity said...

The chips and fruit salsa were soo delicious! I'm totally going to have to make that recipe now.
Thanks so much for having us.. we had a great time!

Tiffani said...

Send those kids to Aunt Tiff, Kellie! I LOVE Pla-doh! I do. Smell and all. I'd rather play with it than have a Jedi battle any day.

Your comment about the counters made me snort! So funny!

I've made the tortillas and fruit salsa from a Pampered Chef recipe. I used to do a grandparents brunch every year for all of our grandparents and I served it. No one believed I made it AND the tortillas!! I finally convinced them that I DID and it was EASY!!

Glad you reminded me though b/c I want to make it again now!

Anonymous said...

Aunt Amy Whimzie will be with Aunt Tiff sniffing the Play Doh. So, was I wrong to email The Mister and tell him to let the kids buy you this for Mother's Day:

Thanks for sharing a recipe. Shared recipes make me very, very happy.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

I don't allow playdough or silly putty. I once made an exception for Moon Sand in a moment of weakness but it. is. the. devil. and is now banned too.

I laughed about the thesaurus because I do that too. I also sometimes have to look up words to be sure they really mean what I've always thought they mean! :)

Gretchen said...

I highly dislike homemade Gak (that cornstarch stuff which is both liquid and solid). AKA: Gloop.

I have plenty of luck making my own messes without adding the likes of Gak.

Playdough is okay...if in small doses and controlled locations. Yeah, like THAT happens. :)

Great recipe. And as always, great fun.

Anonymous said...

This is new to me. :)

1- I ABHOR Playdoh. It has been banned from our house too. I lift the ban only after several consecutive days of rain and then only for an hour or so. I hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it. is one of my favorite sites too! Do you get their emails? I'm so going to try their Caribbean Crab Cakes Benedict! Probably the rest of their Mother's Day Brunch recipes, too, but that one really caught my attention. I love brunch.

Hmmm ... this has turned out to be quite the love/hate (or hate/love, rather) comment. ;)

Megan O. said...

I think this is one of the very first posts I ever read on your blog, can't believe it's already been that long ago. Fun to re-read it!

Darcie - Such The Spot said...

I've seen that recipe a hundred times and have yet to try it. It always sounds so delicious. I think I might give it a go this time. Only I'm a corn tortilla kind of gal so I'll just switch those flour tortillas out for corn.

Hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day my friend. Even if you are Play-Doh hater! :)

Unknown said...

New recipe for me - thanks :)

Also fun to see an older blog post too!

The Buntens said...

That is one of my favorite recipe sites for sure.

So, you seriously are back in the SAME house? Crazy!