"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

letters to Beth {apple juice, swimming, & People magazine}

Dear Beth,
        I am so mad at Paige. Nicholas is on my good side. She just left! I mean, Nicholas was a sucky dad and a sucky father, and it was good to teach him a lesson, but come on. You can't just leave indefinitely. She has mommy issues that she's working out. Went to visit an old boyfriend. See her dad that she had been estranged from for 8 years or something, and find her mother that left when she was 5. Hired a private investigator, who found her mom on a ranch with horses. It's all fine and well, but bring the baby with you for heavens sake.

        I am sorry to hear that Smith is sick. What does he have? My children have been miraculously healthy this year, which I am surely jinxing myself by even mentioning, but after last year we deserved a healthy year this time around. I've been wondering if it's b/c we haven't really had winter yet, but then I think about how places like Arizona still have a cold and flu season with 70*. Have you ever thought about that? Does it really have nothing to do with the weather at all??? I hope he is well soon. Did your sister give you any miracle concoctions to get him back into gear? I always love to hear all of the herbal remedies. I still rave about garlic oil drops to anyone who ever mentions an ear infection. Truly a miracle herb! Will you bless Bear next fast Sunday or just do it on a normal Sunday? Brennan was 5 1/2 months old when we blessed him, and we did it on a normal Sunday b/c Sean's family from Arizona was going to be in town. He was so big!!! Did you get him a blessing outfit over there or do a family heirloom one, or just pick up something in Germany?

        Seeing as I am living in Utah I think prostitutes would be hard to come by for a recipe, so I'm glad it was just a typo b/c I really do love prosciutto. The best part was that it was for ldsliving, TOO FUNNY!!!

Here is the egg casserole recipe you asked for:
8 c cubed french bread, stale
8 oz shredded cheddar (you know i used more than that)
1/4 c chopped onions
1/4 c chopped green pepper (i used the entire pepper)
4 oz mushrooms
1 tomato, chopped
10 eggs, beaten
4 c milk
1 tbls chopped parsley, dried
1 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
8-10 slices bacon (made 14, used 10, or something...), cooked juicy and chopped
**grease a big pan. the biggest pan you can find. the normal Pyrex rectangle isn't big enough. i have a special red one that i use for it. so just make it bigger than 9x13 b/c 9x13 is NOT big enough. arrange bread on bottom, layer cheese, onions, green pepper, mushroom, tomato on top of bread. Large bowl--combine eggs, milk, parsley, mustard, salt, onion powder, and pepper. Mix well. Pour over bread mix, sprinkle bacon over top evenly. I cover it overnight and then UNCOVER to cook the next morning. Heat 325-350*, bake 1 hour to 1 hr 30 min uncovered until center is set. About halfway through i used a spatula and pulled the edges away from the pan to let the liquid drain down into the sides and cook faster. i also pulled the middle apart a little as well to let the liquid move around and cook faster.

        My only problem with entering recipes into contests is that I usually just steal recipes from things other people have made and only change one or two things to my fancy, so I don't really feel like they are "my" recipes, per se. What are the rules on orginality anyway?
        That is so exciting that Bear rolled over! Makenzie army crawled at 3 weeks across her baby gym, on video camera so we have proof, and then never did it again until after we moved into our house when she was 8 months. It was amazing. It's weird how you think your second will be like your first, but they aren't. We always had to remind ourselves that Makenzie didn't need to cry it out like Brennan b/c she never just cried to cry. She either needed a binky or a new diaper or needed to be burped. It is still something we have to remind ourselves, that she is not Brennan and she is almost 2!!! I am sure the third will be even more hard that way b/c we will have two we are comparing him to. Dad and Sandie are flying out for the baby's birth. We are so excited to have everyone around. I just hope my body is all good to go for the 39 week induction again b/c that would totally stink if everyone was here and my doc was all, "well, guess what you're not dilated or effaced at all." That would NOT be awesome:)

        Did I tell you I've been swimming? I am back to swimming a mile a week. I started up again around 18 weeks when I started feeling better. I swam the last 4 weeks with Max and wondered why I didn't do it sooner, so with this one I wanted to start up after I was feeling well. It has been so great to get into the water and do something for myself. I haven't exercised with any of my other pregnancies, and I just love it so much. I am a little self conscience of my HORRIBLE varicose veins on the backs of my legs. It's not pretty. I get in that water so fast that there is no time to worry about the water being cold. Tonight is my swimming night, and I look forward to it all week. I am always super tired the next day, even if I get a good night sleep, but it is worth it. Sean goes boxing on Tuesday nights. He came home with red knuckles last night. He was really proud. It is our once a week "me" time.

        I love your Chinese food New Year's NEW tradition. I can totally picture you going out on the streets of Germany and having everything closed and can see you with a big smile on your face saying, "Ok, well, I'm just going to make this work!" It's making me want some Chinese food tonight. It's breakfast on the schedule for tonight, which means BACON BACON BACON:) yum:) AND you're homemade hash browns. I only use red potatoes for them, as they are my favorite and the juciest, and I use extra butter and extra salt. HEAVEN:)
        The one thing that I can't get enough of is apple juice. It was that way with Max too. It is the most thirst quenching thing on the planet when I'm pregnant. When I'm not pregnant I get excited for a glass of it and only meet disappointment. It doesn't taste like anything special EXCEPT when I'm pregnant. THEN it tastes AMAZING. Greatest drink on the planet. I need a glass right now just talking about it.

        That magician/clown/circus man is creepy. I don't want to stare at the picture too long in fear a nightmare may come on. I have crazy dreams when I'm pregnant, and I just don't want to see him in my dreams. It's the joker lips and the one creepy eyebrow that are most disturbing for me. However, it may be like a bad car crash, where I would go to the circus JUST to see the creepy eyebrow joker lips in person, knowing it's not what I want to see, but what I want to see all at the same time. The glitter is a nice touch, but what is with the clear glass cap? Is that what it is? See, I have now been sucked in. Please send more pictures of the like if you see anything like it out and around the town. I am officially bothered and intrigued all at once.


Brennan raised his hand in sharing time in Primary this week and told them we read People magazine at our house when they were giving the lesson on the Friend magazine. The week before when the lesson was on consquences he raised his hand and said when he goes poop in the potty he gets a treat. What a funny little dude. Have mercy!!!


jen said...

I got a cute pink package in the mail yesterday! When I opened the mailbox and saw the envelope, I KNEW it must be from you! Thanks! Can't wait to replace that light plate, and that photo holder matches my hobby room perfectly!

People magazine and primary . . . gotta love sunbeams!

MEG said...

prostitutes?? I think you mixed the spelling up :)...it made me smile!

Sue said...

You write one heck of a good letter, Em!


Emmy said...

Lol- well at least Brennan is willing to participate and share. Hehe. So awesome you are swimming