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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

He loves me!!!

After 20 3/4 years of marriage, I'm pleased to say he STILL loves me!
Happy Valentine's Day from our house to yours...

Now, go eat some chocolate. :-)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

We laughed until we cried...

A couple days ago, Andrew turned on the TV and it happened to be on the channel that Ellen DeGeneres' show is on. The first words we heard were the first words of the first Clumsy Thumbsy...we had shocked faces until we realized what it was.

Then we started laughing...and couldn't stop. We were laughing so hard we brought Sean down from the office to see what manner of comedic attack we were under. Andrew & I kept watching this segment over and over...and still kept laughing. So now he keeps saying to me, "Great news! Grandma..." and he leaves it right there. And we giggle all over.

So grab a tissue because if this strikes your funny bone, you'll be laughing until you cry. Enjoy!!

I'm still laughing...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Life is not measured by
the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments
that take our breath away.

Rebekah and Nathan put on a fashion show. They used the nap mat as a 'runway' and Nathan helped dress Rebekah. They also dressed up a toy bunny. Nathan made the bunny a skirt out of silly bands. 

He was the judge of the fashion show. It ended up being a tie.

Here's Master Stylist Nathan (holding Rebekah's microphone that he 'announced' with) and one of the winners of the fashion show. (The other winner is the blue bunny in the background over Nathan's shoulder.)

What can I say---a beauty queen and the man who put her look together.
I'm so proud

Wipes tear from eye...

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Make a Weeknight Dinner Special Review and Rafflecopter Giveaway

I had the pleasure to try the brand new Bertolli Meal Soups. There are currently four flavors available:  Chicken Minestrone, Roasted Chicken & Rotini Pasta, Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken, and Tuscan-Style Beef with Vegetables. The Bertolli Meal Soups are touted as the soup that makes a meal. I know I can make a meal out of soup, but after twenty years of marriage to Sean, I know his response. "Soup is NOT a meal!" 

Can I tell you that I almost fell out of my chair when Mr. Soup is NOT a meal told me, "I can't believe I'm saying this...but that soup really filled me up. It was hearty enough for a meal." Wowza!!! 

I participated in the Weeknight Meal Challenge (which I did on Saturday night--because it worked for me) where I had one hour to cook the meal and side dishes and create a festive atmosphere for the presentation. I was able to get the meal done and on the table (with candles for ambiance) in only 32 minutes. 

The Bertolli Meal Soups are a frozen soup mix so it is found in your grocers freezer aisle. I tried the Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta meal. You put 1 cup of water in your pot, then add the package straight from the freezer. The broth has been frozen into cubes and all the meats and vegetables are flash frozen so they are fresh when you cook them. I took photos of the initial meal in the soup pot, then partway through cooking and my final masterpiece. The serving suggestion for this Bertolli Meal Soup was to pair it with Italian bread. I paired it with Everything Bread because it is what I had on hand. It was a really nice complement to the soup. I toasted the slices and we ate that with our meal. Each package of Bertolli Soup Meals serves two. That was fine with Sean and I because our kids don't eat soup. While I made our soup meal, I made mac and cheese on the other burner and even making two items I was done and on the table in only 32 minutes. 

Some of the longest parts of the process were cleaning off the kitchen table so I could set it nicely with our matching plates and add candles. I stirred the soup occasionally and was even able to get the drinks put on the table while the meal was cooking so it was a fast prep and serve. 

More about the Bertolli Meal Soups from the Bertolli company:
Bertolli Frozen Meal Soups are hearty and fresh-tasting with vegetables, meats, pasta and herbs individually flash frozen at the peak of freshness.
Bertolli Frozen Meal Soups are available in the frozen food aisle, and can be prepared on your stovetop in minutes.
With robust flavors and rich textures, new Bertolli Frozen Meal Soups are available in four varieties.
Would you like to try a Bertolli Frozen Meal Soup for yourself? I have a Rafflecopter giveaway going on the blog that ends on February 17. Take some time to make a pot of soup into a romantic meal. If you are receiving this by email, click here to go to the webpage and enter.

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