Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What-am-I-gonna-watch-Wednesday

I have a confession: I haven’t watched any of the new shows I’ve blogged about.  I was able to record a rerun of the Gotham premiere so I don’t have to watch that episode On Demand.  I just don’t have the time I used to have to park myself in front of the TV and knock out three shows in a couple hours.  #workingmomproblems

But just because I’m behind, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up.  In fact, I’m forging ahead and adding ANOTHER new show to the must-watch-will-watch-eventually list: Stalker.  This one stars Dylan McDermott who I’ve liked since his days as Bobby Donnell on The Practice.  Can you believe I actually remembered his character’s name?  That show’s been off the air for 10 years!  Most recently, I watched him on Hostages and while the show was a little (okay, a lot) far-fetched, I didn’t mind it.

The idea of this show generally appeals to my mystery-loving self so I hope it’s worth the 42 minutes of my time, when I finally find that time, to watch.

Stalker preview

And since my next show is on tomorrow night, it’s another two-fer!

I’m really intrigued by Gracepoint, which starts tomorrow.  It’s apparently based on a British show called Broadchurch.  I’m happy to see “Skylar” from Breaking Bad in another show as she was amazing as Walter White’s wife.  I don’t know much about the show except that a young boy is murdered in a small town and everyone’s a suspect.  I know, sounds like every other show, right?  But this one supposedly has a heck of a twist to keep things interesting.  We’ll see…

Gracepoint trailer

Happy Hump Day!  Hope your October’s off to a good start!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Recipe Recap} Pumpkin Apple Bread

I’m sorry I missed posting this yesterday.  Even before our exciting (not!) Sunday night, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to publish anything because my computer was still on the fritz.  Luckily, a coworker spent the day with my laptop, cleaning it up and checking it out and, fingers crossed, it seems to be working great.

We spent three hours with Morgan at the emergency vet Sunday night.  Around 8:30,she threw up twice, collapsed, and lost control of her bladder.  We made the right call loading her up because she had a 105-degree fever and, after chest x-rays, was diagnosed with pneumonia. She spent the night at the vet getting IV fluids and antibiotics and was doing much better in the morning.  We moved her to our vet where she spent the day continuing to get IV fluids and she even ate something there, which is big because she doesn’t have a great appetite in the best of times.

Before the weekend ended on that high note, I was busy in the kitchen making baby food (apple-pear-prune-oatmeal puree that the sitter and her sister both said smelled really good) and some big-people food, this Pumpkin Apple Bread.

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We have a breakfast meeting at work on Wednesday, and I figured October 1st was a good day to share some fall baking.

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I baked this bread for just over an hour. I tented some foil over it for the last 10 minutes as the outside was about as done as I wanted it to  be but the inside needed a few more minutes.

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I’m a little undecided on the apple chunks. I think I would like them better if I used a firmer apple, but the Jonagolds I used were a little soft.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the apple in the bread, I just think I would’ve rather used a Gala apple.

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I do recommend this bread.  It was easy to throw together, it had great texture and, oh yeah, it tasted pretty darn good, too.

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Hope your week got off to a better start than ours!

{Recipe here}

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What-am-I-gonna-watch-Wednesday (on Thursday)

(I was having technical difficulties Tuesday night that prevented me from publishing this, which was doubly frustrating because I had the post written and ready to go, but the computer wouldn’t cooperate.  It barely did what I asked last night.  So I apologize for being a day late, but lucky for us the show in this post is on tonight so we didn’t miss it.)

I’m oh for two so far with my new shows.

Madam Secretary got messed up on Sunday because of football.  I’m already not a fan of football and then the sport goes and screws up my TV-watching plans.  Not cool.  Then I couldn’t record Gotham on Monday because my DVR was already tied up recording The Voice for the McHusband and The Big Bang Theory for me. So I guess the On Demand channel and I have a date on Friday.

So far, tonight’s returning shows, Modern Family and Nashville, should be fine.  Then I have a full plate tomorrow: Bones and Grey’s Anatomy at 8:00, How to Get Away With Murder at 9:00, then Scandal and Parenthood at 10:00.

Back to HTGAWM.  That’s Shonda Rimes’s new show and I’m excited for it.  I don’t generally love courtroom shows like Law & Order, but I love (love love love!) The Good Wife.  Hopefully HTGAWM falls on the same side of things at The Good Wife.  I’ve liked Viola Davis ever since she played an FBI agent on a short-lived show called Traveler (with another favorite Matt Bomer) and then she sealed the deal with The Help.

Show preview

Anyone else looking forward to this new show?  If you watched either of the other shows that I missed, what did you think?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Connor: Seven Months

Only a week late this time, that’s pretty good!  I wanted to take Connor’s pictures last weekend, but the weather was really iffy and I thought it was worth waiting for better light.  He’s only seven months once, after all, and I’d hate to look back on bad pictures of my firstborn.

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The biggest developments for Connor in the past month are mastering sitting and eating.  Woo hoo, we have a couch potato!  He’s not wobbly while sitting and we can trust that he’s going to stay seated and not topple over if he moves his head too fast or reaches too far to the side for a toy.

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If we want him to stay where we put him on the floor or on the bed or in his crib, we have to leave him sitting because when he can roll, he can get wherever he wants!  When he wakes up and he’s not going back to sleep, he gets up on all fours and rocks and that will move him around some so once he figures out how to coordinate those unruly arms and legs, he’ll be crawling all over the place.

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The other skill Connor has down pat is eating.  Is that a skill?  He loves his food, but that shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone who knows the McHusband and me.  I’m still making Connor’s food and he hasn’t turned away anything yet.  He also loves plain ol’ mashed bananas as well as avocado.  I’ve given him a fruit-oatmeal puree with strawberries in it and there was no reaction other than him wanting moremoremore.

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Connor’s still fitting in six-month onesies and some of the stretchier shorts, but he won’t be for long.  He’s going to wear the heck out of the warm-weather clothing he does fit into right now because I’m not buying him a new wardrobe to get him through the NC fall where the weather goes back and forth between cool and downright hot through mid- to late-October.

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Connor still loves his jumper and is generally content to be in either the activity center or the walker that we have in our room so he doesn’t actually get to move.  Shh, don’t tell him he’s missing out.  He also likes the swing, but he’s more chill in it rather than excited to be swinging.  Speaking of times when Connor’s chill, that’d be on our walks.  All those terrible walks when he was a newborn that were so frustrating and now if he’s getting fussy, I can just put him in the stroller and he’s perfectly content to be pushed all over the neighborhood.

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As of this past weekend, he seems to have developed a fear of the vacuum and the steam mop, which isn’t good because I try not to vacuum when he’s napping.  We aren’t silent when he’s sleeping, but he hasn’t been napping well lately and I’m not going to do something that has great potential to wake him up.

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So, on the topic of napping…  Lately, Connor doesn’t like to sleep more than about 45 minutes in the morning and then we’re lucky to get 1 to 1.5 hours in the afternoon.  Then he can barely keep his eyes open past 6:00 and he’s up between 5:15 and 6:00 in the morning.  He’s not much for 12 hours at night.  He doesn’t know how good he has it!  I know a rested baby sleeps better than a tired one so I try really hard to make sure he’s getting lots of zzz’s, but just like the horse and the water, you can’t force a baby to sleep.  Believe me, I try every morning to will him back to sleep until the more acceptable time of 9:00 6:30.

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What else can I tell you about my sweet, wonderful, funny, happy, silly, chunky, blankie-loving, adorable boy?  Yes, he can be exhausting, but a bout of the giggles can make me forget that fatigue in a heartbeat.

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I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I can’t wait to see what the next month brings!

Monday, September 22, 2014

{Recipe Recap} Breakfast Goodies

That’s really only one breakfast food.  The other is dessert but there are apples and cinnamon and cake that isn’t overly sweet involved so I deemed it appropriate for brunch.

{Quick note: I only took these few pictures with my phone, but don’t let that dissuade you from making either of these.  They were each good enough to warrant a full post with lots of pictures.}

First up, I made some baked oatmeal with strawberries.  I figured it’d be pretty good, but it was downright delicious.

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I don’t think it was too bad for us since it didn’t use any oil and just had a tablespoon of butter in the whole thing, but I think I could decrease the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and it would still be very good.

The McHusband said he’d like me to make this again using peaches.  I think it’s a fair request so I think I probably will try his suggestion.

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That was Saturday’s breakfast.  That night, I made the cake for a Women’s Night brunch on Sunday.  Our hostesses switched things up and instead of having us gather on a Friday night (as will be the case next month when I host), they opted to do brunch.  (For those of you who don’t know, we ladies in the neighborhood try to get together once a month or so to catch up and hang out. Sometimes we tie it into a holiday.)

I saw this recipe last week and filed it away because I knew I already had everything necessary to make it, even the apple pie filling.

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This gets major points for being easy to throw together.  I love a recipe that uses melted butter instead of softened or browned.  The layers were: simple cake on the bottom, apple pie filling, cinnamon-brown sugar “filling,” and finally a vanilla glaze.  With all that going on, you’d think the flavor would be practically jumping off your plate, but I found this treat to be a little bland considering everything it had to offer.

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I would put it in the “pretty good” category but probably wouldn’t make it again.  However, no one who tried it had any complaints to share with me so maybe it was just me.  Or they were just being nice, which certainly is possible.

I did stuff other than bake this weekend.  I got in a short workout Saturday morning while Connor napped.  He woke up before I finished so I had to end early, but something was better than nothing.  After we all ate lunch, we took Monte up to the park since it was hosting a Dog Days in the Park event.  All that fresh air led to a nap for ALL of us when we got home.

On Sunday, I had a lot to do before the brunch at 11:00 so Connor and I were pulling up to Walmart by 7:45 in the morning.  That might be my new favorite time to go!  Once home from getting groceries, I vacuumed upstairs, did laundry, and got our dinner in the crockpot before brunch, then that afternoon it was more cleaning and laundry.  I actually got the hardwoods and kitchen mopped (but let’s not talk about the dusting I didn’t do).

All in all, a pretty good weekend and it was nice to catch up with some of the ladies in the ‘hood after the summer hiatus that Women’s Night took.

{Oatmeal recipe from Seriously Delish via Cookies & Cups}

{Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie Cake}

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What-am-I-gonna-watch Wednesday

Let’s talk TV!  I guess yesterday’s e-card was a bit of foreshadowing, huh?

My TV-watching has already suffered this summer thanks to a certain little someone.  I don’t have the time I used to on the weekends to catch up on my shows, and I’ve lost about an hour of TV-watching time in the evenings during the week because I can’t park myself on the couch until 11:00 any more.

#Realworldproblems, right?

So I have to be picky about the new shows I’m adding to my tried and true ones like Elementary, The Blacklist, CSI (the original!), The Mindy Project, The Good Wife, Homeland, and About a Boy, a new show from last season that quickly became one of my favorites.  (Also, to be clear, those aren’t all my shows.  It’s about a third of them and a couple of them are shows that the McHusband watches too.)  I’m interested in Bad Judge and Red Band Society, but they aren’t at the top of my list so if I find myself with TV-watching time to spare (hah!), I will try to catch them On Demand and see if they should in fact be added to my recorded shows.

Okay, so the first new show I’m looking forward to is Madam Secretary, which starts this Sunday.  I’m a big fan of Tea Leoni’s, and I like her character based on what I see in the previews.  I think the premise looks interesting so we’ll see if I actually like the show and, more importantly, if the Nielsens do. 

Madam Secretary trailer

Since there’s one more new show premiering before next week’s installment of What-am-I-gonna-watch Wednesday, I’m going to include it in this post.  It’s a twofer!  Does this mean I’m off the hook for posting tomorrow?  Just stop reading now and come back to watch the other trailer tomorrow. Winking smile

I am very intrigued by Gotham, which starts on Monday.  I like Ben Mackenzie and am kinda ashamed that I watched him on The O.C. but not on Southland, which was supposed to be a very good show.  So I’m hoping I can make up for that mistake by watching Gotham.  Think Ben will be able to find it in his heart to forgive me? 

I’ve heard good things so I’m going to give this show a try.  I think it will be very interesting if the villains aren’t too corny, and I like the idea of getting to know Commissioner Gordon and learning about what happened BB (that’d be “before Batman”).

Gotham trailer

Who else is excited about the fall TV season getting underway?  You know that Christmas song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”  Well, no offense to Christmas, which I thoroughly enjoy, but I love TV premiere time.  That’s my most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A thought on productivity

Before Connor, the McHusband could substitute “cable” for “the internet” and ask me the same question. Smile 

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