Superbowl 50

This year’s Superbowl festivities at Moose House were a bit subdued.

The Bull had minor surgery nearly 2 weeks ago and is stiiiiiiillllllll recovering. He has had a rough, rough go of it. Ended up with a secondary viral throat infection (horribly painful), then a fungal infection, then a possible 2nd secondary viral infection. Lots of pain, lots of meds, lots of doctor visits (today marks 2 days since the last–and that’s a record!). Not a whole lot of eating for him (duh, sore throat) and he’s lost 15 pounds!

Oh, and he’s supposed to go back to work this week . . . not sure how that’s gonna work! 😦

On top of that, for some reason we thought it would be OK to schedule a surgical procedure for our 3 year old during his second recovery week. In the Big City (about 4 hours away.) Which involved some early mornings, late nights, trying to sleep in an uncomfortable bed away from home, no naps, exhausted parents, and cranky tired Calves.

Needless to say, our typical Superbowl snacks didn’t happen. The Bull couldn’t eat them, didn’t want them. I didn’t have the energy to put them together or even the mental focus to follow a simple recipe (an unfortunate effect of the huge stress we’ve had these past few months.)

So we had canned chili mixed with sour cream (with tortilla chips for the calves.) Canned vienna sausages and corned beef hash. Coconut water for The Bull. Leftovers from the fridge and candy that had been in the pantry for a while.

But at least we got to be together (except when we sent the overly rowdy Calves out to play in the snow in the 2nd quarter.) More than we could say for some years (like 2013, when I watched in our littlest Calf’s hospital room in Portland.)

But it started with the national anthem. The announcer named the singer and I was worried. She has such a foul reputation! But I was pleasantly surprised–and impressed. She can actually sing. And was dressed. 😉

Of course, as in years past, this is my favorite thing to do during the superbowl.

And there were some neat commercials. Like this one, that I really wanted to be about congenital heart disease or organ donation. Because this is the world where we live now. Sigh.

[Hyndai “Better”]

This one was really cute.

[SuperBowl babies choir]

This one hit a little too close to home for comfort. :/

[OIC is different-Envy]

I was pretty surprised that I actually recognized a couple of songs on the half time show. (I don’t follow pop music anymore.) Except that I didn’t recognize them from the originals, but from the Piano Guys’ re-hashing of the originals. 😉

We did turn the tv off when the half time show turned into a wiggle-your-rear show. But that didn’t last long.

All told, we got through the Superbowl the way we’ve gotten through all the hard things life has thrown at us. Limping along together, as a family, as best we can, with a few good times thrown in for good measure. And some laughter. And food.

Superbowl XLIX (2015)

(Which shall, henceforth and forevermore, be nicknamed “Superbowl Ex-lax” in our family.)

What can we say? We rooted for the losing team. The Seahawks looked really good there for a while, especially that last roll-on-the-ground catch!

But the snacks were good. The Bull asked for this dip, which surprised me as this one is our old standby. But I was happy to oblige. In addition, we had summer sausage, crackers, tortilla chips, and carrot sticks.

Last year’s Superbowl was a venture into unknown territory with figuring out dairy-free snacks for my oldest. This year, he’s cleared to eat dairy 3 days a week. But Calf #6 and I are both on a dairy-free, wheat-free diet, so I made sure that there were non-wheat crackers for us. She’s not into the spicy dip thing, so I made myself a little bit of both dips. For the buffalo chicken dip, I used dairy-free cream cheese, canned chicken, and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. For the jalapeno popper dip, I used dairy-free cream cheese, jalapenos, mayo, and canned diced chili peppers.

(I did NOT use the dairy-free cheese in either dip because, in my opinion, the stuff is like a bad knock-off of Velveeta. I don’t mind it in chili but it does NOT substitute for cheddar, Monterey Jack, or blue cheese!)

I got farther on my knitting project, a heart-designed, triangular knit shawl. I’m using purple wool and I modified the pattern to make the shawl bigger. (Apologies, this links to a Ravelry page and you need to have a free Ravelry account to even see it. But really, if you like knitting or crocheting, you probably either have one or want to anyway!)

The Bull had to work so he missed the first half. But he got home in time to see a little bit of Katie Perry. (Sheesh, really?! Who picks these halftime acts? I would have been fine not seeing that. Feel like I ought to bleach my eyeballs and brain now!)

The two oldest Calves, aged 12 and 10, are now more interested in football and followed much of the game. Calf #5 actually watched a lot of the game, too. Calf #3 spent the first half sulking. And Number 6 napped about half.

So all in all, it was a decent afternoon. I think the only thing that could have made it better would have been a strategically placed touchdown. . . Ah well. Better luck next year, eh guys? 😉

(Edited to add…..Yes I forgot this, not sure how!)

Of course, one of my favorite parts of the Superbowl are the commercials. this was my favorite:

(though all the “dad” commercials were a close second.)

Superbowl 2014!

Five years ago I started this blog and one of my first posts was about watching the Superbowl. (Wow, five years!? And still I haven’t updated the calves’ photos on the side bar. Nor have I added #6. Note to self. Take care of this in my spare time. Spare time? What’s that?)

Anyway this year is no exception. The mood here inside Moose House here is electric. Snacks are (mostly) prepared. Calves have asked this morning no less than 74 times “When is the Superbowl?” (Answer: Three hours! Two and a half! Two and a quarter! GO PLAY IN YOUR ROOM!)

I’m especially excited about this year. Last year I spent Superbowl Sunday out of state with my youngest while she was in the NICU. The Bull and the kids were at home. It was hard for us to be separated for so long. And it is GOOD to be home with my family all together today!

We will be eating well, of course. This is one of our main Superbowl activities. Aside from the game, of course.

This is one of our all time faves. This year I’m making it a little milder for the Calves and me to enjoy. (The Bull likes really spicy foods!)

Two new recipes to try this year: a slight substitute for our old standby.  And a new soup to try. The Bull doesn’t really like soup, so when he requests one I try to oblige. I’m going to make it less spicy though (I hope!)

One thing VERY different for us this year is that I’m serving some dairy-free alternatives to snacks.  Calf #1 has had to avoid dairy for the past few months. (It started a year and a half ago but we then took a hiatus.) He hates it. I hate it. But I’m trying to make life as easy for him, and really DF is better than gluten free. . . .

Anyway, some families will just opt to go completely dairy free but that doesn’t work for us. So I made him a bacon ranch dip (made with plain ol’ mayo, dairy free cream cheese, and dairy free “sour cream.” It’s actually pretty tasty. I’m also making two pots of the soup, one DF (using rice milk) , one regular. We’ll see how it works.

Aside from eating, I’ll spend my time working on this project. I started it for The Bull almost two years ago. Then I had to put it aside while I started a baby afghan. It’s taken a while to get back to it. I’m changing the colors slightly to make it look more like an M1 Abrams (a blast from his past.)

I must admit that while I will (mostly) follow the game, I am more interested in the commercials. I have seen a few of the preview commercials and the one that strikes my heart hardest this year is the Duracell commercial. I guess one of the players is deaf? Wow!

Why? She is at risk for losing her hearing because of some of the extreme life-saving measures taken a year ago. . . so I am noticing all sorts of things about hearing loss, deafness, sign language, etc. (So far she’s doing fine! She LOVES music and is talking much better than some of her siblings at this age. And we are monitoring her hearing every 6 months just in case.)

Well, I’d best get back to the kitchen to finish snacks. Hope ya’all enjoy the game!

Superbowl, Three Years Later

Yup, another year, another Superbowl.  Great memories.  I ♥ football.

OK, sorry, not really.  This year, once again, I watched for the commercials.

And the food.

And hanging out with my friends.

(No crocheting this time, I was kinda busy.)

And the little people that joined us last time?  They are bigger now. (I really need to update the blog. . .)  And they had their friends too.

And afterwards The Bull and I had to rent a certain video. . . I don’t think I’d ever seen a certain movie in its entirety.  Well. . . . I can’t say that anymore.

And ya know what? It is fun to think of ditching reality/ real life for a day and living it up.

Let’s do that sometime, ok friend?  🙂

MM: February 8, 2010

holy experience

The Bull was gone for most of the week so I got to be Mama and Daddy for a few days.  I don’t really like that set up much. . . but I try not to complain because I know that many many many families do this all the time.  Besides–we survived.  😉

555~Kids helping with chores
556~Freshly mopped kitchen floor
557~Low effort meals
558~What Calf #1 calls “Breakfast Bible,” listening while we eat (Thanks for the ideas, Ann and Kendra!)
559~Talking to The Bull on the phone three times
560~Children mostly cooperative today
561~Calf #2 feeling better today
562~This week’s realization of last week’s news:  The position for which The Bull unsuccessfully applied a year ago is now dissolved. . . had he been successful, he would now be unemployed!!  Perhaps a reminder that sometimes it is a blessing to not get what we dearly want?
563~A new cup of Daisy sour cream
564~Listening to music on Ann’s blog–calm, peaceful
565~Calf #3 counting:  1, 2, 3, 6
566~The Bull called us four times today!
567~Learning how to make a heart
568~Deciding to bless a hurting friend with a heart of a different kind
569~Nestle tollhouse cookies
570~Chatting with The Bull, a sis in law, and three other friends. . . all in one night. . . on a day when I felt lonely and forgotten
571~Learning about the Oak Island treasure with the boys

572~The last of four days in a row to stay home with sick children. . . I am quite a homebody and enjoy these home days immensely
573~30 degree days when I go out to attend to the animals (normally The Bull’s job)
574~An OK report from a pregnant friend. . . OK for now
575~An appointment done unexpectedly early which gave us a few extra minutes before the next scheduled item
576~a few more hearts done on the garland
577~Mah Jongg
578~My children. . . the three that I hugged today and the one that I didn’t, can’t
579~My husband, who works hard to provide for his family
580~A chat with a friend from “way back,” and sharing her fond memories of me . . . “I realize that you’ve been through your share of hard times and yet every time I have ever seen you, you have a smile on your face. . . . you are an inspiration” (I don’t think she has seen me often?)
581~Computers, Internet, Cell phones to be able to keep in touch while he’s away
582~Children especially attentive during today’s hymn in circle time
583~Science for lunch
584~Getting the trash to the dump before they closed
585~Steak for me, Happy Meals for them
586~He’s home!!
587~Waking up The Bull with the children
588~Breakfast together, made by him
589~The Bull and the boys helping with dinner
590~The Bull home from work to help Calf #1 with his project
591~A financial blessing in the mail
592~Fresh snow!  Just a light dusting, not too much
593~Cute, warm tights for Calf #3
594~80 minutes to talk with my dear pregnant friend. . . she is so positive in a complicated, difficult situation
595~A calm peace after talking with her
596~Calf #2: “I only had one crazy dream last night. It was pigs and trees attacking and the pigs were bad guys.”
597~Being able to visit with special friends for the first time in a month
598~A family fun day
599~Discount coupons on fun things
600~Running into our midwife at the store and talking about miscarriage
601~Monopoly Jr. with the family
602~A movie together
603~Time with The Bull after the children are in bed
604~Beautiful fluffy white snow
605~Finished the garland for a friend and delivered with a hug. . . good timing, as it’s been a hard week for her
606~”Thankful to be walking through life with you” and hugs from her
607~A ponderable thought that is hard to explain about Jesus, all powerful, not needing to defend Himself after He was arrested, falsely accused, beaten, and mocked
608~Delicious snacks for the Superbowl
609~Friends to come and spend the day
610~Yay Underdogs!  It’s the Saints!
611~A talk with The Bull about making school work better for wiggly little ones.

Does this sound like a good idea to you? Want to join us?

MPM: Week of 2/08/2010

meal plan monday button

Did we enjoy our Superbowl Sunday?  To speak for myself, Yes I did!  Had a little time to crochet a bit on my current projects.  Along with the traditional fare and other munchies we enjoyed a new tasty treat.  And with a few new friends to boot.  Yum and fun!  Oh, except that I had a head ache.  But it was mostly fun and that’s what counts right?

(And I don’t know why I put chicken on the menu for Sunday evening dinner.  We don’t eat a real dinner after Superbowl treats.)

Here’s what’s on deck for our table this week:

Monday:  Corned beef (a special treat–it was on $ale!!) and potatoes and veggies.

Tuesday:  Corned beef hash (dice up the leftover potatoes and corned beef and fry up nice and brown.)

Wednesday:  Dinner @ church.

Thursday:  Moose roast (not sure how I’ll prepare this yet) with a rice or noodle side dish and random veggies.

Friday:   Kids’ night:  Breakfast: pancakes or muffins, eggs, fruit.

Saturday:  Tamale pie (recipe below.)  Except that I will dice Thursday’s leftover moose roast and use it, instead.

Sunday:   Baked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans.

Check out the Org Junkie’s blog for other recipes and organization ideas.

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Tamale Pie (adapted from a recipe clipped from a newspaper a looooooong time ago!)

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound hamburger
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1-15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 can corn, drained
1 cup chopped ripe olives
1-4 ounce can chopped chilis (if you like it mild) or jalapenos (if you like it with kick)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
Dash pepper
1.5 cups grated cheese

Cornmeal topper:
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cold water
1 Tablespoon butter

Brown meat with onion, green pepper, and garlic.  Drain fat.  Add carrots, tomato sauce, corn, olives, sugar, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes until thick. Add cheese and stir till melted. Pour into a glass baking dish. (The recipe says to use a 10″ x 6″ pan, I think I doubled the recipe and used a 13″ x 9″ pan before?)

To make cornmeal topper: Stir cornmeal, salt, and cumin into cold water. Cook and stir until thick. Add butter. Spread over top of meat mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

When I make this recipe, I like to increase it and make two 13″ x 9″ pies. One gets eaten that night and one is frozen. To reheat a frozen tamale pie, bake at 375 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours or until heated through.

What I did during the Superbowl

Mainly I watch the Superbowl to spend some quality time with my favorite guys:

guys

The younger two, due to attention span issues, only watched bits and pieces.  And the little girl slept a lot that day.  Viruses or something.

But the Superbowl is also fun for two reasons:

Reason #1

Reason #2

Another of my favorite activities during the Superbowl:

crocheting

and, of course we can’t forget my other other favorite activity:

chickendip

(the recipe for which I found here and it was a big hit at our little party!)

So how was your Superbowl party or alternate activities?

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