Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day and other ramblings...

Today I had my parents over for lunch to celebrate Mother's Day. Here is a picture of my Mom, Leah and I. On the menu was Flank Steak which was marinated in lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, scallions and red pepper flakes, then grilled by Joe to perfection.

We also enjoyed this yummy salad!
Made with strawberries, mushrooms, sliced red onion, spinach, poppyseed dressing and home-made candied pecans, this is a huge hit whenever I make it (just ask Nicole or Tracy - one of our playgroup Moms, who has since moved to Ohio, shared this recipe with us).

On another note, Joe and I have been busy with lots of "around the house" work. We have taken down some of the wallpaper in the upstairs hallway, cleaned out our entire office, installed a new slide and swings on Leah's swingset, painted, and THIS:

We had this patio installed last fall and so now is the time to try to grow some grass around it. After almost a full day of loosening the soil, carrying 16 bags of topsoil, planting grass seed, putting down fertilizer and starter mulch, we were exhausted (and Joe's allergies were out of control). Wish us grass growing luck!

Normally, I am far from the productive. It must be the fact that we are going away on vacation in the next few weeks. There will be plenty of time for relaxing on the beach! Anyone want to take a guess at where we are flying off to?


Lisa and Tate said...

Happy Mothers Day!!! Post the recipe for the salad and steak!!! I am guess you all are going to HAWAII????? What do I win???


Kim M. said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

Tammy said...

That salad looks scrumptious!! I want the recipe too!

I have no clue where you're vacationing - but I'm jealous anyway.

You sure have been busy - good to get all that work done before your referral & you never know if you will get yours quickly. right?


Nancy said...


Michelle said...

I hope you have a great vacation no matter where you are going!

I tried to be productive this weekend too. But my productivity has led to more problems than solutions.

The other day I noticed that the caulking in the shower was getting yucky, so I pulled on it and an entire section came out. So I had to re-caulk. I started at one end of the shower and as I got to the other end, I saw that the previous owners had re-caulked over old caulking. So I had to pull it all up and along with it came a pick of the wall! AH! Not good. So now we basically need to re-do the walls in the bathroom. The previous owners had made the problem in the wall worse when the re-caulked the shower. So we have a big project on our hands.

Kristin said...

i also guess 'hawaii'!!


J's Mommy said...

Mmmm, yummy menu! Wish I was there!

Donna & Joe said...

Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day...your salad certainly looked delicious!

You need to slow down on your house're making us look bad! ;)

Donna :)

Shelley said...

I'm with the others ...Aloha! The salad looks great. So do the paver. Good luck with the grass.


Juliet said...

Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day! And the food looks just yummy! ^_^

Have fun on your vacation! I have no idea where you are going, but I know it's someplace sunny! hehe

Katie J said...

You are sooooo nesting!

MarylandMommy said...

Hope you had a great Mother's Day!!!

Love the new look!!!

adoptedthree said...

Hi love your blog came across it by a link. I would love the salad recipe as well!