Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Poor Neglected Blog!

Oops, I did it again. I forgot to post. Yikes!

Well, it's not like I forgot. It's just every time I think of something to write, I'm not near the computer. The only time I really get uninterrupted computer time is when I'm up in the middle of the night feeding Z-man. And no one wants to read my incoherent 3 am ramblings.

Yesterday I jotted down some crazy notes every time a "oh, I could blog that idea" popped in my head.

Then I lost the paper.

Turns out "Organize my life" should probably be at the top of any list I write.

Luckily for you, I remember a few things. Also luckily for you, I forgot many. Turns out, it's a good thing I don't have a computer ready to record my every thought.

Here goes:

We were driving home from Long Island yesterday, and left during morning rush hour. Luckily, we could drive in the HOV lane. You know what the hardest part of driving in the HOV lane is? Not pointing and laughing at all the shmoes who aren't in the HOV lane.


Much later in the drive, I was reading my list to TK. I said to him, "you know what's the hardest thing about driving in the HOV lane?" He answered, "Not laughing at the people in the lane next to you." There's a reason why I married him.

Then we both said, "I didn't want to mention it at the time because I didn't want to jinx the HOV lane." Everyone who commuted on the LIE yesterday can thank us that there wasn't an accident in the HOV lane.


N-man randomly said, "Mom, do you know what's in an alien sandwich?" I thought it was the beginning of a joke. "No, what?" I asked. "Dead aliens," he replied, with a DUH tone in his voice. I'm still not sure if that was a joke or if just like a chicken sandwich is made from dead chicken, he was just generalizing that an alien sandwich would of course be made of dead alien.


Why are pizza and bagels so much better in NY? Seriously, how hard can it be to make good pizza and bagels? Why hasn't any other place figured it out? I guess it's like Buffalo and chicken wings. Awesome wings in Buffalo, but I wouldn't even bother getting them anywhere else. Are there other regional foods like this, that are only perfected in one area?


Well that was random. I probably should have saved up all those awesome ideas for separate blog posts. *sniff sniff* Do I smell sarcasm?


Green tip for the day: Plant an herb garden. Tomorrow's Earth Day...the perfect day to plant something. Even if you have a black thumb--most herbs grow easily with little TLC required. Even if you have no room--herbs grow great in pots, indoors or outdoors.

Fresh herbs are so lovely to use. And think of all the packaging you can least by us, I can only find small quantities of herbs in plastic clam shells.

Here's a quickie favorite way to use up herbs when you've got a lot: soften some butter, then mix in a bunch of your favorite herbs. Then use it on crackers, bread, pasta, for sauteeing veggies, over corn. Put the herbed butter in small containers and freeze it and you can have herbed butter all year long!

If you've already got an herb garden (or have one planned), what's in it?


LauraC said...


My herb garden has basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, rosemary, lavender. Planted lettuce for the first time too!

Ronnica said...

LOVE the alien sandwich question. It may not have been a joke, but it had me laughing. Oh, the logic of children!

I haven't a clue how to use fresh herbs (except cilantro) but I now have them. My roommate and I are growing a garden for the first time...I'm excited to learn how to use all our new veggies and herbs!

just me said...

Don't forget the rest of your awesome list of Buffalo-specific regional foods.

Amy said...

I plan to have an herb garden this year. I started some seeds, but some are doing great and others are not. My husband and i need to turn over the soil and get our garden ready. This will be our first garden as a family. I'll be blogging more about it on my blog.

rich said...

hah! You know what you need? A tablet pc!! The alien sandwich thing is epic :)

Nancy said...

Wondering where you've been ;)

I like the idea of an herb garden, but I don't know what to do with them...after. I mean, do I need to dry some of them before using them? Or do they all get used fresh? Or what? (I'm SUCH a black thumb!!!)

jongirl said...

Am I the only shmo that doesn't know what a "HOV" lane is? Half Owned Vehicles? I can tell from your blog that it's obviously a GOOD thing, but what the heck does HOV stand for?
Missed your blog and glad you're back.

What A Card said...

Ooo, Ronnica, you're in for some good times! I love exploring new-to-me ingredients!

Nancy, you can sub fresh herbs for dried herbs. In fact, you should whenever possible. Use about 2 to 3x's as much fresh herbs as you would dried.

Mom, HOV is high occupancy vehicles. It's the carpool lane, which since we had 2 adults in the car, we could use!