Friday, June 18, 2010


Good morning everyone! How are you this “OMG-I-have-to-endure-100-minutes-of-cartoon-terror” day? Congratulations on making it to the end of another crazy work week! Maybe you should sit back, host a luau, and drink you some suds over this supposed to be beautiful weekend LOL! You have plenty of recipes LOL! Oh and to Melissa- I'm so sorry I forgot to tell you that the fish markets I go to are in Kemah on the other side of the Boardwalk, but I know you are in Houston. There is a great fish market in same area as Canino's Farmers Market... its right across the street really. Canino's is at Link and Airline Rd (the addy is 2520 Airline Dr, Houston)... you can't miss it! LOL... you, hubby, and the new baby should go check it out. Make a day of it on the weekend (that's when all the little vendors are out back) and get you some great produce, go to the bakery, the spice house, and the fish market. You will have a blast! And take pictures cause I want to see! LOL!

Well, it’s THAT day… the day that I get to go to the theater and listen to tons of screaming children go gaga for toys! LMAO… yes today is the opening day of the Toy Story 3 movie! The first show time is at 10am, but I think we will be making the 11:15 instead. I haven’t fully shook out the cobwebs yet LOL! Oh and get this ok, the first showing of this movie was at 12:04am… WHAT THE HECK?? Are you serious? WHY on earth would you have young children awake at such an ungodly hour? Needless to say, Alex isn’t that lucky LOL! It should definitely be an interesting day least LOL! Oh the things we do for our children!

Ok, so yesterday I brought you some frugal tips to save money and ya’ll added some great ones that weren’t listed. Thanks for your input! Now one of the tips was to use homemade cleaning products. Well last night I got to thinking that for those of you new to the whole frugal way of life, you probably don’t have any ideas on homemade cleaning methods or products right? Well you can find recipes for lots of cleaners online, but I was skimming the yahoo news and low and behold there was a featured article about baking soda! And that got me to read it, and then they had other articles related to it… ways to use common things you probably have in your house… like vinegar and lemons too! So instead of posting the big long lists here, I am linking you to the 3 great articles about cleaning “au natural”! LOL!

40 Fantastic uses for baking Soda by Melissa Breyer

Lovely Lemons: 14 Uses in the Home by Annie Bond

23 Ingenious Uses for White Vinegar by Mel

Now… are you ready to get your groove on? Your craft groove that is?? Today I am bringing you the cutest idea that can be tailored to just about anyone or any theme. They are little “survival kits” and they are the cutest thing! You can make them sentimental, serious, or funny. It’s a great craft to do and I think you would have fun. These are just ideas of items to use… feel free to change them up and make your kits unique!

Craft Idea of the Day: Survival Kits

Everyday Life Survival Kit
Tea Bag - Relax and think of your list of life's blessings
Toothpick - Pick out the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.
Bandaid - To heal hurt feelings.
Mint - You are worth a mint to your family and friends
Glue - So you can stick with it and accomplish anything.
Sunny smile - To remind you its not always raining.
Guardian Angel - Because everyone needs one.
Pencil - To write down your days blessings.
Eraser - Everyone makes mistakes
Umbrella - For those rainy days when it just seems to pour down.
String -To tie up loose ends.
Ball - So you can bounce back quickly.
Glitter - To put the sparkle back in your life.
Velcro dot - So you can keep things together.

Friendship Survival Kit
Toothpick - Pick out the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.
Bandaid - To heal hurt feelings.
Gum - A reminder that friends stick together
Life Savers - A reminder that sometimes our friends need our help.
Cotton Ball - To cushion the bumpy roads ahead.
Eraser - To remind you always start each day with a clean slate.
Happy Face - Smiling is contagious.
Candle - Remember to share the light with others.
Sticky Tape - To tape your lips when you have nothing good to say.
Rock - To remind you of the stability of your friendship.
Rubber Band - So you can be flexible when dealing with friends.

Grandparents Survival Kit
Safety pin - To remind you to keep safe.
Lifesavers - Because grandparents can be "lifesavers".
Marble - For the ones your about to loose.
Pencil - To write down your memories to share with the grandkids
Tissue - For cleaning up little messes
Candle - To remind you that you’re the light in your grandkids eyes.
Mint - Always remember you are worth a mint.
Sugar Cube - For that extra burst of energy.
Sandpaper - For when the grandkids get a little rough.
Peg - A must for changing nappies.
Nappy Bag - This will always come in handy.
Panadol - You're going to need it.
Extra money - Spoiling kids can be expensive.
Sunglasses- For discreet nanny naps.
Extra eyes - You will need eyes in the back of your head.

Growing Old Survival Kit
Bran -To keep you regular.
Whistle -For when you fall down and can't get up.
Glasses - For when your eyesight goes.
Sugar -For extra energy.
Extra Hair -In case yours drops out.
Tooth Pick -To prop your eyes open so you don't fall a sleep.
Rubber Band -To give you your flexibility back.
Panadol -For those extra aches and pains.
Teeth -For when yours all fall out.
Matchstick -To put the fire back into your life.
Doll's Chair -To remind you to sit and take it easy.

Guardian Angel Survival Kit
Toothpick - Pick out the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.
Bandaid - To heal hurt feelings.
Gum - Think before you "Chew" others out.
Smiley Face - Because smiling is contagious
Guardian Angel - Because everyone needs one.
Pencil - To write down your days blessings.
Eraser - To remind you always start each day with a clean slate.
Sticky Tape - To tape your lips when you have nothing good to say.
Star - To reflect what you can be.
Sand paper - To smooth out the rough edges.
Glitter - To make things sparkle.
Velcro dot - Help you get a grip on things.
Rubber Band - To stretch you beyond your limits.
Paper clip - To keep things together.
Candle - To light up your path.

Menopause Survival Kit
Place M&M's into a jar or bag and add this saying/poem.
To temporarily calm your craving for chocolate, eat the BROWN one.
At the first sign of hot flashes eat the RED one.
Eat the ORANGE one to minimize depression.
The GREEN one calms your frustrations, when you want to be left alone.
If you feel a headache coming on eat the YELLOW one.
The BLUE one reduces bloating.
If all symptoms occur at the same time, eat the WHOLE bag.

Parent’s Survival Kit
Cotton Ball - for times when you can't hear yourself think
Rope - in case you get to the end of yours
Rubber Band - to remind you to stretch and grow with your children
Sweet & Sour Candy - to remind you that every child is different
Eraser - to erase what happened yesterday to start a new today.
Puzzle Piece - to remind you that you are an important piece in the journey of your child
Marbles - to replace the ones you've lost
Band-Aid - to fix hurt feelings
Nuts - to remind you to laugh at yourself and go nuts before the children send you nuts.
Tootsie Roll - to remind you to roll with the punches
Candle - so you never feel in the dark about parenting
Do Not Disturb Sign - to remind you that you need time to yourself
Aspirin - for when all else fails...take two
A piece of velcro - for when you need to get a grip

Retirement Survival Kit
Tea Bag - So you can take a well deserved tea break.
Crayon - To colour your day's bright and sunny.
Marble - For when you loose yours.
Jar - For your retirement fund jar.
Mint - For a fresh look at Retire"mint"
Heart - Now you can follow your heart.
Smiley face - So you will have a happy retirement.
Pack of seeds - May all your dreams grow like a garden.
Watch - Time is finally your own.
Marker - Your retirement "marks" the beginning of a special journey.
Chair - Because you earned your rest.

Helping Hand Survival Kit
Lollipop - To help you lick your problems
Toothpick - So you will not be too picky.
Paper clip - To hold things together.
Mint - You are worth a mint to your family and friends
Money - So you will "cents" to realise your own worth.
Bran - To help you loosen up.
Smiley Face - To bring some sunshine into your life.
Band Aid- To help heal the hurt and pain.
Guardian Angel - Because everyone needs one.
Tissues - To wipe away the tears.
Hand - Everyone needs a helping hand.
Sand paper - To smooth things over.
Cork - To keep your head above water.
Ball - So you can bounce back quickly.
Glitter - To brighten your day.
Rubber Band - Be flexible, things may not always go your way.
Sugar - To sweeten up your day.
Safety Pin - So you can pin point the problem.
Heart - In case yours is broken.
String - So you can tie up loose ends.
Band aid - To help heal the pain and hurt.

Aren’t those pretty cute? Like I said, mix them up, put other things in there, make them specific for the recipient, the choice(s) is yours! I am thinking about a couple of people right now who need a survival kit LOL! Yep, told ya’ll I was a smarty pants LMAO! Even my MOM told you yesterday in her comment LMAO! So are you watching that Christmas Countdown real closely? Remember I am going to start my gift crafting when we have 150 days left!!! Time is running out QUICK! Only a little over a month left! I think you should take the challenge with me! Start at 150 and see how many Christmas gifts you can make and how fast you can get done… I would be interested in seeing all of your creations and ideas! So who’s with me??

Now its time to eat. Luau week is drawing to a close rather quickly and I must say I have had some fun bringing you some fresh crazy flavors! Now tell me what Luau would be complete without the fresh and famous Mahi Mahi fish? This recipe is a palate pleaser for me in more than one way. I like fish and I like Macadamias… yum! So you can imagine the combo of craziness we got here! Try it out… eat & Enjoy!

Seared Toasted Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi

This Hawaiian favorite white, sweet, moderately dense fish is most often served at luaus either baked or sauted.


4 (6 ounce) mahi mahi fillets
salt and pepper
1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted, ground fine
1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons olive oil


Salt and pepper each fillet as desired.

Combine the toasted macadamia nuts with softened but not melted butter. Add in panko breadcrumbs as well as a light amount of salt and pepper.

Lightly press breadcrumb mixture onto the top of fish and place fish into a pan with the olive oil. Saute fish on both sides until it bounces back slightly when pressed - about 5 minutes per side.

Well kids, that’s about all for me today. I hope you learned something new and had a grand old time. I am gonna get off here and go get ready for our Toy Story 3 day out! Remember, it’s Alex’s big day! We should have a blast, so I will see you tomorrow with a ton of great pictures and surely at least 1 interesting story LOL! See you then… HUGS!

1 comment:

  1. Debbie "MOM"June 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Those survival kits are cute. That kind of thing, if you tailor it to the situation, would be cute to give out at special occasions or parties. A true survival kit would definitely have chocolate in it! LOL
    You wouldn't catch me dead on the opening day of any bolckbuster movie coming out, no matter what kind of movie, because think about it....all those multitudes of kids and frazzled parents. No thank you. I always wait until the second week to go to see the movie. That way you can go in and enjoy without hearing a lot of chatter, and screaming kids.
    The fish dish sounds good but I dont like to put nuts in my butter or sauces. Fish is good for you but for me its got to taste good too. Ok. Gots lots of stuff to do today so til next time......