Concert Review & Italian Chicken that even your cat will love

Last night was the big concert event. Brad Paisley was the headliner, and he was just awesome. He is one of the few artists that sounds the same whether he is live or on the radio. Love his music and it was well worth the ticket price to see him! His opener, Dierks Bentley is not too far from headlining a tour himself. He is really great in concert & full of energy. Jimmy Wayne was the 1st opener and he has a couple of well known songs, but isn’t at the top yet. He was good though.

Italian Chicken

  • 2-3 lbs boneless skinnless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 jar of pepperocini juice
  • 6 pepperocinis
  • 1 pkg Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix

Put all ingredients into a small crockpot. Cook on high until chicken shreds easily. Shred chicken. Serve on buns.

This isn’t as spicy as it sounds. Maggie loves it. My cat Cocoa just ate a bowl of it that I had made for myself.

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Whew…it’s summer in St. Louis!

To celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary, John and I are off to see Brad Paisley tonight. It is set to be the HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR. Sweet! There’s nothing better than sweating our asses off in the hot summer sunset of St. Louis with our 99% humidity. I exagerate about the humidity level, but it is hot and muggy already and it’s only 8:15 in the morning.

For some strange reason I decided to start walking this summer. And, because I am who I am, I decided that I need a goal. What is my goal? Well, me and a couple of friends are going to do this half marathon http://www.fleetfeetstl.com/lewisandclarkmarathon/

I’m totally stoked about doing it because I’ve never done something so big. In fact, it’s been well over a decade since I voluntarily did any physical excercise on this level.¬† We’ve been walking several days a week to start preparing for this feat. I got some stylish new Nikes and a double jogger for Mags and Liam to ride in. Dust and Dot have been my bike escort. I really am loving this….except it keeps on heating up and staying that way longere and longer. I’d move to the treadmill, but I don’t think I’d stick to a training program on it because it is so stinking boring and it makes me feel like a gerbil running on a wheel.

Huggies Organics, FTW!

In 4 years I’ve not bought disposable diapers, it has been nothing but cloth on the butts of my younger children. We bought some Huggies Organics for Maggie for camping 2 weeks ago because she was having some tummy problems leftover from an antibiotic and I didn’t thinkg 2 days of poopy diapers baking in the sun was a good idea. First, the Organics are really soft on the inside and they don’t feel like normal sposies – I uses sposies every weekday on other people’s kids, so I see/touch several varieties. They are really soft. They also don’t smell funny, even when they are fully saturated.

While camping I realized that Maggie did not wake up 45 minutes after being laid down for bed. She didn’t wake a second time 2 hours after being laid down. In fact, she slept for a longer stretch than she ever had before. Hmmm…

Friday night I tried here at home….She slept from 7:30 to 3:00am. Single longest stretch so far. Fluke? I try again on Saturday night because we want to hang out with our neighbors….7:30pm – 3:30am. Seriously, why had I not considered this before?

Commitment to the environment be damned….hell I drive a Suburban…I bought more of the Huggies Organincs Diapers and we’ll be using them every.single.night from here on out & the hope is to get her sleeping all night long so maybe one of these nights John and I can go on an overnight to a B&B…

Swimming Suit Shopping

In a word – torture.

I think I’d rather pull my toenails out one at a time, or my eyebrows. Anything else would be a walk in the park.

First of all, the lighting in the dressing rooms SUCKS. It automatically makes you look fatter, puffier and paler than pale. Secondly, trying things on over panties is¬†neccessary, but really, you won’t be wearing them when you suit up, and unless you are wearing a swimdress, you’ll see them when you stand in front of the 3 way mirror, thus distorting your swimsuit view. Another major drawback is tag placement and theft devices, these add to the bulk and make it hard to determine the fit.

So, those are the store problems. Additional problems include, but are not limited to: making suits that don’t fit small torsos, fat thighs, bellies from 4 babies, nursing boobs, and women lacking body confidence. It’s hard to go from wearing t-shirts and jeans all day to wearing something that your boobs are busting out of, especially when you really would like just a nice, modest swimsuit – not Duggar style, but just a nice suit that fits and doesn’t show off your giant gazungas. I don’t think it is too much to ask.

Blech….a rainy day, talk of gardening

Spring weather has kept me away from my blog, and I apologize! I’ll try to be more on the ball about posting.

My garden is well underway and I don’t think I’ll have tomatoes by 4th of July, but probably a week or two later. The 4th of July was my Grandpa McC’s gold standard when it came to tomato growing, and he always grew a bunch. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to Gma & Gpa’s during the summertime. I’d help Grandma make lunch and we’d always have big, fat grilled cheese sandwiches. We’d butter both the inside and outside of the bread and then load them up with Velveeta Cheese. Grandma would let me flip them when I got older. When it was time to eat we’d have the sandwiches, fresh cut tomatoes and cucumbers. I think this may be why I like tomatoes so much, and thinking about it makes me miss my grandparents.

Each of the kids has their own garden and they are growing everything from lettuce to basil. I think they will get more excited about them as they start to yield produce.