My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Countdown to Christmas… September 24, 2008

Filed under: life — Rebekah Sanders @ 4:07 pm

So, I’m getting ready for Christmas! Yes, I know it’s only September and I know that I still have Kait’s birthday before we can really focus on Christmas, but for some reason, the holidays always seem to sneak up on me!

But there is this new blog out there – One Hundred Days To Christmas. And she speaks my OCD language and she’s counting down 100 days until Christmas! It’s convenient because it comes right to my Bloglines account and it gives me just ONE little Christmas thing to ponder on for that day! And it’s going to ensure – if I keep up – that I get all of those things done that I normally put off until it’s so late that I just feel frazzled!

So far, it’s working! So far, I’ve made a list of the people we need to buy for and I’ve jotted down a couple notes about what they want/need. I’ve thought about my Christmas cards and even started working on my card list (which I’ve decided is going to be pared down again this year). And I’m working on the Christmas budget. It’s not easy since our budget is usually dependent on Chip’s Christmas gift from the church, but this year I’m hoping that we can get things under control ahead of time. Tomorrow, I’m going to clean out my closet (which isn’t really related to 100 days of Christmas) because I know that my Christmas cd’s are hidden in there somewhere and I’m determined to know where they are before she tells us to pull them out!

So, that’s what’s working for me right now. In this crazy, hectic race we run called life. It’s nice to have little reminders of what needs doing before it sneaks up on you!

What works for you?


Menu Plan Monday – September 22nd… September 22, 2008

Filed under: food,healthy living,life,recipes — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:13 am

It’s early, so forgive me any typos. I just almost typed May 22nd into the title. It was a long night of weird dreams. Crazy weird.

Someone forgot to tell the weather people that today is FALL and they are calling for temps in the mid 80’s all week. I’m ready to start breaking out the fall/winter meals, but it really does need to cool down first. It’s just not the same eating chili or a nice thick soup when it’s so warm outside.

I’ve added a new page to my blog – it has most of the recipes that I’ve posted on my blog in the last year. The ones we actually liked anyway. I really need to go back through the archives, but y’all – there are a LOT of archives. Next month, I’ll celebrate my 7th year of blogging! I’ll get through them all eventually.

Monday – Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes

Tuesday – Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday – Stromboli

Thursday – Sweet & Sour Chicken

Friday – Quesadillas

Saturday – Baked Ziti with garlic bread

Sunday – CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

What are you having for dinner this week?


Weekend Image Meme… September 20, 2008

Filed under: family,fun,kids,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 9:49 pm

I’m still sick. So, here’s a kind of fun meme that I’ve seen floating around – which I’m sure you’ll enjoy more than my whining…


1. The age you’ll be on your next birthday:

2. Place you want to travel to:

3. Your favorite place:

4. Your favorite food:

5. Your favorite pet:

6. Favorite color combination:

7. Favorite piece of clothing

8. Your all time favorite song:

 I really have no one favorite song. It changes almost by the minute.

9. Favorite TV show:

10. First name of your significant other:

11. Which town do you live in:

12. Your screen name/nickname:

13. Your first job:

14. Your dream job:

15. One bad habit that you have:

16. Worst fear

17: Things you’d like to do before you die:

18. The 1st thing you’ll buy if you get $1,000,000:

19. Your husband:

20. What present would you like for your next birthday?


Sick of being sick… September 19, 2008

Filed under: life — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:15 am

I’ll try and come back tomorrow with something fun. Today, I’m still sick. My cold has effectively moved from being a head cold and set up shop in my chest. I think I’ve pulled a muscle in my stomach from coughing so hard. Haven’t blogged because I’m tired of whining about being sick. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been this sick and I hope it’s at least a couple more. It’s been a long road and I’m still walking down it…


I’m sick… September 16, 2008

Filed under: blog,family,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 7:23 am

And I am the absolute worst sick person in the world. You know those sitcom men that you see? The ones who lay around and whine about how sick they are and want everyone to wait on them hand and foot and you really think that they are playing it up? Well, they don’t got anything on me!

Doesn’t mean I’m not going to get anything done though. I’m launching my new blog (complete with my own domain name) on October 1st. Or at least I hope I am. So, in preparation for that, I’m going to get my current blog where I want my new one to be. I’ll be adding at least two pages (one for recipes and one for books I’ve read this year) and majorly updating my blogroll. And I’m going to finally find a theme for my new blog launch and work on it until I can’t anymore.

In between all of that, I’m going to whine at my husband, shush my kids for being too noisy, blow my nose incessantly, take naps and drink plenty of fluids. I’ve got high aspirations for today, y’all. And apparently I must feel a little bit better because I’m actually using the computer. Last night after about 6pm, I was just too tired and week.

Oh! And I’ll likely get to that visitor brochure that my husband has been after me to finish. And all of this brought to you from the comfort of my easy chair! At least I won’t feel guilty for being on the computer all day.

What projects are you tackling today?

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


The Omnivore September 15, 2008

Filed under: food,life — Rebekah Sanders @ 4:13 pm
If you routinely travel through the blogosphere, by now you have probably heard of The Omnivore’s Hundred. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s a list of 100 items created by Andrew of Very Good Taste; but not just ANY 100 items: these are apparently the 100 items that every Omnivore should taste at least once. I’ve bolded the items I’ve eaten. Crossed out ones I’d never even consider putting in my mouth. And added comments where applicable. 

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison: I grew up in Wisconsin. Where everyone either has a cabin “up north” or is related to/friends with someone who does. Yes, I’ve eaten venison. I do *not* like it.
2. Nettle tea: Tried it. Don’t like it. But it’s tea, so are you really surprised?
3. Huevos rancheros – YUM!
4. Steak tartare – No way. No How.
5. Crocodile – Well, it was alligator.
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue – Did I mention I’m from WISCONSIN?
8. Carp
9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush – YES! Love eggplant!
11. Calamari –  YUM.
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich – an all time favorite. Especially on toasted Italian bread from Paielli’s bakery.
14. Aloo gobi – I have no idea what this is.
15. Hot dog from a street cart – Almost as good as a hot dog from a ballpark.
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle – absolutely divine!
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream – hate it!
21. Heirloom tomatoes – YUM-O!
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras: Sounds disgusting, but I’d be willing to give it a taste. Just to say I’d done it.
24. Rice and beans – yep, red beans, black beans. LOVE it!
25. Brawn, or head cheese – yes, I’ve tried head cheese. ICK!
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – I have no idea what this is either
27. Dulce de leche – Yes! YUM!
28. Oysters – yes. disgusting. 
29. Baklava – if you’ve never had this, you are missing out!
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas – just reading that made my tastebuds cringe.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – Hate clam chowder. I try it every now and then. I don’t like clams.
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut – yuck!
35. Root beer float: Love root beer floats. Love Dr. Pepper floats more.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea – I’d try it, but wouldn’t like it. That whole tea thing again.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O 
39. Gumbo – oh I love me a good gumbo!!!
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat – a bit greasy. I prefer curried chicken.
42. Whole insects – not on purpose, but yes.
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk – yes, not a big fan.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel – I would try this though.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – No explanation necessary.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear YUM!
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. ICK!
56. Spaetzle Yes. Wonderful!
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine – YES! After many recommendations from my Canadian friends.
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores – it’s almost un-American to not eat them.
62. Sweetbreads – someone tricked me into eating this and I almost threw up!
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs – my dad *loved* these
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – YUM!
68. Haggis – ICK!
69. Fried plantain – yum!
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe 
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill – um, I once ate deer someone had hit with their car and killed. In some states, they’ll let you haul it in for butchering.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – I lived on these things in high school
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini – this is served at a lot of Italian weddings instead of champagne for the toast. I’m sure I had it once or twice when I was young.
81. Tom yum 
82. Eggs Benedict – not a huge fan of the hollandaise
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare – as in rabbit? Yes.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers – they were on a cake at a wedding I went to.
89. Horse- I haven’t but Chip’s dad has. Ask him about it sometime. rofl
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam – My mom loves this stuff. YUCK!!
92. Soft shell crab – love me some crab!
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta – definitely.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake



Menu Plan Monday – September 15th…

Filed under: life — Rebekah Sanders @ 8:06 am

It was an exhausting weekend. I’m looking forward to settling into a routine and getting things back to normal. Or back to our normal chaos anyway. I’m stuck in a rut this week for menu ideas. PLEASE leave me some menu ideas in the comments because I’m seriously lacking in creativity right now.

Monday – Pizza

Tuesday – Garlic Parmesan oven-fried chicken

Wednesday –  Football game

Thursday – Enchiladas

Friday – Chili

Saturday – Hamburgers on the grill

Sunday – Fellowship dinner

What is your favorite resource for finding new recipes?