Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tooth Fairy

WTF the Tooth Fairy forgot to come to my house last night?!  The bitch skipped my house.  My son came running into my room this morning with tears in his eyes. I knew something terrible must have happened.  It turns out his tooth was still under his pillow.

Think fast Brookey Mama! The words just poured out of my mouth way too effortlessly... "Well since you lost your tooth right before bed,  she must have already been on her Tooth Fairy rounds. Therefore, your name hadn't been added to her list yet."

I also may have reminded my son that he had gotten up in the middle of the night for the 100th time in the last month. (Neither myself or my husband had slept all the way through the night in as long as I could remember.)  My son got up, and then woke me up to tell me he was thirsty. The thing is when he gets up he just stands next to my head breathing hard until I wake up.  It scares the crap out of me every single time!! It would be so much better if he said my name or something.  So I might have made him think he could have scared the Tooth Fairy off by waking me up.  I figured at this point their was no hurt in throwing in a minor threat to hopefully make him stay in bed.

Either way The Tooth Fairy better make sure she shows up tonight with her loot.  Otherwise, all hell is going to break loose in our house tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mama Needs a Hair Brush!

My life could be a sitcom.  I am like Claire from Modern Family.  I find myself in crazy predicaments.  For example...

My daughter has been working really hard to make the volleyball team at her school.  When did making a school sport become so competitive?  I remember when I was in school ( which by the way doesn't seem that long ago!) it was easy to make the team.  Now there are camps and clubs.  Oh yeah parents pay thousands of dollars to start to prepare kids for high school sports beginning in elementary school. (Those are the clubs.) Being that I have never gone through any of this I am behind, and subsequently my daughter is now behind.  Major F-up on my end.

To make a long story short today I made a complete and utter ass of myself.  As I dropped my daughter off at her volleyball camp practice at 6:50 AM. AKA before coffee.  I somehow thought this would be a good time to introduce myself to her freshman coach.  So me being very spontaneous and not really thinking things through,  I may have introduced myself prematurely before doing a few crucial things...

Like brushing my teeth or brushing my hair or changing out of my pajama top.  No, I didn't take the time to wash my face.  Not sure why I didn't have sunglasses on or a hat? All my usual armor.  Why would I have thought this was a good idea to seize the moment right then?  All I could describe it as was a sheer act of desperation and possibly temporary insanity.  I wanted my daughter to make the team, so I completely lost all self respect.  Let me kiss butt, and you will consider my daughter for the freshman team. Jeez!

I drove away realizing OMG what was I thinking?  I quickly looked at myself in the mirror.  No boogers or drool spots. No wrinkles from sleeping awkwardly on my pillow. You know the wrinkles that take all day to go away?  Good.  Although still not pretty.  I looked crazy!

Kind of Like Claire Dunphy when she had lice!! But no lice just crazy hair in my case!! It was her hair that reminded me of myself.  Especially the part when she came out from under the table...
Click on link.  Ignore the preview!!

So what have I learned.  Pause!! Think!! Brush hair and teeth before leaving the house.  Put on real clothes.  If those boxes are not checked abort mission!!

This is to my very talented volleyball daughter... Your mom meant well.  She loves you and was just trying to do something good.  She sees how important this sport is to you and wanted you to have what you want. In fact, I am so worried if you don't get it you will carry this with you as failure rather than how amazing you have progressed.  You have put your mind to do something, and are really doing an awesome job. I am in utter owe of your determination and skills. I promise to never tell you about this crazy thing I did until you are MUCH older.  I really am good mom I swear.  Just know I love you!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flakey Blogger

I haven't blogged in a really long time!
 Almost a year...

If I had been blogging I might have told you things like...
-We found out my youngest child is deathly allergic to cashews. That was life altering.
-Probiotics are really important for your GI health. Seriously!
-I had an emergency appendectomy.
-My ugly Xmas sweater was awesome. I have a picture on Twitter and Instagram.
- I saw the singer Pink perform 5 times. She even gave me a high five!
-My friends and family would say I was obsessed with Pink;)
-Read Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan. My sweet friend gave it to me:) Oh read In The Middle too!
-My 5 yr old might possibly be psychic!
-I met Jack Johnson and Wayne Dyer. It really is a small world.
-Imagine Dragons is sooooo great live in concert!
-I went to London with my two older kids.
-My daughter and I had a girls trip to NYC.  #momdaughterbonding So important!
-I had a child who graduated high school, but now have one starting Kindergarten!
-My husband and I take nightly walks with our dogs. #favoritetimeofday
-After 43 yrs I am now allergic to penicillin. WTF? 
- Have you ever found a turtle?  We did when we were walking the dogs!
-We just made our last car payment! My husband got in a car accident twice in one week.
-My daughter got her braces off.
-Have you heard about Shawn Achor?  5 things to do to be happier... I am going to try it! Check it out for yourself: http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work
-Patio furniture is hard to pick out.
-How about eating/cooking soy, corn, dairy and nuts free? Jeez it is challenging!
-I make homemade bread and ice cream all the time!
-I can't seem to exercise regularly, but I am going to start.
-Go Kings Go! I saw a Kings game. In a private box. The dessert cart was amazing!
-I almost went back to school to get my master's degree. I still might. The cost scares me.
-My bangs took a whole year to grow out. #bangsareevil
-Watch the movie Divergent. It was really good.
-Maui is so beautiful.  We just got back.

-After a year I just got a comment on my CSK Project blog.  I realized I kinda miss blogging.
-More happened but you get the gist.  A lot of stuff goes down in a year.
-It's summer.
-I feel blessed.

I'm back!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I have recently become obsessed with the herb basil.  My husband and I were out on a date a few weeks ago, and asked a bartender to make us a special cocktail.  Something out of the ordinary and not on the menu. He suggested a margarita with basil in it.  I was slightly skeptical but thought OK, go for it!  All I can say about these margaritas was YUM!  I have been addicted ever since.

My husband played bartender at home and recreated what has become our summer drink.   You will love it, and your friends will love you when you make it for them!  Oh, I forgot to mention one crucial part about this drink, it is spicy.  Now I know you are probably thinking, spicy in a drink?  Oh yeah baby! Go for it because it is going to rock your world.  We first had this cocktail with muddled jalapeno in it, but we wanted it spicier so we stepped it up to a serrano chile pepper.  The burn is awesome.

Basil Serrano Margarita
(2 servings)
1/2 cup simple syrup (1 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar)
2 lemons 2 limes
4 leaves of basil
3 slices of serrano chile pepper
2 shots of tequila

Make a simple syrup with water and sugar. (You will have extra simple syrup.) Bring water to boil add sugar stir until dissolved. Remove from heat to cool. Pour 1/2 cup simple syrup in shaker. Add juiced lemon and lime.  Muddle a serrano chile or jalapeno.  Chop and add basil. Add tequila. Shake. Garnish with basil and a slice of serrano.  Pour over ice in a chilled sugar rimmed glass.  This recipe makes 2 drinks.

Because I am obsessed with basil I also made Basil Lemon Sorbet.  Again, so amazing. I found inspiration for this recipe in the recipe book that came with my ice cream maker, but it needed a little tweaking. Thus my adapted recipe! The basil in this dessert makes this treat a step above regular lemon sorbet.  It is so refreshing on a hot summer day. 

Lemon Basil Sorbet
3 cups water
1 1/2 cup sugar or 3/4 cup agave
5 lemons juiced
pinch salt
1/2 cup basil
2 tablespoons lemon zest

Make a simple syrup with water and sugar.  Remove from heat.  Add salt, lemon zest and basil.  Let sit for 30 minutes.  Add lemon juice.  If using an ice cream maker, refrigerate for 2 hours. Strain basil and most of lemon zest out. (I kept about 1/2 a tablespoon of the zest in mine) Then put in ice cream maker as directed.  If you are not using an ice cream maker, put it in a lined container.  Why lined?  Well, so you can pull it out of the container when frozen and slice it up for easier serving.  Better yet, make Lemon Basil popsicles! 


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Gone Fishin

*Please note no fish were hurt while on this adventure:)
My littlest son woke up the other day, and the first thing he said to me was, "Mom I want to go fishing!"  To that I said, "OK!"
To think this was only a five minute drive from my house!  It was gorgeous, and so conveniently close. We have lived in our house for almost 3 years, and had no idea this lake was so nearby! To be outside in nature with the kids was awesome.  Not to mention how cool it was to not have to go way out of the way to find ourselves surrounded by beauty.  It felt peaceful. I felt happy.

I don't know about you, but my kids love to play on the computer, watch TV, play Xbox, Wii, and use their cell phones.  Wait that is me too. (Except for the Xbox!) To remove ourselves as much as possible from technology for a few hours did us good.  We were together as a family.  Well, OK if I am being completely honest some technology came with us...
He was much happier than he looked!
In all fairness, it takes time and patience to catch a fish, so a little entertainment seemed acceptable.  At least we were outside together!
I haven't been fishing in years.  The goal was to have my littlest experience a right of passage.  To catch a fish, and then of course throw the fish back.  Thank it for the experience and let it go.  We were all set up on the dam at our nearby lake.  The weather was dreamy.  It was a perfect summer evening.

We had family conversations.
We were creating memories.
We were having fun!

I decided to take some pictures.  As I was up taking pictures, my older son yells, "Mom you got a bite!"  We all took turns reeling in our catch, a beautiful Large Mouth Bass.  We snapped a couple of pictures while appreciating his beauty, his size and weight.  The kids were thrilled.
Don't worry, Mr. Bass went on to live another happy day.  He gave my littlest his first fishing experience.  It was awesome.  Doing things like this as a family is what summer is all about.  Finding a treasure so close to home was an added bonus. 

 Life is good! How will you spend your summer day?

PS: A follow up to Justin Beiber... My daughter was at a 4th of July party, and one of her friends said, "I saw you on Jimmy Kimmel Live."  What, huh?? The night we went to Justin Beiber, Jimmy Kimmel was filming outside the Staples Center, and we were in the background of the video!  So weird!!  Check it out we are 2 minutes in just passing behind the guy being interviewed. I am in a white sleeveless shirt!:


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bieber Fever

My daughter just recently finished her first year of middle school.  That is a pretty crazy time to be a kid. All the social politics make me sweat just thinking about it.  I have had many dreams/nightmares where I am back in middle school aka junior high.  I was kind of a lousy student, I am ashamed to admit it.  I was way more interested in my social game (boys) than hitting the books. (I eventually made school a priority and made the dean's list!) My daughter on the other hand, seems to be able to manage it all.  She got straight A's all year, and also made lots of quality friendships.  To say I am proud would be an understatement!

So for all her efforts I promised her I would somehow reward her.  I didn't give any specifics because I wasn't sure how I would do it?  My parents used to give me $10 bucks an "A", but being how my academics were so low they rarely had to pay up.  The night before last I finally figured out how to acknowledge my daughter's awesome efforts.

Yep, I took her to see Justin Bieber!  She has Bieber Fever big time!  I was able to get 3 tickets the day of the show.  Talk about spur of the moment. To wake her up the morning of the show, and say invite a friend because you are going to see Justin Bieber tonight was so fun! I decided I would get her 2 tickets near the stage, and I would sit a few rows back watching her every move.  I have to admit I watched my daughter way more than Justin Bieber.  To see the joy on her face was so fantastic.  

Yeah, Mr. Bieber put on a good show I will admit it.  I know he has gotten a bit of a bad rap these days.  He was adorable and genuinely talented.  I am rooting for him to get through his rebellious faze of life.  Even so, he wasn't hurting for fans.  The Staples Center here in LA was was sold out.
The perspective of multiple teen girls...
Spontaneity is not over-rated.  It was so awesome to pull that surprise out of my hat.  I felt like my daughter may have thought I was a little "cool" yesterday.  That was an added bonus.  The real joy came from seeing how happy my teenage girl was.  Priceless!
So what will you do today that is spontaneous?  I dare you to do it!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dark Chocolate Sorbet

Dark Chocolate Sorbet
Hi! Welcome to my new blog, and my first post! How is your summer going?  Mine has been filled with driving my kiddos to swim class and volleyball camp.  I started taking sewing classes with my daughter.  I never took sewing back in the 7th grade.  I took wood shop?!  No doubt, I would not have appreciated the sewing experience back then.  Kind of like piano classes when I was a kid. I hated those! We have also had lazy days by the pool.  Those days are usually simple, carefree and perfect.  Well, except when my kids splash my hair.  Patiently, I have been watching my overly thick Jessica Beil bangs grow back out!   This is my virtual scrapbook.  I hope you have fun here!

I got an ice cream machine for my birthday months ago.  I held my neighbor's ice cream maker prisoner during my CSK Project, so she bought me my very own!  She is awesome, and so good to me.  Seriously she is like an angel.  One of those people who is just pure goodness.  I finally cracked open the box and made some amazing dark chocolate sorbet.

This was the most decadent delicious dessert.  It was so creamy and rich.  Plus a total cinch to make.  Obviously I made mine in my handy dandy new ice cream maker.  Even so, you can make sorbet without the machine by pouring it into a lined bread pan.  I have never tried that method.  I would almost think it would be better to pour the mixture into popsicle molds if you aren't using an ice cream maker. Sorbet is awesome because it is usually just a few ingredients to pure bliss.  Not to mention it is lower in calories than ice cream.  That is always a nice benefit when we are required to wear swimsuits all summer.

I made my sorbet two ways.  The first was with sugar, and the other was with agave.  They tasted the same.  Amazing!!

Dark Chocolate Sorbet
3 cups of water
1 cup of sugar or 1/2 cup agave (you could probably even use less agave)
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Make a simple syrup with the top 3 ingredients.  Slowly sift the cocoa in, and then add the vanilla.  If you are using the ice cream maker, put the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and then transfer to the ice cream maker for 20 minutes.  If using a bread pan or popsicle molds, pour the mixture in and freeze.

I plan on making lots of different kinds of sorbet in the upcoming weeks.  My son is requesting mango sorbet next.

I hope you enjoy my new blogging adventures.  I am always looking for creative outlets.  It keeps me busy and makes me happy.  Enjoy the sorbet!

Brookey Mama