Show Us Your Life – Side Dishes

I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner.

I love finding new ideas for side dishes. I have pretty much the same staple main dishes, but coming up with new sides to go with them makes them different. We’ve come up with a few that we absolutely love, and they are on rotation in our house.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

This is something that is so simple yet SO good.

1 head cauliflower
3-4 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
Black pepper to taste

Break florets off cauliflower. Chop garlic and combine in a bowl with the olive oil. Toss with cauliflower, sprinkle with black pepper and put in greased pan on 450 degrees for 25 minutes.

Garlic Broccoli

This is similar to the cauliflower dish, and it is SO good!

Dice 5-6 cloves of garlic, and break apart one head of broccoli. Saute garlic in pan to release flavor, and then add broccoli. Saute together for 5-6 minutes.

Spanish Rice 

This is our favorite Mexican side dish. It is SO much better and more flavorful than packaged Spanish Rice. And, it’s super easy and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen! This recipe makes a TON of rice. There are always leftovers when we make it!

1 cup water
1 cup salsa
1 cup rice

Boil water, then add salsa and rice. Leave on heat for three minutes, then remove and let sit as you would instant rice.

Wordless Wednesday: A Girl and her Cat


How my Child Voted for the Wrong Candidate

I’m a big proponent of teaching kids the importance of voting early. Ever since Lucy was born, I’ve taken her with me every Election Day.

This, however, was her first Presidential election. In 2008, she hadn’t been conceived. I was excited to take her, and she was pumped to “vote for Daddy!” Luckily, with the number of people who voted early, we were in and out in about 10 minutes, which was nice considering it was rainy and dreary.

When we got to the voting machine, Lucy wanted to push the button, something I had planned to let her do anyway to involve her in the process. I showed her who to vote for (Barack Obama, for those who are curious), and she pushed the button — for Mitt Romney! I pushed the “previous” button and tried to fix the mistake. Wasn’t happening.

So, I went to the end of the ballot, followed the instructions to fix a vote by clicking the race and — BAM! My ballot was submitted. With a vote for the last person on Earth I would want to be President.

I think everyone in the precinct heard me gasp, and I rushed Lucy out, lecturing her along the way. But, when it comes down to it, it wasn’t her fault. I was the one who let her vote. And, though my mistaken vote makes my stomach churn, I get a bit of peace in knowing that, as a Georgia resident, my vote wouldn’t have mattered anyway. A Democratic candidate doesn’t stand a chance here in the deep South.

But, as we watch the election returns tonight, I will be watching our state’s results closely. My Dad said it would be hilarious if the entire election came down to one vote in Georgia. In that case, I’d be writing a book titled “How My Toddler Decided the Presidential Election”.

That won’t happen. Now, I can only hope that, as Lucy exuberantly said as we left our precinct, “We’re gonna win!”

Let Me See That Tootsie Roll

We had a fabulous Halloween, and my little Tootsie Roll stole the show at every event. As I mentioned before, she won second place at this year’s Kiddie Day Parade, which she was SUPER excited about.


Then, there was the costume contest at our favorite Mexican place. There were 5-6 kids in the contest, and before the judging began, Lucy won over the audience by dancing along to the karaoke singers. So, it was no surprise that she won the contest by an overwhelming vote. It wasn’t close and, really, it wasn’t fair to the other kids. I mean, just look at the cuteness! Apparently, one of the older girls wasn’t happy that Lucy won, as you can see in the third photo. I didn’t realize that until now. Oh well. That’s what happens when you compete against an adorable toddler!





On Halloween, Joe left work early, and we took Lucy downtown for the annual Trick or Treat event. This may have been the last year for it so, even though I was only two days past surgery, I made a point to be there.








After downtown Trick or Treat, we stopped by Publix (where they always give out candy and have a little “haunted house”; unfortunately, they were working on the “haunted house” when we arrived so Lucy just got some candy) and then went to Chili’s for dinner to take advantage of our Kids Eat Free coupon. We normally go through the entire Publix strip mall, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it this year.

By the end of dinner, I was feeling pretty awful, so I went home to rest. Since we don’t live in a neighborhood with many houses for Trick or Treating, Joe took Lucy to a Trunk or Treat event at a local church and said that she had a blast.






When Lucy got home, she had to check out her loot.



She hasn’t eaten any of it. She doesn’t want to. She just wants to sit and look at it. She’s weird. And, of course, her attitude toward it doesn’t make it fun for us to eat for her. I did eat a mini bag of M&Ms, and she flipped out when she saw the bag I forgot to throw out. She still brings it to me and gives me her sad eyes. Nothing like a little Mom guilt.

Now, I can’t wait until next year. I’m already thinking about what Lucy will be. Maybe Strawberry Shortcake!

I’m glad my husband has a professional job, so to speak. He works a 9-5 job in an office where he has to where a dress shirt and tie. I’m glad he doesn’t work in car repair or anything like that, not just because of the mess, but also because I wouldn’t be able to talk to him about his job like I can now. I mean, I know nothing about electric industrial motors or anything like that, so I would be completely lost.

Post-Op and Sickness

Yesterday was my post-op appointment. I always have mixed feelings about this because, while it is nice to be able to breathe and blow my nose again, it is a pretty painful procedure. I mean, having a metal instrument stuck up your nose to yank things out is just as much fun as it sounds.

I made it through, though. My eyes watered up, and I had to clench my fists, but I didn’t actually cry during it, which I was pretty proud of. My doctor and I joked around a good bit, which made it a bit easier. It’s always nice when you have a rockstar doctor.

Now, I still have some healing to do. The dissolveable packing is still in my head, so I’ll feel like I have a bit of a sinus infection until it’s completely gone. Then, I start medicine in my sinus wash (which also is about as much fun as it sounds) to hopefully make sure the sinus cavities stay open and we don’t have to go through this again. Because that would be awesome.

It’s a good thing  I was planning on today being a relaxing day because my munchkin woke up at 4 a.m. after throwing up all over herself. Thankfully, that’s been the only time so far, but she says her tummy still hurts and she doesn’t want to eat anything.

So, my sweet baby is spending the day on her comforter, which I fluffed up for her to lay on, watching Dora. Not a bad way to spend a sick day. (And, no, I don’t just put towels over my daughter. I tried a blanket but she INSISTED on a towel. Whatever floats her boat.)

I hope I can get some food into her at some point today, but for now, I’m glad that I at least got her to drink some watered-down Ginger Ale. I was hoping the bug that’s going around would skip our house, but I guess we’re just not that lucky. Hopefully, this is the worst of it, and we’ll all be on the mend soon. My plan is to write about Halloween later today. We had a blast (well, as much as I could two days post-surgery), and Lucy got quite a haul of candy, which she refuses to eat. That’s fine. It just means more for Mom and Dad!