Posts Tagged Sam

My interview with Sam, age 5

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 | Permalink

What is something I always say to you? Play games.  Sometimes. (For the record, I never just tell him to go play games.)

What makes you happy? Playing games.

What makes you sad? Not playing games.

How do I make you laugh? You do something funny. Like make jokes.

What do you think I was like as a child? You were good.

How old are you? Five

How old am I? Eleven

How tall are you? I don’t KNOW how tall I am. I’m big.

What is your favorite thing to do? Play games.

What do I do when you’re not around? Type on your computer and clean sometimes.

What are you really good at? I’m really good at dodge ball.  (for the record, I don’t think he’s ever played dodge ball.)

What are you not really good at? I’m not really good a pool. Not the kind of pool you swim in. Just normal pool.

What does the president do? Writes down on papers. And eats chicken.

What is your favorite food? Ice cream. No. Pizza. Because Cake and ice cream are dessert. (apparently dessert is not food.)

What do you and I do together? Watch movies.

How are we the same? We have the same colored hair. (Not really.  His is blond and mine is very dark brown.)

How are you and I different? I don’t know. (So I asked him “what about that I’m a mom and you’re not?” and he said, “I don’t know. It’s hard to remember those things.”)

How do you know that I love you? Because, (giggles) BECAUSE. (seemingly embarrassed) Because I know that you love me because I love you.  And you let me play games a lot. And you come and check on us before you go to bed every single night.

What is one thing you wish you could change? Change our house and paint it green.

What do you wish you could go and do with me? We should go out to sea.

What is your job in our family? Cleaning my room.

What is your favorite room in the house? My bedroom.

What is your favorite animal? Hmm… Bear.

What has been your worst experience? It would be the saddest thing ever if Lucy died. But she’s not dead, so Dad being gone.

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite number? Ten

What is your favorite letter? S

Tater Quiche Bacon Amazingness

Saturday, November 17th, 2012 | Permalink

This one was born out of necessity.  We didn’t have enough potatoes to shred for the hash brown crust called for in the original recipe, so I thought I would use tater tots or french fries.  Turns out the tots were gone too, so fries it was.  The kid really liked it, even Kait who doesn’t much like eggs.  Except Ben.  He dislikes green peppers unless they’re fried.

I named it tater quiche but I’m thinking that a more bacon-y name would fit more appropriately since that was my kids’ favorite part of the dish.


I double this and use two pie plates

French or tater tots – enough to line the bottom of a pie plate
8 slices crispy fried bacon, broken into pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt

Line the bottom of your pie plate with fries.  Cook them according to the bags instructions until they are very well done, but not burned.  Usually this is a little longer than calls for on the bag.

While these are cooking, get your cooked and broken bacon, veggies, and cheese and mix them all together in a bowl.  Mix your milk, eggs, and salt in another bowl. I use my big measuring cup for this and I pour a couple tablespoons of bacon grease into it too because it always seems like the right thing to do at the time.  When your fries are good and done, pour the veggie mix over them, then pour your milk mix over the veggie mix.  Bake for 25 minutes at 425.

I sliced this up with a pizza cutter because it cuts stuff like this very smoothly.  You can serve this with ketchup or salsa.  Most of my kids ate it without sauce at all.


cheese crust mac-mac

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Permalink

Deliciousness like you’ve never known.  We started making this macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving 20 or so years ago and it has been a Thanksgiving staple since.

This cheese crust macaroni and cheese is a family favorite and it goes a long way.  It can be a side dish or a main dish or a breakfast or a midnight snack…

So I will eat it in a box
and I will eat it with a fox
and I will eat it in a house
and I will eat it with a mouse
and I will eat it here and there
Say! I will eat it ANYWHERE!

I have many young children.

What you need:

Rectangle baking dish
2 lbs macaroni noodles
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 small can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk. We made a mistake once.)
2 lbs chedder cheese.  Plus more maybe.  Go ahead and plan on 3 lbs.  Seriously.

Cook your noodles as instructed on the box.  Drain them and add your butter and about atleast a pound of cheese, shredded or diced.  Stir it like you mean it, allowing the cheese to get good and melty and the noodles to cool for a bit. Next you’ll want to add your eggs and evaporated milk.  Throw some salt in there too.

Here is where I should really post a picture because it’s hard to explain this next part without showing you.  I’ll try to remember to snap a photo the next time I make this.
What you’ll want to do is grease your baking pan with butter.  Grease it good, then you’ll take sliced cheese and stick it all over the inside of a greased dish, up on the sides too.  Make sure the entire dish is layered with cheese.  Then pour your macaroni mix into the dish and layer the top with more slices of chedder cheese.

Bake this concoction at 375 for 1 hour and serve it up with some salt and a glass of coke.  Or whatever drink you like.  If you don’t want your cheese to be too crusty on top you can cover it loosely with foil until the last 10 minutes of baking time.

Best Pancakes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 | Permalink

Just do yourself a favor and pick up a box of Krusteaz pancake mix.  Read the directions on the box and do what it says.  Also makes good waffles.


Syrup should be the butter kind.  I’m serious.

Misunderstood T. rex

is a blog we are putting together as our family of ten grows. The blog is called Misunderstood T. rex because, like the infamous dinosaur, our large family is often misunderstood, profiled, and categorized simply because of our collective number of teeth.
This is a blog to help me remember our favorite recipes, and to help our future sons and daughters-in-law find out more about their spouses, what meals they like, and other things we'll throw into the mix.
There will also likely be drawings of T. rex's here and there because I draw T. rex's, being that we're practially related and all. Also, I'm not exactly sure what the plural for Tyrannosaurus Rex should be.
This introduction is much longer than I had planned.