Tuesday, March 13, 2018

product review

It's a whole new world...

I am low on time and energy to cook lately.
The Easy Chef has turned into the Absent Chef.

But I have a new trick that saves me time and the quality is the same...and that is a big win!

Like you can see on the package this rice takes only ninety seconds in the microwave!  

When I make an old fashioned chicken casserole I use a roasted chicken from the grocery store and this rice.  Chop a few veggies and throw in the other ingredients.  
Fast and easy.
I also add rice to my regular can of tomato soup.  I add diced tomatoes from a can and a splash of white wine.  Spruces up a bland bowl of soup.

So last week when I saw NOODLES in an envelope I was very excited!

But sadly these were yucky.  There was an odd taste and they were dry.  Boo.

My favorite thing to eat lately is Mezzetta marinara with Whole Garlic and Sweet Basil.
This is why I needed those noodles.  But alas, I will keep making my noodles in a pan on the stove.

This sauce is very mild.  I like my sauces to taste like sweet fresh tomatoes and not strong spices.
I find it at Target on the top shelf with all the other fancy marinaras.

I've also been trying Stouffer's dishes on Patrick and he is not a fan of the Salisbury Steak as I hoped he would.  He eats frozen fish, hamburgers and tonight...pork chops in the crock pot.


So anyway, I thought I'd pass on this thrilling product review.

Bon Appetit!


Monday, March 05, 2018

Academy Awards Red Carpet 2018

The ladies looked lovely last night at the Oscars.
Here are my favorites in no particular order. 
I haven't picked my fave yet....I will by the end of the post!

Mary J. Blige

Her perfect figure and amazing fit!  I love the bodice.

Here is director Greta Gerwig, she wrote and directed Lady Bird.
She did not win but she was so very happy for the other winners.
I love this dress.

Gina Rodriguez wearing a gorgeous gown?
She is perfection.  That smile!

Margot Robbie looked stunning in her Chanel dress.  Sorry for the crummy picture.  It was hard to find a good picture that showed the details of her very white dress.   
I would sit in something, like chocolate on the way to the show, or splatter spaghetti sauce on this dress.  One hundred percent.

The announcers lost their minds when Nicole Kidman walked up.  They thought her dress was the most fabulous thing they ever saw.  I love the fabric, fit, shoes, color, cut....
I loved everything...but the bow.
It's so Dynasty.  

Flash from the past!
BTW...I think I saw Joan Collins at the show!

I love this pretty dress on Alison Williams.

Elie Saab.  I will always find an Elie Saab dress to love.
This gal is Zoey Deutch.  I don't know who she is.  But love her style.

Young Zendaya wore one of the most unique dresses and colors.
I LOVE this!! 
Beautiful bracelet too!
Stunning makeup.  

This is Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman.
This dress moved beautifully.  That's fringe at the bottom.
Her necklace is perfection.

My favorite ball gown was worn by Mira Sorvino.  She has not been on the scene lately.  But I seem to remember that she has GREAT taste and wears clothes wonderfully.

In a year of whites and nudes and blushes....

I think my favorite dress was Greta's lovely yellow dress by Rodarte.
A sunny yellow sparkly dress is a pretty sight as March roars in this morning.

Happy Red Carpet friends!

What dresses did you like?

Donna Boo

Sunday, March 04, 2018

We were together...

I have been choosing pictures for a rehearsal slideshow....
What a fun job :o)

James' aunt is putting it together!  Can you imagine I have never made a slide show?!

I have the baby years and high school college years, Emma has the middle years mostly grabbed from her school years scrapbook.  

Emma and James better not pick a super sentimental song to go with it or we will all be blubbering.


James wants to raise goats someday...

Crazy faces are Emma's speciality.

Cindy having her first solids at Aunt Cindy's....in Columbia Mo.  

We were together,
I forget the rest.

donna boo

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Happily Settled

Dearest friends,
Thank you for walking with me and helping remember I am not alone.
Love you all.


I realized that I have not told you any details about Emma and James' wedding.
They are getting married on April 7th.
The wedding will be in Chicago.  Emma and James have been working together so well.

In fact, right from the start I thought of this quote; it is about Jane and Mr. Bingley.
Emma always liked Mr. Bingley and she has her very own Mr. Bingley now.

“You are a good girl, and I have great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled. I have no doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income.”

Seriously.  True.

It will be an intimate wedding with only family and close friends of the bride and groom.
(With our big family this adds up to over 125)

It will be very Chicago-y.
Deep dish pizza for the rehearsal and BBQ and beer for the wedding reception.
They are getting married at Missio Dei Church in Wriglyville.
Guests can wander over to see the Cubs stadium while the bridal party takes pictures and stop at a pub if they'd like.

Emma's roommate will be doing the flowers.  She has a new business in Chicago.
I'll link it.... Carolyn is doing great things!!


This is an example of Carolyn's beautiful work!!
I can not wait to see what she creates for Emma.
(I did not take this picture.  Hopefully Em or Carolyn will pop in to share the name of the photographer.)

We have met James' family on Facetime!  Oh the modern world.
They are very sweet and so happy for their son.

Katie has her dress and shoes.  So pretty!
Patrick and I do not have our outfits yet.  

As you know there are a million details and I'm off the hook by being in Wisconsin.
We will go early and help with everything we can....we are bringing a cake from our town.
Now, how to transport it?  One of those details.

April will be here before we know it.  
I'm so excited to celebrate!  

Love is in the air,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

What'll I do

I sang this song as a lullaby for my babies.  I learned it around the time of The Great Gatsby movie....the first one.  

The empty nest is nearly here.  Emma will move to Missouri and the idea of her starting a family far away makes me so sad.  Just as sad as I am that I can't be near Matthew, Melinda and the boys and having Patrick and Shelby in California is awful.  Who knows where my Katie will be.

I've got my work cut out for me to bear this transition bravely,
because all my eggs were in one basket and I loved it that way.

It's all I ever wanted.

What'll I do,

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Happy February!

Things are quiet here at our humble home.  Most weekends I can not rise from the couch.  So I live vicariously thru my sister Cindy and her husband.  They are making the most of the winter this year with ice skating, tubing and snowshoe luminary walks.

I watched the most recent episodes of Outlander last weekend.
Thirteen episodes. Two days.  It was a very good season.

William and Catherine have been busy.
They are on a Scandinavian tour.  
(Golden Globes were too boring.  All black.)
Therefore I will show you the colorful and interesting dresses and outfits that Catherine has been wearing this week.

Sporty Kate.  This is how we all look at recess.  Our fur poms are not fox tho.

The crowd was stingy with flowers for Catherine. 
William needs a hat.

What an interesting dress.

Remember when Diana wore this red houndstooth fabric?
Cute little Chanel purse.

Katie wore this pretty white dress under the red houndstooth,
I like it.  

I like this dress very much.  Especially the sleeves. :o)

Brown is the new black.
I like it.

Very sweet.

How lovely.

Just glowing and flowing and looking gorgeous.


Harry and Meghan were out attending an official function and Meghan wore pants.
I think she looks perfect.  Like that blue on Harry too.

That is it for today.
Stay warm and take care!

Encourage one another,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Poetry can be difficult to understand.

Well, not all poetry is difficult to understand.

You know I like the simple, witty worded, nature inspired poetry.  I love the beautifully crafted sentence.  A vision in words.

Honestly,  it takes me many readings
to understand some more challenging pieces.
And sometimes hearing it read out loud helps.

Take the following Sonnet.

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds   
Admit impediments. Love is not love   
Which alters when it alteration finds,   
Or bends with the remover to remove:   
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;   
It is the star to every wandering bark,   
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.   
Love ’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks   
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,   
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.   
  If this be error, and upon me prov’d,   
  I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

I have heard this verse used in movie weddings, Jane Austen movies and in the Sex and the City Movie.

I am just beginning to understand it completely.
It's beautiful.

This line I do not completely get....

It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 

I understand until 'although his height be taken."

I do love that sonnets such as this are used in popular culture as much as they are....
I would not have 'met' them....
and I like learning new things.
New beautiful things.

Encourage one another

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Just a little photoshoot.

On Saturday Patrick, Katie and I went to Chicago to meet Emma's honey James.
We had not met him yet and really wanted to meet this man who had completely won Emma's heart.
We ate at Fork in Lincoln Square and talked and told stories and started getting to know James.
I brought my camera along because I wanted to take some couple pictures.  Emma shared with me how much they cared about one another....and well.... I wanted pictures!

A little American Gothic pose.

The essence of James.

We stood in a very chilly spot under the "L".
The light was definitely not 'right'.

But the way James looks at Emma....
Something special there....

They turned out so nice...
And by the way.  We were all freezing. 
They are not complainers.  Like me.
But I spotted some honest to goodness chattering teeth.


 Where you going James?

Oh my gosh!

a proposal

At this point....I positioned myself as a photographer...
And tried my hardest.  Now I am not mom...
I am photographer ....  wanting to record this surprise, this amazing moment.
I only spoke once.....

I said. 
Go slow.

Oh and I said one more thing....
Did you say 'yes'?

Because all I could hear was clicking.
And that's okay.

I was honored to be there to see this amazing, precious moment...
but I also wanted them to have their private moment too.

So when they started to hug and kiss and whisper to one another....
I turned to the side and gave them a moment.

A perfect surprise proposal.

Emma and James have only known one another for a short time...
But they fell in love very quickly.  
For sure it was interest at first sight...
and very possibly love at first date.

Patrick and I have total peace about Emma and James.
Emma has never been happier and so sure.
James' parents say the same of him.

James lives in Missouri and grew up with Cindy's sons.  Cindy has know Jimmy since he was very young.  She loves him like a son.  Having this sweet connection is reassuring in a way. 
You can only imagine how excited and delighted Cindy is!!!

I have no doubt that James will fit into our family is a great way and these two are going to have a wonderful life together.

For as long as they both shall live.

With love and joy,

Favorite parts.
The kisses.
The hands.
The head touches.
The hand touches.
The leaning.
How they look at one another.

The Stats.
Seven degrees
Lincoln Square, Chicago