Archive for February, 2011

Nariah says… #13

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Comedy, Nariah

We finally got around to taking Nariah to Kohl’s and Target to let her use her gift cards from Bday and Christmas. It was interesting to see her pick and choose what to get, asking Mommy and I for our opinions on different toys.  Thrifty dad even worked out a plan at Kohl’s to make separate purchases because they had a buy one get one 1/2 off deal, but had to pay for that cheaper item on its own so the 1/2 off would go towards the more pricier item.  Everything’s good when we get to the checkout counter. Nariah gives the lady her cash and gift card, and the lady puts it away.
What’s she doing with my card?  It’s mine… she’s gonna give it back right?
Ummm, baby, you used that to pay for your toys, its like money. So she keeps it.
But its mine, it was my gift, I want it back
Baby she has to keep it because its all used up
ughh… Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

Similar time in Target, except I wised up at the checkout counter, I asked the lady if she could keep the card, and she obliged. Nariah’s a happy camper.  Now its Applebee’s  for dinner and then off to the grocery store. As she gets out the car and is walking to Giant’s holding Mommy’s hand, she looks back at me and says:
Daddy… you’re gonna have to pay for everything this time, ok? I don’t have any more money because I used it all up
LOL, of course baby, I think I can handle it.”

Nariah says… #12

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Comedy, Nariah

I’m starting to wonder if all kids are as “dramatic” as my child. I think its one thing to want a bandaid for every boo-boo and that the bandaid gives you security but goodness, this child is something else!

On our way to swimming lessons Nariah wants to run ahead along the sidewalk. You ever see those falls in an olympic race where they show it in slow motion (sound slowed too)? That’s what she did. The slow stumble that led to the step..step.. (is she gonna catch herself?).. step.. “Nariah slow down.. stop!!!!“.. step.. “Nooooooo!“.. tumble.. fall.. slide.. silence.

After recovering from shock of what happened and looking around to figure out what actually was hurting, “Daaaaaaaaaaaddy!!!!!!“. After catching up with her and consoling her, I take her inside to get dressed for swimming. Let’s see what we’re working with.

Analysis… Typical scrape on the knee, just a little bit of blood, nothing serious.  The promise of a bandaid when we get home does the job after cleaning the scrape off. At home after her bath, she tells Toya, “Can I get my bandaid now? I really need it. And I think I’ll need a wheelchair too“.

Really Nariah?  LOL

Nariah says… #11

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Nariah

I tried to call you, we’re going to have to cancel today, someone just threw up in the pool“. This is how we’re greeted for today’s swimming lessons. Talk about seeing a child’s face crushed. What’s a superdad to do? Mickey D’s! I load her up into the car and tell her the good news.
Nariah, how about we go to McDonald’s for dinner and play in the play area?
Yeah!!!  I love you daddy! You’re the best daddy ever!
I’m the best daddy ever? As in ever ever?
Yep… the best daddy ever!
Well, you might have to work on when you get upset though
When I get upset? What do you mean?
Sometimes you get upset at the TV when your teams aren’t doing good, you need to know that its ok sometimes, and sometimes the other teams will win and you shouldn’t get upset
…..uhhhh….ummmm….I….guess you’re right baby
Then you’ll be the best daddy ever!!!

I’m getting schooled by my 4 year old. And… she had the nerve to eat 3 BIG bites of my chipotle angus bacon burger when she had chicken nuggets she begged for. That was a good burger too!

Nariah says… #10

Posted: February 22, 2011 in Comedy, Nariah

Daddy’s Home!
The excitement in Nariah’s voice is awesome as I come home from playing basketball to find her and Toya just finishing up dinner. They are having typical after dinner “girl talk”. Honestly, I expected to hear the usual “Whew.. funky daddy, get that funk away from us” type lingo, but this time, it was different.
Mommy, can you pack a bag of sugar in my lunch tomorrow?
A bag of sugar?  What in the world do you need sugar for?
For my strawberries, lately they haven’t been very sweet so I need to put some sugar on them!

I can see her now, sitting in daycare pulling out a bag of sugar at lunch, getting all the kids on a sugar high, and returning home with a note from the director for me to read.

Mama says… #1

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Comedy, Family

So this past Friday, it was 70 degrees and I went skiing at Whitetail with two of my buddies.  70 degrees you say?  Yep, and I wore short sleeves to prove it. Watch the silliness here. Parts 1, 5, and 7 have some of the crazier parts, but if you have time, the commentary on all of them are crazy.

Well, I sent the videos to my mom today and this is her email reply, copied verbatim :

I thought I taught you better.  Haven’t you heard of Pneumonia weather.  I saw where everyone else had on long sleeves.  Great video by the way.

I’ll continue to pray for you,  Dear God, please help my child.


On my way to the grocery store I asked Nariah what she wanted for dinner.
Pizza!!” she replied.
Hmmm, pizza.  Never grilled a pizza before, “Want to try to grill one ourselves?
And we’re off to the store to pick out our ingredients for this homemade pizza.

2 ready to cook pizza crusts (we used thin ones, they cooked too fast for me, I will be looking for some thicker crust next go around)
Flavored Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Garlic powder
Tomato Sauce (Nariah wanted to use Prego traditional for this dish)
Ground beef
Mozzarella cheese
Pineapple tidbits
A pizza stone

First things first, fire up the grill with about 20 charcoal briquettes. With about 1 tablespoon olive oil, brush pizza stone top and place on grates to pre-heat stone.

Prepare your favorite salad dish to eat and garner enough energy to create your pizza masterpiece.

Brown ground beef rolled into little balls.

After draining grease in a strainer, return beef to pan and season with garlic powder and salt. Continue to cook on low for about 3-5 more minutes.

With your favorite dipping oil, brush the crust lightly. We used red pepper olive oil.

Add garlic powder.

Add salt.

Spread your tomato sauce on.

Add cheese

Add toppings (she wanted just pepperoni and cheese)

And we’re ready to give pizza to “grillmaster daddy” for the next phase.

Place pizza on pizza stone in the middle, cover grill and cook about 5-7 minutes.

The cheese will continue to melt when you remove pizza from the grill, so you don’t have to wait until its melted completely. The thinner the crust, the quicker it burns.

Move pizza to cutting board and slice.

Mommy and Daddy’s pizza had cracked peppercorn added to the crust.

The hamburger was added along with pineapples for toppings.

Cooking on the pizza stone.

And we’re ready to eat! Outside of the crust being a little too crispy for me, the pizza was great! (I really don’t like thin crust pizza!)

Nariah says… #9

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Comedy, Nariah

We’re sitting on the bed at bedtime, just finished saying prayers.  Nariah picks up her new flip-straw-top water bottle for her nightly sip. As she opens it, it sprays mommy all on the face.
Oops, Sorry!!!!  Man, this water needs to look at what its doing!

Nariah says… #8

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Comedy, Nariah

I replayed last night’s dunk contest (recorded on DVR) for the girls today. In the final round, the Kia Optima was rolled on to the court for Blake Griffin’s dunk finale.
What’s he about to do daddy?
I think he’s gonna try to dunk over that car.
Nariah shakes her head in a disapproving manner “I don’t think its a good idea for him to try to dunk over that car
After laughing for a bit I ask “Why not baby?  Do you think he’ll hurt himself?
I think he might mess up that car.

So yeah, I grill when its below freezing, and when its a blizzard outside.  I guess when its the first day of approaching 70 degrees and you come back from the playground area with the little one after work, it just seemed only natural to grill in the warmth.  The only thing missing would be the annoying bugs and heat.  Sounds like a chance to surprise the wifey and listen to baby girl tell all about Barbie’s latest adventures while she’s sitting on the back porch and the grill just a grilling.

(Note: This is just my way of grilling this, you can use different seasonings, I’ll footnote any variations of the recipe that I’ve tried below)
(Note of the note: The fish can also be baked at 375 in the oven if you don’t have a grill, might be short on the broccoli though.)

6 Tilapia filets
Broccoli florets, fresh or thawed if frozen
Italian dressing
1/3 to 1/2 bag of tortilla chips (multigrain or multicolored are awesome for this)
shredded parmesan cheese
black pepper
Janes Krazy salt (if you don’t have this, you can use season salt)
paprika (not a necessity)
garlic powder
minced onion
*variation : if you like lime, the lime tortilla chips and lime and pepper seasoning is awesome. Not to be confused with lemon and pepper seasoning. I’ve personally only seen the Tone’s lime and pepper seasoning at Sam’s Club.
olive oil
lemon juice (optional, I didn’t use it this time around)
rice (prepared however you like it)
2 cedar grilling planks (soaked at least 30 mins in water. Try other liquids as well.  Apple juice works well with salmon)

Wash your broccoli.

Put in ziplock back with about half a cup of Italian dressing. Use more if you use more broccoli.

Add Parmesan cheese to your liking, shake bag to thoroughly coat, and place in fridge. (you can also use olive oil and lemon juice instead of Italian dressing)

In a medium sized bowl, mix the seasonings until you get about 3/4th cup worth

Add tortilla chips

Crush the tortilla chips and mix with seasonings.  Use them hands, and get them dirty!

Wash your tilapia fillets.

Lightly rub one side of the cedar planks with olive oil.

Line up fish on plank.

Lightly coat fish with olive oil (and lemon juice if you normally use lemon juice with fish) and carefully shake tortilla mixture over top of fish. Its perfectly alright if the chips are on the cedar plank.

Prepare your grill for indirect grilling.  A drip pan is not needed.

Line up planks the best you can away from directly over the coals, its OK if you can’t avoid having the planks 100% away from the coals. Cover grill.

After about 5-7 minutes, add the broccoli to the grates, sprinkle Jane’s Krazy salt over them, and cover again.

After about 2-3 minutes, turn broccoli, you should have nice grill marks within 2-3 minutes, depending on how close the coals are to your grates. Cover grill.  Remove broccoli after another 2-3 minutes.

When the tilapia starts bubbling around the edges, (around the 10-12 minute mark), and starts to look opaquely white throughout, take a fork press down in the biggest portion of one of the filets.  If it breaks apart without any effort, you’re good to go.  Because of the olive oil layer on the plank, the fish should slide right off when serving.

Serve with rice and enjoy.

So it has been awhile since I’ve made this dish and Toya made a request in the form of “You know what you haven’t made in a long time???”. And before she could even answer the question, somehow I knew she meant Shrimp a la Ryan, even though there’s plenty of other dishes I need to dust off the shelves again.  If you don’t have much time for dinner, this will definitely help as it is a quick dish. Ingredients needed are :

A pound or two of jumbo shrimp, (I used tiger shrimp from Sam’s)
Spaghetti noodles
1/3 to 1/2 bag of broccoli florets (I used frozen ones for this dish)
Green, red, orange, and yellow peppers, or any combination of your liking (chives also work well here)
Old Bay Seasoning
Cracked peppercorn
Garlic Powder
Alfredo Sauce
Malibu coconut rum

Wash your shrimp

De-vein and shell your shrimp

Cut the shrimp in halves

Start preparing your noodles, when they are halfway done, add frozen broccoli to the water and return to boil.

Cook on med-high with butter and a little olive oil until pink on bottom

Flip and cook till pink on the other side

Add peppers (these are previously chopped up fresh peppers then frozen)

The special ingredient.  Add Malibu to just “bathe” the shrimp, you don’t need to drown them.  Try to aim for a level of 1/3 the height of the shrimp

Add your seasoning here, stirring lightly. The amount depends on your personal taste.

The later in the cooking process you add the seasonings, the more likely they “stick” to the food as the alcohol forms a glue-like glaze while it cooks

When noodles are done, place noodles and broccoli on plate. With a spoon, lightly spread some Alfredo Sauce over the noodles. You don’t want to use too much here, just enough to give the noodles some “Ummph”.  I know you’re thinking Alfredo sauce and Malibu????  Trust me on this one.

Add shrimp to top of noodles and broccoli and any remaining “residuals”

Overall, this meal should take about 20 minutes or less if  you’re boiling the noodles while you’re cooking the shrimp.