Thursday, February 28, 2008

Not-so-wordless Thursday

I wanted to do Wordless Wednesday but I'm sick! I worried before becoming a parent about getting sick because I can barely take care of myself when it occurs. But, I did alright. Chores didn't get done - my husband did not get fed this morning - but my baby is alright. I even took him to the park yesterday out of guilt of being a lazy parent. Maybe he prefers sick days because I just spend all day laying on the floor with him while making odd noises. He's a good kid.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Card Swap

I finished my cards for the card swap I'm doing. They are due Friday but I turned them in today. I like them.We ran all of our errands today. Dropped the cards off and bought more scrapbook adhesive, picked up/dropped off some books and movies at the library, and went to the grocery store. I was going to go to the grocery store yesterday but figured I'd save the trip and do it all today. I'm pooped! Guy had a lot of fun especially since he was able to draw all over himself with a pen at the grocery store. I caught it a little too late :P Oops.

Organizing My Office Space

For the second day on a row I copied Tasha at Comical Coupon Cents! If she knows of one of these events for Wednesday I might just copy that one, too!

I organized my office space.
Before
After
Not the biggest change in the world but it looks a lot better to me!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Lent: Week 4

Week 4: February 24th-March 1st

Bible Stories to Read to Guy:
2/24: The Burning Bush. Exodus 3:1-4:17
2/25: Moses Returns to Egypt. Exodus 4:18-31
2/26: Pharaohs Obduracy. Exodus 5:1-21
2/27: The Call of Matthew. Matthew 9:9-13
2/28: The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37
2/29: The Vineyard Owner's Son. Luke 20:9-18
3/01: One Body. 1 Corinthians 12:14-31

Hour of Learning:
This week I will watch The Wonders of the Vatican Library on DVD that I borrowed from the public library. Last week I went to Mass and Stations of the Cross with Guy. He wasn't the happiest baby to be there but we managed to stay through the whole thing.

Menu Plan!

My shopping list for this afternoons grocery trip: potatoes, marshmallows, flour, napkins, cream of chicken soup, eggs, celery. What a tiny list! Yay!

Notes:
All my bread this week is a homemade cheddar cheese bread. Cookies are these. I'm going to make chocolate rice crispy treats with some of that cereal I bought last week. This is my favorite pizza dough recipe I will be using.

Snacks: Mid-morning snacks are homemade almond poppyseed muffins and afternoon snacks are cinnamon graham crackers.

Baby: This week Guy will be eating baby oatmeal for breakfast and dinner and sweet potatoes for lunch. Plus all the milk he can drink whenever he wants it.

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, and toast
Lunch: Chicken sandwiches, carrot sticks with ranch, cookie
Dinner: Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and mixed veggies
Tuesday
Breakfast: Malted milk waffles
Lunch: Leftover swedish meatballs and noodles, mixed fruit, cookie
Dinner: Oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Wednesday
Breakfast: Breakfast sandwiches
Lunch: Chicken and bacon sandwiches, celery with peanut butter, rice crispy treat
Dinner: Medley of fried food - chicken nuggets, fish sticks, fries (Cleaning out the freezer)
Thursday
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, and toast
Lunch: PB&J, Ritz w/ pepperoni and cheddar, carrot sticks, rice crispy treat
Dinner: Canadian bacon pizza
Friday (No meat - Lent)
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Tuna fish sandwiches, celery with peanut butter, rice crispy treat
Dinner: Breaded tilapia fillets, rice, mixed veggie
Saturday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Leftover pizza
Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup
Sunday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Tuna fish sandwiches, celery with peanut butter, rice crispy treat
Dinner: Pork roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes

Saturday, February 23, 2008

PixelJunk Monsters

PixelJunk Monsters is the best game ever!! I haven't played video games since Guy has been born but we downloaded this one today for the PS3 and have been playing it all night. You play a little humanoid and you dance to protect your town from monsters. Your dance is sooo cute it just makes your heart squeal in delight. It is two player cooperative so me and my husband get to dance together.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Yesterday's Dinner

Instructions:

Find a dusty container of Country Time Pink Lemonade in your cupboard. Think to yourself "What's this doing here?" Make a pitcher - try it and think "Oh yes, that is why." Trick your husband into thinking it is delicious so you can go another day without going to the store to get milk.

Find one frozen pre-shaped hamburger covered in ice in the freezer. Bake six buns with the intent of only using one. Cook the burger, grill the bun, cut in half so your husband doesn't eat it all.

Grill the rest of your hot dogs and hot dog buns to go with the coveted hamburger. Serve with some smashed potato chips.

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Tonight I will use the rest of the buns I baked for hot roast beef sandwiches. I had a frozen package of roast beef in the freezer. It was only fifty cents due to the quickly approaching expiration date, so I froze it. I hope it's still edible. We might even eat some more crunched potato chips and Country Time Pink Lemonade. I do not like chips at all but last time I went grocery shopping I had coupons for a free bag (as well as for FREE dip, hot dogs, and hot dog buns) so that's what is with the junk food. I got the Country Time lemonade for 99 cents months back while being pregnant in 100+ degrees because I wanted something to try that was water without being water, well it is way too sweet for me. I will stick with my bitter homemade caffeine-free iced tea.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Weekend Fun

This weekend we went shooting since the weather was glorious. At Christmas I received my Grandma's handgun (she passed away a year ago) and am learning to use it. I would say I'm pretty darn good with it if you leave the part out about hitting a target.

Guy handles shooting pretty well. I don't want him to go deaf this young so he usually sits in the car or stands away from the guns, but the noises never make him cry. He is too busy daydreaming about his first BB gun.

The Week's Meals

I typically spend some time on the weekend planning Monday through Sunday meals. This week I am not doing it (or doing any grocery shopping unless I need to) and am going to plan just a day in advance. I am going to try to use up freezer and pantry items to make sure I am using the items I have before I buy more. We will probably eat some odd things this week - but it'll be fun.

Last night we had grilled ham and swiss sandwiches. Got 6 more slices of Swiss cheese to get rid of... Hmmm...

Tonight we are having tacos because I have some iceberg lettuce on the verge of wilting, plus some taco shells and a fajitas seasoning packet I would like to use up.

Lent: Week 3

Week 3: February 17th-23rd

Bible Stories to Read to Guy
2/17: Joseph's Dreams. Genesis 37:1-11
2/18: Joseph Sold into Egypt. Genesis 37:12-36
2/19: Israelites in Egypt. Exodus 1:1-22
2/20: Birth of Moses. Exodus 2:1-10
2/21: Moses' Flight to Midian. Exodus 2:11-25
2/22: The Cleansing of the Temple. Matthew 21:12-17
2/23: Jesus Teaches in the Temple. Matthew 21:23-46

Hour of Learning
This week I will attend afternoon Mass on Friday and Stations of the Cross afterward. Last week I read the book of Job and I did not finish the Family Tree because I am missing some information but I'll see about getting it done tonight.

Friday, February 15, 2008

My Weakness

I love to save money and be frugal, but I have a weakness!! Baby clothes!! I have to walk past the Birkenstock store to get into the library and that was my demise today. (P.S. I love Birkenstocks.)

Guy examining his new Uggs.

Some thoughts...

Cherry Dilly Bars. I love Cherry Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen. I love the color and the flavor. But, I do not think they are cherry flavored. I think they are almond flavored. I made almond flavored icing for my Valentine sugar cookies and they tasted JUST LIKE a Cherry Dilly Bar. Maybe this is common knowledge - but it is news to me. I guess they good thing about this is I can try to make my own "Cherry" flavored coatings.

Rick Astley. This guy is as cute now as he was in the 80s. I almost hope my son grows up to look like this fellow, then he'd look like my baby forever. I bet it might not win over the ladies, though.

Giftgiving. Why is giving used items as gifts taboo? I honestly would not mind if someone gave me something from a yard sale or a thrift store. At my baby shower some people gave me used clothing for Guy. After I ran it all through the wash once I couldn't tell what was used and what was new.

Birthday!


Today is one of my sister-in-laws birthdays. I sent her a homemade gift because that's typically what I do. Once again I saw an idea on Monica's blog that I loved. I did this one all in acrylic paint and sharpie.

You know the day AFTER I shipped this I read to never give decor items as gifts! Now I'll have to double think things. But this gift is okay, I think, because you can always just use it as a Valentine's decoration. Or just pretend you broke it or misplaced it - those work too.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tonight's Dinner

Happy Valentine's Day!For Valentine's Day dinner I made sirloin steak, cheddar and bacon baked potatoes, and salad with heart shaped carrots and mushrooms.

I rarely make steak so that is what is so special about this meal. I think I'll start making it a lot more, though, since I forget how easy it is to make and how delicious it is. It isn't that expensive either - I got these sirloin steaks for abut $1.50 each. I think this meal probably cost $4 which couldn't even get us take out at Fast Foodies.

Packing Lunches

I pack my husband lunch every day. It saves money and more importantly make sure he eats. I'm sure he could feed himself candy bars and chips, but that's about it.

This is what I packed today:Dr. Pepper, Chips, Valentine Cookies, Banana Bread, Celery w/ Peanut Butter and Raisins, and two Chicken Bacon sandwiches. And a Valentine card, like this. I'm as romantic as they come.

I read to never pack prepackaged food in lunches in order to save money but let me defend myself on the chips. They are 20 cents a package and yes, they only have 6 or 7 chips in them. But, if I buy a big bag of chips and put 6 or 7 chips in a Ziploc it looks way too puny and I end up shoving in like 30.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight I made Swiss Chicken (Recipe thanks to The Homespun Heart). Served with mashed potatoes, green beans, milk, and cookies! This recipe was good but I don't like swiss cheese and now I have a couple more slices of it I don't know what to do with. Oh dear. If I make this again I think I'd be more likely to use provolone.

Organizing The Gift Wrap/Shipping Closet

BEFORE
Since Guy doesn't use half of his closet, I use it to store all shipping and gift wrapping materials. Unfortunately for him, it usually starts overflowing into his bedroom. I realize how unfair this is and cleaned the area up pretty nice!
AFTER

Valentine's Cookies!

I made the best sugar cookies ever for Valentine's Day!
I used this recipe with their frosting recipe, too. I did add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to it, though. This was my first batch of successful sugar cookies. The last time I tried them they were terrible! I didn't want Jib to know what I failure I was so instead of throwing them in the garbage and risk him seeing them in there, I squished them all down the garbage disposal. Later I realized that was completely unnecessary.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight I made Taco Pie for the first time. It was good - kind of spicy. But I guess that's my fault because I made it.

Best Day Ever!

Today is Guy's best day ever. He finally figured out how to use this jumpy thing and he made money in the stock market. He bought stock in PureDepth and Orbital Sciences this morning and is already up by $4.49. He is packing his things now; he is moving into a mansion by the river.

Bread Baking

I bake bread once or twice a week. In the past two months I think I've bought one loaf at the store because I was too lazy to make it. Here's todays toils:

Organizing The Hall Closet

Before -> After

Friends of Multiple Sclerosis called the other day to see if they could come pick up donations on Thursdays. I said okay! Then noticed I didn't have anything to donate. So I'm filling up four bags with stuff. I spent today cleaning up and have three full - tomorrow I'll go for the fourth. Here's one area Guy cleaned.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sword in the Stone



Right now when I am not reading the Bible to Guy, we are reading The Sword in the Stone. This was my favorite Disney movie growing up! The book is even more ridiculous than the movie! It has more humor and adventure. It is a great book even if there are lots of words I can't pronounce - Guy doesn't seem to mind. I want the DVD of The Sword in the Stone now!

Lent: Week 2

Week 2: February 10th-16th

Bible Stories to Read to Guy
2/10: The Second Story of Creation. Genesis 2:5-25
2/11: The Fall of Man. Genesis 3:1-24
2/12: The Birth of Jesus. Luke 2:1-14
2/13: The Visit of the Shepherds. Luke 2:15-20
2/14: The Workers in the Vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16
2/15: The Entry into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11
2/16: Love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Last week I read double what I planned to read to guy so I doubled the amount of stories to read to him. He is a good listener.

Hour of Learning
I spent last week exploring my Bible. The beginning of my Bible and the end has a lot of information, plus before every book is a summary. There are also many illustrations and maps and a family tree! This week I plan to fill out the family tree and read the book of Job. Job seems to be referenced a lot in movies and books and I've never read the book! I haven't been very motived in the past I guess.

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight for dinner I baked chicken in a mushroom and onion sauce. I don't like onions or mushrooms but my husband does. Served with white rice and green beanies.

Chewy Choco-Nut Triangles

Chewy Choco-Nut Triangles
3/4 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 C flour
1 t baking powder
6 oz white chocolate
1 c peanuts
1 oz milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 13x9 baking pan (I used a cookie sheet with a large lip) with foil, with the ends extending over sides of pan. Spray with cooking spray (Use lots!) ; set aside. Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs, flour, and baking powder. Add 5 oz. of the white chocolate (if not in chip form - dice into small pieces) and peanuts. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan.

Melt the remaining 1 oz of white chocolate and drizzle over cooled cookie. Repeat with milk chocolate. Cut into squares and then cut those into triangles.




These cookies turned out very tasty. If you could turn peanut brittle into a cookie - these would be them. This recipe made way too many cookies for just me and Jib so I'm making Jib take some to work tomorrow. I even had the perfect little baggies to wrap them in! How cute.

Pizza Pockets

I used to buy Hot Pockets to keep in the freezer for emergency food for my husband but I found this recipe. I made these once and we liked them so I made them again today. I bake them and then freeze them for later. I then warm the frozen pizza pocket up in the oven. I've used the microwave, too, but that's not as good (duh). These are so much cheaper then Hot Pockets, plus I can add whatever I want to them.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Cloth Diapering


We are a cloth diapering family. As you can see, Guy is happy with the decision. I do use disposables occasionally when we go out and I think I've spent more on those than my cloth diaper stash. We've been very lucky in receiving them as gifts or finding them at yard sales. One of the most rewarding things about the experience is hearing my husband tell others about the benefits of cloth diapering. It's not like him to gab about baby products.

Organizing My Bookshelf

Peter Walsh, my favorite professional organizer, was on Oprah Thursday and inspired me to take a look around my place.

Here's an eyesore...This is where I keep my cookbooks, craft books, photo albums, organizing books, addresses, coupons, etc. I did my best to organize, but in usual fashion became very sidetracked...I started reading cookbooks, clipping recipes, sorting coupons and three hours later I had an even bigger mess and was totally overwhelmed. So I did my best to put it all back in order but I still have lots of recipes to sort.

Card Swap - Rough Draft

I signed up for a card swap through some local scrapbookers. I make five of the same card and I will receive five different cards. I'm a bit scared they will think my style is childish!

Here is my rough draft. I already have some improvement ideas.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cookies!

I made a batch of cookies - it yielded 3 dozen. I froze the dough of two dozen cookies on a cookie sheet and bagged them up for cooking later. I baked one dozen today!
I used a basic cookie dough recipe and threw in some chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

Cookie Dough Recipe
2 sticks of butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 C flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1-3 C of mix-ins (chips, nuts, small candies)

Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until mixed. Add eggs, beat well. Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to butter mixture. Blend well. Add any mix-ins.

Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees or until lightly brown. Cool slighty and then move to wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Beware of Baked Goods


I don't know if I trust my baking companion...he seems to slobber on everything.

When I'm going to be in the kitchen for awhile Guy loves to tag along. I forget how everything is so new to a baby sometimes. He loves watching the stand mixer do it's thing and he likes to watch the tap water run.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

First Communion Scrapbook Pages

With all this talk about Lent, I decided to scrapbook my Confirmation and First Communion today. These pictures are from almost 3 years ago! I have only doing scrapbooks for several months now and the dent in my picture pile is showing. Before I know it I will be out of pictures to scrapbook!

Lent: Week 1

Week 1: February 6th-9th

Bible Stories to Read to Guy
2/6-7: The Story of Creation. Genesis 1:1-2:4
2/8-9: Jonah and the Whale. Jonah 1:1-2:11

Hour of Learning
This week I will spend my time exploring my Bible. As I was looking up stories to read to Guy I noticed so much I never knew was there. Jib gave me this Bible during my confirmation and I just don't think I've looked at it since. Whoops.

Ash Wednesday

The beginning of Lent! Today we are fasting and attending Church. My fasting today is not that extreme since I'm still nursing Guy. I plan to eat three small meals and no snacks today. I had a little bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Lunch will probably be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

My goals for Lent are to read Guy some from the Bible everyday. We will read a new story every other day. For myself I will spend at least an hour a week learning something new about my faith. This could be reading, watching a documentary, going to a Church event, etc.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight we had chicken parmesan, fettuccine alfredo, salad, and milk. This is one of the most common meals I make. It reminds me of Olive Garden's Tour of Italy without the lasagna. Since today is Fat Tuesday I ate a big bowl of cookies-n-cream ice cream after dinner.

Disneyland Scrapbook Pages


I did four pages on my 24th birthday to Disneyland. Guy was 3 months old in my belly then. I don't know if I like these - hopefully they will grow on me!

Banana Bread

That's probably the cutest banana bread you've ever seen! I made two loaves - one to eat and one to freeze for later. I bet there are millions of good recipes out there, but here is the one I use:

Nana's Banana Bread (makes 1 loaf)

5 T butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 C mashed banana (I never measure this - I just use what I have)
1 3/4 A/P flour (I used a mix of A/P and whole grain white - it's a recent change)
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking powder
1/2 C heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add sugars and beat well. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until blended. Add mashed banana and beat on high for 30 seconds. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with cream, ending with flour mixture. Pour batter evenly into greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Guy's Busy Day

Yesterday was Guy's day. We had playgroup and a doctor's appointment. While Guy recovers from his shots today I can get caught up on my chores. Of course I had to spend the morning taking a bubble bath. The rest of the day will be spent cleaning, baking, running to the post office and bank, scrapbooking my Disneyland trip, and preparing for Ash Wednesday.

I've been researching stock purchasing for Guy lately. By this time next week he should own some shares of some companies. He's a business baby.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl XLII was today and we had a little party!

I made meatballs and potato skins and a Totinos! As embarrassing as it is - we like Totinos. Haha. Not quite the home cooking I want to be known for. My last visit to the grocery store had a can of Dr. Shasta on clearance for 20 cents. So during the Super Bowl we had a taste test. They tasted the same to me! But good old Mr. Jib said it was close but picked out the Dr. Pepper. I was hoping he would be wrong so I could give him a hard time for making me buy Dr. Pepper!


Guy was cheering for the Giants! But he had to take a nap break during half-time. He finished up the night by reading one of his favorite books - The BFG. Those giants are a little different than the ones he watched on TV...

Friday, February 1, 2008

Coffee Cake Bread

I found this recipe on The Homespun Heart blog. We love it! This is the second time I made it and I'm pretty sure it's going to be a regular in our house.

Tonight's Dinner

Tonight I made hamburgers on homemade whole-grain buns. Got to be a little healthy! Served with fries and salad. And milk, too! I love milk. Whole milk. I could drink a gallon at once, I don't care how many people say it's impossible.