Monday, March 31, 2008

The Weeks Menu

This week we are having:

M - BBQ Smoked Sausage, Tater Tots, and Salad

T - Breaded Chicken, Corn, Mashed Potatoes

W - Smokey Mountain Chicken (Thanks, Tasha!), Salad, and Baked Potatoes

R - Pork Stir Fry and Rice

F - Leftovers

We are almost out of ham from Easter - Yay! That's pretty much all we ate last week - ham and pineapple pizza, ham sandwiches, Jenny's way better than Egg McMuffin muffins, and such. I froze the ham bone for later, though. I also have a frozen chicken carcass in there. To the untrained eye my freezer is full of garbage. I'm going to try to clean out my freezer next week. I always say that but it always gets full quick. I guess if I just get all the bread and bones out of there I'd have some space. Oh yeah and dino chicken nuggets. Free food isn't always good food. Haha.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter!

We had a great Easter this year. The morning I was a little grumpy because I was trying to do too much - half of which was stuff that could have been ignored at least according to my husband. I asked him to clean the bathroom and he walked in and walked out and said "Done!" I guess there has to be dirty undies on the floor or him to consider it in need of cleaning, then I bet he'd just hide them under a rug.

After Church we had some friends come over for an Easter feast. We also dyed eggs, decorated cookies, and launched model rockets.

Here is Guy with his new best friend, Donica

Launching Rockets
Jib (my husband), Jacob, Guy, and Donica

Me and Jacob launching my rocket which kind of got lost...

Eventful days...

Between Guy's Half Birthday on Friday, Easter on Sunday, and my own Birthday on Tuesday - I have a lot of things to catch up on. Plus I want a nap!

I started typing this with the intent of posting about Easter and my Birthday, but I think a nap is a better idea.

ZZZZzzzzz...

Thrifty Thursday

Today is Thrifty Thursday at Comical Coupon Cents!

Guy and I visited a thrift store and he found some goodies. (Don't worry - he wore pants to the store. He was just getting more comfortable at home.) We found a like-new umbrella stroller with a rain hood and storage bag for $4.99, Another Monster At The End of This Book for $0.69, and The Little Boy's Bible Storybook for Mothers and Sons for $0.69.

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Very Special Half Birthday

Friday was Guy's 1/2 birthday! We partied all day.

He started out the day watching Super Grover on Sesame Street and taking a bath in the big people tub. He has learned to splash so he had his arms flailing the whole time while laughing evilly.

After all that playing he went down for a nap while I prepared the rest of the day for him - we were going on a trip to Virginia City, NV.

Once he woke up we headed for the city in the mountains...


There is an actual city, but we spent most of our time in the outskirts walking around and decided which rocks were the tastiest. We only went into town to go to Church and to change Guy's diaper in a cemetery - good luck, right? Guy got an enormous wooden Rosary at Church since he did so well during Lent.

On the way home we stopped at Toys R Us to get Guy a birthday surprise!

We ended the day with a special 1/2 birthday cake! I used a plastic square and coated it with banana mush and topped it with a raspberry puree. He enjoyed it very much.

Happy 6 months, Guy! They've been great!


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cute Birthday Gift

Today is my mom's birthday and I got her these cuties:
It's Little Pete and Mr. Harvey! And they came in a little vintage looking box. One of their heads fell off when I mailed it to her but she said she'd fix it. Phew. I like weird things but so does my mom - she likes me!

I can't wait until we move close enough to my mom that we can have dinner with her on her birthday and Mother's Day brunch in May! I have a brother, too, and he would have to go these events. I'd even style his hair for him before he left his house if he wanted. (A lot of the time my brother's hair kind of looks like Einstein's.)

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies
I found this recipe on verybestbaking.com while trying to figure out how to use up condensed milk - I had 3 cans of it sitting in my pantry. These cookies turned out great! They taste like brownies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (I used cheap chocolate flavored almond bark cut into tiny pieces because I was sick of it taking up precious cabinet space - so I'd imagine semi-sweet chocolate would make these cookies even better!)
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa and baking soda in medium bowl. Melt 1 cup morsels and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in remaining morsels. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto lightly greased baking sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Feeding Baby

Guy loves to eat! I haven't spent much on baby food yet because I've been using coupons with sale prices. (Yesterday I bought two boxes of cereal and ten jars of baby food for $2.50!) But I'm going to run out of coupons and luck eventually! So I made some food for Guy with the special ingredient: love.

1/2 lb. green beans - $1
Washed, simmered on the stovetop for 15 minutes, blended with water...

Two bananas = $0.25
Peeled, mashed, blended with water...
Nine servings for baby! I know lots of people use ice cube trays to freeze their food but I have these little containers (10 for $1 at The Dollar Tree!) with lids I like more. Guy already ate one of the green beans and then he ate some potatoes from our dinner then he had some cereal... Little piggy.
I don't know if making your own baby food is cheaper than buying it. I think it is if you are using leftovers or produce from your garden. Buying food especially for making baby food seems like it's not much of a savings. I think I'll do a mixture of both.

Fun Poems to Read Outloud!

Currently reading to Guy:
There’s a New Kid on the Block

By Jack Prelutsky

There’s a new kid on the block
and boy, that kid is tough.
That new kid punches hard.
That new kid plays real rough.
That new kid’s big and strong,
with muscles everywhere.
That new kid tweaked my arm.
That new kid pulled my hair.
That new kid likes to fight
and picks on all the guys.
That new kid scares me some.
That new kid’s twice my size.
That new kid stomped my toes.
That new kid swiped my ball.
That new kid’s really bad.
I don’t care for her at all.

Oil Change


I know...I know...Not an exciting tackle, but I got my oil changed today. I don't like sitting in a waiting room full of tires and car magazines and those are usually the cheapest places so those are usually the places I end up at. Last time I got my oil changed I was pregnant with Guy - over 6 months ago. With Guy I went to an expensive place today where the waiting room is actually a gift shop and snack bar, with a manicurist and shoe shiner. They even had a high chair which Guy sat in as he rudely stared (without blinking of course) at a lady with very frizzy hair. I probably paid $15 more than I had to, but they also washed my car and vacuumed it. So I'll pretend it was worth it.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Super Easy Table Runner

If you are learning to sew and want a super easy project - here you go!

What I used:
Sewing Machine
Iron and Ironing Board
Pins
Washable Marker
Thread (to match fabric)
Fabric - Two 1/4 yard pieces (of the 45" length). Do not need to be the same, but best if they coordinate with the same thread color! Tons of fabric types work but if this is a first project for you I would recommend cotton fabric commonly used in quilting.

Step 1: Wash your fabric and iron. When I buy new fabric I usually just throw it in the laundry bin as soon as I get home.

Step 2: Put your two fabric pieces right sides together and mark how you want your table runner edges shaped. I used Crayola's Kid's First marker to mark my fabric and yes I marked the wrong side - I could have ruined my fabric this way if I was using a different marker. You can get this ink out of fabric by just rubbing it. These markers also come off skin and walls in a breeze. I highly recommend them.

Step 3: Cut your fabric where you marked it and keeping right sides together, pin it together keeping a space (about 2"wide) to flip right-side out later.

Step 4: Sew. Trim edges. Flip right-side out. Press.

Step 5: If you want to practice your hand sewing - stitch hole closed by hand. Or be like me and just tuck the raw edges under and expect the top stitching to get it. Top stitch around outer edge with any goofy stitch you want. I picked one I never used and I decided I didn't like it. Too late now!

Step 6: Display! Apologies for the lack of St. Patricks day decor.

Mr. Yuk!

This post on Motherhood for Dummies got me thinking about good ol' Mr. Yuk and his current whereabouts...he's still tooting around I guess.

I found this at mryuk1.com:

For a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#10) envelope to:

Free Mr. Yuk Stickers
Pittsburgh Poison Center
3705 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


I'm going to send away today and see if I get my Mr. Yuk stickers. Guy is too young to understand them now, but better to label early than too late! I'm not sure if this offer is only for PA residents or not. I tried to find a way to request them through my state - but no such luck. I'll let you know if they show up.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Bedroom Closet!

<--BEFORE

I claim the back of our bedroom closet - my husband gets the front. Most of it is my craft supplies. Clothes? Who needs them? I ended up getting rid of a bag of craft supplies and 3 shirts and 3 pairs of shoes. Now I only have 14 pairs of shoes! Gosh.

I spent all day working on this - I don't think it shows. But what is all day to a mom? Like the 3 hours I wasn't singing "I Found a Peanut" song to Guy or pretending to eat Guy's nose (his favorite) or picking Guy nose (my favorite).

AFTER

Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

I've been meaning to join the blog party over at 5 Minutes for Mom - so time to get it done while the little fellow is napping on my lap! Through the blog party I have found happypanda.com clothing. Pandas are my favorite mammals and so Guy wears pandas often. Maybe little Guy will win a gift certificate because they have the cutest little baby sweatpants. Guy wears sweatpants every Wednesday - he loves them.

I guess I'm suppose to say something about myself. I stay at home with my 5 1/2 month old son. I watch him sleep some days because I'm a little creepy. I'm still in shock he turned out so cute. My husband and I have been married for almost 2 years! We live in Reno now but are trying to move to Oregon so our boy can grow up near seagulls...lots of seagulls. And relatives, too!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday: Bible Bag


Whenever we go to church we fill our pockets with Guy's toys since we don't need everything in his diaper bag. I always thought it would be nice if we had a bag devoted just for Church. So today I made one!

I couldn't find any religious fabric - the lady at the fabric store kept trying to sell me Easter fabric. So I did my own little versions of Noah's Ark and Jonah and the Whale. I lined the inside with Winnie the Pooh because I already had it.

Not the best, but I made it so I get some slack.


Jonah being spit out:
Inside:

Monday, March 10, 2008

Daylight Savings Time




Yesterday to celebrate Daylight Savings Time we took our dinner to the park since it was still nice out when it was time to eat! We walked and Guy rode in his hiking backpack. Can't wait to take the little fellow camping! I'm so happy it's almost Spring. I just love warm, sunny weather!

Menu Plan: Week of March 10th


Notes: Lunch for my husband comes with chips, Dr. Pepper, fruit/veggie, snacks, and dessert. Lunch for me is usually just the item plus lots of water and some fruit/veggies. I'm taking a break from baking so the only things I'm baking today at the hamburger buns and lemon poppy seed bread. I plan to do bake some bread Friday, though. But I'm buying a loaf of bread today at the store =-O <--surprised little face Snacks: Mid-morning snacks are homemade lemon poppy seed bread and afternoon snacks are cinnamon graham crackers.

Baby: I'll be introducing bananas and rice cereal this week. He'll be eating sweet potatoes as his veggie. He eats three meals a day and drink milk 5-6 times a day.

Monday
Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwiches
Lunch: Eating Out
Dinner: Hamburgers on homemade buns and tater tots
Tuesday
Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, and toast
Lunch: Pepperoni sandwiches
Dinner: Spaghetti w/meatballs, salad, garlic bread
Wednesday
Breakfast: Malted milk pancakes
Lunch: Turkey sandwich
Dinner: Parmesan chicken, fettucine alfredo, salad
Thursday
Breakfast: Leftover pancakes with bacon and eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Pork stir-fry, rice, egg flower soup
Friday (No meat - Lent)
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Olive pizza
Dinner: Leftover olive pizza (boring day - haha)
Saturday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Chicken salad
Dinner: Grilled cheese and spagettios
Sunday
Breakfast: Cereal
Lunch: Chicken salad
Dinner: Fish sticks and tater tots

Time for a New Book!

We finished The Sword in the Stone yesterday! It was a great book - I was kind of sad it was over. I remember having the option to read this book in high school and did not do it, which is a good thing because I'm sure I would have thought it was a bore back then. It took us awhile to get through it because reading an entire book out loud really slows it down. So for our next book we will read something a little easier. Me and Guy are on Book 6 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think this books are cute and funny and sometimes just a little sad :-( Guy takes two naps a day and before I put him down for them I always read to him for a little while so he knows it's time to relax. I think it works - but who knows?

Lent: Week 6

Week 6: March 9th - 15th

Bible Stories to Read to Guy:
3/9: Seventh Plague: the Hail. Exodus 9:13-35
3/10: Eighth Plague: the Locusts. Exodus 10:1-20
3/11: Ninth Plague: the Darkness. Exodus 10:21-29
3/12: Tenth Plague: the Death of the First-born. Exodus 11:1-10
3/13: Passover. Exodus 12:1-30
3/14: Cain and Abel. Genesis 4:1-16
3/15: Noah and the Ark. Genesis 6:5-9:17

Hour of Learning:
Last week I checked out a book at the library about the Bible lands. It wasn't as interesting as I hoped for. I'm not making good choices lately! Haha. This week I'll spend an hour or so reading some of my book, Why Do Catholics Do That? I haven't read much of it so maybe this choice will be interesting.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Card Swap Goodies!

I received my cards from the recent Card Swap I participated in. Here are the beauties!

I am really excited about these cards! I love how they are all so different and have all used techniques new to me. I hope I am able to use them all before I tear them apart with curiosity! Heehee.

We Love the Library!

Just the right reading level for Guy...
Me and Guy go to the library at least once a month to get things like cookbooks, movies, CDs, video games for the husband in hopes he spends less money on them, and of course - picture books! We ended up checking out the book in the photo since Guy drooled all over it so I took it home to wash it. I am really passionate about the library - I could go on for hours but will not.

This Week's Scrapbook Pages

I have all my December pictures in my Scrapbooks now! Next week I'll work on January pictures.

The top Christmas pages are for Guy's Scrapbook and the bottom blue ones are for mine.

This page is dedicated to the posed pictures we took of Guy for Christmas cards and gifts.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lent: Week 5

Week 5: March 2nd-8th

Bible Stories to Read to Guy:
3/2: Staff Turned into a Snake. Exodus 7:1-13
3/3: First Plague: Water Turned into Blood. Exodus 7:14-24
3/4: Second Plague: the Frogs. Exodus 7:25-8:11
3/5: Third Plague: the Gnats. Exodus 8:12-15
3/6: Fourth Plague: the Flies. Exodus 8:16-28
3/7: Fifth Plague: the Pestilence. Exodus 9:1-7
3/8: Sixth Plague: the Boils. Exodus 9:8-12

Hour of Learning:
Last week I tried to watch a 3 hour DVD on the Vatican's library. I watched over an hour of it. It just put me to sleep :-( Well, it's already Thursday and I haven't picked anything to do this week, yet. A little burnt out! I am going to the library tomorrow and I'm going to try to find a book to read/flip through and will spend an hour on Friday night (after Guy goes to bed) looking at it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Memes

I was tagged by Heather at Needles and Pens for some memes, so here goes!

Seven Random Facts Meme

THE RULES:
1). Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
2). Post THE RULES on your blog.
3). Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4). Tag 7 people and link to them. (I'm skipping this because I don't think I know 7 people - but if want to copy feel free!)
5). Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.

ONE - I prefer to communicate with family and friends via snail mail.
TWO - Being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest, most rewarding, and best job I have ever had.
THREE - I'm a foot shorter than my husband.
FOUR - I question my taste level when it comes to decorating and picking out clothes.
FIVE - I was born and raised in Oregon and am trying to move back.
SIX - I hated Root Beer until I was pregnant and now it's the only soda I like.
SEVEN - I love chocolate but can be snobby about quality.

Meme #2
Reach for the nearest book, turn to page 123, and type sentences 5, 6, and 7 into your blog.

I have a Bible sitting in front of me, so here's some odd sentences:
"Neither a lay person nor a priest's tenant or hired servant may eat of any sacred offering. But a slave whom a priest acquires by purchase or who is born in his house may eat his food. A priest's daughter who is married to a layman may not eat of the sacred contributions." -Leviticus 22:10-12

Disappearance!

I have been so good at posting until last week. I just got behind in everything but I'm caught up after I finish the laundry! One load to go!

My family and I went to REI on Saturday to look at backpacking stuff and stumbled across the dehydrated meals. We never had one and were wondering if they were any good.

And now I have the perfect dinner idea for the overwhelmed:(Ignore Guy's toy - that's not edible)

While my husband "cooked" the dehydrated lasagna, I made trail mix! We drank water since we figured this is what we'd be eating while backpacking. This dinner was surprisingly good. Weird, I know. We want to start stockpiling Mountain House food for emergencies and for when my husband has to cook - haha.