Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Perfect Saturday

This morning, at about 7AM, I baked a cake. It was actually a Pillsbury kit I found on a clearance rack. Normally I wouldn't talk about such boxed baking adventures but this is the first torte style cake I've ever made. I always thought they looked like too much of a fuss. I learned a very important lesson today that they are not hard. Plus I think they are way better than layered cakes. More filling - less cake!
While the kids napped today me and my husband ate Cheetos, drank Mountain Dew, and played nerdy board games. After wards I spent a good amount of time with the worst tummy ache ever but my satisfaction of slaying orcs and conversing with gargoyles surpassed it.


This evening while watching Battlestar Galatica (the original) we did a puzzle. You see January is Puzzle Month and I have yet to do a puzzle. So we can go into February now feeling like we conquered January.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guy's New Toy!

This is what I wanted to get Guy for Christmas but my husband is a party pooper. Guy has his toy now and thinks it's the best. It arrived just before nap time - ugh! :) And yeah - Guy does not wear pants often. The roller coaster is going outside when the weather gets better.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chalkboard

On Sunday, after my knitting failure, my husband had me help make a chalkboard for our kitchen. I need to get my wood skills up if I'm going to make this bed soon.

Our kitchen is missing some cabinet doors above the stove.
My husband taught me to use a circular saw so I could cut some wood to size.
Then I sanded it and tried to spray paint it with chalkboard paint. My husband ended up doing most of the painting because I was puddling paint everywhere.

But I hung it up all by myself (well... I was told how to do it.)
I wrote the dinner menu on it today. But when the novelty wears off I can write important things to remember "To do: Go into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters."

Pantry Challenge: One trip

We went to Costco last week. First grocery store trip all month.

We got 11 lb of produce, 4 lb of butter. 4 lb of bacon, and 2 gal of milk. None of it needed, but all of it appreciated.

Impulsively I bought a case of Mexican Coca-Cola, a case of Mountain Dew Throwback, and 2 loaves of bread. I seldom drink soda but when I see it made with real sugar I feel compelled to buy it. Impulse shopping at Costco is not really a good thing.

We ate all the produce (minus a pound of spinach) in a week. I think that's the only downside to this pantry challenge - fresh produce. And WHOLE milk. Powdered milk is drinkable but it tastes like skim - BLEH!!!! I want my milk to taste like candy.

I look forward to grocery shopping someday soon.

In a rut...

Last week I wasn't very motivated. On Saturday I thought "I will do something unexpected!"

I started knitting a mitten. I haven't knitted in over a year. This is how far I got in ONE HOUR:
After working for that one hour, I dropped a stitch and couldn't get it back. I then woke my husband up to tell him it was his fault I wasn't any good at anything. And being the nice husband he is, he agreed. That's a good husband - one that doesn't tell his crazy wife that she is in fact crazy.

I haven't restarted my mitten yet. I don't know if I will.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Preschool

I was thinking of signing us up for a Mommy & Me preschool because the thought sounds nice. But taking a two year old to structured things doesn't really work. Plus it would be 2 hours of driving a week and I prefer to stay home.

I read about preschool homeschooling. You can pick a topic and focus on it for a week. That sounds fun and 2 year old friendly. Plus it keeps mommy on track.

Week of...
Jan18th: Body Parts
Jan 25th: Shapes
Feb 1st: Cars and Trucks
Feb 8th: Rats & Mice
Feb 15: Matching
Feb 22: Trains

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Good Team

Lucy says "I ate the last cookie!"
Guy says "I got you covered, Lucy..."

Sidenote: I kept catching Guy lick the top of the full measuring cups. I don't think I'll be offering these cookies to strangers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Dutch Babies & Bouncing Babies

I made dutch babies out of powered eggs and powered milk. I know you are probably thinking - "that won't work!!" And yes, you have a point. But it was edible, just not as puffy as real eggs would have been. But we need more hens.

The kids went to Pump It Up today. Guy is getting better climbing but still needs help. He'll climb into an obstacle course and need help getting out. He has gotten really good at asking for help from strangers by way of hugging.

We took Lucy shopping today for her first pair of boots.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pantry Challenge: Back on Track

I was sick last week so my husband had to bring home food some days so he wouldn't starve because I wasn't going to cook! But after a lousy week and a lousy weekend all is well.

For breakfast I made a recipe from Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn. It even called for everything bagels and I had some in the freezer. Fate! And it was delicious. A+ Everything in that book looks delicious.

I have a turkey thawed out to make for dinner. And I'll bake bread today so we can have many, many turkey sandwiches.

Here is a cute picture. We went for a walk this morning since we hadn't left the house for 5 days.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pantry Challenge

I've been to the store 0 times and spent $5.99.

The Schwan's man came by today and I bought some juice. I didn't need it but I wanted it. I lost my voice yesterday so I'm trying to drink lots of fluids in hopes I'll be able to talk again someday.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Delicious Baby Food!

I used my food processor for the first time today. Lucy now has some veggie baby food. I used some frozen veggies I found in the freezer. I hope she'll eat it! The food processor was super easy to use and easy to clean, too. Phew.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Getting Organized in 2010

I am going to get and stay organized this year.

I have my new handy-dandy BusyBodyBook planner. I love this since there is so much space compared to my old method - a desk calendar. I use a column for household members, plus a column for the days menu. In the back of the planner is a note section where I've written down family members clothing sizes, grocery price book info, children's activities (library story times, play group info, etc), and I have my cleaning schedule written down for days when I have no motivation!

Plus I have a new book called "Organize Now!" by Jennifer Ford Berry. There is an organizing task for every week. I'm on Week 3- Organize your cleaning schedule (I started a bit early!) . It's a fun book but when I first got it I wanted to do it all in one day and had to ignore the book for a couple of weeks until I was a little less excited.