Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Flaxseed is like the power house of all foods. I sprinkle it on my cereal and I also take a flax oil supplement every day. It is full of Omega 3 fatty acids that are heart healthy essentials, it has plant estrogen and antioxidants, and fiber! Wheat germ is full of vitamins and I love the added texture to my Honey Bunches.
I also add these two to things like pancake batter, homemade coffee cake or cookie dough. I like to sneak it in as much as possible for the kids in foods that otherwise seem empty of nutrition. They have never noticed-tee hee
Ok so spring is finally here(80 in DM today) and I found a cute shirt at Target! For some reason right now I love navy blue and turquoise-not a usual for me. Anyways, Bec and I were discussing clothes yesterday. It's so hard to find something to wear after a baby, even when you have lost all the weight your body just isn't right for a while.
Look at me-a new cute little shirt and I can't get out of my favorite ratty jeans. My sister sent me a gazillion pairs and I keep putting these on. I don't know what it is. They are worn out in the knees, paper thin in the cheeks and I'm still in love. They don't even make my body look that great, but they have become the sweat pants of my jean collection. pathetic
Thanks to Asher for a job well done behind the camera
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Ok, on to plan B. Plan B being I didn't want to spend any more money on this project not to mention go to the crazy craft store again so I had to search my stash of goodies.
Where burlap is, twine is sure to follow
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I've been looking at much bigger versions of this glass thingy-can't remember what they're called-at hobby lobby, but opted for a small version considering I have to move across the country in a big bouncy truck :)
After discussing at length with Becca(actually I vented, she listened)about how much it totally sucks not to have anything cute in my house anymore, I decided to add some personality and Easter decor despite what they say about neutralizing your house while it's on the market. My house clearly hasn't sold(not even a low ball offer after 60+days) so I have decided to go for a more lived in look for future showings and maybe it will change our luck. Do you think it's possible to have too clean of a house?
For the record I really tried not to use cardboard to decorate this little scene, but just could not, in no way resist. And for the record that is dust on the chest. Ahhh(choo)...more lived in all ready.
Friday, March 19, 2010
These brownies are strictly to be made for other people. They should be made for sick friends, neighbors, pot lucks, church socials, pretty much any function outside of your home. These brownies are only meant to impress friends and offer you a quick go to recipe for your busy life. I have tasted them. They are good. I gained the pound for you because that's what kind of friend I am. Don't leave nasty comments and send me angry emails about your jeans not fitting because I have provided the boundaries.
With that said....visit Tidymom for the recipe. You must use her ganache frosting because it is beyond amazing. Throw any extras away. You heard me-put them in the trash. Don't fool yourself by saving the unattractive edge pieces. Put them in the garbage even if your child is blocking the can and threatening to have a tantrum over it. Tell Holden-I mean your child-that it is for the betterment of the family waistline. The end(and that body part too).
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
With that said, I'm sharing with you the only way I eat brussel sprouts just in case you need a new recipe and haven't already tried this. I am certain I never touched a brussel sprout when I was young, but I am really fond of them now. I will admit I am kind of picky about how I eat my veggies. I never steam them, something about it is very unappetizing to me.
So here is my technique for a lot of green veggies, brussels being my favorite.
1. Clean and cut sprouts
2.cook on medium heat in a saute pan with a splash of olive oil.
3.Saute and let the cut side get brown-there is a fine line between a good sprout and a mushy bad sprout. Shoot for al dente. maybe 5- 7 min?
4. turn heat down to med/low and add 1 clove of chopped garlic. If you have a garlic press use that because those rock. Cook for 30sec-1 minute.
5. This is where it gets really yummy(I forgot to take a picture of the yummy part) Add about 2 splashes of balsamic vinegar. It will bubble and carmalize your little sprout to pure yumminess. Remove from heat and serve.
6. I love the left overs the next day cold in a salad-yummy yummy and even more yummy
*forgot to tell you to sprinkle with a touch of sea or kosher salt*
Now I'm going to ramble. I had to share this picture because it was just too adorable.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
What I didn't realize before we came back, but what I was missing so desperately, was that it also takes a village to support the mom with that child. God provided a larger support system for me here then I ever even dreamed about. Neighbors, old friends, best friends, relatives, teachers, doctors.
The list goes on, and my dad, well he has been the front line of my village. He has always been my number one fan, and he has always been supportive but I only let him do that from a far. Mainly because of proximity, but partly because I was just being overly independent. When we moved here and Todd started to travel nonstop my dad was the shoulder I could lean on. I needed help and he never stopped trying. He has picked the kids up from school when I had appointments, he has fertilized and mowed our lawn, he has taken us out to dinner when I was tired and at my wits end. He has done it all for the boys and I know even more so for me.
My heart will break when we move so far away, and so will his. I will take all the things that he taught me in the past two years with us. The main lessons being hire out your lawn work , scooping poop should be left to the professionals, and give yourself a break-hire a maid. The boys will miss the trips to Dairy Queen and spins around the block in his fast red car. What I will miss is the most simple of gestures. Just him stopping by to bring me the Sunday paper and his latest batch of vegetable beef soup.
If your reading this dad, and I know you are because that's what biggest fans do, thank you.
p.s. I took down the picture that doesn't look me just for you, because that's what daughters do-they listen to their Dads
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I finally learned how to download video onto blogger! It's easy peasy, the only trick is it has to be super short. Please excuse Sloan's mashed tater eyelids, but enjoy his cute little voice.
*Todd made fun of me for shushing Holden-what can I say-this little guy needs the spotlight :) *
Friday, March 12, 2010
I saw it in blog land-unsure where-but it couldn't be easier or more economical. I am a big fan of rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I like to use them for recipes that call for cooked chicken like enchiladas or even chicken salad, but this is an awesome alternative, much cheaper and easier to work with(falls of the bone vs. carving). 1. Rinse and pat dry a whole chicken(about 4lbs). Remember to take out that mystery bag from the cavity.
2. Stick in crock pot sprayed with Pam.
3. Season with salt pepper(I also used paprika). No need to add any liquid
4. Cook on low for about 7 hrs.
5. Remove chicken and reserve liquid in the pot
6. Let chicken cool and cut, freeze or store in fridge as needed.
7. Add bones and skin and anything you don't use back to crock pot with liquid and 5 cups of water(I was going to take a picture but it looked kinda gross)
8. Cook on low overnight
9. Remove bones and gross stuff and you have about 6 cups of broth for another recipe during the week.
Easy right? Now on to my ramblings
Here I am modeling a J. Crew jacket. I couldn't have picked it out better myself :) I just noticed I match my wall and dresser.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Over at Clover Lane she has been working on a Lent project of 40 bags in 40 days-the ultimate spring de-cluttering and purging. I have not gone to such extremes, but I am working on certain areas of the house. I had a huge bin for goodwill and two bags of garbage just from cleaning out the master bedroom closet and bathroom. It felt awesome.
I don't have any amazing tips to share about organizing clothes, just make sure to do it because the alternative will put you on a reality TV show for hoarders.
Becca had a post the other day about how she is staying sane with a new born and a four year old all day. It included all the games she is playing with her adorable son Ty(he is an awesome little smarty). She is a great mother and takes the time to sit down and engage her little people. The above is the only way I stay sane-especially now while I am on my own. 7:30 bedtime! My only saving grace. Sometimes it's the hour of the day I dream about from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning-is that awful. I am holding on to 7:30-sometimes even 7:15 if it has been especially brutal-for as long as I can. Daylight savings only means that crazy neighborhood outside play is just around the corner and I will have to get my lasso to get these cowboys to bed by 9. Sometimes winter has it's advantages.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Maybe next year in a new house I'll find a place to put it. I'm going to display it even though my house is free of all things crafty(see previous post). Maybe like fresh flowers it will add some warmth and good feelings when someone comes for a showing(fingers are crossed).
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
1. It sucks.
2. The only thing that sells a house is the PRICE.
3. You have to pack up all your crap(by crap I mean all the little things you love and adore and make your house fun). When you think you have decluttered enough, go back and fill two more rubber maid containers, then you are actually done.
5. Then you must live like you didn't have a wedding, or kids, or any relatives. Depersonalizing is really hard for mothers who love their baby's faces.
6. You must try anything to manipulate emotions. I don't know what fresh flowers really say? "You can have spring all year long if you live in this house" or "this house grows it's own bouquets" I hope it doesn't say "Costco is the only good place to buy flowers and it is a 20 minute drive to the west side from Johnston".
7. Little boys should not be forced to live in houses that are for sale. But, if the unfortunate happens then they must be strapped into the minivan to watch a movie 45 minutes prior to a showing so that you can actually get the house picked up without your head literally spinning off your shoulders.