Archive for September, 2011

  • This is the stuff no one warns you about

    Date: 2011.09.30 | Category: parenting | Response: 0

    This morning I went in to get Kate up from her crib and discovered that her diaper had exploded, leaving Kate and her crib covered in poop.  The kids were due for baths anyway, so I decided to go ahead and bathe them on the spot.  I stripped Kate and her bed, and then went in to get JT.  He too had pooped overnight, and as I was changing his diaper I let Kate run around nekked.  I finished JT’s diaper and told Kate to come join me in the bathroom.  When she followed I saw that she had pooped on the carpet in his room!  I whisked her back to her changing table, wiped her bottom and then cleaned up his carpet.  I finally got both kids in the bathtub and scrubbed them down.  After baths I wrapped Kate in her towel and set her on the bathroom floor- where she promptly peed all over.  As I brought her back into her room to finally get a diaper on that girl I caught the dog licking the poopy laundry in her hamper.  Seriously?  What a nasty nasty morning.

    my little stinkers in the bath this morning

  • What have I been up to this month?

    Date: 2011.09.26 | Category: crafts, home improvement, homemaking, saving money | Response: 1

    I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, but it’s hard to sum up what I’ve been doing instead.  Hmmm… lets see.  Raising a 3 year old and an 18 month old.  Growing a human being (we just found out that it’s a boy!).  Napping as often as possible.  Hitting the fall consignment sales and garage sales for bargains.  Making more denim purses (apparently I’m taking orders and selling them now!).  Making more jewelry.  Swapping out Kate’s 12 month wardrobe for her 18 month wardrobe (yes, she’s 19 months!) and finally hauling all of her 6 and 9 month stuff down to the basement.  Swapping out my regular wardrobe for my maternity wardrobe.  Hanging out with my parents for 2 weeks.  Dealing with the stomach bug that worked it’s way through each member of our family.  Dealing with the cough/cold that’s still working it’s way through each member of our family.  Celebrating my birthday with week long festivities (lunch and pedicures with my sis in law, date night, Rockies/Giants game, family birthday party, party with girl friends).  Setting up the new sewing machine I got for my birthday (hooray!).  Watching the first 3 seasons of Bones on Netflix (I love this show, but sometimes there are serious plot flaws.  Really?  Addy?  Not to mention it’s pretty gross).  Grabbing a free dresser from the side of the road.  Grabbing another free dresser from a family at church.  Painting both dressers white.  Buying 2 bookshelves for $2 each at a garage sale and settling them in the basement closet for more storage.  Surfing the blogs and pinterest for inspiration.  Experimenting with styling my cute new hair cut.

    I don’t have pictures of everything that’s been going on, but here’s what I’ve got…

    JT made a “bee costume” and ran around the house buzzing for days!

    Silly Kate is reading a book upside down and through her legs!

    Pink and red necklace, earrings and bracelet.

    Blue and black set, I think it’s my favorite one that I’ve made!

    Turquoise (teal? aqua?)  The strands are separate so I can wear one or all three!

    First purse I’ve tried with anything other than jeans- I like how it turned out!

    So I made a second one that way!

    I also added these little bows that I made to coordinate.

    This bag is made out of toddler jeans- so cute and a great gift for his mom!

    Fabric for 3 more bags.

    Still looks good a week later!

    Go Giants!

    New sewing machine- it has so many great stitches!  I can’t wait to experiment!

    18 weeks

    It’s a boy!

    This dresser will go in Kate’s new room when we get the guest room cleared out.  We have crystal knobs that match her desk for it.

    This dresser will go in the nursery.  I picked it up from the side of the road on garbage day.  It had at least 4 (some had more) holes in each drawer for different knob configurations over the years- and no two drawers had the same configuration!  I had to fill a lot of holes.

    Cute blue and white hardware we picked up at Hobby Lobby (or potty dobby as JT called it!)- the knobs will go on the tall dresser that’s already in the nursery (since I’m stealing the crystal ones for Kate) and the pulls will go on the new dresser.  I got the knobs on clearance- hooray!

    More storage in the basement for $4!  This closet now houses all of my wrapping supplies, birthday and Christmas gifts (I love to buy early), our 2nd crib, and some craft supplies.  We’re still in the process of clearing out the yellow room so Kate can move in.  These empty shelves won’t stay empty for long!

    The storage in the garage that I never showed you.  It’s so nice to have all of this vertical storage and get everything off the garage floor!  There are a few empty shelves behind the counter top (that STILL hasn’t been installed in the kid’s bathroom) for our Christmas decor- rather than hauling it up from the basement now only to move it back into the house after Thanksgiving we’re just waiting until we are ready to pull it out.  Behind the drape we have some of our tools and chemicals (up high and locked!) that we don’t want curious hands to get into.

    So that’s been my life lately.  I’ve missed you!  Thanks for checking in with me now and again.

  • Crab sauce for steak topping

    Date: 2011.09.24 | Category: recipes | Response: 1

    We love those bacon wrapped filets from Costco.  They are always such a treat for us.  I had a couple of cans of crab that have been taking up space in our pantry for ages and I decided that it was time to use one.  I searched online for a recipe for a crab topping for our steaks, but didn’t like any of the recipes that I could find.  I ended up combining several to make a super yummy crab sauce.  This recipe made plenty- we used it for 2 steaks and on our broccoli and still had at least half of it left.  We’re going to try it on eggs tomorrow but it would also be good on fish or chicken.

    1 can (6oz) crab
    3/4 cup light sour cream
    1/4 cup white wine
    3 dashes Worcestershire
    1 tsp dry mustard
    2 tsp crushed garlic
    1 TBS cornstarch

    Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan until heated through and thickened. Serve over grilled steak and veggies.


  • Menu Plan 9/23-10/1

    Date: 2011.09.24 | Category: meal plan | Response: 1

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Saturday- steak with crab sauce, potatoes and broccoli

    Sunday- shepherd’s pie

    Monday- taco salads

    Tuesday- heavenly chicken

    Wednesday- chicken gnocchi soup

    Thursday- leftovers

    Friday- dinner with friends

    Saturday- birthday party for my nephew David!

    Whew- it’s been a whirlwind around here!  We had my parents visiting for 2 weeks, everyone got a stomach bug, then we all got a cough and cold.  Not our best two weeks… we were lucky to eat every night!  Thanks to my sis in law for cooking a bunch and to my parents for treating us to dinner several nights. We seem to all be on the upswing finally.  Thank goodness!

  • Menu Plan Sept 4-10

    Date: 2011.09.04 | Category: meal plan | Response: 1

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- grilled pizza

    Monday- salmon

    Tuesday- orange beef

    Wednesday- crock pot artichoke lemon chicken

    Thursday- my parent’s arrive for two weeks- who knows what’s for dinner!

    Friday- Swedish meatballs?

    Saturday- dinner with friends

  • Cheesy Chicken and Rice in the Crock Pot

    Date: 2011.09.01 | Category: recipes | Response: 3

    I found this recipe online someplace, but now I’ve lost the original link.  Of course, as usual I’ve changed it some based on our family’s preferences- and you can too!

    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1 cup diced onion
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    2 cups frozen corn OR 1 can creamed corn
    1 cup frozen spinach

    8 oz cooked rice (I’ve used pilaf, Rice A Roni cheesy cheddar, and Zataran’s Yellow Rice- all turned out good!)
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    Place first 5 ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low 7-8 hours.  Shred chicken and add rice and cheese.  Cook 5-10 additional minutes or until cheese is melted.

    This reheats well and is a great recipe to double (if you have a large crock pot!) and freeze or share to another family.


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