Archive for April, 2012

  • Menu Plan April 29-May 5

    Date: 2012.04.28 | Category: meal plan | Response: 0

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- grilled lemon dill salmon

    Monday- lasagna (from the freezer)

    Tuesday- orange beef

    Wednesday- gnocchi soup

    Thursday- creamy salsa chicken

    Friday- dinner with friends

    Saturday- dinner with pastoral search team and elders and church staff and our NEW PASTOR!

    I’m so sorry that I’ve been such a negligent blogger.  Something about having baby #3 and my husband coaching track and watching my nephews 2 days a week and blah blah blah…  Chris was asking me why I haven’t been posting lately and I laughed out loud.  Then I said “I haven’t had two moments to put a coherent thought together, more less write it down!”  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  You can always check our family photo website for the latest pictures.  Or, I have been randomly chatty on Facebook lately, so if you’d like to follow me there you might have better results!  You can see the soap that Kate bit, hear how JT did in his first week of bribing him to stay in his room during nap time, find out how much it costs to deliver a baby in Colorado, and see a cute picture of Kate and her fashion accessories.  Maybe I’ll get my act together and do a compilation post for you here.  Don’t hold your breath though.  I realized on Thursday night that I had experienced less than one hour of awake and child free time in the previous 48 hours.  Oof.

    In other news, we are so excited to meet our new pastor next weekend.  Chris served on the search team for about 10 months and walking through the process has been wonderful, but boy are we glad it’s finally wrapping up!  We are looking forward to the next season at our beloved church and are thrilled to have been part of the decision making process.

    And in other other news, James is 2 months old!  How the heck did that happen?

  • Menu Plan April 22-28

    Date: 2012.04.23 | Category: meal plan | Response: 0

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- fish tacos

    Monday- cheesy beef stroganoff

    Tuesday- meatloaf

    Wednesday- leftovers

    Thursday- lasagna

    Friday- Mexican casserole

    Saturday- gnocchi soup

  • Reworking naptime

    Date: 2012.04.20 | Category: parenting | Response: 1

    Naptime has become a bit of a challenge at our house. Kate still desperately needs a good two hours, and mama still desperately needs a good two hours, but James and JT aren’t always willing to cooperate. I’m working on training James (and coming along nicely, I think), but JT is a bit more challenging. Most days he doesn’t nap, which means he’s bored and looking to get into trouble. Now I don’t mind him demolishing his own room, but he also gets into the bathroom. We kept discovering that he had filled a garbage can with water to float his toys in, or used all of the little flossers for some game, or squirted out half of the soap onto the floor. So he lost his bathroom privileges. Which means he needs to ask us to supervise him in the bathroom during naps. And he quickly realized that it is much more fun to call for mommy to take him to go potty 8 times than to play by himself. Aside from the fact that he’s keeping me from napping or showering or interrupting my quiet time, he’s hollering right outside Kate’s door and often wakes her up before she’s ready to wake up cheerful. And the last thing I want is a short nap AND a grumpy girl for the rest of the day.

    Now I know some of you are thinking that its too much to ask a three year old to rest quietly for two hours, but I don’t buy it. For one, I think are kids are capable of much more than we regularly expect from them. Two, he can and has done it in the past. In fact he was doing it daily back when he was still in a diaper- it was the whole bathroom thing that did him in. Three, while some moms may not need as much down time as I do, I find that if I don’t have a few hours to myself I go a little crazy. It is much easier to parent when I am recharged. Four, when else am I going to sneak some chocolate into my diet? Those kids can hear a candy wrapper crinkle or the sound of a handful of m&ms several rooms away!

    Yesterday was the final straw. JT was standing in the bathroom as I was putting Kate down for nap and I asked if he needed to go potty. He said no. So I closed the bathroom door and the baby gate and walked downstairs to feed James. JT immediately started hollering that he had to go potty. I told him that he should have gone when he had the chance and proceeded to feed James. JT spent the next 15 minutes yelling with increasing panic that he had to go poop and wasn’t going to make it and I needed to hurry. I finally finished on the first side with James and went up to let JT in the bathroom. As he was going in he told me that I could go back to feeding James and that he didn’t need any help. So I went ahead and started to feed James on the other side only for JT to start hollering that he needed help wiping. Are you kidding me? Ri-dic-u-lous. I was ready to kill him.

    Anyway, I decided that I needed to come up with an incentive plan for a better nap time. A behavior chart or something. EVERY DAY I have to listen to him and deal with him waking up the other kids and needing to use the restroom every 5 minutes and I have had it.

    Here’s what I came up with-
    He starts nap with the potential to earn 20 cents. The first two times I have to interact with him he loses a dime each time. When he’s out of money he starts getting punished each time I need to deal with him. As soon as he earns a dollar we make a trip to the dollar store for a prize. If he can earn his dollar in just 5 days he gets the option to spend it on a treat at McDonald’s where he can play on the play structure.

    Today is day one. He lost both dimes in the last half hour which resulted in a tantrum. Maybe tomorrow. I have high hopes.

  • Menu Plan April 15-21

    Date: 2012.04.15 | Category: meal plan | Response: 2

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- impossible cheeseburger pie

    Monday- free pizza from Dominoes

    Tuesday- pork loin and potatoes

    Wednesday- melt in your mouth chicken

    Thursday- Mexican chicken crockpot

    Friday- fish tacos

    Saturday- Mexican chicken lime soup

  • Menu Plan April 8-14

    Date: 2012.04.09 | Category: meal plan | Response: 1

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- Easter Sunday!  We brought jello jiggler eggs, potato salad and bunny cake!

    Monday- spinach, artichoke, chicken pasta bake

    Tuesday- melt in your mouth chicken

    Wednesday- taco salad

    Thursday- gnocchi with pink sauce

    Friday- fish tacos

    Saturday- impossible cheeseburger pie

    Whew- the clock seems to be moving at a faster pace than I can move lately… I keep realizing that I’ve fallen behind on something and when I catch up with that there is always something else that has slipped.  Too bad we didn’t win that huge lotto jackpot- we sure could use Alice from the Brady Bunch in our home!

  • Dump Cake

    Date: 2012.04.05 | Category: recipes | Response: 1

    When I met my husband he had a few recipes that he wowed me with. Beef stew, pasta roni with chicken, and dump cake. I had never heard of dump cake, but quickly became a fan. It’s a yummy, quick, easy dessert and we always keep the ingredients on hand for dessert emergencies. We’ve learned in the intervening years that you can actually mix things up with your dump cake- so here are our original recipe and a few variations that we’ve tried and enjoyed for your dining pleasure! I like mine warm with ice cream on top.

    Original Dump Cake

    1 can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
    1 can cherry pie filling
    1 yellow cake mix
    1 stick of butter

    Pour the pineapple (with it’s juice) and the cherry pie filling in a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with dry cake mix. Cover with thin slices of butter. Bake at 350º for 45-60 minutes.

    Peach Dump Cake

    1 can sliced peaches (do not drain)
    1 can peach pie filling
    1 yellow cake mix
    1 stick of butter

    Pour both cans of peaches in a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with dry cake mix. Cover with thin slices of butter. Bake at 350º for 45-60 minutes.

    Mix it up a little Dump Cake

    1 can sliced peaches (do not drain)
    1 can peach pie filling
    1 can cherry pie filling
    1 yellow cake mix
    1 stick of butter

    Pour both cans of peaches and the cherry pie filling in a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with dry cake mix. Cover with thin slices of butter. Bake at 350º for 45-60 minutes.

    Cherry Brownies

    1 can cherry pie filling
    1 box brownie mix

    Mix the brownie mix and cherry pie filling. Place in a greased 9×13 pan and bake 30-40 minutes at 350º.

    Chocolate Cherry Cake

    1 chocolate cake mix
    1 can cherry pie filling
    1 package chocolate chips
    1 can diet Coke

    Mix the cake mix, cherry pie filling and diet Coke. Stir in chocolate chips. Place in a greased 9×13 pan and bake 30-40 minutes at 350º.

    yum!

  • Menu Plan April 1-7

    Date: 2012.04.02 | Category: meal plan | Response: 0

    What are we having for dinner this week?

    Sunday- Beau Jo’s pizza and fro yo for dessert!

    Monday- pesto chicken and pasta (from the freezer)

    Tuesday- cheesy beef stroganoff

    Wednesday- enchiladas (from my friend Jen- thank you!)

    Thursday- crock pot chicken cordon bleu

    Friday- gnocchi soup

    Saturday- artichoke baked tilapia

    Our friend Dan ended up coming last week for a visit and to meet his namesake (we chose James’ middle name in honor of him!) so things got a little switched around, we ate out a few times, but we did have salmon, burgers and brats, and grilled pizza.  Not to mention snicker doodles, not one but two batches of Golden Graham S’mores, a dump cake, several bags of chips, a trip to the frozen custard shop, a trip to the frozen yogurt shop, and a trip to a candy store!  On Sunday we drove up to Evergreen  and had some super yummy pizza at Beau Jo’s and let the kids run and play in a park on the drive back down the mountain.  Yesterday the temps were in the low 80’s- today?  It’s in the 30’s, people and they’re calling for rain and snow.  Dude.

    This week is my first week with just me and the kids (between Chris and my parents I got a full 5 weeks of help!) so I’m finally digging into the freezer to use some of the meals I have stashed in there.  Unfortunately, not only is Chris back at school this week after a delightful Spring Break, but track season starts today, so now we have 4 evenings a week when he won’t be home until 6 or so.  UGH.  I mean, man, I sure am thankful to have a husband who works so hard to provide for our family!

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