Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Plans and Spring Allergies


Hello Friends,
As some of you may remember, I am a BzzAgent.
Bzzagent.com will send me products for free, I use them and review them. I then share my thoughts and opinion with others around me about the product.
 
Today I received Children's Claritin.
I already love Claritin. It is one of the few allergy meds I can count on to not make me or the kids super drowsy.
Thing One has been having more allergy symptoms this year... Hopefully this will help him!
 
 
 
 
 
Easter is right around the corner!
An unfortunate part of having joint custody is sharing holidays.
This year, the kids will be with Pops on Easter Sunday, so I will be hosting my celebrations on Thursday, my day off from work.
 
I will be making a citrus glazed ham (recipe to come), braised asparagus, cheesy potatoes, and much more!
 
What are your Easter plans?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello Everyone!
 
It has been forever since I have made a post. I have taken on a new job that has given me a lot more free time, which will hopefully mean a lot more posts!
 
To update you, Thing One is going to be six years old in May! He has already lost two of his bottom teeth.
Thing Two will be four years old in July. He is without a doubt a big trouble maker and story teller!
 
Anyone have advice or ideas of ways that they creatively let their children use their imaginations for good?
 
At bedtime, I tell Thing Two to make up a story for us.
I figure if I give him an outlet for his imagination, he wont come up to me with stories about how a little ant tripped over our cat food container and spilled it everywhere....
 
 

Friday, September 2, 2011

How to Clean your Dishwasher





The other day I noticed that my dishwasher was starting to smell. There was no food caught in the trap, and it looked clean, but it still smelled dirty.
So, I decided to clean and deodorize it!

Here's how you do it:

What you will need:
a bowl
white distilled vinegar

Directions:

1. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 1 cup vinegar.
2. Place the bowl in the bottom rack of the dishwasher, facing up so the vinegar doesn't spill out.
3. Run the dishwasher on a light cycle.


That's it! Your dishwasher will smell like new!

September


           Hello everyone! I haven't written on this in so long! I have the day of today and have a little extra time while the kids nap, so I thought I would post.
           
           Time has gone by so fast while I've been working. A month feels like a week.
          
           Thing Two is walking now! He was able to do it for awhile, but just didnt want to.
           He is still a great eater. He usually eats more than Thing One does!
 
           Thing One is doing well, too. He is learning new things every day! Just today he read a book to ME for the first time. He went to every page and made up a whole story. It was really nice.
           He still likes to cook and take pictures. He helped me make lunch today.

           Dinner is in the slow-cooker. We're having my Easy Country Style Ribs for dinner. I'm hoping that some friends of ours will come over for dinner. Pops never likes company when I make ribs though! 

          
          

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Chronicles of Saydee and the Jelly Beans


When I put Thing Two down for his naps, I take him into my bedroom, feed him, and then lay him in his bed.
I am in there for about 10 minutes.

I usually set up a show or some toys for Thing One, and ask him to just play quietly so I can get Thing Two to sleep.
Sometimes I will come out to find him getting into things he shouldn't; but usually he is really good.

And then sometimes, I find out about things AFTER they have happened. Like when I went through my camera the other day, and found all these pictures of Saydee.
It started with pictures of Saydee just laying.
Then, suddenly a bunch of jelly beans appeared in front of her.
As the pictures progressed, it showed Saydee eating all of the jelly beans! 










           I do have to say that it's pretty cool how into photography Thing One is. He gets right down on the floor to get the picture he wants!!

Our doctors appointment went alright.
They couldn't find anything wrong with us, so they just figured that we had a virus. Since I have been sick for so long they think I must have caught a couple of virus' back to back.
I'm hardly ever sick. So I doubt that, haha.

While there though, the doctor noticed that Thing Two's left ear was completely clogged with wax.
He decided to try and clean some out, with a tool that looked like a little spoon.
As soon as he tried to get some wax out of the ear, Thing Two SCREAMED. Worse than shots.
It must have been a very sudden sharp pain.

He wasn't even able to get much out, because right when he started, Thing One fell down and landed on his face. He bit his cheek pretty good, and has a big bruise on his cheek. 

So, now both boys were crying hysterically. I'm trying to comfort them both and the doctor says "Ooookay, I'm going to go now, I'll be right back." And he just left! He obviously does NOT have kids.

He never even finished Thing Two's ear and now Thing Two keeps tugging on it.

I think I'm going to try the bulb syringe method: gently squeezing some warm water into the ear, and then suctioning it out.
I might also try letting the ear soak in some hydrogen peroxide. I've heard that works really well.

I could always take him to urgent care, but they would probably use the spoon again, and I'm worried about them just pushing the wax in further since the entire ear was clogged.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pasta Primavera



The boys and I will be going to the doctors today.
During the day my sore throat is manageable, but during the night it's too much.
And if I'm in that much pain, then the boys; who are sick too, must be in pain as well. :(

We shall see.


I made pasta primavera for dinner last night. It was really good!
My picture isn't that great though.
I was able to take one picture, and then my camera died.


Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
24 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 pound angel hair pasta
Olive oil
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 cups broccoli florets
2 cups sugar snap peas
8 asparagus spears, stalks trimmed and peeled, cut into thirds
3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper


Directions:  
1. In a large saute pan, heat the canola oil over medium-high heat until almost simmering. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute, or until lightly golden brown. Add the carrots and half of the tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the carrots begin to soften.
2. Add the stock, bring to a boil, immediately reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes to reduce slightly.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the package directions so that the pasta is al dente. Drain, drizzle with olive oil, and set aside until needed.
4. Add the heavy cream to the reduced stock in the saute pan and bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, sugar snap peas, and asparagus and the remaining tomatoes. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the vegetables are tender. Add the grated cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl and toss with the primavera sauce. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Zucchini Cheddar Frittatas



I'm sick.
I've been sick.
For a couple weeks now.

One day I noticed that my throat was kind of sore. Within an hour I felt so sick that all I could do was lay in bed. It happened so fast.
Now, a few weeks later, I still have a really bad sore throat.
I thought it had gone away, but two nights ago it started hurting again.
This morning it hurts so bad I can't even talk. :( 
Luckily it's just a sore throat, so I can still function through-out the day.




So; I actually got around to making the frittatas yesterday! 
They were pretty good.
I didn't think Pops would eat them, but he came home from work hungry.
He said it smelled really good in the house, heated up the rest of the frittatas, and ate them all!

I still haven't told him there was zucchini in them! ;-)
Ingredients:
cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 medium zucchini, shredded on the large holes of a box grater
2 shallots, thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
7 large eggs
2/3 cup half and half
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spray 12 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. In a medium saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until just simmering. Add the zucchini and shallots and saute for 3 to 4 minutes, or until wilted and soft. Pour off or drain any excess moisture. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and about 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

 



3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, cheddar cheese, thyme, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Season with a few grinds of pepper.
This is the perfect time to have any little helpers come help out!




4. Divide the zucchini mixture among the muffin cups. Top each cup with the egg mixture, dividing it equally among the cups. I used a 1/4 measuring cup to do this. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until puffy, golden brown, and just set.

5. Run a dull knife around the outside of each frittata and remove. Serve immediately.
Enjoy!