Thursday, April 24, 2014

Take Your Child to Work Day

 
 
 
Well, today was Take Your Kid to Work Day.
 
It was an interesting day to say the least....
It definitely did not help that Thing One just kept telling me how bored he was. Thing Two wanted to take every customer by the hand and show them around.
 
He would even ask them to close their eyes, and then would try to lead them around the store....
 
I'm tired.
 
 
 


 
 


 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Dinner


 
Happy Saturday! There was a change of plans for my Easter dinner with the boys. Everything still turned out absolutely delicious. We ate all the sides!
Now to think of some great recipes to use up the leftover ham.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honey Mustard Glazed Ham
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (10-pound) smoked, bone-in ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

 
INSTRUCTIONS
 
1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third.
 
2. Remove any plastic packaging or netting from the ham. Trim away any excess fat, leaving about a 1/4-inch layer all over. Set the ham aside to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
 
3. Line a baking sheet with several sheets of aluminum foil (it will make cleanup a lot easier). Place the ham, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Tightly cover the ham and parchment paper with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
 
4. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Set aside and let cool to lukewarm (the glaze should be the consistency of room-temperature honey).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. When the ham is ready, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Discard the foil and parchment paper and, using a sharp knife, score a 1-inch-wide diamond pattern (don’t cut more than 1/4 inch deep) over the entire ham.
 
6. Brush the ham with a quarter of the glaze (about a generous 1/3 cup), return it to the oven, and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush with another quarter of the glaze, and repeat every 15 minutes until all of the glaze has been used and a dark golden-brown crust has formed, about 55 to 60 minutes total. Let the ham rest 20 to 30 minutes before slicing.
 
 
The ham was delicious! I also made braised balsamic vinegar asparagus and parmesan baked sweet potato fries.
 
Overall it was a great dinner. The boys got to open their Easter baskets and they made an Easter egg hunt for me!
 
I hope everyone has a good and safe holiday.
Left-over ham recipes to come!

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.