Friday, February 29, 2008
Have Mama pull back the peel. Take a big bite!
And another big bite.
Don't forget to pull back the peel as you eat more and more of this delicious fruit.
When you think you are almost done, shake the peel to make sure that you didn't miss anything!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
4 oz uncooked spaghetti
1/2 pound ground beef
1 jar spaghetti sauce
3 egg whites
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook spaghetti and drain. Mix together spaghetti, 2 egg whites and Parmesan cheese. Press into bottom and up sides of greased pie pan. Mix together 1 egg white and ricotta cheese. Place on top of spaghetti. Add meat sauce. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Top with cheese and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
I had been wanting to try this for a while. It is a nice change to regular ole spaghetti. Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I pull out the coupons I know I am going to use before I go shopping and paperclip them to my shopping list. The problem I was having is if I found something while shopping and had to thumb through this, hold my list and keep a toddler entertained. This just wasn't working for me.
This is my solution.
I bought a binder and found picture holders for my coupons. I was able to add tabs and break things down. I am able to have as many pockets within a category that I need. I can now separate my toothpaste and shampoo coupons where in the past they were all lumped together in one pocket. The thing I love most about this is that I have a category for CVS so I can keep track of my ECB's, craft store and restaurants coupons. I also have a pocket in the front for storing my shopping list. I am sure that as I use this more I will have some kinks to work out, but for the moments I am loving it!
Monday, February 25, 2008
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and well drained.
Heat over to 350 degrees. (For regular muffins heat to 400) Grease entire inside of tin can (or bottoms of muffin tins). Beat milk, oil, vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once just until four is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fold in blueberries. Fill cans 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Yields 5 soup can muffins. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am so tired of this virus! I have washed all of the bedding and the throws from the living room are going into the wash next. Also on my to do list is for all of Megan's toys to get a good cleaning. Even though it is freezing here I plan to send Chuck and Megan out for a little while and open all the windows to air this place out. I am determined to get rid of this!
Thank you for all of your well wishes. If I am not back to regular posting tomorrow I will be on Monday.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
When I got Megan up today I could tell she had a fever. She was 100.8 when I got her up. She ate breakfast and played. She refused lunch, napped and woke up with a 103.4 temp. I called the doctor and we went in for an afternoon visit. No strep, no ear infection, conclusion is that it is viral. We were given a prescription to help with her running nose and congestion.
You know a 19 month is not feeling well when this is how her evening is spent.
At this time she was running a 104.7 temp. She finally ate half of a popcicle. All we can do is keep alternating the drugs for fever and try to keep her hydrated. The night could be interesting!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday morning we meet my parents for breakfast. Yum! We then did a little shopping. I bought Megan's Easter dress and a few capri outfits for Spring. Come on Spring! By the time we were done shopping and finished a couple of other errands Megan was sacked out in the car. We decided to go for a drive so she could get a good nap. We ended up finding a 620 acre historic farm for sale. If only... a girl can dream!
Sunday was a day of rest. I overdid it a little and keep having fits of coughing. After a week of taking it easy it felt really good to be out and about this weekend. Have a great Monday!
Friday, February 15, 2008
I used my favorite table cloth. I use this a lot in the summer for our picnics. I added my cake plate to the middle of the table with cupcakes inside. The picture doesn't show this well, but around the base of the cake stand was sugar cookies cut into X & O's along with heart shapes. At each place there was a muffin cup that had conversation hearts inside.
Because I hadn't been feeling well I was happy when Monica posted with a link to coloring pages. The kids had a good time coloring these and snacking on their conversation hearts.
Then it was time for snack.
I had planned on pizza for dinner, but was treated to dinner out instead. For dinner tonight we will feast on pizza topped with a cheese heart. To make this heart I placed a cookie cutter on top and filled it in with cheese. So easy!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Yesterday I spent the afternoon making cupcakes!
I made 48 cupcakes. Some for our Valentine party this afternoon and the rest were for Chuck to take into his office to share. I will be sure to take lots of pictures today so I can share the fun of Megan's first Valentine Day. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Today begins the Chinese New Year, the year of the Rat.
Xin Nian Kuai Le! Happy New Year to you all!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Chinese New Year begins on Thursday. I am really not prepared! We decided not to go out for dinner since my niece and nephew will be here until 6:30 that evening. Chuck's day begins early so we usually eat dinner shortly after 4:30. I am still working on getting our meal planned and am hoping to have time to put together little gift boxes to send home with Megan's friends that day. If I get it all together I will let you all know how they turn out.
That is what is happening around here. If I happen to disapear for a day or so you'll know that I am just busy with life. Have a good day!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Make bread recipe of your choice. (I use the basic white from Betty Crocker.) Allow bread to rise. Punch down dough and divide into 16 pieces (for a double loaf recipe). Roll each section of dough into a circle. Add your desired filling. I made ham & cheese and pizza. Fold over your dough and pinch edges together. Pinch firmly so they won't open while rising. I used a fork to make a good seal. Allow to rise. Note: it may take longer then normal to rise if your filling is cold. Bake at 400 for approximately 10 minutes.
The leftovers went into my freezer for lunches. They can be re-heated in the microwave for a minute or two, depending on how hot your microwave is. Chuck gaves these the thumbs up, so this will be a staple around our house. Enjoy!