Thursday, July 31, 2008

Overheard

While in the car tonight I was eavesdropping on a conversation between Megan and her Doggie.

I heard her say:

"No hit Doggie. Mama Sorry. Give Mama hug and kiss."

I had to smile. She is listening and understanding time out. After her time is up I have her come to me and tell her why she was in time out. I then have her say she is sorry and then give her a hug and kiss. If she hits someone I also have her go to that person and say sorry she hit them.

There has been major hitting issues in the house this week. Oh the joys of the terrible twos!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chicken Parmesan

Yesterday I was talking to my mom and she said that she was sending Dad over with two leftover uncooked chicken breast. As we were chatting I told her that spaghetti was on my menu. She suggested that I use the chicken to make chicken parmesan and serve it with a side of spaghetti. Wonderful idea! Especially since that is my favorite dish when we go to Olive Garden.


Here is my version:

Take two chicken breast and dip in milk wash (that is just an egg and milk mixed together). Coat chicken in bread crumbs that have been mixed with some parmesan cheese.

I then browned the chicken breast and put them into oven at 400 degrees. I let the chicken bake for about 20 minutes. I then spooned on some spaghetti sauce and returned to the oven. Once the spaghetti sauce was hot (about 10 minutes later) I sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is just melted.

I served this with a side of spaghetti and bread sticks.

I had wanted to add a salad but the grocery store by my house was charging $1.98 for a head of lettuce! The store where I do most of my shopping had lettuce for $0.98 the last time I was there. I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much.

This meal was yummy! Thanks for the suggestion Mom.














Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekend Stuff

Friday night we headed to the mall to pick up a birthday present. The plan was to grab a quick bite to eat before shopping. I had my heart set on Chick-fil-A. I was heartbroken when I got there and saw they were closed for remodeling!

That is okay. Chuck ended up taking us to TGI Fridays and it was fantastic. We were able to eat there for under $20, which shocked us both!

We then purchased the present and browsed around the bookstore before heading home. I don't hit the mall often so it was fun.

Saturday afternoon we headed to my parents to celebrate my niece Alison's birthday. She is 15! Boy does that make me feel old! It was a wonderful afternoon for a pool party.



All of the kids were in the pool having a blast! They had a friendly match of chicken which was fun to watch.

Then they took a swimming break for a water balloon fight. The big boys decided to join the fun. It was very funny to watch the boys get blasted by balloons!
Megan decided that all of the noise and splashing from the big kids was too much for her. She spend the afternoon hanging out on the pool deck.

Sunday we spent a lazy afternoon at home. I pulled a few spent flowers from my lilies while Megan napped. Chuck tried to fix his truck, but had no luck. It needs a new oil pump and he was unable to get the oil pan off. His uncle is coming by tomorrow night to help with that.

We grilled out burgers for dinner and then spent some time outside playing. Megan helped me water flowers and played on the swing. I then made ice cream cones for everyone and we headed in for bath time.

I really wanted to do some crafting but just ran out of time. Hopefully I can get a few things started this week.

I know that I have been a sporadic blogger lately. My days are full and have been passing too quick! I do enjoy blogging and reading other blogs so hopefully things will slow down around here.

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Light Banana Bread

I stumbled across a recipe for Weight Watchers Banana Bread.

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 egg whites
1 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x4 loaf pan. Mix together dry ingredients add wet ingredients just until moist. Bake 50 - 55 minutes. Turn onto wire rack and cool before slicing. Slice into 12 slices. 3 points each.

I know that there are recipes out there with less points, but I was trying to avoid using Splenda.

Hubby said that is was good, but a little flat. Let me tell you why it was flat. While typing out this recipe I realized that I had forgotten to add the baking powder!! Oops!! Oh well, at least we got a good laugh tonight. Considering it tasted pretty good without the baking powder I will be giving this another try.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekend Fun

This weekend we attended the annual reunion for our adoption agency, FTIA. It is held at a park about 45 minutes north of where we live. The park is fantastic and our agency makes sure there is lots of fun things to do.


The park has an amazing play area. Megan thought this was the neatest swing.


We were able to catch up with many of the people we traveled with. Megan had a great time playing with her friends.

This is a Mama and daughter picture of those from Megan's orphanage group. There a total of eleven families but only six were able to attend this year. Attendance seemed to be down this year. Not sure if it is the high gas prices are the fact that it was a very, very hot day.


Our travel group had something like 33 families. Here is a picture of the girls from our travel group.


It is wonderful to be able to see everyone. All of the girls have grown so much. Although there were lots of people missing this year we still had a great time and look forward to next year's reunion.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Magazines!

I found a great resource for inexpensive magazines on Mandy's blog.

I was able to get a year subscription to two magazines for under $5.00!

In case you are curious I ordered Country Home ($4/year/which is great since I just received my last issue) and Family Fun ($2/year).

They are running a special for July where you get 20% off of your order. I was able to bring my $6 total down to $4.80. Thanks for sharing Mandy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Birthday Bash

I have been away from blogging much longer then I ever intended. I have just been living life!

On Saturday we had Megan's 2nd Birthday party. It was a polka dot theme. I was terrible at taking before pictures. We served appetizers along with cake and ice cream.



I made the cake. Nothing fancy. It was half white and half chocolate with butter cream frosting.

We started the party out on our back porch, but it was so hot that after we ate the kids played a bit we headed inside for cake and present opening.


I finished making the thank you cards last night and am happy to say that they are in the mailbox this morning.

I hope to be back to regular posting, but as always it just depends on what life throws my way!


Monday, July 07, 2008

Christmas in July: Sock Snowman

I love snowmen. I have several of them that I display during the Winter season. This little guy was very easy to make. Here are the directions.



Take a roll of toilet paper and wrap it in saran wrap. (This is so it is easier to slide.)

Put the toilet paper roll into a white tube sock.

Add a 3 in styrofoam ball on top of the toilet paper roll.

Gather the sock on top of the styrofoam ball and tie off with a piece of fabric.

Use a piece of fabric to tie between the toilet paper roll and the styrofoam ball to make the scarf. I then cut the ends of the fabric to look like the fringe of a scarf.

Then gather some of the remaining sock and make a toboggan hat for your snowman. Tie off the hat with another piece of fabric. Then cut off the remaining sock leaving just a little sticking out from where you tied off the hat.

Add two black glass stick pins for the eyes. Glue on a triangle cut from orange card stock for the nose. Then glue on three buttons of your choosing. I used BDU buttons that I had in my button jar.

I plan to make a snow-woman to go with this little guy. I will create an apron for her and then display them in my kitchen window this winter.


Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th!

It is pouring this morning, so our plans for the 4th may not be happening. Oh well, I think a lazy day at home would be great also.

Last night we attended a small town fireworks display. We are fortunate to have friends that live on the edge of town and open up their yard for a few family and friends. Megan had a blast! She was amazed by the fireworks and keep saying "I hold it" and "more." I don't what the adults loved more, the fireworks or Megan's enthusiasm. Seeing things through the eyes of my child allows me to really stop and enjoy the simple things!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Two!

Megan had a birthday yesterday. Can you believe she is two! It is hard for me to believe. It feels like yesterday she was placed in my arms.

We had a low key celebration. I had all of my daycare kids yesterday. Thankfully my niece, Alison was here to help. To celebrate we had a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. I put different toppings in a muffin tray. The kids thought it was great to choose their own toppings.


Last night we headed out for dinner with Chuck's mom and step dad. After dinner Grandma and Grandpa took Megan shopping at Toys r Us. She had a blast trying out all of the bikes.

Grandma and Grandpa were generous enough to let Megan bring this trike home.

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Christmas in July: Homespun Gift Tags

Can you believe that I am already thinking of Christmas? Well, I am! Every year I always have a list of things that I want to make. It seems to me that Christmas is here before I know it and I am not ready. My goal this year is to start working on things so that I can actually enjoy the month of December.

The first item on my list this season was Homespun Gift Tags.

These were really easy to make and used two of my favorite things... brown craft paper and twine. I first cut out two different sized stars. For the larger star I used red card stock and for the smaller star brown craft paper. You can find the pattern I used here.

I then used double stick tape and attached the two stars together.

Next I cut out a heart shape. I could not find a pattern that had the homespun look so I drew my own heart. This was taped on top of the brown star.

The next step was to decide how I wanted to stitch on these. I couldn't decide between stitching on the heart or around the star. I decided to do a few of both. I found that it was easier if I used the needle to punch out the holes for the embroidery thread before stitching. I then used two strands of black floss.

The finish these off I made a bow with twine and hot glued it onto the heart. I also used twine to make a loop for hanging and hot glued this onto the back of the star.

These were simple to make and I think they will look great on a package wrapped in brown paper and tied with red ribbon.

I am hoping to post a Christmas craft once a week for the month of July. Of course it always depends on how busy my family life is!