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Archive for the month “January, 2012”


Monday:  Guacamole Grilled Cheese: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/guacamole-grilled-cheese-sandwich/

Tuesday:  Burrito Casserole: http://jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com/2010/11/burrito-casserolle.html

Wednesday:  Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches: http://www.sweetandsavoryfood.com/2010/01/best-ever-pulled-pork-sandwiches.html

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday:  Winging it:)

Happy cooking!


Is someone telling me something?


A) addressed to Jaymie – from Institute for Brain Potential
B) seminar on dealing with high conflict people

The Freakin’ Weekend

Mom and Dad are coming for the weekend and we’re all really excited!

Because I want to keep the links, and I’m lame, here’s what we’re eating:

Saturday night: Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/06/crockpot-baked-potato-soup-recipe.html

Sunday night:  Bubble Up Enchiladas http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/2011/07/bubble-up-enchiladas.html

If all goes well, I think they’re going to take Avery to Happy Feet 2 on Saturday night.  It will be her first theater experience.  And I think they’re babysitting on Sunday for us while we go to church and have an actual warm meal where actual conversation might take place.  Keep your fingers crossed:)

Happy weekending!

An Interview with Avery

What is your name?


How old are you?


No, how old are you?

1 finger.

Okay, we’ll work on that later.  What is your favorite food?


What’s is your favorite color?


What is your favorite book?

The first day of school…Emily’s book. (a recent library book)

Who’s your best best friend?

I don’t know…Matt and Tim (her cousins).

Why do you love Daddy?

He’s a jack-in-the box. (?????)

Who’s your favorite brother?


Do you love Micah?

(climbing on table…no comment….must have been a rough day.)

What is your favorite show?


What’s your favorite thing to play?

My animals (zoo).

What’s your favorite thing to do outside?


What is your favorite sport?


What else do you want to say?

We have cars.  That’s my favorite.  I’m stuck (in between the table and the chair).  I can’t do this (get out).

Who are your friends?

Boy.  (???????)  Brooklyn and Caitlin and Emma and Baby Carter and Caleb and Maddi and Maggie.  And boys. (seriously, I’m worried).

Avery: 2 years, 7 months

Micah: 8 months...possibly angry that all his bibs have hearts and pink on them.

A Sign of the Times

This morning, as I was getting dressed after my shower, Avery came into the bathroom looking for me.  Always complimentary, she promptly said, “I like your pull-up, Mom.”

Love that kid.

Weekly Meals

I thought maybe I should just say “weekly meals” since I haven’t been on the ball on a Monday in a while:)  At any rate, this is what we’re eating this week:

Monday:  We splurged and went out for Mexican last minute.  We’re just getting plugged back into the restaurant scene (haha, that sounded ridiculous) since Micah has been born.  We discovered around Christmas we could actually have a fairly enjoyable meal at a restaurant again, so we’re cautiously trying it out once in a while.  This is probably around the 5th time we’ve gone to a sit-down* meal since The Bubba was born.

*if Mexican restaurants are considered sit-down since often the orders come faster than McD’s.  Scary, but true.

Tuesday:  Seven-Layer Tostadas http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/06/recipe-for-seven-layer-tostadas.html Not that you needed a recipe for that.

Wednesday: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pizza-spaghetti-casserole-10000001589396/

Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese http://www.closetcooking.com/2011/08/buffalo-chicken-grilled-cheese-sandwich.html

Friday: Tim’s World Famous Pancakes (they taste eerily similar to Hungry Jack’s)

Any good recipes to share?

New Year

Every year, I kind of do some thinking on New Year’s Resolutions, but never really come up with a plan, etc.  This year, I’m putting it out there into the blogosphere….even if no one ever reads this, it’s written down and I can think about it and even come back to it next New Year and see how I did.

New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Organization.  Get the house organized.  I started this last year with meal-planning each week, and it’s done wonders for my sanity level at dinner time and for my number of trips to the grocery.  Rarely do I go to the grocery store more than once per week.  I do occasionally pick up something I need from our (non-Super) Target.  But, I usually go there once a week for diapers or formula or to just look around for a bit.  I’ve started getting my closet organized already (which has a lot of #2 involved), and we organized the Christmas stuff when we put it away, which helped us organize our downstairs storage closet.  We’re in the process of organizing Micah’s closet, which is HUGE.  It’s been a mess for a year or so.  We finally moved in a (huge) file cabinet in last weekend and the only things we need to organize are some of the kids keepsakes.  Up next: Our upstairs storage closet, my dresser and sock drawer, and our kitchen cabinets.

2.  De-clutter.  After Christmas, I didn’t even know it had been bubbling, but it hit me…the clutter of the house was overwhelming to me.  And I needed to take all of the Christmas stuff down NOW.  So, Tim obliged and that was our New Year’s Eve. [Thanks, honey!]  It felt good though to start the year off without stuff everywhere.  I realized around Christmas how much stuff we have.  Shoes, clothes, toys, etc.  It kind of made me feel heavy somehow.  So, I have gone through my shoes, and most of my closet and if I haven’t worn it in the last 2 years (I was prego last year, so I gave myself a grace year), it went.  I tried my hardest not to keep things because it was cute but doesn’t fit right, used to fit, might fit again someday, etc.  It was harder than I thought.  Same with shoes.  I kept a few special occasion shoes, but if I hadn’t worn them, they’re gone.  Part of the de-clutter plan is also to have a garage sale this spring.  I CANNOT WAIT.

3. Read more.  I don’t read enough.  I would love some book suggestions.  Either challenging or mindless.  My brain needs a workout.

4. More intentional with kids.  Somtimes the running around of the day gets in the way of what I really want to do: be a good mom to our kids.  I am going to try to come up with 3 things I want to do with each of them each day and follow through on them.

5. More positive.  Some days I’m quite the negative Nellie.  I want to change this for many reasons.  Still coming up with a game plan for this one.

Do you have any resolutions?

Wednesday Meals

A little late to the party this week.  Micah’s been a little under the weather and Tim went back to work yesterday, so we’re just getting into the swing of things.

Wednesday:  Breakfast for dinner

Thursday: Chili

Friday: Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup:  http://chefmommy-brandao.blogspot.com/2011/02/slow-cooker-creamy-chicken-and-wild.html

I will try to post some pics of the kidlets soon!

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