Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh babies!

So on Saturday we were hanging out with our best friends and decided to go eat lunch together.  So we went over to the A&W and got burgers and Root Beer Floats.  Muffin was not super happy with his toys, nor a napkin, and just really needed to sit on my lap and eat some bread.  So I pushed things out of his reach and put him on my lap.  He was there for about one minute before he lunged forward, grabbed the handle of my frosted mug, and dumped the whole thing all down him.  He was quite surprised at how cold it was; he has never experienced ice cream before.  He was soaked.  The diaper bag had root beer puddles in the bottom and ice cream on the straps and zipper.  The bench, and consequently my pants, were wet also.  There was root beer on the floor, the blanket, the toy in his lap, and the next booth over.  As I handed him to Hunk so I could try to clean up, he made a mad grab for Hunk's burger as well!  I guess I should get the message:
"mom, if you are eating real food, I HAD BETTER be eating it too!"  The boy loves his food.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


When you suddenly find yourself going from a family of 7 or more to a family of 1 or 2, cooking gets tricky.  There are ALWAYS leftovers.  You open a jar of spaghetti sauce and you have to eat Italian for a week!  We've all been there, right?  Well, that doesn't go over super great at our house.  Left overs may get taken for lunch once, but after that?  Then what?  Well, here's some ideas I have come up with.

Beef Burgundy one night makes great beef stew another night.  Just boil and add some potatoes and carrots!  Two menu items for the thought of one?! Yes please!

If you make home made chili, you can eat it as soup one night, and then put it on baked potatoes, in cornbread casserole, or on fry breads for Navajo Tacos.  They won't even know it's leftovers!

Too much french toast?  Make bread pudding!

Use that spaghetti sauce for something else!  It works great for pizza or Shepherds pie.  Hey, use those leftover mashers too!

Noodles left over?  If you use penne or bowtie pasta, you can make awesome casseroles or chicken pasta salad the next day.

Can't use that spinach or other dark greens fast enough?  Cram it in the blender with some fruit, juice, and yogurt, and pass it off as a smoothie.

Use heels of bread, old potato chips or dry biscuits in your meatloaf.

Use left over roast to make barbecue. Use left over barbecue to make pulled pork(or beef) grilled cheese.

Send those left over baked potatoes through a ricer or food mill and make gnocchi(it's stuffed pasta made with potato starch!)

Ok, that's all I can think of just now.  Do you guys have any ideas?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


You know you want one of these bad boys!  I'm so proud of myself for coming up with it, I don't know if I want to share:)  Anyway, here we go.  THIS IS MY FIRST TUTORIAL, so don't be hatin on me!

This is a cord caddy.  It hides all your cords so no one has to see them AND the baby can't get to them!

Here we are at the beginning.  That is my SEPARATED zipper. Separated means it comes totally apart like a coat. The fabric I am going to attach it to is 11 inches wide and 38 inches long and the zipper is 36 inches.  Gotta know the thing to find those, I tell ya! 

Now we are going to put 4 button holes in the corners of the fabric.  Do them 1 1/2inch inches from the edge  and half an inch from the end so you have room to A) hem and B) sew on the zipper. I didn't put pictures because I have an inferior, made up way of doing button holes because my machine is so old it doesn't have a buttonhole setting.

When your holes are done, fold up a half inch, two times and sew along the INSIDE edge.  This will give you both the hem and the casing for your drawstring.  Do this on both sides.  Be careful not to sew your button holes closed!

Now, we pin on the zipper.  I BASTE(big stitches,
 easier to pick out if you mess up) the back of the zipper to the front of my fabric, right along the edge.

If that works out then I fold the zipper to the back, which makes a nice edge on the front of the caddy, and sew the whole thing again with smaller stitches(you can unzip this kind of zipper to sew it)
Once you have done that on both sides all you have to do is put in the drawstring!

Here is me, sewing on the floor with my old-school machine. 

And there she is!  The baby toy is for perspective.  The drawstring is to keep it from all slouching down to the middle.

AND there she is again!  The cords you see are for the mouse and the keyboard. The coils of the internet cord didn't fit :(  If you want your powerstrip to fit inside you want the fabric a little wider.  I am constantly getting at my powerstrip so it didn't make sense to have it caught away.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Confessions of a slacker mom...

I don't bathe the baby every day.  And if we are going to Grandma's he gets an extra coat of lotion so she won't ask when the last time I bathed him was.

Sometimes he stays in his jammies all day too.

Sometimes I lay the baby down when he isn't tired, simply because I am tired.  There's a chance he will lay there and play nice for a while, right?

The baby likes the dog toys better than his own.  Sometimes I let him play with them.

Best Friends
I don't run the dishwasher until we are out of spoons.

Since Hunk cooks and does dishes on the weekend, I usually leave any pots and pans I use during the week for him to wash. 

I often don't fold the clothes until I need the basket...or the dryer.  Wherever they might be.

Dust? What is this mysterious activity I keep hearing about?

I secretly don't want my baby to start crawling, because then I will have to baby proof the house and be a tidy person.  Not to mention, where will I put all my projects?  It's either projecting on the floor or nothing in this house!

More often than not, we eat on the couch in front of the TV instead of at the table. Usually because there is not room at the table if the sewing machine is out.

I cheat. I count certain forms of housework as exercise.

"Mormon Mom" bloggers may seem like they have it all together: perfect house, perfect kids, etc.  We don't.  Our kids poop up their backs, just like anyone else's kids do.  We sometimes have to learn things the hard way, like to strap the baby into the bouncy chair instead of assuming he will just stay there.  We burn dinner.  We break dishes.  We are just people too.  I think the reason Mormon Mommy blogs are so popular is because we are embracing the role of Wife and Mother, and it is very fulfilling.  Some women have drifted away from that, and maybe even wish they had it.  Nurturing, I believe, is part of Woman's nature. 

If I spent as much time cleaning my house as I do watching Studio 5 and facebooking and blogging, I might have a nice clean house. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

oh life!

So, here I sit, waiting for Hunk to come home from work, trying to entertain Muffin and just thinking.  So, here are some of my thoughts:

This mom stuff is TOUGH!  I never knew.  How did my mom do it?  I call her about every other day to ask her questions.  "um, Muffin's head looks leprous."  "What should I do when I find Muffin sucking on the dog?"  "How did YOU raise children that were well behaved?"  "Should I be worried if..."  Today I have a boy that needs held all the time because he has an ouchy mouth and a stingy rashy bum.  How do you moms ever get anything done with a cranky baby?  Don't get me wrong, I did stuff today.  Like, sit on the couch and watch "American Pickers" while I tried to calm and feed Muffin.  I worked on my awesome windows while he slept.  And what are we doing now?  Well, I am writing this and muffin has discovered a newspaper.  Best discovery since splashing!  Did I eat lunch? No. Did I exercise? No.  Do I have dinner in the oven for my hard-workin man? No.  Did I set up Visiting Teaching appointments, clean the bathroom, fold the laundry, or sew on my project? No.  ALL I did was strip half a window.  But really, is it?

Just because I didn't get everything on my list done today, doesn't mean I did nothing.  Muffin needed me today.  He needed a rock-a-bye, and more diaper changes than usual.  He needed the blowout scrubbed out of his shirt and undershirt.  He needed an extra snuggle with Mamma.  He needed to NOT be in his jumper on account of his poor bum.  So, do I feel bad about today?  Not really.  I wish the poor guy wasn't sick, but I am happy to take care of him.  I will trade good housekeeper for good momma any day. 

Sorry about dinner, love

Healthy and DELICIOUS!

Here's a great blog to visit. My sister-in-law cooks with no sugar and whole grains. Her food is really tasty, and healthy! Check it out

Friday, January 21, 2011

Look what I found FRIDAY!

Okay mommas, all of us are on board for saving money, right? That's why I love this blogger who is all about Thrift Shop Glam. She decorates by sprucing up garage sale and DI finds. Totally down my alley! So, she was doing a linky party about Look what I found Friday, where her followers share their great finds. I had to play cause just look at these BEAUTS! None of the thrift stores around me had any windows, and it's not really yard sale season. Antique stores had poor selection at high prices, so I decided to call an actual window company. I got four of these windows out of their junk pile for 15$ total. Ka-ching! Here's the best part: I only wanted 2 so I sold the other two for 25 bucks! Ah, it was a beautiful day. Lead paint? probably. Just what I was looking for? Most Def. Brag worthy? I think so. Happy husband? Bonus! My question is, am I required to strip and repaint these on account of possible lead paint issues? Or can I use them as is, with maybe a seal coat?

Thursday, January 20, 2011


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