Thursday, May 31, 2012


I've been laying low, like a submarine, surrounded by the words of Suzanne Collins. I can't stop reading Mockingjay and I am loving every minute of it!

Be back soon...maybe!

Oh, real quick! I made some kale chips - not so good. Next time, if there is a next time I will use the kale the day I buy it rather than days later. I also made some coleslaw for the first time and it was really easy and yummy. All it had was red cabbage, apple slice, mayonnaise or yogurt, and cider vinegar. Easy peasy!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thank Goodness It's Almost Friday

I'm not sure why this week is any different from any other week, but man!, when my sister misses her weekly Tuesday just makes the rest of the week tough. The last two nights I've been so tired and ready just to drop by time Baby Girl goes to bed - 8:30 p.m. Then that second-mommy wind kicks in and I pick up the toys from the ground, do the last lap around the kitchen, and take any laundry out of the dryer if needed. Sometimes I remember to brush my teeth. 

Anyway, Pastor Husband and I are in the process of eating better. Not dieting. Eating better, which means for us having way more produce on the plate than the carbs we love so much. I bought out Sprouts and loved every second of it. It's fun finding recipes with new and tasty ways to make vegetables and just healthy dinners. I never really cooked unhealthy meals, but we do go out a lot! Way too much. So, this is helping us stay home and leftovers for lunch.

Here are a few of the new creations we've digested:
The before for the crackers...yes, homemade crackers!

The after of my homemade rosemary crackers.

Grated zucchini (from our backyard!) for zucchini bites.

Mini-berry pies from berries I got at the farmer's market this morning.
The zucchini bites came from here: The Curious Country Cook. It was really yummy and the first time I have ever liked zucchini so there will definitely be more of these little guys.

Here is the recipe for the crackers: The Food Faffer. I don't think the blog is still going, but the recipes are still up and the crackers are easy and very good.

The pie - well, that was my idea. An idea that actually worked! Just make the pie pastry with your recipe of choice. Mix whatever berries you like with some sugar and flour. Place the pastry in the wells of a cupcake tin, fill up with berries, place a slab of butter on top of that, and then put more pastry on top of the berries. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Tadaa! 

Thank you & Goodnight!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Birthday Projects

In April, I wrote down a list of things that needed to be done - well, okay, not needed, but wanted - before the big 1st birthday party, which is in September. Call me crazy, I like to plan well in advance so when the day does arrive there is nothing to be done with the exception of lots of fun and lots o' cake! As the list grew I decided I would take each month between now and then and complete a birthday project.

April - Birthday Banner
May - Birthday Tutu and all the table stuff (napkins, plates, utensils, cups, cupcake holder)

So far, I have completed everything on the list except for the cupcake holder, but that should be done by the end of this weekend because I need to go to Michael's for some colored marbles/rock things. That errand will be done this afternoon when Pastor Husband signs me up for a basic cake decorating class...I'm excited!

Amazing First we come!

P.S. - the theme is Dr. Seuss, not Miss America :)

Every birthday girl needs a tutu!

The Banner 
This flag will wave proudly on top of her cupcake.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday = Things On My Baby's Head

...or things I put my baby in or just a new & cute baby picture to share!

My dream is to be in an 80's hair band!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Month Eight

I cannot believe Baby Girl is already 8 months old! Today! We celebrated Mother's Day yesterday and Pastor Husband took me to get a manicure and pedicure and the last time I was there I was 8 months pregnant. Time really does pass you by and you don't even realize it until something like that happens. 

I have been told "Happy Mother's Day" before and, last year, a few of my high school girls made me cards (probably because I threatened them) and I do feel like a mother-figure to them. It goes so much more deeper than that though and I don't know how to put it into words. They are that important and special to me. This year, there is a whole new meaning to the word mother. Dare I say, I have empathy for mothers and mothering now? I know I have an understanding that I never had before. It's that way with a lot of things now. I guess, to kind of explain it, it's like when you know Jesus exists, you know the Bible stories, and church happens on the major church-y holidays. You know it, it's there, there is some education behind it; however, when your heart begins to beat with Jesus' heartbeat and when your life follows in His footsteps that He already placed so that you know where to go - well, it makes the earth move and your eyes see different than before. 

That's what Baby Girl has done for me.

Happy Birthday my Love!!

Age - 8 months
Weight - 14 pounds-ish

Height - 24 inches
Favorite TV Show - Yo Gabba Gabba (Oh, DJ Lance!)
Favorite Book - The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Favorite Toy - Mono Head (it's a small blanket with a monkey head attached) & The Lorax
Favorite Hobby - Looking cute :) 
Favorite Song - The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Favorite Topic - aliens coming to attack
Favorite Food - Sweet potatoes mixed with bananas and cinnamon (We really like this combo too!)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"Do not go gentle into that good night"

So, I may not be slaying dragons or curing the world of cancer, but it's a quiet night - Baby Girl is sleeping soundly, Pastor Husband is on his way home after seeing his hero (Dennis Prager) - and I am grabbing hold of these quiet moments and making baby food. I love this!  We went to the produce store yesterday and bought a bunch of veggies and fruits and now I'm smashing them to bits for our daughter. I really do enjoy this part of my job.

Only problem...our toilet is clogged. I have to pee. I'm not unclogging the toilet...that's gross!

Husband to the rescue!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nap Time

"...time for sleep, time for sleep. Nap time, nap time, close your eyes, go to sleep." Yo Gabba Gabba

Baby Girl loves her some D.J. Lance!

It's been awhile since the last post and first it was because Baby Girl was sick, then I was sick, and then I let my circumstances make my decisions for me. I learn every Sunday, from Pastor Husband, that we are not to make decisions out of our circumstances or from our past. We make decisions based off God's teachings, the Bible. Well, I let stuff get to me and then the lack of motivation to do anything was gone. Needless to say, the house got kind of messy and my attitude was crappy. I talked to my sister about it and she said it's adjusting to being at home, to being a stay-at-home mom/wife. It takes time to get used to especially if you've been working for over the past 10 years. I really didn't think that it would be so rough, but it is and that's okay. I understand now that Pastor Husband is a better pastor and man because he no longer has to worry about home or the baby. He can rest and work to his fullest capability because I am home. I also wouldn't trade it for anything either. I do love watching Baby Girl change on a weekly basis. Some days are really hard because she may be having a bad day, but there are more wonderful moments than bad.

I am blessed with this life God has given me for this time in my life.

One of her new changes is eating! I find it fascinating that she's eating. I love watching her eat. She is eating so much too! She went from one tablespoon per meal and now it's at least three and sometimes more. So far, she has liked everything we've made for her. The list (and it keeps growing) of recent mushed-up foods are:

Green Beans
Sweet Potatoes (I found out I like these too!)
Russet Potatoes

There is a yummy-sounding recipe that I want to try - Banana Chicken - something the whole family can eat! I owe all the baby food ideas and how to cook them to Homemade Baby Food Recipes. I love this site and it explains things so simply. THANK YOU!

Auntie Lisa let me feed myself!

A spoon is yummies :)

I'm a mess, but so cute!