Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Daily File: #2

This week started out with the second of 2 cold days off school.  Thankfully, the second day went much better than the first!

Day 8:

We've been playing lots of Uno around here!

Day 9:

See what I mean?

Day 10:

be still my heart.

Day 11:

Again with the Uno :)

Day 12:

I love ending (and starting and spending) my days with this guy...

Day 13:

I have a lovely new routine.  While Gracie is having quiet rest, I read my Bible with my new devotional book and then enjoy a cup of coffee while watching an episode of Gilmore Girls.  For the record, I'm still in season 1, and I'm irrevocably on Team Luke for Lorelai.  Also, if Stars Hallow was a real place, I'd totally want to live there!

Day 14:

I love Christmas clearance!

Look!  I'm all caught up now!  Wheeeeeeeeeee!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Daily File: #1

Our New Year is off to a happy start!

Day 1:

There's nothing quite like starting off the new year with freshly organized drawers.  Their idea!

Day 2:

I love love double love this nativity picture Gracie drew.

Day 3:

Aaron and the girls scraped together enough snow to make this tiny snowman!

Day 4:


Day 5:

Cutest little play doh player around!

Day 6:

My lovely view from the kitchen <3

Day 7:

Maggie holding our friends' brand new baby!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Project 365: #52

Week 52!  I can't believe I stuck with it, although this post is super late!  Better late than never, though, right :)

Day 360:

Cuddling with Daddy at Grandma Linda's and Grandpa Chuck's house!  We went to Aaron's parents' house from my parents' house.  The girls did awesome with all of the transitions!

Day 361:

Excited to be opening gifts!

Plus, this super cute picture of Maggie in the bottom bunk :)

Day 362:

It snowed!  Yay for a white Christmas celebration day :)

And, some silly cousins!

Day 363:

This is my view on the way home from Aaron's parents' house and yes, I'm drinking a Caribou coffee drink!  I don't love sitting in the back for a drive, but Gracie had a fever and none of the girls were feeling well.

Gracie very sweetly held my hand in her misery...

and even fell asleep!

Day 364:

Leah is just sewing...doing her best and not getting frustrated.  There was no swearing or threatening to light the sewing machine on fire and throwing it out the window!  I have no idea where she gets this patience, because, let me assure you, it is NOT from me!

Day 365:

Hanging out with Becca and Steph on NYE which is also my birthday.  Aaron and Becca planned a sweet surprise party for me and it was SO fun!  The entire day was fun and special and I felt like a million bucks :)

And, yeah, I'm doing a picture a day again this year!  Come back tomorrow for the beginning of 2015!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Project 365: #51

Well, it's been awhile since I not only blogged, but blogged our picture a day!  I didn't forget, though!  I love looking back at these pictures and seeing how much the girls have grown and how are days have gone...

Day 353:

Playing a roll-the-dice Christmas tree game!

Day 354:

We went to a beautiful wedding for a former student.  The girls hung in there well, throwing back some kiddie cocktails, between the ceremony and the reception!  They were all getting "car sick" on the way there (it was kind of a bumpy ride), so we stopped at Walgreens for some Dramamine for the ride home.  I was passing those puppies out like they were candy on the way home.  I don't know if they helped, but there was less drama and more sleeping, so I'l'l count that as a win.  Thankfully, the girls forgot about it and haven't "needed" any on our other long drives!

Day 355:

Sweethearts <3

Day 356:

Gettin' my toenails painted.  The girls did a great job!

Day 357:

The girls got to sleep in the living room by the lit Christmas tree...a tradition they love!

Day 358:

Happy Christmas Girls wearing their Christmas present outfits!  They opened their gifts on Christmas Eve morning before heading to my parents' house after lunch.

Day 359:

All ready to open presents!

And here are some bonus family pictures from my parents' house!

Our little family!

The whole big family!

All the cousins!

Maggie and Maggie <3

My grandma's name is Margaret, but most people call her Margie.  Her sister and some friends when she was younger called her Maggie, though.  I remember my great aunt Mary Lou (who was seriously hilarious) talking and laughing with my grandma.  When my grandma would say something funny, Mary Lou would slap the table top and laugh, "Maggie!" at whatever hilarious (likely self-deprecating thing) thing my grandma said.  Needless to say, I love both of the charming and witty Maggies <3

I hope your week gets off to an awesome start!

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Menu

Well, lookie here!  It's the January Menu!

Seeing as it's Monday, we actually have eaten some of the meals!  The Hawaiian One Pan Pasta was good!  It was a little salty (probably because the meat in it is salty), so I would leave out the additional salt in the recipe.  I thought the pineapple was a fun addition!

The Best Chicken Enchiladas were great!  I don't know that I'd say they're the best, because I'm more of a white chicken enchilada girl myself, but they are certainly good, and I'd make them again.  I made the enchilada sauce that is linked to the recipe and it was very good and easy.

Thursday, January 1  Hawaiian One Pan Pasta
Friday, January 2  Pizza
Saturday, January 3  Best Chicken Enchiladas
Sunday, January 4  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 5  Pasta al Forno
Tuesday, January 6  Root Beer Can Chicken
Wednesday, January 7  Breakfast Quesadillas
Thursday, January 8  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Friday, January 9  Pizza
Saturday, January 10  White Bean Chicken Chili
Sunday, January 11  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 12  Chipotle Burrito Bowls
Wednesday, January 14  Chipotle Chicken Skewers
Thursday, January 15  Breakfast Bowls
Friday, January 16  Pizza
Saturday, January 17  Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls
Sunday, January 18  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 19  Taco Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday, January 20  Orange Beef
Wednesday, January 21  Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches
Thursday, January 22  Lasagna Soup
Friday, January 23  Pizza
Saturday, January 24  Chipotle Honey Lime Pork Tenderloin
Sunday, January 25  Silly Cereal Supper

Monday, January 26    Kalua Pork
Tuesday, January 27  Pork Chili Verde
Wednesday, January 28  Caribbean Jerk Baked Chicken
Thursday, January 29  Crispy Hash Breakfast Skillet
Friday, January 30  Pizza
Saturday, January 31  Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Monday, December 22, 2014

Beer Bread Mix

Beer Bread...YES!

It's one of the easiest peasiest breads around and super delicious!

It also makes a great handmade gift for Christmas.  Plus, you can get everything you need at the grocery store, so you don't have to battle crowds of crazy people go to the mall.  Or sew things.  Me sewing something tends to be a swear filled, sob inducing, teeth gnashing experience.  <-- overstatement (mostly).

Here's what you need!
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder*
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt*

*If you have self rising flour (I never do), you can just use 3 cups of that and omit the baking powder and salt.

Mix the above ingredients together.  Put into a bag.  I didn't have anything fancy, so I just used a quart sized freezer ziplock.  Be sure to include theses directions:  Mix with 12 oz of beer. Pour into greased loaf pan.  Top with 3 tablespoons of melted butter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Obviously, include a beer, because it is beer bread after all :)

I got some "cool guy beer."  I mean, maybe it's "cool guy beer," but seeing as I'm neither a cool guy nor a beer drinker (it doesn't taste like juice), I can't be sure that a Spotted Cow is indeed "cool guy beer."  But, I do feel fairly certain that it is significantly cooler than Milwaukee's Best or Busch Light.

So, yeah, be sure to include the beer.  You can make beer bread with 7 up, but it's just not as good.  I did make beer bread with (ahem) caffeine free diet pepsi once.  I wish that was a joke, but it's not.  

I hope you get a chance to toss this together for someone special in your life!  Or, just make some for yourself...Merry Christmas to you :)

Have a happy Monday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Project 365: #49 and #50

It's been an awesome couple of weeks around here and we are gearing up for Christmas!

Day 339

Leah vacuumed the living room and then wanted to vacuum out inside the couch.  Who am I to say no to that?  Then, she kept sticking her fingers into the attachment which made it make funny sounds.  Gracie is laughing and laughing and saying, "The vacuum is tooting!  The vacuum is tooting!" with great little girl glee :)

Day 340

Reading with Grandma Linda before bed on Maggie's grandparent birthday party day.  

Day 341

Maggie with one of her sweet friends at her friend birthday party.  My number one birthday party tip?  Have a friend come to help!  It made everything SO much easier!  Thanks, Becca!

Day 342

Let's discuss why I take daily pictures.  #1 I want to remember what every day life is like when the girls are little.  #2 Sometimes the pictures I take are take represent the little bit of good in an otherwise difficult day.  Yes, this picture falls in the number 2 category.  I think this moment was the only time they weren't fighting.  Sigh.

Day 343

Being silly in their Christmas dresses after decorating the tree!

Day 344


Day 345

Carb-tastic goodness! recipe here

Day 346

I got to be the Mystery Reader in Maggie's class.  So fun having my inner forensics nerd come out!

Day 347

The girls found some time to craft while we celebrated Thanksmas!

Day 348

Maggie taking down our Advent card for the day.

Day 349

I love this sweet picture of Gracie!  She loves drawing on the condensation on the door.

Day 350

We ate dinner by candlelight the other night.  It was fun even though Gracie spilled her milk into the tea lights.  

Day 351

The girls got to decorate Christmas cookies with royal icing.  The did an awesome job!  Royal icing is kind of a pain to make, but I think it's actually easier for them to use icing in a squeeze bottle than using a butter knife to spread butter cream frosting.

Day 352

Random Christmas tradition: driving around looking at lights, but eating supper at Taco John's first :)  

I hope your last weekend before Christmas goes great!  We actually have a wedding on Saturday.  Should be fun!