Friday, January 30, 2009
I put between 15-20 drops in the 10 qt bucket and I really like it. I had a hard time finding a place that sold essential oils, I finally found some at an organic grocery store. They had so many samples that it was hard to choose and keep the smells separate in my head. Most were so concentrated that I couldn't imagine the final smell....if that makes sense, and some were just gross!! Will post picture's later today. Below I put it in a jar so you could see the color, but it didn't turn out too well, its like a creamy off white and the next day its a clumpy jell mix.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The kids have made a feast for us. They brought in Lincoln's small talking kitchen and a step stool, some boxes and have created a feast. They set out play plates, cups, canned food and random food from the pantry. Then they brought in small action figure toys like, princesses, pirates, trains, and then random framed picture's of our family, like they are eating with us.
In other news, Ditka went back to the vet today to investigate his sore nipples....rolling eyes....yes I said that. His nipples have actually bleed....poor guy. He has infected nipples.....sigh.....how does that happen, he is a neutered male dog...not a female who just gave birth and is nursing a whole litter of pups.
But the most exciting news from the vet......he is going to be featured in the animal clinic's newsletter. You could only imagine the range of topics, man's best friend, most expensive pet ever, potty training 101, crate training, nope none of these are topic of choice. But I am sure you have figured it out, its because he eats weird things. Mainly they are going to talk about how he ate the diaper and baby Jesus. When the newsletter comes out I might post it here, and at least they aren't putting our names in it......sigh of relief.....
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I leave you with a picture of Ditka playing with the kids outside in very cold but sunny weather.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Inspiration, maybe it can remind her of the cold night when they lived in Alaska. Not so cold now in Arizona that is for sure. Aren't those owl's so cute with there little snow hats on and scarfs and big eyes...I just think they are darling.
I was so tired of triangles and half squares that I tried this new and super easy nine patch design out and loved it. Basically you just sew these 3 squares together all the same size to make a row. When you have 3 rows sewn then sew them all together to make 1 big piece. Then divide it into 4's. I ended up folding it in half then ironing it so I had a line to follow when I cut it. Then do it again for the other half. The outside 4 corner square's become the largest square on the blanket, so choose wisely.
Play with the design until you like what you see and then sew those rows together.
I had some left over chocolaty brown minky fabric and used that as a border and then used the pink minky for the back.
I had some left over so I made this little dolly blanket or travel blanket for Madison as well, its so cute. I tied it with cream yarn.
Her little brother has a pirate theme room.....so now I just need to find pirate flannel.
My Best Friend Emily sent this to me and I thought I would share it with you all...enjoy!!
Fresh Tomatoes, Oregano and Roasted Garlic Oil
Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay
Roasted Garlic Oil:
1/2 cup olive oil
6 cloves roasted garlic
1 recipe Flatbread, recipe follows
1 (8-ounce) container ricotta cheese, drained
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 plum tomatoes, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basilRoasted Garlic Oil:
Place oil and garlic in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain.
Flatten flatbread dough, gently press into a large rectangle, brush liberally with olive oil, and throw on grill. Grill on both sides until golden brown. Spread 1 side with ricotta, sprinkle with salt and pepper, scatter tomatoes over, drizzle with Roasted Garlic Oil, and garnish with basil and more freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.Flatbread:
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 110 degrees F)
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil, plus more for bowl
Mix water and yeast in a large bowl and let stand 5 minutes to proof. Gradually pour in 2 cups of the flour and stir to incorporate. Mix for about 1 minute to form a sponge. Let stand, covered, for at least an hour.
Put sponge in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, add the salt and oil, then add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a dough. Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 2 1/2 hours. Divide dough into 4 balls, if desired, let rise again for 1/2 hour, and then roll out as desired.
Yield: 4 individual flatbreads or 1 large flatbread
Right now I'm waiting for the bread to rise. I need to run to the store and get some mozzarella cheese & fresh basil and some tomatoes. I'm trying to recreate an appetizer from a local Italian restaurant that I just love, but they won't give me the recipe...brats!!
I didn't make the roasted garlic oil, I already had an idea of what I wanted on top of my bread. I also didn't grill it on the BBQ as it was about 40 degrees today. I oven baked it at 450 for about 10 min. Reagan then made her and Lincoln a pizza for dinner and they both ate it and it was the perfect size. I also didn't have all white flour as we are trying to not use that anymore so ours is a 50/50 mix of whole wheat and unbleached all purpose flour. Tasted good and nobody could taste the difference.
Toppings included in order of application were:
Olive Oil, kosher salt, Parmesan cheese, tomato slices, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, fresh mushrooms, and roasted garlic cloves. It was sooooo good. I then dipped it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was perfect....mmm
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I am making this for dinner tonight, its in the oven as I type. It looks very good and can't wait to try it. I will let you all know how it tastes. I added more cheese and instead of sun dried tomatoes, I used a sun dried tomato paste.....couldn't find whole sun dried tomatoes. I also used colby jack and medium cheddar because we didn't have monterey jack and I used more than they recommended. I also cooked the chicken and the onions at the same time, Tim suggested cooking the spinach with it too next time...which is a good idea.
This was soooo good, we all loved it except for Lincoln but he wouldn't even try it. Next time I think I will add black olives and prosciutto.
- 8 oz. dried bow tie pasta
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/4 cups milk
- 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)
- 1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
- 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
- 1/2 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In medium skillet cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; set aside.
2. In bowl whisk together eggs, milk, seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Stir in chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, half of the Parmesan, cooked pasta, and onion. Transfer to 3-quart rectangular baking dish.
3. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. In small bowl combine remaining Parmesan, bread crumbs, paprika, and melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over pasta. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until golden. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
But, the whole time there was this little voice in my head saying, you have never lost weight this easy, something else is going on. Here is a list.
- I am tired all the time....yet I can't sleep.
- My hands and feet are super cold all the time.
- My hair is falling out, it always comes out but this is much more and my scalp is very coarse.
- My knuckles on my hands hurt and I have a finger that I can barely bend it hurts so bad.
- My shoulders hurt more than normal and when I sleep I wake up because my hands feel like they are stuck in cement and hurt very badly.
- My ankles have also gave out on my several times.
- I have been having skin issues on my face as well....I'm in my 30's when do you stop getting zits????
- I can feel my heart beating and it feels like its loud...if that makes sense.
- The main one, unexplained weight loss, I now wear a size 2 from old navy.
The other hard part is that we are trying for another baby and well, I don't know what is going to happen next. I feel a tad bit guilty because I prayed to be skinny, but I didn't want this. I like being thin but not at the cost of my health. Sometimes I think I'm going crazy.
If anyone out there has experience with this, feel free to share.
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is me trying to get all the kids to smile and look at the camera at the same time......easier said that done....that is for sure!!
Lincoln gave up and I still had a hard time.....but we love Reagan and all her fun faces!! Did you notice that in almost all the picture's Haley is picture perfect.....I think she has experience ;)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
· ½ cup peanut butter
· 1 cup water
· 1 cup whole wheat flour
· 2 cups white flour
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oil, peanut butter and water. Add Flour 1 cup at a time, then knead into firm dough. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut with small bone shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Makes 2½ dozen.
This is so easy, the kids and I used our cookie cutters and made a jar full for Ditka and he looooooooooves them!!! Here he is waiting so patiently for his treat.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
This is the stack of fabric for my next quilt.....my quilt. I got them all on clearance for about $ .75 I want to do a crazy eight pattern but I haven't found one yet.
This is a sneak peak at what I am working on right now for little miss Madison. It is a Pink quilt because it just has to be pink. She is turning 3 in a week and I must finish up, I can't wait until its done and I can post the rest of the picture's.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
We spent almost 3 hours there, and after all the running, climbing, eating, getting lost, getting stuck, climbing in tunnels, up ropes, down rope mesh ladders, bouncing on mesh.....no one fell asleep in the car on the ride home. But, they were cranky. Haley & Leah head back to Hawaii on Monday and we are going to miss them all so much, Todd already left last week.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I found one of Lincoln's old wet diapers, on the couch with the gross part completely gone. The Velcro parts were there to attach the diaper but there was a giant hole missing. I said to myself...I should call the vet....just to make sure. They tell me to rush down right away because they need to make him throw up. Easy enough task, but our niece was over and we were in the middle of playing make-up mickey mouse party photo shoot. We were all running around trying to find our shoes, coats, pants, purse, leash and then rush out the door. We prayed for Ditka on our way.
We drop him off, I fill out some forms and they tell me to call in an hour. When we were leaving all three kiddos were walking with heads hung low, I said why is everyone so sad and they all said that they didn't want to leave Ditka.....he has such a big fan club. As we are buckling up and getting all situated our awesome vet tapped on my window. I got out and he told me that, Ditka threw up the diaper, he said it was a large white foamy mess, with some bark chips and part of a small toy. But Ditka would be just fine, and I could come back in a couple of hours to get him.
I'm convinced that he has an iron stomach, please entertain with me just a few things he has eaten. These are just the things that we have found already chewed, he would chew a lot more if we let him.
- My brand new pair of summer strappy heals from Nordstrom...got to wear once
- colored pencils
- pen caps
- dryer sheets
- bark chips
- stuffing from his bedding
- streamer from Reagan's new bike
- wrapping paper
- pom-pom string from a cheer leader pom-pom...you know what I'm talking about
- tomatoes....from my garden
- snack size 3 musketeer bar in the wrapper....wrapper came out the other end
- hair clips
- stuffed animals
- Polly pocket parts
- wet diaper
- baby Jesus....yes he ate a baby Jesus that my sister in law Beth got for me when Reagan was a baby, I loved that little nativity set and now its missing the star of the show.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
C-sections best for baby when close to due date from Associated Press
Lincoln's due date was March 5th, 2006 and he was born February 22, 2006 at 28 weeks and 3 days. Had I waited 4 days I could have sparred him 3 days in the NICU. I know that there is no way of knowing, but being that I asked for that date I feel responsible. Because of what happened with Lincoln, I decided long ago about a week after Lincoln was born and after I knew what TTN was....that the next baby we have would be born with in days of their due date.
Reagan was born via c-section only 6 days before her due date, but I had been in labor and she was ready. She was posterior, was not cooperating with labor because I have something called a bicornuate uterus. I am extremely fortunate to not have suffered any miscarriages so far because of this condition. I just need to take clomid because my body doesn't play by the rules.....(speaking of why do I still get zits at my age).......We will see how things go.
Monday, January 5, 2009
So instead of sleep....I was watching Big Love on HBO. Its about polygamy, this guy has 3 wife's and he needs to make some bank to support his families. I wouldn't mind 2 extra pair of hands to help around, but in my world they are called a house cleaner, a nanny, and a chef. We had to let Sally go because we can't afford it anymore, but am hoping to reschedule her to once a month or every 3 weeks instead.
This morning right before we left for school I almost ate a dog treat. I had a pill in one hand and the dog treat in the other and the wrong hand went to my mouth. I knew instantly and just dropped my head so I wouldn't touch it with my lips...grosss!!! The dog didn't seem to mind, but I think he would eat a cracker that was on his own dookie.
I bruised my tushy. I thought I was sitting in a chair we have but instead I came down really hard on the arm of the chair and it was square with my tush. It hurts real bad!! I can't sit for too long and it really hurts to stand up from a sitting position.
So, I gave Tim a gag Christmas present this year along with his real ones. Its very funny and thought I would share it all with you. When I took Ditka in for a pre-op appointment for his neutering, I was joking with the vet that I wanted to give Tim Ditka's testicles for Christmas because he really didn't want to get the dog neutered but knew we had to. The vet said that he could put them in a little jar for me when I picked up Ditka. Well, when I went to pick up Ditka he gave me the jar and he even put a bow on top. I put them in his stocking and on Christmas morning we all had a great laugh. Some of our friends thought it was gross, but I think its pretty funny and so does Tim, so I guess that is all that matters.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
He got this one that has this really fun airplane that flies on a track that loops around. When we have all the trains going and the plane its like being at Newark Airport in NJ.
Here it is all set up. Right before bed Lincoln told me that it was time to clean up and we had to put it away....much to my surprise. I think he just likes snapping the pieces apart.
Completely off topic, I got a very cute black dress for Christmas from my wonderful mother. I saw this very cute mommy over on flickr who took picture's of herself in different clothes, trying to pick out something to where. Anyway, I think I need better light, and way more practice. Seriously, I don't have time to practice taking picture's of myself, but I wish I did, maybe then I would be more photogenic. So here is picture A, I have boots on but I think regular pumps would look great too.
I almost didn't include this picture but we all need to laugh sometimes....right. First I'm not even in focus, there is the monkey, then the iron, and the can of starch, but if you are wondering who the man is in the frame....that is my hubby's high school senior picture....I know!!!.... he is a hottie!!!
The other striking thing I noticed about both pictures is that I need something on the walls, we have lived in this house for 4 years now and I don't have 1 picture up in our master bedroom, nor do I have a proper color...just eggshell white....so boring. I was thinking about painting just the wall behind the bed. Now I need to find a color and some art, preferably all on the low cost side.