Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baking night....

Tonight I baked some lemon blueberry muffins.  They are really, really yummy.  I used this recipe with a few changes.  I used light sour cream and only 1 cup of blueberries because that is all I had on hand.

I also baked bread.  Tonight's batch was the best so far!  So, so yummy!  Last time I baked it, I got the gluten right, but then let it over rise and it collapsed while baking.  I'm hoping I am figuring this out because I want a repeat of tonight's bread!

Monday, July 23, 2012


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Cleaning out the closet....

My house looks pretty clean if you just walk in, but I know what is behind the closet doors and I JUST.CAN'T.TAKE.IT.ANYMORE!!  We have been working on cleaning out closets in the house and an overall de-cluttering.  Recently we cleaned the master bedroom closet.  There were still 3 boxes that remained unpacked from the 5+ years ago that we moved in here!!



I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have the closet clean! We've already done this in the boy's room and mostly in the guest room. The guest room just has some stuff in it that I want to sell, so once I do that, it will be clean, too. We also recently cleaned the space under out stairs in the basement. This area is where we store tools and household project supplies. It is really hard to clean it, but it looks WAY better, too. You can actually walk in there now! Hopefully soon we will be able to put a storage shed in our back yard for that stuff, but for now, I'm feeling pretty good with the progress we are making!

Monday, July 16, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

I ordered these cards from Shutterfly. I took this picture last summer at Yellowstone and it is still one of my favorite!

Picture In Landscape 5x7 folded card
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Friday, July 13, 2012

A Day at the Park

Before the heat wave hit us, we had a rather mild day of highs in the low 80s.  We decided to take advantage of it and went to a local park to play and ride the carousel and train!!

This little guy was watching everyone get on the train.

My crew!

Daddy's lap is more comfortable!

These geese were crossing and the train had to stop for them!

Look, Daddy, there's the tunnel!

The kids scream in the tunnel.  Lucas isn't too sure about that!

Logan finds it annoying!

Daddy isn't too sure of the screaming, either.

Obligatory picture by the engine!

Waiting for the carousel to start and spied Daddy taking a picture.

Here we go!

Hi, Daddy!

Logan enjoying the carousel, too!

My boy pointing out Daddy.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 4th pictures!

We seem to be making a tradition of going into DC to see the fireworks each year. The boys look forward to it every year! Lucas starts the count down on July 5th! :-) Here are a few pictures from this year:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Meals...Using What We Have

I'm just going to list some meals not sure what order we'll have stuff in yet. This is using the stuff in our freezer and I will still add in some things that we just really enjoy (like the kale salad). This is using up pretty much everything in the freezer except for the 16 pounds of boneless/skinless chicken breasts....I'm only using those in three meals in this plan. There may be a few things left that there is enough for more than one meal, but I figured I'd make all this and then take inventory and start again. It will be pretty empty after this, though!

I'll just keep this list for us to choose our meals from and add to for the week if there is something we're really wanting. I just wanted to plan out what we have to use it all up.
 --steak gorgonzola frozen meal, dinner rolls
--kale salad
--French bread pizza (Italian sausage from freezer, sweet peppers, onion, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese
--spaghetti (from leftover sausage and sauce from pizza), green beans, carrots
--breakfast burritos
--fish sticks, pasta roni, green beans
--chicken noodle casserole, steamed broccoli
--sweet and spicy wings, fire roasted veggies, potato wedges, onion rings, seasoned fries (using up the little bits of stuff that isn't enough for one meal alone....LOL!)
--butternut squash pasta
--baked chicken (using a Kraft kit in the fridge), black eyed peas, carrots
--chicken fried tuna steak with jalapeno cream gravy, rice medley (frozen side dish from Trader Joes), fire roasted veggies, broccoli
--smokey bbq chicken, beans (using ham hock in freezer), corn bread, corn on the cob
--pasta with meatballs, salad
--chicken caesar salad
--turkey/dressing casserole (using turkey, corn bread cubes and bread cubes in freezer-->making homemade dressing and omitting cranberry sauce), green beans--->the turkey was bad, so we didn't have this meal
--stroganoff pasta with meatless meatballs
--lemon chicken, pasta roni, steamed veggies
--fajitas (using steaks in freezer)
--stir fry (meatless chicken tenders, sugar snap peas, stir fry veggies), brown rice, wontons
--buffalo chicken meatballs, mac and cheese, broccoli
--patty melts (using h.b. patties in freezer), chips, fruit
--tilapia parmesan, sauteed veggies

ETA:  Looking back at my blog, I noticed that sometimes I would give a review of a new recipe that I tried (usually it was on Menu Plan Monday).  I really liked that looking back, I had an idea of if we cared for the meal.  :)  So, I decided to try to update when we try a new recipe!  

The chicken noodle casserole was very good!  We made it with Reames frozen egg noodles.  They didn't taste very good plain, but were really good in the casserole.

The buffalo meatballs were good!  I put celery in them as well as the onion and skipped out on serving them with any dressing, just the buffalo sauce.  I put a little of the hot sauce into the meatball mix, too, and put them under the broiler to brown them up a bit.