Saturday, July 28, 2012
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I hit up my Wal-Mart today(a Saturday I would rather stick a fork in my eye!!) and they were out. The clerk said that a delivery was expected early next week.
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Friday, July 27, 2012
That Time I Won A Trip to Mexico
I can still hear the shrill in my voice when I called my husband with the news. "I WON a trip!!". The call came in while I was on mat leave with my youngest. During the call I was very calm saying things like "Oh that's great" and "I am so excited". I don't think I truly believed the girl on the phone. I mean this kind of thing happens to other people!
I only believed it when the official email and release form arrived. And so started the crazy lady dancing... all over the house and the neighborhood!
We were treated like royalty for a week.
If you ever get the chance to go to The Gran Bahia Principe Akumal in Mexico -- jump on it. This resort is top notch! The food was amazing and family friendly. This is where my youngest got a taste for black beans. :) The bars were well stocked and always ready to serve. The staff were courteous and not in your face like other resorts. There were a lot of fun on site activities. The beach was big enough not to be too crowded. We stayed on the resort because the kiddos were 8 months and 5 at the time. We had a blast!
We would not hesitate to go back to ANY Gran Bahia Principe resort... anywhere!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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When my kiddos are at an activity be it swimming lessons, track meet, dirt bike races or soccer I am there for them 100%. That is the conscious choice I make. When they look up I wink at them, give them a secret thumbs up or just smile back at them. Most times they DO look up. Which brings me to what happened at swimming lessons today.
There is a little girl in DDs swim class (must be 4 or 5 year old) who has been VERY timid around the water. She slinks in the pool while the others canon ball or jump in. This lil one will not swim as far as the others in her class preferring to cling on to a pool noodle. While this is happening momma is plugged in to her phone texting, facebooking or whatever. The little girl looks up often to see her moms face in her phone
Today this little timid girlie jumped in with a huge splash and swam back to the side of the pool. I gasped!! The teacher was cheering and high five-ing the girl!!! Yeah she did it!!!! I felt bad for Mom because missed it all! She had no clue what had happened.
I don't want to miss the small things.
Monday, July 23, 2012
"Girls! Don't forget your bathing suit, toothbrushes and clean underwear!" Kiddos are 5 and 9 so I figured they were OK to pack themselves. For one night. I was wrong.
Getting ready to head to the lake DD5 can't find the bottoms to her bathing suit. BUT she remembered her clean underwear so we improvised! Travesty avoided.
Hubby forgot his bathing suit too! He was not so lucky. He could not just wear his clean underwear. So he borrowed some trunks from my F.I.L. and water shoes from his cousin. The result? After we stopped laughing... we all had fun!
So I guess I still need to have "luggage checker" on my list of mommy duties. And I should add it to the list of wife duties too.
How was your weekend?
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tomorrow is hubbys birthday. The girls and I made his favorite brownies. It was the girls idea. I love how they come up with these things themselves. Today they made hubs some birthday cards as well. When he walks in the door tonight he will know immediately that there are brownies in the house. You can't//don't want to cover that smell! So I should text him and let him know to play it cool when he gets in!
When hubs and I were first living together we found this recipe and have loved it ever since. Quick and easy and full of flavor. What every recipe should be. We have been making this for over 10 years and hope to be making it for many more! I know it came from allrecipe.com but not exactly sure of the origin.
This blog post is linked up to Life as Moms Thursday Ultimate Crowd Pleasing Recipe Swap!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Loved how it all came together at serving time. I put the rice in the microwave (1 cup rice 2 cups water HIGH for 20 minutes in the corningware, works EVERY time) made the salad while it was cooking. Super easy mid week dinner that the whole family ate. Score!
Here is the recipe I found on Pinterest via Skinny Taste.
Asian Glazed Drumsticks(my subs are in purle)Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 213 • Fat: 4.7 g • Protein: 27.5 g • Carb: 12.7 g • Fiber: 0.4 g
- 8 medium chicken drumsticks, skin removed (I used 10)
- olive oil spray (I used my Misto)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (I used my favorite Hot Sauce)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
- 4 tsp agave nectar (or sugar) (But I used honey)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- 2 tbsp chives or scallions, chopped
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
In a heavy large saucepan, brown chicken on high for 3-4 minutes with a little spray oil.
Add water, balsamic, soy sauce, agave, garlic, ginger, hot sauce and cook on high until liquid comes to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 20 minutes.
Remove cover and bring heat to high, allowing sauce to reduce down, about 8-10 minutes, until it becomes a thick glaze, turning chicken occasionally. (Keep an eye on glaze, you don't want it to burn when it start becoming thick).
Transfer chicken to a platter and pour glaze on top. Top with chives and sesame seeds and serve.
This one is going in to the family cook book.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
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One of the first blogs I followed is called Our Best Bites. The site is full of great ideas for crafts, recipes and more! That is where this great easy freezer filling recipe is from.
I have the habit of buying two BBQ chickens when I do my groceries. I cut one in half and smother it with BBQ sauce.I then seal with the Foodsaver and freeze it for an easy dinner later. The other chicken I shred for easy use in recipes.... like this one. I have made this loads of times. It freezes really well too.
Our Best Bites ~~ Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic, or garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated cheese
small flour tortillas
Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.
Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Roll it up fairly tightly. Place on a cookie sheet covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure to place it seem down.
Bake 15 - 20 minutes until lightly browned at the edges.
I love to dip it in sour cream, or salsa.
It seems like a lot of work the first time. But it does get easier and easier the more you do it. This is now a regular treat in my house!! Thank you to the Our Best Bites people for their awesome recipes!!
***edited March 19 2013***
Here is the Green Salsa that I use to make my Taquitos. It is PC brand and I use it solely for this recipe. You can find it with all the other salsas. Hope this helps!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Top Questions Parents Ask About Air Travel With Kids
1) Will we be seated together?
Often there is the option to preselect your seats at the time of booking for a fee. The fee is nominal and worth it to save stress the day of your flight.
2) What can I bring on the plane to feed my baby?
The rules are ever changing in regards to what can be brought through security. Right now the rules are relaxed for formula, purified water for feeding babies during the flight. Of course this could change at any time so it is always best to check with your airline before leaving. For the older kids I always let them pick treats we usually do not buy. As long as there are no liquids, gels or aerosols you can bring it through security. I would forgo the fruit if travelling across any borders.
3) How can I help little ears on take off and landing?
Gum for the older kids work great. I also taught them my kids to yawn to relieve pressure. For the littler ones soothers or a bottle will work well too.
4) Can I take my stroller on the plane?
Some aircrafts do have closets for such items. You can also gate check your stroller. That means you will have your stroller right up to the door of the plane. The crew will load it bellow. Then your stroller will be awaiting for you upon exiting the plane.
5) Should I bring my car seat on the plane?
This is the question that starts a long conversation. If the child is under 2 they can travel for free as a lap baby. You can also purchase a full fare seat for your baby and use a car seat. Children over the age of 2 will need their own paid seats. In my experience as long as the child is still in a rear facing seat... bring it on board. If not the odds are in a front facing seat those little legs can reach the seat in front of them. Making that passengers trip miserable! Not to mention all the sighing and dirty looks you will get. :)
6) Does my child need ID?
If heading to the US from Canada EVERYONE needs a passport. For travel within Canada no ID for 17 and under are required but it is recommended you travel with ID.
7) What about a DSI or portable DVD player?
Those are the top questions I have been asked.
If you have a question leave it here and I will answer it for you!
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Monday, July 9, 2012
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
It does bring to mind a funny old neighbor that slept under her hedge to catch her culprit. With no luck! Not sure what she would have done. Jump out of the bushes yelling "Aha! You did not pick up the poop!".
I suppose Doug has it better than funny old neighbor did. He has technology to help him. Poor crazy neighbor only had her house coat (true story BTW).
People! Pick up your dogs doo! Let the Dougs and funny old neighbors of the world get some sleep!
Just something I could not get off my mind. :)
Saturday, July 7, 2012
- Hubs "NEVER make these again.... when the kids are home"
- DD5years "I give it 3 thumbs up." while balancing on one foot to hold up her "thumb toe".
- DD9years "I give it 1,000 thumbs up."
I noticed this gem on my facebook feed of all places. It was posted on Yummy Mummy Club by Jennifer Hamilton.
I know you will love this as much as my family does. I wonder if it doubles well...
Grilled Lemon-Garlic Shrimp
This recipe is astonishingly simple but also incredibly tasty. I love it as a side dish to lamb or beef because it sets off the heavy meat perfectly. It takes minutes to prepare but tastes like it takes a great deal more effort.
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1 bay leaf
zest of one lemon
1 medium shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 medium shallot
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
24 jumbo shrimp, deveined but not peeled*
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
lemon wedges as an accompaniment
Crush and peel the garlic cloves. Along with the salt, mash the garlic into a paste.
In a large bowl stir together the garlic, shallot, oil, oregano, thyme, lemon zest, bay leaf and the pepper. Add the shrimps, and toss to coat them well.
Let the shrimp marinate, covered and chilled, for at least 1 hour or overnight. Stir in the lemon juice, let the mixture stand at room temperature for an hour, and drain the shrimp in a fine sieve, reserving the marinade. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for at least an hour.
Thread three shrimps per skewer and grill on barbeque for about 3-minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through. (Alternatively, they can be broiled on the rack of a broiler pan under a preheated broiler about 4 inches from the heat for 4-minutes on each side.) Bring left-over marinade to a boil and serve alongside as a dipping sauce.
*Leaving the peels on the shrimp prevents them from overcooking on the grill and thus drying out. It might take a few extra minutes to peel them when eating but the taste is definitely worth it. They melt in your mouth! (Great tip I never know before. It is a good day when you learn something new!)