Showing posts from May, 2011

yummy pizza

I just had to share this yummy pizza I threw together last night.  I was proud of myself for throwing it together with things I already had, and both Matt and I ended up loving it.  We both gave it a 10, which is rare for us.  We just thought all the flavors melded together perfectly and it really couldn't have been improved upon.  Even my kids devoured it (a rarity).

I made a basic pizza crust in my breadmaker then:
-spread olive oil over the crust
-sprinkled on seasoning salt, fresh pepper, and chopped up fresh rosemary
-to that I added chopped up red onion
-leftover chopped up roasted chicken
-very thinly sliced potatoes (which I coated in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted in the oven before putting on my pizza)
-bacon (I used the fresh bacon bits from Costco, but I'm sure actual fried up bacon would have been even better).
-I topped all of this with shredded mozarella and baked at 420 for about 15 minutes.

This will definitely be something I make again!

birdies and banners

There are currently two bird nests with little baby birds in our back yard.  I love hearing them tweet tweet.  One of the nests is in a low bush tucked way up in the middle.  I was able to take a little peek at the babies.... there are four of them.  I made sure not to touch anything :)  They make a big cute squawking ruckus when mama or dad comes into the nest to food them.  Kind of reminds me of when my own kids are hungry ;)

Mama AND Daddy keep good watch over the nest, I watch them take turns keeping watch and going in to feed the hungry babies.
I made a couple of festive little banners that are making me happy...
a patriotic bunting banner...

I love red, white and blue.
All I did for this one was cut out stars from some paint samples I picked up while at Lowes yesterday.  I then sewed the stars together.

Intentional Moments

Lately I've really been feeling guilty about not being in the moment with my kids.
Instead, I'm keeping an eye on them while I mentally do something else,
or check my e-mail on my phone,
or check Facebook or Twitter,
or try to clean, cook, etc.
There's no doubt that this time of my life with two little ones is very physically draining,
however I don't want to look back and wonder why I wasn't in the moment more often.

Thus, I'm really making it a goal to have intentional moments with my kids every day.
Times where I'm with them, both physically and mentally.
Times where my phone is not in my hand.
Times where I'm enjoying the moment as much as they are.

So, that is my theme this summer...
to be IN the moment,
fully present,
enjoying it to the fullest.
I will be intentional about carving out time to do fun activities and enjoy my family.
In fact I'm working on a summer bucket list right now :)

bath paints, a sick boy and the yard

Poor Ethan came down with a nasty bug on Friday night.  He woke up at 3:00 am with a croup-like cough and couldn't breathe.  He then had a fever and cough for two days and didn't get off the couch hardly at all.  Thank goodness for cartoons!!  Today he's still feeling icky but at least his fever is gone.  He has no energy.  The poor little guy asked to go to bed at noon :(  I think this is the sickest he's ever been.  The one kind of selfish and positive thing about about him being sick is how calm our house has been since all he's done is lay on the couch.  Sadly him being sick has almost felt relaxing for me.  Hopefully no one else gets this nasty bug!!!
(well, scratch the no fever thing, after posting this he woke up from his nap with his fever back... 102... poor buddy)

Matt spent the weekend in the backyard.... He looks excited doesn't he?  hehe.
Mostly he didn't want his picture taken after working all day.
It's dirty out there.
He is in the process …


Least favorite chore: folding laundry.  I'd gladly scrub toilets to get out of putting away laundry.

Most rewarding chore: cleaning the floors.  I love when my floors are clean.  It makes the whole house seem clean to me even if some of my end tables are dusty.

Clutter:  I hate it.  I try to keep my counter-tops clutter free.  If stuff is piled all over I feel disorganized and icky.  I'm constantly picking up stuff to keep my house free of clutter.

Frequency: I clean my floors at least once a week (mop my tile and vacuum the rest of the house).  Dusting seems to take place about every other week.  Sadly cleaning the bathrooms happens only when I notice they are getting pretty bad.  The nice thing about having colored toilets from the 80s is that you can't tell when they start getting dirty.  Also, I noticed a HUGE difference moving from a house with old windows to a house with double pained windows.... the amount of dust in this house is WAY less than my old house, which mean…

Mexican chocolate cream pie

I made this for dessert last night and it was scrumptious, so I had to share the recipe.  I'm always a fan of lighter recipes that taste yummy and don't seem light.  I think the key to this recipe is using good quality dark chocolate.  I buy a big huge 17 oz. bar of 72% dark chocolate from Trader Joe's for only $4.99.  I thought the cinnamon added a really tasty twist.  This was easy to make, it didn't take long at all.

This is taken straight from Cooking Light.

Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie 

IngredientsCrust:1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 cookie sheets), divided2 tablespoons sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/8 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons egg white2 tablespoons butter, melted Cooking spray Filling:1/2 cup sugar2 tablespoons cornstarch1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper1 large egg1 large egg yolk1 3/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped1 1/2 cups frozen reduced-cal…


We took our kids to Legoland for the first time this week.  We were able to go with the Oates and their homeschool group and get tickets for super cheap.

The kids were excited on the way there (well, mostly Ethan, Alayna didn't know what we were doing).  I thought this was too cute.

Legoland was awesome for my kids, it's really meant for little ones.  They loved all the little rides and the fun Lego characters.  It was really a fun day.  We don't often do stuff like this as a family, so it was a special treat.

They have replicas of cities made out of Legos.  Here are Matt and I in front of the Empire State building.... the closest we've ever been ;)

Look, my kids are in New York City!  lol
The little boys got to drive their own little cars.  It took Ethan a bit to understand how to push the pedal and also steer, it was hilarious.  He only ended up doing one lap around the track.  They got little drivers licenses at the end.

Matt and Ethan on a little airplane ride.



These two.... drive me crazy and melt my heart all at the same time :) I really do adore them. I bribed them with candy to get them to take this picture.

This was the first time I'd ever gotten ALL of Alayna's hair into piggies, that's a milestone worthy of documenting in my book :) It's no where near perfect, but I thought it was cute.

A glimpse at the time out corner.... I think Ethan looks a little too comfy here. Granted, he does spend an awful lot of time in this spot :)

We spent our Saturday tearing out our dead lawn, rototilling and raking up all the grass (we did this two times). Then Matt got 3 cubic yards of compost that he wheelbarrowed out (it took 20 wheelbarrow trips to get it all out). Let me tell you, this was nasty,dusty, filthy, backbreaking work. It didn't help that my allergies were insane and I felt miserable while working so hard. We still have to till in the compost, fix some sprinklers then prepare the dirt and get it all nice and smooth so that we can …