Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here is my contribution for the week.
(It might be best to pair this with a salad.) I like it because it's easy, and the recipe is easy to remember. It's called:
- a pound of hamburger
- a pound of Velveeta
- a bottle of green taco sauce (I like the small La Victoria one)
Brown the hamburger; drain.
Cube the velveeta and add to meat in pan, when it starts to melt add the taco sauce.
Stir well and serve with lots of chips for dipping (I prefer Doritos or corn tortilla chips).
It's surprisingly filling. Not health food but if it's occasionally who cares, right? If you make it I guarantee your kids will LOVE you! :)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I've had that song stuck in my head for days now and I just thought I'd share. I'm nice like that.
Things are picking up and getting busy for the next couple of days. Sometimes this is nice and sometimes it's...uh...stressful? I'm praying that it all just turns out fun. Today we are off with some friends to spend the day at the beach. Then tomorrow we get to spend the day out again. We leave mid morning to cross the ferry and try to navigate downtown Seattle to find parking by where my Dh works. Then all of us get to go up in the big tall skyscraper building to get to go see where he works. We've never been before so this actually sounds interesting to us! They are celebrating all the new babies for the people in his office. So, not only are we bringing 7 kids into a quiet office, but they are going to be feeding them cake and ice cream too. Yeah, sounds really relaxing. Oh, and don't tell anyone but it's my birthday tomorrow too. :)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I haven't posted new photos of this guy for a little while. So, I thought I'd give you all a small video glimpse of the cutie I get to snuggle everyday. (Please try to ignore the silly commentary of his big sister)
A couple weeks ago I snapped the following photo. One of these feet belong to my two year old and one belongs to my four year old. Can you guess which is which?
Monday, July 21, 2008
It's not that we did anything super spectacular it was just pleasant.
We had family over for a BBQ on Saturday and had a very nice time. Then Sunday's church service was refreshing. The message really hit home with me and I love it when that happens! After church we got to go to my friends house and see her new baby boy! (and their new pool, my kids LOVED that part :) )
Oh, and do you remember the Safeway deal I posted about last week? Well, I went again on Sunday because their ad this week had hot dogs for sale. (We tend to eat a lot of hot dogs around here) I had 2 coupons for free peanuts if you bought 3 Oscar Meyer products too, so here's what I bought:
25 packs of Oscar Meyer hot dogs $1 each
2 jars of Planters dry roasted peanuts
I gave them my $20 coupon from last week and the peanut coupons and paid...
$5.00!! And I got another $20 coupon to go again.
I walked out smiling. :)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
A HORRIBLE ugly shameful mess!!
Today I made up my mind that I better get it cleaned up. (We have company coming Saturday, always a good motivator!)
In about a 1/2 hour it looked like this...
A couple more minutes and...aaah, that's better!
With all these little kiddos around, something else we have a lot of are shoes. I hadn't come up with a clever way to keep them organized so they all ended up in a bin
then when anyone wanted to find their's it required searching and mostly, dumping out the bin.
A new plan was desperately needed.
I came across another blog that led me to the IKEA store online. I browsed a bit and then just for fun searched to see if there was one near us. I was excited to find there was!! So we checked it out. Now, if you've never been there (like I hadn't) I must warn you the place is massive. Very cool, but you must allot yourself more than the 30 minutes that I had.
Okay back to my shoe problem...at IKEA I found:
After I came home I transformed this messy closet
Into a better organized space for the shoes!
I labeled each cubbie with the kids names. Now they know where to put their shoes and they aren't digging through everyone else's to find them. :)
I feel pretty productive today. Although, now everyone knows I'm messy and disorganized, hmmm, well at least I'm working on it right??
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So I just thought I'd try it out.
4 bottles Sierra mist
1 bag Chex mix
2 Brownie mixes
1 bag Cheerio snack mix
1 tub Frosting
2 Jolly time popcorn
3 Ragu past sauces
4 boxes pop tarts
2 Peter pan peanut butters
1 6 pack Sprite soda
4 Snickers marathon energy bars
I paid 38.18
and got a $20 coupon for next time. :)
If you include the $20 coupon, then I got all those 25 items for 18.18 (if you're really into math that's an average of $0.72 each!)
If you have a Safeway nearby I'd recommend you give it a try.
Go here for more great deals people have found!
I'm going to pick up a paper today to see this week's ad and start my plan for round two, hopefully it will be healthier!
(Just in case this left you wondering, no that isn't all I bought. We went to Costco next for the real bulk of my shopping.)
Monday, July 14, 2008
We got up and went to church in the morning and were planning to come home to just have a relaxed day. Instead we decided to stay in Seattle after church and check out a local park. We'd heard that this one had a wading pool. So we parked and started walking in. We passed a sign that said pool so we followed it. We walked down this path, walked, walked more (1 mile maybe?) and came to a pool. A full size public swimming pool. Not a wading pool. Now we got to walk some more, yippee ;) The park kinda makes a big giant loop and we came down on the slow sloping side. Going back meant walking ALL the way back or almost straight up a zip-zagging path with stairs.
We were pushing a stroller.
Five of the kids were able to walk up. I had the baby in the sling and carried the 1 year old on my shoulders while my Dh got to carry the stroller and all it's contents on his back. It was pleasant :P
But, we made it and eventually found the wading pool. Being exhausted from walking just made it all the more fun to find water.
Next time we know which way to go and where to park that's much closer!
All in all the day according to my oldest daughter, "was a success!"
Happy Birthday Jessica, We sure do love you!
And if you are really bored you can see where we walked here
We basically walked from the lower parking lot at the bottom all around the outside to the wading pool at the top and back. Fun stuff let me tell ya! :)
Friday, July 11, 2008
***I think I may need to make a retraction to my previous post on margarine.***
Yesterday I ran out of the yucky margarine (let's just call it Parkay) and a few other things so I went to the store. Well, here on this island you don't have much of a choice of stores. There's Thriftway and well, Thriftway, that's all. So I go over by the butter and see 4.99 for one box. Hmmm. Then there's the margarine....1.19. Humph! I just can't bring myself to spend more when the cheaper option is there. I bought more margarine (different brand though). Just call me crazy.
To test said margarine I made the same recipe of muffins (that burnt last go round). I opened the oven expecting horrible results only to find, perfectly golden yummy muffins!
Maybe I was wrong.
I'm okay with that, I'll just stay away from the yucky brand.
See, now I can have my yummy baked goods and cheap grocery bill.
Today's a good day :)
Oh and as an afterthought I decided to look up the whole marg. vs. butter myths and facts.
I found this website and found the following excerpt to be interesting.
i) "Margarine is one molecule away from being plastic"
– may be true, but so what!
Many chemical compounds are closely related without them being identical
or having the same effects.
Take ethanol and methanol, which are chemically closely related. Most people happily drink ethanol in wine, beers and spirits, whereas if they imbibed the closely related chemical compound methanol, they would go blind.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Also about what it means to be a part of the body of Christ.
I struggle with where to draw lines.
If you have unbelieving family, how much (if any) interaction do you have? What if they even profess Christ but their lives just don't back that up?
I wonder if excluding some members is really the right thing. Do I leave them out of my life because they treat me bad and drag up lots of junk? Or do I put up with the junk and hope that my life will somehow show them Christ? That's what they need. I think I just need to keep on praying because I love them and miss them.
God is powerful and amazing.
Monday, July 7, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? handsome
3. Your hair? straight
4. Your mother? distant
5. Your father? same
6. Your favorite thing? laughter
7. Your dream last night? vanished
8. Your favorite drink? pop
9. Your dream/goal? living
10. The room you’re in? bedroom
11. Your church? upbeat
12. Your fear? spiders
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
14. Where were you last night? home
15. What you’re not? skinny :)
16. Muffins? yummy
17. One of your wish list items? safety
18. Where you grew up? northwest
19. The last thing you did? nurse
20. What are you wearing? sandals
21. Your TV? off
22. Your pets? NONE!
23. Your computer? using
24. Your life? super
25. Your mood? productive
26. Missing someone? kinda
27. Your car? maroon
28. Something you’re not wearing? earrings
29. Favorite store? outlet
30. Your summer? sunny
31. Like(love) someone? yep
32. Your favorite color? yellow
33. Last time you laughed? earlier
34. Last time you cried? before
35. Who will repost this? someone?
I agree that this was harder than it looks, not adding other comments to explain my answers was terrible! How about you...want to try? Let me know if you do.....
Sunday, July 6, 2008
After reading Emily's post about food, I couldn't get elephant ears out of my mind. So I went on a search and found this recipe over at recipezaar (great site by the way!) This afternoon the kids and I worked together and enjoyed our yummy treat! Here are a few photos of the process....