Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10 month collage

 (L to R and Top to Bottom)
1.  Playing with her new "Nora" bench
2. From Emmy's point of view
3.  Our new dog, Perry
4.  Tummy time on Christmas morning
5. (center pic) Tummy time on Christmas eve (notice Nora is still not getting UP on all fours)
6.  Sister time every morning in mommy and daddy's bed
7.  The Sanders girls, minus the mama
8.  Matching jammies with the baby
9.  Opening presents Christmas morning
10.  Matching jammies with Emmy
(Notice there is no picture with all 3 of us and our matching jammies.  This is because Emmy had a classic case of "the threes" that particular night and did NOT want to wear her jammies while Nora and I had on ours)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's for Dinner Wednesday

I love to cook, I love to bake, I hate to clean up, I make big messes, and I have 2 girls who are ready for dinner the moment we step in the house after a long day at school/work.

Anyone else in the same boat?

I can't promise you, or myself that this will become a weekly habit- but I need a place to keep track of our weekly menu (because you can usually find the weekly menu, on a piece of paper with the grocery list, in last week's trash pickup).

So here I go, starting something that I probably won't stick to....oh well.  Start project, don't finish it.  Make messes, don't clean them up.  Are we seeing a pattern?

Monday:  Buffalo Wild Wings, since we had a gift card.  My order was not ready for pick up when I arrived so they threw in 4 extra boneless wings for Chris, score!  I joke about his boneless wings b/c I call them "fake".  I eat the real ones: bone, skin, lots of fat, lots of goodness.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker pork chops from here.  They were delicious.  I added some honey to the original mixture.  At the end of the day, I took the juices and combined with pineapple juice and a cornstarch/water mixture on the stovetop to make a thicker sauce.  Poured it over the chops, pineapples and rice.  Next time I'll add some steamed broccoli in there for more nutritional goodness.

Wednesday:  Avocado stuffed sweet potato from here. I'm not into following directions unless I'm baking, so for this recipe I usually just make an avocado pico de gallo and add some drained and rinsed black beans.  It makes a nice meat free meal, although shredded chicken would also be a great addition.

Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.  The high is supposed to be 38* and Chris will be working late, so no need for a big dish.

Friday: Bubble pizza from here. I made this last week and it was delicious.  A few minor adjustments:  I used an oval casserole dish and only needed 1 tube of biscuits, cheese on 1/2 the dish only as I'm still dairy free for Nora and we did canadian bacon, pepperoni, mandarin oranges and pineapple.  This week we are going to use sliced sausage, pepperoni and sliced olives!  We are going up to Kansas this weekend and if we don't finish all of this dish before we go, I will take some with me for breakfast the next morning!!!

What are you having for dinner this week?  Please feel free to share your "go-to" and "no-fail" recipes, I'd love to add some more dishes to my list!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2012 picture recap

Let me just say that I am SO relieved that I have a picture, from each month, of the girls together!  I started making this collage thinking I would just pick my faves from each month.  However, the collage took a turn and this is what I ended up with.  They may not be the best pictures, sharpest pictures, most smiley pictures…but I love what it captured from this past year.  I cannot believe how each girl has grown in the past 10-12 months.  

I need time to slow down.

In 2 months and 2 days, Chris will be turning 31.  That means that in 2 months and 3 days, Nora will be turning 1!  How can this be possible??????  I know I have said that statement before and I will probably say it again.  This year has absolutely flown by without asking me for my opinion!

So here is our 2012 collage in chronological order (left to right and top to bottom).  Do you have a fave picture?  I think if I had to choose just one as my favorite, it would be the "August" picture. 

Or December…

Or June…

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