Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Happenings: Books and things.

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. ~Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle









Ah, summer...it's hot out and the girls have been enjoying their time cooling off in their little pool. Occasionally I'll dip my feet in and enjoy a quick splash. Did I mention that it’s hot here?! Okay, I know its summer and that's to be expected. This summer, we have enjoyed peppers, cilantro and tomatoes from our garden. - I'm thinking about making fresh salsa soon.  Our days are filled with reading, reading and more reading! Our oldest completed her summer reading. She's enjoying her love for books. I'm so proud of her.

 We recently attended the Dr. Seuss spectacular event for the book, What Pet Should I Get? It's believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962. It was discovered by his widow while she was cleaning out his office shortly after his death in 1991 and then it was rediscovered in 2013. Of course we couldn't miss this event! We love reading and rhyming along with Dr. Seuss. 

Our little one turned 10 months this month. She's all over the place. Crawling, standing and teething! She now has her bottom two teeth. I'm sure she's relieved and she's not as fussy. These days she has so much to say. I'm really enjoying this time. 
My husband and our oldest daughter recently took a trip and went Crawdad fishing. She was so thrilled to spend some one on one time with her dad.
So far, our summer has treated us well. We're enjoying our days, baking, reading, playing games, attending events and cooling off in the pool. How are you spending your summer? 

Welcome new readers! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prepare. Sit. Eat. And Enjoy.







We're always so thrilled to try new recipes. Cooking at home is something we enjoy very much. We recently made a delicious dish. - Cabbage with beef/pork and rice topped with a spicy tomato sauce.  This delicious dish is one of Martha Stewart's recipes. 

It was very easy to prepare and it came together very well. Our 4 year old daughter even had seconds. 

We started off with the spicy tomato sauce. Heating a pan and adding onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. We had this to cook until it was all tender. After putting our crushed tomatoes in a food processor, we then added the tomatoes and juice to the pan. We allowed it all to simmer and later thicken.  We also added a few of our own spices along with salt.

While our sauce was cooling, I brought a pot of hot water to a boil. I added a few pinches or salt to the boiling water.  Then, I added in the cabbage. It was easier for me to peel the cabbage apart prior to adding it to the boiling water. I allowed this to boil until the cabbage was tender.

Once this was all done we mixed our meat mixture, rice and other spices together. Then we added the mixture to our cabbage leaves. This part actually took some time. Once they were all filled and sealed, we gently turned them over and added our spicy tomato sauce. We baked it at 375 for an hour.

And once it was done...we sat, ate and enjoyed this delicious meal.

What new recipe have you recently made? I'd love to know! :)

Welcome new readers! So happy to have you all here.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer fun. -Teddy Bear Picnic







This past weekend we took a little trip to the nature center.
We packed a little picnic. -Sandwiches, fruit and cold beverages to cool us down. 
Our oldest daughter was thrilled that she was going on a teddy bear picnic. -This event included stories, crafts, a small hike and a special guest. -Theodore Roosevelt.  The kids were given maps for their scavenger hunt. We set out to explore the outdoors and the children ran around.-Each child found an item on their map using the clues they were given. It was a fun adventure for all. After our hike, we found a cool place to unpack and enjoy our picnic. Ice cream was served and stories were read to the children. 

As we headed back home, we had two sleepy little ones. This day was very enjoyable. I think we all took naps once we arrived home. Hooray for summer fun! 
How are you enjoying your summer? I'd love to hear all about your summer adventures!

Welcome new readers! So happy to have you here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July...Lately.











Lately..

We've been enjoying our summer so much. How's your summer going? 

We have been attending the library for special events and our oldest is zooming through the summer reading program. -She's pretty excited about the cute little prizes they get after each section is completed. 

It's been raining so much. I'm actually enjoying it very much. On rainy days we play board games, build forts and just enjoy our time together as a family.  We came across some watermelon flavored cupcakes while shopping. We baked them and spread on some very green icing. -Honestly, I wasn't so crazy about them. Something about the flavor threw me off a bit. My oldest and my husband seemed to have enjoyed it. I'm happy they at least enjoyed. 

We've been grilling more. Chicken, steak, sausages and more. My husband picked up a small smoker box for the grill. He's been adding in some wood chips when he starts up the grill. I'm thrilled about making kabobs over the weekend. 

My oldest has been preparing food in her play kitchen. She bakes and even grills for us all.  Her restaurant is always open and she's always so excited when she gets new orders. :)  She's also been taking care of her baby doll. She feeds her and cuddles her to sleep. Our little one will be 10 months on the 16th of this month. She's very active. Crawling, boosting, sitting up and getting her hands on everything she comes across. She keeps me very active! 

All is well and we can't wait for more summer fun. I hope you all are enjoying your summer with your family and friends. :)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer lovin' and melon pops

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. ~Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Oh summer lovin'...
We're enjoying  having you around.
We've been busy attending outdoor concerts,
puppet shows at the library and 
little ones in the swimming pool. - We're having such a lovely time...










MELON POPS

It's been hot and so I've been enjoying my time in the kitchen preparing summer drinks and refreshing popsicles.  

Recently, I came across a recipe for melon pops. When I was younger my mother would purchase these delicious Korean melon pops. I was thrilled when I came across this recipe on http://www.thesquishymonster.com/. I swear these melon pops are delicious and so easy to make.





I hope you all are enjoying your summer! 
Welcome new readers! I'm so happy to have you all here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

May we...



May we...

  • Always remember to love.
  • Hug and kiss the ones we love.
  • Enjoy our children to the fullest. - They truly do grow so fast.
  • Forgive those who have hurt us in any way. -Our hearts need healing and at some point we must forgive and let go. - It feels so much better. 
  • Enjoy this life that we are given. 
  • Have such great love that we spread it onto others.
  • Take time and do things we enjoy. 
  • Appreciate those who do so much for us. - Take some time and let those people know they are appreciated. - I promise you'll brighten their day.
  • Smile more. - It improves your mood and honestly it looks great on you!
  • Embrace little moments.- These moments always turn out to be the biggest, most memorable moments in your life.
  • Lend a helping hand.- You'll never know when you just might be on the other end.
  • Express our feelings more.- Emotions are good and we should never be afraid to express our feelings.
  • Take more pictures.- I promise, you'll look back on all those precious memories and be filled with so much happiness.
  • Have more patience. 
  • Do something healthy each day. - Drink water, exercise, walk..Honestly, just get moving! Small changes can make a big impact. And you will feel so much better.
  • Remember that in the end we must live our life to the fullest. - Start now! 




Saturday, May 16, 2015

A few things.














A few things...

-We're going over plants and seeds! My oldest absolutely loves helping in the garden. Right now she's observing a bean grow in a mason jar. Each day we take down a few notes and discuss the transformation of the bean.

- I planned an event at the park! It was wonderful.- Paint and bubbles in the park. A few moms showed up with their little ones and we all enjoyed the nice weather and chat.

-I've been making shakers for my littlest one. She's moving and grooving. She's a very active baby and loves to shake things. Using an old cinnamon candy container, food coloring and noodles, I was able to create a simple and fun shaker. 

-My littlest one is now 8 months. I'm continuing to nurse her and she's exploring with pureed foods. Her favorite is squash with brown rice. 

-Our oldest daughter loves reading to us now. She's so wonderful and we enjoy this time that she reads to us. Children truly are amazing!

- I'm gardening more now that the rain has come to an end. Honestly, I would love more rainy days. 

-My Fitbit ChargeHR finally arrived. I had been waiting since December for the plum color one to come out. I've been tracking my sleep, steps, workouts and much more. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it's a heart rate+activity wristband. It continuously takes your heart rate. Just click the ChargeHR link to learn more. :)

-I'll be painting a room or two in our home this weekend. - I need change! 

I hope you all have enjoyed your week! Have a beautiful and very happy weekend.

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