Bargin Shopping

April 30, 2011 at 9:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Last week I watched one of those Extreme Couponing shows…if you have seen them it is just crazy. I’m definetly not an extreme couponer but the kids and I have been doing a little bargin shopping this week. Monday we hit the Target after Easter sale. I got the kids each an egg shaped magnadoodle for their easter baskets next year and some easter placemats for next year. We also found some kid sized garden tools in the dollar spot for 50 cents each. What a great outdoor activity. Jack and Leah love digging in the mulch and dirt so I know this will be a big hit. Jason said they look like weapons but I think the kids will be fine with them outside. The best find was a north face look alike fleece for Jack for next year for $12. Between the stuff I have bought on sale for next year and the stuff my mom has bought the kids aren’t going to need much at all.

Yesterday we headed out to Old Navy becuase I had a $10 coupon thing from my gap card. Lucky for us Old Navy had all of their sale items an additional 30% off and anything regular priced you could put in a stuff and save sack and save between 20% and 50% off. We ended up getting two shirts for me, a shirt for Jack and a one piece polo outfit for Jack all for $12.50. After our shopping trip I stopped by Burger King and used a free 4 piece nugget coupon and ordered some other items off the dollar menu for lunch. I’m feeling pretty good about all my bargin shopping.

New Kicks

April 29, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jack and Leah both got a new pair of shoes this week while we were in Lawrence. (Thanks Grandma) They were soo cute that I just had to share. Leah got a pair of baby Toms and they are sparkly. If you aren’t familiar with Toms they give a pair of shoes away to a person in need everytime a pair is sold. They are cute and helping people how great is that. Jack got a pair of Vans…adorable. The kids weren’t participating in my picture taking but here is my best effort.

Fix and Freeze Recipes

April 28, 2011 at 10:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I wanted to do an update on our fix and freeze stufff. We have eaten most of it already and everything this time has been really good. Our full menu this time is listed below.

Beef Enchiladas–Chicken Verde Enchiladas–Texas Potato Casserole–Lemon Chicken Marindade–KebabsPlayoff Burgers–Ice Cream Pie–Beef Fajitas

Our favorites so far are the Kebabs and Ice Cream Pie. I thought I would go ahead and post a couple more of the Fix and Freeze recipes in case anyone is interested in making them. My goal is to eventually get them all on the blog. The Texas potatoe recipe is a family favorite..Jason’s family makes a similar dish called cheesy potatoes. I keep forgetting to take pictures of this stuff as we eat it..I promise I will next time.

TEXAS POTATO CASSEROLE  
16 oz 1/2 pkg. frozen hash browns, thawed
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 pt. sour cream
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 lb. grated sharp cheese
Dash Tabasco

TOPPING:

1 c. crushed corn flakes
1/8 c. butter, melted

 Directions: Combine all ingredients except topping. Pour into 9″x12″ baking dish. Sprinkle crushed corn flakes over top and drizzle melted butter over all and freeze:

To Prepare:

1. Thaw in fridge overnight.

2. Bake at 375 for 45 min or until cheese is bubbly

 

Beef Enchiladas

 1 package flour tortillas

1 lb ground beef

1 small onion, diced

1-2 bell peppers of choice, diced

1 enchilada sauce mix package

1.5 cups water

1-8 oz can tomato sauce

2-ish cups of cheddar cheese

(Jalapenos or other peppers can be added to make it spicy)

Directions 

1.Brown meet with onion and peppers. Drain fat.

 2. Mix enchilada sauce package with 1.5 cups water and 1-8oz can of tomato sauce.

3.Boil then reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Mix 1/2 cup of the sauce in with the meet mixture.

4.Lay out tortillas, spoon meat mixture into them and roll tightly. Arrange in baking dish.

5.  Pour remaining sauce over rolled tortillas and top with cheddar cheese.

6. Freeze

To Cook:

1.Thaw overnight in the refridgerator.

2. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted.

Cook and Freeze Fajitas

1 lb sirloin steak

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon salad oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cloves garlic, crushed

6 flour tortillas

1 package mixed vegetables, frozen (fajita blend)

Directions:

1. Place steak in quart-sized freezer bag; combine lime juice, white wine vinegar, salad oil, oregano, and crushed garlic cloves; add to meat.

2. Freeze.

Items needed at home when preparing

1/2 cup salsa

Flour tortillas

Optional: Sour cream, cheese avacado, tomato and cilantro,

 To Prepare:

1. Thaw steak in marinade

2. Remove Steak and pan-sear in hot pan.

3. Cook until medium rare and remove from pan

4. In the same pan add frozen vegetables and marinade; cover and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender

5. While vegetables are cooking slice meat into thin slices against the grain

6. Add Cooked vegetables

7. Add 1/2 cup sals to meet and veggies and heat through

8. Serve in warmed flour tortilla with avacado cubes, chopped tomato or fresh cilantro.

Easter Part II

April 28, 2011 at 9:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Easter Part II

Easter morning we woke up at the wonderful hour of 5:30 am. Leah decided it was time to get up and in the process of yelling mommy woke up Jack. We piled both kids into our bed and turned on the cartoons until it was a more resonable hour. Surprisingly the kids were okay with this.

As an Easter treat Jason went and got doughnuts for everyone so we could eat in a hurry and be ready for church. We have not been going to church regularily, which is something that I really want to start doing. I grew up very involved in my chruch and miss being a part of that. However, it is easier said that done with 19 month olds. My parents and sister came to chruch with us and the kids did great. We are going to go again this week and see what happens.

After church the rest of my side of the family came over and we had a big ole Easter feast. Ham, homeade macaroni and cheese, broccoli cheese casserole, salad, rolls and some yummy cupcakes my sister made. The kids were too worn out from getting up at 5:30 to stay up for lunch and ended up eating before everyone else and taking a nap while we ate. It would have been nice if we could have all eaten together but I must admidt I was a little happy to eat without someone hanging on me or begging for food.

When the kids got up we had an easter egg hunt and they opened presents. Jack and Leah are totally spoiled and everyone brought them gifts..what lucky kids. They loved them all! Jack was slightly disappointed when he discovered the Easter Eggs in the yard had toys in them rather than jelly beans like the ones my Grandma and Grandpa brought them. They have been playing with all their new loot ever since. A couple of their favorites are the magnetic fridge farms, a wire and bead toy and leah is particularily fond of a stuffed duck that was given to Jack. She has been carrying it around all week saying “quack quack duck.”

Easter Weekend Part I

April 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It is gloomy and rainy today and I am TIRED! Poor Leah had a high fever last night and Jason and I were up much of the night with her. The original plan was for me to stay up with her because he had to go to work today but when her fever got really high she started crying for “daddy.” When he laid down next to her it instantly calmed her down. Being the great Daddy he is Jason ended up staying with Leah and I all night.

We had a busy weekend so I am going to write about it in two posts. Jason had good friday off and we spent the day as a family we went out to lunch, picked up with ham for Easter and bought a pair of shoes for each of us. Exciting huh? Saturday we met up with a friend of Jason’s from work and his wife and twins Oscar and Finley. We went to Oscar and Finley’s grandparents neighborhood easter egg hunt. The kids had a good time. I some how didn’t get their easter baskets in to the car but they walked around and collected eggs anyway. Jack would pick up eggs and then put them in other peoples baskets and say “thank you.” Such a polite boy. Leah had one egg in each had and was happy. She was even more excited when she discoved the eggs had small plastic bunnies in them. The best part of the whole thing for the kids was playing in the tub of empty eggs. Everyone retured their empty eggs after the hunt for next year and Jack and Leah stood and kept an eye on everything the whole time. I tried to get Jack away from the tub a couple of times but he was not having it. After the Easter egg hunt we went out to lunch.With four kids under three we did pretty well. The kids came home afterwards and took a good nap which gave Jason and I some time to get the house picked up for Easter.

Easter Inspiration

April 21, 2011 at 8:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I have been in a crafty mood recently. I have been wanting to work on our house or learn to sew..you know create something. I think it is becuase so much of what I do on a daily bases gets undone as soon as I finish it (laundry, dinner, cleaning). I was looking online and found some cute decorations or projects and thought I would share a few of them.

Cute Centerpiece with Peeps from Tip Junkie. (I am making this to put on the kitchen table on sunday)

Easter Centerpiece Using PEEPS & Tulips

Check out Bakerellas Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Cake pops. I decided I didn’t have time for this project but definetly want to make some cake pops soon. Maybe I’ll try them for my niece’s wedding shower this summer.

Stuffed Bunnies make out of old men’s clothing from Martha Stewart. I would probably need to know a little more about sewing before attempting this one.

I also thought about making some Hot Cross Buns from Pioneer Woman. Don’t they look good? This project could get added to my list of to do’s for friday.

If only there were more hours in a day and I could do them all. Yesterday while working on my Peeps centerpiece I let the kids each taste a Peep. Leah chewed it up and spit it out and Jack tore it in a million pieces. I guess they are not fans of Peeps.

Pajama Day

April 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yesterday was a gray, cold and rainy spring day. Jack started talking/crying around 5:30 am…and I was tired when I got up. We didn’t have anywhere to go or anything to do, so I decided it would be a pajama day. The kids and I wore our pajamas all day. The kids managed to keep themselves busy with a variety of activities. Leah tried on everyone’s shoes. She even discovered that if she picked up shoes and asked to be put in the pack and play she could try them on without Jack taking them. Both kids played in the Tupperware cabinet. Jack watched some tv..(I know he is way too close in the picture). Jack and Leah played with silicone cupcake wrappers and Kix cereal. I wasn’t going to do any work but ended up deciding it was a good day for laundry. It wasn’t the most exciting day in the world but sometimes those are the best days. Enjoy the pictures.

Weekend Update with Jack and Leah

April 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It is monday again and I can hardly believe it. We had a great weekend . Our weekend started Friday when my good friend Lindsey took the babies and I to lunch for my birthday. We had a great time catching up and enjoyed getting ice cream at Lindsey’s office. We were just sad that we didn’t get to see Aiden. Saturday we were suppose to attend an Easter Egg Hunt the Mothers of Twins club puts on but it was too cold and muddy and the hunt got postponed. My mom, sister, aunt and cousin were all going to come with us to the egg hunt so we ended up going out to lunch and doing a little shopping instead. After lunch and shopping we headed to Lawrence to spend the night because Jason was playing in a golf tournament and wouldn’t be home until late.

Sunday after the kids and I got home from Lawrence we all went out to lunch and ran some errands. Leah and I took afternoon naps, which was soo great. We ended the weekend with Jason’s parents coming over for dinner.  The kids are soo fun right now. They copy everything we say and just enjoy life. I am really enjoying being with them everyday and I am so thankful that I get that opportunity.

I just wanted to share a couple of cute stories from the weekend. Jack and Leah got some new K-State outfits this weekend. My sister will be attending K-State in the fall and she thought they needed some purple. Jason was very happy about this. I had to do something so I started teaching the kids the Rock Chalk chant. I had Jack saying “Go KU Go KU” and he would put his arm up in the air. Jason started adding “no no.” after I say “Go KU” and Jack picked up on it quickly. He has been saying no for awile but last week he really decided it was fun. Lucky for me I have all day during the week to teach him about jayhawks. : ) Leah always says “hawk” so I don’t have to worry about her.

This weekend Leah has decided that there is only one pair of shoes that she can wear…her pink snake skin mary janes. If I put any other shoes on her she takes them off and looks for her pink shoes. I thought I would get to pick out what she wore until she was at least two. I guess I was wrong.

Jelly Bean Please

April 14, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I few weeks ago a made a mistake…a big mistake. I let Jack eat Jelly Beans. I have a bowl on the counter because I love Jelly Beans and it almost Easter and Jack figured out where I keep them…so I moved them. He found them again. All day long Jack stands in the kitchen and says “Jelly Bean Please.”  I am so glad that he is being polite…but no more Jelly Beans Jack.

Both kids have been talking more and more. They copy a lot of what we say. It is pretty cute. It also makes them seem so much bigger. It is hard to believe that my babies really aren’t babies anymore. My babies are now Toddlers.

Yesterday was Gymboree day. I have been meaning to take pictures since we started going and I finally snapped a few yesterday. I would have gotten more but one of the other kids was coughing and I was busy trying to make sure we stayed as far away from him as possible. : )

Mommy’s Birthday

April 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yesterday was my birthday.. I am now offically 28. I had a wonderful birthday. I woke up in the morning with Jason and both kids telling me Happy Birthday. (Leah and Jack actually only said Happy but it was really cute). I had a great lunch with my parents at a nice restaurant, and the kids were very well behaved. After lunch we did a little shopping and then went home and the kids took naps. When Jason got home we went to Chipotle for dinner and then sat in the back yard and had a glass of wine while the kids played. I got tons of birthday wishes from my friends and family (Thank you to everyone) I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

*If anyone is wondering why there are normally more pictures of Leah than there are of Jack it is because he won’t sit still. Leah loves to say “cheese” when I get the camera out but Jack always has other things to do.

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