Thursday, April 28, 2011

Strawberry Season


Strawberries are in season here in the South and we have been enjoying fresh berries.  We eat them with yogurt, in smoothies, and just plain for a snack.


I try to purchase them in a large quantity to save a few dollars.  I keep some in the refrigerator to eat fresh and flash freeze the rest for smoothies and milk shakes!  Yum!!


I also love to add a couple frozen strawberries to a cold glass of water.






We Love Strawberry Season!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Bow Tie


I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  

We had a great day at church Sunday morning and a fun time easter egg hunting at our neighbor's house afterwards.  But by late afternoon, Drew had a high fever and was moping around the house.
He still has a fever today, but I think it's related to the two new teeth that are poking through his swollen gums.  Poor guy...it looks so painful. 


Anyway, for Easter I wanted to make Drew a bow tie to go with the suspenders I found here.  I followed the tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home found HERE.  I made a few alterations to make it fit a little better. 

I scaled the pattern pieces from 3"x10" down to 2.5"x9.5" to make an overall smaller bow tie.  
The original pattern was a little too big for a toddler.  
I also narrowed the center piece from 2.5"x4" to 2"x4".  I believe I made the neck piece slightly more narrow, but I don't have the exact measurements.

This was a super easy tutorial to follow and the bow tie turned out really cute!!

{He's wearing the fire hat because it was the easiest way to convince him to wear suspenders.  "Firemen always wear suspenders!"}



Have any leftover Easter ham?


We had this yummy soup tonight and used up our ham and even threw in a few leftover mashed potatoes to make it extra creamy.

Hope You Have A Fabulous Week!



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Candids

Always a character!

My little niece...sweet sleep.

Cooling off on a hot afternoon.  Summer is here.  So much for spring...

Birthday present from my wonderful husband!  A perfect cup of coffee every morning.


Wonderful husband who helps wash the dishes and has the patience to let an almost two year old help.


A few seconds of snuggling.  It makes long days so much sweeter.



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pizza Sauce

We love homemade pizza at our house.  
It's a staple on our menu! 
I usually make whole wheat pizza dough and use a variety of toppings from what we have on hand. 

Here is my simple tried and true pizza sauce recipe that I use on all our pizzas. 
 {I also use it for calzones and as dipping sauce for homemade breadsticks.}  


Here's the recipe...


(printable version)
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon marjoram
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sugar

Mix all ingredients and let sit for at least one hour.

This makes the perfect amount for one large pizza!


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Monday, April 4, 2011

Funnel Cakes




Since we are already experiencing beautiful summer weather here in the South, I've been trying out some warm weather recipes.  Funnel cakes always remind me of a summertime fair and are a great treat on hot summer nights.  

Here's the recipe...



(printable version)

Ingredients:

1 egg
¾ cup milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Oil for frying
Powdered Sugar
Directions:

Heat oil in fryer to 350 degrees.  Combine egg and milk in a mixing bowl.  In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Add dry ingredients to egg mixture.  Pour ¼ cup batter into a funnel and swirl in a circular motion into the hot oil.  Fry for 1 minute and flip.  Continue to fry until golden brown.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot.






Friday, April 1, 2011

22 Months: What am I Learning


I can't believe Drew will be turning two in a little over a month!

  He has become so observant and is learning new words everyday.  He loves to help and has learned how to put his hat and shoes away and to put his dirty clothes in the laundry room basket.  He is always running into the kitchen to get the kitchen towel to "wash" something -- usually the rims of his toy truck or his motorcycle.  He likes things clean!  
{He is his daddy's son!} 


Since he is learning so quickly at this age, I have been trying to spend a few concentrated minutes each day teaching him basic pre-school skills -- colors, numbers, letters.  Sometimes we spend 10-15 minutes, other times it's about 2.  It is usually very simple and unstructured and quite often it involves a game.  There are so many ways to make learning fun, and it is so important to instill a love for learning at a young age.

Here's what we did this week...

I found these little stainless steel condiment cups at the grocery store and put them to good use teaching Drew the "sorting game". 


I mixed up a few different snack foods and then taught him how to put each one in the right container.


It took quite a bit of patience for him to pick up one at a time - instead of a whole handful - and to put each piece carefully into the right cup.  


After a few turns he was really enjoying the little game and was so proud of himself!



I love watching him discover new things and I am trying to enjoy every single minute of this wonderful and crazy age!

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